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Long shadow of the Gulf crisis: Qatar emerges as key player in Gaza crisis

By James M. Dorsey Dug in for the long haul in its increasingly bitter dispute with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Qatar is emerging as a key player in efforts to prevent tension between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, …

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Iraq hosts military chiefs from Iran, Russia and Syria

BAGHDAD: Senior Iraqi military commanders hosted their Russian, Iranian and Syrian counterparts in Baghdad on Saturday to discuss security cooperation and information-sharing in the Middle East, where the Islamic State group continues to carry out attacks. The Iraqi defence ministry said it had received delegations …

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Pakistan keen to expand bilateral relations with Turkey: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD -UNS : Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday made a telephone call to his counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi and congratulated him on the recent election victory of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan Mr. Cavusoglu expressed strong …

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Saudi king spoke, and a $2 trillion dream went up in smoke

The king spoke, and a $2 trillion (£1.55 trillion) dream went up in smoke.For the past two years, Saudi Arabia has prepared to place up to 5 percent of its national oil company on the stock market. Officials talked up the Saudi Aramco initial public …

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Iran to open lawsuit against US sanctions at ICJ

THE HAGUE (AFP) – Iran will argue Monday against renewed sanctions imposed by the United States, as a bitter legal battle between Tehran and Washington opens before the UN s top court. US President Donald Trump reimposed a wave of tough unilateral sanctions on Iran …

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Middle East, Europe celebrate Eid-ul-Azha

SAUDI ARABIA -UNS – Muslims in Middle East and European countries are celebrating Eid-ul-Azha with religious zeal and fervor on Tuesday. Grand Eid prayer congregations were held in Masjid-al-Haram and Masjid-e-Nabwi (PBUH) and were attended by millions of people. Similar congregations also occurred in Indonesia, …

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Over two million Muslims performing Waqoof-e-Arafat today

MAKKAH -UNS – More than two million Muslim pilgrims from across the world will perform Waqoof-e-Arafat, the main ritual of Hajj in the holy land of Islam, on Monday. It is first time that special arrangements have been done to deliver hajj sermon in Urdu …

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Iran unveils next generation missile

Iran unveiled a next generation short-range ballistic missile on Monday and vowed to further boost its capabilities, Iranian media said, at a time of rising tensions with the United States. State broadcaster IRIB said the new Fateh Mobin missile had “successfully passed its tests” and …

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KSA hackathon seeks high-tech fixes to Hajj calamities

Fuelled by caffeine, pizza and adrenaline, sleep-deprived programmers in a marathon Saudi contest this week explored high-tech solutions to prevent a repeat of past calamities in the annual Hajj pilgrimage. In a cavernous hall in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, thousands of software professionals …

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Can the US make Iran sanctions stick?

By James M. Dorsey Recent Iranian trade figures suggest that the United Arab Emirates, a strong backer of US efforts to squeeze Iran economically, could emerge alongside China as the Islamic republic’s foremost lifeline in seeking to blunt the impact of harsh sanctions. Russia and …

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