Faced with a glutted market for its liquefied natural gas, Qatar eyes development of Syrian gas fields as a huge opportunity, if Assad can be forced from power.
Vladimir Putin once compared ruling Russia to being a 'galley slave,' but a new pamphlet critical of his state-owned wealth compares him to a Persian Gulf monarch.
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Beijing has boosted its military presence in the energy-rich South China Sea, despite disputed claims by Vietnam.
Fearful of a repeat of the bombing of the USS Cole, the US Navy says it fired only after giving warning to the Dubai-based, Indian-manned fishing boat.