The global media company Al Jazeera, based in Qatar, is closing down the US cable news channel that it launched with great fanfare in 2013. Despite investing billions of dollars in the channel, the numbers didn't add up.
It's always been hot in the Persian Gulf region. But a new report finds that without action to limit climate change, the combination of rising temperatures and humidity will often push much of the region beyond the limits of human adaptability.
The focus on Qatar's abuse of its migrants has been among the fallout from FIFA bribery scandal and the soccer body's improbable decision to award the tiny nation the World Cup in 2022. Yet inaccuracies in reporting give the government cover to attack errors instead of the issue — and frustrate change, say several young Qataris.
Amnesty International says Qatar is failing to act fast enough to improve conditions for migrant workers building its World Cup soccer stadiums. But critics says it's only when sponsors like Coca-Cola and VISA speak up that soccer's governing body, FIFA, pays attention.
A BBC team that traveled to Qatar at the government's invitation quickly found out how limited their welcome was: After attempting to visit workers and document their living conditions, the crew was thrown in jail. One of the journalist thinks a wider crackdown is yet to come.
The release of Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste from an Egyptian jail may have been meant to deflect criticism on the Egyptian government. But there's no getting around the Sisi regime's poor record on human rights and the law.
The culture in Qatar hasn't allowed them to accept the idea of journalism. Anchor Marco Werman talks with Northwestern University in Qatar journalism student Yara Darwish. He says Qatar is a very private society where many do not understand the news.
Soccer governing body FIFA has spent months examining allegations of corruption into the runup of Russia and Qatar's successful bids to win the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Now it's said there was no serious corruption — a claim even its own investigator finds incredible.
Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and the Maldives joined Saudi Arabia and Egypt in severing relations with gas-rich Qatar, with Riyadh accusing Doha of supporting groups, including some backed by Iran, "that aim to destabilize the region".
The Taliban are expected to enter negotiations with the U.S.-supported Afghan government, and the first step was their decision this week to open a liaison office in Qatar. The Taliban will appoint a representative to the office who will be able to carry messages between the two sides.
The rise of ISIS and their brutal acts of terror have been a horrifying development in the past year. And yet within in the Middle Eastern artistic community, an unlikely group of voices has begun to stand up to try and combat’s the group’s message of fear and intolerance: comedians.
Qatar manages to remain friends with just about everyone in the Middle East, and lately the tiny Gulf country taken on the role of mediator -- most notably, in Lebanon, as Ben Gilbert reports on Qatar's diplomatic balancing act.