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Qatar’s foreign minister denies paying ransoms to militant groups

By Daniel Bases

PRINCETON N.J. (Reuters) – Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiya defended on Monday his government’s connections with armed militant groups in the Middle East and its involvement in negotiating the release of hostages but denied ever paying ransoms to secure their freedom.

“No, Qatar does not pay ransoms. Again, Qatar will not apologize for any soul or life we saved in Syria. If we can mediate to save another life we will do so,” al-Attiya said in response to a question from Reuters after giving a speech at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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Georgia eyes economic development, wary of Russia: deputy PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Ukraine crisis has refreshed Georgia’s wariness in dealing with Russia, its former Soviet master with whom it fought a five-day war in 2008 that left it with two breakaway regions loyal to Moscow, the country’s deputy prime minister said.

“But at the same time we need to be in line with the European policy of de-escalation in the region. De-escalation is the most important thing now,” Georgian Deputy Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

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      "I'm a New York-based global investment correspondent with over 20 years of experience covering financial markets, business and foreign policy. My current post lets me roam across all asset classes and geography, from the developed to the emerging markets. I've reported and taught business and economic journalism from Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Prior to joining Reuters I was a producer at CNN Business News in New York."
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