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Qatar denies paying ransoms to militant groups

Qatar’s foreign minister defended on Monday his government's connections with armed militant groups in the Middle East and its involvement in negotiating the release of hostages but denied ever paying ransoms to secure their freedom.

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Egypt appoints new foreign minister

Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb appointed a former ambassador to Washington as foreign minister and a university professor as minister for international cooperation, a cabinet spokesman said on Monday. Spokesman Hossam El-K

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No role for Assad in transition: Saudi

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Wednesday that there can be no role in Syria's transition for President Bashar al-Assad and those whose hands are "stained in blood". In a speech to an internation

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GCC seeking new regional security plan

The GCC seeks to consolidate a new concept of regional security emphasising the geopolitical dimension of the region, Bahrain's Foreign Minister said as he delivered a key address at the United Nations (UN) yesterday. Shaikh K

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US, EU envoys in crisis talks with Egypt minister

Senior US and European envoys met the foreign minister of Egypt's army-installed government on Saturday in a push to resolve the political crisis brought on by the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi and to head off more bloodshed.

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Egypt seeks assertive role, worries about Nile dam

Egypt's new military-backed cabinet made clear on Saturday it wanted to play an assertive role in regional politics, urging Ethiopia to attend talks over a dam on the Nile and stressing it sought change in Syria. "Egypt&#

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$1.6bn European aid for Syria, neighbours

The European Union (EU) has donated 1.25 billion euros ($1.6 billion) in humanitarian and other support for Syria and neighbouring countries, a report said. Lebanon and Jordan will also benefit from the aid package, which aims to

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Bahrain 'hoping for better relations with Iran'

Bahrain is ready to "open a new page" in relations with Iran - provided it proves its commitment to stop interfering in the internal affairs of the Gulf, said a top government official. Tehran should also ensure it fully

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GCC-EU free trade agreement soon

Talks that could lead to a historic GCC-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) have reached the final stages, and the deal could be signed soon, said Bahrain's Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa. "The EU-GCC FTA i

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Qatar to appoint new foreign minister

Al Jazeera television website said on Wednesday that Qatar will appoint a new foreign minister to replace veteran diplomat Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani following the accession of a new emir. The satellite channel said that current M

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