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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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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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Some Egyptian Banks Halt Dealings With Qatari Banks After Rupture

By Asma Alsharif CAIRO, June 5 – Some Egyptian banks halted dealings with Qatari banks on Monday, four Cairo-based bankers said, responding to Cairo’s announcement that it had cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Egypt’s action, announced in the early hours of Monday, was coordinated with similar moves by Saudi Arabia, the

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Oil Prices Gain as Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties with Qatar

By Stephen Eisenhammer LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) – Oil rose on Monday after top crude exporter Saudi Arabia and other Arab states cut ties with Qatar, driving up prices on concerns over increased tension in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain closed transport links with top liquefied natural gas

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Qatar Stock Market Tumbles on Diplomatic Rift with Saudi, GCC States

By Celine Aswad DUBAI, June 5 – Qatar’s stock market plunged on Monday after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism. The Qatari stock index sank 7.6 percent in the first hour of trade. Some of the market’s top blue chips were hit hardest,

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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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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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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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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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