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Arab leaders air deep differences during summit

Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani fired back on Tuesday at attempts to put pressure on Qatar.
Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani fired back on Tuesday at attempts to put pressure on Qatar.Stephanie McGehee /Reuters

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KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Arab leaders openly feuded over the region’s most intractable problems at their annual summit on Tuesday, particularly the inability to resolve Syria’s civil war and anger at Qatar for its support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

A day of speeches at an opulent Kuwaiti royal palace painted a picture of an Arab leadership crippled by divisions.

The Arab world’s latest fault lines are surfacing three years after Arab Spring revolts swept the region, removing autocratic leaders in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia and collapsing into interminable war in Syria. The revolts empowered Islamist groups, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, though the group is now reeling after Egypt’s military last summer removed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

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