Politics

Trump in Hot Seat as Comey to Testify at Russia Hearing

By Warren Strobel and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, June 8 – Former FBI Director James Comey will tell Congress on Thursday that President Donald Trump repeatedly urged him to halt a probe into his former national security adviser’s ties to Russia and to declare publicly that Trump himself was not being investigated. Comey’s testimony in the

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Turkey to Fast-Track Draft Bill Approving Troop Deployment in Qatar

ANKARA, June 7 – Turkey’s parliament is expected to fast-track on Wednesday a draft bill allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar, officials from the ruling AK Party and the nationalist opposition said. The move appears to support the Gulf Arab country as it faces diplomatic and trade isolation

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UAE Says More Qatar Curbs Possible, Warns Against Iran Involvement

By William Maclean DUBAI, June 7 – More moves against Qatar, including further curbs on business, remain on the table in a row with Arab neighbours, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Wednesday, warning against allowing its Gulf adversary Iran to exploit the unprecedented rift. In a Reuters interview, UAE Minister of State for

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Watergate “Pales” Compared with Trump-Russia, Former U.S. Intelligence Head

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, June 7 – The Watergate scandal pales in comparison to events in Washington surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump and alleged links between his campaign and Russia, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Wednesday. Clapper questioned Trump’s continued pro-Russian stance, saying his sharing of intelligence with Russia “reflect either

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Qatar Seeks Kuwaiti Mediation After Powerful Arab Nations Shun It

By Tom Finn and Sylvia Westall DOHA/DUBAI June 6 – Qatar’s ruler postponed an address to his country on Tuesday over its sudden and damaging diplomatic isolation from other leading Arab nations, in order to allow Kuwait some time and room to mediate. In a sign of the potential consequences for the Qatari economy, a

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE Sever Ties with Qatar Over “Terrorism”

By Noah Browning DUBAI, June 5  – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism, opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world. The coordinated move dramatically escalates a dispute over Qatar‘s

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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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