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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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    Benjamin Netanyahu moves to close Al Jazeera offices in Israel

    Accusing Al Jazeera of inciting recent violence in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he wants to close the offices of the Qatari broadcaster in Israel.

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    Journalists, NGO slam Saudi ‘threats’ to close Al Jazeera

    Regional kingpin Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt broke ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of fostering extremism and later issuing 13 demands, including Al-Jazeera’s closure.

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    Erdogan to visit Qatar and Saudi amid Gulf crisis

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will this month visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia his office announced Tuesday.Erdogan will also visit Kuwait, the main mediator in the Qatar crisis, during his July 23-24 tour.

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    Arab countries urge FIFA to strip Qatar of 2022 World Cup

    The six Arab countries who last month cut ties with Qatar are reported to have written to world soccer’s governing body FIFA to demand it be stripped of hosting the 2022 World Cup because they consider the Gulf.

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    'UAE arranged for hacking of Qatar sites that led to diplomatic crisis'

    The United Arab Emirates had arranged for the hacking of Qatari government’s social media and news sites in May that led to the diplomatic standoff, The Washington Post reported on Sunday quoting unidentified.

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    US talks with Saudi, allies end without fixing Qatar rift

    Talks between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and several Persian Gulf Arab states aimed at ending a rift with Qatar have come to an end without any breakthrough.

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    US, Qatar sign agreement on fighting terrorism

    The United States and Qatar have signed an agreement aimed at shoring up the Gulf nation's counterterrorism efforts.The memorandum of understanding was signed Tuesday during a visit to the energy-rich country by U.S.

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    Saudis use 2013 'secret accord' to pile pressure on Qatar

    A Saudi Arabian-led quartet of Arab states is seeking to pile pressure on Qatar over charges it backs terrorism, saying the publication of previously secret accords between Riyadh and Doha showed Qatar .

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