Qatar's former ruler flown to Switzerland after breaking leg on holiday

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Qatar's former ruler was flown to Switzerland for surgery over the weekend after breaking his leg on holiday and is now recovering there, government officials said Tuesday.

See Full Article

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who ruled Qatar after a 1995 bloodless coup until handing power to his son in 2013, is undergoing physiotherapy in Zurich and recovering, the Qatar Government Communications Office said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The statement said Sheikh Hamad was flown to Zurich on Saturday. Government officials declined to say how or where Sheikh Hamad broke his leg.

Airplane hobbyists and online airplane tracking website FlightRadar24 reported several Qatari flights landing in Zurich around that time, first from Morocco and later from Qatar, raising speculation Sheikh Hamad might have suffered his injury in Morocco.

The state-run Qatar News Agency has yet to report on his injury and surgery. However, it said Morocco's King Mohammed VI called Qatar's ruling emir on Sunday.

Swiss media reported earlier this week that Zurich's international airport opened afterhours to accept Qatari airplanes counter to local regulations in place meant to avoid disturbing those living around the airport at night.

Swiss civil aviation authorities later told the AP that the flights had been authorized by the Swiss air force, without explaining why they were allowed to land afterhours.

Sheikh Hamad, 63, is believed to have been in poor health for years. Under his 18-year rule, he transformed Qatar from a backwater into an Arab powerbroker that will host the 2022 World Cup and that's home to satellite news broadcaster Al-Jazeera.

Sheikh Hamad's son, Sheikh Tamim, now rules Qatar, a small, peninsular nation rich in natural gas and oil.

-----

Associated Press writer Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed to this report.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Historic eclipse darkens skies across U.S.

    World News Toronto Sun
    Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century. Source
  • Canadian man's body found along Appalachian Trail in Maine

    World News CTV News
    WYMAN TOWNSHIP, Maine -- Authorities say the body of a Canadian man has been found along the Appalachian Trail in Maine. WABI-TV reports that the body of 55-year-old Gerald Gabon, of Ontario, was found Sunday evening by another hiker along the trail in Wyman Township in Franklin County. Source
  • Chilean court upholds measure legalizing some abortions

    World News CTV News
    SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chile's constitutional Court on Monday upheld a measure that would end the country's absolute ban on abortions. The court's 6-4 vote accepted the constitutionality of a measure to legalize abortions when a woman's life is in danger, when a fetus is not viable and in cases of rape. Source
  • Guam official says the island is calm despite North Korea threat

    World News CTV News
    TOKYO -- The lieutenant governor of Guam reassured Japanese on Monday that the U.S. territory is calm amid the recent tension between the U.S. and North Korea. Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio said at a news conference with the president of the Guam Visitors Bureau in Tokyo that Guam remains in a "state of normalcy. Source
  • Jury awards $417M in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer

    World News Toronto Sun
    LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million in a case to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. Source
  • Judge shot, wounded near Ohio courthouse; gunman killed

    World News Toronto Sun
    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A judge walking from his car into the county courthouse was shot by a gunman Monday morning but managed to fire back before a probation officer stepped in and ultimately killed the suspect, authorities said. Source
  • Quebec police hint at arrests after anti-immigration counter-rally turns violent [Photos]

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    MONTREAL — Quebec City police are saying there is a very strong possibility there will be more arrests in connection with violence during duelling demonstrations over the weekend. A right-wing group called La Meute gathered Sunday to protest what it claims is a too-charitable refugee and immigration policy by the federal and Quebec governments. Source
  • Ottawa wants info on impact of nuclear-waste bunker on Indigenous community

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Further information on how a proposed nuclear-waste bunker near Lake Huron might affect area First Nations peoples is needed before the government decides whether to approve the project, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Monday. Source
  • U.S. Embassy in Russia stops issuing tourist visas for 8 days

    World News CTV News
    MOSCOW -- In a step that could affect hundreds of thousands of Russian tourists, the U.S. Embassy in Russia said Monday it would suspend issuing non-immigrant visas for eight days from Wednesday in response to the Russian decision to cap embassy staff. Source
  • Attorneys believe Marcellus Williams is innocent

    World News Toronto Sun
    ST. LOUIS — Attorneys for a condemned Missouri inmate warn that the state is preparing to execute a potentially innocent man. Marcellus Williams, 48, is scheduled to die Tuesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre for stabbing to death former St. Source