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Saudi shakeup: New king purges Abdullah’s sons from key security posts

Former National Security Adviser Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, left, and new King Salman.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia’s new king has launched a purge of the sons of his predecessor. Saudi King Salman has reshuffled the Cabinet and government in what appeared to be directed against his late brother. On […]

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Iran confirms: We ‘are directly supporting’ group that toppled pro-U.S. Yemen government

Shi'ite Houthi supporters demonstrators against the government in Sanaa, Yemen on Sept. 9, 2014. / Mohammed Huwais / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran has taken credit for the training and arming of Shi’ite rebels in Yemen. A senior military official said the Teheran regime has provided assistance to Ansar Allah, the Shi’ite rebel movement that toppled the […]

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Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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New Saudi king appoints young 2nd generation princes to key posts

Prince Mohammed, son of King Salman. / Hassan Ammar / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia’s new king has appointed a second-generation prince to the line of succession. King Salman has appointed Interior Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef as deputy crown prince. The position was seen as a […]

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Saudi King Abdullah was hands on until death; Salman, 80, backed by new Crown Prince Muqrin

King Salman, 80.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has lost its king at a time  of increasing tensions with Iran. Saudi King Abdullah died after being hospitalized for more than three weeks for what was termed pneumonia. The king, said […]

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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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Disappearance of Saudi King after 20-year reign sparks concerns on oil, stability

Saudi King Abdullah at an emergency session of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh, on Nov. 16. / SPA / AP Photo

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — The mysterious illness of Saudi King Abdullah has sparked concern within his country as well as abroad, a report said. The Institute for National Security Studies said the “prolonged hospitalization” of Abdullah, believed to […]

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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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Saudi King’s king’s pneumonia seen triggering ‘stormy succession battle’

Saudi King Abdullah at an emergency session of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh, on Nov. 16. / SPA / AP Photo

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Saudi King Abdullah, hospitalized for what was termed pneumonia, has been sidelined, a report said. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy asserted that the king, believed to be as old as 98, could be […]

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Saudi King stable after bout with pneumonia, readies succession

Saudi King Abdullah with then President George W. Bush in January 2008. / Eric Draper / White House

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi King Abdullah, who has been more than a week in the hospital, was reported to be battling pneumonia. The royal court has acknowledged that Abdullah was hospitalized because of difficulty in breathing. A […]

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