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Former Israeli Official in Qatar: Diplomatic Crisis Unlikely to Help Israel

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The countries also said they would eject Qatar's diplomats. Egypt and Saudi Arabia closed their airspace and sea traffic to Qatar - a decision that targets Qatar Airways , one of the region's busiest carriers. Hamid was referring to a traditional sword dance performed by US President Donald Trump on his recent visit to the country for a summit of leaders from dozens of Muslim and Arab nations. Read More »

Saudia, Gulf Air too suspend flights to Qatar

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A group of nations including Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates , Egypt and Bahrain announced it will sever ties with Qatar on Monday. Saudi Arabia has closed its border with Qatar and suspended all flights. Egypt accused the Gulf Arab state of supporting "terrorist" organisations, including the Muslim Brotherhood. The 13 members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) made the decision in the hope of tackling a major global glut which had pushed the ... Read More »

UK opposition leader urges PM to quit over police cuts

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has urged Theresa May to quit as the prime minister of the United Kingdom just three days before the general election on Thursday 8 June. However, he added that "we've got an election on Thursday and that's perhaps the best opportunity to deal with it". In her speech, Mrs May insisted that Brexit "remains the most critical issue in this campaign" and "the question of leadership" was at the heart of the contest. Read More »

Sena hits out at Maharashtra government over farmers' stir

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However, a faction led by veteran leader Raghunath Dada Patil did not agree to the terms set by the State government. Farmers in Maharashtra have been protesting since June 1, demanding farm loan waiver due to crop failure and a guaranteed minimum support price or MSP, among other demands. Read More »

Recent UK attacks have 'domestic centre of gravity' - London police chief

Farhad Ahmad and Hazik Rahman, two members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, said they had been out since dawn answering questions from locals and reporters about Islam . They also searched several locations in connection with the terror attack, the third Britain has seen since March. President Trump also tweeted that the attacks emphasized the correctness of his strict policies on immigration. Read More »

Food trucks lining up at Saudi border with Qatar

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the move was rooted in longstanding differences and urged the parties to resolve them. The said countries- Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates , bahrain , Egypt and Yemen are also reported to have cut all air and water transportation services to Qatar . Read More »

Four countries cut links with Qatar over 'terrorism' support

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Qatar's foreign Ministry asks its citizens to follow the instructions of the UAE authorities to leave the territory of the UAE within 14 days. The Qatar Stock Exchange fell more than 7 per cent. At that time, travel links were maintained. Saudi Arabia said it also would shut its land border with Qatar, effectively cutting off the country from the rest of the Arabian Peninsula. Read More »

Turkey calls for dialogue over Qatar rift with Arab states

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The states accused Qatar of supporting terrorist groups, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist movement , as well as of interfering in other countries' domestic affairs. The UAE and Saudi Arabia accuse Iran of funding and arming Shiite Houthi rebels in war-torn Yemen, where a Saudi-led pan-Arab military coalition has been fighting the Houthis in favor of the legitimate government of Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi since March 2015. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn calls on Theresa May to resign over police cuts

Steve Hilton , a former adviser to David Cameron , has also called for the Prime Minister's resignation. The left-winger said May should make the move because of the 20,000 cut to police numbers she oversaw as home secretary. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick downplayed calls that the United Kingdom should have armed police, saying that it was not a sensible option. Read More »

Gulf rift threatens air travel disruption across region and beyond

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Regional powerhouse Turkey, an ally of both the Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar, urged dialogue to resolve the spat. Iran has reacted with schadenfreude to the developing diplomatic crisis in the Gulf states, which has seen several countries cut ties with Qatar after accusing it of supporting terrorism in Yemen and Syria. Read More »

Iran urges 'dialogue' between Qatar and Gulf neighbours

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Qatar's cabinet said earlier on Monday it was still open for trade. Qatar's national team is still involved in the qualifying competition for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation and are bottom of their group with four points from seven games, with matches against South Korea, Syria, and China still to play. Read More »

Net widens in search for accomplices in London Bridge attack

Additional security measures have been put in place, including at several bridges in central London , May said . "Although the risk of being directly involved in a terrorist incident is tiny compared to many other more mundane dangers that we face every day, the emotional impact and broad media coverage will increase the general level of fear and uncertainty about worldwide travel", he said. Read More »

London attack: More detentions in hunt for accomplices

Similar questions are being prompted again in the wake of the van-and-knife attack in the London Bridge district of Britain's capital. The three men, who wore fake suicide vests, were shot to death by police. Asked whether she regretted presiding over the cuts, May did not answer the question, saying London's Metropolitan Police was well resourced and had powerful counter-terrorism capabilities. Read More »

Russian Federation says North Korea nukes are a 'direct threat'

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China can not use its economic power to dodge its global responsibilities in the South China Sea and in deterring North Korea, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Monday (June 5). "We discussed regional co-operation in areas of maritime disputes, notably, the South China Sea", Bishop said on Monday. Lieutenant General He Lei, vice-president of the PLA Academy of Military Science and head of the PLA delegation, told the audience on Saturday that China is always ... Read More »

North Korea rejects South Korea group's offer for malaria help

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The North's Foreign Ministry "condemns and outrightly rejects the sanctions racket put forth by the United States and the U.N. Security Council to prevent the strengthening of our nuclear deterrence", a ministry spokesman said. Still, Mr Xu said: " China wants to defend its own interests while the USA wants to defend its credibility or prestige among its allies in Asia, so neither of the two nations can make heavy concessions. Read More »

Etihad airline suspends flights to Qatar

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It joined Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in cutting ties with Qatar, isolating the tiny energy-rich country by cutting off its land, sea and air routes to the outside world. According to the Emirates news agency, WAM, Abu Dhabi has accused Qatar of "supporting, funding and embracing terrorism, extremism and sectarian organizations". Read More »

ISIS claims responsibility for massacre of 29 Coptic Christians killed in Egypt

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ISIL said on Saturday that its fighters had ambushed the Christians as they were travelling to the Saint Samuel monastery in Egypt's southern province of Minya. In an address to the nation after the attack, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt will not hesitate in striking any camps that harbour or train terrorist elements whether inside Egypt or outside Egypt. Read More »

4 nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar as Arab rift deepens

Bahrain , Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates began withdrawing their diplomatic staff from Qatar as regional airlines quickly announced they'd suspend service to its capital, Doha. Qatar Petroleum's exports of jet fuel are unlikely to be disrupted as the aviation fuel is usually shipped to worldwide markets , said the first source. Read More »

Morocco king skips W. Africa summit after Israel attends

The king, whose country does not have diplomatic ties with Israel, had originally accepted an invite to the summit, but had second thoughts after finding out about the unwonted invitation forwarded to the Israeli premier. Morroco's King Mohammed VI had canceled his trip to the summit due to the attendance of Netanyahu. As the leaders meet, high on their agenda would be the political, economic and security concerns besetting the sub-region, particularly the approaches to achieving the ... Read More »

Iran says tension among Arab states "threat to interests" of all region

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The coordinated move, with Yemen and Libya's eastern-based government joining in later, created a dramatic rift among the Arab nations, many of which are in OPEC. Crude futures were also supported by the physical market, where Saudi Aramco raised the July official selling prices for its Arab Light grade to all major regions of Asia, Northwest Europe, and the United States on Sunday. Read More »

Arab nations sever diplomatic ties with Qatar

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Qatar's government "expressed deep regret over the decision" and said it was the victim of "an instigation campaign" that is meant to hurt the nation. Qatar, however, claims that hackers took over the media outlet's website and published the comments, which it says were fake. So far, Emirates , the national airline of Dubai has confirmed it is suspending its flights to Qatar - as is Flydubai - from tomorrow, while Abu Dhabi's flag carrier Etihad is following suit. Read More »

Muguruza, Venus out; French Open to have 1st-time Slam champ

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I know we weren't necessarily friends outside of the court but at least what we shared and lived through, our attractive tennis results, you could have at least thought to see me face-to-face and tell me after all we've been through. But other than that, they were supporting, clapping for her great shots and points. "Everybody is going to stop bothering me asking me about this tournament, so it's going to be a little bit like, 'Whew, let's keep going'". Read More »

EPA's Pruitt says leaving Paris Accord is about jobs, not politics

Trump has also sought to engage China , hosting President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in April. Pence called Trump's decision "refreshing". That means the US would remain in the agreement, at least formally, for another three-and-a-half years, ensuring the issue remains alive in the next presidential election. Read More »

Iran official blames Trump visit for Qatar rift

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The measures were the result of "gross violations committed by authorities in Qatar", Riyadh said, accusing Doha of harbouring "terrorist and sectarian groups that aim to destabilise the region including the Muslim Brotherhood , Daesh (IS) and Al-Qaeda". Read More »

Scenes From the London Terror Attack

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President Donald Trump struck a discordant note Sunday in his response to the terrorist attack in central London that killed seven people and injured scores more. She also said Britain must do "more, much more" to fight Islamic extremism, which she called "an evil ideology" that perverts Islam and perverts the truth. Read More »

Trump calls London attacks 'evil slaughter,' says bloodshed must end

Prime Minister Theresa May warned the country of a new threat from "copycat attacks". She called for tougher measures to contain Islamic extremism, saying the recent attacks are not directly linked, but "terrorism breeds terrorism". President Donald Trump is denouncing as "horrific" the attack on London and vowing that "this bloodshed must end ". Regarding Trump's plug for his contested travel ban - which has been blocked by the courts - Cecillia Wang, deputy legal director of the ... Read More »

British Police Detain More People Over London Bridge Attack

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Writing on Facebook , she said: "Last night in London my baby brother lost the love of his life on the London Bridge ". "We have fantastic people, in policing nationally we have wonderful people". May spoke defiantly about protecting Britain's democracy - and vowed the election would go ahead as planned - after the violence turned a balmy summer night in an area packed with revelers into a scene of bloodshed and chaos, with officers running through crowded streets screaming for ... Read More »

Cyclone Mora wreaks havoc in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Monday ordered evacuation of about 1 million people from its coastlines as Mora in the Bay of Bengal is poised to cross the country's southern coast in the early hours of Thursday. "She has ordered all-out preparations to tackle the storm", he said. Under Mora's influence, Chittagong, the last known position of the cyclone's eye at 11:30am, saw the highest wind speed of 128 kmph. Read More »

Alonso: Overboost cost me chance at pole position

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Dixon admitted that he was shocked at his opening lap of 232.595mph, also the fastest qualifying lap of Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 21 years. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver will be joined on the front row by Ed Carpenter , a two-time pole victor who finished second at 231.664. Read More »

30 injured in Juventus fan panic after bomb scare

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People had assembled in Piazza San Carlo, one of the northern Italian city's main squares, to watch a live relay of the Bianconeri's game against Real Madrid from Cardiff. Some of the injuries occurred after a railing around the entrance to an underground parking beneath the square gave way under the weight of the crush. Read More »

Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar as rift deepens

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Riyadh cut diplomatic relations and closed borders with its neighbour to "protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism", the official Saudi Press Agency said. Qatar Airways confirmed that all flights to Saudi Arabia will be suspended as of 3 a.m. local lime on June 6. It has been criticized for supporting rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and Qatari individuals have been sanctioned by the US Treasury for terrorist-funding activities. Read More »