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    Palestine's Hamas ready for talks with Fatah, elections

    Reuters | Updated at 09:55am on September 17, 2017

    Palestine's Hamas group has agreed to talks with rival Fatah movement, to dissolve the Gaza administrative committee and hold general elections as a way to...

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    Saudi rounds up 20 people in crackdown

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 12:18am on September 14, 2017

    Saudi authorities have arrested at least 20 people, including prominent clerics Salman al-Awdah and Awad al-Qarni, in an apparent crackdown on dissent, activists and family...

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    Hopes fade as Gulf crisis hits 100-day landmark

    Agence France-Presse . Doha | Updated at 12:29am on September 13, 2017

    As the boycott of Qatar by a Saudi-led bloc of countries approaches its 100th day Wednesday, experts have warned the increasingly bitter dispute could last...

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    Saudi Arabia arrests four over alleged IS bomb plot

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 07:51pm on September 12, 2017

    Saudi security forces foiled an alleged suicide bomb plot by the Islamic State group targeting the defence ministry and arrested four suspects, authorities said Tuesday....

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    Blockade attempt to force Qatar into trusteeship: FM

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 12:21am on September 12, 2017

    Qatar’s foreign minister on Monday accused the ‘illegal’ blockade against his country for trying to force it into a ‘state of trusteeship’...

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    Russia urges dialogue to solve Gulf crisis

    Reuters . Jeddah | Updated at 12:31am on September 11, 2017

    Arab countries and Qatar should enter into direct talks to solve a diplomatic dispute, Russia’s foreign minister said on a trip to Saudi Arabia on...

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    Turkey kills 99 Kurdish militants in latest operations

    Reuters | Updated at 06:29pm on September 09, 2017

    Turkish security forces have killed 99 Kurdish militants, including a high-ranking one, in operations in southeast Turkey over the last two weeks, the armed forces...

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    Saudi Arabia suspends any talks with Qatar

    Reuters . Dubai | Updated at 12:00am on September 10, 2017

    Saudi Arabia on Saturday suspended any dialogue with Qatar, accusing it of ‘distorting facts’, just after a report of a phone call between the leaders...

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    Anti-terror chiefs want social media help

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 01:26am on September 09, 2017

    As jihadist attacks are increasingly being carried out by home-grown ‘lone wolves,’ top counter-terror chiefs of four Western powers said Thursday they need more support...

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    Trump offers to mediate talks on Qatar crisis

    Reuters | Updated at 12:32pm on September 08, 2017

    US president Donald Trump on Thursday said he would be willing to step in and mediate the worst dispute in decades among the...