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Border alert — Saudi Arabia: Military expands buffer zone with Iraq

Saudi border guards in training exercise. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has expanded a buffer zone along the kingdom’s border with Iraq. Officials said the Saudi military has overseen the establishment of a security barrier to protect against Islamic insurgency infiltration along the […]

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The path to happiness for new EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini

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Special to WorldTribune.com New age religion: The road to universal happiness passes through the creation of the Palestinian State. By Alexander Maistrovoy Right after taking office, Federica Mogherini, the new EU foreign minister, said she “would be happy if by […]

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Role of Gulf state pilots said marginal to ineffective in war on ISIL

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

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Gulf Arab partners have conducted a tiny portion of air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said Arab partners have conducted less than 15 percent of air strikes on ISIL in Iraq […]

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War Council: U.S. plots an expansion of the war on ISIL at ‘historic’ gathering

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States is working to expand coalition operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The military’s Central Command has launched a military planning conference to determine doctrine and methods to defeat ISIL in […]

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As global demand drops, Saudis increase oil output

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has increased crude oil production amid the lowest oil prices since 2010. Data released in Riyad and Europe showed that Saudi Arabia has not reduced crude output in late 2014. The Paris-based […]

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Saudi culture minister fired after challenging Wahabi elite

Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — On Nov. 5, Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja was fired hours after he announced the closure of an anti-Shi’ite Wahabi television channel amid a purported Wahabi attack on a Shi’ite mosque. Khoja […]

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Saudi weapons deal with Lebanon seeks to restrict platforms from dominant Hizbullah

Lebanon's President Michel Sleiman, left, and Saudi's Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Saudi Arabia has decided to launch a $3 billion military aid program to Lebanon. Saudi sources said the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom would sign an agreement to procure up to $3 billion in weapons and […]

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ISIL Internet sites threaten American schools, teachers in Gulf

Twitter images uploaded by ISIL supporters.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has threatened the U.S. presence in the Gulf. The U.S. Navy said ISIL could attack Americans and Western facilities in the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation […]

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Saudis convict terror cell plotting attacks on U.S. forces

The al-Udeid U.S. air base south of Doha. / Rabih Moghrabi / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Qatar has been linked to a plot to attack U.S. military forces in the Gulf. A court in Saudi Arabia convicted and sentenced 13 people alleged to have formed an Al Qaida cell. The […]

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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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