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FBI SEES RUSSIANS BEHIND QATAR HACK

US intelligence officials believe Russian hackers planted a false news story that led Saudi Arabia and several allies to sever relations with Qatar, prompting a diplomatic crisis, CNN reported Tuesday. FBI experts visited Qatar in late May to analyze an alleged cyber breach that saw the hackers place the fake …

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Crush militants, says Duterte

MARAWI, Philippines, June 7, (AFP): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday ordered the military to “crush” Islamist militants still occupying parts of a southern city, as photos emerged of bombed buildings and mangled corpses. Duterte described the rampage in Marawi City by the militants, fighting under the Islamic State group …

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Notre Dame ‘attacker’ pledged IS allegiance – New ‘counter-terror’ force

PARIS, June 7, (Agencies): A man who attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in a video, it emerged Wednesday, four days after an attack claimed by IS in London. The 40-year-old man was shot and wounded …

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GULF HOPES REST ON KUWAITI MEDIATION

‘Conditions laid for Qatar’s return’ – Sheikh Sabah urges restraint … Qatar Amir delays speech KUWAIT CITY, June 6, (Agencies): HH the Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah Tuesday initiated reconciliatory steps to resolve tension within the GCC countries and calm down the strain nerves. To this end, HH …

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Lives disrupted over flight bans – Manila halts OFWs

DOHA, June 6, (Agencies): Qatar’s state-of-the-art Hamad International bills itself as one of the most luxurious airports in the world — but on Tuesday, it was also one of the quietest. As a travel ban announced by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) came into force, …

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‘Trump complicates travel ban case’

Thousands freed despite vow to end ‘catch and release’ NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, June 6, (RTRS): US President Donald Trump accused his own Justice Department on Monday of watering down his temporary travel ban on people from several predominantly Muslim countries, potentially hurting his case in the Supreme Court on the matter. …

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UK struggles to tackle homegrown threat – London attacker ‘radical Islamist’

LONDON, June 6, (Agencies): As outrage grows over the revelation that at least one of the London attackers was a well-known Islamist, authorities admitted Tuesday that their hands were often tied in tackling even known threats. The issue of counter-terrorism has rocked the campaign for Britain’s national election on Thursday …

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Fighters pulling back – Video shows militants in siege plot

MARAWI CITY, Philippines, June 6, (Agencies): Philippines troops found bundles of banknotes and cheques worth about $1.6 million abandoned by Islamist militants holed up in Marawi City, a discovery the military said on Tuesday was evidence that the fighters were pulling back. Fighters linked to Islamic State have been cornered …

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Arab powers sever Qatar ties, disruption as flights suspended

Amir urges Qatari counterpart to exercise restraint DUBAI, June 5, (Agencies): The Arab world’s strongest powers cut ties with Qatar on Monday over alleged support for Islamists and Iran, re-opening a festering wound just two weeks after US President Donald Trump’s demand for Muslim states to fight terrorism. Saudi Arabia, …

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Gulf crisis threatens air travel in region, beyond

DUBAI, June 5, (RTRS): Air travel across the Gulf region and beyond faces major disruption following the move by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain to sever ties with Qatar, accusing the tiny oil rich state of supporting terrorism. Saudi Arabia on Monday banned Qatari airlines …

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