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Saudi Arabia May Take More Measures Against Iran: Foreign Minister

ABU DHABI, Jan 10 – Saudi Arabia may take further measures against Iran after cutting ties with its regional rival this week, the Saudi foreign minister said on Saturday, in a major row over the kingdom’s execution of a Shiite Muslim cleric. Adel Al Jubeir’s comments came in a press conference after an extraordinary meeting

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Bahraini Coalition Jet Participating in Yemen Campaign Crashes

DUBAI, Dec 30 – A Bahraini F-16 jet taking part in a mostly Gulf Arab military campaign in Yemen crashed in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, according to a coalition statement on the Saudi state news agency. The pilot survived after the plane suffered a technical fault and came down in the Jizan region, the

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Saudi Announces 34-state Muslim Military Alliance Against Terrorism

By Noah Browning DUBAI, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA. “The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism,

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Two Senior Gulf Commanders Killed in Yemen

DUBAI, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Two senior army commanders from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were killed along with two Saudi soldiers in Yemen as fighting with a Houthi militia flared before Tuesday’s expected peace talks, state media reported on Monday. Sultan Mohammed Ali al-Kitbi, an Emirati officer, was killed near Taiz, state

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Gulf States Call for Yemen Reconstruction Meeting

RIYADH, Dec 10 – Gulf Arab states called on Thursday for an international reconstruction conference for Yemen after any deal to end its civil war, which has killed 6,000 people and caused widespread damage to the country’s economy and infrastructure. The call came in a statement by Gulf Cooperation Council leaders at the conclusion of

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Food For Thought

New government regulations to curb price hikes in the UAE markets BY Anna Yazijyan Food prices are expected to drop in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a new federal regulation that should be implemented shortly, according to traders well informed. “I think we should see the [food] prices go down soon,” Essa Al Ghurair,

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First Among Equals

BY Omar Mohamed THE ANCIENT Chinese philosopher Mencius once said,  “A state without an enemy or external peril is absolutely doomed.” Today, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is not faced with one enemy but a growing number of enemies. We have had to rethink our security architecture, our allies, and our integration in the wake

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The Loss of Yemen

The Tragic state of a Great Nation  By Tamara Khamis Once known as the Arabia Felix, Yemen has now been reduced to a place of regional armed conflict, rebel fighting and destruction. The relatively vibrant life that once filled the streets of the capital has been replaced with fear, violence and an eerie silence. The

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Arab Youth, Arab Fathers: H.E. Sheikh Nahyan on Parenting

An Arab father imparts his thoughts BY H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan IN ALL CULTURES, fathers are important figures. In our region especially, children are expected to listen to their wisdom so that they may be guided toward more fulfilling lives. These days, I suspect that many a father in our region is uncertain about

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“This region is not on my agenda. It is my agenda.”

“It is a common mistake among some Arab leaders to listen to their own voice.” By: Mohammad Salman Iqbal/Leila Hatoum IN 2004, one man stood firm in urging Arab leaders to introduce reforms within their states. Memorably, he advised them to “change or you will be changed eventually.” Six years later, a wave of national uprisings

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