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January 13, 2019 12:49 PM Secretary of State Pompeo urges Gulf states to heal rift

DOHA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that a rift between Qatar and its Arab Gulf neighbors had gone on for too long. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member Egypt cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their 158

January 10, 2019 11:53 AM Pompeo seeks to reassure Washington's allies despite Syria exit

CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday sought to reassure allies that the United States remains committed to the Middle East despite President Donald Trump’s plans to withdraw forces from Syria. Pompeo, who flew to Egypt late on Wednesday on the third stop in a regional tour, was due to deliver a speech in Cairo outlining Washington’s 138

January 6, 2019 6:52 PM Fatah withdraws officers from Gaza-Egypt crossing

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – The Palestinian Authority says it is withdrawing its officers from a key crossing point between the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and Egypt. The announcement on Sunday came amid rising tension between the Islamic militant movement, which took control of Gaza in a 2007, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party. The Palestinian 121

January 5, 2019 4:22 PM Hamas arrests Gaza men suspected of attacking Abbas's TV station

GAZA (Reuters) - Gaza authorities arrested five Palestinians on Saturday on suspicion of ransacking the offices of President Mahmoud Abbas’s official Palestine Television station, Hamas’s interior ministry said. On Friday, assailants destroyed cameras, editing and broadcasting equipment in the Gaza office of the station, part of the Palestinian Broadcast 130

December 29, 2018 9:35 PM The Latest: Mourners gather for boy whose mother got to US

FILE - This recent undated photo, released Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento, Calif., shows Ali Hassan with his dying 2-year-old son Abdullah in a Sacramento hospital. Abdullah Hassan, the son of a Yemeni woman who sued the Trump administration to let her into the country to be with the ailing boy has died. The Council 100

December 22, 2018 6:36 PM The Latest: Hamas says dissolving parliament invites chaos

Relatives of 16 year-old Palestinian Mohammed Jahjouh, who was shot and killed by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, mourn at the family home during his funeral in Gaza City, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) Relatives of 16 year-old Palestinian Mohammed Jahjouh, who was shot and killed by Israeli troops 130

December 18, 2018 2:04 AM US 'bans Yemen mum from visiting dying toddler in California'

The Yemeni mother of a dying boy in California is being prevented from seeing him due to a US ban on visitors from her country, the family says. Two-year-old Abdullah Hassan was born with a brain disease that doctors say he will not survive. His relatives say his mother wants to see him one last time before they take him off life-support. His father 117

December 14, 2018 12:15 PM Egypt submits surprise 2019 African Nations Cup hosting bid

The Egyptian Football Association has submitted a bid to replace Cameroon as next year's African Nations Cup host. Morocco had been considered the front-runner after being a candidate to host the 2026 World Cup, only to lose out in that race to a joint United States-Mexico-Canada bid. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given countries until 84

December 6, 2018 6:37 AM UAE says Gulf Arab bloc still strong despite Qatar row

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates said on Thursday the Gulf Cooperation Council remained valid despite a bitter row with Qatar that has fractured the bloc ahead of an annual summit next week. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and non-GCC member Egypt have imposed a diplomatic and economic boycott on Qatar since June 2017 over allegations Doha supports 107

December 5, 2018 2:02 AM Most visited: World's top cities for tourism

Maureen O'Hare, CNN • Updated 5th December 2018 The lure of urban centers has lost none of its appeal in 2018, with tourists expected to make around 1.4 billion trips to cities around the world this year. UK-based market research company Euromonitor International has just released its Top 100 City Destinations 2018 report, an annual ranking of the world's 96