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Syria raids show Saudi, UAE ambition to extend regional authority


DUBAI/RIYADH - The decision by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to join air strikes in Syria reflects an increasingly muscular foreign policy by the Gulf Arab heavyweights that has already started to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East.

Iran to give military grant to Lebanese army: official

Beirut - Iran is to give a military grant to the Lebanese Army, the head of Iran's national security council said on Tuesday, boosting security forces that are already backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States.

World, 4:12am EDT

Saudi Arabia warns Yemen violence could threaten global security

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia has said "unprecedented challenges" facing Yemen since Shi'ite Muslim rebels took over the capital could threaten international security, and called for swift action to deal with instability in its southern neighbor.

World, United Nations, Yemen 28 Sep 2014

U.S., Saudi Arabia, UAE strike modular oil refineries in Syria

WASHINGTON - The United States was joined by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in striking modular oil refineries in eastern Syria on Wednesday, in an effort to choke off Islamic State finances, officials said.

World, 24 Sep 2014

U.S. and Arab allies launch first strikes on militants in Syria

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT - The United States and its Arab allies bombed militant groups in Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State fighters, members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group and opening a new front amid shifting Middle East alliances. | Video

Saudi Arabia confirms role in strikes against Islamic State in Syria

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's air force participated in U.S.-led bombing strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Syria, its official news agency said on Wednesday, a rare foreign sortie for the kingdom's military.

World, Syria 23 Sep 2014

Iran's Rouhani says ties with Saudis deserve to be warmer

NEW YORK - The relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia deserves to be better, though differences between the two oil-producing Middle Eastern states appear to be narrowing, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

Davos, World, Syria 23 Sep 2014

U.S. military says Gulf states, Jordan partnered against Islamic State

BEIRUT - The U.S. military said on Tuesday its partners in air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria included Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

World, Jordan, Bahrain 23 Sep 2014

Minds focused by IS, Saudis and Iranians think about making up

DUBAI - For decades the opposing poles of Middle East power politics, Saudi Arabia and Iran may be driven to set aside at least some of their differences by the rise of a mutual enemy: Islamic State.

World, Davos 22 Sep 2014

Saudi role against Islamic State turns on relief for Arab Sunnis

RIYADH - In its war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria the United States wants strong public support from Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and champion of Arab Sunni Muslims.

World, Syria, Iraq 18 Sep 2014

Lightning, rain fail to deter resolute Hong Kong protesters

HONG KONG - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the rain-soaked streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal and vowed to press ahead with National Day celebrations. | Video