• Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

    Qatar on Thursday rejected and condemned the statement made by the so-called Colonel Ahmad Al Mismari, spokesman for Haftar's forces, which said Qatar intervened in the internal affairs and financed "terrorism" in Libya. Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Rumaihi, spokesman of the foreign ministry, said Qatar's policy is based on clear and consistent principles of mutual respect between states and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries. Qatar Airways is attempting to buy a 10 percent stake in American Airlines, which has confirmed the move by filing for a required review by the US justice department's antitrust division. "The proposed investment by Qatar Airways was not solicited by American Airlines and would in no way change the Company's Board composition, governance, management or strategic direction," said American.

  • Battle for Mosul: The story so far

    Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled the northern Iraqi city of Mosul as government security forces continue their military offensive to reclaim the city from so-called Islamic State (IS). Iraqi army forces have retaken western Mosul and encircled IS fighters in the Old City, a narrow maze of alleyways and location of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri. The mosque was destroyed on 21 June, blown up by IS according to Iraqi forces, to slow the advance of pro-government troops. IS claimed the mosque was destroyed in a US air raid. The ancient mosque was where in July 2014 IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi demanded allegiance, in his first and only public appearance, following the declaration days

  • Newspaper review: Security nightmare, Catholic housing

    A "security nightmare" dominates Tuesday's front pages. All the papers report on the prospect of a Linfield v Celtic match if Linfield make the Champions League qualifier at Windsor Park on 11 July. The News Letter reports that it would bring about 1,800 Celtic fans to Belfast at the same time that hundreds of Orange Order and loyalist band members travel from Scotland for the Twelfth. It's a headache for the PSNI, says the Belfast Telegraph, with tensions already "running high" at parades season. The papers report one option is switching the first leg of the two-match tie to Glasgow or arranging for the 11th night game to be at an earlier time. It's desperate times for Newry's Daisy Hill hospital,

  • London fire: Six questions for the investigation

    A total of 79 people are feared dead after a huge fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell tower block in west London, destroying 151 homes. Several questions emerged for the investigation into the disaster, some of which have been answered. 1. How did the fire start? Firefighters were called to Grenfell Tower at 00:54 BST on 14 June and the fire was brought under control at 01:14 BST the next day. The fire started in a Hotpoint fridge freezer and the government ordered immediate testing of the appliance. Police said the fire had not been started deliberately and the speed with which the fire spread was "unexpected". Fridge freezers and other electrical appliances are a relatively common cause of

  • London fire: Who are the victims?

    Inquests into the deaths of eight people confirmed to have died after the fire at Grefnell Tower have been announced. On Monday police said at least 79 people are believed to have died after the huge fire that engulfed the west London tower block. Some people are believed to have lost more than one family member. A further nine people are still in hospital, three of whom are in critical care. Those confirmed dead named so far Anthony Disson Anthony Disson was confirmed to have died by police on Monday. The 65-year-old retired lorry driver lived on the 22nd floor of Grenfell Tower. Mr Disson, who had lived in the property for eight years, phoned his son at 03:30 and said he was being told to stay

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