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International

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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UAE WARNS DOHA ISOLATION COULD LAST FOR YEARS – Lift blockade before Gulf talks: Doha

EXPULSION OF QATARIS COMES INTO EFFECT – TURKISH TROOPS DRILL IN QATAR DOHA, June 19, (Agencies): Qatar’s foreign minister on Monday called on neighbouring states to lift their “blockade” of his country before Doha takes part in any negotiations on ending the Gulf diplomatic crisis. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani …

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Kuwait puzzled over reluctance to address Israeli HR violations

Arab relics’ experts meet kicks off GENEVA, June 19, (KUNA): A Kuwaiti diplomat on Monday said that he was bewildered over the selective approaches taken by some nations to the issue of human rights violations in Arab lands occupied by Israel. Addressing the 35th session of the United Nations Human …

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US downs Syrian jet … Russia warns

BEIRUT, June 19, (RTRS): Russia, Iran and the United States are drawing new red lines for each other in Syria, with Moscow warning Washington on Monday it would treat any US-led coalition planes in its area of operations as potential targets after the US air force downed a Syrian jet. …

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Qatar says ‘Gulf crisis’ puts $2 billion in contracts at risk

‘Sovereign wealth fund unaffected’ DOHA, June 19, (AFP): The political crisis in the Gulf is putting at risk business deals worth $2 billion in Arab countries that have cut ties with Qatar, an economic official in the emirate said Monday. Yousuf Mohamed al-Jaida, chief executive of the Qatar Financial Centre, …

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Qatar govt prepared to cover banks if deposits ‘withdrawn

$18 bln deposits from blockade nations DOHA, June 19, (RTRS): Qatar’s government is prepared to support local banks if foreign institutions withdraw deposits from them because of an economic boycott against Doha, the chief executive of the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) said on Monday. Yousef al-Jaida said institutions from Saudi …

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Qatari soldiers ordered to quit Bahrain coalition base

Saudi, Turkish ties fray DOHA, June 18, (Agencies): Bahrain has ordered Qatari troops serving with a coalition fighting the Islamic State group to leave its territory, a source with knowledge of the situation said on Sunday. The soldiers, part of the US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) which is headquartered …

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Saudi Arabia bans imports of Egyptian strawberries

Ban effective from July 11, due to pesticide residues CAIRO, June 18, (RTRS): Saudi Arabia is banning imports of Egyptian strawberries due to pesticide residues, said Abdel Hamid al-Demerdash, the head of Egypt’s Agriculture Export Council, the latest such ban to hit Egypt as it struggles to revive its economy. …

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Iran, China hold naval drill in Gulf

BEIRUT, June 18, (Agencies): Iran and China began a joint naval exercise in the Gulf on Sunday, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. The military drill comes at a time of heightened tension between the Iranian and US military in the Gulf and is likely to be a cause …

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‘61’ perish in Portugal fire

PEDROGAO GRANDE, Portugal, June 18, (AP): A raging forest fire in central Portugal sent flames sweeping over roads, killing at least 61 people, many of them trapped in their cars as they tried to flee, officials said Sunday. The country’s prime minister called it “the biggest tragedy” that Portugal has …

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