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Report: UAE Hackers Sparked Qatar Crisis

Sources say country was behind media hack

(Newser) - The United Arab Emirates was behind the hacking of Qatari websites that caused major upheaval in the region, according to a bombshell Washington Post report. Citing US intelligence sources, the Post reports that the UAE orchestrated the posting of incendiary false quotes from Qatar's emir about Iran, Israel, Hamas,... More »

Qatar Conflict Highlights Vulnerability of Helium Supply

Shortages affect industries ranging from rocketry to medicine

(Newser) - The conflict brewing in the Middle East between Qatar and neighboring countries has had an odd consequence: a sudden drop in global helium availability. The Atlantic reports Qatar manufactures 25% of the world’s helium supply, making it the second largest producer after the US. But a shipping issue has... More »

Qatar Warns Neighbors as Deadline Is Extended

'We stand ready to defend our country'

(Newser) - Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain cut off... More »

Neighbors Order Qatar to Shut Down al-Jazeera

Closing broadcaster is among newly issued demands

(Newser) - 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 broadcaster al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran, and sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. In a 13-point list—... More »

Trump Had Another Win This Week: Saudi Arabia

New crown prince is a key ally of the new administration

(Newser) - Quick, name a candidate favored by President Trump who scored a victory this week. Sure, Karen Handel in Georgia and Ralph Norman in South Carolina come to mind, but the New York Times points out another: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. It wasn't an election, of... More »

Saudi Media Accuses Qatar of Poisoning Iraqi Refugees

Hundreds hit by food poisoning at Iraq camp for the displaced

(Newser) - Food poisoning at a camp for displaced residents of Mosul has made more than 700 people sick, with hundreds hospitalized, Iraqi officials said Tuesday. The incident at the Hassan Sham U2 camp, about 13 miles east of Mosul, has become part of the ongoing dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.... More »

Trump, Tillerson Deliver Different Messages on Qatar

President talks tough as secretary of state asks Arab nations to ease up

(Newser) - President Trump delivered a sharp message to Qatar to halt funding terrorism—an order that appeared to undermine his own secretary of state, the Washington Post reports. Trump told reporters Friday that Mideast leaders had complained to him about Qatar, which he said has "historically been a funder of... More »

ISIS Makes Powerful Statement With Iran Attack

It's the first time the group has struck against its coveted target of Iran

(Newser) - The Islamic State may have claimed responsibility for Wednesday's twin terror attacks in Tehran that killed 12, but Iran has a different culprit in mind: regional rival Saudi Arabia. "This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the US president and the (Saudi) backward leaders... More »

Trump's Tweets May Make Things Harder for US Military in Qatar

President takes credit for Saudi Arabia cutting ties with important US ally

(Newser) - On Monday, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Yemen, Bahrain, and Egypt cut all commercial and diplomatic ties with Qatar in order to isolate the country over its support for extremist groups, the New York Times reports. In a series of tweets Tuesday morning, President Trump took credit for that decision, saying... More »

This Time, Qatar Might Be in Real Trouble

Arab neighbors sever ties, and analysts think Saudis feel more emboldened to act

(Newser) - The decision by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and other Arab nations to sever ties with Qatar on Monday reflects a long-standing dispute between Qatar and its regional neighbors. In fact, a similar fallout happened in 2014, but Monday's events mark a "severe escalation" that could... More »

Arab Nations Cut Ties to Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, others accuse Gulf country of backing extremist groups

(Newser) - Six Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar early Monday, further deepening a rift among Gulf Arab nations over that country's support for Islamist groups. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia first made the move, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen, and Libya, reports the BBC . The nations were... More »

The World's 10 Richest Countries

The US just makes the list

(Newser) - While some countries are rich in culture and history, others are actually rich. 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the world's 25 wealthiest countries based on gross national income, which it says is a "more useful measure of national wealth" than gross domestic product. The site... More »

Woman Convicted of Adultery in Qatar After Reporting Rape

Dutch woman says drink was spiked, she was assaulted—but Qatar doesn't see it that way

(Newser) - Qatar's Article 281 makes clear that any man who has extramarital sex "with a female over sixteen without compulsion, duress, or ruse shall be punished with imprisonment for a term up to seven years." The next part of that code raises eyebrows: "The same penalty shall... More »

Texas Teen Gets Back the Clock That Made Him Famous

'GOT MY CLOCK BACK FINALLY!!'

(Newser) - The 14-year-old Muslim boy arrested after a homemade clock he took to his Dallas-area school was mistaken for a possible bomb has gotten the item back as he and his family prepare to move to the Middle East . Police say Reggie London, an attorney for Ahmed Mohamed, picked up the... More »

Clock Kid Is Moving to Qatar

Decision made within 24 hours of Obama meeting

(Newser) - "Clock kid" Ahmed Mohamed and his family are moving out of the US and it's not clear whether they'll ever move back. The family says it's moving to Qatar to take up a foundation's generous offer to give the 14-year-old a full scholarship for high... More »

Crazy Reckless Driving Case in Beverly Hills Gets Weirder

Cars are owned by sheikh who allegedly falsely claimed diplomatic immunity

(Newser) - A case of reckless driving last weekend in Beverly Hills involved a $1.4 million Ferrari, false claims of diplomatic immunity , an alleged death threat, a Middle Eastern sheikh, and zero arrests. The whole thing started Sept. 12 when the swanky Los Angeles neighborhood was terrorized by a yellow Ferrari... More »

Qatar Invites Journalist, Then Arrests Him

BBC reporter Mark Lobel says officials held his team for days

(Newser) - Curious about a career in journalism? Consider saving your trip to Qatar for later: A BBC journalist says authorities invited his team there and later arrested them for trying to see the conditions of migrant workers. "Our arrest was dramatic," writes Mark Lobel at the BBC . He says... More »

US Couple Sues Firm That Sent Them to Qatar

Freed from jail, Huangs say their race put them in danger

(Newser) - Matt and Grace Huang are finally home after a nightmare that saw them jailed in Qatar, and they're wasting no time in demanding justice from Matt's former bosses. MWH Global, which sent the couple to Qatar to help improve its infrastructure, didn't prepare or shield them from... More »

American Couple's Qatar Nightmare Ends

Matthew, Grace Huang are free to leave country

(Newser) - The nightmare that began with the January 2013 death of their adopted daughter is finally fully over for Matthew and Grace Huang. Qatar on Sunday overturned the conviction of the American couple, who had been accused of starving 8-year-old Gloria to death , but they were blocked hours later when attempting... More »

Report: Russia Used Picasso as World Cup Bribe

UK embassies allegedly kept tabs on FIFA corruption

(Newser) - There's regular corruption, and then there's over-the-top Teapot Dome-style bribery. The latter is what took place ahead of the controversial decision to award the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cups to Russia and Qatar, according to a report submitted to British lawmakers. The report compiled by the Sunday ... More »

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