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Thou shalt not use thy neighbor’s WiFi: Dubai authorities issue fatwa

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Special to WorldTribune.com In Dubai, it is against Islamic Law to covet your neighbor’s WiFi. Dubai’s Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department recently published a fatwa (Muslim religious ruling) forbidding Muslims from using open WiFi networks without permission, the Associated […]

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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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UAE’s new ‘Minister of Happiness’ one of 8 women in cabinet

UAE Minister of Happiness Ohood Al Roumi

Special to WorldTribune.com The United Arab Emirates has named an official “Minister of Happiness” who will be tasked with creating “social good and satisfaction.” UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid appointed Ohood Al Roumi to the post as he […]

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Obama lectures Arab leaders on importance of being ‘responsive’ to citizens

Emirati officials watch U.S. President Barack Obama's keynote address at the opening ceremony of the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Those gathered for the World Government Summit in Dubai offered no immediate solutions to the crises gripping the region, like low global oil prices, global warming and the rise of violent extremism. But all acknowledged that keeping government responsive to its citizens remains crucial. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Special to WorldTribune.com The U.S. president, who many critics say would rather be on the golf course than dealing with his constituents, gave Arab leaders a lecture on Feb. 8 on the importance of being “responsive” to their citizens. “As […]

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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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Gulf States jointly condemn ‘Iranian interference’ in Saudi affairs

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir speaks to reporters following a GCC extraordinary session.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Sunni Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf have expressed support for Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic row with Iran, condemning what they described as Iranian interference in Riyadh’s internal affairs. […]

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Gulf states helping secure Saudi border with Yemen

F-16 fighter jet has crashed onear border region Jizan while its pilot survived. (Photo supplied to Al Arabiya News Channel

Special to WorldTribune.com Some 1,000 troops from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have been deployed to Saudi Arabia. The troops, mostly from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, were sent to Saudi’s southern border with Yemen for a border security […]

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UAE, Bahrain, Sudan join Saudi in curbing ties to Iran

Smoke rises as Iranian protesters set fire to the Saudi embassy in Teheran on Jan. 3.

Special to WorldTribune.com Bahrain and Sudan on Jan. 4 followed Saudi Arabia’s lead in cutting diplomatic ties with Iran. United Arab Emirates said it would also downgrade its ties to Teheran. The escalating tensions between Saudi and Iran came after […]

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Arabs aren’t fighting ISIL and here’s why

Emirati pilots at an air base in Jordan.

Special to WorldTribune.com Arab states are mostly “laying low” in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) for a few main reasons, analysts say. While several states are part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels […]

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Arab coalition prepares for tough ground war in Yemen

UAE soldiers unload a military plane military plane at the airport of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com A Saudi-led coalition force of 4,000 troops is preparing for what is expected to be a grueling ground war against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. UAE Brig. Gen. Nasser Mushabab Al Otaibi is leading the combined land […]

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