#FIFA ‘ Refutes reports of stripping Russia as Hosts of 2018 World Cup in Favour of Qatar ‘

#AceNewsReport – #BreakingUpdate:#FIFA on Thursday refuted media reports that the world football organization considered stripping Russia of the right to host the 2018 World Cup over the Ukraine crisis, a source in the #FIFA press service said.

The Spanish sports daily As, on Wednesday, reported that FIFA had asked Qatar to speed up its preparations for the 2022 World Cup, so that the country could be ready to host the competition in 2018 instead of Russia, should the situation in Ukraine worsen. It was not specified when the offer was made.

“This information is absolutely wrong,” the source told R-Sport on Thursday.

The West has imposed restrictive measures against Russia as it accuses Moscow of fueling the internal conflict in Ukraine. The Kremlin denies the allegations.

The news comes amid the FIFA corruption scandal. In late May, several high-ranking FIFA officials were arrested on a US federal corruption warrant. Swiss authorities launched a separate probe into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. @AceNewsServices

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AUSTRALIA: Deny they paid any bribes to #FIFA officials ‘

#AceNewsReport – #BreakingUpdate AUSTRALIA:June.09: Australia has denied any brides were received by them in 2020 World Cup bid.

Australia secured only one vote despite ploughing Aus$43 million (US$32 million) into its pitch. It was competing against the United States, Japan, South Korea and Qatar, which was controversially awarded the tournament.

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‘ ISIS HAVE GOT THEIR HANDS ON CHINESE MADE SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILES RECENT VIDEOS SHOW’

#AceWorldNews – October 31 – An advanced surface-to-air missile thought to have been supplied to Syrian rebels by Qatar against American wishes has been filmed in the hands of ISIS jihadists.

A militant was shown firing a Chinese-made FN6 shoulder-mounted missile, with a later image suggesting it had brought down an Iraqi army helicopter.

The attack was said to have happened during the battle for Baiji, a town that houses Iraq’s biggest oil refinery.

The FN6, a modern weapon that is still being made, is more powerful than the older, Russian-made missiles previously seen in the hands of rebels and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).

Source: ISIS has captured an advanced Chinese-made surface-to-air missile | National Post.

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‘ Qatar Awareness Campaign: Letter to Michael Bloomberg #StopQatarNow ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 29 – This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of the State of Qatar, whose government you and your philanthropies are connected to and work with.

Qatar is a state sponsor of terror, providing funds to Fatah and Hamas, and the host country of the Muslim Brotherhood.

READ MORE: Qatar Awareness Campaign: Letter to Michael Bloomberg #StopQatarNow | The Counter Jihad Report.

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SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ COURT SENTENCES 13 PEOPLE TO PRISON OVER PLOTTING AN AL-QAEDA ATTACK AGAINST US FORCES ‘

#AceWorldNews – SAUDI ARABIA – October 22 – A Saudi court has sentenced 13 people to between 18 months and 30 years in prison for plotting an Al-Qaeda attack against US forces, AFP said.

The defendants were convicted of “forming a terrorist cell” to target US forces in Qatar with hand grenades, rockets and other weapons, and they also planned to attack US forces in Kuwait, SPA news agency reported.

One of the group, a Qatari, was sentenced by a specialized terrorism court to 30 years in prison, while an Afghan received five years.

Eleven Saudis were jailed for between 18 months and 25 years.

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EGYPT: ‘ US Secretary John Kerry Arrives in Cairo to Gird Support Against Islamic State ‘

#AceNewsServices – (Exclusive) – EGYPT (Cairo) – September 13 – US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Cairo on the latest leg of a regional tour to forge a coalition to battle the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

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Kerry is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi.

The United States says it is “comfortable” it can build an international coalition to fight the armed group, but with Western and Middle Eastern allies hesitant on the specifics, it risks finding itself out on a limb.

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President Barack Obama this week unveiled a rough

plan to combat Islamic State group fighters simultaneously in Iraq and Syria, thrusting the US directly into two different wars in which nearly every country in the region has a stake.

The broad concept of a coalition has been accepted in Western capitals and on Thursday 10 Arab states, including regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar, signed up to a “co-ordinated military campaign”.

“I’m comfortable that this will be a broad-based coalition with Arab nations, European nations, the United States, others,” Kerry said in the Turkish capital Ankara on Friday.

But he added it was “premature” to set out what tasks individual coalition partners would shoulder.

Iran ruled Out: 

US officials have said the coalition will be broad. However, when asked on Friday, Kerry ruled out Iranian involvement as inappropriate due to its support for the regime of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

He said there were “any number of reasons” why Iran should not join a Paris conference on Monday to discuss coalition strategy.

Iran has never offered to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria, describing it as “shrouded in serious ambiguities”. It has sent soldiers to Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government to combat Islamic State fighters there.

“No one has called me and asked me with respect to the presence of Iran, but I think under the circumstances, at this moment in time, it would not be right for any number of reasons. It would not be appropriate, given the many other issues that are on the table with respect to their engagement in Syria and elsewhere,” Kerry said.

The US on Friday said that it was at war with Islamic State, a day after Obama’s statement that strikes against the group were to extend into Syria.

The comments by Pentagon and White House officials on Friday came as the US president was pressed to clear up doubts about how he saw the conflict with the group, also known as ISIL.

“The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al-Qaeda,” Josh Earnest, a spokesman for the White House, said.

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Al Jazeera – Reuters 

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‘ Doha Will Host Meeting Between Mahmoud Abbas and Ban Ki-Moon Over Gaza ‘

#AceBreakingNews – DOHA – July 20 – Doha has announced it will host a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday, which will look to try and push for an end to fighting in the Gaza strip, according to a senior source from the country reported RT.

The session is due to take place in Doha and will be chaired by the Gulf state’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who has been acting as a “channel of communication” between the Islamist Hamas group and the international community, said the source.

“Qatar has presented Hamas’ demands to the international community. The list has been presented to France and to the UN. The talks tomorrow will be to further negotiate these conditions.”

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has rejected Egyptian efforts to end the fighting, saying any deal must include an end to a blockade of the coastal area and a recommittment to a ceasefire reached in an eight-day war there in 2012.

The conditions include the release of prisoners re-arrested since a 2011 exchange deal with Israel, the opening of Gaza-Israel border crossings and an end to an Israeli blockade on the Gaza seaport, a Hamas source in Doha said.

“In general, Israel must end all forms of aggression and attacks, end the blockade of Gaza and remove the actions that resulted from its military offensive in the West Bank after June 12,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters in the Palestinian Territories.

Egypt said on Saturday it had no plans to revise its ceasefire proposal, which Hamas has already rejected. And the Hamas source in Doha said the group has no plans to change its conditions for a ceasefire.

“We want the rights of our people. Palestinians on the ground are supporting us and we will get them back their rights,” said the source.

#ANS2014

#doha, #egyptian, #france, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #palestine-president-mahmoud-abbas, #qatar, #un, #un-secretary-general-ban-ki-moon

` Five Taliban Detainees Exchanged for US Army Sergeant Will Spend a Year in Qatar ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – June 01 – Five Taliban detainees released in exchange for a US Army sergeant will spend a year in Qatar, AFP reports. US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel earlier credited Qatar and its emir with securing the sergeant’s release, who had been held in Taliban captivity for 5 years.

The five detainees transferred from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba had reportedly been officials in the Taliban regime driven out by the US-led invasion of Afghanistan and they remained influential, a Taliban source told AFP.

Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar called the prisoner swap a “big victory.”

RT – AFP

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#afghanistan, #chuck-hagel, #cuba, #guantanomo-baygitmo, #qatar, #taliban, #united-states

` US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel Says Nuclear Talks Between Iran +6 Powers Will Not Undermine Security in Persian Gulf ‘

#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – May 15 – US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will not undermine the security of the Persian Gulf region.

Hagel made the remarks on Wednesday in an opening speech to a conference with his Persian Gulf counterparts in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

He said Washington is hopeful of progress in the negotiations currently under-way in the Austrian capital Vienna between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States — plus Germany.

“As negotiations progress, I want to assure you of two things,” the Pentagon chief told the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain.

“First, these negotiations will under no circumstances trade away regional security for concessions on Iran’s nuclear program.”

#ANS2014

#russia, #bahrain, #britain, #china, #chuck-hagel, #france, #germany, #jeddah, #kuwait, #oman, #persian-gulf, #qatar, #saudi-arabia, #tehran, #un-security-council, #united-states

` Al Jazeera Serves Egypt with a $150 Million Compensation Claim for Damage to its Media Business '

#AceWorldNews – LONDON – April 28 – The Qatar-based satellite network Al Jazeera served Egypt with a $150 million compensation claim on Monday for what it said was damage to its media business inflicted by Cairo’s military rulers, a step likely to worsen Qatari-Egyptian relations.

In a move aimed at drawing attention to what Al Jazeera calls Egypt’s unacceptable treatment of it and its journalists, a lawyer acting for the pan-Arab channel told Reuters he had handed a legal document detailing the claim to a representative of the Egyptian government.

Egypt had begun a “sustained campaign” against Al Jazeera and its journalists after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July last year, said Cameron Doley, a lawyer at London law firm Carter-Ruck, which is handling the case.

“Al Jazeera invested substantial sums in Egypt,” said Doley. “The effect of this recent campaign by the military government is that this investment has been expropriated. Egypt is bound by international law to pay Al Jazeera just and effective compensation.”

Cairo had six months to settle the claim, filed in the context of a bilateral investment treaty, he said, or face an international tribunal. There was no immediate comment from the Egyptian authorities.

REUTERS – AL-JAZEERA

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` Barack Obama has Decided to Expand Assistance to ` Train and Arm Rebels ‘ against Bashar Al-Assad ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – April 02 – (ALM) – President Barack Obama has apparently decided to expand assistance to training of rebels against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, according to a report by the Washington Post.

The subject is expected to come up during Obama’s meeting with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Friday.

Among the goals of the aid is to allow the rebels to fight against terrorist extremists. The training, to be overseen by the Central Intelligence Agency, would take place in Saudia Arabia, Jordan and Qatar.

The aid will include training 600 terrorist per month and providing the militant groups in Syria with air defence missiles.

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` Qatari Court Condemned `US ' Couple from ` Los Angeles ' to Three years in Prison for Causing Death of their Daughter '

#AceWorldNews – QATAR – March 27 – Qatari court on Thursday condemned a US couple from Los Angeles to three years in prison for causing the death of their adopted eight-year-old daughter, AFP said.

Matthew and Grace Huang were arrested in January 2013 after their daughter Gloria, from Ghana, died.

They were accused of causing her death in order to sell her organs.

The judge did not specify the exact charges for which the Huangs were sentenced.

They have two weeks to appeal.

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#afp, #death, #los-angeles, #prison, #qatar, #qatari, #us

` White House Cancels Plans to Attend Meting Between `Obama and the Persian Gulf Monarch’s in Saudi Arabia ‘

#AceWorldNews – The White House has cancelled plans for a meeting later this month between US President Barack Obama and Persian Gulf monarchs in Saudi Arabia based on tensions among US allies in the region, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

The summit was to include leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations, which includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait.

Diplomats informed of the decision to scuttle the meeting said the cancellation symbolizes the tumultuous political climate in the Middle East.

The US has worked with the GCC on security and economic issues in recent years, but the main points of contention include Syria’s civil war and Iran’s nuclear operations.

In addition, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain withdrew ambassadors from Qatar this month based on its support for the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group.

Wall Street Journal – News and Media Sources

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` Three of the ` Gulf Co-Operation Council ‘ States are not happy with ` Qatar’s ‘ support of the `Muslim Brotherhood ‘

#AceWorldNews “As long as Doha does not revise its policy,” there’s no end in sight for the political crisis in Qatar, said Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, cited by the Saudi Al-Hayat Newspaper on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

The statement follows the March 5 return by their governments of Emirati, Bahraini and Saudi ambassadors from Qatar, a move spurred by the Gulf state’s alleged refusal to abide by the agreement that the Gulf Cooperation Council would not interfere in each other’s internal affairs.

The three other GCC states are not happy with Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, a party whose ideology is a challenge to the conservative principles of the Gulf region’s established monarchies.

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#doha, #gulf-co-operation-council-gcc, #muslim-brotherhood, #qatar, #reuters, #saudi, #saudi-al-hayat-newspaper

` Gaza Strip’s Sole Power Plant Resumes Operation’s After Sanction’s have been Lifted ‘

#AceWorldNews The Gaza Strip’s sole power plant resumed operations on Monday following a two-day pause, Palestinian officials said.

The shut-down was due to a lack of fuel, following Israeli government’s decision to close all borders with Gaza and suspend the delivery of all commercial goods to the region. Israel eventually allowed in 110,000 litres of fuel for the plant on Sunday and 500,000 litres more on Monday, authority coordinator of supplies into Gaza Strip told Reuters.

The fuel is paid for by Qatar. The plant is a major source of electricity for Gaza’s 1.8 million people, living under an Egyptian-Israeli blockade.

Related News: March 15 18.43 http://wp.me/p165ui-4jW

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` Interpol will allow `Two Airlines access of its ` Mass Database of ` Lost and Stolen Travel Documents ' in a Pilot Scheme '

#AceWorldNews Interpol will allow two airlines to access its mass database of lost and stolen travel documents in a pilot project to snag criminals or potential terrorists attempting to travel with fake, illicitly-obtained documents.

“I have announced today that Qatar Airways and Air Arabia are two airlines that have committed themselves to making sure that all passengers boarding their planes will have their passport data screened against Interpol’s database,” Interpol Secretary-General Ronald Noble told reporters at the organization’s headquarters, AP reports.

Under the pilot program, the two airlines will not have direct access to the database, but will rather be able to enter searches via program called I-Checkit for private sector companies.

Apart from eventually expanding to include other airlines, financial institutions and hotels could one day be given access to I-Checkit as well.

Air Arabia and Qatar were chosen to take part in the project because they themselves approached Interpol and expressed an interest in participating, said Michael O’Connell, director of Interpol’s operational police support directorate.

AP – RT – News Sources

Interesting information on Interpol Screening at http://on.rt.com/nk84ya

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` Lebanese and Syrian Nuns kidnapped by `Nursa Front ' maybe released on Sunday – Reports '

#AceWorldNews says at least 10 Lebanese and Syrian nuns, who were kidnapped last year from the historic Christian town of Maaloula, may be released on Sunday, according to Arab media sources. – RT.

A pro-regime Syrian news agency said a deal has been reached to release the nuns who were captured by the al-Nusra Front, one of the Islamist radical groups fighting President Assad’s forces.

Meanwhile the head of Qatari intelligence, Saadeh el-Kbeisi, has arrived in Lebanon.

Along with Lebanon’s General Security Chief, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, Qatar has become a crucial player in the negotiations to release the nuns.

Latest update on their release http://wp.me/p165ui-4b7
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` Three Arab Countries ban ` Hollywood Film Noah ‘ on religious grounds before its release ‘

#AceMediaNews reports that Three Arab countries – Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates – have banned the Hollywood film ‘Noah’ on religious grounds before it has even been released.

Noah is revered in Islam and an entire chapter of the Koran is devoted to him. Islam frowns on the depiction of holy figures in art.

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#bahrain, #islam, #koran, #noah, #qatar, #uae, #united-arab-emirates

” Amnesty International requests `Indian Government’ to release information of 450 deaths of Nationals in Qatar”

#AceWorldNews says India came under pressure on Friday 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 criticism over safety and working conditions of migrants in Qatar’s construction community, AFP reported. On average about 20 migrants died per month, peaking at 27 in August last year.

There were 237 fatalities in 2012 and another 218 in 2013 up to December 5.

#2022-world-cup, #afp, #amnesty-international, #india, #qatar

#Syria : ” Western and Gulf Arab Nations Pledge More Than $2.4 Billion for UN Aid Efforts”

#AceWorldNews says Western and Gulf Arab nations have pledged more than $2.4 billion for UN aid efforts in #Syria, Reuters reported. The UN announced appeal last month for $6.5 billion in 2014, the largest in the organization’s history. Kuwait’s ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, promised $500 million in new aid at a donor conference, while the US announced a contribution of $380 million. Qatar and Saudi Arabia pledged $60 million each, the EU pledged $225 million and Britain $165 million. Only around 70 percent of $1.5 billion pledged at a similar meeting last year has reached UN coffers.

#aid, #coffers, #eu, #kuwait, #qatar, #reuters, #saudi-arabia, #un