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Trump’s Son-in-Law Kushner Begins Peace Push With Middle East Talks

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, June 21 – Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, beginning a new U.S. effort to revive Middle East peace efforts. Kushner, a 36-year-old real estate developer with little experience of international diplomacy and peace

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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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Qatar Can Defend Economy and Currency: Finance Minister

DUBAI, June 12 – Qatar can easily defend its economy and currency against sanctions by other Arab states, Qatari finance minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi told CNBC television in an interview broadcast on Monday. He added that the countries which had imposed sanctions would also lose money because of the damage to business in the region.

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S&P: Negative Rating Actions Taken On Qatari Banks

• On June 7, 2017, S&P lowered its long-term sovereign credit rating on the State of Qatar to ‘AA-‘ and placed it on Credit Watch with negative implications. In S&P’s view, the moves by a group of governments to cut diplomatic ties and trade and transport links with Qatar will exacerbate the country’s external vulnerabilities

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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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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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In Egypt, Daesh Spreads Out of Sinai and Targets Minorities

By Jenna Le Bras Alexandria usually seems clear and sunny, but for a couple of days after the tragic event, the  seaside town was put under a bell. The sun stayed low and the hectic sea raged as the Egyptian flags were at half-mast. In mid April, coordinated suicide attacks on St. Mark’s Church, Egypt’s

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Trump: People in the Middle East have Borne the Brunt of Terrorism

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason RIYADH, May 21 – U.S. President Donald Trump called on Arab leaders to do their share to fight “Islamist extremism” on Sunday in a speech that put the burden on the region to combat militant groups while urging unity among religions. In his much-awaited speech in Saudi Arabia on

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Trump Awaited in Middle East With Foreboding and Hope

May 18 – U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Saudi Arabia and Israel, two bastions of relative calm in the war-battered Middle East, on his first foreign trip beginning this weekend. In much of the region, authoritarian governments duel for power with political Islamists and militants as rival creeds and ethnic groups vie for dominance.

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