Qatar dialogue

DUBAI – The four Arab countries that have cut ties with Qatar — Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates — said they were ready for talks to tackle the dispute if Doha showed willingness to deal with their demands.

Somalia ambush

MOGADISHU – Fighting between al Shabaab fighters and Somali Government troops and African Union peacekeepers killed 24 people on Sunday, a regional official said, with the Islamist militants putting the death toll higher. Al Shabaab ambushed a convoy carrying troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) early on Sunday.

Sadr rare visit

DUBAI – Iraq’s influential Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr made a rare visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, where he met the powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah and discussed issues of common interest, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

Jail term upheld

TEL AVIV – An Israeli military appeal court upheld a manslaughter conviction and 18-month jail sentence for a former army conscript Elor Azaria, who killed an incapacitated Palestinian assailant in the occupied West Bank in March 2015.

Policeman killed

DUBAI – A Saudi police officer was killed and six others wounded when a patrol came under attack in the town of Awamiya in eastern Saudi Arabia on Sunday morning, the interior ministry said.

Istanbul rally

ISTANBUL – Thousands of people rallied in Turkey’s largest city on Sunday against security measures Israel has imposed at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, shortly after Israel removed other measures that led to two weeks of violent Palestinian protests.

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