Egypt blocks several news sites including Jazeera

Jeddah: An outpour of criticism was unleashed via social and traditional media outlets in the Gulf after the official Qatar News Agency (QNA), carried comments attributed to the nation's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, said to have been made at a graduation ceremony of the national servicd (military conscription) where he has endorsed Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah.

Qatar said its news agency had been hacked, and that the report quoting the emir was fabricated.

A group of hackers allegedly broke into a Qatari state-run news site and published a fake article, quoting the emir as praising the country's "good relations" with Israel, Iran and the US.

Recently, Qatar issued a statement condemning "an orchestrated barrage of opinion pieces by anti-Qatar organizations" criticising it.

Amid the confusion, Qatar's Communications Office said the stories were completely baseless.

Meanwhile, Doha blamed unidentified hackers for taking control of QNA's website and publishing fake news.

Statements attributed to the Emir of Qatar condemned the accusations against Qatar as a country supporting terrorism, despite the country's continued efforts in fighting against the so called Islamic State (IS) organisation, and he added that "Iran represents a regional and Islamic weight that can not be ignored, and it is not wise to escalate against it", asserting that Iran "is a major force to ensure stability in the region".

Indy 500 pole sitter Dixon wary of Alonso threat
American Graham Rahal is now sponsored by Steak 'n Shake and has previously been sponsored by McDonald's. A Chip Ganassi Racing steering wheel like the one Scott Dixon will use when he races in the Indy 500 .

Fox removes report from website about murdered DNC staffer
Rich's family already sent a "cease-and-desist" letter to Wheeler through their lawyer, Joseph Ingrisano. Hannity stoked that speculation again Tuesday, promising an announcement about "my future at Fox".

Kushner's Cronyism: Trump's Son-in-Law Uses Corporate Connections To Secure Weapons For Saudis
The meeting will likely play a role in the USA federal government's investigation into Trump's suspected ties to Russian Federation .

The Arabic franchise of Sky News hosted numerous commenters overnight and into Wednesday to give their insight into the remarks, some attempting to paint the small gas-rich Gulf state as a close ally to Islamic extremists. The statement published has no basis whatsoever, and the competent authorities in the State of Qatar will hold all those (involved) accountable.

Qatar News Agency (QNA) confirming the hack on its Twitter account.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates even blocked the main website of Qatar's al-Jazeera television, which both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have often griped is critical of their governments.

Egypt did not block yet Al-Jazeera websites, but withdrew licenses of its offices in Egypt. In Saudi Arabia, internet users also found Al-Jazeera websites blocked with a warning from the kingdom's Culture and Information Ministry, according to the Saudi-owned satellite channel Al-Arabiya.

Saudi media slammed the alleged statement describing Shiite-dominated Iran as a "stability guarantor" in the region. A scrolling ticker at the bottom of the screen had the alleged fake remarks.

Trump met Sheikh Tamim and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders on his trip to Saudi Arabia on Saturday and Sunday, where he renewed his assertion that Iran was a leading state sponsor of terrorism.

(Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.)
 
Recommended

Mysterious Star Baffles Scientists, Resurrects Alien Debate
Now, the star is repeating its fading act, according to Jason Wright , an astronomer at Pennsylvania State University. After a period of inactivity, Twitter went into meltdown over the weekend after the star began dimming again.

Clarence Thomas Miraculously Joins Supreme Court Ruling Against North Carolina Gerrymandering
Now legal analysts say that the decision has thrown the door wide open for more lawsuits of partisan congressional district lines. Butterfield - was in the northeastern part of the state, with tendrils that captured black areas further south and west.

Djokovic upbeat despite yet another setback in Madrid
It was the first title of the season for the eighth-ranked Halep, who was the first player to make it to three Madrid finals. And Nadal was forced to save a break point in the final game with a drop shot Djokovic couldn't get back over the net.

China, DR Congo most affected by displacements in 2016
Yet more aid was spent previous year on refugee resettlement within donor countries than in the countries where displacement crises originate.

Floyd Mayweather '90%' sure that next fight will be against Conor McGregor
CONOR McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather seemed like a pipe dream a year ago but now the fight appears closer than ever to reality. But his plan now is to try to lure Mayweather out retirement for a superfight with McGregor.

Pence cites Trump's 'leadership' in commencement address
He concluded with, "The future is yours, go get it" and "God bless you and may God bless the United States of America". Thousands of students and faculty members signed a petition asking Notre Dame's president, the Rev.

Iran must never have nuclear weapons: Trump tells Netanyahu
Netanyahu played down what has appeared to be a violation of an intelligence-sharing agreement with his country, saying U.S. Still, the presidential visit is rich with symbolism, speaking volumes to followers of Middle East politics.

After Years in Captivity, Nigeria Welcomes Back Kidnapped Chibok Schoolgirls
Although the kidnapping of the Chibok girls caught global attention, Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of adults and children. He emphasized, though, that he considered all 82 of the girls to be his daughters "because majority worship in my church".

Amazon's 'live TV' plans for Europe
Apple and Facebook have been trying to get TV bundles together, but so far only YouTube done it, told Harrington to BBC. In some countries, consumer associations are asking cable and IPTV providers to offer à la carte, rather than bundles.

Rebel Wilson's defamation trial against publisher begins
The " Bridesmaids " actress is suing publisher Bauer Media over a series of articles that appeared in May 2015. She told reporters she had not been able to audition for movies because of her pending trial.

Ajax boss Peter Bosz takes fresh swipe at Jose Mourinho
The game against Palace is a mere inconvenience for Mourinho and his side. I arrived here in the past year , free, nobody knew me.

WhatsApp Users On Android Can Now Pin Important Chats
Unpinning a chat is just as easy, just long press on the contact again and unpin by tapping the pin icon on top. After doing so, a pin icon will appear on screen with an option to delete, mute or archive appearing.

Rain washes out NCAA women's golf play
Nick Hardy and Lipparelli birdied No. 14, and Hardy and Meyer birdied No. 15 to bring IL back into contention. Ole Miss posted its best round of the regional with a 6-under par 278 to finish fourth (2-over par 854).

Manchester will 'pull together as one' says Mourinho
The Premier League club, who face Ajax in the Swedish capital, cancelled their pre-match news conference as a mark of respect. Clinching a Champions League berth could also prove crucial if United were to attract Antoine Griezmann to Old Trafford .

Trump's food stamp cuts face hard sell in Congress
He noted that the proposal cuts "billions of dollars" from Medicaid , while also shifting greater responsibility to the states. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi branded the budget "a killer for the American people - literally a killer".


More News

News
More News