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Topic - Qatar
With the World Cup in faraway Brazil coming at a time of unprecedented sectarian violence and soaring tension in the Middle East, some Arab football fans have been reduced to watching matches in secret or even - and this is where it gets complicated - on a TV channel owned by Israel.
Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged Sunday that the five Taliban prisoners recently released in a prisoner exchange may re-enter the battle, but warned that they face "enormous risk" if they do.
The Taliban on Wednesday released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered cautious defense of the White House decision to swap Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban members at Guantanamo Bay, saying President Obama was handed a "tough" decision and critics should hold back their opinions.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday the administration does not believe the exchange of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held in captivity in Afghanistan for nearly five years, for the transfer of five former Guantanamo Bay prison detainees to Qatar, is not a security threat to the United States.
As a prisoner of war in Afghanistan was transferred back to U.S. custody, Republicans challenged the Obama administration's insistence it did not negotiate with terrorists in securing the soldier's release and say the move was illegal and could embolden terrorists around the globe.
Organizers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have denied fresh allegations of wrongdoing after a British newspaper report questioned the integrity of choosing the emirate as tournament host.
FIFA's controversial choice of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup is again under scrutiny amid calls to re-run the vote.
The only American soldier held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan has been released, administration officials announced Saturday.
A former member of FIFA's executive committee was accused Sunday of making payments totaling $5 million to senior football officials in return for support for Qatar's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup.
The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.
The host of the 2022 World Cup is calling for tourists and visitors to dress modestly. But the country is still caught up in controversy.
The "Reflect your Respect" campaign, led by the Qatar Islamic Cultural Center, tells tourists that "leggings are not pants" and urges them to dress modestly out of respect for the country's strict Islamic culture.
It is "a mistake" to hold the World Cup in the searing summer heat of Qatar, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said.
Brendon Santalab scored late as Western Sydney Wanderers beat J-League champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-0 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals in their Asian Champions League debut season.