Saudi king calls on Egypt to back Qatar deal

Saudi King Abdullah Wednesday called on Egypt to back an agreement reached at the weekend between Gulf countries to end a spat with Qatar, which Egypt accuses of harbouring hardline Islamists. “I appeal to the people and leadership of Egypt to join hands with us to ensure the success of[…]

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Qatar does not finance Islamic State: Emir

Qatar’s emir said in Germany on Wednesday that his wealthy Gulf state does not back Islamic “terrorist organisations”, and Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had no reason to doubt him. The leaders spoke in Berlin where the emir was visiting, some three weeks after a German minister angered Doha by[…]

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Morsi charged with passing documents to Qatar

Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is to be tried on accusations that he handed documents relating to national security to Qatar, the state prosecutor has announced. Morsi is already facing the death penalty in several trials, and his supporters, including top ranking members of the Muslim Brotherhood, have been the[…]

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IS ‘anti-Islamic’: al-Qaradawi

The organisation of exiled Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guide Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi said Wednesday that the actions of “deviant groups” like the Islamic State (IS) were in violation of Islamic law. Qaradawi’s International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) described as “criminal and unlawful” an offensive led by the group’s fighters against[…]

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Egypt probes Morsi: MENA

Egypt has opened an investigation into deposed president Mohamed Morsi for allegedly handing over to Qatar “documents relevant to national security,” state news agency MENA reported on Wednesday. Morsi is already facing the death penalty in several trials and his supporters have been the target of a bloody crackdown by[…]

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Qatar denies funding Islamic State

The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State radical group, saying that “determined, collective action” is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria. The energy-rich OPEC member has come under renewed scrutiny over its ties to rebels, including the Palestinian[…]

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