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Qatar to Merge State-Owned Giant Gas Producers

Qatar, the world's largest liquefied natural gas producer, announced on Sunday it is to merge state-owned Qatargas and RasGas to create a "truly unique global energy operator".

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Gulf State Qatar Hit by Flooding

Rainfall caused widespread flooding in Qatar on Saturday, potentially raising fresh concerns about infrastructure in the Gulf country due to host the 2022 football World Cup.

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Hundreds of Qatar Migrant Workers 'Unpaid for Months'

As many as 400 migrant staff working for an electrical company in Qatar have gone unpaid for up to four months, a leading figure in the Indian community said Tuesday.

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Qatar Buys Stake in Empire State Building

Qatar's sovereign wealth fund has bought an almost 10 percent stake in the company that owns New York's iconic Empire State Building, the official QNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

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Qatar Royal Freed by Iraq Kidnappers after 4 Month Ordeal

A member of the Qatari royal family and a Pakistani have been released by kidnappers in Iraq after nearly four months in captivity, the Qatari foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

The pair were among more than 20 people abducted from a desert hunting party close to the Saudi border last December.

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Qatar Poet Serving 15-Year Jail Term Pardoned

A Qatari poet, Rashid al-Ajami, has been pardoned and released after serving more than three years of a 15-year prison sentence for insulting the emir, a family member said Wednesday.

"Yes it's true and we have nothing to say but 'Thank God,'" the family member of Ajami, jailed for insulting the emir and trying to overthrow the regime, told AFP, asking not to be named.

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Qatar Announces Major Government Reshuffle

Qatar announced a major reshuffle of its cabinet Wednesday and merged several government departments, state media announced, as the energy-rich emirate deals with the financial fallout from lower oil prices.

Key positions such as the top jobs in the labor and foreign ministries changed in a move seen as consolidating the power of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who was announcing his first major reshuffle since taking power in 2013.

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Putin, Qatari Emir Talk Syria, Economic Cooperation

President Vladimir Putin and the Emir of Qatar on Monday discussed the Syrian crisis, as global powers seek to push the warring sides towards the negotiating table.

"Russia plays a main role when it comes to stability in the world," Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said at the start of the meeting at the Kremlin.

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Gunmen Kidnap 26 from Qatari Hunting Group in Iraq

Gunmen kidnapped at least 26 Qatari hunters in southern Iraq, officials said on Wednesday, the second high-profile abduction of foreigners in the country in three months.

Turkey, which like Qatar is at odds with various Iraqi groups over regional issues, had 18 of its citizens abducted in Iraq in early September. They were eventually released unharmed.

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Flooding Brings Qatar to near Standstill

Qatar was hit by heavy flooding on Wednesday causing gridlock on the desert country's roads as well as closures of schools and the U.S. embassy.

Overnight rain made many roads near impassable for commuters amid reports on social media that even Doha's Hamad International Airport was affected, due to leaks at the estimated $17 billion (16 billion euro) building, which opened last year.

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