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Popping the Iranian Cork in the Strait of Hormuz

Eight major maritime chokepoints, through which oil tankers transit, exist globally. Seventeen million barrels of oil daily pass through one of them — the Strait of Hormuz.

300,000-tonne Japanese tanker Mogamigawa is seen in this undated photo released by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. in Tokyo January 9, 2007. The large crude carrier and a U.S. nuclear submarine collided in the Arabian Sea, but there were no injuries or oil leaks, officials at the... REUTERS/KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA/HANDOUT (JAPAN)

Wealthy Gulf Nations Face Questions Over Syria Refugees

As hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees languish in camps or risk their lives to reach Europe, questions are being asked about why wealthy Gulf states have accepted so few. By the end of August, more than four million Syrians

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Bahrain King Snubs Obama to Meet Queen of England, Attend UK Horse Show

Instead of participating in a Camp David summit of Gulf leaders – which was organized by U.S. President Barack Obama to garner support from Gulf Arab leaders – the King of Bahrain decided to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show, where he met on Friday with Queen Elizabeth II and other British royalty.

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Obama Vows To Keep Arab Allies Secure Amid Iran Deal Fears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charging toward an Iran nuclear agreement, President Barack Obama is assuring Arab allies that they are safe from the threat of an empowered Tehran as he seeks to shore up some of America’s most critical security partnerships.

The Associated Press