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Key developments in Qatar-Gulf crisis

Here are the main developments that led to the unprecedented crisis between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours: Smear campaign On May 20, 2017, Qatar says it is the victim of a smear campaign and rejects accusations of it supporting "terrorism" ahead of a landmark visit by US President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia. Trump and Saudi King Salman sign a "strategic vision" agreement to intensify ties in defence, economics and other areas. In a speech in Riyadh on May 21, Trump urges the international community to isolate…

10 key developments in the Syria conflict

BEIRUT, Lebanon: From the bloody repression of pro-democracy demonstrations to the rise of militants and intervention by regional and world powers, here are 10 key developments in Syria's devastating civil war. More than 320,000 people have died in the six-year conflict, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Millions more have fled their homes, with many seeking refuge abroad. Revolt and repression March 15, 2011: Unprecedented protests break out, demanding civil liberties and freedom for political…