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Qatar, also called the State of Qatar, has as its capital the city of Doha. It is an Arab emirate situated on the Arabian Peninsula. It is an absolute monarchy and has been ruled by the royal family, the al-Thanis, since the mid 19th century. In the late 20th century, the country was poverty-stricken due to the ongoing theft of its sizable oil reserves by its emir, who ruled from 1972 until 1995, when his son staged a bloodless coup.



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