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Doha to host 2019 World Athletics Championships

Doha beat off competition from Eugene and Barcelona. Credit: PA

Doha was chosen on Tuesday to host the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

Less than a week after the controversy over Qatar's selection to stage football's World Cup in 2022 was reignited, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was not put off by potential criticism as it voted for the Qatari capital to stage another of global sport's showpiece events.

The IAAF Council plumped for Doha ahead of two powerful, older school candidates, former Olympic hosts Barcelona and Eugene, the Nike-backed home of athletics in the United States.

Doha's athletics bid leader, Dahlan Al-Hamad, said:

"We are very happy that FIFA has investigated and announced everything is clear and can go ahead in Qatar but our concentration is to organise for the world championships in the right way, and within the IAAF rules."


Mother of teacher pays tribute to 'best friend' Lauren

Lauren was not only my eldest daughter but she was my closest friend and confidant. After her father died suddenly, she took on the role of helping and guiding her siblings and me, which shows how genuine Lauren was, always putting others before herself.

This has been proven by the hundreds of tributes I have received from around the world. Nothing will ever bring my daughter back. As a family we will never be able to replace the times we were looking forward to; Lauren getting married, having children, all of those things and more have been taken away from us by these two individuals.

– Alison Patterson

Murdered teacher's family unhappy with sentence

The mother of Lauren Patterson, the British primary school teacher murdered in Qatar, has issued a statement following the sentencing of two men this morning.

Although one of the accused has been sentenced to death for the killing, Alison Patterson said the three year sentence handed to his accomplice was too lenient.

With today’s guilty verdict, justice has been served on Badr Hashim Khamis Abdullah Al-Jabar for the murder of my daughter Lauren Patterson. However, I do not believe that adequate justice has been served on the second accused, Muhammad Abdullah Hassan Abdul Aziz.

Muhammad Abdullah Hassan Abdul Aziz was an accomplice to Lauren's murder and he was aware of what had happened. At no time did he choose to help my daughter or report the murder. In fact he did the contrary; he helped Badr Hashim Khamis Abdullah Al-Jabar dispose of Lauren's body in the most callous and barbaric way.

– Alison Patterson

Lawyer of expat teacher's family seeks harsher penalty

The lawyer for the family of murdered British teacher Lauren Patterson is to appeal the sentence handed down to her murderer's accomplice, according to local media in Qatar.

Badr Hashim Khamis Abdallah al-Jabr was convicted of the killing and sentenced to death.

His friend, Mohamed Abdallah Hassan Abdul Aziz, was jailed for three years for trying to conceal evidence of Patterson's murder.

The Pattersons' lawyer, Abu Skeikha, called the verdicts "partially satisfactory" and said he would seek a longer custodial sentence for Aziz.

Lauren Patterson's mother 'weeps in court' after verdict

The mother of murdered British teacher Lauren Patterson wept in court as her killer was sentenced to death today, local media report.

Alison Patterson was said to have dropped her head and let out a sob as she heard the verdict.

She did not issue a statement but there is expected to be one later today.


Murder of British teacher 'heinous, foreign and shocking'

The murder of British teacher Lauren Patterson was 'heinous, foreign and shocking to a society as conservative as Qatar’s', according to the prosecutor in the case.

A Qatari man, Badr Hashem Khamis Abdallah, has been sentenced to death, with an accomplice jailed for three years in connection with the death, according to local media.

During the trial the defence team claimed that Patterson's death was an accident and that both men were forced into confessing to the crime.

Man 'sentenced to death' for teacher's murder in Doha

Friends of Lauren Patterson had shared this picture of her on Facebook in an attempt to find her last year Credit: Facebook

A Qatari man has been sentenced to death by a court in Doha for the murder of a British expat teacher, according to local media.

Lauren Patterson's remains were found after she was last seen leaving a local nightclub last October.

Another man has been jailed for three years in connection with her death.

Arrests made after disappearance of teacher in Doha

Police have made several arrests in connection with the disappearance of a British primary school teacher in Qatar, local authorities said.

Doha police said they cannot confirm whether Lauren Patterson had died or what had happened to her. Credit: Facebook

Lauren Patterson, 24, was reportedly last seen leaving a five-star hotel in Doha with a group of men in the early hours of Saturday and is feared dead.

In a statement on the Gulf state's Ministry of Interior website, officials said: "The police has arrested the suspects of a European woman's murder.

"The case has been referred to Public Prosecution to complete further judicial procedures applicable in this regard."

Tributes paid to missing teacher feared dead in Doha

Doha police said they cannot confirm whether Lauren Patterson had died or what had happened to her. Credit: Facebook

The mother and boyfriend of a British primary school teacher feared dead after going missing in Qatar have paid emotional eulogies to her on Facebook.

Lauren Patterson disappeared in Doha in the early hours of Saturday. Local media claim she was last seen outside the city's five-star La Cigale hotel.

Her mother Allison Patterson, who is reported to have flown to Doha, wrote: "Thank you so much to everyone for all their wonderful words about Lauren. She was a truly remarkable girl my rock always there for everyone. I know she's in heaven now in her Daddy's arms."

The 24-year-old's boyfriend, James Grima, from Malta, wrote: "You really were the most smart, kind, beautiful and amazing woman I've ever met."

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