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.
CNN's Don Lemon and Azadeh Ansari go beyond the headlines into female athlete participation in the 2012 London Olympics.
Bahiya Al-Hamad is a 19-year-old college student and air-rifle shooter who is about to make history for her country.
This month "Inside the Middle East" travels to the tiny state of Qatar, where vast oil and gas reserves have transformed a once-impoverished strip of desert into the richest country in the world -- all in the span of just half a century.
World motorcycling champion Casey Stoner is determined to show he is still the man to beat in 2012, having set the early pace ahead of the MotoGP season's opening race in Qatar on Sunday.
Iraq's vice president arrived in Qatar Sunday to meet with leaders of the Gulf nation, despite an Iraqi government order banning him from international travel.
CNN's Richard Quest looks at the strategy behind Doha's investment in bringing sporting events to the region.
When FIFA named Qatar as the host nation for the 2022 World Cup finals, it vindicated the gulf nation's continued determination to become one of the key players in the realm of sport by using its considerable economic resources.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga boosted his Australian Open hopes by overcoming difficult conditions to beat fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils in the final of the Qatar Open on Saturday.
Qatar, as diplomats say, likes to "punch above its weight." This arid peninsula in the Persian Gulf is smaller than Connecticut but played a leading role in helping Libyan rebels oust Moammar Gadhafi and has been at the heart of Arab League sanctions against Syria. It's now facilitating talks on the Afghan conflict by allowing the Taliban to open a liaison office in its capital, Doha.
Rafael Nadal fought back from a break down in the deciding set to beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in their first round clash at the Qatar Open Tuesday.
Afghanistan has withdrawn its ambassador to Qatar for consultations after the Gulf state began talking to the Afghan Taliban about setting up a representative office there, a senior Afghan official said Wednesday.
The oil industry has a problem.
[Updated 4 p.m. Monday, October 31] A woman and three children enjoy the waterfront last week in Doha, Qatar.
Eman al-Obeidy, the woman allegedly raped by Libyan security forces, is deported from Qatar back to Benghazi, Libya.
The United States is "disappointed" by the expulsion by Qatar of Eman al-Obeidy to Libya, a decision that it said is a "breach of humanitarian norms."
Eman al-Obeidy, who grabbed the world's attention this spring when she accused Moammar Gadhafi's security forces of gang raping her, has been forced back to Libya, which she had fled in fear.
Yemeni security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at protesters in the capital late Saturday, eyewitnesses and medical teams said.
Researchers at Qatar University's engineering school have come up with a novel way to cool the stadiums ahead of the 2022 World Cup... giant flying saucers!
Researchers at Qatar University come up with a novel way to cool stadiums ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
Former world champion Casey Stoner claimed the 27th pole position of his career on Saturday to ensure he will start the new MotoGP season at the head of the grid in Qatar.
Qatar's attempt to build a team fit for the 2022 World Cup through its Aspire academy.
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.
Hosts Qatar have qualified for the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup after a comfortable 3-0 win over Group A strugglers Kuwait at the Khalifa Stadium.
Host nation Qatar began their Asian Cup campaign in the worst possible fashion, losing 2-0 to Uzbekistan in their opening Group A match in Doha.
On Friday, the biggest football tournament you've probably never heard of will begin as 16 nations -- from Japan's wild Pacific coastline to the faded grandeur of Syria's Mediterranean beaches -- converge on the tiny emirate of Qatar for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.
Roger Federer became the first tennis player to win the Qatar Open three times as he ended the reign of Nikolay Davydenko in Saturday's final.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter expects the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be held in the winter to avoid the searing heat in the region in the summer.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal recovered from a second-set whitewash to reach the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open, while his arch-rival Roger Federer also battled into the last eight on Wednesday.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has apologized for his remarks about gay fans attending the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter says gay soccer fans should 'refrain from sexual activities' if they go to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Gay basketball star John Amaechi has criticized the head of soccer's ruling body for his comments about homosexuals planning to attend the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
In the days since FIFA's baffling decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar there has been a lot of talk about adjusting the timetable because of the oppressive heat.
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.
Popular Mechanics editor Harry Sawyers explains how Qatar will use solar cooling technology to cool a World Cup stadium.
Angry about the World Cup host vote? Can't understand how Russia and Qatar -- despite generally substandard technical reports filed by FIFA itself -- are getting to host the biggest sporting event in the universe in 2018 and 2022, respectively?
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.
CNN's Sara Sidner reports from Doha, Qatar, moments after the country learned it will host the 2022 World Cup.
Russia and Qatar will host soccer's biggest tournament, the FIFA World Cup, for the first time in 2018 and 2022 respectively.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces Qatar will be the host country for the 2022 World Cup.
ZURICH -- Three thoughts after FIFA awarded World Cup 2022 to Qatar (with the U.S. losing out) and World Cup 2018 to Russia on Thursday:
Qatar says a compact World Cup will be its unique selling point. CNN's John Defterios reports.
FACETIME: Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister, Qatar
It's a busy time of the year in soccer, so let's get it started:
It's not just oil they talk about in the Middle East, these days. With millions of the region's dollars being spent in an explosion of art collecting, they could just as easily be talking about oil paintings.
Reigning Olympic champion and world number nine Elena Dementieva announced her retirement from tennis after being knocked out of the WTA Championships in Doha.
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.
Sudan on Tuesday signed a framework peace accord with rebels from the nation's volatile Darfur region, state media reported.
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 Focus -- Qatar: What recession?
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.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir landed in Qatar on Sunday for an Arab League summit, a move that could put him at risk of arrest on war crimes charges leveled by a U.N. tribunal.
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.
Belgian cycling star Tom Boonen had double cause for celebration after winning the third stage of the Tour of Qatar on Tuesday.
South African Louis Oosthuizen carded a flawless seven-under-par round of 65 to claim a three-stroke halfway lead at the Qatar Masters on Friday.
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.
More athletes are competing in Beijing under foreign flags than ever before in the Games' history. Is switching teams a betrayal of the Olympic spirit -- or just smart sportsmanship?
This year we thought we'd move the focus from the stage to the floor to give audience members another opportunity to participate in the discussion.
Said Mubarak Al-Mohannadi, Dir of Operations at Qatar Petroleum talks about Qatar?s preparation for a future after oil and gas.
Rival Lebanese factions reached an agreement Wednesday to resolve an 18-month political crisis that erupted into bloody violence and pushed the country to the edge of another civil war, a Cabinet minister said
Record gas prices aren't a concern for John Weber, who drives a solar-powered car. KTVB's Monique Davis has his story.
The money involved is mind boggling, even by Formula One's heady standards.
A U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber caught fire Friday after a landing at al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, U.S. military officials said.
Noor Al-Mohannadi is a budding Qatari businesswoman taking part in the inaugural class of a new entrepreneurship program -- the first of its kind her country -- delivered by the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon University in partnership with the Qatar Science & Technology Park.
CNN's Schams Elwazer follows a budding entrepreneur who hopes one day to open her own business in the region.
The second cut in U.S. interest rates in as many weeks is putting further pressure on the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council to reconsider their currencies' peg with the dollar; and none more so than Qatar.
Amid all the talk about storm clouds gathering over the U.S. economy, it's easy to forget there are other places in the world where the sun is still shining.
It was back in December at a summit in Qatar that members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) decided to weather falling interest rates and soaring inflation and retain the dollar-peg.
This week, Marketplace Middle East goes to Doha, Qatar for the 28th GCC Annual Summit.
A high-ranking minister in the Gulf points a finger at commodity speculators and the "fear factor" for the recent jump in prices
Marketplace Middle East takes a look at how the declining dollar continues to put pressure on the Gulf States.
The declining dollar, surging oil prices, and exploding growth across the Persian Gulf are causing inflation levels to rise. Kuwait has already abandoned the dollar. And some analysts say the rest of the GCC may have to do the same to fight inflation. But do the Gulf banks agree? And how far do they think switching to a basket of currencies will bring down prices?
Host nation Qatar won the 428th and final gold medal of the 15th Asian Games when they beat Iraq 1-0 in a scrappy men's football final on Friday.
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 security task force is to try to track down supporters responsible for unruly behavior during Qatar's 1-0 defeat to Uzbekistan in the soccer tournament.
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.
The Gulf state of Qatar has become the first Arab country to commit troops to the U.N. international peacekeeping operation in Lebanon.
After his worst start to a season in six years, MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi needs a win in Qatar on Saturday for both points and pride.
Loris Capirossi lined himself up for a hat-trick of successive MotoGP wins by taking pole position for the third race in a row at the Qatar GP.
The oil-rich nation of Qatar has offered the United States $100 million to assist in the humanitarian crisis triggered by Hurricane Katrina.
The man who exploded a suicide car bomb outside a Doha, Qatar, theater Saturday was an Egyptian national, Qatar Interior Ministry officials said Sunday.
Australian Richard Green holds a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Qatar Masters after shooting a four-under 68.
The Qatar Masters golf tournament, a European PGA Tour event since its inception in 1998, will be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour from next year.
Philippe Troussier confirmed his decision to quit as Qatar coach at the end of the Asian Cup after his team were shocked 2-1 by Indonesia in their opening game.
A Qatari court has sentenced two Russian intelligence officers to life in prison after finding them guilty of the assassination of a Chechen rebel leader.
Clarifying comments by a U.S. diplomat, a U.S. official in Moscow said Monday the United States played no role in the arrest or investigation of Russian intelligence agents held in Qatar on charges of killing a Chechen separatist leader.
Top seed Justine Henin-Hardenne is through to the semi-finals of the Qatar Total Open after defeating Nathalie Dechy of France in straight sets.
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