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Qatar condemns Islamic State, rejects funding accusations LONDON: Qatar condemned on Saturday the Islamic State's "barbaric" murder of US journalist James Foley and flatly rejected accusations of giving financial support to the militant group.Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah's comments came a day after the German government apologised for remarks by a minister accusing Qatar of financing Islamic State militants.Attiyah described the recent comments as ill-informed. "Qatar does not support extremist groups, including ISIS, in any way. We are repelled by their views, their violent methods and their ambitions," he said in a statement released in London."The vision of extremist groups for the region is one that we have not, nor will ever, support in any way." Qatar has previously denied supporting Islamist insurgents who have seized wide areas of northern Iraq, northern and eastern Syria.But diplomats and opposition sources say while Qatar supports relatively moderate rebels also backed by Saudi Arabia and the West, it also has backed ...

Bomb explodes in Arbil: TV ARBIL: A bomb exploded in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region, Arbil, on Saturday, local television network Rudaw reported. TV footage showed firefighters dousing the charred remains of a car.A Reuters journalist earlier saw a cloud of smoke in Arbil, but it was not clear whether it was from a blast.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
UN chief condemns killing of dozens of worshippers in eastern Iraq UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned in "the strongest terms" the attack on a mosque in eastern Iraq, and called on all Iraqi authorities to ensure that the incident is properly investigated and its perpetrators held to account."Attacks on places of worship are completely unacceptable and are prohibited under international law," the secretary-general said in a statement from his spokesperson.According to Iraqi security sources cited in media reports, at least 70 people were ...
Facing new flight, Turkish Kurds in Iraq long for home HAJYAWA: Families who once fled a Turkish crackdown on Kurdish rebels in the 1990s now languish in a mosque in northern Iraq after escaping from brutal militants, longing to return home.They lived as refugees in Makhmur, a town in northern Iraq, until the Islamic State (IS) militant group, which spearheaded a militant offensive that has overrun large areas of Iraq, forced them to leave.Hundreds of thousands of people across northern Iraq have fled violence which ...
Arab meet in Geneva for Palestinian protection ISLAMABAD: A host of Arab officials are scheduled to hold talks on Thursday with Swiss government officials on a Palestinian request to provide international protection for the Palestinian people against Israeli attacks.According to a statement from the pan-Arab body, an Arab delegation would meet with officials from Switzerland, which is the depository for Geneva Conventions, to discuss a request by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to provide international protection for the Palestinians against Israeli "aggression", ...
Pregnant woman, three children among six dead in Gaza strike GAZA CITY: An Israeli air strike Wednesday on a house in the Gaza Strip town of Deir el-Balah killed a pregnant woman, three young children and two male relatives, emergency services said. They named the dead as Rafat Aloah, 32, three of his children, his brother Mohammed 21 and the woman, Nabilah Aloah, whose relationship to the others was not immediately clear.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Abbas to meet Qatar emir, Hamas's Meshaal in Doha Thursday DOHA: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will travel to Doha on Wednesday and hold talks the next day with the emir of Qatar and Hamas exiled leader Khaled Meshaal, the Palestinian ambassador in Qatar said.Abbas's visit to Qatar was initially announced for Monday by Palestinian officials who are in Cairo for indirect talks with Israel on a lasting truce in Gaza.Abbas will on Thursday discuss separately with Meshaal and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani latest developments ...


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