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    In Qatar, Tillerson says Saudi Arabia not ready to talk

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he has embarked on a diplomatic shuttle to help mend fences between neighboring Persian Gulf states Saudi Arabia and Qatar, but that Riyadh has been unresponsive.

    West Asia
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    Qatari emir in Malaysia in blow to Saudi Arabia

    Sheikh Tamim, who arrived late Sunday, was given a 21-gun salute before he sat down to oversee the signing of agreements on training for diplomats, higher education, and legal and judicial cooperation.

    West Asia
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    'Qatar crisis can end if Doha gives up FIFA World Cup'

    The comments on Twitter by Dhahi Khalfan, the often-outspoken head of security in Dubai, mark the first time any official from the four Arab countries boycotting Qatar has directly linked.

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    Qatari emir slams ‘unjust’ Saudi-led siege in UN speech

    Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has sharply denounced the Saudi-led bloc of countries for imposing an “unjust” blockade against his nation, saying such pressure tactics amount to “terrorism.”

    West Asia
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    Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia on govt's request

    Global image messaging service Snapchat has blocked Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera from its app in Saudi Arabia at the request of Saudi authorities, the company said on Monday.

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    Qatar diplomatic crisis engulfs a major US military base

    Qatar's emir is persona non grata to four US-allied Arab states that accuse his wealthy Gulf nation of sponsoring extremists, but he recently received a warm welcome at the sprawling military base his troops.

    West Asia
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    Qatar's emir to meet Turkey's President Erdogan

    Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will visit Turkey on Thursday to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his first trip abroad since the start of the Gulf diplomatic crisis.

    West Asia
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    Netanyahu bars Al-Jazeera journalist from seminar on free press

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has personally intervened to bar an Al-Jazeera journalist from a government conference on press freedoms that uses the broadcaster as a case study.

    West Asia
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    How Re-alignment of Forces is Shaping New Middle-East

    Iran has won another round in the Saudi-Iran cold war that currently dominates the political landscape in the Middle East. This outcome is largely the result of Saudi Arabia’s own folly. Riyadh forced Qatar.

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    Trump calls King Salman, urges diplomatic solution for Qatar crisis

    US President Donald Trump has called for a diplomatic solution for the crisis between Qatar and its neighbouring countries, urging them to follow their commitment in fighting terrorism.

    West Asia
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    Doha worried about potential 'harassment' of Qatari pilgrims

    Qatar has sent only dozens of its citizens across the border to Saudi Arabia for this week’s hajj pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites because of the increasingly bitter crisis between the Gulf neighbours.

    West Asia
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    No Hajj for Qataris this year amid Saudi row

    The official Qatar News Agency reported on Tuesday that Qatar's religious authorities "did not find any cooperation or positive response from the Ministry of Hajj, which has led to confusion and suspension.

    West Asia
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    Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran amid regional crisis

    Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran on Thursday, disregarding the demands of Arab nations now locked in a regional dispute with the energy-rich country that it lessen its ties to Tehran.

    West Asia
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    Qatar, US stage joint military exercise in crisis-hit Doha

    The American military and Qatari armed forces have staged a joint training exercise in Doha amid strong tensions between the Persian Gulf Arab state and a Saudi-led alliance.

    West Asia
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    Mystery Qatari sheikh pushed into Gulf crisis spotlight

    On August 17, it was announced that Saudi’s King Salman had ordered the reopening of the Qatar border to allow pilgrims from the emirate to join the annual hajj pilgrimage to Makkah.

    West Asia
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    Amid Gulf crisis,Saudi to open border with Qatar for pilgrims

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered the reopening of the border with Qatar to facilitate the annual hajj pilgrimage, state media said Thursday, in the first signs of a thaw after the region's worst.

    West Asia
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    Saudi Arabia can down Qatari planes: State TV

    Citing “international law,” a voiceover accompanying the production said, “A state that bans flights from entering its airspace has the right to deal with the violating plane in any way it wishes.”

    West Asia
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    Qatar announces $5.9b order for warships from Italy

    Qatar announced on Wednesday a five-billion-euro ($5.9 billion) order for seven warships from Italy in the midst of a nearly two-month diplomatic crisis with neighbouring Saudi Arabia and its allies.

    West Asia
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    Turkey, Qatar launch joint military exercises

    Turkey and its main regional ally Qatar on Tuesday launched military exercises in the emirate that will involve some 250 Turkish troops and 30 armoured vehicles, reports said.

    West Asia
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    Iran Plans Gala Presidential Inauguration

    EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini besides dozens of heads of states and governments will attend the inauguration ceremony of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on August 5 and the large presence of foreign dele

    West Asia
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    Qatar files complaint to WTO against blockading Gulf nations

    Qatar has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over an "illegal siege" imposed by its Gulf neighbors, the commerce ministry said Monday.

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    Qatar accuses Saudis of hampering Hajj pilgrims

    The Qatari authorities have accused Saudi Arabia of jeopardising the annual hajj pilgrimage to Makkah by refusing to guarantee the safety of those taking part.

    West Asia
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    Al Jazeera: Far from perfect, but still a symbol of hope

    Qatar’s capital Doha was once recognised as a gathering place for political and religious figures of all stripes from across the political spectrum in the Middle East. It was classified as the moderate

    West Asia
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    UAE-based Etihad loses $1.87B in 2016

    The Abu Dhabi-based airline's loss comes during a tough time for the Gulf's long-haul carriers, as a diplomatic crisis with Qatar upended regional air routes and Trump administration's travel ban on six majority Muslim.

    Business

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