K.S. Rajan (23 Dec 2011)
"report by BILL KOENIG"


Prince Turki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia (at right)
was given 'Eye to Eye' in Washington on October 28
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia formally called for the formation of a Gulf Union
on a backdrop of regional unrest and growing tensions with rival Iran.
"I ask today that we move from a phase of cooperation to a phase of union within a single entity," Abdullah said during his address at the opening session of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council conference in Riyadh.
"You must realise that our security and stability are threatened
and we need to live up to our responsibilities," said King Abdullah.
"Our summit opens in the shadow of challenges that
require vigilance and a united stance," he added.
Dozens die as 14 bombs explode across Baghdad
A wave of bombings ripped across Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 63 people and injuring almost 200 in the worst violence Iraq has seen for months. The bloodbath comes just days after American forces left the country.
The blasts also came on the heels of a political crisis between
Iraq's Sunni and Shiite factions that erupted this weekend