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.
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.
An eyewitness to a fire in a Qatar mall describes the emergency response.
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.
CNN's Richard Quest looks at the strategy behind Doha's investment in bringing sporting events to the region.
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.
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.
The Taliban says it's opening an office in Qatar in preparation for peace talks. Nick Paton Walsh reports.
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.
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.
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.
Nearly a year ago, a big-budget film crew found itself in a most unlikely setting for a movie shoot.
[Updated 4 p.m. Monday, October 31] A woman and three children enjoy the waterfront last week in Doha, Qatar.
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.
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.
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.
Diplomats from Africa, the Middle East and Europe gather in Qatar to discuss the troubled situation in Libya.
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.
Top seed Roger Federer has progressed to the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships with a straight-sets win over Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky.
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.
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.
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 2010 season sees the 20-year-old Dane Caroline Wozniacki topple Serena Williams as world number one.
The chief curator at Doha's new modern art museum, Mathaf, on Qatar's commitment to Arabic art.
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.
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.
MME talks to Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister about the country's rapid rate of growth.
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.)
Reigning Olympic champion and world number nine Elena Dementieva announced her retirement from tennis after being knocked out of the WTA Championships in Doha.
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 Williams says she is "devastated" after being ruled out for the rest of 2010 due to a recurrence of her foot injury.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 East -- Zain Verjee hosts from Doha, Qatar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Britain's Mark Cavendish claimed his second stage win in the Tour of Qatar as Belgium's Tom Boonen clinched overall victory on Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The candidates for the 2016 Summer Olympics are announced.
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
Nightclubs are buzzing as Lebanon braces for a tourism boom now that Hizballah is confirmed as kingmaker. Can this summer of love last?
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.
Record gas prices aren't a concern for John Weber, who drives a solar-powered car. KTVB's Monique Davis has his story.
Maria Sharapova has dropped out of this week's Dubai Championships because of a viral illness.
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
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.
This week, Marketplace Middle East goes to Doha, Qatar for the 28th GCC Annual Summit.
CNN's Jim Boulden reports from Doha on how a single currency could help business and investment in the region.
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.
Gambling on Macau
Pacific Rim leaders can help advance stalled global trade talks at a weekend summit here, President Bush said Wednesday.
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 Sydney
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Nikolay Davydenko heads the draw for the $1 million Qatar Open in Doha hoping to consolidate his career-high ATP ranking of third.
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."
The Asian Games was struck by tragedy on Thursday as a South Korea competitor was killed during the three-day event equestrian competition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australian rookie Casey Stoner has taken pole position for Saturday's Qatar MotoGP after a "dream" ride on his Honda on Friday.
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.
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.
A Commonwealth summit has opened in Malta, with members calling for poorer countries to draw greater benefits from global markets.
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.
The man who exploded a suicide car bomb outside a Doha, Qatar, theater Saturday was an Egyptian national, Qatar Interior Ministry officials said Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
A deal to rescue world trade talks has received a cautious welcome from major trading nations.
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.
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.
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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