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U.S. plans ‘more prominent’ role for United Arab Emirates amid tensions with Saudis

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.  /AP/Susan Walsh

Special to ABU DHABI — The United States has intensified a defense dialogue with the United Arab Emirates. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama was focusing on expanding defense relations with the UAE amid the U.S. rift with Saudi Arabia. The officials said Washington was considering expanding the U.S. military presence in […]

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Sources: White House deliberately leaked photo of ill Saudi King with breathing tube

Aides stand outside the room where President Barack Obama was meeting with Saudi King Abdullah on March 28.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States is said to have disclosed that Saudi King Abdullah was dying. Diplomatic sources said the administration of President Barack Obama relayed a photograph that showed Abdullah with a breathing tube, Middle East Newsline reported. The sources said the photograph was taken by White House personnel during Obama’s […]

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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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