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Iran’s Khamenei blames Gulf states for military parade attack

DUBAI: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused US-backed Gulf Arab states of carrying out a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, almost half of them members of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards. Khamenei ordered security forces to bring to justice those responsible for one of the worst assaults ever against the Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military force in the country, which answers to him. The allegation will likely ratchet up tensions with Iran’s rival Saudi…

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…

Qatar Airways boss says ‘bullying’ Gulf states will hit profits

DOHA: Qatar Airways' outspoken boss Akbar Al-Baker accused neighbouring Gulf states Thursday of "bullying" his country during the region's political crisis and said his company's profits would be hit by the dispute. Baker insisted that Qatar could sustain the impact of what he called a blockade imposed on Doha, but conceded that an impact on profits was inevitable for the Gulf carrier. "It has to (affect profits) because we have additional costs to operate in and out of the country," he said. "And this is normal…

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt cut ties with Qatar

RIYADH: Gulf states on Monday cut diplomatic ties with neighbouring Qatar and kicked it out of a military coalition, less than a month after US President Donald Trump visited the region to cement ties with powerhouse Saudi Arabia. In the region's most serious diplomatic crisis in years, Qatar's Gulf neighbours Riyadh, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates as well as Egypt all announced they were severing ties with gas-rich Qatar. Riyadh cut diplomatic relations and closed borders with its neighbour to "protect its…

Oman’s Sultan Qaboos ‘in good health’: minister

MUSCAT: Sultan Qaboos of Oman is in "good health", the country's foreign minister said Thursday, as rumours circulated that the 75-year-old monarch had been hospitalised. "He is well and thanks to God, he is in good health," said Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah in an interview with the Saudi newspaper Okaz. Qaboos, who has ruled the Gulf sultanate since 1970, reduced his public activities since having treatment for colon cancer in 2014. His ill health and repeated hospital spells in Germany have focused attention on the fact…