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Qatar changes PR tactics, but not its strategy

Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, with President Obama at the White House.

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Doha and Cairo. There was speculation in late 2014 that Qatar had begun to take a new strategic line, mending relations with Egypt, and that this could also push Turkey toward improving its […]

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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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Libya battles Qatar-backed rival government for control of oil revenues

Two rival governments are competing for control of Libya's oil income. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Libya has launched a war for control over the vast oil revenues. One of Libya’s two governments said it would block payment of oil revenues through bank accounts in Tripoli. The recognized government led by […]

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Congress checks administration’s impact on Mideast balance of power after ISIL surge

Officials acknowledged that Baghdad was to have deployed the first of 36 F-16 Block 52+ multi-role fighters in areas captured by ISIL.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States could slow down approval of weapons sales to the Middle East due to tensions between the Obama administration and Congress. Officials said new legislation passed by Congress would require the administration of […]

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Darfour attacks continue as Sudan’s Bashir defeats arrest order Security Council failed to enforce

Sudan's President Omar Bashir. / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The International Criminal Court, lacking cooperation by the United Nations, has shelved plans to prosecute Sudanese President Omar Bashir. ICC said the Security Council failed to pressure African and Middle East states to arrest Bashir, […]

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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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House weighs sanctions on Qatar, Turkey for financing Hamas

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Congress is considering sanctions on Qatar and Turkey for their support of Hamas. Two House subcommittees have urged the administration of President Barack Obama to conduct an investigation and take measures to stop Ankara and […]

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Rival Libyan governments fight to control border with Tunisia

Gen. Khalifa Haftar (4th from left) with Libyan army commanders in Benghazi on Dec. 3. / Stringer / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Libya’s rival governments, backed by different states in the region have been fighting for control over the border with Tunisia. A government led by Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thini has ordered military strikes near the […]

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

Vladimir Putin

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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