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Israel’s investment climate survives test of its new offshore gas resource potential

Gas rigs in Israel's offshore Tamar fields.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey The resignation of Prof. David Gilo as head of Israel’s Antitrust Authority is undoubtedly good news. His reneging last December on the agreement he had made with the natural gas companies Noble, Delek and […]

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Saudi intensifies air strikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen

Saudi warplanes.

Special to WorldTribune.com Saudi Arabia intensified its air campaign on Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen this week in some of the deadliest fighting since the start of the war. On May 28, Saudi coalition jets hit Houthis in Saada and […]

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Moroccan F-16 in Saudi-led mission said shot down over Yemen

Moroccan F-16.

Special to WorldTribune.com Houthi rebels claim tribesman shot down a Moroccan F-16 fighter that was part of a Saudi-led airstrike over Yemen on May 11. The F-16 reportedly went down during a strike on Houthi-controlled positions in Sanaa and was […]

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Iran ship defies U.S. request, enters Gulf of Aden en route to Yemen

Iran's Shahed, owned by  Valfajr Shipping Company, is officially said to be carrying 2,500 tons of humanitarian supplies. / Mahmoud Hosseini

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty An Iranian-flagged cargo ship that is bound for Yemen in defiance of U.S. warnings has entered the Gulf of Aden and is expected to reach port on May 21. The development […]

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U.S. warns Iran against sending ship to Yemen as Obama hosts Arab summit

The Iran-flagged Shahed cargo ship.

Special to WorldTribune.com As President Barack Obama convened a Camp David summit for “key Arab allies” in which only two Gulf leaders will attend, the Pentagon on May 13 urged Iran to change the course of a cargo ship said […]

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Saudis offer cease-fire in Yemen but vows retribution for attacks on border

Saudi soldiers at Yemen border. / Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Saudi Arabia said May 7 it is prepared to begin a five-day, renewable cease-fire in Yemen so that humanitarian aid can reach millions of civilians threatened by the conflict. The cease-fire […]

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Iranian warships reach Yemen as Saudis first suspend, and then continue air strikes

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is en route to the Gulf of Aden. / U.S. Navy

Special to WorldTribune.com Only hours after Saudi Arabia announced the conclusion of a month of daily air strikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, new strikes hit targets in Taiz, Yemen as a convoy of Iranian warship arrived in the […]

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U.S. warships head for Yemen but have no orders to block Iran arms shipments

The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt ener the Mediterranean Sea near the Rock of Gibraltar on March 31.  / U.S. Navy  /Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II /  Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Two warships joined seven other U.S. vessels in the Arabian Sea, to counter an Iranian convoy suspected of carrying weapons to Shi’ite Houthi rebels in violation of a UN arms embargo adopted last week. “We believe these […]

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Arab army chiefs reconvene on joint military force as Yemen crisis heats up

From left, Egypt's President Abdul Fatah Sisi, Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi last month in Egypt. / Mohamed Samaaha / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com As U.S. warships monitored an Iran convoy suspected of carrying arms to the Shi’ite Houthi militia in Yemen, the Gulf Arab state military chiefs were gathering in Cairo. The ostensible purpose of the meeting on April 22 […]

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Saudis reject talk of Yemen ceasefire as evidence cited Iran is backing insurgency

A girl runs for shelter during an air strike in Sanaa, Yemen on April 8. / Khaled Abdullah Ali / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com The coalition air strikes led by Saudi Arabia with U.S. assistance continued on April 12 with no indication a diplomatic settlement was near. “How can Iran call for us to stop the fighting in Yemen?” Saudi Foreign […]

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