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Qatar Remains Quiet About Its Role in Bergdahl Release

The Qatari government remains reluctant to give details about its involvement in the release of the American soldier freed by the Taliban

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While Qatar’s top English newspaper boasts headlines such as “Obama thanks Qatar for assistance as Taliban free American soldier,” it’s still unclear exactly what role the Qatari government played in the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Qatar’s foreign minister Dr. Khalid Al Attiyah was reluctant to go into much detail, according to CNN. “In any case, when Qatar takes on such a task of mediation, it bases that on a basic principle of our foreign policy, and that is the humanitarian consideration,” Attiyah said, after explaining that he was not prepared to talk in-depth about the prisoner release.

The Qatari government has also not addressed what might be the bigger question at hand: how it intends to contain the five Taliban leaders released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl’s freedom, who will be held in Qatar under undisclosed circumstances.

 

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Ex-Microsoft Boss Steve Ballmer’s Craziest Moments

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Former Microsoft CEO and potential L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has a reputation for getting pretty excited.

Whether it’s a fiery passion for Windows or a sweaty endorsement of developers, Ballmer loves to push the excitement up to 11.

While at Microsoft, he also participated in some classic spoofs and company videos alongside founder Bill Gates, including a re-enactment of the movie A Night At The Roxbury, where he channeled his inner Will Ferrell.

Check out the best of Ballmer above.

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This is How Much a Date With Ben Bernanke, Formerly the World’s Most Powerful Man, Costs

Ben Bernanke Gives Speech At Brookings Institution In Washington
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Want to talk quantitative easing and fiscal policy over cocktails with the man who held the financial balance of the world in his hands for the last several years? Too bad, he’s taken.

Some financial wonk out there just paid $70,500 for a lunch date with Ben Bernanke, former Federal Reserve chairman. Bernanke, who led the Fed from 2006 to 2014 and was TIME’s 2009 Person of the Year for his role in guiding U.S. policy during the financial crisis, donated his time through the website Charitybuzz. Proceeds from the meeting will benefit the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, another key player in the financial crisis, is a slightly less sought after lunch companion. His date went for $50,000, according to CNN Money.

Neither lunch price compares to the going rate for some private-sector bigwigs Charitybuzz has auctioned. Someone paid $610,000 to sip coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook for 30 minutes.
[CNN Money]

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