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Qatar covers 11,427 sq. km., less than half the size of Belgium. The capital is Doha.
    (Econ, 3/20/04, p.65)(Econ, 9/9/06, p.48)

632-661    The Rashidun Caliphate, also known as the Rightly Guided Caliphate, comprising the first four caliphs in Islam's history, was founded after Muhammad's death. At its height, the Caliphate extended from the Arabian Peninsula, to the Levant, Caucasus and North Africa in the west, to the Iranian highlands and Central Asia in the east. It was the one of the largest empires in history up until that time.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashidun_Caliphate)

1952        Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani was born. The population of Qatar at this time was under 40,000. In 1995 he ousted his father in a bloodless coup.
    (Econ, 6/7/08, p.61)
1952        Qatar abolished slavery. A year later the emir took his slaves to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
    (Econ, 8/22/15, p.51)

1971        Sep 3, Qatar declared independence from Britain.
    (www.country-data.com/cgi-bin/query/r-11034.html)

1971        Sheik Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Thani wrested power from his vacationing uncle. His family came from the conservative Wahhabi sect of Islam.
    (WSJ, 3/21/96, p.A-6)

1971        The world’s biggest known gas field was discovered in Qatar. Faisal Al Suwaidi (b.1954), head of Qatargas, later began construction of Ras Lafan gas plant to liquefy the gas for export. The plant, the largest man-made structure in centuries, was to be finished in 2010.
    (Econ, 7/18/09, p.64)

1980        Arab nations in the Persian Gulf set a minimum age of 15 for camel jockeys.
    (WSJ, 10/3/05, p.A1)

1981        May 25, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918-2004), United Arab Emirates President, urged in 5 other Arab monarchies (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia) to form the Gulf Cooperation Council. The unified economic agreement between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council was signed on 11 November 1981 in Riyadh.
    (Econ, 11/20/04, p.90)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_Cooperation_Council)

1982        Bahrain and Qatar had a territorial dispute over a man-made island. The dispute was settled when Saudi Arabia decreed that the island be dismantled.
    (WSJ, 3/21/96, p.A-6)

1984        Qatar Liquefied Gas Co. (Qatargas) was founded. Its 1st sales agreement was signed in 1992 and exports began in 1997.
    (Econ, 3/20/04, p.69)

1984        Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, UAR) agreed on the creation of a two-brigade (10,000 troops) Peninsula Shield Force, based in Saudi Arabia near the Kuwaiti and Iraqi borders.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peninsula_Shield)

1995        Jun, In Qatar Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani (b.1952) ousted his father, Sheik Khalifa Bin Hamad al-Thani, as emir. Sheik Khalifa is suspected of having made off with $4 billion in the form of unpaid personal loans. The new Emir soon abolished the information ministry that controlled newspapers and broadcasting. Sheik Hamad also gave women the right to vote and introduced satellite television.
    (WSJ, 3/21/96, p.A-1)(SFEC, 7/4/99, p.A21)(SFC, 6/19/00, p.A5)(WSJ, 10/24/02, p.A12)

1996        Nov, The independent Arab Al-Jazeera TV news network began operating as the 1st all-news Arabic satellite channel from Doha, Qatar. It was financed by Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, emir of Qatar. In 2002 Mohammed El-Nawawy and Adel Iskandar authored "Al-Jazeera: How the Free Arab News Network Scooped the World and Changed the Middle East."
    (SFEC, 7/4/99, p.A21)(SSFC, 5/19/02, p.M1)(SSFC, 8/18/02, p.D1)(WSJ, 4/30/04, p.A4)

1997        Jul 20, It was reported that as many as 30% of Qatari women work. Some 6,000 graduated each year from the Univ. of Qatar.
    (SFEC, 7/20/97, p.A20)

1997        IslamOnline began as a student project at the Univ. of Qatar with cash from Sheika Mozah, a wife of Qatar’s emir, and with an endorsement from Egyptian-born scholar, Yussuf al-Qaradawi.
    (Econ, 4/10/10, p.51)

1998        In Qatar Abdul-rahman Al Nuaimi, a religious scholar, was arrested and imprisoned for 3 years for opposing government modernization programs.
    (WSJ, 10/24/02, p.A12)

1999        Jul, After 30 months on the air Al Jazeera broadcasts reached 22 Arab countries free of censorship.
    (SFEC, 7/4/99, p.A21)

1999        Nov 21, In Jordan King Abdullah pardoned 25 Hamas members and expelled 4 of them to Qatar.
    (SFC, 11/22/99, p.A13)

1999        Qatari women were allowed to vote and stand as candidates for municipal councils for the 1st time.
    (SFEC, 7/4/99, p.A21)(WSJ, 10/24/02, p.A12)

2000        Dec 31, Six Persian Gulf nations (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) signed a regional defense pact.
    (SFC, 1/1/01, p.A10)

2001        May 15, Fidel Castro arrived in Syria from Qatar for a 2-day visit.
    (SFC, 5/16/01, p.D14)

2001        Sep 23, The 6-member Persian "Gulf Cooperation Council" (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE) met in Jidda and pledged support for an int’l. coalition against terrorism.
    (SFC, 9/24/01, p.A7)

2001        Sep Yusuf Qaradawi (75), an Egyptian Muslim scholar living in Qatar, took part in a conference in Rome aimed at promoting Muslim-Christian dialogue.
    (WSJ, 10/15/01, p.A19)

2001        Oct 7, The Al-Jazeera TV network from Qatar showed video footage of Osama bin Laden praising Allah for the Sep 11 terrorist attacks.
    (SFC, 10/8/01, p.G1)

2001        Oct 11, The Pentagon confirmed the 1st US death in Operation Freedom. Air Force Sgt. Evander Earl Andrews was killed in a fork lift accident in Qatar.
    (SFC, 10/12/01, p.A16)(SFC, 10/20/01, p.A8)

2001        Nov 9, A WTO meeting was scheduled to start in Qatar. A Sep 27 blueprint called for concessions from the US, EU and Japan in opening markets for textiles, steel and agriculture.
    (WSJ, 9/28/01, p.A12)

2001        Oct 20, It was reported that Nat’l. Sec. Advisor, Condoleezza Rice, and Sec. of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, had made appearances in the past week on the Al Jazeera network to repeat that the war on terrorism is not a war on Islam.
    (SFC, 10/20/01, p.A10)

2001        Nov 7, Abdullah Mubarak al-Hajiri was killed after he opened fire on US and Qatari troops guarding the Al Adid air base.
    (SFC, 11/8/01, p.A13)

2001        Nov 10, China officially joined the WTO after ministers in Qatar approved its membership. The protocol became effective on Dec 11, 2001.
    (SSFC, 11/11/01, p.A14)(www.china-un.ch/eng/qtzz/wto/t85612.htm)

2001        Nov 14, In Doha, Qatar, 142 nations agreed to launch a new round of world trade (WTO) talks in negotiations that went 24 hours past the scheduled end. The centerpiece of the round was freer trade in farm goods.
    (WSJ, 11/15/01, p.A1)(Econ, 9/20/03, p.11)(Econ, 10/11/08, SR p.30)

2001        Dec 12, Ali-al-Marri, a citizen of Qatar, was arrested in Peoria, Ill. He had reportedly entered the USA legally with his wife and five children on 10 September 2001 to pursue post-graduate studies at Bradley Univ. 18 months later, as he was on the verge of trial for credit card fraud and other charges, Pres. Bush declared him an enemy combatant and moved him into military detention. In 2008 the US Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the president may order that people seized in the US be held indefinitely and without criminal charges.
    (www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21383.htm)(WSJ, 12/6/08, p.A1)

2002        Jun 9, Iraq and Qatar signed a free-trade agreement to drop customs duties and ease the flow of goods between the two Arab countries, further mending relations damaged by the 1990-91 Gulf War.
    (AP, 6/9/02)

2002        Jun 22, A bin Laden spokesman said in audiotaped remarks from Qatar that Osama bin Laden and his No. 2 man are both alive and well and their al-Qaida network is ready to attack new U.S. targets.
    (AP, 6/23/02)(SSFC, 6/23/02, p.A22)

2002        Dec 21, In Qatar some Persian Gulf leaders opened a summit by calling for regional unity and fast inspections by U.N. experts searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
    (AP, 12/21/02)

2003        Mar 24, Al-Jazeera went live with its English-based web site, for an alternative perspective from Western media: http://english.aljazeera.net
    (WSJ, 3/25/03, p.A12)

2003        Apr 28, The US moved an air operation center from Saudi Arabia to Qatar.
    (AP, 4/29/03)

2003        Apr 29, Qataris voted on their first permanent constitution.
    (AP, 4/29/03)

2003        Jun 5, Speaking to U.S. soldiers in Qatar, President Bush argued the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was justified and pledged that "we'll reveal the truth" on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.
    (AP, 6/5/04)

2003        Sep 10,  The first video image of Osama bin Laden in nearly two years was broadcast on Al-Jazeera TV.
    (AP, 9/10/08)

2004        Jan 10, A conference on U.S.-Islamic relations began in Qatar. Washington's support for Israel is at the root of differences between the United States and Islamic nations.
    (AP, 1/10/04)

2004        Jan 24, Qatar signed a $2.5 billion deal with Bechtel to begin construction of a new airport near Doha.
    (SFC, 1/27/04, p.B1)

2004        Feb 13, In Qatar Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev (51), Chechnya's exiled former president, was assassinated when a bomb blew apart his car as he left a mosque with his teenage son (13). He was wanted by Russia for terrorism and ties to al-Qaida.
    (AP, 2/13/04)

2004        Feb 26, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said that three Russian intelligence agents had been arrested in Qatar on suspicion of involvement in the killing of former Chechen President Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev. Ivanov said they were innocent and demanded their release. On June 30 Qatar sentenced 2 of the Russian agents to 25 years in jail.
    (AP, 2/26/04)(WSJ, 7/1/04, p.A1)

2004        Feb 28, Qatar accused Russia of detaining two of its nationals in Moscow, after two Russians were charged with murdering a former rebel Chechen leader in Qatar.
    (AP, 2/28/04)

2004        Dec 5, It was reported that the Norwegian firm Hydro and Qatar's state energy company signed a deal to build one of world's largest aluminium plants in the gas-rich Gulf state at a cost of three billion dollars.
    (AFP, 12/5/04)

2004        Qatar and the UAR raised the minimum age for camel jockeys from 15 to 18.
    (WSJ, 10/3/05, p.A1)

2004        Qatar offered the Swiss robotics firm K-Team SA a $1.37 million contract to design a robot jockey for camel racing. A 59-pound robot was set to premier in October 2005.
    (WSJ, 10/3/05, p.A1)

2005        Jan 16, Qatar Gas Transport planned the country’s largest share flotation. They recently unveiled a large LNG project with Exxon.
    (Econ, 1/8/05, p.54)

2005        Feb 15, It was reported that major energy firms had committed $20 billion to build a new gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Qatar to develop the huge natural gas reserves there.
    (WSJ, 2/15/05, p.A1)

2005        Feb 27, Qatar signed an agreement with Royal Dutch/Shell to develop a liquefied natural gas plant. Qatar Petroleum and Exxon Mobil launched their 12.8 billion Qatar Gas II joint venture to export LNS to the United Kingdom.
    (WSJ, 2/28/05, p.B2)

2005        Mar 19, In Qatar a suicide car bomb attack on a Doha theater killed one Briton. The next day Qatar blamed an Egyptian for the attack.
    (AP, 3/20/05)

2005        May 11, Qatar's first hard look at its own human rights shortcomings produced a catalogue of abuses that include prolonged detentions, mistreatment of foreign workers and the use of children as jockeys in camel races.
    (AP, 5/11/05)

2005        Mar, Sheik Saud al-Thani (38), a member of the royal family of Qatar, was arrested on allegations of misappropriating state funds and buying art for himself with money designated for Qatari museums. He was later released. Auction sales in Islamic art soon plunged.
    (WSJ, 7/29/05, p.W1)

2005        Jul 4, Al-Jazeera announced plans to launch an international, a satellite channel by march, 2006, that will beam English-language news to the US, and much of the rest of the world, from its base in tiny Qatar.
    (AP, 7/4/05)

2005        Sep 3, The Gulf emirate of Qatar announced it will donate 100 million dollars to relief efforts for the US victims of Hurricane Katrina. The funds included a $17.5 million grant to Xavier University in New Orleans, which serves mostly black Americans.
    (AFP, 9/3/05)(Econ, 9/9/06, p.48)

2005        Sep 15, Israel called for wider meetings with Arab nations and said efforts were under way to arrange summit talks with Qatar, a day after Qatar urged the Arab world to open up to the Jewish state following its Gaza Strip withdrawal.
    (AP, 9/15/05)

2006        Mar 10, Tamer Yusri Yassin, who worked in Qatar and is considered the founder of a group of 14 people involved in terrorist attacks, was allegedly extradited to Egypt from Qatar. The next day Qatar denied that Yassin was extradited. Yassin was one of 14 people referred for trial by the public prosecutor this week for involvement in two Cairo bombings on April 7 and April 30, 2005.
    (AFP, 3/11/06)(Reuters, 3/11/06)

2006        Mar, Persian Gulf stock markets suffered their 1st serious correction after years of 6-7% annual gains. Stock market reversals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAR, along with Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia triggered outrage among local small investors.
    (WSJ, 3/27/06, p.C1)

2006        Apr 17, Qatar said it would give the Palestinian government $50 million in aid to help make up for a shortfall after the US and the EU cut off funding.
    (AP, 4/17/06)

2006        Apr 29, A Qatar newspaper reported that Qatar has frozen bilateral free trade talks with the US, saying Washington was imposing preconditions that were not in Doha's interest.
    (AP, 4/29/06)

2006        Jun 6, Qatar Petroleum and South Africa’s Sasol unveiled a new plant in Qatar to transform natural gas into a synthetic fuel similar to diesel by a process knows as gas-to-liquids (GTL). Sasol was also building a GTL plant in Nigeria with Chevron Texaco.
    (Econ, 6/3/06, p.58)

2006        Jul 12, Acting on behalf of Arab nations, Qatar circulated a revised draft UN Security Council resolution demanding Israel end its offensive in the Gaza Strip and release the Palestinian officials it has arrested.
    (AP, 7/12/06)

2006        Sep 4, In Lebanon US civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson met with Hezbollah officials and called on them to show proof that two captured Israeli soldiers are still alive. A UN spokesman said Secretary-General Kofi Annan has agreed to requests by Hezbollah and Israel that he mediate in negotiations over the release of two abducted Israeli soldiers. Qatar announced that it would contribute 200 to 300 troops to the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, making the Persian Gulf state the first Arab country to commit soldiers to the peace effort in Lebanon.
    (AP, 9/4/06)

2006        Dec 1, The 15th Asian Games exploded into life in Doha, Qatar, with the most spectacular opening ceremony ever staged.
    (www.dohaasiangames.org/)

2006        Dec 6, In Doha, Qatar, Midway through day five of the Asian Games, China had 67 gold medals to Japan's 18 and South Korea's 14. Kazakhstan, thanks to its shooters and weightlifters, had 10.
    (AFP, 12/6/06)

2006        Dec 8, The MAP news agency said Qatar will invest 335 million dollars in tourist development schemes in the northern Moroccan city of Tangiers.
    (AFP, 12/8/06)

2006        Dec 10, The oil-rich Arab states on the Persian Gulf said that they will consider starting a joint nuclear program for peaceful purposes. The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council included Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
    (AP, 12/10/06)

2006        Qatar citizens number about 150,000 of a total population of 750,000.
    (Econ, 9/9/06, p.48)

2007        Feb 12, In Qatar Russia’s Putin and Qatari Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani announced they would explore the creation of a natural gas cartel to represent the interests of producer countries. Qatar sits atop the world's single largest gas field.
    (AP, 2/12/07)

2007        Apr 3, Qatar's PM Sheik Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani resigned and the country's emir appointed the foreign minister as replacement.
    (AP, 4/3/07)

2007        May 1, Japan and Qatar stressed their solid energy partnership and agreed to launch initial negotiations on moves to stimulate Japanese investment in the Gulf state.
    (AP, 5/1/07)

2007        Jun 15, The Gulf state of Qatar tightened its grip on J Sainsbury, Britain's third biggest supermarket chain, by raising its stake to 25%, sparking speculation it may launch a takeover.
    (AP, 6/15/07)

2007        Jun 21, In London, England, Damien Hirst’s “Lullaby spring" sold for $19.1 million, the highest price paid at auction for a work by a living artist. The work consisted of a stainless steel cabinet containing 6,136 hand-crafted and painted pills. It was purchased by Sheikha al-Mayassa al-Thani, the daughter of the emir of Qatar.
    (SFC, 6/23/07, p.E4)(Econ, 9/11/10, p.99)

2007        Jul 24, Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, sentenced to life in prison in Libya for allegedly infecting children with HIV, came home to Bulgaria and were greeted with tears and hugs, and a presidential pardon that allowed them to walk free after 8 1/2 years behind bars. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Qatar mediated the release and hinted the Gulf country may have had a broader role in resolving the crisis.
    (AP, 7/24/07)

2007        Jul 28, Libya said the Czech Republic, Qatar and Bulgaria contributed to an international fund to support hundreds of children who contracted HIV at a Libyan hospital in the 1990s. Libya also denounced a decision by Bulgaria's president to pardon six medics from life jail terms in an AIDS case as a "betrayal" and an "illegal procedure."
    (Reuters, 7/28/07)(AFP, 7/28/07)

2007        Oct 7, Qatar's Diar real estate investment company announced it has agreed to buy phase two of the Grosvenor Waterside residential development in the upmarket London district of Chelsea.
    (AP, 10/7/07)

2007        Dec 3, In Qatar Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reached out to Gulf Arab states, proposing security and economic pacts free of "foreign influence" in the first appearance by an Iranian leader before a summit of a key group of Persian Gulf nations. The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was formed shortly after the outbreak of the 1980 Iran-Iraq war, partly to counter the spread of Iran's Islamic revolution.
    (AP, 12/4/07)

2008        Mar 15, Qatar-based investment company IAS International said it was undertaking a series of development projects in Central African Republic worth 1.6 billion dollars.
    (AP, 3/15/08)
2008        Mar 15, In Qatar the consecration of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary was held. This became Qatar’s first Roman Catholic church, ending decades of clandestine worship for tens of thousands of foreign workers. The $15 million, 2,700-seat church was built on land donated by Qatar's emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
    (AP, 3/14/08)(AP, 3/15/08)

2008        Apr 21,     The Ethiopian government announced it was severing diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing the Gulf Arab state of destabilizing the Horn of Africa region.
    (AFP, 4/21/08)

2008        May 13, In Qatar the 6th Doha Interfaith Dialogue Conference opened. More than a dozen rabbis, including two from Israel, were in attendance. This conservative Muslim sheikdom recently opened the Doha International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue, one of the Gulf's first scholarly centers dedicated to interfaith dialogue.
    (AP, 5/16/08)

2008        May 21, Lebanon's feuding factions reached a breakthrough deal, following talks in Qatar, to end the country's 18-month political stalemate. The deal gives the militant Hezbollah group and its allies veto over any government decision.
    (AP, 5/21/08)

2008        Sep 12,The Sudanese government army and Janjaweed militias launched new attacks in a mountainous area of south Darfur according to rebel claims made the next day. UN boss Ban Ki-moon welcomed the establishment of an Arab League panel led by Qatar that will work with the African Union and United Nations to sponsor peace talks in Sudan's Darfur region.
    (AFP, 9/12/08)(AFP, 9/13/08)

2008        Oct 10, In Qatar the Doha Center for Media Freedom opened under the leadership of Robert Menard of France. Menard had previously led the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders.
    (Econ, 5/16/09, p.52)(http://tinyurl.com/rxkzzh)

2008        Oct 21, Iran, Russia and Qatar discussed the formation of an OPEC-style cartel among some of the largest natural gas producing nations, a prospect that has unnerved energy-importing nations in Europe and the United States.
    (AP, 10/21/08)

2008        Oct 31, Middle East investors will own up to one third of Barclays Plc after Abu Dhabi and Qatar provided most of 7.3 billion pounds ($12.1 billion) raised by the bank to repair damage from the global financial crisis and avoid taking UK government rescue funds.
    (Reuters, 10/31/08)

2008        Nov 9, Egyptian authorities denied entry to one of Osama bin Laden's sons and put him on a plane to Qatar, becoming the third country to reject the self-proclaimed "ambassador for peace." Omar Osama bin Laden (27) and his British wife, Zaina Alsabah (52), arrived at Cairo International Airport over the weekend after he unsuccessfully tried to seek political asylum in Spain.
    (AP, 11/9/08)

2008        Nov 22, Qatar unveiled its new Museum of Islamic Art, designed by I.M. Pei. By 2012 the MIA was considered to be one of the half-dozen best in the world.
    (Econ, 11/22/08, p.95) (Econ, 3/31/12, p.92)

2008        Nov 26, Qatar based Al Jazeera launched Sharek, a website where photos and videos can be submitted for use, once verified, in Al Jazeera’s television and online reports.
    (Econ, 7/9/11, SR p.10)(http://tinyurl.com/5hsj2k)

2008        Nov 29, In Qatar French President Nicolas Sarkozy told Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir to take action to end the conflict in Darfur.
    (AFP, 11/29/08)

2008        Qatar and Sudan set up a joint venture for investments in Sudan, which focused on developing agricultural land.
    (Econ, 5/23/09, p.62)

2009        Jan 16, Mauritania and Qatar suspended contacts with Israel to protest the Gaza bloodshed at an Arab summit that deepened the divisions between pro-US Arab nations and their rivals in the Middle East.
    (AP, 1/17/09)

2009        Mar 29, Sudan's Pres. Omar al-Bashir, who is sought by an international court on charges of war crimes in Darfur, received a warm welcome in Qatar, where he will attend this week's Arab League summit.
    (AP, 3/29/09)

2009        Mar 30, In Qatar Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi stormed out of an Arab summit after denouncing the Saudi king and declaring himself "the dean of Arab rulers."
    (AP, 3/30/09)

2009        Mar 31, In Qatar Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sought Arab support for a proposed oil-backed currency to challenge the US dollar in his latest swipe at Washington's dominance in global financial affairs.
    (AP, 3/31/09)

2009        Apr 30, In Illinois Ali al-Marri (43) pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization. A second charge of providing material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization was dropped. His case had sparked a legal debate over whether the government can hold terrorism suspects indefinitely. The Qatar native faced up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at his July 30 sentencing. 
    (AP, 5/1/09)

2009        May 15, Polish gas firm PGNiG announced that it had signed a deal with the Qatari firm Qatargas for the supply of one million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year.
    (AP, 5/30/09)

2009        Jun 1, China's special envoy to Darfur met with Sudan's President Omar al-Beshir and pledged three million dollars in humanitarian aid for the volatile region. Liu Guijin "greeted the president for the beginning of talks in Doha between the JEM and the government."
    (AFP, 6/2/09)

2009        Jun 7, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement paving the way for a monetary union and plans for a unified regional currency.
    (SFC, 6/8/09, p.C1)

2009        Jun 16, The US added six African countries to a blacklist of countries trafficking in people, and put US trading partner Malaysia back on the list. Chad, Eritrea, Niger, Mauritania, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe were added to the list in the annual report. Removed from the list were Qatar, Oman, Algeria, and Moldova.
    (AFP, 6/16/09)

2009        Jun 30, As many as 30 people were feared dead after the MV Demas Victory capsized and quickly sank in choppy Persian Gulf waters off the Qatari capital Doha. Five crew members were rescued. The ship was carrying 9 crew, along with 24 employees of the charterer HBK Power Cleaning and two caterers working for a company hired by HBK.
    (AP, 7/2/09)

2009        Nov 13, A UN official said an agreement has been reached for sweeping anti-corruption reviews on how countries account for their public assets. The pact came after talks in Qatar's capital, Doha, between the United Nations, World Bank and watchdog groups.
    (AP, 11/13/09)

2009        Nov 18, Qatar hosted what it billed as the ceremonial launch of Darfur peace talks, but neither Sudanese government nor rebel representatives took part.
    (AFP, 11/18/09)

2009        Dec 15, In Kuwait Gulf Arab nations put into force a monetary pact, moving a step closer toward the elusive goal of a single regional currency and greater integration between the mainly oil-rich states. The announcement was made by Kuwait's finance minister came as leaders from the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council nations were wrapping up a two-day summit in which they launched a regional electricity project. The GCC groups Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain.
    (AP, 12/15/09)

2009        Yusuf al-Qaradawi (82), an Egyptian scholar living in Qatar, authored “The Jurisprudence of Jihad."
    (Econ, 8/8/09, p.52)

2010        Jan 9, Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi, the Jordanian doctor who killed 7 CIA employees in a suicide attack in Afghanistan, said in video clips broadcast posthumously today that all jihadists must attack US targets to avenge the death of Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud. Speaking in Arabic in the video shown on al-Jazeera, the Arabic network, and Aaj, a Pakistani channel, al-Balawi noted that the Pakistani Taliban had given shelter to "emigrants" — Muslim fighters from abroad.
    (AP, 1/9/10)

2010        Feb 24, Qatar signed a defense pact with Iran.
    (Econ, 5/29/10, p.47)(www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=214868)

2010        Feb 25, In India a Hindu newspaper said India's best-known painter M.F. Husain (94), who went into exile after death threats from Hindu hardliners, has been granted Qatari citizenship, sparking new soul-searching about his persecution at home. Husain, known as the "Picasso of India," had angered hardline Hindus by portraying Hindu deities in the nude or in a sexually suggestive manner.
    (AFP, 2/25/10)

2010        Mar 10, Qatar's PM Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani said Arab states will respond to Israel's recent decision to expand an east Jerusalem settlement.
    (AFP, 3/10/10)

2010        Mar 13, In Qatar a two week UN conference opened with a focus on the Atlantic bluefin tuna and other marine life in the world's overfished oceans. The 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) discussed new proposals on regulating the trade in number of plant and animal species.
    (AP, 3/13/10)

2010        Mar 15, At the CITES conference in Qatar a top official with the UN wildlife agency said the world has "failed miserably" at protecting tigers in the wild, bringing an animal that is a symbol for many cultures and religions to "the verge of extinction."
    (AP, 3/15/10)

2010        Mar 16, At the CITES meeting in Qatar a marine conservation group, Oceana, said surging demand for shark fin soup among Asia's booming middle classes is driving many species of these big fish to the brink of extinction.
    (AP, 3/16/10)

2010        Mar 18, In Qatar the CITES convention said consumer appetite for caviar is pushing sturgeon to the brink of extinction. Fishing nations led by Japan rejected a US backed proposal to ban export of the Atlantic bluefin tuna. A proposal to ban the int’l. sale of polar bear skins also failed to pass.
    (SFC, 3/19/10, p.A2,5)

2010        Mar 21, Conservationists at the CITES meeting in Qatar said the Internet has emerged as one of the greatest threats to rare species, fueling the illegal wildlife trade and making it easier to buy everything from live baby lions to wine made from tiger bones.
    (AP, 3/21/10)

2010        Mar 23, At the CITES convention in Qatar Asian nations blocked US-backed proposals to protect the heavily fished hammerhead and oceanic whitetip sharks on concerns that regulating the booming trade in fins could hurt poor coastal nations.
    (AP, 3/23/10)

2010        Mar 25, In Qatar the CITES UN wildlife meeting rejected efforts to regulate the trade in overfished porbeagle sharks, reversing an earlier ruling at the conference and leaving none of the proposed shark species with protection. Asia nations managed to reopen the debate on the final day of the conference and voted to kill the proposal.
    (AP, 3/25/10)

2010        May 8, It was reported that Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed has sold luxury London department store Harrods to Qatar Holding, the Gulf royal family's investment arm.
    (AFP, 5/8/10)

2010        May 13, The UN General Assembly approved all 14 candidates for the 14 seats on the 47-member Human Rights Council. Human rights groups criticized the poor human rights records 7 of the candidates: Angola, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Qatar, Thailand and Uganda.
    (SFC, 5/14/10, p.A2)

2010        Jul 12, A group of 91 Israelis, wounded by Hezbollah rockets during the 2006 war, sued the Arab news network Al-Jazeera for $1.2 billion in a New York court for allegedly aiding the Lebanese guerrillas. The suit claimed the Qatar-based news network intentionally violated Israel's military censorship regulations and reported the precise locations of rocket strikes in Israel in live broadcasts during the monthlong 2006 war.
    (AP, 7/13/10)

2010        Jul 29, Qatar's PM Sheik Hamad bin Jassem Al Thani said the Arab nations have endorsed direct Palestinian talks with the Israelis but left the timing to the Palestinians themselves.
    (AP, 7/29/10)

2010        Jul 31, Qatar's emir made a high-profile visit to south Lebanon, a Hezbollah stronghold destroyed in a 2006 war with Israel and whose rebuilding the emirate is helping finance.
    (AFP, 7/31/10)

2010        Sep 12, Philippine authorities at Manila's airport found a newborn baby in a garbage bag that was apparently unloaded from an airplane that landed from the Middle East. On Sep 16 Rep. Lani Mercado said she met with the mother, who told her that she had been raped by her employer while working as a maid in Qatar and became pregnant.
    (AP, 9/12/10)(AP, 9/16/10)

2010        Oct 29, Morocco’s communications ministry said it has suspended the operations of the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television news channel in Rabat and withdrawn the accreditations of its staff. A government official who declined to be named said the authorities took exception to the way Al-Jazeera handles the issues of Islamists and Western Sahara.
    (AFP, 10/29/10)

2010        Nov 22, Egypt's Orascom Telecom said it is selling its entire 50% stake in its Tunisian subsidiary to Qatar Telecom in a deal valued at $1.2 billion.
    (AP, 11/22/10)

2010        Dec 2, Qatar was selected as host of the 2022 World Cup, beating out a bid by the United States to bring soccer's showcase back to America for the first time since 1994.
    (AP, 12/2/10)

2010        Dec 7, Leaders of six US-allied Gulf Arab nations, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said they were monitoring with "utmost concern" developments in Iran's disputed nuclear program and issued a thinly veiled warning to their Persian neighbor not to meddle in their internal affairs. The 2-day gathering of leaders from the Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman followed the publication of leaked US diplomatic memos that revealed deeper concern among Gulf Arab leaders over Tehran's nuclear program than had previously been known.
    (AP, 12/7/10)

2010        Dec 20, Iran and Qatar pledged to cooperate for greater regional security during a visit to Tehran by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the emir of the tiny but energy-rich Gulf state.
    (AFP, 12/20/10)

2010        Dec 30, In Qatar Mathaf, the first Arab Museum of Modern Art, opened.
    (Econ, 1/1/11, p.74)

2011        Feb 5, In Qatar an anti-corruption tribunal of the International Cricket Council banned former Pakistan captain Salman Butt for ten years, Mohammad Asif for seven years and Mohammad Aamer for five years for their role in a spot-fixing betting scam.
    (AFP, 2/5/11)

2011        Mar 21, Abdul Rahman bin Hamad al-Attiyah, secretary general of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, underscored the commitment of Qatar and the UAR to the international military coalition striking Libya but stressed the mission seeks only to protect civilians.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, President Barack Obama, seeking to shore up participation and clarify leadership of the military attacks on Libyan forces, spoke with Turkish and Qatari leaders.
    (Reuters, 3/22/11)

2011        Mar 25, Qatar flew its first sortie after joining the forces of 10 other nations enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya.
    (AP, 3/26/11)

2011        Apr 1, A Libyan rebel official said a plan to sell rebel-held oil to buy weapons and other supplies has been reached with Qatar.
    (AP, 4/1/11)

2011        Apr 13, Libyan rebels along the eastern front line pleaded again for more NATO airstrikes and expressed hope that political developments will allow them to advance on Moammar Gadhafi's territory. Top Western and Arab envoys gathered in Qatar's capital to discuss ways to end the Libyan crisis. Members of the Transitional National Council addressed the contact group as an alternative voice for Libya's people.
    (AP, 4/13/11)(AFP, 4/13/11)

2011        Apr 16, A Qatari state-controlled gas producer said it has agreed to send Japan more than 60 extra tanker shipments of liquefied natural gas to help power the Asian nation in the wake of its tsunami disaster.
    (AP, 4/16/11)

2011        May 9, In Libya NATO planes pounded government weapons depots southeast of the town of Zintan, in a sign of widening conflict in the Western Mountains region as rebels battled to unseat Muammar Gaddafi. Rebels were reported to have found a way to access badly needed cash, selling oil worth $100 million paid for through a Qatari bank in US dollars.
    (Reuters, 5/9/11)

2011        May 10, The Gulf Co-operation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE) said it welcomed Jordan’s request to join the 6-member group. Jordan had first applied for membership in the mid-1980s. The GCC said it would encourage Morocco to also join.
    (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=13586238)(Econ, 5/21/11, p.54)

2011        May 12, Qatar pulled out of an effort to mediate an end to Yemen's political crisis, blaming the country's embattled president for the impasse and potentially leaving his regime even more isolated among his neighbors.
    (AP, 5/13/11)

2011        May 18, Missing journalist Dorothy Parvaz, who was held by Iranian authorities after being detained in Syria, arrived in her company's home base of Qatar after winning her freedom.
    (AP, 5/18/11)

2011        Jul 14, The Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, finalized in May in Qatar, was signed by the Sudanese government and the Liberation and Justice Movement, one of a myriad of rebel groups.
    (Econ, 4/6/13, p.57)(http://tinyurl.com/bg6u952)

2011        Jul 18, In Syria the Qatari embassy in Damascus suspended operations due to recent protests outside the embassy against Al-Jazeera's coverage of the Syrian uprising. Al-Jazeera is based in Qatar. Security forces in Homs killed 10 people in raids.
    (AP, 7/18/11)(AP, 7/19/11)

2011        Jul 23, Asian football supremo Mohamed bin Hammam (62) was banned from the game for life after being found guilty of corruption following a two-day hearing of FIFA's ethics committee. The Qatari president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), had been accused of trying to buy votes in the FIFA presidential election with $40,000 cash gifts to Caribbean football officials.
    (AFP, 7/24/11)

2011        Sep 29, Egyptian security officials raided the Cairo office of Al Jazeera, roughing up staff and confiscating equipment. This was the second raid this month by authorities complaining the station is operating without permits.
    (AP, 9/29/11)

2011        Nov 2, Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder of an anti-poverty group in Bangladesh (BRAC) received the $500,000 education prize awarded by Qatar's Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
    (AP, 11/2/11)

2011        Nov 11, Qatar-based Al Jazeera opened its 2nd foreign language station broadcasting in Serbo-Croatian from Bosnia. English broadcasts began in 2006.
    (Econ, 11/12/11, p.58)

2011        Nov 12, The Bahraini interior ministry announced that four members of a cell planning attacks were detained in Qatar and turned over to Manama, while a fifth suspect was arrested in Bahrain. The Sunni-ruled Arab monarchies of the Gulf have repeatedly accused mainly Shiite Iran of meddling in their internal affairs.
    (AFP, 11/13/11)

2011        Nov 13, In Qatar energy ministers of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) met to prepare for a first summit of the 12-member group which is to discuss prices and coordination. The meeting welcomed Oman as the newest member of the forum. Other members included Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. Kazakhstan, Norway and the Netherlands were observers.
    (AFP, 11/13/11)

2011        Dec 6, Taiwan's state-owned CPC Corporation signed a 20-year contract with Qatar's RasGas to buy 1.5 million tons of liquefied natural gas a year.
    (AP, 12/6/11)

2011        Dec 14, An Indian newspaper reported that plans were being finalized for a Taliban office in the Gulf state of Qatar.
    (AP, 12/15/11)

2011        The population of Qatar numbered about 1.7 million with a GDP per person of $80,000. Fewer than one in 7 was a native born citizen.
    (Econ, 11/5/11, p.55)

2012        Jan 18, Syria's state-owned media accused Qatar of arming and financing opponents of President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Qatar's emir, Sheikh Hamad Ben Khalifa al-Thani, said in an interview aired at the weekend that he backs sending Arab troops to Syria. Activists said Syrian troops have shelled the mountain resort of Zabadani near the border with Lebanon, and living conditions are deteriorating there after six days of siege. By nightfall government tanks and armored vehicles pulled back from Zabadani to two military barracks on the outskirts.
    (AFP, 1/18/12)(AP, 1/18/12)(AP, 1/19/12)

2012        Feb 7, Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani held talks with Qatar's emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, on the 2nd day of an official visit expected to focus on Afghan peace efforts.
    (AFP, 2/7/12)

2012        Mar 7, Qatar’s official QNA news agency reported that the government has promised to invest $2 billion in Sudan, as Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the gas-rich state.
    (AFP, 3/7/12)

2012        Mar 12, UN-Arab League peace envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan, held talks with top Qatari officials after a weekend trip to Damascus where he urged leaders to end the bloodshed there.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)

2012        Apr 1, Fugitive Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi traveled to Qatar on what the gulf nation called an “official visit."
    (SFC, 4/2/12, p.A2)

2012        Apr 2, Iraq said that Qatar hosting fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi was "unacceptable" and called on Doha to hand him over, a demand he said was unconstitutional after talks with Qatar's emir.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)

2012        Apr 4, Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, accused of running a death squad, left the Gulf state of Qatar for Saudi Arabia.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)

2012        Apr 21, The third World Investment Forum opened in Doha, Qatar. Leaders and officials attending called for channeling more investments to poor nations and for introducing regulatory guidelines to help foster investments.
    (AFP, 4/21/12)

2012        Apr 22, UN and African officials urged sovereign wealth funds (SWF) worth an estimated $5 trillion to invest in developing countries, even as they seek the right climate and demand steps against corruption.
    (AFP, 4/22/12)

2012        May 8, Qatar-based Al-Jazeera said it has shut its English-language bureau in China after its correspondent became the first foreign journalist to be expelled from the country since 1998. Beijing's refusal to renew the visa of US citizen Melissa Chan sparked anger among press groups, which linked the decision to a documentary by the international news channel on forced prison labor in China.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)

2012        May 18, Leaders of Bulgaria, Qatar and Turkey agreed to study joint infrastructure projects like the construction of a new motorway from Istanbul across Bulgaria.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)

2012        May 28, In Qatar 19 foreigners died in a blaze at a shopping mall. 13 expatriate children were among those killed in the fire at the Villagio Mall in Doha's west end, including two-year-old triplets from New Zealand. On June 20, 2013, five people were convicted over the fire and sentenced to 6 years each.
    (Reuters, 5/29/12)(AP, 6/20/13)

2012        May 30, Qatar issued arrest orders for the owner of a fire-ravaged mall and four others as investigations widened into possible safety lapses during the May 28 blaze that killed 19 people, including 13 children.
    (AP, 5/30/12)

2012        Jun 6, A group of expat Syrian businessmen announced in Qatar the creation of a $300 million (239 million euro) fund to support the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad.
    (AFP, 6/6/12)

2012        Jun 7, Qatar Airways completed its first flight to Baghdad since Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, a month after launching services to Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.
    (AFP, 6/7/12)

2012        Jul 5, Europe's tallest skyscraper the Shard was inaugurated in London by Qatari PM Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, whose country has funded it, and Queen Elizabeth II's son Prince Andrew. The name was coined by its Italian architect Renzo Piano.
    (AFP, 7/5/12)

2012        Aug 11, Egypt's official news agency said Qatar has granted Egypt a $2 billion loan to help the country's flagging economy.
    (AP, 8/11/12)

2012        Aug 15, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar all ordered their citizens to leave Lebanon.
    (AFP, 8/16/12)

2012        Sep 6, Egypt's PM Hesham Kandil said Qatar has agreed to invest $18 billion in Egypt over the next five years to help boost the country's ailing economy.
    (AP, 9/6/12)

2012        Sep 6, Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, a major stakeholder in Xstrata, agreed to a Glencore offer of 3.05 shares of Glencore per Xstrata share. The deal was brokered by former British PM Tony Blair.
    (Economist, 9/15/12, p.61)

2012        Sep 22, Qatar said it will make critical investments in a $3.7 billion oil refinery project in Egypt that's among the biggest economic initiatives since the 2011 fall of Hosni Mubarak.
    (AP, 9/22/12)

2012        Oct 14, Iranian officials denied any role in recent online attacks against oil and gas companies in the Persian Gulf and denounced American allegations of an Iranian link to the Shamoon virus that hit Saudi state oil company Aramco and Qatari natural gas producer RasGas.
    (SFC, 10/15/12, p.A2)

2012        Oct 23, The emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, received a hero's welcome in Gaza, becoming the first head of state to visit the Palestinian territory since the Islamist militant Hamas seized control of the coastal strip five years ago.
    (AP, 10/23/12)

2012        Nov 7, In Qatar Syria's main opposition bloc began electing new leaders, amid intense international pressure from critics who say the exile-dominated group does not represent those risking their lives on the frontlines to oust President Bashar Assad.
    (AP, 11/7/12)

2012        Nov 8, The Syrian National Council conference in the Qatari capital of Doha failed to promote a single woman to the decision-making group of 41 members. SNC chief Abdelbaset Sieda said he was "so sad" and would try to add four women to the general secretariat by decree.
    (AP, 11/8/12)

2012        Nov 9, In Qatar Syria's main opposition group in exile elected George Sabra, a left-wing veteran dissident born into a Christian family, as its new president.
    (AP, 11/9/12)

 2012        Nov 11, In Qatar Syrian anti-government groups struck a deal under intense international pressure to form a new 63-member opposition leadership. The delegates elected Islamic preacher Maath al-Khatib president of the new coalition. Leading opposition figures Riad Seif and Suheir Atassi were elected vice presidents. The new leadership will be called the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces.
    (AP, 11/11/12)(Econ, 11/17/12, p.47)

2012        Nov 26, UN talks on a new climate pact resumed in Qatar, where negotiators from nearly 200 countries will discuss fighting global warming and helping poor nations adapt to it.
    (AP, 11/26/12)

2012        Nov 29, Qatari poet Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami was sentenced to life in prison for an Arab Spring-inspired verse that officials claim insulted Qatar's emir and encouraged the ruler's overthrow. Al-Ajami was jailed in November 2011, months after an Internet video was posted of him reciting "Tunisian Jasmine." His life sentence was later cut on appeal to 15 years.
    (AP, 11/29/12)(Econ, 12/7/13, p.63)

2012        Nov, In Qatar American teacher Jennifer Brown (40) was murdered in her company-provided home. Alvine Moseti Anyona, a Kenyan security guard in the building in which Brown lived, later confessed to the murder.
    (AP, 4/14/15)

2012        Dec 7, In Qatar nearly 200 countries failed to reach a deal on a global climate pact following a 2-week UN conference in Doha.
    (SFC, 12/8/12, p.A3)

2012        Qatari academic Ali Khalifa al-Kuwaiti authored “The People Want Reform in Qatar Too." It was banned for allegedly inciting the overthrow of the regime.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.53)(http://tinyurl.com/bpt9eqb)

2013        Jan 2, Al Jazeera said it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States.
    (Reuters, 1/3/13)

2013        Mar 24, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr Kamel said that the Syrian opposition can now send an envoy to the two-day Arab League summit beginning March 26 in Doha..
    (AP, 3/24/13)

2013        Mar 26, Syrian opposition representatives took the country's seat for the first time at an Arab League summit in Qatar. The Arab League in 2011 suspended the Syrian government's membership in the organization in response to the regime's crackdown on opponents.
    (AP, 3/26/13)

2013        Mar 31, Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai met with the emir of Qatar in Doha to discuss the possible opening of a Taliban office in Qatar.
    (SFC, 4/1/13, p.A4)

2013        Apr 8, Qatar pledged $500 million to help rebuild Sudan's war-battered region of Darfur as part of an international conference seeking ways to boost stability after a decade of violence.
    (AP, 4/8/13)

2013        Jun 18, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the group will open a political office in Qatar to try to find a political solution to the war in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 6/18/13)

2013        Jun 22, In Qatar an 11-nation group including the US met in Doha to coordinate military aid and other forms of assistance to rebels in Syria.
    (AP, 6/23/13)

2013        Jun 25, Qatar's ruler Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (61) formally handed power to his son  Sheik Tamim (33), capping a carefully crafted transition that puts a new generation in charge of the Gulf nation's vast energy wealth and rising political influence.
    (AP, 6/25/13)(Econ, 9/28/13, p.46)

2013        Jun, Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo won an auction for mobile licenses in Myanmar. They will compete with each other and a loca lstate-owned outfit.
    (Econ, 9/28/13, p.68)

2013        Aug 20, The Al Jazeera America news program “America Tonight" was launched from NYC. Executives were informed that AT&T’s U-verse pay-TV system was dropping the network. A breech of contract suit was quickly filed.
    (SFC, 8/20/13, p.A6)(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A12)

2013        Aug 26, Qatar health authorities announced the 2nd confirmed case in a week of the MERS coronavirus in the Gulf state, with a 29-year-old man infected and in intensive care.
    (AFP, 8/27/13)

2013        Sep 4, Qatar reported that a woman has died after contracting the MERS coronavirus, becoming the first recorded fatality from the SARS-like virus in the Gulf state.
    (AFP, 9/4/13)

2013        Sep 26, Nepal recalled its ambassador to Qatar after she compared the Middle Eastern emirate to an "open jail" for thousands of Nepali migrants who face abuse from employers there.
    (AFP, 9/26/13)

2013        Oct 1, A judge in Qatar ordered an American couple, Matthew and Grace Huang, to remain jailed pending trial on charges of starving to death their 8-year-old adopted daughter. The couple claims the girl died in January from medical problems complicated by anorexia-like bouts.
    (AP, 10/1/13)

2013        Oct 10, A retrospective of the art of Damien Hirst opened in Doha, Qatar featuring 93 works.
    (Econ, 10/19/13, p.86)

2013        Nov 6, A Qatari court released Matthew and Grace Huang, a US couple, on trial for allegedly causing the death of their eight-year-old adopted daughter to sell her body parts.
    (AFP, 11/6/13)
2013        Nov 6, British energy firm Centrica said it has signed a deal to supply British homes with Qatari liquefied natural gas in a tie-up worth £4.4 billion and lasting until 2018.
    (AFP, 11/6/13)

2013        Nov 20, Tunisia signed a $500 million loan agreement with energy-rich Qatar to help bolster its currency reserves.
    (AFP, 11/23/13)

2013        Nov 22, Qatar health authorities said an expatriate (48) has died of MERS, bringing to four the number of deaths in the Gulf state from the coronavirus.
    (AFP, 11/22/13)

2013        Dec 27, Morocco and Qatar signed an aid deal worth $1.25 billion, part of a five-year package of financial assistance extended by wealthy Gulf states to the North African kingdom to help it weather 'Arab Spring' protests.
    (Reuters, 12/28/13)

2014        Jan 15, Bosnia's president and a Qatar minister opened a new library in the heart of the Ottoman-era Old Town section of Sarajevo to house books and more than 100,000 manuscripts saved from the 1992-95 siege. The oldest is a handwritten Islamic encyclopedia that was written in Arabic in 1105. Qatar donated $9 million to the project.
    (AP, 1/15/14)
2013        Jan 15, In Qatar Gloria Huang (8), the adopted African-born daughter of Americans Matthew and Grace Huang, died unexpectedly. Qatari police charged the couple the next day of murder with intent by forced starvation. The couple argued that Gloria had been suffering from malnutrition-related diseases since they adopted her from Ghana at the age of four.
    (Reuters, 11/30/14)

2014        Jan 21, A report on Syria, commissioned by the government of Qatar, detailed photographic and documentary evidence of systematic torture and killing of some 11,000 detainees between march 2011 and August 2013.
    (Econ, 1/25/14, p.38)(http://tinyurl.com/qhbyqde)

2014        Feb 21, India came under pressure over the deaths of over 450 nationals in almost two years in Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup. Amnesty International called on the Indian government to release more information about the deaths amid mounting criticism over safety and working conditions in Qatar.
    (AFP, 2/21/14)

2014        Feb 22, Libyan police arrested six Qataris at Benghazi airport as they tried to board a plane to Turkey using forged Libyan passports and carrying almost $146,000.
    (Reuters, 2/22/14)

2014        Feb 27, In Qatar 12 people including two children were killed when a gas tank exploded at a Turkish restaurant in Doha.
    (Reuters, 2/27/14)

2014        Mar 3, The United Arab Emirates' top court in Abu Dhabi convicted Qatari Dr. Mahmoud al-Jaidah and sentenced him to seven years behind bars on charges linked to cooperating with an illegal clandestine organization that aimed to overthrow the government.
    (AP, 3/3/14)

2014        Mar 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar in an unprecedented public split between Gulf Arab allies who have fallen out over the role of Islamists in a region in turmoil.
    (Reuters, 3/5/14)

2014        Mar 23, Sudanese officials said the country’s rich but under-developed archaeological heritage has received an unprecedented $135 million (98 million euros) in funding from the Gulf state of Qatar.
    (AFP, 3/23/14)

2014        Mar 27, In Qatar Matthew and Grace Huang, an American couple charged with starving their adopted daughter (8) to death, were sentenced to three years in prison. Their daughter was pronounced dead when the Huangs took her to the hospital in January 2013.
    (AP, 3/27/14)

2014        Apr 2, Qatar's emir held talks in Sudan at a time of strained ties with his country's Gulf neighbors over its perceived support for the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood. After the emir's departure, Sudan's Finance Minister Badraldin Mahmoud Abbas told reporters that Qatar will provide Sudan with $1 billion to help boost its reserves of hard currency.
    (AFP, 4/2/14)

2014        Apr 9, Egypt state news said security forces have arrested a man who worked for Qatar's Al Jazeera television network and accused him of inciting and taking part in violence. Abdel Rahman Shaheen was described as a Muslim Brotherhood member.
    (Reuters, 4/9/14)

2014        Apr 30, Qatar opened its vast new Hamad International Airport  in Doha following years of delays.
    (AP, 4/30/14)

2014        May 7, The UN continued to urge Qatar to abolish the sponsorship system tying migrant workers to employers raising concerns about exploitation of workers in construction and domestic households. Several of 84 states speaking in the session linked Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup with the need to reform its laws.
    (AP, 5/7/14)

2014        May 31, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American prisoner of the Afghan war, was freed after Pres. Obama agreed to release five high-level Afghan detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The government of Qatar served as the go-between in the negotiations and is taking custody of the five Afghan detainees.
    (AP, 6/1/14)

2014        Jun 3, Qatar said it has moved five Afghan Taliban prisoners freed in exchange for a US soldier to a residential compound and will let them move freely in the country.
    (Reuters, 6/3/14)

2014        Jun 27, The United Arab Emirates arrested two Qatar citizens, Hamad Ali al-Hamadi and Yousef Abdelsamad al-Mulla, at the Ghweifat border crossing between Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Both were described as "spies" by Emirati media.
    (AFP, 7/10/14)

2014        Jul 18, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas reached out for French help to lobby Hamas's regional allies to influence it into accepting a truce with Israel. France has asked Qatar, which has close links with Hamas, to use its influence with the Palestinian Islamist group to reach a ceasefire in the conflict in Gaza.
    (AFP, 7/19/14)(Reuters, 7/18/14)

2014        Aug 30, A Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting in the Saudi Red Sea resort of Jeddah ended. An Omani minister said the Gulf Arab monarchies have resolved a six-month dispute with Qatar, which they had accused of destabilizing the region by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.
    (AFP, 8/30/14)

2014        Sep 14, Libyan PM Abdullah al-Thinni said Qatar had sent three military planes loaded with weapons and ammunition to a Tripoli airport controlled by an armed opposition group.
    (Reuters, 9/14/14)

2014        Sep 23, The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time. Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates participated in or supported the strikes against Islamic State targets. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 70 Islamic State fighters were killed in strikes that hit at least 50 targets in Raqqa and Deir al-Zor and Hasakah provinces. It also said at least 50 fighters and 8 civilians were killed in strikes targeting al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, in northern Aleppo and Idlib provinces.
    (Reuters, 9/23/14)

2014        Sep 24, In South Korea Qatari basketballers forfeited a women's match against Mongolia and considered withdrawing from the Asian Games competition after being refused permission to wear a hijab.
    (AP, 9/24/14)

2014        Oct 12, In Cairo, Egypt, US Sec. of State John Kerry presided over a conference on peace in the Middle East and announced an additional $212 million in US aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Qatar said it would provide $1 billion in reconstruction assistance for Gaza, while fellow Gulf Arab states Kuwait and United Arab Emirates promised $200 million each. Germany also announced it would contribute 50 million euros ($63 million) to reconstruction efforts in Gaza.
    (Reuters, 10/12/14)

2014        Nov 16, Gulf states agreed to welcome Qatar back to the fold following a row over its support for Islamists. Last March Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE announced the withdrawal of their envoys from Qatar in protest at its "interference" in their internal affairs by supporting Islamists.
    (AFP, 11/19/14)

2014        Nov 26, It was reported that Qatar is covertly training moderate Syrian rebels with US help to fight both President Bashar al-Assad and Islamic State and that the program has been running for nearly a year.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)

2014        Nov 30, In Qatar an appeals court in Qatar overturned the convictions of Los Angeles couple Matthew and Grace Huang. The couple had been sentenced to three years in jail for the Jan 15, 2013, death of their adopted African-born daughter. They tried to return to the US but their passports were seized and they were told a new arrest warrant had been issued for them. The couple were allowed to leave on Dec 3.
    (AP, 11/30/14)(SFC, 12/4/14, p.A3)

2014        Dec 9, The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE) agreed to create a joint naval force based out of Bahrain and announced a police force based in Abu Dhabi.
    (SSFC, 12/14/14, p.A22)

2014        Dec 22, France-based Airbus delivered its first next-generation A350-900 plane to Qatar Airways in a formal ceremony that kickstarts its bid to erode rival Boeing's dominance in the lucrative long-haul market.
    (AFP, 12/22/14)

2015        Jan 6, The Israeli government said Qatar has expelled to Turkey Khaled Mashal, leader of the Hamas militant group. An aide to Mashal said the claim was wrong.
    (SFC, 1/7/15, p.A3)

2015        Jan 15, In Qatar the world's newest jetliner, the Airbus A350, took to the skies carrying its first paying passengers from the Gulf Arab nation.
    (AP, 1/15/15)

2015        Jan 17, The US released Ali al-Marri, arrested as an enemy non-combatant in December 2011, and returned him to Qatar. He was arrested while attending graduate school in Illinois and held for nearly six years in a US Navy brig before pleading to conspiring  to support a terrorist organization and receiving a sentence of just over eight years.
    (SFC, 1/19/15, p.A2)

2015        Jan 30, Qatar Airways said it has bought nearly 10 percent of the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia, deepening its business ties to Europe.
    (AP, 1/30/15)

2015        Apr 14, A Qatari court sentenced Kenyan security guard Alvine Moseti Anyona to life in prison for the 2012 murder of American teacher Jennifer Brown. Anyona was expected to serve up to 20 years.
    (AFP, 4/14/15)

2015        May 4, In Qatar the CEO of French aerospace firm Dassault, Eric Trappier, signed a 6.3-billion-euro ($7-billion) deal with Qatari defense officials in Doha. The agreement includes an order for 24 Rafale fighter jets, with an option on a further 12. French President Francois Hollande oversaw the signing.
    (AFP, 5/4/15)

015        May 13, In Qatar women won two of the 29 seats up for grabs on the municipal council, the only directly elected body in the Gulf nation.
    (AP, 5/14/15)

2015        May 21, Qatar insisted it was "committed" to improving conditions for its huge number of migrant laborers following an Amnesty report accusing Doha of failing to deliver on promised reforms.
    (AFP, 5/21/15)

2015        May 31, A US officials said Qatar has agreed to temporarily extend a travel ban on five senior Taliban leaders who were released last year from Guantanamo. Their travel restrictions were due to expire on June 1.
    (SFC, 6/1/15, p.A4)

2015        Jun 20, In Germany Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour (52) was arrested at a Berlin airport, after Germany acted on an international arrest warrant issued by his native country Egypt. An Egyptian court had sentenced Mansour in absentia in 2014 to 15 years in prison, for "torturing a lawyer in 2011 on Tahrir Square" in Cairo, epicenter of an anti-regime uprising that brought down former president Hosni Mubarak. Mansour was soon released without charges.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)(Reuters, 6/22/15)

2015        Aug 4, The Arab League condemned Turkey's actions and called on Ankara to recognize the sovereignty of Iraq. The Arab League also called on Turkey and Iraq to increase cooperation in order to try and preserve peace. Qatar however, distanced itself from the Arab League declaration.
    (AFP, 8/5/15)

2015        Aug 5, The US Treasury targeted two financiers from Qatar suspected of being major supporters of al-Qaida and the Al Nusra Front. Penalties were imposed on Sa’d bin Sa’s Muhammad Shariyan Ka’bi and Abd al-Latif Bin ‘Abdallah Salih Muhammad Kawari.
    (SFC, 8/6/15, p.A4)

2015        Aug 30, Qatar officials said exports plunged more than 40 percent in value in the year up until July 2015, on the back of a slump in petrol and hydrocarbon sales.
    (AFP, 8/30/15)

2015        Sep 7, Some 1,000 Qatar ground troops arrived in Yemen, escalating Gulf Arab intervention in Yemen's war ahead of a planned offensive against Iranian-backed Houthis holding the capital Sanaa. At least 15 civilians were killed in Saudi-led air strikes.
    (Reuters, 9/7/15)(Reuters, 9/8/15)

2015        Oct 8, In the Czech Rep. a Prague court convicted Qatari royal family member Hamad bin Abdallah bin Thani Al Thani of sexually abusing minors and sentenced him to 11 months and eight days in prison. Czech authorities reopened the trial in 2009 after Qatar failed to prosecute him and issued an international arrest warrant for him in 2011.
    (AP, 10/8/15)   

2015        Oct 23, Germany defended a decision to allow the export of tanks and artillery to Qatar, saying it was confident the arms would not be used in a war in Yemen between government supporters and the Iran-allied Houthis.
    (Reuters, 10/23/15)

2015        Oct 27, Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, approved a new law overseeing the sponsorship system, which currently only allows workers to leave the country with the approval of their employer, as well as rules that allow workers to switch jobs. Rights groups the next day dismissed as a "sham" the long-awaited reforms.
    (AFP, 10/28/15)

2015        Nov 1, Qatar officially opened the country's biggest workers' accommodation camp, with enough space to house almost 70,000 laborers.
    (AFP, 11/1/15)

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