Qatari Court Absolves U.S. Couple in Child’s Death

A Qatari appeals court on Sunday overturned a ruling against an American couple over the death of their adopted daughter. The ruling is likely to end a legal saga for Los Angeles couple Matthew and Grace Huang, who were originally jailed on murder charges following the January 2013 death of their adopted daughter, Gloria. The […]

Egypt: Pardon for Al Jazeera journalists “being discussed”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi suggested on Thursday he was considering pardoning journalists of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera television station jailed in his country for nearly a year on charges of aiding a “terrorist organisation”. Human rights groups and Western governments have condemned the trial of the journalists and the United Nations questioned Egypt’s judicial […]

Saudi Arabia urges Egypt to end row with Qatar

The Saudi monarch has called on Egypt to follow its steps in ending a months-long dispute with Qatar after an agreement was reached earlier this week. The agreement, if implemented, promises to put an end to the worst diplomatic rift to hit the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). In statements issued on the Saudi official news […]

Qatar gives $100 million in humanitarian aid to Syria

Qatar has given $100 million in aid to Syrians stricken by their country’s civil war, Qatar’s state news agency said on Thursday, the first tranche of at least $900 million pledged by Gulf Arab states. Four million people inside Syria need food, shelter and other aid, and more than 700,000 are estimated to have fled […]

Qatar is first to hand over Syrian embassy to opposition

Qatar is to hand over the Syrian embassy in its capital, Doha, to Syria’s main opposition group. The news was announced by the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), which has already appointed an ambassador. Qatar was among the first states to recognise the SNC as the official representative of the Syrian people.

Hezbollah chief warns against division, partition schemes

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made another televised appearance via video link to deliver this time a speech that marks 40 days after Ashura, the event which is commemorated by the Shiite Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala. […]