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Netanyahu’s remarks show Israel ‘not ready’ for peace

The Palestinian Authority has censured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent vow to maintain military control over all of the West Bank, saying the remarks show the regime is not prepared for the resolution of the decades-long conflict with Palestinians. Speaking at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War, Netanyahu ...

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Ankara detains Amnesty Turkey head over ‘Gulen links’

Ankara has arrested Amnesty International’s point man on Turkey on suspicion of links to the US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen blamed for the 2016 abortive coup. Taner Kilic was detained along with 22 other lawyers in the western city of Izmir on Tuesday, all on similar charges, the UK-based rights ...

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Turkey to Germany: Have it your way with Incirlik troops

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Germany’s removal of its troops from the Incirlik air base will be of little consequence. “There is no decision we have taken on this. They can have it their own way,” said Yildirim on Tuesday. He added that Germany can “remove its troops however it wants” ...

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After isolation, Qatar says welcomes mediation

Qatar says it is ready to give Kuwait a chance to mediate a potential resolution of the crisis that has emerged since several Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia, cut their diplomatic ties with the country. Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani on Tuesday cited the Qatari emir ...

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Rupture in Arab ties: Impact on Qatar economy

Saudi Arabia has shepherded some of its regional allies in severing diplomatic ties with Qatar and blocking routes leading to the Persian Gulf littoral country. That has forced the Qatari government and populace to start taking precautions. The cutting of ties by Saudi Arabia came on Monday and was copied ...

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Kuwait urges Qatar not to worsen tensions; Qatar calls [P]GCC future at stake

Kuwait’s emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah has called on Qatar to refrain from worsening regional tensions. On Monday, al-Sabah called on Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to “work on easing tensions and refrain from taking any decision that might cause escalation.” He also urged Al Thani to make efforts towards resolving differences, which have arisen ...

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