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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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Hobby Lobby Agrees to Pay $3 Million Fine, Forfeit Smuggled Iraqi Antiquities in Settlement With Justice Department

Hobby Lobby, the Oklahoma-based chain of arts and crafts retail stores, has agreed to pay a $3 million fine and forfeit thousands of ancient clay tablets and clay bullae that were smuggled into the United States with improper labels. (more…)

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John McCain, Elizabeth Warren Among U.S. Senators Visiting Troops in Afghanistan

A bipartisan group of senators traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates over the Fourth of July holiday, visiting US troops serving overseas as well as meeting with high-level government officials from the three nations. (more…)

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U.S. Airports Drop Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways From Laptop Ban List

Passengers flying from Abu Dhabi International Airport on U.S.-bound flights are now allowed to use laptop computers in airline cabins, federal officials said Sunday. (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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Germany Urges All Sides in Qatar Crisis to Hold Direct Talks, Avoid Escalation

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday appealed to all sides in the Qatar crisis to hold direct talks to avoid a further escalation, and urged Iran to play a constructive role. (more…)

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has made the Qatar crisis his main priority and cleared his travel schedule this week. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

U.S. State Department Issues Public Warning Questioning Saudi Arabia and UAE’s Intentions in Qatar Rift

The State Department issued an unusual public warning to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday over a diplomatic rift with fellow U.S. ally Qatar, and suggested that the Saudis may have provoked a crisis and drawn in the United States on false pretenses. (more…)

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Iran Says Ballistic Missile Strike on ISIS in Syria is a Warning to Saudi Arabia and U.S.

Iran says its ballistic missile strike targeting the Islamic State group in Syria was not only a response to deadly attacks in Tehran, but a powerful message to archrival Saudi Arabia and the United States, one that could add to already soaring regional tensions. (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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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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At Least 12 People Killed, Over 40 Injured in Simultaneous Gun and Suicide Bomb Attacks on Iran’s Parliament and Shrine; ISIS Claims Responsibility

Iran's Revolutionary Guards say Saudi Arabia supported ISIS in the deadly twin attacks in Tehran on Wednesday, an accusation likely to infuriate the Saudi kingdom amid high tensions in the region. (more…)

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