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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Qatar’s Emir calls for ending the diplomatic standoff with neighbors

Qatar’s Emir Tamim Al Thani said he’s ready to open talks to end the diplomatic crisis with the Arab quartet boycotting the country, the AP reports. He urged neighboring states to end the four-month blockade. “We are all brothers and we have suffered losses due to this crisis,” he said — advice Qatar would have done well to heed since 2013. The news comes after Qatar brought home some USD 20 bn from abroad to help it deal with the economic fallout from the boycott, the Financial Times notes.

Here at home, Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek has brought antitrust charges against Nasser Al Khelaifi, CEO of the Qatar’s beIN Media Group, beIN Sports’ parent company, Ahram Online reports. The Prosecutor General’s office alleges that the network cut its services to Egyptian subscribers on NileSat, forcing them to switch to the Qatari Sohail satellite to watch Confederation of African Federation matches. The charges filed by Sadek come as Al Khelaifi, who is also the chairman of French football club Paris Saint-Germain, was accused last week of bribing former FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke for the TV rights to for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups by the Swiss attorney general’s office, The Guardian reports.

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