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Lewis Hamilton tests positive for covid-19, to miss Sakhir GP
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Lewis Hamilton tests positive for covid-19, to miss Sakhir GP

Formula One racing icon, Lewis Hamilton will not be involved in this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain after testing positive for Covid-19. Hamilton, who has already been crowned Formula one world champion for the season, won the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday and it has now been announced that Hamilton woke up on Monday with mild symptoms after testing positive. Formula One also announced that the Sports company will be tracking a contact Hamilton made prior to Hamilton’s arrival in Bahrain. Hamilton, who drives for Mercedes, is now isolating in accordance with Covid-19 protocols and public health guidelines in Bahrain. A Mercedes statement read: “Lewis was tested three times last week and returned a negative result each time, the last of which was on Sunday afternoon a...
Iran Says UAE, Bahrain Will Bear The Severe Consequences Of Israel Deals
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Iran Says UAE, Bahrain Will Bear The Severe Consequences Of Israel Deals

Iran President Hassan Rouhani's remarks come a day after Israel, UAE, Bahrain sign normalisation deals brokered by US Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain would be responsible for any "consequences" resulting from their normalisation of relations with Tehran's archrival, Israel. Rouhani's remarks came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the UAE signed agreements establishing full diplomatic ties at a White House ceremony. Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Rouhani said Israel is "committing more crimes in Palestine every day". "Some of the region's countries, their people are pious Muslims but their rulers neither understand religion nor [their] debt ... to the nation ...
Israel Signs Peace Treaties With Arab States At White House Ceremony
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Israel Signs Peace Treaties With Arab States At White House Ceremony

On Tuesday, Israel signed historic agreements with two Gulf states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Prior to the ceremony, which U.S. President Donald Trump presided over, the American leader offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “special token of affection,” which consisted of a “key to the White House and a key to our hearts.” Trump referred to Netanyahu as an “amazing leader.” “You have the key to the hearts of the people of Israel,” responded Netanyahu, “because of all of the things you have done for the Jewish state.” Prior to the signing, Trump referred to “at least five or six additional countries” that “want to see peace [with Israel], they’re tired of fighting.” Trump was likely referring to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Sudan and Morocco. There’s going to...
Nigeria, China, India Among 10 Most Improved Economies – World Bank
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Nigeria, China, India Among 10 Most Improved Economies – World Bank

Nigeria, China, and India made the top 10 list of governments that have done the most in the past year to improve the ease of doing business in their countries, the World Bank said on Wednesday. Despite the bitter trade war, in which the United States is demanding reforms from Beijing to protect intellectual property and open its economy further to American businesses, China made the top 10 list for the second year in a row. With those improvements, China leapfrogged France to take the 31st spot in the “ease of doing business” ranking, moving up 15 places, according to the World Bank report. And despite US complaints, the report credited China with improving protections for minority investors, strengthening procedures for enforcing contracts and making trade easier with changes ...
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu Reacts To Salwa Eid Naser Who Becomes The 3rd Fastest Runner
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Ebuka Obi-Uchendu Reacts To Salwa Eid Naser Who Becomes The 3rd Fastest Runner

Salwa Eid Naser Runs Third Fastest Time In History To Win 400m World title for Bahrain. In what has been described as the biggest upset of the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Salwa Eid Naser defeated the race favourite Shaunae Miller-Uibo with her 48.14 seconds record to win the race. Media Personality Ebuka took to his twitter page to react to the news with a caption saying.. 'THIS IS BOTH WILD AND SAD (FOR NAIJA)'
Salwa Eid Naser Runs Third Fastest Time In History To Win 400m
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Salwa Eid Naser Runs Third Fastest Time In History To Win 400m

Another Nigerian has made history by running the third fastest time in the world to win the 400m World title for Bahrain. In what has been described as the biggest upset of the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Salwa Eid Naser defeated the race favourite Shaunae Miller-Uibo with her 48.14 seconds record to win the race. Miller-Uibo took silver with a time of 48.37sec -- the sixth fastest of all time -- whilst Olympic bronze medallist Shericka Jackson of Jamaica was third (49.47). Salwa sealed her spot in history behind East Germany's world record holder Marita Koch and Jarmila Kratochvilova of former Czechoslovakia who got their spot in the race over 30 years ago. "I'm the first one to win a global medal for Bahrain -? it is really rewarding and I'm so happy," she said. "I sti...
FIFA Seeks Co-Host With Qatar To Expand Tournament
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FIFA Seeks Co-Host With Qatar To Expand Tournament

FIFA moved a step closer on Friday to expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams and hopes to confirm the plans in June if a suitable co-host can be found. An internal feasibility study supporting the expansion, which is being strongly pushed by President Gianni Infantino, was given full backing by the FIFA council in Miami. A final decision will now be taken in Paris on June 6 after FIFA and Qatar jointly submit the names of potential co-host nations to the governing body’s Congress. Infantino, who also confirmed a new Club World Cup with 24 teams will begin in 2021 to replace the Confederations Cup, told a press conference: “You have in front of you a happy FIFA president. “I am always happy but especially today because we have taken some important decisions. “We ca...
Tunisia Protests Planned Over Visit By Saudi Crown Prince
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Tunisia Protests Planned Over Visit By Saudi Crown Prince

Tunisian unions and civil society groups called for protests on Monday against a planned visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Tunisia’s presidency has said the de facto Saudi ruler will visit the North African nation for several hours on Tuesday as part of a regional tour, without providing details on the programme. A demonstration is planned for Monday at 5 pm (1600 GMT) in the centre of Tunis, organised by the National Union of Tunisian Journalists and several NGOs and civil society organisations. Other protests — organised by student bodies — are planned for Tuesday morning in Tunis and the city of Sfax. Saudi Arabia has faced intense global criticism over the killing of ins...
Akbar al-Baker: Qatar Airways will Report A ‘Very Large Loss’
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Akbar al-Baker: Qatar Airways will Report A ‘Very Large Loss’

Qatar Airways will report a "very large loss" because of a regional political dispute that has slapped restrictions on the airline, its chief executive said on Wednesday. The Qatari airline lost access to 18 cities in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain when those countries imposed a blockade on the country last June, accusing Doha of supporting "terrorism". Qatar denies the charges. "We will announce a very large loss during the current financial year, which ends this month," Akbar al-Baker said, without giving further details. Qatar coup documentary When asked if it was running short of cash, Baker said in an interview with Reuters TV that Qatar Airways may need to call on its state owners for extra funds should the blockade continue. "Not for the fo...
Chad, Qatar Restore Ties In Wake Of Arab States Rift
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Chad, Qatar Restore Ties In Wake Of Arab States Rift

Chad and Qatar have restored diplomatic relations, their governments said, six months after the West African nation cut ties with Doha in the wake of a rift among Arab states. Chad closed Qatar’s embassy and expelled its diplomats last August, accusing its government of trying to destabilise Chad via its northern neighbor, Libya. The move came after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar in June for allegedly supporting extremist groups, meddling in their internal affairs and backing regional foe Iran’s agenda. Qatar denied all the accusations. In a statement reported by the Qatari state news agency QNA, Qatar’s foreign ministry said the two countries’ foreign ministers signed a memorandum of understanding on Tues...
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Qatar Files UN Complaints As UAE Jets Breach Airspace

Qatar has filed a new complaint with the United Nations, reporting a second violation of its airspace by a United Arab Emirates (UAE) jet in recent weeks. The “military airlift”, which was travelling from the UAE to Bahrain, entered the airspace of Qatar on the morning of January 3 “without prior authorisation”, Qatar’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday. Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, Qatar’s UN representative, submitted a letter of complaint to Antonio Guterres, the organisation’s secretary-general, in light of UAE’s repeated infringement upon Qatar’s sovereignty, the statement noted. “[The] threat to the safety of its [Qatar’s] borders and territories is evidence of the UAE authorities continuing their approach to violating international law, conventions, cha...
Taiwan’s Office In Nigeria Drops ‘Republic Of China’ From Name
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Taiwan’s Office In Nigeria Drops ‘Republic Of China’ From Name

Taiwan's trade mission in Nigeria, now located in Lagos, has officially changed its name to "Taipei Trade Office in Nigeria" after the Nigerian government ordered the removal of the title "Republic of China (Taiwan)" from its name, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said. The office, which is scheduled to open on Friday, has changed its name from the Trade Mission of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Nigeria to the Taipei Trade Office in Nigeria, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The office was relocated from Abuja to Lagos on Dec. 8, after being ordered to move out of the Nigerian capital earlier in 2017, reportedly under Chinese pressure. Along with the order to move out were orders to drop "Republic of China (Taiwan)" from its title and a cut t...
Turkey Sends More Troops To Qatar
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Turkey Sends More Troops To Qatar

A new batch of Turkish soldiers have arrived at Turkey’s military base in Qatar as part of a joint defence agreement between the two countries. Qatar’s defence ministry announced on Tuesday the arrival of the fresh reinforcement at the Al Ubeid airbase in the capital, Doha. The group, including soldiers from the Turkish Joint Forced Command, will join Turkish troops already based at the Tariq bin Ziyad military base in southern Doha. The new arrivals will hold training with Qatar’s armed forces to boost joint military capabilities. The first Turkish troop deployment to Qatar was in 2015. Turkey set up a military camp in Qatar, its first such installation in the Middle East, as part of an agreement signed in 2014. The base has a capacity to accommodate up to 5,000 troops. ...
US Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Renews Gulf Crisis Talks In Saudi Arabia
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US Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Renews Gulf Crisis Talks In Saudi Arabia

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Saudi Arabia for the start of his Middle East tour as part of a new push to end the Gulf crisis. The top US diplomat landed in Riyadh on Saturday and met with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. During his visit, Tillerson will also meet Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss the ongoing diplomatic dispute with Qatar, now its fourth month, according to the US state department. On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed a land, air and sea blockade on their Gulf neighbour, accusing it of financing “terrorism” and maintaining too close of ties to their regional rival, Iran. Doha denies the allegations. While in th...
US Military Halts Exercises Over Qatar-Gulf Crisis
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US Military Halts Exercises Over Qatar-Gulf Crisis

The US military has halted some exercises with its Gulf Arab allies over the ongoing diplomatic crisis targeting Qatar, trying to use its influence to end the months-long dispute, authorities told The Associated Press. While offering few details, the acknowledgement by the US military’s Central Command shows the concern it has over the conflict gripping the Gulf, home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet and crucial bases for its campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, as well as the war in Afghanistan. The Gulf crisis began June 5, when Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launched an economic boycott against Qatar, closing off the nation’s land border and its air and sea routes. The quartet of Arab nations pointed to Qatar’s alleged support of...
Saudi Arabia To Lift Ban On Internet Calls
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Saudi Arabia To Lift Ban On Internet Calls

Saudi Arabia will lift a ban on internet phone calls, a government spokesman said, part of efforts to attract more business to the country. All online voice and video call services such as Microsoft’s Skype and Facebook’s WhatsApp that satisfy regulatory requirements will become accessible at midnight (2100 GMT), Adel Abu-Hameed, spokesman for the telecoms regulator CITC said on Twitter on Wednesday. The policy reversal represents part of the Saudi government’s broad reforms to diversify the economy partly in response to low oil prices, which have hit the country’s finances. “Digital transformation is one of the key kick-starters for the Saudi economy, as it will incentivise the growth of internet-based businesses, especially in the media and entertainment industries,” a statement...
Qatar Restores Diplomatic Ties To Iran Amid Regional Crisis
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Qatar Restores Diplomatic Ties To Iran Amid Regional Crisis

Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran early 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. In announcing its decision, Qatar did not mention the diplomatic crisis roiling Gulf Arab nations since June, when Qatar found its land, sea and air routes cut off by its neighbors over Doha’s policies across the Mideast. However, the move comes just days after Saudi Arabia began promoting a Qatari royal family member whose branch of the family was ousted in a palace coup in 1972. “Qatar has shown it is going to go in a different direction,” said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a research fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University who lives in Seat...
Saudi King Salman Invites Qatar Pilgrims To Hajj
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Saudi King Salman Invites Qatar Pilgrims To Hajj

Saudi Arabia will open its land border with Qatar to allow Hajj pilgrims to pass through, its official press agency said. A statement on the official Saudi Press Agency on Thursday said the Salwa border point would be open for Qatari citizens who wish to perform the annual pilgrimage to pass through with no electronic permissions needed. The statement added that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has invited Qatari pilgrims to perform this year’s Hajj pilgrimage at his expense. King Salman also ordered that private jets belonging to Saudi airlines be sent to Doha airport “to bring all Qatari pilgrims on his expenses”. The Salwa border crossing had been shut after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) severed diplomatic and trade ties with...
Bahrain TV Accuses Qatar Of Trying To Oust Regime
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Bahrain TV Accuses Qatar Of Trying To Oust Regime

Bahrain’s state television on Wednesday accused Qatar of attempting to overthrow the government in Manama, upping the stakes in a diplomatic crisis that has seen Doha isolated in the Gulf. Along with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, Bahrain cut ties with Qatar in June on accusations that the emirate supports Islamist extremism and is too close to Shiite Iran. Qatar, which is Sunni-ruled like the other Gulf monarchies, has denied the allegations. State-run Bahrain Television aired a report which claimed that neighbouring Qatar was behind anti-government protests that have shaken the tiny kingdom for the past six years. It reported that, Qatar’s former prime minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani, in 2011 had contacted Ali Salman –then head of Bahrain’s largest opposition gro...
Qatar To Buy Seven Navy Vessels From Italy For €5bn
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Qatar To Buy Seven Navy Vessels From Italy For €5bn

Italy has signed a 5bn euro ($5.9bn) agreement with Qatar's naval forces that includes the sale of seven naval units to bolster the Qatari navy, according to a joint announcement by the foreign ministers of Qatar and Italy. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar's foreign minister, also announced the signing of two other bilateral agreements that will increase political consultations and joint economic investments between the two countries. During his one-day visit to Doha, Angelino Alfano, Italy's foreign minister, stressed his country's excellent political and economic ties with Qatar and expressed his support for Qatar’s efforts to combat terrorism. "I would like to point out to our excellent ties with Qatar and that our goal is to support Qatar’s plans in the internat...
Afghan Taliban: Qatar Plays Major Role In Peace Talks
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Afghan Taliban: Qatar Plays Major Role In Peace Talks

Qatar played a major role in facilitating peace talks between Afghan officials and the Taliban by opening an office for the group in Doha, a senior Taliban offical told Al Jazeera. The Taliban official's comments on Tuesday come as a series of leaked emails from UAE diplomats suggest the Emirati foreign minister was disappointed that US officials had chosen Doha over Abu Dhabi to host the office. The June 2013 opening of the unofficial embassy allowed for talks to develop, said the Taliban official, who is based in the Qatari capital. "We got a chance to discuss with Afghan diplomats, journalists and analysts face-to-face on how peace can be achieved in Afghanistan," he told Al Jazeera, speaking on the condition of anonymity. In 2016, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Af...
Saudi-Led Coalition Blamed For Deaths Off Yemen Coast
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Saudi-Led Coalition Blamed For Deaths Off Yemen Coast

UN investigators are reported to have accused a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of carrying out a deadly March attack on a Somali refugee boat off Yemen, saying the alliance had become a cover for some states to avoid individual blame. The attack killed 42 people and injured 34 of the 140-plus people on board, the investigators wrote to the UN Security Council on Monday in a 185-page report seen by Reuters news agency on Wednesday. "This civilian vessel was almost certainly attacked using a 7.62mm calibre weapon from an armed utility helicopter," the report said. "The Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces are the only parties to the conflict that have the capability to operate armed utility helicopters in the area." The document said the helicopter was likely to have been opera...
Prolonging Gulf Crisis ‘Not In Anyone’s Interest’ – Erdogan
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Prolonging Gulf Crisis ‘Not In Anyone’s Interest’ – Erdogan

Prolonging the crisis in the Gulf sparked by the isolation of Qatar is not in the interest of anyone, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday as he embarked on a key visit to the region. “No-one has any interest in prolonging this crisis any more,” said Erdogan before leaving Istanbul airport on the two-day trip that will take him to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and then Qatar. He accused “enemies” of seeking to “fire up tensions between brothers” in the region. On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with Qatar accusing it of backing extremism and fostering ties with their Shiite rival Iran. Doha denies the claim and has been strongly backed by Ankara throughout the standoff. The crisis with Qatar has put Turkey in a delicate position a...
Arab States Urged To Lift Blockade After Qatar Tweaks Terror Laws
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Arab States Urged To Lift Blockade After Qatar Tweaks Terror Laws

Arab states have been urged to lift a blockade on Qatar after the country changed its anti-terror laws amid a regional crisis. The ruler of the gas-rich Gulf state announced new counter-extremist measures on Thursday, as Qatar deals with charges it is funding terror groups. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani amended 2004 legislation to set rules for defining terrorism, freezing financing and establishing national terrorism lists. The move appears to be a response to the tiny country being frozen out by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain. In a dramatic move last month, which appeared to be backed by US President Donald Trump, the quartet cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar and halted all land, air and sea traffic to the country, sparking fears of fo...
Erdogan Plans Gulf Trip To Break Qatar’s Isolation
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Erdogan Plans Gulf Trip To Break Qatar’s Isolation

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan plans to visit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar on July 23-24, the Turkish presidency said today, amidst the escalation of sanctions against Qatar. Egypt said Monday it will end visa-free entry for Qatari nationals with some exceptions, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, the latest measure taken against Doha which Cairo and three Gulf governments, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates are boycotting. Erdogan has been a staunch ally of Qatar in its dispute with the Gulf Arab neighbours. He had criticised a list of demands to end sanctions they imposed on Doha last month over allegations Qatar funds terrorist groups and is allied to their arch-foe Iran. Qatar has denied the accusations and Erdogan said Qatar’s response was reasonable. Turkey k...
FIFA Dismisses Fake News Claiming Arab Nations Will Boycott Qatar 2022
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FIFA Dismisses Fake News Claiming Arab Nations Will Boycott Qatar 2022

A fake news story claiming Arab nations had demanded that FIFA strip Qatar of the 2022 World Cup appeared on a website designed to look like a credible Swiss news publication. The story appeared to surface on ‘The Local’ website and said six nations called Qatar ‘the base of terrorism’. FIFA have dismissed quotes that were accredited to their president Gianni Infantino. The story was then widely reported by several major news organisations. The Local has said that it was a copycat website and it “neither wrote, posted nor removed that article”. The story first appeared on Saturday night and claimed that Infantino had told The Local that Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt wrote to FIFA to ask that the world football’s governing body r...
Bob Corker: Saudi Terrorism Support ‘Dwarfs’ Qatar’s
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Bob Corker: Saudi Terrorism Support ‘Dwarfs’ Qatar’s

An influential US Republican senator has criticised the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, over a blockade on Qatar by the kingdom and three other Arab states. The comments by Bob Corker, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, came as tensions in the region continue over the crisis, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expected to make an unscheduled stop in Doha on Thursday. "The amount of support for terrorism by Saudi Arabia dwarfs what Qatar is doing," Corker said on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar on June 5 and imposed a land, air and sea blockade on the country. The quartet accuse Qatar of funding "terrorism", an accusation Qatar rejects as "baseless". Corker said he was "really disappoi...
Tillerson Holds Talks In Kuwait To Help End GCC Crisis
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Tillerson Holds Talks In Kuwait To Help End GCC Crisis

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is holding talks in Kuwait to help seek a resolution to the ongoing Gulf crisis. The US state department said Tillerson would also visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia during his four-day trip to the Gulf. On Monday evening, the US' top diplomat met with the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah and other senior Kuwaiti officials to discuss the ongoing efforts to resolve the Gulf dispute. "We are trying to resolve an issue that concerns not just us but the whole world," Sheikh Sabah told Tillerson. US officials said Tillerson does not expect an immediate breakthrough, which they warned could be months away. Rather, they said, he wants to explore possibilities for sparking negotiations. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain an...
Rex Tillerson To Meet With Qatar Emir And FM In Doha
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Rex Tillerson To Meet With Qatar Emir And FM In Doha

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to hold talks with Qatar's emir and foreign minister on the second leg of his four-day trip to the Gulf to help seek a resolution to the ongoing GCC crisis. The US State Department said Tillerson would meet with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at 8:30 GMT on Tuesday. He will then meet with Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. The visit to Doha follows a meeting with the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah and other senior Kuwaiti officials on Monday. "We are trying to resolve an issue that concerns not just us but the whole world," Sheikh Sabah told Tillerson. US officials said Tillerson does not expect an immediate breakthrough, which they warned could be months away. Rather, they said, he w...
Qatar Rejects Saudi-Led Group Allegations
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Qatar Rejects Saudi-Led Group Allegations

Qatar has expressed regret over false claims in statements issued by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Cairo and Jeddah, describing the accusations by anti-Doha quartet as a defamation. Qatar’s state news agency quoted a foreign ministry source as saying on Friday that the claims by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt about Qatar’s interference in internal affairs of other countries and financing terrorism are baseless allegations. Qatar’s position of rejecting and condemning all forms of terrorism is consistent and known, the source said. “The State of Qatar is an active member committed to combating terrorism and its financing at regional and international levels. The international community attests to that”. Qatar remains ready to “cooperate and review all...
Saudi-Led Group Vows ‘Appropriate’ Measures
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Saudi-Led Group Vows ‘Appropriate’ Measures

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have vowed to take 'political, economic and legal measures' after Qatar's refusal to accept a list of demands presented by the four countries. In a joint statement released late on Thursday, the Saudi-led group also blamed Qatar for "continuing to seek to sabotage and undermine the security and stability in the Gulf region". "All political, economic and legal measures will be taken in the manner and at the time deemed appropriate to preserve the four countries' rights, security and stability," the statement said. On Monday, Qatar delivered its response to a list of 13 demands from Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries that cut have ties with it and imposed a land, air and sea embargo amid a major diplomatic crisis. ...
Saudi ‘Chief Promoter Of UK Extremism’
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Saudi ‘Chief Promoter Of UK Extremism’

Saudi Arabia is the chief foreign promoter of Islamist extremism in the UK, a new report has claimed. The Henry Jackson Society said there was a “clear and growing link” between Islamist organisations in receipt of overseas funds, hate preachers and Jihadist groups promoting violence. The foreign affairs think tank called for a public inquiry into the role of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations. The UK’s Saudi Arabian embassy says the claims are “categorically false”. Ministers are under pressure to publish a report on UK-based Islamist groups. The Home Office report into the existence and influence of Jihadist organisations, commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015, has reportedly yet to be completed amid questions as to whether it will ever be published....
UAE Envoy: Gulf States Considering New Qatar Sanctions
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UAE Envoy: Gulf States Considering New Qatar Sanctions

A Saudi-led bloc is considering fresh sanctions against Qatar by ways of asking trading partners to choose between them or Doha, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambassador to Russia said. In an interview with The Guardian newspaper envoy Omar Ghobash said the expulsion of Qatar from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was "not the only sanction available" for the UAE and its allies. "There are certain economic sanctions that we can take which are being considered right now," Ghobash said in the interview, which was published on Wednesday. "One possibility would be to impose conditions on our own trading partners and say; you want to work with us then you have got to make a commercial choice," he added. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and im...
Qatar: Saudi Demands Unacceptable, Not Backed By Proof
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Qatar: Saudi Demands Unacceptable, Not Backed By Proof

Qatar has rejected a list of demands submitted by four Arab countries that have cut ties with it as unacceptable, saying that Doha agrees with the United States that they should push for a "rational" solution to a major Gulf crisis. The comments on Tuesday by Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar's foreign minister, came after a meeting with his US counterpart, Rex Tillerson, in Washington, DC. Earlier on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said that there will be no negotiations over his country's demand that Qatar stops supporting "terrorism" - an allegation Doha denies. "What has been presented by the countries of the blockade are merely claims that are not proved by evidence and are not demands," said Al Thani. "Negotiations require a real will by the other p...
Some Saudi-Led Bloc’s ‘Demands Very Difficult To Meet’
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Some Saudi-Led Bloc’s ‘Demands Very Difficult To Meet’

The US secretary of state has said some demands on Qatar by a group of Arab countries that have imposed a blockade against it "will be very difficult to meet". Nevertheless, in a statement issued on Sunday, Rex Tillerson said the list submitted by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt includes "significant areas which provide a basis for ongoing dialogue leading to a resolution". "A productive next step would be for each of the countries to sit together and continue this conversation," said Tillerson, confirming that Qatar has begun the review of the demands issued by the Saudi-led bloc of countries amid the worst crisis in the Gulf in decades. "We believe our allies and partners are stronger when they are working together towards one goal which we all agree is stopping terrori...
UK: Demands Made Of Qatar Must Be Measured, Realistic
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UK: Demands Made Of Qatar Must Be Measured, Realistic

Britain says that a major diplomatic crisis in the Gulf will end only when "measured and realistic" conditions are discussed, shortly after a 13-point ultimatum was reportedly issued by a Saudi-led bloc of countries that have cut ties with Qatar. "Gulf unity can only be restored when all countries involved are willing to discuss terms that are measured and realistic," Boris Johnson, the UK foreign secretary, said on Friday, according to a statement published by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. "The UK calls upon the Gulf states to find a way of deescalating the situation and lifting the current embargo and restrictions which are having an impact on the everyday lives of people in the region," Johnson added. The situation between the Gulf neighbours sharply deteriorated on June...
TRT Reporter Says S Arabia Briefly Detained His Team
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TRT Reporter Says S Arabia Briefly Detained His Team

The two TRT workers, who were covering the talks, were detained by Saudi authorities at their hotel in Mecca after a live television appearance, but then released after Cavusoglu personally intervened with the Saudi king, the statement said. "We had been there with official 'Special Visa' to cover the Turkey-Saudi meeting. The ordeal lasted nearly 10 hours during which we faced multiple interrogations and lock-up," it said. The pair are now heading back to Turkey. There was no immediate response from Saudi authorities. Mediation efforts Cavusoglu was in Saudi Arabia to hold talks aimed at easing a major diplomatic rift, after the kingdom, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and a number of other countries severed diplomatic and trade relations with Qatar last week, accus...
Qatar Rebuts Bahrain Destabilisation Claim
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Qatar Rebuts Bahrain Destabilisation Claim

Qatar has rejected accusations of attempting to undermine security in the neighbouring Arab Gulf state of Bahrain. On Friday, Bahrain’s official news agency BNA broadcast the recording of a 2011 phone call alleged to have taken place between Hamad bin Khalifa Al Attiyah, an adviser to Qatar’s emir, and Hassan Ali Joma, a leader of Bahrain’s opposition Shia al-Wefaq group. The news agency accused Qatar of meddling with Bahrain’s internal affairs with the aim of “overthrowing” the government. In response, the Qatari foreign ministry said in a statement the phone call was part of Qatari efforts to mediate between Bahraini authorities and the opposition in the wake of the 2011 unrest there. The statement said the contacts had been made “with the approval and knowledge of the author...
UN Agency To Review Airspace Blockade Against Qatar
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UN Agency To Review Airspace Blockade Against Qatar

The United Nations aviation agency has said it will review requests from Qatar to intervene after its Gulf neighbours closed their airspace to Qatar flights. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a UN agency that regulates international air travel under the Chicago Convention, said it would host talks of envoys from Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt at its Montreal headquarters on Thursday to seek a “consensus-based solution” that addressed “current regional concerns.” “ICAO is presently reviewing requests from the government of Qatar to assess the flight restrictions imposed upon it by neighboring states,” according to an ICAO statement. ICAO, which was created after the United States invited more than 50 allies to agree to a common air navigation sy...
Qatar Blockade ‘Very Complex Situation’ – US Defence Secretary
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Qatar Blockade ‘Very Complex Situation’ – US Defence Secretary

The blockade against Qatar by Gulf states was a “very complex situation” and an area where common ground had to be found, US defence secretary Jim Mattis said. Mattis spoke on Monday ahead of talks between the US and Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir in Washington, DC, as the Gulf crisis entered its second week. The former general told the House Armed Services Committee that Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani had inherited a difficult situation and was moving in the right direction. “I believe that Prince Thani inherited a difficult, very tough situation, and he’s trying to turn the society in the right direction,” Mattis said. “But we all agree that funding of any kind of terrorist group is inimical to all of our interest.” Saudi Arabia, the United Ar...
Sanctions Will Not Harm Economy – Qatari Minister
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Sanctions Will Not Harm Economy – Qatari Minister

Qatar can easily defend its economy and currency against sanctions by other Arab states, Qatari finance minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi told CNBC television in an interview broadcast on Monday. He said that the countries which had imposed sanctions on Qatar would also lose money because of the damage to business in the region. “A lot of people think we’re the only ones to lose in this … If we’re going to lose a dollar, they will lose a dollar also,” he said. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport ties a week ago, accusing Doha of backing “terrorism” – charges Qatar denies. The sanctions have disrupted flows of imports and other materials into Qatar and caused many foreign banks to scale back their business with the country. ...
Qatar Military Base For The Security Of Gulf – Turkey
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Qatar Military Base For The Security Of Gulf – Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Bahrain’s foreign minister that Turkey’s military base in Qatar was aimed at contributing to the security of the entire Arab Gulf region, and was not aimed at any specific Gulf state. Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish foreign minister, made the announcement on Saturday during a joint press conference on Saturday in Istanbul with Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, the Bahraini foreign minister. Cavusoglu said Turkey would continue its efforts to resolve the dispute, as Qatar faces isolation imposed by fellow Arab states over its alleged support for terrorism. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting “extremists” and Iran – charges Qatar calls “bas...
Qatar Rejects Saudi-Led Bloc’s ‘Terror’ List
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Qatar Rejects Saudi-Led Bloc’s ‘Terror’ List

Qatar on Friday rejected allegations of supporting individuals and groups blacklisted as “terrorists” by a bloc of Arab neighbours that has imposed an economic blockade on it amid a major diplomatic fallout. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt published a list of 59 people and 12 groups with links to Qatar late on Thursday, alleging that they have ties to “terrorism”. “The recent joint statement issued by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE [United Arab Emirates] regarding a ‘terror finance watch list’ once again reinforces baseless allegations that hold no foundation in fact,” the Qatari government said in response. The list included Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most prominent Muslim religious leaders in the Middle East, as well as Qatar...
Turkey Deploys Troops To Protect Troubled Qatar
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Turkey Deploys Troops To Protect Troubled Qatar

President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved legislation on deployment of Turkish troops in Qatar, signalling support for the Gulf state as it faces isolation imposed by fellow Arab states over its alleged support for terrorism. Turkey’s parliament pushed through the bill on Wednesday and Erdogan’s rapid approval of it, announced by his office late on Thursday, was followed by its publication in the Official Gazette on Friday, completing the legislative process. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and their arch-adversary Iran – charges Qatar calls baseless. Several countries followed suit. Qatar vowed on Thursday to ride out the isolation and said it would not compromis...
Moves Against Qatar ‘Violate Human Rights’ – Turkish Official
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Moves Against Qatar ‘Violate Human Rights’ – Turkish Official

A series of trade and movement measures against Qatar imposed by neighbouring countries are “against human rights before anything else”, a senior Turkish official has told Al Jazeera. Ravza Kavakci Kan, deputy chairperson of Turkey’s ruling party AK Party, said that Ankara will work closely with Qatar for “people living there not to be left without necessary food and water supplies”, after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut trade and diplomatic ties with Doha. Other measures against Qatar, which relies heavily on food imports, included the closing of airspace, land border and maritime territories. Kavakci Kan, who is also a member of Turkey’s foreign affairs parliamentary committee, said that Ankara will honour its commitments with Qatar and the two countries’ relations...
Qatar Says State News Agency First Hacked In April
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Qatar Says State News Agency First Hacked In April

Qatari investigators have said that a cyber attack which saw the publication of explosive fake news last month that helped trigger a crisis with Gulf neighbours was prepared in April. In a preliminary report published late on Wednesday, the investigators did not say who they held responsible for the hack but said that both Britain and the United States were helping with their inquiry. The comments attributed to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on incendiary issues such as Israel, Iran and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas were one of the reasons cited by Saudi Arabia and its allies on Monday for imposing a diplomatic and economic blockade on Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain gave Qatari citizens 14 days to leave and closed their airspace to all Qa...
Macron Calls For ‘Calm’ In Gulf Crisis
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Macron Calls For ‘Calm’ In Gulf Crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron called for unity among Gulf states on Tuesday, saying he was ready to back “all initiatives to encourage calm”. Macron spoke by phone with Qatari leader Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and restated the “importance of preserving stability in the region”. He also reaffirmed France’s readiness to stay in contact with all parties involved, the president’s office said in a statement. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting extremism. US President Donald Trump threw his weight behind the effort spearheaded by Riyadh, despite Qatar’s role in hosting US military operations in the fight against Islamic State (IS) extremism. The Gulf states “said ...
Gulf Blockade Disrupts Qatar Airways Flights
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Gulf Blockade Disrupts Qatar Airways Flights

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have closed their airspace to Qatari aircraft on Tuesday amid a deepening diplomatic row, forcing Qatar’s flag carrier to re-route its flights over Iran, Turkey and Oman. The decision by the four Arab nations to sever diplomatic ties and cut off sea and air links with Qatar has caused major disruptions to air travel across the Gulf, and raised fears for future of aviation in the region – home to several of the world’s major long-haul carriers. The countries that launched the measures against Qatar have accused it of supporting “terrorism”, a claim Qatar has called “unjustified”. More than 70 flights were grounded across the region on Tuesday, according to data from scheduling firm OAG. A majority of the flights belong to Qatar ...
Obaseki Registers For Okpekpe Race,To Run For Charity
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Obaseki Registers For Okpekpe Race,To Run For Charity

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has indicated interest to participate in the 2017 Okpekpe International 10km Road Race slated for May 13 in Okpekpe, Etsako East Local Government Area of the state. The race is recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations as a Bronze Label event and certified by the Association of International Marathon and Distance Races‎. Obaseki, who spoke at a press briefing to mark the commencement of activities for the annual event at the Government House in Benin on Friday, however, said that he would run to raise funds for charity, under “We Care Trust,” a pet project of the wife of the immediate past Governor, Iara Oshiomhole. He noted that the event, which was in its fifth edition and came about as an “infrastructure accident,” ...