Tory MP who pleaded for Saudi work reported to standards watchdog

Move comes after Guardian revealed Daniel Kawczynski hosted businessman in parliament while hoping to secure lucrative work Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski has been reported to the parliamentary commissioner for standards, after the Guardian revealed how the politician hosted a Saudi Arabian businessman in parliament while hoping to secure a lucrative second job. Thangam Debbonaire, theContinue reading “Tory MP who pleaded for Saudi work reported to standards watchdog”

World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

The tiny Arab nation of Qatar has for years employed a former CIA officer to help spy on soccer officials as part of a no-expense-spared effort to win and hold on to the 2022 World Cup tournament, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. It’s part of a trend of former U.S. intelligence officersContinue reading “World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA”

Taliban says failure to recognise their government could have global effects

The Taliban called on the United States and other countries on Saturday to recognise their government in Afghanistan, saying that a failure to do so and the continued freezing of Afghan funds abroad would lead to problems not only for the country but for the world. No country has formally recognised the Taliban government sinceContinue reading “Taliban says failure to recognise their government could have global effects”

Taliban’s Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Baradar meets Chinese FM Wang in Doha – WION

Two months since taking over Kabul, the Taliban is struggling for international recognition. In their latest effort, acting deputy Prime Minister of the Afghan Taliban’s interim government Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar held a meeting with Chinese delegations in Doha, Qatar.

Pandora Papers: Qatar ruling family avoided £18.5m tax on London super-mansion

The Qatar ruling family bought two of the UK’s most expensive houses in a deal that allowed them to avoid £18.5m in stamp duty, leaked documents show. The family bought the properties in central London via offshore companies for over £120m and applied to make them into a 17-bedroom “super-mansion”. There is no suggestion thatContinue reading “Pandora Papers: Qatar ruling family avoided £18.5m tax on London super-mansion”

Taliban Prisoner Released By Trump Expected To Lead Afghan Government

As the Taliban continues its hold in Afghanistan, a former prisoner released by Donald Trump could become the group’s next head of government. The Taliban is expected to name its government soon, appointing Islamic judges to key positions, while Abdul Ghani Baradar, a former prisoner of the CIA who was released in 2018 at theContinue reading “Taliban Prisoner Released By Trump Expected To Lead Afghan Government”

UK’s Johnson defends Kabul airlift after blame game erupts

Last military flight left late Saturday Former army head says ministers “asleep on watch” Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended Britain’s airlift from Kabul on Sunday following growing criticism that ministers had been “asleep on watch”, potentially leaving thousands of eligible Afghans behind in the country. Britain, like the United States, has been criticised for failingContinue reading “UK’s Johnson defends Kabul airlift after blame game erupts”

Qatari Red Crescent’s Gaza office targeted by Israeli air attack

Two Palestinians killed, 10 injured in an Israeli air raid that struck the headquarters of the Qatari humanitarian group. An Israeli air raid has hit the Qatari Red Crescent Society (QRCS) office in Gaza, killing two Palestinians and wounding 10 others. The organisation tweeted that its offices were attacked “by the Israeli occupation forces” on Monday. “TheContinue reading “Qatari Red Crescent’s Gaza office targeted by Israeli air attack”

Revealed: 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar as it gears up for World Cup

Guardian analysis indicates shocking figure likely to be an underestimate, as preparations for 2022 tournament continue More than 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar since it won the right to host the World Cup 10 years ago, the Guardian can reveal. The findings, compiled from government sources, meanContinue reading “Revealed: 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar as it gears up for World Cup”

UAE spies monitored Michelle Obama, Sheikha Moza emails: Report

UAE spies hacked devices belonging to Qatar’s royal family and intercepted private communications between then-US First Lady Michelle Obama and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, according to a new book by a New York Times reporter. Previous news reports have highlighted the sophisticated intelligence operation carried out by the UAE (United Arab Emirates) with the assistanceContinue reading “UAE spies monitored Michelle Obama, Sheikha Moza emails: Report”

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