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China's President Xi to visit North Korea on Thursday - state media

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit North Korea on Thursday for two days, China's state media announced on Monday.

‘We will protect our interests’

BEIJING: China’s foreign ministry said that it hopes the United States does not underestimate its determination to protect its interests, even as Washington threatened to extend tariffs to virtually all Chinese imports.

Russia delivers high-speed internet to islands disputed by Japan

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has established high-speed internet service on a chain of Pacific islands off its far eastern coast, state-run telecoms operator Rostelecom said on Tuesday, despite a decades-old dispute with Japan over the territory.

African leaders back Congo president-elect after contested poll

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's president elect Felix Tshisekedi received a chorus of congratulations from African leaders on Sunday and Monday in a growing sign that his disputed election win will not be questioned internationally.

Tribunal orders Panama canal construction group to pay back $848 million

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - The Panama Canal Authority said on Wednesday that an arbitration tribunal has ordered the construction consortium behind the waterway's expansion to pay back nearly $848 million (672.43 million pounds) to the canal authority.

Qatar asks for accountability in Khashoggi murder, sees no end to Gulf row

ROME (Reuters) - Qatar's foreign minister said on Thursday that "whoever is responsible" for the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi should be held accountable.

Qatar welcomes Twitter crackdown on bots used to attack country online

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar said on Wednesday it welcomed a recent drive by Twitter to remove millions of automated spam bots from its website, many of which it said were being used to attack it amid a protracted dispute with its neighbours.

Saudi Arabia says it is beacon of 'light' against Iran despite Khashoggi crisis

MANAMA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and key ally Bahrain said on Saturday that Gulf states are playing a critical role in maintaining stability in the Middle East by combating Iran's "vision of darkness", as Riyadh faces its worst political crisis in decades.

Amid Arab boycott, Qatar's new friends find rich openings

DOHA (Reuters) - Six months ago Serkan Ucar arrived in Doha to scope out business opportunities - away from his usual patch. The mission looks set to pay off handsomely, as the Turkish entrepreneur expects to win a first contract to help build an iconic 2022 World Cup stadium.

Qatar shows mettle, offers compromise as Gulf states prepare meeting

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar announced plans for a steep rise in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production capacity on Tuesday that suggested it was ready for a protracted dispute with Gulf neighbours, but Doha said it was doing all it could to reach agreement.