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Oceania FIFA World Cup qualifiers set for early next year

The Oceania Football Confederation confirmed all matches will take place in Qatar from 14 to 30 March 2022.

The OFC qualifiers will be played in a mini-tournament format featuring eight teams, consisting of a round-robin group stage, semi-finals and the final.

Australian women sue over Qatar airport strip-searches

The women were ordered off a flight and checked for whether they had given birth after a baby was found in a bin at Hamad Airport in October 2020.

They described their experience as state-sanctioned assault and the incident sparked widespread outrage.

Qatar later apologised and one airport official was handed a suspended jail sentence.

But the women say their cases have since been ignored.

They were taken off the Qatar Airways plane by armed guards before being taken into ambulances on the tarmac where they were inspected by nurses.

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Qatar and Turkey become Taliban's lifeline to the outside world

But militancy alone is likely to leave the Taliban on its own - globally isolated, with millions of Afghans facing an even more uncertain future.

The world's powers are now scrambling to exert influence amid the return of the country's Islamist rulers. And in the process two nations from the Arab and Muslim world have been emerging as key mediators and facilitators - Qatar and Turkey.

David Beckham has reportedly signed a deal to become an ambassador for Qatar

  He went on to represent Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and LA Galaxy where his world-renowned brand exploded before eventually retiring and venturing into club ownership with MLS franchise Inter Miami.

With a current net worth of an estimated £360m (R7.4-billion), Beckham has now reportedly agreed to lead a role to promote the nation with a key influence of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Qatar to prosecute officials over forced exams of women at airport

The group - which included women from Australia, the UK and New Zealand - was checked for evidence they had recently given birth after a baby was found in a bin at Doha airport on 2 October.

New Zealand's foreign ministry called the actions of Qatari authorities "appalling" and "completely unacceptable".

Qatar's government said today that "standard procedures were violated". It also offered its "sincerest apology" for what the women went through.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne called the referrals for prosecution an "important step".

Qatar buys 24 Eurofighter Typhoon jets in £6bn deal

BAE Systems employs about 5,000 people in the UK to build the fighter jets, mainly at Warton in Lancashire.

Qatar's purchase of 24 jets includes a support and training package from BAE, with deliveries due to start in 2022.

The deal was announced in Doha by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and his Qatari counterpart, Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah.

Mr Williamson said it was a "massive vote of confidence, supporting thousands of British jobs and injecting billions into our economy".

US and Qatar sign anti-terrorism agreement

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar last month, accusing it of financing extremist groups and allying with the Gulf Arab states' arch-foe Iran, allegations Doha denies.

Mr Tillerson said the agreement signed with his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, had been under discussion for weeks.

Qatar: We're 'willing to talk' to resolve diplomatic crisis

"We are willing to sit and talk," Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, the foreign minister, said Tuesday in an interview with CNN's Becky Anderson.

He said the "progressive and modern" country believes in diplomacy and promoting peace in the Middle East.

"We are not a superpower here, we are not believing in solving things with confrontation," he said.

Al-Thani insisted his country was combating terror financing and "protecting the world from potential terrorists."

FIFA facing legal action over Qatar's migrant workers

Paperwork was filed by the Netherlands Trade Union Confederation (FNV) on behalf of a Bangladeshi migrant worker, Nadim Sharaful Alam, in a case first highlighted by the Guardian in October.

"The Swiss court is asked to rule that FIFA acted wrongfully by selecting Qatar for the World Cup 2022 without demanding the assurance that Qatar observes fundamental human and labor rights of migrant construction workers, including the abolition of the Kafala system," read a FNV statement, referring to the scheme which marries an immigrant employee to the employer.

Dutch woman held in Qatar after making rape complaint

The woman said she was drugged in a hotel, and she realised she had been raped when she woke up in an unfamiliar apartment.

"She was arrested in March on suspicion of adultery, which means having sex outside marriage," lawyer Brian Lokollo told Dutch radio NOS-Radio1.

A Dutch Foreign Ministry spokeswoman confirmed the arrest but said the young woman, whom she named as Laura, has not been charged.

Daphne Kerremans added that "the enquiry is ongoing" and that Dutch authorities were in regular contact with Laura.