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US moves against Iran raise spectre of wider regional conflict

By James M. Dorsey US President Donald J. Trump. in a step that could embolden Saudi Arabia to move ahead with plans to destabilize Iran, has instructed White House aides to give him the arguments for withholding certification in October that Iran has complied with …

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Brutalities by Israeli Army: Many injured in Jerusalem clashes

JERUSALEM -UNS : Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces outside Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday as tensions mounted over new security measures at a highly sensitive holy site and prompted police to restrict access for Muslim prayers. The unrest came after Israeli ministers decided not …

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Kuwait expels Iranian diplomats over ‘terror’ cell

Kuwait on Thursday expelled Iranian diplomats and closed some embassy missions after the emirate’s top court convicted a “terror” cell of links to the Islamic republic, the foreign ministry said. Sunni-ruled Kuwait, which has a sizeable Shiite minority, is trying to mediate an end to …

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Qatar FM briefs PM Nawaz over Gulf crisis

ISLAMABAD -UNS – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met the Foreign Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, who is on an official visit to Pakistan. He briefed the PM over Qatar-Saudi rift and the ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Middle East where several countries …

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Iran president’s brother arrested on financial crime charges

TEHRAN -UNS: The younger brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Hossein Fereydoun, has been arrested on financial crime charges, the judiciary said on Sunday. “Multiple investigations have been conducted regarding this person, also other people have been investigated, some of whom are in jail,” deputy …

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Tensions mount as Al-Aqsa remains closed

RAMALLAH: Palestinian religious and political figures have denounced the ongoing closure of Al-Aqsa mosque compound, calling it a violation of their religious freedoms, reported Al Jazeera. Al-Aqsa remained closed on Saturday, a day after a deadly shooting attack outside an entrance to the holy site …

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IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead :confirmed by IS

MOSUL -UNS – Islamic State (IS) has finally confirmed the death of their supreme leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi on Tuesday. A confirmation came from the senior officials of the terrorist organization. The 45-year-old was the most widely accepted caliphate of the IS which conducts …

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Qatar again rejects four Arab states’ accusations

CAIRO -UNS : Qatar dismissed as “baseless” on Friday renewed accusations that it meddles in other countries’ affairs and finances terrorism, in its first public response to a statement from four Arab states locked in a diplomatic dispute with the tiny emirate. In the joint …

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KSA, allies slam Qatar non-compliance as threat to security

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia and its allies on Friday criticised Qatar s refusal to accept conditions to end the Gulf s biggest diplomatic crisis in years as a threat to regional security. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain said Qatar s …

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Extremism report puts KSA,UK on spot : strengthens Qatar in Gulf Crisis

By James M. Dorsey A report charging Saudi Arabia with funding extremism in Britain puts both the kingdom and Prime Minister Teresa May on the spot. The report also potentially strengthens Qatar’s insistence that support of extremism should be tackled regionally and that demands by …

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