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Crisis-hit Qatar signs military agreement with Russia

DOHA: Qatar said on Thursday it had signed a defence agreement with Russia, the latest in a series of such steps by the emirate since the Gulf diplomatic crisis erupted in June. The announcement followed what Moscow said was the first trip ever undertaken by a Russian defence minister to the Gulf state. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt are boycotting Qatar, accusing it of backing extremism and fostering ties with their rival Iran -- charges that Doha denies. The defence agreement was…