Donald Trump hoping to call Gulf states to Washington summit

US hopes to defuse simmering dispute between Qatar and other key states in the region Donald Trumps advisers are hoping to call the leaders of the Gulf states to a summit in Washington this Autumn, despite Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates insistence that they will not drop their demand for Qatar to cease […]

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The long-running family rivalries behind the Qatar crisis

Diplomats in Middle East say issues cannot easily be resolved partly because they are personal as well as political It is a row that is roiling the Middle East, pitting the wealthiest and most influential Arab sheikhdoms against each other, and sparking weeks of shuttle diplomacy. However, behind the Saudi Arabia-led blockade of Qatars air, […]

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Gulf states hint at possible expulsion of Qatar from regional bloc

UAE foreign minister expected to claim blockade on Qatar is working but the Gulf group remains adamant Doha has to change political course The Gulf states trying to force Qatar to change political course have given their strongest hint yet that they plan to expel Qatar from the Gulf Cooperation Council, the regional trade and […]

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Qatar economic outlook downgraded hours before crunch Gulf meeting

Moodys forecasts prolonged period of uncertainty as Arab nations prepare to meet in Cairo over Qatars response to demands Ratings agency Moodys has downgraded Qatars economic outlook as political uncertainty swirled ahead of a crunch meeting between Arab nations on Wednesday in Cairo. A quartet of Arab nations said early on Wednesday it had received […]

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‘Guest workers’: the North Korean expats forced to feed the regime

Washington lambasts countries that aid and abet Kim Jong-uns regime by hosting North Korean workers who may number as many as 100,000 Severely rattled by the first transferred abroad by the state and ordered to send back much-needed foreign currency to a country suffering tremendous financial sanctions. The decades-old policy was given a boost in […]

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UAE ambassador threatens further sanctions against Qatar

Omar Ghobash, ambassador to Russia, has said Gulf states imposing demands on Qatar are willing to be subjected to same monitoring regime themselves The Gulf states demanding that Qatar ends its independent-minded foreign policy and alleged support for extremism have warned they are considering further economic pressure on the tiny country, such as reducing commercial […]

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Al-Jazeera: the Qatar broadcaster at centre of diplomatic crisis

Arab worlds leading TV channel is used to controversy but now it fears for its future as Saudi Arabia wants it shut down Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based broadcaster that has found itself at the centre of the launch of an English-language channel in 2006 was part of a dramatic global expansion that has led to the […]

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Qataris ponder ‘the situation’ as blockade against emirate bites

Talk of the implications of the crisis, and the alleged hacking and fake news that may have fuelled it, is unavoidable in Doha In the stifling heat of a Qatar night two policemen stand in the middle of a Doha city centre interchange, holding up the traffic and preventing pedestrians from crossing. We have to […]

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Qatar: FBI says Russian hackers ‘planted fake news story’ that led to crisis report

Bureau experts visited Doha in May to analyse alleged cyber breach in which hackers placed story with state news agency, CNN reports US intelligence officials believe Russian hackers planted a false news story that prompted Saudi Arabia and several allies to the US broadcaster said. Saudi Arabia then cited the false report as part of […]

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Migrant workers in Qatar still at risk despite reforms, warns Amnesty

Exploitative kafala system has been abolished but fears remain that forced labour on Gulf states 2022 World Cup infrastructure will continue Workers building late Zaha Hadid. Construction for the 2022 World Cup will peak in the coming two years, and Spanish champions FC Barcelona are due to play an exhibition match in Doha on Tuesday. […]

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