The choice of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup was controversial from the start, but calls to move the tournaments are growing. Now members of Congress have joined the effort. But is it a principled stand against corruption and labor abuse, or an excuse to win hosting rights for the US?
When journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released from captivity on Sunday, the US was quick to announce that "no ransom was paid." So what was behind the negotiations between the government of Qatar and Curtis' captor's the Nusra Front?
Qatar has been blasted for its treatment of its laborers — and a new report paints an unpleasant picture of what those jobs can be like. Plus Switzerland considers a big increase to its minimum wage and a Beijing student sees smog as a way to put smiles on people's faces.
Deep beneath the frozen Arctic are deposits of methane. Lots of methane. And there's even more on the sea floor. As the environment warms, these deposits are being released into the atmosphere, presenting grave risks of runaway warming.
When Qatar bid for the 2022 World Cup, it said it could air condition the stadiums with solar power to beat the dangerous summer heat. But that's not looking likely now, so a FIFA official says the summer tournament will be moved.
Qatar and its neighbors in the Arabian Gulf aren't getting along too well. Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, recalled its ambassador recently — just one move in a series of diplomatic measures designed to get the small, but wealthy Gulf country to step in line.