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Saudis bankroll new rebel force to fight own war on Assad

Saudis bankroll new rebel force to fight own war on Assad

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia, exasperated with U.S. vacillation over Syria's chemical arsenal and now its effort to reconcile with Iran, Riyadh's foremost adversary, is forging a new alliance of Islamist rebels in Syria under a pro-Saudi warlord to supersede the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army.

Sheik's car too big to tow in Spanish city

VALENCIA, Spain, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Officials in a Spanish city said an Arab sheik escaped punishment for his illegally parked car because it didn't have European plates and was too large to tow.

Qatar succession and the gulf's aging monarchies

DOHA, Qatar, June 26 (UPI) -- The handover of power by the emir of Qatar to his 33-year-old son is a rare occurrence among the Persian Gulf's aging ruler-for-life monarchs, but it could show them the way to go as they grapple with the turmoil of the Arab Spring that toppled four seemingly unassailable Arab leaders.

Qatari ruler appoints son as new Emir

DOHA, Qatar, June 25 (UPI) -- Qatari ruler Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said it is time for a new generation to lead and appointed his 33-year-old son Tamim the next emir of Qatar.

Commentary: Israel: Crises 360 degrees

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Surrounded by crises in all its Arab neighbors, Israeli leaders are not about to facilitate the birth of a Palestinian state.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Kerry to return to Mideast in new peace effort

ROME, May 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Israeli-Palestinian peace had an urgent, new opportunity to make headway, and he intended to take advantage of it.

Mixed response in Israel to peace plan

JERUSALEM, May 1 (UPI) -- Israeli politicians delivered a mixed response to a U.S.-sponsored Arab Peace initiative ratified by the Arab League, officials said.
Obama to meet with Qatar's al-Thani

Obama to meet with Qatar's al-Thani

WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Qatar Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani Tuesday, the White House said.

Afghan leader meets with emir in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar, April 1 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai traveled to Qatar and met with the emir of the Persian Gulf state where the Taliban may set up an office.

Qatar's emir proposes $1B Palestinian fund

DOHA, Qatar, March 27 (UPI) -- Qatar Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, speaking at an Arab League summit, proposed a $1 billion fund to support Arabic and Islamic heritage in Jerusalem.

Arab TV network said now pushing agenda

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Arab television broadcaster al-Jazeera is no longer a voice for change, but of propaganda for its royal owner, journalists who used to work for the network say.

Emir of Qatar to visit Ramallah

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Qatar's emir will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his first visit to the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian officials said.

Arab world condemns Israel

CAIRO, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Egypt, Syria, Iran, Qatar and Turkey were among the countries Thursday that quickly condemned Israel's military offensive in Gaza.

Syrian rebels take aim at government bases

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Syrian rebels are taking aim at the country's military bases in an effort to prevent the government from hitting them from the air, observers say.
Qatar Emir's Gaza visit boosts Hamas

Qatar Emir's Gaza visit boosts Hamas

GAZA, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- In the first visit by a head of state to Gaza since Hamas took control, the emir of Qatar pledged to double funds earmarked for construction.

Qatar PM set to buy $100M condo in NYC

NEW YORK, July 2 (UPI) -- The prime minister of Qatar is set to spend $100 million on a condominium in New York City, officials said.

Assad blames outside enemies for unrest

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 3 (UPI) -- The bloody unrest in Syria isn't a civil war, but is being orchestrated by other unnamed countries, President Bashar Assad told Parliament Sunday.

Sheik's offer rejected by co-op board

NEW YORK, May 8 (UPI) -- A bid by Qatar's prime minister to buy two Manhattan apartments was rejected by the building's co-op board, citing his 15 children and two wives, a report said.

Qatar eyeing big Malta energy investment

VALLETTA, Malta, April 20 (UPI) -- Qatar is eyeing $1.3 billion in investments in Malta's Enemalta energy company and a gas distribution hub on the island, a local report indicated this week.

Russia signals possible shift on Syria

CAIRO, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Russia, which has vetoed previous U.N. resolutions condemning violence in Syria, signaled Monday it may shift its stand amid fresh violence.

Security Council debates Syrian resolution

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- China and Russia opposed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution Tuesday that calls on Syrian President Bashar Assad to transfer power to his vice president.
U.N. considers call for Assad to step down

U.N. considers call for Assad to step down

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Syrian government troops reclaimed two central squares in Damascus suburbs Monday and the United Nations considered a call for President Bashar Assad to resign.

Arab, Western states press Russia on Assad

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Arab and Western nations will press Russia to back a U.N. resolution supporting Arab League demands that Syrian President Bashar Assad resign, envoys said.

Syria rejects Arab League proposals

CAIRO, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Syria dismissed Arab League calls for President Bashar Assad to relinquish power to his deputy and for the country to form a unity government within two months.

Government forces kill 13 in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Syrian government forces Monday killed at least 13 people, activists said, as Arab League officials appeared divided on whether to send troops to the country.
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