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Etihad Says Passengers from U.S. Ban Countries Can Board

DUBAI, June 29 – Etihad Airways is allowing nationals from six Muslim-majority countries on a U.S. travel ban list to board flights to the United States if they have valid travel documents, the Abu Dhabi-based airline said on Thursday. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday to allow part of the ban which applies to

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Saudi, Qatar Ministers Spar Over Arab Nations’ Demands

WASHINGTON, June 28 – Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday that there would be no negotiations over demands by the kingdom and other Arab states for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism. Doha retorted that the allegations against it and demands were baseless and unacceptable. Qatar has previously also said the demands were aimed

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Qatar Riyal FX Market in Chaos But Bankers Believe Peg Still Solid

DUBAI/ABU DHABI, June 28 – Economic sanctions and poor liquidity have created chaos in the foreign exchange market for Qatari riyals, with the currency trading far below its peg to the U.S. dollar this week, but bankers in the region believe the peg remains solid. The riyal has been increasingly volatile in the spot market

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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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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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Doha’s Actions May Destabilize the Region: Saudi Minister

BY Leila Hatoum At a time when the world is suffering “horrendous” terrorist attacks, Qatar continues to harbor wanted terrorists, providing them with “financial” and logistical aid, a thing which “has to stop immediately,” said Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Culture and Information Dr Awwad Alawwad. In an emailed statement to Newsweek Middle East, Dr Alawwad

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UAE Exempts Qataris Married to Emiratis from Expulsion Order

DUBAI, June 12 – The United Arab Emirates will not deport Qataris who are married to Emirati nationals, Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National reported on Monday, a week after severing ties with Doha and giving Qataris 14 days to leave. In the worst Gulf Arab crisis for years, the UAE, along with Saudi Arabia and

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UAE President Offers Condolences to Iran After Deadly Attacks

DUBAI, June 8 – The president of the United Arab Emirates    has sent condolences to his Iranian counterpart after at least 13 people were killed in militant attacks on Iran’s parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in Tehran. The unprecedented assault in the highly controlled Shi’ite Muslim country was claimed by the Sunni militant Daesh

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