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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Dozens, including foreign mercenaries, killed in battle for key Yemen bases

Troops loyal to the Yemeni government in the city of Taiz.  /AP

Special to Mercenaries from the U.S. contractor formerly known as Blackwater were among the dozens killed in fierce fighting near the Yemeni city of Taiz. Killed in battle were an Australian mercenary and six Colombians hired by the UAE […]

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Why the rich Gulf states won’t take refugees

Gulf states have taken in thousands fleeing Syria's war, just not as refugees.

Special to Concerned they will be overwhelmed by the social and political impact of a huge influx of refugees, wealthy Gulf states are highly unlikely to change their practice of keeping asylum seekers out. The UN convention on refugees, […]

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