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No confirmation of Baghdadi death – Iran drone downed by US jet

MOSCOW, June 20, (Agencies): Russia said on Tuesday it could not confirm that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in an air strike in Syria last month, the Interfax news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying. Moscow said on Friday its forces may have …

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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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Troubled anti-Muslim van attacker questioned – Suspect held on terror charges

LONDON, June 20, (Agencies): British media have identified the suspect held in connection with the van attack outside a London mosque as Darren Osborne, from the Welsh city of Cardiff. He is being held on suspicion of attempted murder and alleged terror offenses. British media report that some of Osborne’s …

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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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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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RENOUNCE DIFFERENCES AND HOLD ONTO NATIONAL UNITY – ‘Heal rift in Gulf through dialogue’

Amir reiterates Kuwait’s stance against all forms of terrorism KUWAIT CITY, June 18, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said he hopes for healing the rift among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states through dialogue, urging the Kuwaiti people to abide by national unity for …

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