updated 7:33 AM MST, Nov 17, 2017

Four Arab States Vow New Measures Against Qatar, Withdraw Initial Demands

 CAIRO: The four Arab states leading the boycott against Qatar said late on Thursday that Doha’s refusal of their demands to resolve a Gulf diplomatic crisis is proof of its links to terror groups and that they would enact new measures against it.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain released a joint statement carried by the countries’ state media saying their initial list of 13 demands was now void and pledging new political, economic and legal steps against Qatar.

The Qatari government sabotaged diplomatic efforts to solve the rift, the four states said, and its refusal affirmed its continuing sabotage of the region’s stability and security.

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Dubai's Emirates, Turkish Airlines off US laptop ban list

 By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

Emirates and Turkish Airways said Wednesday they have been exempted from a U.S. ban on laptops in airplane cabins, joining Etihad in satisfying American security concerns that had cut into the long-haul carriers' business.

It remains unclear how the airlines addressed fears that the Islamic State or other groups might smuggle explosives on board in electronic devices. But in Turkey, authorities now use CT scanners to take cross-section images of passengers' electronics just before they board airplanes heading to the U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees airplane safety in the United States, did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Wednesday.

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Arab countries Demand Qatar Shutter Al-Jazeera and Cut Ties With Iran to End Diplomatic Row

Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and close down a Turkish military base in Qatar.

In a 13-point list — presented to the Qataris by Kuwait, which is helping mediate the crisis — the countries also demand that Qatar sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and with other groups including Hezbollah, al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the list in Arabic from one of the countries involved in the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut ties to Qatar this month over allegations the Persian Gulf country funds terrorism — an accusation that President Donald Trump has echoed. Those countries have now given Qatar 10 days to comply with all of the demands, which include paying an unspecified sum in compensation.

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Barcelona shirts BANNED in Saudi Arabia with possible A$200,000 fine and 15-year prison sentence

Barcelona shirts which feature the Qatar Airways logo are said to be outlawed as tensions between Saudi Arabia and Qatar continue to boil over.

The dramatic law change comes after Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Libya, Yemen and the Maldives sensationally cut off all ties with its neighbour this week after accusing Qatar of supporting extremist groups. Qatar have rejected the claims.

Barcelona sponsor Qatar Airways are one of many Qatari entities blacklisted by Saudi Arabia and fans wearing Lionel Messi or Neymar shirts could become caught in the political crossfire.


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  • Category: Middle East