Foreign laborers work at the site of a new road in Doha, Qatar, last month. According to recent media reports, immigrants working on projects for the World Cup in 2022 have been subject to abuse and harsh working conditions. EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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Will Qatar get a red card (a soccer official's way of signaling a player has been ejected) for labor practices at World Cup-related construction sites? Alessandro Di Marco /EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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Qatar's former emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, is shown last week in the capital, Doha, shortly before he stepped down on June 25 in favor of his 33-year-old son. Such voluntary abdications are exceedingly rare in the Gulf. Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, 61, abdicated on Tuesday in favor of his 33-year-old son. Sheik Hamad is shown here during an Oval Office meeting with President Obama in April. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Climate activists at a rally in Doha on December 1, 2012. Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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