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Tillerson says Saudi crackdown on corruption triggers concerns

DANANG: Saudi Arabia’s mass purge of elites accused of graft “raises a few concerns”, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday, adding Washington was closely monitoring the Gulf country’s unprecedented probe into alleged embezzlement worth $100 billion. Speaking to reporters before landing in the Vietnamese city of Danang, where Tillerson is accompanying President Donald…

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November 10, 2017


Iran denounces CIA ‘fake news’ in Bin Laden files

Tehran: Iran has accused the CIA of spreading “fake news” about the Islamic republic with newly declassified files seized in the 2011 raid in Pakistan in which Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed. The CIA on Wednesday released 470,000 additional files found in May 2011 when US Navy SEALs burst into Bin Laden’s compound…

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November 3, 2017


CIA chief: North Korea ‘on cusp’ of nuclear capability

NEWS DESK: CIA director Mike Pompeo has warned that North Korea is on the cusp of being able to hit the US with a nuclear missile, reported BBC. He stressed Washington still preferred diplomacy and sanctions but said military force remained an option. North Korea claims it already has the capability to strike the US….

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October 22, 2017


Qatar to reinstate ambassador to Iran amid Gulf crisis

DOHA: Qatar is to restore full diplomatic relations with regional power Iran, its foreign ministry announced Thursday, in a significant move at a time of diplomatic friction within the Gulf. A statement from the ministry said Qatar aimed to bolster relations between the two countries, which share the world’s largest natural gas field. “The State…

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August 24, 2017


Rex warns Pakistan may lose ‘privileged status’

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Tuesday that Pakistan’s privileged status as a major non-NATO US ally could be in question if it continues to give safe haven to extremists. “We have some leverage,” Tillerson told reporters, “in terms of aid, their status as a non-NATO alliance partner — all of that can be…

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August 23, 2017


Trump warns Pakistan will pay for harboring terrorists

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump warned Pakistan on Monday that Washington will no longer tolerate Pakistan offering “safe havens” to extremists. “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations,” Trump declared, outlining a new US security strategy in South Asia. “Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in…

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August 22, 2017


Erdogan kicks off Gulf crisis diplomacy with Saudi visit

DUBAI: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Saudi Arabia and met King Salman on Sunday, Saudi state news agency SPA reported, his first stop on a Gulf diplomatic tour aimed at healing an Arab rift with Ankara’s ally Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties and imposed sanctions on Qatar…

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July 23, 2017


Saudi Arabia says Qatar boycott to remain in place

CAIRO: Arab states that have cut ties with Qatar vowed Wednesday to maintain their boycott of the emirate, criticising its “negative” response to their list of demands to end the diplomatic crisis. Qatar appealed for “dialogue” to resolve the row while US President Donald Trump spoke to Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to urge all…

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July 6, 2017


Qatar defiant as Saudi extends deadline to resolve Gulf rift

DOHA: Qatar appeared defiant as Saudi Arabia and its allies Monday extended a deadline for Doha to accept a series of demands to lift a de facto blockade. Their demands include Doha ending support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the closure of Al-Jazeera television, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a…

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July 3, 2017


Modi set to become first Indian PM to visit Israel

JERUSALEM: Narendra Modi becomes the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel when he arrives on Tuesday, the result of growing ties that have led to billions of dollars in defence deals. Israel, in constant search of allies to vote in its favour at UN bodies as well as business partners, has been portraying the…

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July 3, 2017


Panda mania hits Germany as China’s cuddly envoys arrive

BERLIN: Germany was bracing for panda mania as furry ambassadors arrive from China on Saturday, destined for a new life as stars of Berlin’s premier zoo. The pair, named Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, will be jetting in on a special Lufthansa cargo plane, accompanied by two Chinese panda specialists, the Berlin Zoo’s chief vet…

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June 24, 2017


Gulf air embargo only for Qatar companies: UAE

Abu Dhabi: The air embargo imposed on Qatar only applies to airlines from Qatar or registered there, the United Arab Emirates Civil Aviation Authority said Tuesday. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain issued identical statements on the air embargo, which came into effect when Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Manama broke off relations with Qatar on June 5,…

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June 13, 2017


Trump berates Qatar as Gulf stand-off escalates

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday accused Qatar’s leadership of bankrolling extremists and demanded a halt to that funding, as a diplomatic stand-off between the Gulf emirate and its neighbors escalated. Trump’s stern warning overshadowed an earlier declaration from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — who had also urged Saudi Arabia and its allies…

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June 10, 2017


Saudi, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE cut ties with Qatar over ‘terrorism’

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced on Monday they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar, as tensions escalate in the region over accusations Doha sponsors terrorism. Saudi news agency SPA said Riyadh cut diplomatic ties and closed borders with its neighbour to “protect its national security from the dangers of…

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June 5, 2017


Diplomacy be given a chance; dialogue only way to move forward: Abdul Basit

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit Saturday said the dialogue between Pakistan and India was the only way to move forward for resolution of long-standing issues as there was always a room for diplomacy. In an interview with an Indian TV Channel WION (World is on news), the high commissioner said as serious…

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June 3, 2017


Macron, Trudeau ‘bromance’ fires up internet

TAORMINA: “A liberal fantasy dream sequence”, “a bromance,” “insanely romantic”. The Internet was abuzz Friday with pictures of French President Emmanuel Macron and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau schmoozing at the G7 summit in Sicily, strolling through flowered walkways and chatting against the backdrop of a sparkling blue Mediterranean sea. “Apparently Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel…

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May 27, 2017


Ivanka Trump says Saudi progress on women ‘encouraging’

RIYADH: US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka said Sunday that ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia has made “encouraging” progress in empowering women but more freedom is needed. “Saudi Arabia’s progress, especially in recent years, is very encouraging,” Trump’s eldest daughter told a group of Saudi women she met in Riyadh while accompanying her father on a visit…

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May 21, 2017


Snow business: empty slopes at N.Korea’s ski resort

MASIKRYONG: On the ski fields of Mount Taehwa, groomed pistes snake down wooded hillsides to a luxurious hotel and a giant screen showing a North Korean army choir. But the runs are empty. Work began on Masikryong ski resort, the only one in the North and the brainchild of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, after Pyeongchang…

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April 25, 2017


Syria, Russia to top agenda as G7 ministers meet

LUCCA: G7 foreign ministers were on Monday to send a “clear and coordinated message” to Russia on Syria as Washington upped the pressure following a suspected chemical attack in the wartorn country. Top diplomats from the seven major advanced economies are in Italy for their annual two-day meeting which had initially been expected to focus…

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April 10, 2017


Snow postpones Trump-Merkel talks until Friday

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been postponed from Tuesday until Friday due to a major snow storm closing in on the US East Coast, the White House said. “The president spoke to the Chancellor of Germany. They agreed due to the weather that the meeting should be postponed, rescheduled…

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March 14, 2017


Turkey blocks return of Dutch envoy, suspends high-level ties

ANKARA: Turkey will not allow the Dutch ambassador to Ankara to return and will suspend high-level ties until The Netherlands meets Turkey’s conditions over holding rallies abroad ahead of a referendum, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said. “It was decided that until the things we have said are fulfilled, the Dutch ambassador will not be…

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March 14, 2017

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