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Iraqi forces launch assault on Mosul Old City

Iraqi forces launch assault on Mosul Old City
Muscat - 

Iraqi forces launched an assault on Sunday to retake Mosul's Old City, the last district still held by the Islamic State group three years after the extremists seized the northern city and declared their "caliphate".

Turkey FM urges dialogue to solve Qatar crisis after meeting emir

Turkey FM urges dialogue to solve Qatar crisis after meeting emir
Istanbul - 

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday urged dialogue to end a crisis that has left Ankara's ally Qatar diplomatically and economically isolated after key Gulf neighbours cut ties, following talks with the Qatari emir in Doha.

Turkey FM in Doha as UN 'alarmed' by Gulf crisis

Turkey FM in Doha as UN 'alarmed' by Gulf crisis
Doha - 

Turkey's foreign minister held talks with Qatar's emir Wednesday as the search for a diplomatic solution to the Gulf crisis intensified and the UN voiced fears over growing humanitarian concerns in the region.

Gulf air embargo only applies to Qatar companies: UAE

Gulf air embargo only applies to Qatar companies: UAE
Abu Dhabi - 

The air embargo imposed on Qatar applies only to airlines from Qatar or registered there, the United Arab Emirates Civil Aviation Authority said Tuesday.

Egypt parliament committee passes Saudi islands deal

Egypt parliament committee passes Saudi islands deal
Cairo - 

A controversial agreement for Cairo to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia passed an Egyptian parliamentary committee Tuesday, setting the stage for a vote in the house.

Naval coalition warns of risks for ships off Yemen

Naval coalition warns of risks for ships off Yemen

Dubai - 

An international naval coalition said Monday it will step up its presence near a strategic shipping lane off Yemen as it warned of risks for boats transiting through the area.

Qatar foreign minister denounces 'unfair', 'illegal' sanctions

Qatar foreign minister denounces 'unfair', 'illegal' sanctions

Paris - 

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani on Monday denounced the sanctions imposed against Doha by Saudi Arabia and its allies as "unfair" and "illegal".

Egypt blocks more internet sites

Egypt blocks more internet sites

Cairo - 

Egypt, under fire for muzzling freedom of expression, has blocked access to around 60 news websites and service providers since the end of May, rights groups and media figures said Monday.

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