World Briefs: White House names new communications chief

White House names new communications chief

WASHINGTON • Ms Hope Hicks, 28, a key adviser to US President Donald Trump, has been named White House communications director, formally taking on one of the most powerful roles in Washington.

Ms Hicks - who had been acting director since the departure of Mr Anthony Scaramucci - confirmed her appointment via e-mail yesterday. The former model and public relations operative is known for her close ties with the Trump family.

She previously advised Ms Ivanka Trump and was spokesman for Mr Trump's presidential campaign.


No resolution as Qatar boycott hits 100th day

DOHA • As the boycott of Qatar by a Saudi-led bloc of countries approaches its 100th day today, experts have warned that the increasingly bitter dispute could last into next year and beyond.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut all ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of bankrolling extremists and being too close to Iran.

The crisis has also exposed the West's inability to resolve the conflict, despite the fact that all the states involved are Western allies and some host vital strategic assets, including the United States' largest Middle Eastern airbase.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe