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Arab summit announces joint military for action in Libya, Yemen

Egypt's President al-Sisi welcomes Saudi King Salman for the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says Arab leaders have agreed in principle to create a joint military force. Sisi said on March 29 that the force was needed because of the […]

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Kerry seeks to calm Saudis, Gulf leaders on imminent Iran deal

Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal before a meeting with King Salman on March 5. / Evan Vucci

Special to WorldTribune.com U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lobbied Gulf Arab leaders today on behalf of the Obama administration’s upcoming rapproachement with Iran. Subsequent statements by Saudi leaders indicated they remain skeptical of U.S. intentions and are concerned about […]

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Reports: Saudis might help Israel attack Iran

Israeli F-15 fighter jets refuel in the Negev desert. /Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Amid the drama of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to Washington, another element of a major story has been overlooked. Arab governments share Israel’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program but also intensely feel the implications of […]

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Wary Gulf states see war on ISIL as U.S. collaboration with Iran

The UAE has halted combat air missions against ISIL in both Iraq and Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates has ended its participation in U.S.-led air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials acknowledged that Abu Dhabi halted combat air missions against ISIL in both Iraq and Syria […]

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ISIL advances on Baghdad airport, fires at civilian airliners

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Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, stuck on the ground in much of the north, has begun firing at civilian aircraft around the Iraqi capital. Iraqi sources said ISIL fighters were firing at civilian aircraft […]

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New cyber-attacks in United Arab Emirates demand ransoms

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has been targeted by cyber-attackers who were demanding ransom. A UAE company has warned of a new type of cyber-attack on the emirates as well as other members of the […]

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BP plans major investment to double Egypt’s gas reserves

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — A Western energy major plans massive investment in Egypt by 2020. BP has disclosed plans to invest more than $12 billion in Egypt by the end of the decade in an effort to double natural […]

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Gulf Arab oil states plan to slash energy investment

Qatar has already halted development of its North Field gas project, while parliament has blocked massive programs in Kuwait.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Gulf Cooperation Council is preparing to significantly reduce its energy investment for the rest of the decade. The Arab Petroleum Investment Corp. assessed that every GCC energy producer planned to slash investment in […]

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#5 — Saudi dissident: Royal family members were paid millions for family intel

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TOP 2014 STORIES Special to WorldTribune.com, Aug. 20 LONDON — The Saudi royal family is said to have been engaged in regional bribery. A leading anonymous Saudi dissident, known only as Mujtahidd, asserted that senior Saudi officials as well as […]

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Crash of United Arab Emirates plane in Egypt not tied to joint strikes in Libya

Militants in truck mounted with anti-aircraft guns at Tripoli airport in August.   Hamza Turkia / Xinhua Press / Corbis

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has confirmed the crash of a military aircraft in Egypt. The UAE military said an unidentified aircraft crashed in Egypt and four crew members were killed. In a statement on […]

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