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Gulf Arab Row Rattles Trump’s Anti-Iran Axis

By Sylvia Westall and Tom Finn DUBAI/DOHA, May 31 – Just 10 days after President Donald Trump called on Muslim countries to stand united against Iran, a public feud between Qatar and some of its Gulf Arab neighbours is jolting his attempt to tip the regional balance of power against Tehran. Saudi Arabia and the

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Descendants of Saudi Wahhabism Founder Distance Themselves from Qatar

DUBAI, May 28 – Descendents of the founding father of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi brand of Islam have sought to distance themselves from Qatar’s ruling family, according to a statement published on Sunday, in a further sign of a rift among Gulf Arab states. In the front-page statement, Saudi Arabia’s Okaz newspaper said that 200 descendents

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Iran’s Rouhani Calls for Better Gulf Ties in Call with Qatar Emir

DUBAI, May 28- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for improved relations with Gulf Arab countries during a telephone call with the emir of Qatar, which has come under fire from its Gulf neighbours over its relationship with Tehran. Iran and the Gulf Arab states are backing opposing sides in the Syrian and Yemen

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Behind the Scenes: The Saudi-U.S. Arms Deal

Has Trump taken credit for Obama’s weapons’ sales? By Awad Mustafa The single largest military deal in American history signed on Saturday, May 20th in Riyadh may have appeared as a foreign policy coup for U.S. President Donald Trump. However the deal was a coup for Saudi Arabia as its military has been undergoing a major

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Trump’s Encounter With Glowing Orb Sets Alight Social Media

May 22 – Images of U.S. President Donald Trump placing his hands on a glowing orb has set alight the internet, prompting comparisons to science fiction and fantasy villains. The pictures were taken while Trump – on a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe – along with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and

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Trump to Visit Israel in Search of Revived Peace Process

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason RIYADH, May 22 – After an exhausting two days in Saudi Arabia, U.S. President Donald Trump travels to Israel on Monday, attempting to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process with visits to Jerusalem and the West Bank. Over two days, Trump is to meet separately with both Israeli Prime

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Trump: People in the Middle East have Borne the Brunt of Terrorism

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason RIYADH, May 21 – U.S. President Donald Trump called on Arab leaders to do their share to fight “Islamist extremism” on Sunday in a speech that put the burden on the region to combat militant groups while urging unity among religions. In his much-awaited speech in Saudi Arabia on

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Senior Hezbollah Official Calls U.S. Administration “Mentally Impeded and Crazy” Amid Trump Visit

BEIRUT, May 21 – A senior Hezbollah official recently blacklisted by Washington and Riyadh called the U.S. administration “mentally impeded and crazy” on Sunday as President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia, in the group’s latest verbal attack on the United States. Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, president of the Iran-backed Shi’ite group’s executive council, said Washington would

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VIDEO: Donald Trump and Advisers Dancing in Saudi Arabia

May 21- President Donald Trump and other male White House officials participated in a traditional sword dance ceremony, known as the ardah, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday outside the Murabba Palace. Video of the dance from Host TV shows Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross dancing with swords perched on their

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