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June 15, 2017

Flight restrictions targeting Qatar as part of the Saudi-led diplomatic blockade will be relaxed, Egyptian officials have announced, following a similar statement by the UAE's aviation authority. (AFP)
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Flight restrictions targeting Qatar as part of the Saudi-led diplomatic blockade will be relaxed, Egyptian officials have announced, following a similar statement by the UAE's aviation authority.

June 14, 2017

Dana Shell Smith is sworn in as US ambassador to Qatar in 2013 (Flickr)
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US Ambassador to Qatar Dana Shell Smith says she is stepping down amid a deepening rift among Washington’s Persian Gulf Arab allies.
Qatar said on Wednesday it had pulled all of its troops from the border of Djibouti and Eritrea. (AFP)
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Qatar offered no explanation for the move, though it comes amid a diplomatic dispute with other Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties and now are trying to isolate Qatar from the rest of the world.
An Alexandria police officer stands near the crime scene of an early morning shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, June 14, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
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High-ranking Republican congressman Steve Scalise is among at least five people who were wounded Wednesday at a Republican baseball team practice in northern Virginia.
The Kurds have said they will organise the vote following the fall of Islamic State in the battle of Mosul. (AFP)
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Haider al-Abadi says he understands the Kurdish minority's statehood aspirations but bemoaned its leadership's decision to hold an independence referendum in September.
This calls into question as to exactly why Doha is being pursued with such ferocity by its fellow GCC members. (AFP)
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Terror list' released by Saudi Arabia and UAE reveals that the published list of 'designated terrorist organisations' do not point heavily at the gulf.
30 people were taken to five London hospitals. (AFP)
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A least 30 people were injured after a huge fire swept through a 27-storey tower block in west London.
US President Donald Trump and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al- in Riyadh on 21 May, 2017 (AFP)
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While Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz received a telephone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the Gulf crisis, the US called on authorities in Qatar to find common ground.
US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman signing the deal (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
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A multi-billion dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia moved closer to reality Tuesday after an attempt to kill part of the deal narrowly failed in the Senate.
Saudi King Salman meets with Egyptian President Sisi in 2016 (AFP)
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The legislative and constitutional committee of the Egyptian parliament finally approved a controversial deal with Saudi Arabia on the control of two islands in the Red Sea.
A ball of fire rises from a building following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on a rebel-held area in the southern city of Daraa, on June 11, 2017. (Mohamad Abazeed/AFP)
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Syrian regime aircraft dropped napalm on Daraa this week, with huge fires consuming large parts of the densely-packed southern city.

June 13, 2017

US navy personnel are trained to respond to a chemical gas attack in 2004 (Wikimedia Commons, image used for illustrative purposes only)
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Islamic State [IS] group's chemical weapons capability has severely been affected by the siege of Mosul and the targeted killing of the group's weapons experts by US-led coalition airstrikes, a London-based analysis group said on Tuesday.
A Palestinian girl shops for sweets at the Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City during a power outage on June 11, 2017. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
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Egypt extended an offer to Hamas to provide power to the Gaza Strip in exchange for security changes at the border.
The Islamic State group was developing a laptop computer bomb to blow up a commercial aircraft, according to Israeli government spies who hacked into the militants' operations. (Shuttershock)
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The Islamic State group was developing a laptop computer bomb to blow up a commercial aircraft, according to Israeli government spies who hacked into the militants' operations.
Turkish President Erdogan on Tuesday described the Qatar crisis as "inhumane" (file photo)
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the king of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, to take a leading role in resolving the ongoing Gulf crisis with Qatar.
Displaced Iraqis receive aid food during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at al-Khazir camp for the internally displaced, located between Arbil and Mosul, on June 5, 2017. The camp was hit by a mass outbreak of food poisoning on June 12. (Karim Sahib/AFP)
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Two people have died from food poisoning in a camp for displaced people from the Iraqi city of Mosul, the country’s Health Ministry announced on Tuesday as Saudi state television accused a Qatari charity of providing the tainted food.
Iraqi government forces flash the sign for victory while holding a Daesh flag in western Mosul's Zanjili neighbourhood on June 9, 2017, during ongoing battles to try to take the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. (Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP)
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Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday called the US the “source” of instability in the Middle East and said it was responsible for the creation of the Islamic State terror group.
 "Martyr of the nation" Mohamed Ali Toujani, a term usually used for victims of jihadist attacks, died of injuries after Friday's blast in the Kef region. (AFP)
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Since its 2011 revolution, Tunisia has experienced an increase in jihadist attacks that have cost the lives of dozens of members of the security forces
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain all cut off diplomatic contact with Qatar after officially accusing it of "sponsoring terrorism" last week. (AFP)
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Mogadishu has refused to side with the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in their diplomatic offensive against Doha, despite pressures from the anti-Qatar camp.
A Palestinian family eats dinner by candlelight at their makeshift home in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, during a power outage on June 11, 2017. (Said Khatib/AFP)
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The Israeli security cabinet has approved a 40 percent reduction in Israel’s electricity supply to the besieged Gaza Strip, where Palestinians are already coping with a crippling power crisis and daily, hours-long blackouts, according to Israeli media reports.
US troops in Afghanistan in 2010 (Wikimedia Commons)
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US troops have opened fire on and killed three Afghan civilians, including two children, following a bomb attack that hit their vehicle at a district near the border with Pakistan.

June 12, 2017

More than 12 military vehicles had been destroyed by Saudi-led coalition planes during the fighting. (AFP)
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Impoverished Yemen has remained in a state of civil war since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.
Dozens of suspects have so far been arrested in the ongoing investigations into the attacks that killed 17 people on Wednesday - the first assault in Iran to be claimed by the Islamic State militant group. (AFP)
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Police killed four Islamic State [IS] suspects in the southern province of Hormozgan.
Last August, a US drone attack killed 22 Afghan soldiers in Helmand. (AFP)
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Airstrikes by US warplanes have also significantly increased in recent months against the purported positions of the Taliban.
A Moroccan protester waves a flag of the Amazigh, Morocco's Berber community, during a demonstration in downtown Rabat on June 11, 2017, demanding that authorities release the leaders of a protest movement that has rocked the neglected northern Rif region for months. (Stringer/AFP)
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Thousands of protesters filled the streets of Morocco’s capital Rabat early on Sunday, as they demonstrated in solidarity with weeks of protests in the country’s northern Rif region.
'Gays Against Sharia - UK' organizers hold up a rainbow flag during a march in Manchester (Photo: Twitter @EnglishTommy1)
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While recent “anti-sharia” protests held across the US fit easily into partisan media narratives, a similar march held in Manchester on Sunday has seen news outlets face criticism for inaccurate and incomplete reporting.
The king of Morocco has offered to mediate in the diplomatic disagreement between Qatar and other Arab League countries. (AFP)
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King Mohammed VI said on Sunday he wanted to help "reduce tension" due to his "strong personal ties" with the region's various leaders.
The Socialist Party and its allies are projected to win 15 - 40 seats, far less than its current 277 seat. (AFP)
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Macron's LREM and its ally, the centrist MoDem party, are looking to gain between 400 and 455 seats in 577-seat National Assembly's.
Customers are seen shopping at the al-Meera market in the Qatari capital Doha, on June 10, 2017. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain announced on June 5 they were cutting diplomatic ties and closing air, sea and land links with Qatar, giving Qataris within their borders two weeks to leave. (Stringer/AFP)
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The Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani) announced the opening of two new shipping services between Qatar and Oman on Sunday, after Saudi Arabia and its allies imposed a blockade of the Gulf state last week.

The soldiers were unharmed but the driver was lightly wounded when his truck caught fire as a result of the collision. (AFP)
09:03 GMT
Egyptian Ibrahim Suleiman in October rammed his truck into a vehicle carrying three U.S. soldiers, in what the U.S. embassy described as a "terrorist attack."
An Israeli settlement (file photo)
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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu demanded that in the wake of a peace deal, US and Palestinian officials accept that settlers will be allowed to remain in Palestine, according to a document obtained by Israeli daily Haaretz.
Jordan border guards shot dead five on the Syrian border on Sunday (file photo)
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The Jordanian army announced on Sunday that its forces shot dead five people who were approaching their position from the Syrian side of the border.