Politics

Philippines’ Duterte Uses Lewinsky Affair to Hit Back at Critical Clinton

MANILA, May 31 – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday denounced the daughter of former U.S. president Bill Clinton for criticising him over a joke about rape, and questioned whether she was just as outraged by her father’s affair with a White House intern. Duterte was incensed by Chelsea Clinton tweeting at the weekend that

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Gulf Arab Row Rattles Trump’s Anti-Iran Axis

By Sylvia Westall and Tom Finn DUBAI/DOHA, May 31 – Just 10 days after President Donald Trump called on Muslim countries to stand united against Iran, a public feud between Qatar and some of its Gulf Arab neighbours is jolting his attempt to tip the regional balance of power against Tehran. Saudi Arabia and the

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Descendants of Saudi Wahhabism Founder Distance Themselves from Qatar

DUBAI, May 28 – Descendents of the founding father of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi brand of Islam have sought to distance themselves from Qatar’s ruling family, according to a statement published on Sunday, in a further sign of a rift among Gulf Arab states. In the front-page statement, Saudi Arabia’s Okaz newspaper said that 200 descendents

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Trump Attacks ‘Fake News’ Following Kushner Reports

By Doina Chiacu and Toni Clarke WASHINGTON, May 29 – U.S. President Donald Trump attacked the news media and dismissed leaks from the White House as “fake news” on Sunday, following reports his son-in-law tried to set up a secret channel of communications with Moscow before Trump took office. Shortly after Trump’s remarks on Twitter,

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Iran’s Rouhani Calls for Better Gulf Ties in Call with Qatar Emir

DUBAI, May 28- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for improved relations with Gulf Arab countries during a telephone call with the emir of Qatar, which has come under fire from its Gulf neighbours over its relationship with Tehran. Iran and the Gulf Arab states are backing opposing sides in the Syrian and Yemen

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Iran Has Built Third Underground Ballistic Missile Factory

ANKARA, May 25 – Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile programme, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday, in a development likely to fuel tension with Arab neighbours and Washington. “Iran’s third underground factory has been built by the Guards in recent years …

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Behind the Scenes: The Saudi-U.S. Arms Deal

Has Trump taken credit for Obama’s weapons’ sales? By Awad Mustafa The single largest military deal in American history signed on Saturday, May 20th in Riyadh may have appeared as a foreign policy coup for U.S. President Donald Trump. However the deal was a coup for Saudi Arabia as its military has been undergoing a major

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Amid Regional Strains, Qatar Says Hackers Post Fake Comments by Emir

CAIRO, May 24 – Qatar said on Wednesday its state news agency had been hacked, after it reported remarks purportedly by its ruler criticizing aspects of U.S. foreign policy in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia. The comments attributed to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani continued to be carried

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At the Root of Daesh in Egypt

By Jenna Le Bras “Two years ago, attacks were concentrated in Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. Now, they also happen in Al Arish,” notes Ashraf Al Sharif, specialist of terrorist movements in Egypt, underlining the geographical progression of the group towards the west of the country. This area, (Al Arish, Sheikh Zuweid, Rafah), called “the triangle”

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