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Concerned about rising energy consumption, Saudis bet billions on solar

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has been urged to invest in solar energy. A senior official said the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom must develop solar power to halt the depletion of hydrocarbon reserves. The official, Hamed Al […]

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New role for Saudi religious police: Targeting objectionable web sites

The religious police jailed an American woman in 2008 for sitting next to a male at a Starbucks in Riyadh.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia’s controversial religious police has been given a new role — to block the social media. Saudi sources said the religious police, formally the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, would be […]

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Poll of legal Gulf Arab residents negative to U.S., backs peace with Israel

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — A poll has reported that most Gulf Arab nationals support peace with Israel and oppose the United States. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy commissioned a poll in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United […]

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Gulf Arab allies ask U.S. to stop talking about their role in war on ISIL

Saudi jet fighters. / Fayez Nureldine / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has stopped providing details of Arab participation in the coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said Arab partners in the coalition against ISIL no longer wanted Washington to release […]

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Gulf states planning first major construction development since 2008

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Gulf Cooperation Council plans to launch an ambitious development plan, a report said. MEED Projects said that the six-member GCC would award $180 billion for construction in 2014. MEED said the development plan […]

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Saudi F-15s continuing air strikes on ISIL in Syria

Royal Saudi Air Force F-15.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has reported continued Saudi participation in air strikes on Syria. Officials said Saudi Arabia was a leading contributor to the U.S.-led air strikes on Iraq and Syria. The officials said the Royal […]

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Saudis launch U.S.-backed training for 5,000 Syrian rebels

The Saudi military has agreed to train up to 15,000 rebels for the war in Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has begun training Sunni rebels in the war against Syrian President Bashar Assad. Diplomatic sources said the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom has been hosting thousands of Sunni rebels for military training. The […]

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Saudis deploy U.S. copter fleet to secure Haj pilgrimage

S-92 multi-role helicopter.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has prepared its U.S. helicopter fleet to secure the latest Muslim pilgrimage. Officials said the Interior Ministry has ordered the deployment of the U.S.-origin S-92 multi-role helicopter, manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft. They […]

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ISIL threat at Mecca: Saudis complete exercise for upcoming pilgrimage

Muslim pilgrims gather atop Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the peak of the annual haj pilgrimage in 2013.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com from ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has completed a major security exercise for upcoming pilgrimages to Mecca. Officials said the Interior Ministry oversaw an exercise meant to enhance the security forces for the Haj pilgrimage in early […]

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Saudi plans network of solar energy plants in five provinces

Saudi Arabia is set to begin construction of the first of five new solar plants in 2015.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has drafted plans for a solar energy network. The state-owned King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy has overseen a project to construct solar energy plants in five provinces in the […]

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