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U.S.-Taliban talks wrap up in Doha with 'some progress' – Taliban

May 09, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'In general, this round was positive and constructive. Both sides listened to each other with care and patience,' says Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban's political spokesman in Doha

US-TALIBAN TALKS. In this file photo taken on February 8, 2019, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad participates in a discussion on 'The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan' at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

UAE drags Qatar to court over crisis

May 07, 2019 - 11:07 PM

Qatar has faced an economic and diplomatic boycott since June 2017 by Gulf rivals who accuse Doha of backing terrorism and being too close to regional rival Iran

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE. A picture released by the International Court of Justice in The Hague on February 3, 2012 shows a general view of the court during the reading of the Judgment of the International Court of Justice in the case concerning Jurisdictional Immunities of the State. AFP FILE PHOTO/UN-ICJ-FRANK VAN BEEK

New round of U.S.-Taliban talks starts in Doha

May 01, 2019 - 2:03 PM

(UPDATED) The latest negotiations come as pressure builds for some sort of breakthrough in the gruelling Afghan conflict, with Washington jostling for a resolution

Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year's end

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Qatar introduced a series of labor reforms since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which sets in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

NEW POLICY. Migrant workers eat during a break at a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Photo by AFP

Asian championship: Natalie Uy cops pole vault bronze

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Fil-Am Natalie Uy surpasses the Philippine record she also set last March at the National Open

RECORD SETTER. Natalie Uy celebrates  her record-setting feat with Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association president Philip Ella Juico. Photo from PATAFA

EJ Obiena shatters records in golden Asian Athletics meet

Apr 22, 2019 - 8:02 AM

EJ Obiena's advances to the world championships following his golden performance in the 2019 Asian Athletics Championship

RECORD-BREAKING. Filipino pole vault star EJ Obiena sets a new Asian Athletics Championship record in the men's pole vault. Photo from Edward Kho's Facebook

Balanga Chooks shocks world No. 3 Latvia in 3x3 World Tour return

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:03 PM

Travis Franklin comes through the clutch as the Philippine club team gets its campaign off to a rousing start

STUNNER. Alvin Pasaol and Travis Franklin celebrate Balanga Chooks’ upset win right in the opener. Photo release

Thirdy, Barroca in for Gilas lineup vs Qatar

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:32 PM

The Filipinos look to stun the Qataris on their own turf in the final window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers

PROVING HIS WORTH. Thirdy Ravena will debut for the Philippines' senior basketball team. Photo by Czeasar Dancel


Ali's 'golden touch' floors Japan as Qatar lifts Asian Cup

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Record-breaker Almoez Ali slots in a brilliant early goal as Qatar deals Japan its first loss in an Asian Cup final

CHAMPS. Qatar celebrates its historic title romp in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Afghan president calls for 'serious talks' with Taliban

Jan 28, 2019 - 8:38 PM

'I call on the Taliban to... show their Afghan will, and accept Afghans' demand for peace, and enter serious talks with the Afghan government,' says Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

TALKS. In this file photo, Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at Presidential Palace in Kabul on June 30, 2018. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Pompeo to push for end to Gulf dispute during Qatar visit

Jan 13, 2019 - 6:33 PM

'It is time for old rivalries to end for the sake of the greater good of the region,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO Foreign ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2018.  JOHN THYS / AFP

Djokovic's conqueror Bautista Agut takes Qatar Open title

Jan 06, 2019 - 10:45 AM

After stunning world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semis, Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut completes his stellar run with a championship

SURPRISE CHAMP. Roberto Bautista Agut bags his ninth career title and improves his world ranking to No. 23. Photo from Live Tennis

Djokovic crashes out of Qatar Open

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut shocks world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to advance to the final round

FRUSTRATED. Novak Djokovic admits he thought he was ‘pretty much in control’ of his semifinal match against Roberto Bautista Agut. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Djokovic battles through to Qatar Open semifinals 2019

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:27 AM

The world No. 1 wins back-to-back matches from a set down for the first time since Cincinnati in August last year, a tournament he went on to win

NO COMPLACENCY. Novak Djokovic says he still has plenty of room for improvement. File photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP


Djokovic to injured Nadal: 'We need you'

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:51 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says Rafael Nadal must return from injury again as the sport needs a 'legend' like him

ALL-TIME GREATS. Novak Djokovic (right) believes Rafael Nadal can pull off another comeback. File photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

Qatar Airways buys 5% stake in China Southern Airlines

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The deal is part of Qatar Airways' strategy to 'invest in the strongest airlines around the world'

QATAR AIRWAYS. A visitor walks past a likeness of a Qatar Airways Airbus A-380 at the International Tourism Trade Fair in Berlin on March 7, 2018. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Djokovic wins first match of 2019 in just 55 minutes

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The world No. 1 cruises past Damir Dzumhur at the start of the Qatar Open

WARM UP. Competing in Doha has long been part of Novak Djokovic’s build up for the Australian Open. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

'Big Four' still Grand Slam stars to beat, insists Djokovic

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Since and including 2010, the Serbian star, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have won 32 Grand Slams between them

CRAVING FOR MORE. Novak Djokovic heads into the new season seeking to add to his 14 Grand Slam titles. File photo by Johannes Eiselle / AFP


Qatar says Gulf alliance needs replacing

Dec 15, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The Gulf Cooperation Council 'has been undermined by the crisis' between the emirate and its neighbors, says Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani

DOHA FORUM. Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani speaks at the opening session of the Doha Forum in the Qatari capital on December 15, 2018. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Former Qatar coach tapped as new La Salle mentor

Dec 14, 2018 - 12:12 AM

La Salle is expected to name former Qatar national basketball team head coach Tim Lewis as Louie Gonzalez's replacement

Qatar emir skips Saudi-hosted summit with Gulf rivals

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:17 PM

Qatar is represented by its minister of state for foreign affairs, Sultan al-Muraikhi

File photo by AFP

Qatar to quit Saudi-dominated OPEC in 2019

Dec 03, 2018 - 11:12 PM

Gas production remains the top the priority for Qatar, which is the world's the biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas

LEAVING OPEC. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatari Minister of State for Energy Affairs, speaks during a press conference in the capital Doha on December 3, 2018. Photo by Anne Levasseur/AFP

Gulf economy recovering but faces oil volatility – IMF

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The International Monetary Fund urges Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to expand reforms

Simone Biles claims record 13th world gold medal

Nov 02, 2018 - 11:34 PM

The American superstar makes history after winning another gold in the individual vault competition of the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships

SPECTACULAR. Simone Biles has a shot at sweeping all her events in the world championships. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Unstoppable Biles claims record 4th all around world title

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Despite taking a year off, gymnastics superstar Simone Biles makes history yet again in the 2018 World Championships

INCREDIBLE. Team USA's Simone Biles picks up her 12th world title. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

PH gymnast Yulo fails to medal, but makes history in World Championships

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:01 AM

The 18-year-old Filipino finishes 23rd out of the 24 competitors in the men's individual all-around final

HISTORIC. Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo is the first Filipino to qualify in an all-around final of a world championship. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


U.N. envoy 'no longer acceptable' for Palestinians

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:48 AM

A senior official says envoy Nickolay Mladenov has 'gone beyond his role' in seeking agreements between Israel and rival Palestinian faction Hamas, which controls Gaza

Japeth makes it up to Yeng in Gilas 9 years after PBA breakup

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Aguilar admits he wishes he could have handled his exit from Burger King, which was then mentored by Guiao, a little bit better

CATALYST. Japeth Aguilar powers Gilas Pilipinas to a come-from-behind win over Qatar. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Gilas pulls off comeback win over Qatar in closed-door match

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:29 PM

The Philippine men's basketball team unleashes a third-quarter storm to rally past Qatar in the FIBA World Cup qualifier

COME-FROM-BEHIND. Alex Cabagnot and Gilas Pilipinas recover from a slow start to topple Qatar. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Matthew Wright eager to shake off suspension 'stigma'

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Known for his outside sniping and scoring, Wright will be a welcome addition for Team Pilipinas against Qatar in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

BACK AT IT. Matthew Wright returns to national team duty after serving a one-game suspension from FIBA. Photo from FIBA.com


Yeng, Gilas bracing for unusual environment in closed-door game

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:34 PM

The Filipinos will not have their usual 'sixth man' at their disposal

UNUSUAL ENVIRONMENT. Yeng Guiao says he has already briefed his Gilas Pilipinas wards to prepare for the closed-door game against Qatar. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Qatar - FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers 2019

Sep 16, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Gilas Pilipinas looks to capitalize on the return of Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright and the debut of Stanley Pringle in the qualifiers

Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright back in Gilas final 12 vs Qatar

Sep 16, 2018 - 3:46 PM

The two Team Pilipinas mainstays finish serving their respective one-game suspensions from FIBA

BACK AT IT. Japeth Aguilar (second to the right) and Matthew Wright (rightmost) return to national team duties. Photo from FIBA


Qatar says Saudi blocking hajj access to its citizens

Aug 19, 2018 - 5:57 PM

'Registration of pilgrims from the State of Qatar remains closed and residents of Qatar cannot be granted visas as there are no diplomatic missions,' says a Qatari official

HAJJ. In this file photo, a general view shows Muslim pilgrims circling the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. File Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Qatar says 'stronger' despite year-long Gulf dispute

Jun 06, 2018 - 11:31 AM

'One year on and Qatar and its people are stronger,' says Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, one of the most prominent voices in the region's worst diplomatic crisis for years,

Qatar: a year of crisis in the Gulf

Jun 03, 2018 - 6:36 PM

A year ago, Saudi Arabia and its allies cut ties with Qatar, sparking the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the Gulf in years. What's happened since?

Qatar bans Saudi, UAE goods from stores

May 27, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Qatar's Government Communications Office says it is trying to 'protect the safety of consumers,' amid the Gulf diplomatic crisis

CLOSED BORDER. A general view of the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing with Saudi Arabia on June 23, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Qatar to scrap controversial exit system for workers – experts

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:01 PM

(UPDATED) Critics slam the exit visa system as a prime example of the Gulf state's exploitation of its vast migrant workforce

Qatar Airways includes Davao, Cebu in its 2018-2019 expansion

Mar 08, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The Cebu and Davao flights are part of the new destinations detailed, apart from other Southeast Asian destinations: Langkawi in Malaysia and Da Nang in Vietnam. More frequent flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam will also be mounted.

QATAR AIRWAYS. A visitor walks past a likeness of a Qatar Airways Airbus A-380 at the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB, Internationale Tourismusboerse) in Berlin during the fair's opening day on March 7, 2018. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Philippine officials to visit Kuwait amid worker row

Feb 21, 2018 - 4:55 PM

A team led by Labor Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III will also visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar to ensure that Filipino workers 'have sufficient protection'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Ambassador of Kuwait to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh who met with the President at the Malacañan Palace on February 7, 2018. Also in the photo is Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III. Malacañang Photo

UAE accuses Qatar of 'intercepting' 2 passenger planes

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:38 PM

(UPDATED) A spokeswoman for Qatar's foreign ministry denied the accusations. 'The state of Qatar announces that the claims of Qatari fighter planes intercepting a UAE civil aircraft (are) completely false,' Lulwa al-Khater says on Twitter.

Fourth time the charm as Gael Monfils finally wins Qatar Open

Jan 07, 2018 - 2:03 AM

France's Gael Monfils brushes aside Russia's Andrey Rublev in a one-sided final

CHAMPION. It took him 4 attempts over a decade but Gael Monfils finally is the Qatar Open champ. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

$1.2 million jewels owned by Qatar royal family stolen in Venice heist

Jan 05, 2018 - 7:52 PM

'We are clearly dealing here with two skilled professionals who managed to pull off their feat despite all the display rooms being fitted with technologically highly sophisticated (alarm) systems,' said the police commissioner

SKILLED PROS. These are some of the items of Indian maharajahs' treasures owned by a member of the Qatari royal family stolen while on exhibit at the Palazzo Ducale in Italy. Image grabbed from AFP video.

Saudi, UAE introduce VAT in first for Gulf

Jan 01, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The other Gulf states – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar – are also committed to introducing VAT but have delayed the move until early 2019

Qatar Open kicks off 2018 season without big stars

Dec 31, 2017 - 12:34 PM

The Qatar Open will be without their usual A-list headline acts

NUMBER ONE SEED. With Djokovic pulling out of the tournament, the number one seed is handed over to world number 5 Dominic Thiem. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Shockwaves: The world in 2017

Dec 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Here is a look at some of the biggest global stories from the past year

RESISTANCE. Riot police fire rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on April 8, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Rappler journalists win ILO global media awards

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Rappler journalists Camille Elemia, Ana Santos, and Sofia Tomacruz win the International Labour Organization 2017 Global Media Competition on Labor Migration for coverage on fair recruitment of migrant workers

Gulf states skip Qatar crisis, blast Huthis as summit ends

Dec 06, 2017 - 6:53 AM

The 6-nation regional alliance affirms in a joint declaration the importance of preserving the GCC's existence which is threatened by a bitter dispute between its members

GCC SUMMIT. A man walks past the flags of the countries attending the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit at Bayan palace in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Ketika minyak dan gas habis, pendidikan jadi senjata utama Qatar

Dec 04, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Di tengah blokade negara-negara Arab, Qatar meyakini pentingnya pendidikan untuk bertahan di atas kaki sendiri

Salah satu sudut di Qatar National Library yang baru diresmikan pada Oktober 2017. Foto oleh Abdul Qowi Bastian/Rappler

WTO to hear Qatar's complaint against UAE over blockade

Nov 23, 2017 - 7:23 AM

The World Trade Organization agrees to hear Qatar's complaint against the United Arab Emirates over a 5-month old blockade that has triggered a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf

The flag of the State of Qatar (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York. 14 July 2016, United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe