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Explained: Why FIFA World Cup 2022 host Qatar is averse to rainbow flags at stadiums
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Explained: Why FIFA World Cup 2022 host Qatar is averse to rainbow flags at stadiums

Rainbow flags will supposedly be taken away from fans at the World Cup in Qatar 'to protect them' from attacks in the conservative Gulf nation.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar drops 'criminal' proceedings against stadium worker
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar drops 'criminal' proceedings against stadium worker

Schietekat, who fled the country, was charged with sex outside wedlock — a crime in Qatar — after reporting an assault against her.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar, world football body criticised harshly ahead of final draw
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar, world football body criticised harshly ahead of final draw

A Norwegian soccer official delivered a scathing criticism of World Cup host Qatar and FIFA to an audience of executives on Thursday on the eve of the tournament’s draw.

FIFA World Cup 2022: World football body, Qatar prepare for unprecedented finals draw
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FIFA World Cup 2022: World football body, Qatar prepare for unprecedented finals draw

A World Cup like no other in its 92-year history will take shape this week at an unprecedented tournament draw that will take place at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Center on 1 April, 2022

Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy makes a surprise appearance at Qatar's Doha Forum
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Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy makes a surprise appearance at Qatar's Doha Forum

Zelenskyy called on countries to increase their exports of energy — something particularly important as Qatar is a world leader in the export of natural gas

FIFA World Cup 2022: Hosts Qatar hit back at 'ridiculous' attack by Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Hosts Qatar hit back at 'ridiculous' attack by Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal

Van Gaal said this week that it was "ridiculous" for the World Cup to be held in Qatar and that FIFA had only been motivated by money.

Germany seals energy deal with Qatar as it looks to wean off from Russian gas
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Germany seals energy deal with Qatar as it looks to wean off from Russian gas

Berlin has come in for criticism over its opposition to an immediate embargo being imposed on Russian energy supplies as a means of choking off a major source of Moscow's foreign earnings

Women always faced horrid times under Taliban, this time even female mannequins are not safe
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Women always faced horrid times under Taliban, this time even female mannequins are not safe

Not only are the Taliban dictating the lives of women in Afghanistan, but they also want to curb the visibility of lifeless female mannequins from public view.

Horn of Africa has become a playground for Gulf rivalries, here's why India is worried
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Horn of Africa has become a playground for Gulf rivalries, here's why India is worried

The Horn of Africa is the closest landmass of Africa to India and has ancient links which continue till date. New Delhi is keeping a keen eye on the region

After successful hosting of Arab Cup, Qatar faces a bigger test as FIFA World Cup 2022 approaches
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After successful hosting of Arab Cup, Qatar faces a bigger test as FIFA World Cup 2022 approaches

Algerians rejoicing at Saturday's 2-0 extra-time win over Tunisia in the final— exactly a year before the 2022 World Cup decider, and with FIFA president Gianni Infantino in the stands— will have been accompanied by satisfaction from Qatari officials.

Norway club launches QR code jersey to defend rights in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup
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Norway club launches QR code jersey to defend rights in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup

The first division team will don the jersey on Sunday against Viking during the Norwegian league's last match before the winter break.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar to host New Zealand's bid to qualify for tournament
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar to host New Zealand's bid to qualify for tournament

New Zealand’s path to the World Cup in Qatar will start there when the Oceania qualifying tournament that was drawn on Monday is played in the host nation in March.

World Cup 2022 host Qatar hired former CIA officer to spy on FIFA officials
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World Cup 2022 host Qatar hired former CIA officer to spy on FIFA officials

Qatar sought an edge in securing hosting rights from rivals like the United States and Australia by hiring former CIA officer turned private contractor Kevin Chalker

Gareth Southgate rewarded for England progress with two-year contract extension till 2024
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Gareth Southgate rewarded for England progress with two-year contract extension till 2024

Southgate, who also masterminded a run to the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, has transformed his team into serious contenders after years of underachievement

Qatar World Cup 'unfairly treated' on human rights, says CEO Nasser al-Khater
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Qatar World Cup 'unfairly treated' on human rights, says CEO Nasser al-Khater

CEO Nasser al-Khater said Qatar has not been given enough credit for its labour reforms aimed at improving conditions for migrant workers, mostly from South Asia.

Formula 1 'duty bound' to raise awareness of human rights, says Lewis Hamilton ahead of Qatar GP
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Formula 1 'duty bound' to raise awareness of human rights, says Lewis Hamilton ahead of Qatar GP

Hamilton has spoken out on human rights issues before and played a role in the release of a political prisoner earlier this year.

2022 FIFA World Cup: One year from the tournament, clock ticks ever louder for Qatar
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2022 FIFA World Cup: One year from the tournament, clock ticks ever louder for Qatar

Qatar has faced constant criticism of the working conditions of its hundreds of thousands of migrant labourers, including those who built the World Cup stadiums.

Qatar accused of ignoring women after 'traumatic' airport searches; terrified of travelling, says passenger
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Qatar accused of ignoring women after 'traumatic' airport searches; terrified of travelling, says passenger

Women on 10 Qatar Airways flights from Doha were subjected to the searches, including citizens of France, New Zealand and Australia, where the legal case is now being brought

Year before 2022 Qatar World Cup, Amnesty urges end to labour abuses
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Year before 2022 Qatar World Cup, Amnesty urges end to labour abuses

It urged Qatar to abolish the so-called kafala sponsorship system which bonds foreign labourers to employers, making them more vulnerable to abuses such as late- and non-payment of wages.

England will educate themselves on Qatar's 'complex' issues before taking a stand, says Gareth Southgate
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England will educate themselves on Qatar's 'complex' issues before taking a stand, says Gareth Southgate

The Netherlands, Norway and Germany national teams have made protests against Qatar's human rights record and Southgate's team are mulling whether to follow suit.