UAE & Gulf Updates

Turkey, Qatar launch joint military exercises: reports

All Round View (Istanbul): Turkey and its main regional ally Qatar on Tuesday launched military exercises in the emirate that will involve some 250 Turkish troops and 30 armoured vehicles, reports said. The exercises come as Ankara presses on with its unequivocal backing of Doha in the crisis triggered by

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Doha appreciates Iran for opening airspace to Qatari planes

All Round View (Doha): Qatar’s Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah appreciated Tehran for helping his country during the era of sanctions imposed by the Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, on Doha and allowing the Qatari planes to use Iran’s airspace. “We thank Iran for opening its

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Three Yemeni displaced families killed in airstrike: UN rights wing

All Round View (United Nations): Three displaced families have been killed when their makeshift shelter was hit in an airstrike in Yemen’s Taiz governorate earlier this week, the United Nations human rights wing said Friday.

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Rainy season worsens cholera crisis in Yemen: UN

All Round View (United Nations): Yemen is facing the world’s largest cholera outbreak, the United Nations health agency has warned, with 5,000 Yemenis falling sick every day, the majority of them children and the elderly. “The cholera outbreak is far from being over, Fadela Chaib, spokesperson for the UN World

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Beijing supports resolution of Gulf crisis within GCC framework

All Round View (Beijing): China supports Arab countries finding their own way within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council to eliminate the existing differences among the Gulf states. A senior Chinese diplomat unveiled China’s three-point position regarding the lingering Gulf crisis during his meeting with Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber, the

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JIT drew its own conclusion from UAE letter: Sharif family lawyer pleads

All Round View (Islamabad): Counsel for Sharif family Salman Akram Raja in the Panama papers case on Thursday said that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) drew its own conclusion from the letter sent by Ministry of Justice of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Appearing before the three-member special implementation bench

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20 Yemeni civilians killed in air strike: UN

All Round View (United Nations): An air strike in Yemen has killed at least 20 people mostly from the same internally displaced family in the Mawza district of the southwestern province of Taez, the UN refugee agency reported Wednesday, expressing “deeply shocked and saddened”. At least seven women and four

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Pakistan desires diplomatic solution to Gulf crisis: Nawaz Sharif

All Round View (Islamabad): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Tuesday expressing concern over the recent crisis in Middle East said the people and government of Pakistan wish to see a diplomatic solution of the problem between brotherly Islamic countries. He was talking to Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar,

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UN officials urge action to end Yemen conflict, ease appalling humanitarian situation

All Round View (United Nations): The ongoing conflict in Yemen is extracting a terrible toll on the country’s women, men and children, senior United Nations officials told the Security Council, calling for concrete action to end the fighting. “The country is not suffering from a single emergency but a number

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US-Qatar ink terror financing agreement as Middle East crisis persists

All Round View (Washington): The United States and Qatar on Tuesday signed an agreement to cooperate to interrupt and disable terror financing flows and intensify counterterrorism activities globally at a time when the tiny Gulf state is facing isolation following a diplomatic crisis that also involved several Gulf states. The

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US says Middle East crisis stalemated, fear could drag on for months

All Round View (Washington): The US State Department has acknowledged that the Middle East diplomatic crisis has hit a stalemate that could intensify and drag on for months, but hoped that the shared goal of fighting terrorism will bring them together eventually. At a briefing at the State Department, spokesperson

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