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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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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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Stepping up pressure: KSA strong arms Muslim nations to take sides in Gulf crisis

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia, in a first move to pressure mostly Muslim states to join its campaign against Qatar, has persuaded six sub-Saharan African nations with threats of reduced financial aid and restricted quotas for the haj, the annual pilgrimage to the holy …

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Saudis stop Qatari nationals from entering Grand Mosque in Mecca

Saudi authorities have prevented Qatari nationals from entering the Grand Mosque in Mecca, marking a sharp escalation in the Gulf diplomatic crisis, Doha-based Al Sharq newspaper has reported. Qatar’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) received complaints from Qatari citizens that pilgrims from Qatar were barred …

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Qatar willing to listen to Gulf Arab concerns

DOHA -UNS: Qatar is ready to listen to the concerns of Gulf Arab states that have cut diplomatic and economic ties, Kuwait said on Sunday as it tried to mediate a solution to the worst regional crisis in years. Saudi Arabia and allies Egypt, Bahrain …

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Qatar says it won´t ‘surrender’ in Gulf row

DOHA -UNS: Qatar said Thursday it will not “surrender” and rejected any interference in its foreign policy, defying its Gulf neighbours in an escalating dispute over its alleged support for extremists. In an interview with AFP, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said calls for a …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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