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Russia hands over World Cup hosting duties to Qatar

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday handed over the mantle of World Cup host to the emir of Qatar, whose country will stage the 2022 edition of the tournament. The ceremony marked a handover from the world’s largest…

Qatar’s charm offensive to win over Washington

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: There was much bonhomie as a few dozen people, including members of Congress and U.S. administration officials, gathered last week for dinner in a posh Washington neighborhood in honor of Qatar’s foreign minister.…

Saudi Arabia accused of pirating World Cup broadcast

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been accused of pirating the broadcast of World Cup games for which Qatar-based beIN Sports network holds the regional rights, accusations Kingdom has denied. Saud al-Qahtani, a senior adviser to Saudi Crown…