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Merkel government approves Arab arms exports

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the late Saudi King Abdullah on May 25, 2010. / dpa

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany has approved the delivery of combat platforms to Arab militaries. The Federal Security Council has endorsed a recommendation by the government to export a range of combat platforms and equipment to Egypt, Kuwait and […]

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Kuwait foils attack on large oil tanker by Somali pirates

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Kuwait has foiled a pirate attack against a huge oil tanker in the Gulf. Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. said one of its vessels came under attack from pirates during a voyage to Djibouti. The […]

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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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As oil prices drop, so do Standard and Poor ratings for Gulf states

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Two Gulf Cooperation Council states have dropped in ratings by a leading U.S. agency. Standard and Poor’s lowered the outlook of Saudi Arabia from positive to stable amid the decline in crude oil prices and […]

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Holiday cheer here, but gloom in Russia, as fuel prices dip and Obamacare Grinch lurks

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The precipitous fall in petroleum prices has brought an unexpected holiday season bonus to oil and gasoline consumers throughout North America. And it’s not a moment too soon that the […]

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Report: Arab states not buying U.S. idea that they would fight ISIL

The question of who will fight ISIL awaits an answer.

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Arab states were not expected to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, a report said. The Al Quds Center for Political Studies asserted that Arab League members were unlikely to agree to form a […]

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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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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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Poll of legal Gulf Arab residents negative to U.S., backs peace with Israel

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — A poll has reported that most Gulf Arab nationals support peace with Israel and oppose the United States. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy commissioned a poll in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United […]

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Gulf states planning first major construction development since 2008

Kuwait / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Gulf Cooperation Council plans to launch an ambitious development plan, a report said. MEED Projects said that the six-member GCC would award $180 billion for construction in 2014. MEED said the development plan […]

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