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D- The Qatari emir says that the US pres­i­dent has of­fered to hold a meet­ing at his re­treat in Camp David to put an end to the Gulf diplo­matic cri­sis.

Speak­ing to the US tele­vi­sion pro­gramme 60 Min­utes, Sheikh Tamim Bin Ha­mad Al Thani said Trump plans to bring the Gulf neigh­bours to­gether in a bid to to me­di­ate in the dis­pute.

Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar on June 5 and im­posed a land, sea and air em­bargo, ac­cus­ing it of sup­port­ing "ter­ror­ism".

Doha ve­he­mently de­nies the alle- gation and has re­peat­edly called for an "un­con­di­tional di­a­logue based on mu­tual re­spect for sovereignty".

"It is true he [Trump] sug­gested that we come," Sheikh Tamim told CBS News' 60 Min­utes. "I told him straight away, 'Mr Pres­i­dent we are very ready, I've been ask­ing for di­a­logue from day one'."


When asked by host Char­lie Rose about the blockad­ing coun­tries' re­ac­tion, the emir replied: "It was sup­posed to be very soon, this meet­ing, but I don't have any re­sponses."

Trump has pre­vi­ously said he sup­ported the me­di­a­tion ef­forts of Kuwait, but if that did not man­age to re­solve the Gulf cri­sis, he would be "will­ing to be a me­di­a­tor".

Sheikh Tamim's full in­ter­view with 60 Min­utes will be broad­cast tonight at 23:00 GMT.

It took place in the Qatari cap­i­tal of Doha in early Oc­to­ber, a few weeks af­ter the emir and the US pres­i­dent met on the side­lines of the 72nd United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly in New York.

Speak­ing to re­porters af­ter their meet­ing on Septem­ber 19, Trump called Sheikh Tamim a "long-time friend" and said he had "a very strong feel­ing" that the Gulf cri­sis "will be solved pretty quickly".

For his part, Sheikh Tamim said Doha and Wash­ing­ton had "a very strong re­la­tion­ship" - Qatar is home to the largest US mil­i­tary base in the Mid­dle East.

He also said that he be­lieved Trump's "in­ter­fer­ence will help a lot" in the dis­pute.

In his in­ter­view with Rose, the Qatari emir also said he is wor­ried about chaos in the Mid­dle East if the Gulf diplo­matic cri­sis con­tin­ues to es­ca­late.

"I'm fear­ful that if any­thing hap­pens, any mil­i­tary act hap­pens, this re­gion will be in chaos," said Sheikh Tamim.

Mueller files first charges in US probe on Rus­sia med­dling

- A Wash­ing­ton grand jury on Fri­day ap­proved the first charges in the probe led by in­de­pen­dent pros­e­cu­tor Robert Mueller, CNN re­ported, cit­ing sources briefed on the mat­ter.

The ap­proval of the charges -- de­tails of which re­main un­clear -- would mark a ma­jor step for­ward in the sweep­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into po­ten­tial links be­tween Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump's cam­paign and Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 US pres­i­den­tial vote.

A fed­eral judge or­dered that the charges stay sealed, the ca­ble news net­work said, re­port­ing that any­one charged could be taken into cus­tody as early as to­mor­row.


First charges filed in US spe­cial coun­sel's Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion

A fed­eral grand jury on Fri­day ap­proved the first charges in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged Rus­sian med­dling in the 2016 US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, a source briefed on the mat­ter told Reuters.

The in­dict­ment was sealed un­der or­ders from a fed­eral judge so it was not clear what the charges were or who the tar­get was, the source said, adding that it could be un­sealed as early as to­mor­row.

The fil­ing of charges by the grand jury in Wash­ing­ton was first re­ported on Fri­day by CNN, which said the tar­get could be taken into cus­tody as soon as to­mor­row. US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies con­cluded in Jan­uary that Rus­sia in­ter­fered in the elec­tion to try to help Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­feat Demo­cratic can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton through a cam­paign of hack­ing and re­leas­ing em­bar­rass­ing emails, and dis­sem­i­nat­ing pro­pa­ganda via so­cial me­dia to dis­credit her cam­paign. In­de­pen­dent

Barack Obama called for jury duty in Illi­nois

- Barack Obama has ful­filled his civic duty as pres­i­dent. Now comes another role as a cit­i­zen: jury duty.

Cook County Chief Judge Ti­mothy Evans told county com­mis­sion­ers Fri­day that Obama has been sum­moned for jury duty next month in Illi­nois, ac­cord­ing to CNN af­fil­i­ate WLS. Obama plans to serve as ju­ror, ac­cord­ing to WLS. CNN has reached out to Obama's rep­re­sen­ta­tive but has not heard back. The for­mer pres­i­dent lives in Wash­ing­ton, but main­tains a home in Chicago. With a Har­vard Law School de­gree, ex­pe­ri­ence teach­ing law and eight years as com­man­der in chief, he is a pretty de­cent can­di­date for jury duty.

Aus­tralia ap­points act­ing PM while he trav­els amid cit­i­zen­ship cri­sis

Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull ap­pointed For­eign Min­is­ter Julie Bishop as act­ing prime min­is­ter yes­ter­day while he trav­els abroad af­ter a cit­i­zen­ship cri­sis ousted his deputy and cost his gov­ern­ment its par­lia­men­tary ma­jor­ity. Turn­bull had been sched­uled to fly to Is­rael on Fri­day for a week-long visit but was un­able to leave with­out an act­ing prime min­is­ter in place. His de­par­ture has been de­layed un­til to­mor­row, he told me­dia in Syd­ney yes­ter­day. "It's very im­por­tant to recog­nise that con­trary to some of the dra­matic spec­u­la­tion in the me­dia, that the gov­ern­ment has a ma­jor­ity in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives," Turn­bull said.

US Sec­re­tary of De­fense Jim Mat­tis

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