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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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Qatar’s anti-terror laws ‘appear robust but almost never enforced’

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — Congress has been told that Qatar consistently refused to enforce laws meant to stop funding to Al Qaida and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A leading counter-insurgency analyst told the House that Qatar […]

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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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Young Qataris’ luxury cars sport ISIL logo as emirate hides role in allied war effort

There is no shortage of luxury cars in Qatar.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Qatar has been concealing its role in the U.S.-led war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Diplomatic sources said Qatar has imposed an embargo on all information regarding its participation in the U.S.-led […]

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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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