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ICC believe new T20 leagues are at greatest risk of corruption

LONDON: Global cricket chiefs believe newly-emerging domestic Twenty20 competitions are the tournaments at greatest risk of corruption, following match-fixing allegations made by broadcaster Al Jazeera. International Cricket Council (ICC) officials are due to meet with Al Jazeera management as they look to explore all of the material, including as yet unbroadcast footage of claims against unnamed players that the Middle East-based television channel also alluded to in its documentary 'Cricket's Match-Fixers'. David…

Israel threatens to close broadcaster Al Jazeera’s offices, ban its journalists

JERUSALEM: Israel said on Sunday it planned to close the offices in the Jewish state of Al-Jazeera, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the satellite news broadcaster of incitement. Netanyahu had said on July 27 that he wanted Al-Jazeera expelled amid tensions over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site. "Al-Jazeera has become the main tool of Daesh (the Islamic State group), Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran," Communications Minister Ayoob Kara, a member of the Druze community from Netanyahu's Likud party, alleged during…

Israel’s Netanyahu threatens to shut Al-Jazeera Jerusalem office

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he would work to close the Jerusalem offices of Qatar-based al-Jazeera, accusing the television news network of inciting recent violence in the city. Jerusalem is experiencing one of its most tense periods in years as Palestinians protest heightened Israeli security measures near the Temple Mount-Noble Sanctuary compound, one of the city's holiest sites, and the events have been widely reported, including by al-Jazeera. "The al-Jazeera network continues…

Call to close Al-Jazeera ‘unacceptable attack’ on free speech: UN

GENEVA: The UN voiced outrage on Friday at the demand from Gulf countries that Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera shut down, describing it as "an unacceptable attack on the right to freedom of expression and opinion." The closure of the broadcaster is one of 13 wide-ranging demands placed on Doha by Saudi Arabia and its allies as the price for lifting an almost month-long "blockade" on Qatar. The four countries have given Qatar a 10-day deadline for implementation ending on July 4. UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al…

Qatar says Saudi-led list of demands not ‘reasonable’

DOHA: Qatar said Saturday that a 13-point list of demands made by Saudi Arabia and its allies impinged on its sovereignty and failed to meet US expectations they be "reasonable". The four Arab governments delivered the demands to Qatar through Kuwait on Thursday, more than two weeks after severing all ties with the emirate and imposing an embargo. The document has not been published but has been widely leaked and the demands are sweeping in their scope. They require Doha to join Riyadh and its allies in outlawing the…

UAE warns Qatar to accept demands or face ‘divorce’

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates warned Qatar on Friday that it faces "divorce" from its Gulf neighbours unless it takes seriously a list of demands including the closure of Al-Jazeera television. The Qatar-based broadcaster, a long-standing source of conflict between Doha and neighbouring countries who accuse it of fomenting regional strife, denounced the move as an attack on media freedom. Anwar Gargash, the UAE's state minister for foreign affairs, issued the warning more than two weeks into the oil-rich region's…

Gulf Crisis: Al-Jazeera Twitter account temporarily ‘suspended’

DOHA: Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera said the Twitter account for its main Arabic-language channel was temporarily "suspended" on Saturday, in the latest incident at the station. A spokesman for the channel said the cut may have been due to a technical problem and that all Twitter accounts affected were back online. "Most of our Arabic accounts were blocked, but they are now up-and-running," the spokesman said, adding that it may take several hours for them to be fully restored. An investigation was taking place…

Saudi Arabia shuts Al-Jazeera office in Qatar row: ministry

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday shut the local office of Qatar's Al-Jazeera global news channel after the kingdom and other Arab states severed ties with the emirate. "The Ministry of Information closed the office of the Al-Jazeera channel and withdrew the licence it was granted," the official Saudi Press Agency reported. It accused the channel of promoting "terrorist groups" and supporting rebels in Yemen, after Riyadh and some of its allies including Egypt cut diplomatic relations earlier Monday over Qatar's alleged…

Sisi’s Egypt cracks down on Al Jazeera, other news sites

CAIRO: Egypt's government, already accused of muzzling freedom of expression and opposition to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has blocked access to a host of news websites including Qatar's Al-Jazeera. Around 20 websites based in Qatar and Egypt have been inaccessible since Wednesday night, including the Doha newspapers Al-Watan and Al-Raya, the Muslim Brotherhood's Ikhwan Online and Egypt-based Al-Sharq television which is close to the outlawed group. Independent sites such as Mada Masr, which takes a strong stand…

Egypt detains Jazeera reporter over ‘fake news’

CAIRO: Egypt has ordered the detention for 15 days of an Al-Jazeera journalist accused of incitement and fabricating news, a prosecution official said on Sunday. It was the latest move against the Qatar-based broadcaster which Egypt accuses of supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. Egyptian Mahmoud Hussein, 51, flew to Cairo on Tuesday for a family holiday but was stopped and interrogated at the airport for several hours before being released. On Friday, police raided his Cairo…