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A month after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic, trade and transport ties with Qatar, accusing it of backing terrorism, it is suffering from isolation but is nowhere near an economic crisis.

Qatar Airways is to press on with plans to build a stake of up to 4.75 percent in American Airlines (AAL.O) in the near future, despite the "categorical" opposition of the U.S. company's management, Qatar Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker said on Thursday.

The Syrian army said on Monday it would suspend combat operations in southern Syria until Thursday to help a new round of peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana.

The army general command said in a statement carried on state television the ceasefire began at midday (0900 GMT) on Sunday and was to support "reconciliation efforts", in the second such unilateral ceasefire in the last two weeks.

John Kerry has rejected any Israeli criticism that he took a bad decision when recognizing the new coalition government in Palestine. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Tuesday he was « deeply troubled » by the decision. The new Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, has said his cabinet is committed to all previous agreements with Israel, and would continue « programmes of peace » aimed at establishing an independent Palestinian state.

« The Middle East is on fire ». It is increasingly difficult to know where to turn at a moment when hostilities are again on the rise everywhere, and it seems like no one is innocent in the massacres.

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