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Qatar Asking Turkey, Iran About Providing Food, Water

By Tom Finn DOHA, June 7 – Qatar is talking to Iran and Turkey about securing food and water supplies to stave off possible shortages two days after its biggest suppliers, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, cut trade and diplomatic ties, a government official said on Wednesday. “We are in talks with Turkey

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UAE Bans Expressions of Sympathy Towards Qatar: Media

DUBAI, June 7 – The United Arab Emirates has banned people from publishing expressions of sympathy towards Qatar and will punish offenders with a jail term of up to 15 years, the UAE-based newspaper Gulf News and pan-Arab channel Al-Arabiya reported on Wednesday. The United Arab Emirates, along with several other powerful Arab states, severed

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U.S. Tells U.N. Rights Forum to Remove “Chronic Anti-Israel Bias”

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, June 6 – The Trump administration gave formal notice on Tuesday that it is reviewing its participation in the U.N. Human Rights Council and called for reforming the body to eliminate what it called its “chronic anti-Israel bias”. “The United States is looking carefully at this Council and our participation in

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FIFA “In Contact” with Qatar Over 2022 World Cup

ZURICH, June 5 – Soccer’s governing body FIFA said it was in “regular contact” with the organising committee of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Monday though it did not comment directly on the diplomatic situation involving the Gulf State. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and others severed ties with Qatar on

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Turkey to Strip Citizenship of 130 ‘Fugitives’ Including Cleric Gulen

ANKARA, June 5 – Turkey said on Monday it would strip citizenship from 130 people suspected of militant links, including the U.S.-based cleric it blames for orchestrating last July’s failed coup, unless they return to the country within three months. In a list of what it called fugitives from justice, the interior ministry named Muslim

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Trump Offers Help on London Attacks, Touts Need for Travel Ban

By David Morgan WASHINGTON, June 3 – U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter amid the unfolding deadly drama in London on Saturday to offer U.S. help to Britain and to promote his controversial travel ban as an extra level of security for Americans. British police rushed to two incidents in central London after a

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South Africa’s Zuma Denies Owning “Palace” in Dubai

JOHANNESBURG, June 4 – South African President Jacob Zuma has denied owning a “palace” in the United Arab Emirates, his office said on Sunday, after local media reported that an influential family bought him a home in the wealthy Gulf state. Graft accusations in more than 100,000 leaked documents and e-mails last week heaped more

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Attackers Plough Van into London Crowd, Stab Revellers, Kill Six

By Paul Sandle and David Milliken LONDON, June 4 – Suspected militants drove a van into pedestrians at high speed on London Bridge on Saturday night before stabbing revellers on nearby streets, killing at least six people and wounding nearly 50. Armed police rushed to the scene and within eight minutes of receiving the first

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Israeli Documents from Days After War Have Familiar Ring 50 Years On

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, May 31 – Within days of capturing East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war, Israel was examining options about their future ranging from Jewish settlement-building to the creation of a Palestinian state. As the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the war nears on June 5,

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