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United Arab Emirates Denies Washington Post Report That It Orchestrated Qatar Hack

The United Arab Emirates has denied a Washington Post report that claims the country orchestrated a hack of Qatari state news and social media websites in May, an incident that triggered the region's worst diplomatic crisis in decades. (more…)

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France Calls for Swift Lifting of Sanctions Targeting Qatar

France called on Saturday for a swift lifting of sanctions that target Qatari nationals in an effort to ease a month-long rift between the Gulf country and several of its neighbors. (more…)

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Qatar Delivers Response to Demands From Saudi-led Bloc

Qatar's foreign minister has arrived in Kuwait carrying an official response to a list of demands from the Saudi-led bloc, according to Qatari officials in Doha. (more…)

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Gulf Deadline to Resolve Qatar Rift Approaches

Qatar faces possible further sanctions by Arab states that have severed ties with Doha over allegations of links to terrorism, as a deadline to accept their demands is expected to expire on Sunday night. (more…)

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Sectarian Militants Claim Twin Pakistan Bombings as Death Toll Rises to 50

A faction of Pakistan-based sectarian militants Lashkar-e-Jhangvi on Saturday claimed responsibility for twin bombs that hit a market in the northwestern town of Parachinar, killing at least 50 people ahead of the holiday marking the end of Ramadan. (more…)

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Iranians Chant ‘Death to Israel’, Burn ISIS Flag at Nationwide Rallies

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians chanted "Death to Israel" in nationwide rallies on Friday at which they also burned flag of the Islamic State militant group which claimed responsibility for attacks in Tehran this month, state TV reported. (more…)

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Qatar Says $12 Billion Fighter Jets Deal Shows Deep U.S. Support

A $12 billion deal to buy U.S. F-15 fighter jets shows Qatar has deep-rooted support from Washington, a Qatari official said on Thursday, despite President Donald Trump's repeated accusations that Doha supports terrorism. (more…)

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Turkish Foreign Minister Lands in Qatar to Repair Rift With Gulf Arab States

Turkey sent its foreign minister to Qatar on Wednesday as part of a drive to repair Qatar's rift with fellow Gulf Arab states. (more…)

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In Diplomatic Crisis, Qatar Hires Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft

Qatar has paid $2.5 million to the law firm of a former attorney general under U.S. President George W. Bush to audit its efforts at stopping terrorism funding, a matter at the heart of the Gulf diplomatic crisis that erupted last week. (more…)

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Arab World’s Biggest Powers Cut Ties With Qatar Over Alleged Support for Islamists

The Arab world's biggest powers cut ties with Qatar on Monday over alleged support for Islamists and Iran, reopening a festering wound two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump's demand for Muslim states to fight terrorism. (more…)

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Ismail Haniya Named Leader of Hamas

Ismail Haniya, a longtime leader of Hamas in Gaza, was on Saturday officially named the senior leader of the militant group, which has been trying to soften its public image as it jockeys for influence in the Palestinian territories and internationally. (more…)

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Hamas Softens Stance on Israel, Says It Will End Association With Muslim Brotherhood

The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Monday dropped its longstanding call for Israel's destruction, but said it still rejected the country's right to exist and backs "armed struggle" against it. (more…)

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US and British Officials Say No Specific Threat Led to Banning of Electronics on Flights

U.S. and British officials said Tuesday the decision to bar laptops and tablets from the cabins of some international flights wasn't based on any specific threat but on longstanding concerns about terrorists targeting jetliners. (more…)

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US Bans Electronics From Flights Coming From Middle East and North Africa

The U.S. government, citing unspecified threats, is barring passengers on nonstop, U.S.-bound flights from eight mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, tablets, electronic games and other devices on board in carry-on bags. (more…)

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