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The path to happiness for new EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini


Special to 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 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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UAE bans Obama-aligned CAIR, 86 insurgency groups with ties to Brotherhood

CAIR's Nihad Awad, left, and Corey Saylor at a press conference.

Special to ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has banned scores of insurgency groups, many of them affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood or Hizbullah. The exception was the Palestinian movement Hamas, deemed a branch of the Egyptian-based Brotherhood. […]

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


Special to 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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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 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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United Arab Emirates sets sights on a mission to Mars


Special to ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has signed an accord to send the first Arab spacecraft to Mars. The UAE Space Agency and the Emirates Institute for Advanced Science and Technology inked a seven-year accord to […]

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Peace now? UAE orders $2.5 billion worth of armored vehicles from U.S.

U.S. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates has requested a huge amount of advanced armored personnel carriers from the United States as security threats in the Gulf region intensify with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq […]

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Egypt gets ‘appropriate’ price for 65 percent of its fuel from UAE

UAE tanker

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has signed an agreement that makes it dependent on fuel from the United Arab Emirates. The UAE has been deemed a leading ally of Egypt and over the last year relayed more than $5 […]

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IISS: The U.S. withdrawal from Gulf led to Mideast cold war, rise of ISIL

Toby Dodge

Special to ABU DHABI — The United States decision to withdraw from the Gulf has had major consequences, a leading analyst said. A senior fellow of the International Institute of Strategic Studies said that Washington decided to reduce its […]

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U.S. confirms Egypt, UAE carried out air strikes on Libyan militias

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.  /AFP/Paul J. Richards

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has identified the United Arab Emirates as being behind air strikes on Libya. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama determined that the UAE Air Force operated fighter-jets in attacks on […]

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