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Libya strongman in UAE for talks

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has met with UAE leaders for talks on military cooperation, state media said Sunday, days after announcing the retaking of second city Benghazi from jihadists. Haftar, who has visited the United Arab Emirates regularly in recent months, held talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed …

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British FM says progress possible – Kuwait welcomes UK support for mediation

SAUDI, ALLIES THREATEN FURTHER STEPS – QATAR AGAIN DENIES ACCUSATIONS MATTIS AFFIRMS US-QATAR COOPERATION … TILLERSON DUE KUWAIT CITY, July 8, (Agencies): British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Saturday progress could be made to heal a rift between Qatar and other Arab states, although a solution was unlikely to …

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Trump wins key concessions at G20 – US president ‘climate exit’ acknowledged

HAMBURG, July 8, (AFP): US President Donald Trump won key concessions on climate and trade Saturday from world leaders at the most fractious G20 summit to date, in exchange for preserving the unity of the club of major industrialised and emerging economies. In a final statement agreed by all 20 …

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Syrian refugee raped, murdered in Turkey

ANKARA, July 8, (AFP): A Syrian refugee in Turkey was raped and bludgeoned to death by rock-wielding attackers just days before she was due to give birth, and her 10-month-old baby strangled, in a brutal double murder that has sparked outrage. Turkish authorities have detained two men who reportedly confessed …

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More heavy rains forecast for Japan as death toll rises to 16

Japanese rescue crews took advantage of a break in the weather on Saturday to search for survivors of torrential rain, floods and landslides, as the death toll from several days of freak weather rose to 16, the NHK state broadcaster reported. Authorities warned of more downpours over the weekend, compounding …

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Mosul militants vow fight to death – Iraq meters away from final victory

MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq, July 8, (Agencies): Islamic State militants vowed to “fight to the death” in Mosul on Saturday as Iraqi military commanders said they would take full control of the city from the insurgents at any moment. Dozens of Iraqi soldiers celebrated amid the rubble on the banks of the …

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Germany to help clear Qatar charges – UAE predicts more isolation

RIYADH ACCUSES DOHA OF USING TWITTER TO STOKE DISSENT ‘QATAR TO MAINTAIN SUPPORT OF ANTI-TERROR EFFORTS’ – TURKEY ‘LOYAL’ BERLIN, July 6, (Agencies): Germany’s foreign minister says his country’s intelligence service will participate in efforts to clear up accusations by Arab neighbors that Qatar supports terror groups. Foreign Minister Sigmar …

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Saudi Arabia impose ‘tax’ on expats

RIYADH, July 6, (AFP): Saudi Arabia on Thursday said it had begun taxing foreigners working in the private sector as part of fiscal reforms aimed at coping with a drop in oil revenues. Long a tax-free haven for expatriates, the Saudi economy was dealt a serious blow in 2014 when …

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Qatar Airways are set to buy shares in American Airlines – QA cancels order for four A350s

DUBLIN, July 6, (Agencies): Qatar Airways is to press on with plans to build a stake of up to 4.75 percent in American Airlines in the near future, despite the “categorical” opposition of the US company’s management, Qatar Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker said on Thursday. The state-owned carrier notified American …

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Qatar Airways off laptop ban

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, July 6, (Agencies): Qatar Airways joined two other major long-haul Gulf carriers on Thursday in getting off a US ban on laptops and large electronics in airplane cabins, despite facing logistical challenges amid the country’s diplomatic dispute with several Arab nations. Doha-based Qatar Airways, Abu Dhabi-based …

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