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Australia: Women From 10 Flights Had 'Invasive' Exams in Qatar

Qatar is apologizing after search for abandoned newborn went awry

(Newser) - A baby was born and abandoned at an airport in Doha, Qatar, and now officials are apologizing over their controversial attempt to find the mother amid the revelation that there may have been more women involved than initially reported. After a newborn girl was found Oct. 2 in a trash...

Behind the Fastest Woman on Earth, Empty Seats

IAAF catching flak for turnout at track world championships in Doha

(Newser) - The women's 100-meter final is called "one of the marquee events" of the world track championships taking place right now in Doha, Qatar, per the AP . Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took gold in the event Sunday night, making her the fastest woman on Earth. At 32, she's the oldest...

Behold, the World's Longest Flight

Qatar Airways' new flight from Doha to Auckland is more than 9K miles

(Newser) - Qatar Airways has launched the world's longest scheduled commercial airline route with the arrival of its flight from Doha to Auckland, New Zealand. The Gulf carrier said flight QR920 touched down in Auckland early Monday after covering a distance of 9,032 miles, reports the AP . That is the...

Taliban Kills Americans Hours After Peace Office Opens

Karzai pulls out of security talks

(Newser) - Taliban insurgents aren't letting up the fight in Afghanistan despite the opening of an office for peace talks . Four American troops were killed in a rocket attack on a convoy near Bagram Air Base just hours after the Taliban office opened its doors in Qatar, the New York Times...

US, Taliban to Talk Peace in Group's New Qatar Office

Taliban holds a press conference to announce office's opening

(Newser) - The Taliban has opened its long-promised office in Doha, Qatar, where it will openly hold direct peace talks with the US, Taliban officials announced today at, of all things, a press conference. Top US officials tell the BBC that peace talks will begin within days, on the condition that the...

World Carbon Emissions Hit New Record in 2011

Climate change goals moving out of reach, scientists warn

(Newser) - Neither concern for the planet nor a weak global economy have been able to keep carbon emissions down, researchers say. Emissions rose 3.6% to a new record last year and have risen another 2.6% so far this year, putting the planet on what now appears to be an...

13 Kids Among 19 Dead in Qatar Mall Blaze

New Zealand triplets, two firefighters die

(Newser) - Thirteen children and four teachers were among at least 19 people killed when a fire broke out in a shopping mall in the Qatari capital of Doha yesterday. The victims were trapped inside a nursery in the upscale mall, where the fire is believed to have started, reports the BBC...

NYC Jazz Finds New Home—in Qatar

Stay at the St. Regis, take in a show at Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha

(Newser) - Want to hear some top-notch jazz but can't make it to New York City? Try Qatar. Jazz at Lincoln Center is opening a new club in the capital city of Doha in April; it will be the nonprofit jazz organization's first permanent location abroad. And it won't...

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