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Shell signs bunkering deal with Qatar

Royal Dutch Shell has signed a framework agreement with Qatar Petroleum on LNG bunkering, according to a statement on June 14. The super-major’s deal comes despite the recent political turmoil around Qatar’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The agreement follows two earlier memoranda of understanding (MoUs) …

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Qatar’s Al Jazeera Twitter account back after suspension

The Arabic-language account of Al Jazeera has been restored on Twitter after being suspended due to what the network called “an organised campaign”. The account, with just under 12 million followers, was suspended for an unspecified reason early on Saturday. Al Jazeera is the flagship broadcaster for Qatar, which is …

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Western envoys shun Qatar event attended by Omar Bashir

The Levant News — Western diplomats shunned the opening ceremony of a conference in Qatar on Sunday attended by Sudan’s president, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who came to power in Sudan in a 1989 Islamist and military-backed coup, has …

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Qatar summons US ambassador over joking soldiers

The Levant News — The emergence of an online video of two US soldiers joking near a Qatari flag is causing tensions between Qatar and the United States. US Ambassador Dana Shell Smith, summoned over the incident, apologized to the Qatari Foreign Ministry and on Twitter to the people of …

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Qatar to treat drunk World Cup fans ‘very gently’

THE LEVANT NEWS — Qatar may set up special courts for the 2022 football World Cup to deal with drunk and disorderly fans “very gently”, the head of the tournament’s organising committee has revealed. Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary-general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, spoke of how the country …

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Qatar announces major government reshuffle

THE LEVANT NEWS — Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani appointed new foreign and labour ministers Wednesday in a reshuffle of heavyweight cabinet positions, state media announced. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, a member of the royal family, replaced Khalid al-Attiyah as foreign minister, according to the emir’s order …

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Al-Jazeera Expected To Cut Hundreds Of Jobs

The Levant News — The Qatari Al-Jazeera channel is expected to cut hundreds of jobs worldwide as the Qatari-owned broadcaster looks to make savings in the face of a falling oil price and a possible radical change in investment strategy, the Guardian said. The surprise move will not only see …

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Will Yemen kick-off the ‘War of the two Blocs?’

By Sharmine Narwani* for RT– There is media confusion about what is going on in Yemen and the broader Middle East. Pundits are pointing out that the US is looking schizophrenic with policies that back opposite sides of the fight against al-Qaeda-style extremism in Iraq and in Yemen. But it …

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Qatar FIFA whistleblower leaves in terror

IN COLLABORATION WITH MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS NEWS – FIFA whistleblower Phaedra Al-Majid, who accused Qatar of corruption in its successful bid to win the right to host the 2022 soccer World Cup, said on Wednesday she was living in fear after receiving threats against her family. Al Majid, a former …

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Britain sells her soul to Qatar, says British writer

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Catherine Shakdam – Andrew Gilligan from the Telegraph wrote in his latest report that Britain has quite simply “sold her soul to Qatar,” slamming the British government for openly engaging and dealing with Qatar even though it continues to harbour ties with well-known terror groups …

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Bahrain’s government is openly hostile to Qatar

THE LEVANT – Since Qatar has failed to answer calls for Bahrain government to put an end to its aggressive naturalization policy toward Bahraini nationals, Manama has significantly hardened its toward Doha, appearing decisively hostile. Bahrain warned on Wednesday it was ready to take serious counter-measures against Qatar over Doha’s …

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Muslim Brotherhood leaders leave Qatar

THE LEVANT – Leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood exiled in Qatar will leave the Gulf country after it came under enormous pressure to cut support for the Islamist group, a Brotherhood official said. Amr Darrag, a leader of the Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, said several members …

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British human rights researchers held in Qatar released

THE LEVANT – Two British-Nepalese human rights researchers held in custody in Qatar have been released. Krisna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire, researchers for the Global Network for Rights and Development, were released early on Tuesday morning “They were released at 12:30am,” Upadhyaya’s wife told Gulf News. “He called me and …

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Qatar denies fundind IS

THE LEVANT – The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State extremist group, saying that “determined, collective action” is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria. The energy-rich OPEC member has come under renewed scrutiny over its ties to militants, including …

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Qatar’s role in Gaza’s peace talks failure

THE LEVANT  – The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state wields its influence over a Palestinian militant group with few friends …

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Al Jazeera under attack by Israel in Gaza

THE LEVANT – Al Jazeera’s office in Gaza came under fire Tuesday, and the network says it is holding Israel responsible. An Al Jazeera spokesman said Tuesday that Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman’s harsh comments about the network a day earlier “were a direct threat against us and appear to …

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Lieberman attacks Qatar, wants to ban Al Jazeera

THE LEVANT – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is setting his sights on Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV, and is looking to stop them operating in Israel. According to the International Business Times, Lieberman said, “Qatar has turned into a global problem. Al Jazeera is a central pillar of the propaganda apparatus …

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