Analysis: Qatar’s strategy as hostage negotiator

Analysis: Qatar’s strategy as hostage negotiator

Khalid Al Attiyah

In helping to negotiate the release of hostages held captive in the region, Qatar is making a deliberate attempt to shore up its reputation – and prove the country’s value – among its allies while repairing its battered public image, analysts say.

Last week, Qatar secured the liberation of US journalist Peter Theo Curtis, who had been held captive for nearly two years.

That followed the country…

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Ashghal commissions QR600M in Qatar road safety upgrades

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New pedestrian overpasses, better street signage and construction of additional lanes are among the improvements likely to be rolled out as part of a new road safety initiative in Qatar.

Engineering consulting firm CH2M Hill recently said it’s been awarded a five-year, QR600 million (US$164.8 million) contract by Qatar’s public works authority Ashghal to…

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Qatar residents advised to protect personal photos on mobile phones

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Following a spate of recent arrests, government officials are warning Qatar residents to be cautious about their personal data when taking their mobile phones in for repairs.

In a statement released this week, the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ministry of Interior announced that it had arrested 35 men working at local phone shops for blackmail and…

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‘Ancient graffiti’ uncovered at Al Zubarah

Researchers have found 18th century images of ships etched into the walls at Al Zubarah.

Archaeologists working at one of the country’s most important historical sites say they have uncovered artifacts that add weight to the theory that Qatar was an 18th century trading hub.

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen, the University of Exeter in the UK and Qatar Museums say they’ve found 15 images depicting boats etched into plaster on the walls of the 250-year-old buildings at

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Heat illness warnings follow spike in reported cases

Heat exhaustion warnings follow spike in reported cases http://dohane.ws/XXRuoK

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The recent rise in humidity has led to a sudden surge in the number of people suffering from heat-related illnesses, according to a senior doctor at Hamad General Hospital.

In one week in mid-August, the hospital’s emergency department treated up to 280 people – many of whom were young men – for potentially serious conditions, such as heat exhaustion and heat stress.

Prof Peter Cameron

Prof Peter Cameron

This is a…

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Burger King junction to close this weekend to complete construction

Markhiya and Dahl Hammam junctions to open on Sunday http://dohane.ws/1tYJ1eX

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Following months of construction, Al Markhiya (Burger King) and Dahl Al Hammam junctions will fully open to traffic starting Sunday, Aug. 31.

However, there will be a last bit of pain for motorists, as public works authority Ashghal will close Burger King junction and the roads leading to it for the next two days – Friday, Aug. 29 and Saturday, Aug. 30 – as the final asphalt is laid.

Work to…

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Education City community marks death of Qatari student

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Still reeling from the death of a 20-year-old Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) student this week, members of the Education City community came together yesterday to pay their respects to Jaber Al-Adba.

The second-year pre-medical school student died in a motorcycle accident on Wednesday.

During an emotional impromptu ceremony at the female dorms’ majlis on Thursday afternoon,…

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Human rights, Ebola concerns make it harder to hire house help in Qatar

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Fears over Ebola and concerns about potential human rights abuses have been making it harder for some Qatar residents to hire domestic help.

A number of applications to immigration for housemaid visas have been rejected in recent weeks, particularly for women from African countries, some residents have said.

Although no official reason has been given, one…

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Police present evidence linking gardener to Qatar woman’s murder

The trial of a Pakistani gardener who has confessed to killing an elderly Qatari woman resumed on Wednesday with investigators discussing the evidence found at the crime scene.

The start of the hearing was delayed when the lawyer for the 34-year-old defendant failed to appear.

The court learned he had resigned – the second publicly appointed defense lawyer to quit the case – and assigned the…

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