June 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.
June 25, 2013 Qatar's ruler said Tuesday he has transferred power to the 33-year-old crown prince in an anticipated move that puts a new generation in charge of the Gulf nation's vast energy wealth. Qatar has given no official explanation on the transition, but it is widely believed that Sheik Hamad is suffering from health problems.
June 22, 2013 Palestinian Mohammad Assaf won the singing competition Saturday night, sending crowds of supporters into the streets in Gaza and the West Bank. "He shows that Palestine is not only a country of wars and battles," one fan said. "Palestine has talent, genius and nice singers."
June 22, 2013 The 11-nation group of foreign ministers are in the Qatari capital, Doha, to discuss the logistics of arming Syrian rebels who are seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.
June 20, 2013 Military planners for the U.S. Army have decided not to ship back more than $7 billion of equipment — about 20 percent of what the Army brought into Afghanistan. Much of the equipment is being dismantled and sold to the scrap market there — one of the largest military retrogrades in history.