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Dec 24, 2013 — What do you do if your country is extremely rich and wants to give its college students a first-rate education without leaving home? Qatar has imported a host of U.S. universities that include Georgetown, Northwestern and Cornell.
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Dec 23, 2013 — Most of the wealthy Gulf emirates prefer to keep a low profile. Not Qatar. Over the past two decades, it has aggressively pursued high-profile projects such as launching the Al Jazeera satellite network and winning a bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
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Dec 10, 2013 — The Combined Air and Space Operations Center is a minimalist concrete bunker in the blasted desert south of Doha, the capital. U.S. officials like to pretend the outpost isn't really there, but members of the media accompanying Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on a trip to the Middle East got a close look.
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Nov 18, 2013 — The workers, mostly South Asian, are building the infrastructure for soccer's World Cup, which is being held in the country in 2022. Amnesty International says laborers are working in extreme conditions and are treated "like cattle."
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Sep 27, 2013 — As work begins on the infrastructure, stadiums, hotels and other things being built in Qatar for soccer's 2022 World Cup, a disturbing number of immigrant workers are dying. There are reports of food, water and pay being withheld. Officials vow to change things.
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Sep 16, 2013 — Images on Al Jazeera of brutalized Americans in Iraq understandably still trouble some listeners, but NPR's acceptance of sponsorship support from the new Al Jazeera America fall well within free speech and ethical standards. Al Jazeera itself brings a valuable international voice into our living rooms.
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Jul 1, 2013 — Qatar has changed dramatically in recent years, and more changes are likely as a new emir, just 33 years old, takes over. The goal is to build a modern Islamic state without becoming too Westernized.
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Jun 25, 2013 — The announcement that Qatar's emir would hand over power to his son is a surprise because royal transfers of power — voluntary ones, that is — are rare not just in the Middle East but around the world. The handover also raises questions about the future of Qatar's outsized role in global affairs.
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Jun 25, 2013 — Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, 33, is now the youngest monarch in the region.
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Jun 16, 2013 — Iran, Israel, Russia and Saudi Arabia are among the key global stakeholders in the conflict that has taken an estimated 93,000 lives. Here's a look at what some of them stand to gain — or lose.
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