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World Cup 2022

Qatar to build World Cup stadium shaped like Arabian cap

DOHA: Qatar will build a stadium shaped like an Arabian skull cap for the 2022 World Cup, organizers said on Sunday, as the Gulf state moves ahead with preparations for the tournament despite a diplomatic rift with its neighbors. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates imposed sanctions on fellow U.S. ally Qatar in June and cut all transport links with the country, accusing it of supporting terrorism - a charge Doha denies. To get around the boycott, Qatar has flown in food from Turkey and Iran and…

Chilly Qatar suffers coldest ever day

DOHA: Desert state Qatar recorded the lowest ever temperature in the country's history on Sunday, just 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to a statement posted online by state media. A weather station in the southwest of the country -- Abu Samra -- recorded the temperature, equivalent to 34 degrees Fahrenheit, in the "early morning", said a statement from Qatar News Agency (QNA). "The new record low temperature is the lowest since the 3.8 degrees recorded in January of 1964," said the QNA. Temperatures have been…

‘World Cup 2022 vote must be re-run if corruption proved’

LONDON: The vote for the hosting of the 2022 World Cup must be re-run if corruption allegations surrounding Qatar's winning campaign are proved to be accurate, Lord Goldsmith, a member of FIFA's Independent Governance Committee, said on Monday. A British newspaper on Sunday claimed it had evidence that around $5 million (3 million pounds) was paid to officials in return for votes for Qatar's successful bid, allegations organisers have "vehemently" denied. Goldsmith, Britain's former Attorney General, said that if…