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Qatar row: What’s caused the fall-out between Gulf neighbors?

By Dr David Roberts On Monday 5 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, the UAE, and the internationally recognised Yemeni government severed their diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. In addition, the states announced that they were suspending air, sea, and land transport with Qatar, while Qatari …

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KSA, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE cut ties with Qatar over ‘terrorism’

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced on Monday they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar, as tensions escalate in the region over accusations Doha sponsors terrorism. Saudi news agency SPA said Riyadh cut diplomatic ties and closed borders with its neighbour to “protect its …

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KSA King Salman named Islamic Personality of the Year

DUBAI -UNS- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia has been named Islamic Personality of the Year by the organising committee of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award on Friday evening, Khaleej Times reported. Ibrahim Bu Melha, Head of the Dubai International Holy …

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Putin,Saudi Crown Prince discusses cooperation on oil,Syrian conflict

MOSCOW -UNS: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday discussed cooperation on oil and the conflict in Syria with powerful Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at a meeting in the Kremlin. Oil producers within and outside the OPEC cartel last week agreed to extend a November accord to cut …

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Qatar’s emir wants ties with Iran to be ‘stronger than ever before’

JEDDAH -UNS: Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani has said his country enjoyed deep and historical ties with Iran. In a phone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday, Al-Thani said he wanted the ties with Iran to be “stronger than ever before.” The remarks confirm lingering suspicions …

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Cracks in Saudi-led alliance days after wooing Trump

By James M. Dorsey Cracks have appeared in a Saudi-led, US-backed anti-terrorist political and military alliance days after US President Donald J. Trump ended a historic visit to Saudi Arabia. The cracks stem from Qatar’s long-standing fundamental policy differences with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates about Iran and …

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Two conferences spotlight Muslim world’s struggle to counter militancy

By James M. Dorsey Two conferences this week spotlight the Muslim world’s struggle to come to grips with extremism and militancy. The conferences, the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh and a gathering in East Java of youth leaders of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the world’s largest Muslim movement, laid bare the difficulty …

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Iran driving Israel, Arab states closer: Trump

JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump said on Monday that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of “terrorists and militias”. In stressing threats from Iran, Trump echoed a theme laid out during weekend meetings in …

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Saudi Arabia needs ballot boxes not arms:Rouhani

TEHRAN – Iran’s newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani on Monday criticized Saudi Arabia after it signed a huge arms deal with the U.S., saying “ballot boxes” are more vital than arms for the Arab country. The kingdom “has never seen a ballot box”, Rouhani told a press conference following a …

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