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Rally to be held in Doha on Tuesday to support Palestinians (updated)

As the latest bombing campaign by Israel into the Gaza Strip continues into its seventh day, the number of Palestinians killed in the blasts has now surpassed 170 people. Calls from the international community for a cease-fire between the Israeli government and the Hamas-led Palestinians have been growing, but there appears to be no truce in sight.

Qatar's Souq Waqif, Katara scale back Eid plans to show Gaza solidarity

Two major venues for Eid celebrations in Qatar have announced that they are canceling planned activities out of respect for the crisis in Gaza, where more than 600 775 people have been killed during an intense, 17-day Israeli bombing campaign. Souq Waqif was the first to say that it is canceling many of its Eid events for next week.

Mowasalat rolls out new tamper-proof meter system for taxis

In response to complaints from residents about being cheated by taxi drivers, Qatar's state-backed transportation company Mowasalat has begin installing new, tamper-proof meter systems in their cabs. According to the Gulf Times, any attempts by drivers to fiddle with the meters to raise rates would be automatically flagged: With the new meters, taxi drivers say that as soon as they try to tamper with the cables somebody from their company immediately calls them.

Qatar women's basketball team withdraws from Asian Games over hijab ban

A day after being forced to forfeit a match for refusing to remove their headscarves, the Qatar women's basketball team has pulled out of the Asian Games altogether. Yesterday, the women were asked to remove their hijabs prior to a match against Mongolia but refused to do so, saying it violated their Islamic beliefs.

Few workers seen outdoors as midday work ban takes effect in Qatar

Many local companies appeared to be adhering to the Qatari government's midday outdoor work ban, which took effect today, June 15, and runs until Aug. 31. The ban, which takes effect during the peak summer months, requires companies to stop outdoor work from 11:30am to 3pm.

WHO declares deadly Ebola virus an international health emergency

The Ebola epidemic that began in West Africa this year and killed nearly 1,000 people is now officially a global health emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced. However, no general bans on international travel or trade were called following a two-day emergency meeting of global health experts in Geneva.

Residents express concern after man reportedly killed in Doha compound

Qatar residents in Duhail have voiced concern and fear after a man was apparently drowned in an altercation at a residential compound there last week. Speaking to Doha News, a staffer at the Zahrat Al Wadi compound (formerly known as Rose Valley) said the incident involved three Nepali men - including the compound supervisor - and took place last Tuesday night, July 29.

Security agent hailed for recovering $82,500 stolen at Qatar airport

Rodel Vinluan, a Qatar Airways CCTV and access control security agent, has been honored for helping to capture seven men suspected of stealing $82,500 (QR301,125) from a Turkish passenger at Doha International Airport in January. Earlier this week, the 38 year-old Filipino expat received a certificate of appreciation from the ambassador of the Philippine embassy in Qatar.

Qatari youth to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Gaza

In seven weeks, 12 young Qataris will take on the challenge of climbing to the top of the world's tallest freestanding mountain in a bid to raise money for Gaza. The young people will journey to Tanzania in Africa in October to climb some 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) to the highest summit of Mt.

Nomadic tent design for Al Khor World Cup stadium revealed

Qatar's FIFA World Cup stadium in Al Khor will be modeled on a traditional tent used by nomads, the 2022 organizing committee has announced. The 'Al Bayt' Stadium in Al Khor will seat 60,000 football fans and is set to be one of the venues for the semi-finals, according to The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL), which revealed the plans at a public briefing at Al Khor Sports Club yesterday.

More than 160,000 traffic violations issued in June in Qatar

The number of traffic violations issued to Qatar residents hit a new high in June, though the number of accidents on the roads fell to almost a new low, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MPDS).

Charity endeavor in Brazil sparks cultural debate on Qatari identity

A recently posted YouTube video of a young group of Qataris who are helping to rebuild a school in Brazil has drawn the ire of some nationals, in part because the female travelers were not dressed in the traditional abaya and headscarf while on their trip.

For first time this year, Qatar's population drops below 2mn people

Less than two million people were inside of Qatar at the end of last month, as population figures hit an annual low following Eid holidays, according to newly released government figures. Residents currently in Qatar may have noticed less traffic on the roads recently, after some 230,000 people left the country in July, according to the Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics (formerly known as the Qatar Statistics Authority).

More than 70 prisoners pardoned by Qatar's Emir in Ramadan

With Ramadan over, many embassies in Qatar are beginning to find out more about the prisoners that the Emir pardoned last month. Though some missions are still waiting for information, it appears that at least 74 people were pardoned by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani this year.

Qatar residents advised to protect themselves from phone scams

As the number of complaints from Qatar residents about phone scams increases, the nation's telecom providers and ministry is advising mobile users to take extra precautions to protect themselves. This week, an Al Raya article discussed the increasingly common "one-ring scam," in which mobile users receive a missed call from an unknown international number.

Post-Revolution Tunisia: Have Women Gained or Lost?

We watched them march, chant, strategise and even brave tear gas. As a result, dictatorships toppled and so too did ignorant stereotypes about Arab women. The women of the Arab Spring have been anything but overlooked, voiceless victims. In fact, Arab women have been integral participants in the pro-democracy uprisings that have transformed the Middle East over the past months.

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