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Qatar ‘will not bow to pressure to alter foreign policy’

Doha: Qatar will not bow to demands from three Gulf states to alter its foreign policy, sources close to its government said, suggesting Doha is unlikely to abandon support for…

Iran announces latest missile

Iran announces latest missile

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said it had acquired missiles with multiple warheads, the latest armaments advance to be claimed by the country. At a ceremony held on Wednesday, Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan…

KSA, UAE, Bahrain withdraw envoys from Qatar

KSA, UAE, Bahrain withdraw envoys from Qatar

  Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have said they are withdrawing their ambassadors from Qatar because Doha had not implemented an agreement among Gulf Arab countries not to interfere…

Amnesty International says Australia’s refugee stance hurts its reputation

Amnesty International says Australia’s refugee stance hurts its reputation

Australia has been taken to task by Amnesty International for failing to take in more refugees fleeing crises around the world. In its review of 2013’s global humanitarian trends, Amnesty…

US plans full troop pullout

The US president, Barack Obama, has told his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai that he is preparing a contingency plan to withdraw all US troops, as a post-2014 security pact remains…

Egypt’s government resigns

Egypt’s government resigns

Egypt’s interim has resigned en masse in a surprise move that could pave the way for army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president. “Today the cabinet took…

Kidnappers free Czech doctor in Yemen

Aden, Yemen: A Czech doctor was freed several hours after being kidnapped by gunmen in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, security sources said. The doctor was walking to work at…

17 dead in bombings and shootings in Iraq

Tikrit, Iraq: At least 17 people were killed and dozens wounded in bombings and shootings in northern Iraq and Baghdad on Sunday, police and medical sources said. In the deadliest…

Afghan Taleban killed 21 soldiers

ASADABAD, Afghanistan: The Afghan Taleban killed 21 soldiers in an assault on Sunday in a remote mountainous region, the Afghan government said, and six soldiers were missing after the militants’…

Morsi accused of leaking state secrets

Morsi accused of leaking state secrets

Egyptian state prosecutors have accused ousted President Mohamed Morsi of leaking state secrets in a plot to destabilise Egypt. At the second hearing of his trial for espionage on Sunday, Morsi, along…