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An unspoken aspect of the remaining US presence in Iraq is Washington’s option of defending Iraq against major foreign or domestic threats.

Iraq
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Cyprus celebrations, Death, Recuperating abroad, New Baha governor, Private holiday, Domestic business

Saudi Arabia
Issue 884 - 04 September 2010

Abu Dhabi’s Taqa accused of malpractice

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A law suit filed by one of the Gulf’s most high-profile expatriate executives could point to a dark side in the mighty Abu Dhabi business empire, if the allegations are proven. The suit has been filed in the United States by former Abu Dhabi National Energy Company chief executive Peter Barker-Homek against his former employer.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 884 - 04 September 2010

Tricky transition from Defence to State

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One of the remaining military tasks for US Forces Iraq (USF-I) is to enable the operations of the last 16 Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) that the State Department operates in Iraq. In the summer of

Iraq
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Operation Iraqi Freedom ended on 1 September after more than seven years of US ‘combat operations’ in Iraq. GSN marks the occasion by analysing the new US military mission, Operation New Dawn

Iraq
Issue 883 - 28 August 2010

Saudi Arabia

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Prince Sultan taken ill

Saudi Arabia
Issue 883 - 28 August 2010

Sheikh Khalifa successful treatment

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‘Success’ for president’s treatment

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Two prominent Gulf figures died in August – Saudi Arabia’s labour minister, former diplomat and poet Ghazi Al-Gosaibi and Kuwaiti author and academic Ahmed Al-Baghdadi

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US Democratic congressman Brad Sherman has told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs that the UAE remains a “transhipment and diversion hub” and does “not effectively control exports to Iran and other countries of proliferation”.

Iran | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Unable to decide on a mutually acceptable candidate to be prime minister, Iraq's main political blocs have prised open a gap in the legal timetable, stranding the country in a kind of constitutional 'Groundhog Day' in which the clock has effectively stopped.

Iraq
Issue 882 - 31 July 2010

MBR in Europe

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MBR in Europe

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The Saudi-Kuwaiti technical committee for border demarcation has signed a contract with New Zealand’s NZ Aerial Mapping. China and Qatar agreed to boost military co-operation at a meeting of senior military officials in Beijing

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Qatar
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Political reform still looks far off – and few yet dare to discuss it openly. But almost everything else is on the agenda as Saudis push the limits of their freedom for argument and the Kingdom prepares to celebrate King Abdullah’s five years in power

Saudi Arabia
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The authorities have freed 82 prisoners detained during anti-government protests in the south in a step towards implementing an accord with the opposition. “Eighty-two prisoners were freed in Al-Mukalla on the orders of President Ali Abdullah Saleh after the deal was signed with the opposition,” a local official told AFP on 21 July.

Yemen
Issue 882 - 31 July 2010

Sheikha Lubna - Palestine

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Shekha Lubna: Palestinian visits

United Arab Emirates (UAE)