Qatar rift risks raising cost for Gulf debt issuers

DUBAI/RIYADH June 21, (RTRS): Qatar’s rift with its Arab neighbours is threatening to puncture investor appetite for the Gulf region as a whole, translating into potentially higher debt costs for governments and possibly slowing the pace of Saudi Arabia’s economic reforms. Saudi, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt broke relations …

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Trump seen hardening its line toward Pakistan

WASHINGTON, June 20, (Agencies): President Donald Trump’s administration appears ready to harden its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, US officials tell Reuters. Potential Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding US drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan and …

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Travel hub Qatar cut off from local routes

Camels caught up in feud reunited with owners QATAR, June 20, (Agencies): Sitting on an airplane from Qatar trying to get home to Dubai, I could only watch frustrated as a scrolling map showed my flight pass overhead of my skyscraper-studded city and continue further east. It’s typically an hour …

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