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5 detained in probe of deadly Qatar mall fireupdated: Wed May 30 2012 14:36:00

Five people, including the daughter of the Qatari culture minister, were ordered detained as authorities investigate a fire that killed 19 people at a Doha, Qatar, shopping mall, the state-run Qatar News Agency reported.

Shopping mall fire in Doha, Qatar, kills 19updated: Mon May 28 2012 15:25:00

A fire erupted in a nursery in a shopping mall in Qatar's capital city, Doha, late Monday morning, killing 19 people, at least 13 of them children, a government official said.

Deadly fire sweeps through Qatar mallupdated: Mon May 28 2012 15:25:00

An eyewitness to a fire in a Qatar mall describes the emergency response.

IOC selects three cities as candidates for 2020 Olympic Games updated: Thu May 24 2012 01:38:00

The International Olympic Committee announced Wednesday that Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid have made it on to the short list of cities bidding to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Baku and Doha were rejected for the second time in a row after failing to make the 2016 games.

Doha's investment in sportupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 07:14:00

CNN's Richard Quest looks at the strategy behind Doha's investment in bringing sporting events to the region.

Arabian adventure: Desert riders uphold ancient equine traditionupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 05:05:00

The sun is not yet up over the desert, but already 50 horses and riders are gathered at Qatar's Endurance Village in Al-Wakra, half an hour's drive from the capital Doha.

Taliban deny possible talks with Afghans in Saudi Arabiaupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 20:40:00

A spokesman for the Taliban denied on Wednesday a weekend report that Taliban representatives may meet with officials representing the government of President Hamid Karzai in Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks.

Peace talks with the Talibanupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 20:40:00

The Taliban says it's opening an office in Qatar in preparation for peace talks. Nick Paton Walsh reports.

Afghan officials, Taliban may hold talks in Saudi Arabiaupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 05:22:00

The Afghan government hopes to hold talks with Taliban representatives in Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks, according to a senior Afghan official, in a move that threatens to cloud already delicate and fragile steps to negotiate an end to the United States' longest war.

Somali women defy danger to write basketball historyupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 07:01:00

It's just a few minutes after the final whistle has blown and the shiny basketball court of the Al Gharafa Sports Hall in Doha is filled with shouts and cheers.

2012 MotoGP season brought forwardupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 14:39:00

The start of the 2012 MotoGP has been brought forward by one week, with the motorcycling's elite championship now set to begin on April 8.

Out of the Arab Spring erupts 'Black Gold'updated: Mon Nov 07 2011 09:39:00

Nearly a year ago, a big-budget film crew found itself in a most unlikely setting for a movie shoot.

Where in the world ... ?updated: Mon Oct 31 2011 16:00:00

[Updated 4 p.m. Monday, October 31] A woman and three children enjoy the waterfront last week in Doha, Qatar.

Libya's al-Obeidy in exile: My soul is liberatedupdated: Wed May 18 2011 09:31:00

The woman whose accusations of rape at the hands of Libyan security forces sparked an international outcry has spoken exclusively to CNN, now that she is living free in exile.

Unbeaten Djokovic powers into Serbia Open semisupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 16:08:00

Novak Djokovic duly secured his 26th straight win since the start of the season with a 6-3 6-2 victory win over Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic Friday in the Serbia Open.

Libyan rebels find support boost at Doha summitupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 19:44:00

Delegates representing Arab and African nations and NATO coalesced behind the Libyan rebels at a summit in Qatar on Wednesday, promising more humanitarian aid and money channeled through a temporary trust fund of sorts.

Libya's future under discussionupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 19:44:00

Diplomats from Africa, the Middle East and Europe gather in Qatar to discuss the troubled situation in Libya.

Djokovic demolishes Federer in final; Zvonareva shocks Wozniackiupdated: Sat Feb 26 2011 14:04:00

Novak Djokovic matched Roger Federer's feat of three successive titles at the Dubai Tennis Championships by crushing the world No. 2 in Saturday's final.

Federer and Djokovic make Dubai semis; Wozniacki through in Dohaupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 16:57:00

Top seed Roger Federer has progressed to the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships with a straight-sets win over Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Bjorn cruises to four-stroke Qatar victoryupdated: Sun Feb 06 2011 09:05:00

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn has claimed his 11th European Tour title after cruising to a four-stroke victory in the Qatar Masters in Doha on Sunday.

Ten-man Japan end Qatar's Asian Cup bid; History for Uzbekistanupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 14:09:00

Japan recovered from having a player sent off to snatch a last-gasp 3-2 win over Asian Cup hosts Qatar in Doha and reach the semifinals on Friday.

Sudan delegation to leave Darfur peace talksupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 10:10:00

A Sudanese government delegation plans to leave peace talks with rebels from the country's western Darfur region Friday, the country's official news agency reported.

The race to Number 1updated: Wed Dec 22 2010 09:10:00

The 2010 season sees the 20-year-old Dane Caroline Wozniacki topple Serena Williams as world number one.

Qatar's investment in arts and cultureupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 03:20:00

The chief curator at Doha's new modern art museum, Mathaf, on Qatar's commitment to Arabic art.

Nudity courts controversy in Qatar's new museumupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 03:20:00

With exhibits showing nudity and politically radical ideas, Qatar's brand new modern art museum may raise a few eyebrows in the traditionally conservative Middle East.

5 destinations to explore in Qatarupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 16:35:00

A lot of travelers probably had to get out the atlas Thursday when Qatar was named host of the 2022 World Cup tournament. A little-known destination, Qatar is a small Middle-Eastern nation with a population of less than 1 million. It borders the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia and promises hot and humid summers.

Qatar's rapid rate of growthupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 16:35:00

MME talks to Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister about the country's rapid rate of growth. Jon Wertheim: Courier a solid hire for USTA; WTA will miss Dementievaupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 12:18:00

1. Courier a great hire for USTA: In another victory for common sense, the USTA made a sound hiring decision, tapping Jim Courier to succeed Pat McEnroe as the Davis Cup captain. First, a clink of the glasses for McEnroe, one of the sport's good guys, who acquitted himself well over the past decade, leading the U.S. to a title and deftly avoiding the many political landmines. In Courier, the team gets a straight shooter with instant credibility -- he has four times as many Grand Slam singles titles as all eligible U.S. players combined -- and good rapport with the players. (That he is already agitating for a Davis Cup format change is a bonus.)

Dementieva retires after Doha defeatupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 17:50:00

Reigning Olympic champion and world number nine Elena Dementieva announced her retirement from tennis after being knocked out of the WTA Championships in Doha.

Stosur stuns No. 1 Wozniacki in Doha; Clijsters makes winning returnupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 17:01:00

Samantha Stosur stopped Caroline Wozniacki from clinching the year-end women's No. 1 tennis ranking with a shock 6-4 6-3 victory at the WTA Championships in Qatar on Wednesday night.

Serena out for the rest of 2010 after recurrence of foot injuryupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 09:12:00

Serena Williams says she is "devastated" after being ruled out for the rest of 2010 due to a recurrence of her foot injury.

Injury forces Venus to end her yearupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 17:11:00

Former world No. 1 Venus Williams will miss the rest of the 2010 tennis season due to knee problems, meaning the American is ruled out of the Fed Cup final and the WTA Championships. Sid Lowe: Zidane energizes Qatar's World Cup bidupdated: Sat Sep 25 2010 18:32:00

DOHA, Qatar -- It was like that moment at the end of a courtroom drama when a decisive witness is unexpectedly called, dramatically turning the outcome of the case on its head. Suddenly, the mood changed completely; suddenly, the verdict did not seem quite so clear cut. As a piece of PR it was a masterstroke. As a reflection of the impact a single man can have it was hugely revealing; a case study in convincing. For all the technical, objective criteria, for all the logical thinking, personality can still persuasive. Especially if you chose the right personality.

Isinbayeva to take break from pole vaultupdated: Sun Apr 11 2010 05:54:00

Pole vault legend Yelena Isinbayeva has announced that she is taking a break from athletics following her poor performance at last month's world indoor championships in Qatar.

Aussie Rumford leads at halfway in Qatarupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 11:57:00

Australia's Brett Rumford claimed the halfway lead at the Qatar Masters after a six-under-par 66 in testing conditions on the Doha Golf Course.

What Wozniacki wants: A top-three spot in 2010updated: Fri Jan 08 2010 07:06:00

In Doha last October Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki provided one of the most harrowing moments ever seen on a tennis court. Battling through cramps in the third set of a match against Vera Zvonareva, she fell to the court, her tear-streaked face a portrait of agony, her body contorted in pain.

Federer and Nadal cruise as nemesis Soderling crashes outupdated: Tue Jan 05 2010 13:51:00

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal made light work of their opening matches on the 2010 ATP Tour circuit on Tuesday, but a man who has beaten the world's top two tennis players suffered an embarrassing defeat.

Clijsters makes winning start to 2010updated: Sun Jan 03 2010 16:25:00

Belgium's Kim Clijsters began her 2010 campaign in fine style with a 6-2 6-1 win over Italy's Tathiana Garbin in the first round of the WTA tournament in Brisbane on Sunday.

Doha's treasure trove of Islamic historyupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 09:45:00

Through time the art and architecture of the Islamic world has defined a civilization that once extended from Cordoba in Spain to the Mogul empire in China and India.

Art treasures revealedupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 09:45:00

CNN's Schams Elwazer takes us inside Doha's cultural landmark at the Museum of Islamic Art as it celebrates its first anniversary.

This month on Inside the Middle Eastupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 05:57:00

This month on Inside the Middle East -- Zain Verjee hosts from Doha, Qatar.

Brazil too good for England in Dohaupdated: Sat Nov 14 2009 18:10:00

A second half goal from Nilmar gave Brazil to a 1-0 victory over an understrength England in a prestige friendly international in Doha on Saturday.

Serena to face sister Venus in Doha finalupdated: Sat Oct 31 2009 16:21:00

New world No. 1 Serena Williams will take on her older sister and defending champion Venus in the final of the season-ending WTA Championships in Qatar on Sunday as injuries again took their toll on the world's top women tennis players.

Serena into Doha semifinals as Venus hangs onupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 18:11:00

Second seed Serena Williams stormed into the semifinals of the season-ending WTA Championships in Doha, while sister and defending champion Venus kept her slim hopes alive.

Champion Venus loses Doha openerupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 17:11:00

Defending champion Venus Williams suffered an opening round-robin defeat to Russia's Elena Dementieva on the first day of the WTA Championships in Doha on Tuesday.

Jankovic crashes out in Moscow's Kremlin Cupupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 10:55:00

Jelena Jankovic was unable to claim consecutive Kremlin Cup titles after she was beaten 6-4 6-3 by Russian Alisa Kleybanova in the quarterfinals on Friday. Jon Wertheim: No place for Clijsters in season finaleupdated: Wed Oct 14 2009 15:13:00

Any chance that the WTA extends an invite to Mrs. Lynch for the Sony Ericsson Championships? The rules seem to allow for it, and with Fila signing on this week as the championships' official clothing sponsor, it seems everything could be falling in place for us to get one last look at Mrs. Lynch in the '09 season. -- Karl Miller, Phoenixville, Pa.

Qatar MotoGP washed out by heavy rainupdated: Mon Apr 13 2009 04:59:00

MotoGP's opening race of the season was postponed until Monday after torrential rain saw the floodlit race in Qatar called off at the last moment.

Super Cavendish claims final stage in Qatarupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 08:20:00

Britain's Mark Cavendish claimed his second stage win in the Tour of Qatar as Belgium's Tom Boonen clinched overall victory on Friday.

Tour of Qatar rider Nolf found deadupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 10:24:00

Belgian cyclist Frederiek Nolf was found dead in his hotel room in Doha hours before he was scheduled to compete in Thursday's fifth and penultimate stage of the Tour of Qatar.

Nadal sent crashing by Monfils in Qatarupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 15:00:00

World No.13 Gael Monfils has stunned top seed Rafael Nadal by beating the Spaniard 6-4 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the Qatar Open in Doha on Thursday -- the ATP Tour Web site has reported.

Top three move through to Doha last eightupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 14:45:00

The top three seeds, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray are all through to the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open in Doha after comfortable straight sets victories on Wednesday.

Roddick impresses with Qatar Open winupdated: Mon Jan 05 2009 14:44:00

Fourth seed Andy Roddick launched his Australian Open build-up in style when he raced past Spain's Ivan Navarro 6-1 6-3 in 61 minutes at the Qatar Open on Monday.

Injured Serena pulls out of Doha tournamentupdated: Fri Nov 07 2008 12:13:00

Serena Williams' hopes of ending the year on a high note are over after she was forced to withdraw from the season-ending Sony Ericsson tournament in Doha with a stomach muscle problem.

Doha - round table highlightsupdated: Fri Oct 17 2008 05:55:00

One look outside the window gives a glimpse of the "economics of energy" in Doha, Qatar. Cranes dot the tops of half-finished towers, a monumental work in progress; the result of vast energy wealth being pumped out of the ground and poured into project after project.

Olympics 2016 short listupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 22:29:00

The candidates for the 2016 Summer Olympics are announced. 4 Cities to Vie for 2016 Olympicsupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 14:15:00

Chicago was among the four cities picked as finalists Wednesday for the 2016 Summer Olympics, setting the stage for a high-profile bidding contest between candidates Beirut Re-Opens for Business updated: Fri May 23 2008 17:00:00

Nightclubs are buzzing as Lebanon braces for a tourism boom now that Hizballah is confirmed as kingmaker. Can this summer of love last?

Destination Doha: The first debateupdated: Mon May 19 2008 10:31:00

I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I don't have a car. As oil prices inch upwards I breathe a sigh of relief; my mortgage might be going up and it's becoming more expensive to eat, but at least I don't have to grimace along with the motoring general public every time the service station attendants mount a ladder to herald another rise in petrol prices.

Solar-powered carupdated: Mon May 19 2008 10:31:00

Record gas prices aren't a concern for John Weber, who drives a solar-powered car. KTVB's Monique Davis has his story.

Sharapova unfit for Dubai tournamentupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 07:59:00

Maria Sharapova has dropped out of this week's Dubai Championships because of a viral illness.

Ivanovic twists ankle during win in Dohaupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 15:13:00

Serbian top seed Ana Ivanovic suffered an injury scare on her way to the third round of the Qatar Open with a 6-3 6-1 victory over Olga Govortsova of Belarus in Doha

Going shopping, Doha-styleupdated: Fri Feb 08 2008 09:18:00

If there's anything in which Qatar takes pride -- aside from a massive construction boom -- it is providing its Qatari minority and the hundreds of thousands of expatriates working and living here with plenty of shopping opportunities.

GCC Annual Summitupdated: Fri Feb 01 2008 07:28:00

This week, Marketplace Middle East goes to Doha, Qatar for the 28th GCC Annual Summit.

GCC Single Currencyupdated: Fri Dec 28 2007 04:58:00

CNN's Jim Boulden reports from Doha on how a single currency could help business and investment in the region.

Latest news from the Middle Eastupdated: Fri Oct 05 2007 05:43:00

This week's business news from the Middle East: Borse Dubai responds to LSE's merger with Italian stock exchange; Kuwait hospitality group buys UK bakery chain; Doha property company signs deal for exclusive French hotel; first direct flight from Middle East to South America.

CNNMoney: Gambling on Macauupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 06:38:00

Gambling on Macau

CNNMoney: Bush: Summit could advance free tradeupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 06:38:00

Pacific Rim leaders can help advance stalled global trade talks at a weekend summit here, President Bush said Wednesday.

Security tight in Sydney as officials start APEC meetingupdated: Mon Sep 03 2007 02:46:00

Police tightened security Sunday as senior officials from Pacific Rim nations began meetings to prepare for a summit of regional leaders that will tackle trade and global warming.

APEC security angers Sydneyupdated: Mon Sep 03 2007 02:46:00

APEC security angers Sydney

CNNMoney: Fed's Poole warns on trade protectionismupdated: Sun Aug 19 2007 22:57:00

St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President William Poole said Friday that rising protectionism in the United States was a worry and the Doha round of world trade talks were on the verge of collapse.

CNNMoney: World trade talks break downupdated: Thu Jun 21 2007 01:23:00

The future of World Trade Organization's Doha pact is under doubt, EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said Thursday, as talks between the United States, European Union, India and Brazil broke down.

CNNMoney: Farm trade, President Bush and your walletupdated: Wed Mar 21 2007 07:46:00

The United States and its key trading partners like the European Union, India and Brazil are scurrying to reach a worldwide deal in the next few months to boost trade in farm and industrial goods.

CNNMoney: Bush stresses taxes, trade in speechupdated: Tue Jan 30 2007 10:10:00

In the first of two speeches on the economy this week, President Bush on Tuesday broadly outlined his economic growth agenda, which he said includes keeping taxes low, expanding U.S. free trade agreements, reducing the country's dependence on foreign oil and implementing a health care system that is "patient centered and not government centered."

Fish topples fourth seed Ljubicicupdated: Mon Jan 15 2007 04:13:00

Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic became the first major casualty on the opening day of the Australian Open, falling 4-6 7-6 6-4 6-4 to American Mardy Fish on Monday.

Davydenko looking to consolidateupdated: Sun Dec 31 2006 07:40:00

Nikolay Davydenko heads the draw for the $1 million Qatar Open in Doha hoping to consolidate his career-high ATP ranking of third.

An insider's guide to the Asian Gamesupdated: Thu Dec 07 2006 05:09:00

The 15th Asian Games is taking place in Doha, the capital city of the small Arabian state of Qatar. The cream of the continent's athletes are in the oil-rich nation for the two-week extravaganza. The Briefing Room brings you some facts and figures about an event dubbed the "Asian Olympics."

Asian Games rider dies after fallupdated: Thu Dec 07 2006 04:12:00

The Asian Games was struck by tragedy on Thursday as a South Korea competitor was killed during the three-day event equestrian competition.

Chen shatters three world recordsupdated: Sun Dec 03 2006 07:30:00

Olympic champion Chen Yanqing set three weightlifting world records on Sunday, as she won the women's 58 kilogram gold medal at the Asian Games.

Qatar: Hovering between two worldsupdated: Thu Oct 05 2006 09:42:00

Saad Al-Jassem slips out of his dishdasha revealing a body in extraordinary shape for a man who turns 70 this year. On a traditional wooden dhow off Doha's corniche, Saad is getting ready to show me how to dive for pearls.

Doha airport creates no-queue solutionupdated: Tue Jun 06 2006 08:40:00

Few would disagree that airports and queuing now go hand in hand, with passengers facing long lines for security checks even if they are flying in business class.

Gatlin aiming to set world recordupdated: Thu May 11 2006 12:52:00

World and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin is aiming to clock a world record 9.75 seconds in Friday's 100 meters at the IAAF Super Tour meeting in Doha.

Stoner secures surprise Qatar poleupdated: Fri Apr 07 2006 12:12:00

Australian rookie Casey Stoner has taken pole position for Saturday's Qatar MotoGP after a "dream" ride on his Honda on Friday.

Ferry 'pressed on despite fire'updated: Sun Feb 05 2006 02:38:00

A crew member of the ferry that sank Friday in the Red Sea said Sunday water used to extinguish a fire aboard caused the ship to list in heavy winds.

WTO's origins are in postwar eraupdated: Mon Nov 28 2005 20:31:00

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the World Trade Organization. But the economic group can trace its origins to the end of World War II. The following is a timeline recounting the origins and creation of the WTO.

Commonwealth calls for equal tradeupdated: Fri Nov 25 2005 03:51:00

A Commonwealth summit has opened in Malta, with members calling for poorer countries to draw greater benefits from global markets.

Former school official faces terrorism chargesupdated: Thu Mar 31 2005 18:57:00

A former top official for the District of Columbia's public schools is being held on charges of conspiring to raise money and recruit fighters for Muslim extremists.

Qatar car bomber 'was Egyptian'updated: Sun Mar 20 2005 07:33:00

The man who exploded a suicide car bomb outside a Doha, Qatar, theater Saturday was an Egyptian national, Qatar Interior Ministry officials said Sunday.

Car bomb hits theater in Qatar's capitalupdated: Sat Mar 19 2005 15:49:00

A car bomb exploded at a theater near a British school in the Qatari capital of Doha on Saturday night, killing a British national and wounding 12 others, said the Qatari Interior Ministry.

Sharapova recovered for Qatar Openupdated: Sat Feb 19 2005 05:35:00

Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova has recovered from the illness that forced her to pull out in Paris and is fit for the WTA event in Qatar on Monday.

U.S. warns of possible attack on Qatar hotelsupdated: Fri Oct 29 2004 16:00:00

The United States warned Americans in the Gulf state of Qatar Friday to avoid major hotels in Doha over the next week due to the possibility of a terrorist attack.

Cautious welcome for WTO dealupdated: Sun Aug 01 2004 05:59:00

A deal to rescue world trade talks has received a cautious welcome from major trading nations.

WTO leaders push for final accordupdated: Fri Jul 30 2004 01:54:00

The World Trade Organization's top leaders have launched a final bid for an agreement that they hope will revive stalled talks on global free trade.

WTO pact moves step closerupdated: Thu Jul 29 2004 03:49:00

A global trade agreement moved a step closer Thursday after five core members of the World Trade Organization concluded a bargaining session with an accord.

WTO 'opens talks with Libya'updated: Tue Jul 27 2004 06:05:00

The World Trade Organization has agreed to start talks with Libya on its possible entry into the 147-nation body, according to reports.

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