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Qatar Airways Buys Cathay Pacific Stake for $662 Million

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., a deal that would help it gain a foothold in the world’s second-biggest aviation market. The Middle Eastern carrier will buy 9.6 percent of Cathay from Hong Kong-based Kingboard Chemical Holdings Ltd. and related companies for HK$5.16 billion ($662 million), according to a filing to the city’s stock exchange Monday. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, confirming the deal, said the investment "further supports Qatar Airways investment strategy.” Shares of Cathay fell as much as 4.9 percent to HK$12.56 on Monday, the biggest intraday drop in…

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Qatar crisis: four Arab states vow fresh economic and political sanctions

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain says initial list of 13 demands would be replaced with fresh measures The four Arab states leading the boycott against Qatar said late on Thursday that Dohas refusal of their demands to resolve a Gulf diplomatic crisis was proof of its links to terrorist groups and that they would enact new measures against it. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain released a joint statement carried by their state media saying their condemned the tiny Gulf nations response as…

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Qatar rejects deadline demands, saying it does not fear military action

Foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani rejects demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates Qatar said on Saturday it does not fear any military retaliation for refusing to meet a Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar last month and shut down land, sea and air links. They issued a 13-point list of demands, including curbing diplomatic ties to Iran, severing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and

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Al-Jazeera, insurgent TV station that divides the Arab world, faces closure

The network has raised political awareness across the Middle East. No wonder Qatars conservative enemies want it shut down On Monday a bold and controversial experiment in Middle Eastern media and politics may be abruptly brought to an end. Al-Jazeera once heralded as the beacon of free Arab media that broke the hegemony of the western networks and reversed the flow of information from east to west for the first time since the middle ages faces closing its doors for good. On 23 June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates,…

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Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain break diplomatic ties with Qatar over ‘terrorism’

Saudi Arabia said the move was necessary to protect the kingdom from what it described as extremism, reasoning that was echoed by Bahrain Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain have broken off diplomatic relations and all land sea and air contacts with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar on Monday. Saudi Arabia said the move was necessary to protect the kingdom from what it described as terrorism and extremism. The kingdom also pulled all Qatari troops from the ongoing war in Yemen. The official state news agency, citing…

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US considers banning laptops on flights from UK airports

All travellers from Europe could face ban aimed at thwarting terrorists who want to smuggle explosive devices in consumer items The Trump administration is considering barring passengers flying to the US from UK airports from carrying laptops, sources have told the Guardian. The proposed ban would be similar to one already imposed on travellers from several Middle Eastern countries. British officials understand that their US counterparts are looking at extending the ban which prevents any devices larger than a smartphone being taken as carry-on luggage to flights from Europe. One…

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