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Saudi opposition reports King Abdullah has terminal lung cancer

Saudi King Abdullah

Special to WASHINGTON — Saudi King Abdullah was said to be dying of cancer. An opposition research group said Abdullah was diagnosed with lung cancer. The Washington-based Institute for Gulf Affairs, quoting sources in Saudi Arabia and the United States, said Abdullah was told he could be dead by the end of 2014. “The [...]

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Report: Germany to turn down $25 billion tank deal with Saudis

Germany's Leopard-2A7 main battle tank

Special to LONDON — Germany was expected to reject a request by Saudi Arabia for hundreds of main battle tanks. A leading German newspaper said the Berlin government would not approve a Saudi request for up to 800 Leopard-2A7 MBTs. The newspaper, Bild, said the deal was opposed by leading members of the government [...]

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The difference a day makes: How Saudi students in the U.S. dealt with April 15, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombing

Special to By Tamara Zuniga-Brown Almost a million foreign students, the future leaders of their counties, are attending American universities. The following is the true story of how the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago today, on April 15, 2013, shocked a group of such students in southern California. “Lunch time!” a smiling Saudi [...]

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Saudi reinforces border with Yemen against Iran-backed Shi’ites

Saudi soldiers keep watch at Khoba, the frontline border with Yemen, January 27, 2010. Saudi Arabia declared victory over Yemeni Shi'ite rebels on Wednesday following a truce offer from the insurgents, who said they had withdrawn from all Saudi territory.          /Reuters/Fahad Shadeed

Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia is battling Iranian-backed Shi’ite fighters from Yemen. Saudi officials said security forces have been reinforced along segments of the 1,600 kilometer border with Yemen. The officials said fighters linked to the so-called Houthi movement were seeking to infiltrate the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom. “They are growing stronger [...]

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Mother of Saudi princesses: King, Obama turned deaf ear to their complaints about poverty

Princess Alanoud Al Fayez (center) married then Prince Abdullah in an arranged marriage when she as just 15. She bore him four daughters: Sahar, Maha, Hala and Jawaher who are now being held as prisoners in a compound in Jeddah.

Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi King Abdullah imprisoned his four daughters after they pleaded with their father to alleviate poverty in the Gulf Cooperation Council state. Abdullah’s ex-wife has disclosed that the king kept their daughters in confinement for 13 years. Al Anood Al Fayez, now in exile in London, said the daughters [...]

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U.S. exercise Desert-Hawk-3 aims to raise ‘readiness of Saudi forces’

Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia and the United States have launched a   military exercise. The two countries have conducted Desert Hawk-3 exercise in northwestern Saudi Arabia. Desert Hawk was deemed an army exercise meant to enhance combat skills and interoperability. “The goal of these drills is to raise readiness of the Saudi [...]

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Large numbers of Saudi fighters have returned from Syria after King’s offer

Maj. Gen. Mansour Al Turki.  /Reuters

Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi fighters have been returning in large numbers from the Sunni revolt in Syria. The Interior Ministry said at least 25 percent of Saudi fighters were leaving Syria for the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom. The ministry said some of the fighters, despite an amnesty offer, were wanted by Riyad [...]

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Qatar report charges Saudis destabilized nations revolutionized by ‘Arab Spring’


Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been identified as destabilizing Arab states. A Qatari think tank asserted that Abu Dhabi and Riyad were trying to stop the Islamic revolt throughout the Middle East. The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies said Saudi Arabia was alarmed by [...]

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Obama scrambles ahead of return visit to Saudi Arabia to offset ‘diplomatic disaster’

President Barack Obama meets with Saudi King Abdullah at Rawdat Khuraim, Saudi Arabia on March 28.  /AP

Special to WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has dismissed the prospect of a breakthrough with Saudi Arabia. Officials said Obama would visit Saudi Arabia on the night of March 28. The officials said the president cut short his visit to Riyad after King Abdullah rejected Obama’s request to convene a Gulf Cooperation Council summit [...]

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Russia, Saudi in talks for multi-billion gas reserves development

The Empty Quarter, also known as Rub Al Khali.

Special to ABU DHABI — Russia and Saudi Arabia have been negotiating a multi-billion-dollar project to develop natural gas reserves in the Gulf Arab kingdom. Officials said the state-owned Saudi Aramco was holding talks with Russia’s LukOil to develop gas reserves in Saudi Arabia. The officials said the kingdom’s Empty Quarter, despite a decade [...]

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