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Saudi Arabia and Allies Hail Trump Warning to Qatar

US President Donald Trump has accused Qatar's leadership of bankrolling extremists and demanded a halt to that funding, drawing praise Saturday from Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Their approval came as Washington joined intensifying international efforts to heal the rift between the key Western Gulf allies, which has escalated into the region's worst diplomatic crisis in years.

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International Efforts Intensify to Resolve Gulf Dispute

Efforts to resolve a diplomatic dispute pitting Saudi Arabia and its allies against Qatar intensified Thursday, after Washington offered to mediate the biggest crisis to grip the Gulf in years. 

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Trump Backs Saudi-Led Efforts to Isolate Qatar

U.S. President Donald Trump threw his weight behind efforts to isolate Qatar on Tuesday, backing Saudi Arabia and its allies after they cut ties with Doha over claims it supports extremism.

In a surprise move against a key U.S. ally, Trump suggested Qatar -- home to the largest American airbase in the Middle East -- was funding extremism as he tacitly backed the diplomatic blockade of the emirate.

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Qatar Isolation Could Damage Gaza Reconstruction

Gulf sanctions against Qatar could damage reconstruction in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, where it has provided large financial backing, the head of a major humanitarian charity warned Tuesday.

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Energy Exports a Lifeline for Boycott-Hit Qatar

A Saudi-led diplomatic and economic blockade against Qatar may threaten food imports but the tiny emirate still has a lifeline through its gas and oil exports, experts said Tuesday.

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Qatar, Wealthy Kingdom in Diplomatic Storm

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen on Monday cut ties with Qatar, a small Gulf state which burst onto the diplomatic scene thanks to its rich energy resources.

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Qatar Airways Suspends All Flights to Saudi Arabia

Qatar Airways said on Monday it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia as a major diplomatic crisis escalated in the Gulf region.

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Key Developments in the Qatar-Gulf Crisis

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Gulf neighbor Qatar on Monday over accusations it supports extremism, with Egypt and Yemen following suit. 

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Iran's Zarif in Rare Visit to Qatar

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks Wednesday with the emir of Qatar, on his first visit to the Gulf state since July 2015.

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Qatari Banks Hold $44-Billion Merger Talks

Three Qatari banks announced Tuesday that they are in merger talks to create a financial institution with assets of more than $44 billion.

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