Coordinates: 25°30′N 51°15′E / 25.500°N 51.250°E / 25.500; 51.250

Qatar (/ˈkæˌtɑːr/,i/ˈkɑːtɑːr/, /ˈkɑːtər/ or i/kəˈtɑːr/;Arabic: قطر Qaṭar [ˈqɑtˤɑr]; local vernacular pronunciation: [ɡɪtˤɑr]), officially the State of Qatar (Arabic: دولة قطر Dawlat Qaṭar), is a sovereign country located in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait in the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island of Bahrain, as well as sharing sea borders with the United Arab Emirates and Iran.

Following Ottoman rule, Qatar became a British protectorate in the early 20th century until gaining independence in 1971. Qatar has been ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-19th century. Qatar is a hereditary constitutional monarchy and its head of state is Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The constitution was overwhelmingly approved in a constitutional referendum, with almost 98% in favour. In 2013, Qatar's total population was 1.8 million: 278,000 Qatari citizens and 1.5 million expatriates. After Saudi Arabia and Oman, Qatar is the most conservative society in the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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Bangladesh board denies not paying players ICC prize money

The Himalayan 04 Aug 2020
DHAKA ... The FICA report also listed unresolved payment issues in Twenty20 and 10-overs leagues in several minor�cricket-playing nations including Canada, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. The post Bangladesh board denies not paying players ICC prize money appeared first on The Himalayan Times. ....

‘US's Pompeo, Taliban deputy leader discuss intra-Afghan talks’

Press TV 04 Aug 2020
Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s office in Qatar, said in a Twitter post on Tuesday that Pompeo and Akhund had discussed the issue of the 400 Taliban prisoners allegedly still held by the Afghan government as well ... Kabul was excluded from the talks, and the obligation was imposed on it ... Report ... ... ....

Ferns N Petals to venture into Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia

Moneycontrol 02 Aug 2020
Flower and gifting firm Ferns N Petals is planning to expand its operation in overseas markets of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia in the next two years ... Flower and gifting firm Ferns N Petals is planning to expand its operation in overseas markets of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia in the next two years, according to a top company official....

Turkish brig.-gen. executed for revealing Qatari funding of jihadists

The Jerusalem Post 01 Aug 2020
The Jerusalem Post could not independently verify the transcript ... The Post reported Wednesday on the role of Qatar’s ambassador to Belgium and NATO, Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Sulaiman al-Khulaifi, in allegedly seeking to cover up a plan to finance the Lebanese terrorist movement Hezbollah....

Xavi says he has recovered from coronavirus

The Times of India 30 Jul 2020
Xavi, 40, announced on Saturday that he had tested positive following routine screening of players and staff in Qatar's top-flight. View this post on Instagram ... A post shared by Xavi (@xavi) on Jul 29, 2020 at 11.35am PDT. Exactly 4 percent of Qatar's 2.75 million people ......

Goodwood Blog! Latest news, tips and chat from day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival

Sporting Life 30 Jul 2020
They've concluded the draw for the Stewards' Cup and ante-post favourite Nahaarr is in 19 while Royal Ascot winner Hey Jonesy is in 15 ... The Qatar Nassau Stakes is the feature today and Magic Wand is reported to be one of the best backed horses on the card ... The 2006 Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes saw an epic battle between two magnificent mares....

Qatari diplomat allegedly covered up Hezbollah terror financing

The Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2020
According to the contractor, who has been identified in the German press as “Jason G.” and has spoken extensively to The Post, Qatar’s ... Post press queries to Qatar’s government in Doha and its embassies in Brussels, Washington and Berlin were not returned....

US forces asked to stay in bunkers as Iran fires missiles amid drills: Reports

Press TV 28 Jul 2020
Citing her “sources” and those of the CNN, a reporter for the BBC wrote in a post on her official page on Tuesday that US troops based in Qatar and Kuwait had been briefly put on “high alert” due to “concerns” over Iran’s missile activities ... US forces in Qatar and the UAE “went on ......

Qatar announces interest to host 2032 Summer Olympics

La Prensa Latina 27 Jul 2020
Cairo, Jul 27 (efe-epa).- Qatar’s Olympic Committee announced on Monday it is interested in hosting the 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games ...Qatar Olympic Committee announces interest to host future Olympic and Paralympic Games,” the committee said in a brief statement posted to its Twitter account....

West should designate Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist organisation

Gulf News 26 Jul 2020
Despite receiving a strong financial and moral support from Qatar and Turkey, the group has been witnessing a steady downfall in the Arab world especially post 2013 uprising in Egypt, and recently, a major defeat in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan....

Qatar to pay monthly cash aid to 100,000 Gaza families

Middle East Monitor 25 Jul 2020
The Qatar Committee for Reconstruction of Gaza announced on Friday that it would start paying cash aid to needy families in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Qatar News Agency reported ... Qatar Fund for Development....

Xavi tests positive for COVID-19

Arab News 25 Jul 2020
“A few days ago, following the Qatar Stars League protocol, I tested positive in the last COVID19 test,” Xavi said in a post on Al-Sadd’s twitter account ... Almost 4 percent of Qatar’s 2.75 million people have had coronavirus, with 108,638 cases reported since the start of the ......