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Fears for British teacher missing in Doha

The family and friends of a 24-year-old British teacher missing in Doha have expressed fears for her safety.

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

Lauren Patterson, who teaches at a local primary school, went missing shortly after returning to Qatar on Friday from the UK, where she had attended her grandmother's funeral, according to her friends.

The Foreign Office said they were aware of British national reported misssng in Qatar, and that they were providing the family with consular assistance.

Mother grieves triplets who were 'her whole world'

The triplets' parents, Jane and Martin Weekes, had been in Qatar for the past five years. They returned to Wellington to give birth to the triplets after they were conceived using IVF.

According to TVNZ, Jane won a 'Best Mum in Doha' competition for her effort raising the triplets. She had commented: "A mother's love is not divided amongst her children, but multiplied by each child."

On her profile page on the parenting website, Jane said she was at her happiest when her children sat around "laughing like loons at each other".


Children killed in Doha mall blaze were trapped in the nursery

Qatar's Interior Ministry has reported that the 13 children killed in a fire at a shopping mall in the capital city of Doha, were trapped inside of a nursery in the complex. In a press conference this evening the Ministry said:

At 11.34 am, the concerned agency in the Ministry received another call about trapping of about 20 children in a nursery inside the mall, where the fire was broken out and immediately the civil defense team started evacuation process, focusing on the rescue of the children as much as possible [...]

Due to the dense smoke and high temperature inside the mall, the firefighters faced difficulty in accessing to the nursery.

Fire fighters accessed the place of children through the ceiling of the mall and rescue personnel spent great and painstaking efforts in order to save the children and staffers trapped in the nursery, as a result, two men from the Civil Defense were martyred while they were carrying out their noble mission.

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Reports: 19 foreign nationals killed in Doha fire

Reports that among the 13 children killed in a fire in Qatar's capital of Doha, four were of Spanish nationality, diplomatic sources in Madrid has said.

Qatar's Interior Ministry did not disclose the nationalities of the dead, but admitted that there were Europeans among them. A ministry official told journalists none of the dead were Qataris.

Many expatriates live in Qatar, a gas and oil-rich Gulf Arab state with one of the highest standards of living in the world.

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