Protests against Qatar at UN in New York

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Protesters are seen holding anti-Qatar banners in New York on Tuesday against Qatar’s support for terrorism. (Photo courtesy: social media)
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Protesters are seen holding anti-Qatar banners in New York on Tuesday against Qatar’s support for terrorism. (Photo courtesy: social media)
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Protesters are seen holding anti-Qatar banners in New York on Tuesday against Qatar’s support for terrorism. (Photo courtesy: social media)
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Protesters are seen holding anti-Qatar banners in New York on Tuesday against Qatar’s support for terrorism. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 20 September 2017
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Protests against Qatar at UN in New York

NEW YORK: Hundreds of banner-waving protesters took part in a demonstration in New York on Tuesday against Qatar’s support for terrorism and the presence of the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, at the UN General Assembly.
The protesters, from US organizations and the Arab community, formed a group called the Independence Front. They offered their support to European cities hit by terrorism, such as Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, and Barcelona, which they blamed on Qatar.
The group called for global action against Qatari leaders and other senior figures, and for the freezing of their assets in American and European banks.
The protesters expressed their support for the action of the Anti-Terror Quartet of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain in severing diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposing a trade and travel boycott, and they urged all UN member countries to take similar actions.
The group called on UN President Donald Trump to stop dealing with the former Qatari emir, Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani, and his former foreign minister, and to end the expansion of deviant and extremist thought supported by Qatar and Sheikh Tamim.
They also asked the US president not to allow Qatar to hide behind its financial investments in America and Europe, and to use the proceeds to support and fund terrorism.


China air force circles Taiwan in latest military drill

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China air force circles Taiwan in latest military drill

BEIJING: Chinese aircraft flew around self-ruled Taiwan on Thursday, China’s air force said, the latest in a series of exercises Taiwan has described as military intimidation.
Taiwan, claimed by Beijing as Chinese territory, is one of China’s most sensitive issues and a potential military flashpoint.
Over the past year or so, China has ramped up military drills around democratic Taiwan, including flying bombers and other military aircraft around the island.
The Chinese air force said in a statement it scrambled fighter jets, early warning aircraft, reconnaissance planes and H-6K bombers from multiple airports for “combat military drills” on Thursday.
The air force said its H-6K bombers had conducted numerous drills circling Taiwan since April 18 “to improve its ability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said it sent planes and ships to monitor the activity and ensure its maritime and airspace security, and there were no “abnormal situations.”
China’s hostility toward the island has grown since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party.
China has been issuing increasingly strident calls for Taiwan to toe the line, even as Tsai has pledged to maintain the status quo and keep the peace.
On Wednesday, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said drills near Taiwan were designed to send a clear message to the island, and China would take further steps if Taiwan independence forces persisted in doing as they pleased.
Last week, China conducted live-fire drills along its southeast coast and its air force said it flew H-6K bombers around Taiwan, prompting Taiwan to say China’s exercises amounted to military intimidation.