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Saudi companies fail to make payrolls, Gulf states weigh taxes as oil prices strain economies

Some Saudi Arabian construction companies are struggling to pay their staff on time.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Sinking oil prices are weighing heavily on Mideast economies. In Saudi Arabia, the construction sector has been hit hard by low oil prices as several firms with government contracts are failing to make payroll. The Riyadh government […]

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Morocco is in ‘complete solidarity’ with Saudi over Gulf region threats

Moroccan Foreign Minister

Special to WorldTribune.com Morocco on Feb. 10 signaled it stands with Saudi Arabia against threats in the Gulf region and backs the Saudi-led effort to “defend the legitmacy” of Yemen. “We are in complete solidarity with Saudi confronting any interference […]

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Iran’s IRGC chief: Saudis wouldn’t ‘dare’ send troops to Syria

Mohammad Ali Jafari / Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says Saudi Arabia lacks the courage to send ground troops to Syria. “They claim they will send troops [to Syria], but I […]

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Saudi Arabia and Turkey weigh military action in Syria

Saudi forces launch artillery at Houthi rebels in Yemen.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Saudi Arabia and Turkey are considering sending ground troops into Syria to support rebels fighting the Russia-backed Bashar Assad regime, analysts say. “The Saudis believe that the chance of a peaceful solution for the Syrian crisis is […]

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Saudis report 375 civilians have been killed near Yemen border

Saudi Patriot missiles, first used in the Gulf war, have been guarding the border with Yemen.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran-backed Houthi rebels and their allies have fired some 40,000 projectiles from Yemen into Saudi Arabia, killing at least 375 civilians, Saudi officials said on Feb. 1. On Feb. 1 alone, nearly 130 mortars and 15 missiles […]

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Nine Americans among terror suspects arrested by Saudis

Two people were killed and seven othrs injured in an attack against a Shiite mosque in Saudi eastern province on Jan. 29.  /Xinhua/AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Nine Americans were among a group of 33 terrorism suspects detained by Saudi Arabia over the past week. Four Americans were arrested on Jan. 25 and five others over the past four days, the Saudi Gazette newspaper […]

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Russia publicly endorses talks with OPEC on oil output cuts

A worker at the Imilorskoye oil field near Kogalym in Siberia. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russia for the first time publicly embraced talking to the OPEC oil cartel about jointly cutting global oil production by up to 5 percent to prop up collapsing oil prices. Russian […]

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Film: Late Saudi king’s Palestinian wife tells of abortions to prevent ‘little Arafats running around the palace’

The then-Prince Fahd with 'secret' wife Janan Harb at her Al Sharafiya Palace before her banishment in 1970.

Special to WorldTribune.com The story of the Saudi royal family is one of corruption, drugs, sex and gambling, according to a new documentary featuring the Palestinian ex-wife of Saudi King Fahd. In “The Weaknesses of King Fahd”, Janan Harb, who […]

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Analyst: Impossible for Saudis to destroy U.S. shale industry

Shale oil rig.

Special to WorldTribune.com Despite its best efforts, it is impossible for Saudi Arabia to destroy the “resilient” U.S. shale industry, an analyst said. Because of its mid-cost nature, compared to the high cost of conventional drilling, shale will rebound quickly, […]

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Kerry appears ill at ease in Riyadh where he sought to assure Gulf allies

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Jan. 23.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com In a visit intended to reassure America’s ally Saudi Arabia over Iran’s continued “interference” in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry instead appeared uneasy and defensive, reports said. Kerry met in Riyadh on Jan. […]

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