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Putin says West hypocritical in war on terrorism
Russian president Vladimir Putin last week once again criticized Western governments over their approach in the fight against terrorism. Speaking to foreign lawmakers in the Russian city of Sochi, Putin said certain Western governments had adopted double standards toward the issue of terrorism and specifically criticized that some of their efforts are meant to destabilize the Middle East and North Africa.
Ex-Qatari official says UAE planned invasion
Qatar's former deputy prime minister Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah recently said the UAE had planned to invade Qatar. He said the UAE had hired a "Blackwater-linked" private security contractor to train thousands of mercenaries for its invasion plan. However, he said the plan was never carried out because US President Donald Trump didn't give the green light to it. Some believe the revelation can deepen the fault lines in a Middle East that were opened in the wake of a recent Saudi diplomatic row with Qatar.