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UAE behind hacking of Qatari Media : Report

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WASHINGTON —  The United Arab Emirates reportedly hacked a Qatari news website in May and planted a false story, setting off a diplomatic crisis in the region.

A Washington Post report quotes unnamed US intelligence officials saying senior members of the Emirati government discussed the plan on May 23, the day before the alleged false story appeared.

On the following day, a story appeared on the Qatari News Agency’s website quoting a speech by Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in which he allegedly praised Iran and said Qatar has a good relationship with Israel.

The story — in which Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani praises Iran — was a pretext for the current crisis between Qatar and several Arab countries, the Post reports.

Similarly incendiary statements appeared on the news agency’s Twitter feed.

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Qatar quickly removed the article saying it was hacked. But Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt all blocked Qatari media and later severed diplomatic ties and imposed sanctions on Doha.

The countries accuse Doha of supporting terrorism, which it denies.

The Emirati Embassy in Washington released a statement in response to the Post report saying the UAE “had no role whatsoever” in the alleged hacking.

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Newly appointed guvs take oath of office and secrecy

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed governors of all seven provinces on Friday amid a special function at the official residence of the President, Shital Niwas.

All seven governors appointed as the ceremonial state heads by the incumbent government on Wednesday were sworn-in at 4:00 pm Friday in Sheetal Niwas, according to Keshav Ghimire, joint secretary at the Office of the President.

Thegovernment had appointed Prof Govinda Subba as governor of Province 1, Ratneshwar Lal Kayastha as governor of Province 2, Anuradha Koirala for 3, Baburam Kunwar for 4, Umakanta Jha for 5, Durga Khanal for 6 and Mohan Raj Malla for Province 7.

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Immediately after their sworn in by the president, the election body on Friday itself handed over the name lists of those elected to the provincial assemblies under the proportional representation (PR) category in the polls held November 26 and December 7.

As per the legal provisions, the election body needs to submit the name lists of members elected to the provincial assemblies to the governors within five days after announcing the poll results.

Before that, the EC had distributed the certificates to the winning candidates, paving the way for the formation of provincial assemblies and for conducting the upper house elections slated for February 7.

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