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Woman Convicted of Adultery in Qatar After Reporting Rape

Dutch woman says drink was spiked, she was assaulted—but Qatar doesn't see it that way

(Newser) - Qatar's Article 281 makes clear that any man who has extramarital sex "with a female over sixteen without compulsion, duress, or ruse shall be punished with imprisonment for a term up to seven years." The next part of that code raises eyebrows: "The same penalty shall... More »

Texas Teen Gets Back the Clock That Made Him Famous


(Newser) - The 14-year-old Muslim boy arrested after a homemade clock he took to his Dallas-area school was mistaken for a possible bomb has gotten the item back as he and his family prepare to move to the Middle East . Police say Reggie London, an attorney for Ahmed Mohamed, picked up the... More »

Clock Kid Is Moving to Qatar

Decision made within 24 hours of Obama meeting

(Newser) - "Clock kid" Ahmed Mohamed and his family are moving out of the US and it's not clear whether they'll ever move back. The family says it's moving to Qatar to take up a foundation's generous offer to give the 14-year-old a full scholarship for high... More »

Crazy Reckless Driving Case in Beverly Hills Gets Weirder

Cars are owned by sheikh who allegedly falsely claimed diplomatic immunity

(Newser) - A case of reckless driving last weekend in Beverly Hills involved a $1.4 million Ferrari, false claims of diplomatic immunity , an alleged death threat, a Middle Eastern sheikh, and zero arrests. The whole thing started Sept. 12 when the swanky Los Angeles neighborhood was terrorized by a yellow Ferrari... More »

Qatar Invites Journalist, Then Arrests Him

BBC reporter Mark Lobel says officials held his team for days

(Newser) - Curious about a career in journalism? Consider saving your trip to Qatar for later: A BBC journalist says authorities invited his team there and later arrested them for trying to see the conditions of migrant workers. "Our arrest was dramatic," writes Mark Lobel at the BBC . He says... More »

US Couple Sues Firm That Sent Them to Qatar

Freed from jail, Huangs say their race put them in danger

(Newser) - Matt and Grace Huang are finally home after a nightmare that saw them jailed in Qatar, and they're wasting no time in demanding justice from Matt's former bosses. MWH Global, which sent the couple to Qatar to help improve its infrastructure, didn't prepare or shield them from... More »

American Couple's Qatar Nightmare Ends

Matthew, Grace Huang are free to leave country

(Newser) - The nightmare that began with the January 2013 death of their adopted daughter is finally fully over for Matthew and Grace Huang. Qatar on Sunday overturned the conviction of the American couple, who had been accused of starving 8-year-old Gloria to death , but they were blocked hours later when attempting... More »

Report: Russia Used Picasso as World Cup Bribe

UK embassies allegedly kept tabs on FIFA corruption

(Newser) - There's regular corruption, and then there's over-the-top Teapot Dome-style bribery. The latter is what took place ahead of the controversial decision to award the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cups to Russia and Qatar, according to a report submitted to British lawmakers. The report compiled by the Sunday ... More »

Qatar Acquits US Couple, Blocks Them From Leaving

Grace, Matthew Huang had been convicted of starving adopted daughter

(Newser) - Qatar today overturned the conviction of an American couple accused of starving their adopted daughter to death , but a family rep now tells the AP that Grace and Matthew Huang have been blocked from leaving the country. The Huangs had been sentenced to three years in the 2013 death of... More »

US Pounds ISIS Targets in Syria

Airstrikes aimed at degrading group's capabilities

(Newser) - The US and five Arab countries launched airstrikes late Monday on ISIS targets in Syria, the Pentagon says. Using a mix of manned aircraft—fighter jets and bombers—plus Tomahawk cruise missiles, the strikes were part of the expanded military campaign that President Obama authorized nearly two weeks ago in... More »

45 Peacekeepers Held Captive in Syria Are Freed

Qatar says it helped broker release

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda-linked militants have released 45 Fijian peacekeepers captured two weeks ago in Syria , ending the UN's fourth crisis over abducted soldiers in the Golan Heights since March 2013. The Fijians were captured on the Syrian-controlled side of the contested buffer zone between Syria and Israel by fighters from the... More »

Freed American's Mom: Foley's Death Was 'Excruciating'

Curtis' mother says she, Diane Foley have 'been through so much together'

(Newser) - When the mother of journalist Peter Theo Curtis learned he'd been freed from captivity by the Nusra Front, her first move was to email James Foley's mom. "Even before I told my daughter, I sat down and sent an email to Diane Foley," Nancy Curtis tells... More »

US: We Asked Qatar Not to Pay Ransom for Journalist

Curtis released on 'humanitarian basis,' father says

(Newser) - American officials say they didn't pay a penny to secure the release of kidnapped journalist Peter Theo Curtis —and they asked Qatar not to offer money to the Nusra Front militants holding him. A White House spokesman says the US government put the Curtis family in touch with... More »

Kidnapped US Journalist on the Way Home

Qatar helped free Peter Theo Curtis from Nusra Front

(Newser) - The US has confirmed that a kidnapped American journalist has been freed by his captors —and John Kerry says he is "relieved and grateful" that Peter Theo Curtis is on the way home. Relatives tell the New York Times that Qatar helped free the Massachusetts native after nearly... More »

Inside the Secret 3-Year Quest to Free Bergdahl

Secret messages, secret meetings, secret negotiations

(Newser) - America's only prisoner of war is now free —after what the Wall Street Journal describes as three years of secret negotiations to obtain Bowe Bergdahl's release. Its sources describe a timeline that began in November 2010, with a meeting in Munich in which the Taliban asked for... More »

US Couple Guilty of Girl's Unexplained Death in Qatar

Huangs will appeal 3-year sentence

(Newser) - They haven't been handed death sentences , but the verdict in Matthew and Grace Huang's high-profile trial is not one they're celebrating. The American couple held in Qatar after adopted daughter Gloria's mysterious death in January 2013 have been found guilty and sentenced to three years in... More »

US Couple Facing Death in Qatar Blast Prosecutors

Matthew, Grace Huang seek inquiry in murder case against them for daughter's death

(Newser) - The American couple held in Qatar for more than a year after their daughter's death are, for the first time, accusing the prosecution of fabricating medical evidence surrounding their daughter's autopsy, the New York Times reports. Matthew and Grace Huang are charged with murdering their 8-year-old daughter Gloria... More »

Forced Labor Building 2022 World Cup Stadiums

Qatar migrant workers abused, exploited, Amnesty International report finds

(Newser) - The gleaming new stadiums Qatar plans to host the 2022 World Cup in are being built on the backs of abused migrant workers, a scathing new Amnesty International report finds. The group says it has uncovered an "alarming level of exploitation," with workers being forced to work without... More »

After US Girl Dies in Qatar, Nightmare Starts for Parents

Matthew, Grace Huang accused of starving child to sell her organs

(Newser) - On Jan. 15, Gloria Huang, age 8, died. Of what is a question that sits at the root of this story, along with the where: Qatar. The girl was the adopted daughter of Matthew and Grace Huang, Americans who had been living in the Gulf nation for about six months... More »

US Secretly Halts Egypt Aid; Saudis Publicly Fill Void

US ally steps up as major donor of $12B package

(Newser) - Amid reports that the White House is quietly halting US military aid to Egypt—at least temporarily—Saudi Arabia is taking the bold step of announcing it will fill any financial void. Gulf countries are planning a $12 billion package for Egypt, and Saudi Arabia is the biggest donor, the... More »

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