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Democrats face test on U.S. Mideast policy, and their actions will be recorded for posterity

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 By Adam Turner I don’t envy the position of sensible Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate these days. As Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said recently – the world is on fire – and President Obama and […]

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Saudi coalition’s air strikes in Yemen condemned by Iran/Iraq, praised by U.S./UK/Turkey

Yemenis search through rubble near Sanaa Airport, Yemen following air strikes by the Saudi coalition.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has praised military action against Yemen’s Houthi rebels in a phone call with Gulf Arab foreign ministers, while Iran and Iraq condemned the air strikes. […]

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A list of basic unanswered questions about Iran

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Sol W. Sanders Why is one of the world’s poorest countries [40 percent living in poverty, halfway down on list of countries in per capita GDP] building capital-intensive nuclear power facilities? Iran has the third largest oil and the second […]

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U.S. warns Americans in Saudi Arabia, closes embassy

The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. / Getty

The U.S. embassy in Riyadh closed its offices today and warned Americans in the country to be on alert. A statement on its website said consular services had been cancelled in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran on March 16, and that […]

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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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Obama’s allies in the Middle East are America’s enemies

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Alexander Maistrovoy During a recent visit to Cairo, Vladimir Putin was received with imperial honors. The streets of Cairo were decorated by giant portraits of the Russian ruler. Egyptian jets accompanied the Putin’s aircraft in the […]

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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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The Indian Ocean emerging as central nexus of 21st century geopolitics

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Dr. Assad Homayoun The Indian Ocean has already become the key focus of the global strategic and commercial contest for the 21st Century. The realization is slowly dawning in Europe and the Americas that this is […]

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Concerned about Saudi military ties, U.S. focuses on inexperienced prince with huge defense budget

Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman is the son of new King Salman.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States is trying to determine whether military cooperation with Saudi Arabia will change under King Salman, a report said. The Brookings Doha Center asserted that the rise of King Salman has raised the […]

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