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Arab States to Deliver Verdict on Qatar as Compromise Elusive

By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, July 5 – Four Arab foreign ministers met in Cairo to weigh possible further sanctions against Qatar on Wednesday in a dispute that has aroused deep concern among Western allies of the region’s ruling dynasties, key partners in energy and defence. Regional newspapers with links to their governments suggested the foreign

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Saudi Arabia and Allies Give Qatar Two More Days to Accept Demands

DUBAI, July 3 – Saudi Arabia and three allies accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism have agreed to a request by Kuwait to extend by 48 hours Sunday’s deadline for Doha to comply, according to a joint statement on Saudi state news agency SPA. Without stating whether Qatar had rejected the ultimatum as was widely expected,

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Qatar Says Arab States’ Demands “Made to be Rejected”

By Philip Pullella ROME, July 1 – Demands made of Qatar by four other Arab states were designed to be rejected, Doha’s foreign minister said on Saturday, explaining that their ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country’s sovereignty. However Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, speaking to reporters in Rome, added

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Saudi Official Denies Former Crown Prince Confined to Palace

DUBAI, June 29 – A Saudi official on Thursday denied a New York Times report that Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been confined to his palace and barred from travelling abroad after he was replaced by the king’s son as next in line to the throne. Mohammed bin Nayef, a veteran interior minister who was

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Iraq, Saudi Arabia Aim to Upgrade Diplomatic Relations: Statement

DUBAI, June 20  – Iraq and Saudi Arabia are setting up a coordination council to upgrade strategic ties, a joint statement said on Tuesday, as part of an attempt to heal troubled relations between the Arab neighbours. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Saudi King Salman a day earlier on the first leg of

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UNHCR Wins Nod to Use Islamic Alms to Aid Middle East Refugees

By Aziz El Yaakoubi DUBAI, June 19 – The United Nations, short of funds to support millions of displaced people in the Middle East, has begun a scheme that would let Muslims make donations from the alms they typically pay state bodies for the benefit of the poor. Muslims around the world are expected to

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UAE’s Gargash: Qatar Isolation Could Last for Years

By John Irish PARIS, June 19 – A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said on Monday Qatar’s powerful Arab neighbours could continue to isolate it “for years” if it did not alter its foreign policy and said a list of their grievances would be completed in the next days. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab

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Iran and China Conduct Naval Drill in Gulf

BEIRUT, June 18 – Iran and China began a joint naval exercise in the Gulf on Sunday, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. The military drill comes at a time of heightened tension between the Iranian and U.S. military in the Gulf and is likely to be a cause of concern for Washington. In

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