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Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

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DUBAI Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.

Pakistan says Indian man admits spying, but India dismisses farce 6:03am BST

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI An Indian citizen sentenced to death for spying in Pakistan has admitted espionage and filed a mercy petition with the chief of army staff, the Pakistan military said on Thursday, a statement India dismissed as a farce.

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Elbit Systems says innovation key to crowded drone market 5:34am BST

PARIS Israeli defence electronics company Elbit Systems Ltd, is moving quickly to innovate and maintain its edge in a global market in which it faces increasing competition from China, France, Turkey and others.

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American Airlines pushes back on Qatar Airways plan to buy stake 22 Jun 2017

American Airlines' chief executive said on Thursday he is not "particularly excited" about Qatar Airways' interest in buying up to 10 percent of the U.S. carrier's shares, in a letter to employees following the state-owned Gulf airline's overture. | Video

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House of Saud unites behind king's son - for now 22 Jun 2017

DUBAI The elevation of Mohammed bin Salman as Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has ended two years of speculation about a behind-the-scenes rivalry near the pinnacle of royal power, but he still has to win over powerful relatives, clerics and tribesmen.

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U.S. House Speaker Ryan says supports quickly moving Iran, Russia sanctions bill 22 Jun 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday he supported efforts to quickly move legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia and Iran that passed the Senate nearly unanimously but has stalled in the House.

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Shock and anger in Mosul after Islamic State destroys historic mosque 22 Jun 2017

MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq The leaning al-Hadba minaret that has towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, but Iraq's prime minister said the act marked their final defeat in the country's second city.

Afghanistan to hold elections in July next year 22 Jun 2017

KABUL Afghanistan will hold long-delayed parliamentary and district council elections on July 7, 2018, some three years after they were meant to take place, the country's Independent Election Commission said on Thursday.

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Turkey and Russia to deploy in Syria's Idlib - Erdogan spokesman 22 Jun 2017

ANKARA Turkish and Russian personnel will be deployed in Syria's northern Idlib region as part of a de-escalation agreement brokered by Russia last month, Turkish broadcasters quoted President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman as saying on Thursday.

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Turkey sends Qatar food and soldiers, discusses Gulf tensions with Saudi 22 Jun 2017

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Turkey sent its first ship carrying food aid to Qatar and dispatched a small contingent of soldiers and armoured vehicles there on Thursday, while President Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Saudi Arabia's leaders on calming tension in the region.

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