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Minister says Qatar to comply with new US airline security measures

Qatar will comply with enhanced security measures for flights to the United States designed to prevent expanding an in-cabin ban on laptops, the country’s minister of transport said on Friday. The measures, which European and US officials said on Wednesday would begin taking effect within …

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Suicide bomber killed in foiled Makkah plot to attack Grand Mosque: Saudi state media

Saudi security forces said Saturday they disrupted a plot to attack the Grand Mosque at Makkah, home to the holiest site in Islam, just as Ramazan concludes. The Interior Ministry said it launched raids in Jeddah as well as two areas in Makkah itself, including …

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Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said. The demands aimed at ending …

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Gulf Crisis- Way Forward for Pakistan

By U.K. Dar Pakistan had always enjoyed cordial relations with countries in the Gulf. Pakistan had helped the brotherly countries in developing their defense capabilities. But the Gulf countries have not shown any favors to Pakistan when compared with India. Pakistan always expected that Gulf …

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The rise of Mohammed bin Salman: A mixed blessing?

By James M. Dorsey Saudi King Salman’s appointment of his son, Mohammed bin Salman, as crown prince at the expense of his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, could prove to be a mixed blessing for a kingdom in transition that faces significant international challenges of its …

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Gulf Crisis: Grappling for a face saving solution

By James M. Dorsey A two-week old conflict in the Gulf goes to the core of key issues in international relations that hamper the fight against political violence and govern diplomatic relations: the absence of an agreed definition of terrorism that allows autocrats to abuse …

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Islamic world can contribute immensely towards global peace,stability:Erdogan

Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and discussed matter of mutual interest and regional security. The COAS thanked the President for perennial Turkish support to Pakistan and its role in bringing peace and stability …

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Pakistan shoots down Iranian drone near border area

Pakistan on Monday (June 19) shot down an Iranian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in Panjgur sector on the Pak-Iran border. According to Foreign Office statement, the drone was hit by Pakistan Air Force as it was unidentified and was flying at around 3 to 4 …

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KSA says it does not need Turkish military base

Saudi Arabia said Saturday a Turkish military base similar to that built in neighbouring Qatar would not be welcome in the kingdom, insisting it is “not needed”. The statement came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly said he had offered to build a military …

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Qatar signs deal to buy 36 fighter jets from US

Washington -UNS: US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and his Qatari counterpart Khalid al-Attiyah signed a letter of agreement Wednesday for a $12-billion sale of US-manufactured F-15 fighters, the Pentagon said. The sale comes amid a simmering crisis in the Gulf after Qatar’s neighbors accused …

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