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Bodies of beheaded civilians found – Military says civilian deaths due to rebel atrocities

MARAWI CITY, Philippines, June 28, (RTRS): The decapitated bodies of five civilians have been found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels, the military said on Wednesday, warning the number of residents killed by rebel “atrocities” could rise sharply as troops retake more ground. The discovery of the five …

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Senator to block arms sales to Gulf

Iran seeks stronger ties with Qatar, urges Europe to promote dialogue GERMANY URGES TALKS, SIDES TO AVOID ESCALATION WASHINGTON, June 27, (Agencies): The chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday he would block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other members of …

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Qatar riyal firms against dollar in forward market

Qatari CDS hit one-year high after ultimatum issued LONDON, June 27, (RTRS): The Qatari riyal strengthened against the dollar on Tuesday in the forward market, following two days of sharp falls caused by the continued standoff between Doha and neighbouring Arab powers. One-month riyal forwards showed the currency marked as …

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Trump claims travel ban victory

WASHINGTON, June 27, (Agencies): The US Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries, prompting the president to claim a victory for national security. The nine justices, who will hear arguments in the case in October, said the ban could …

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Trump and Modi hail friendship – Combating terrorism, defence ties tackled

WASHINGTON, June 27, (Agencies): US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraced each other as friends and partners Monday, pledging their quest for economic growth would strengthen rather than undermine ties between the world’s two largest democracies. While Trump’s relations with some traditional allies had a rocky …

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Doha’s hotels ‘suffer’ in Eid holidays due to Arab boycott

Airport flights down by a quarter: analysts DOHA, June 27, (RTRS): A boycott imposed by four Arab nations that accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism is squeezing the tourism sector and Doha’s hotels which would normally be full in the Eid Al-Fitr holiday have seen steep falls in their occupancy rates. …

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Amir condemns Makkah terror plot – Suicide bomber blows himself up

KUWAIT CITY, June 24, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent Friday a cable to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to express Kuwait’s strong condemnation of the terrorist scheme against the Grand Mosque of Makkah. In his cable, His Highness the Amir said that this terrorist …

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Demands presented unreasonable: Doha

Amir hopes Gulf rift heals DOHA, June 24, (Agencies): Qatar said Saturday that a 13-point list of demands made by Saudi Arabia and its allies impinged on its sovereignty and failed to meet US expectations they be “reasonable”. Meanwhile, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed hope …

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IS funded siege: Philippines

Australia to send spy planes to help Manila fi ght militants MARAWI, Philippines, June 24, (Agencies): The Islamic State group helped fund the monthlong siege of a southern Philippine city through a Malaysian militant who was reportedly killed by troops, the Philippine military chief said Friday. Gen Eduardo Ano told …

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Pakistan attacks kill 85 – US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan quits

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 24, (Agencies): The death toll from twin blasts in the northwestern town of Parachinar climbed to 67 overnight, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks in Pakistan on Friday to 85, with several others in critical condition, officials said. Shahid Khan, a government official in …

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