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Hamilton holds off Verstappen to win tense F1 season-opener

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — World champion Lewis Hamilton just managed to hold off Max Verstappen to win the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix and clinch...

Baby bottle craze sweeps Gulf Arab states, sparks backlash

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Cafes across several Gulf Arab states started selling coffee and other cold drinks in baby bottles this month,...

Explosion strikes Israeli-owned ship in Mideast amid tension

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An explosion struck an Israeli-owned cargo ship sailing out of the Middle East on Friday, an unexplained blast...

2 US Navy warships in Mideast hit by coronavirus outbreaks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two U.S. Navy warships operating in the Mideast have been struck by coronavirus outbreaks, authorities said Friday, with...

Greece seeks Gulf allies to counter tension with Turkey

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Foreign ministers and senior officials from several Persian Gulf countries were meeting in Athens on Thursday, as Greece seeks to...

US calls Bahrain, UAE ‘major security partners’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates “major security partners" early Saturday, a previously unheard...

Pompeo offers burst of actions, attacks before leaving State

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo isn't quietly fading away. In his final days as secretary of state, he's issuing orders that have caused international...

The Latest: Pelosi wants fines for bypassing House security

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the attack of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): ...

F1 season to start in Bahrain after Australian GP postponed

LONDON (AP) — The start of the Formula One season was delayed by one week on Tuesday after the Australian Grand Prix was postponed...

Gulf Arab leaders sign declaration to ease rift with Qatar

AL-ULA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Gulf Arab leaders signed a declaration Tuesday to ease a rift with Qatar, following Saudi Arabia’s decision to end...

Saudi Arabia to lift Qatar embargo, easing the Gulf crisis

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia will open its airspace and land border to Qatar in the first step toward ending a...

Chinese vaccines are poised to fill gap, but will they work?

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — With rich countries snapping up supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, some parts of the world may have to rely on Chinese-developed...

Kushner joins Israelis on landmark visit to Morocco

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner led a delegation from Israel to Morocco on Tuesday on the first known direct...

US hits alleged Iran-backed Bahrain group with sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday slapped sanctions on an alleged Iranian-backed Shiite group in Bahrain that it accuses of trying to...

Bahrain approves Chinese COVID-19 vaccine for use

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain said Sunday it approved the use of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine, following its earlier approval of a...

F1 star Hamilton vows to fight to improve human rights

World champion Lewis Hamilton vowed not to ignore pleas to improve human rights in Bahrain and other countries where Formula One hosts races, after...

Bahrain plans free shots, Saudi Arabia approves Pfizer jab

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain has announced plans to give the public free coronavirus vaccines, as Saudi Arabia said it approved an...

Canada health regulator approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's health regulator approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, days ahead of possible approval in the United States, and said it hopes...

Israel’s Netanyahu: Vaccination campaign to begin Dec. 27

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday that Israel will begin vaccinating the public against the coronavirus on...

US Navy official says ‘uneasy deterrence’ reached with Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The top U.S. Navy official in the Mideast said Sunday that America has reached an “uneasy deterrence” with...

Saudi prince strongly criticizes Israel at Bahrain summit

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent Saudi prince harshly criticized Israel on Sunday at a Bahrain security summit that was remotely attended...

Bahrain now 2nd nation to grant Pfizer shot emergency use

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The island kingdom of Bahrain said it has become the second nation in the world to grant an...

Saudi Arabia says end to yearslong Qatar boycott ‘in reach’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's top diplomat said Friday that an end to the yearslong boycott of Qatar by the kingdom...

Israel urges citizens to avoid Gulf, cites Iran threat

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government on Thursday urged its citizens to avoid travel to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, citing threats of...

Israel urges citizens to avoid Gulf, cites Iran threat

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government on Thursday urged its citizens to avoid travel to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, citing threats of...

Hamilton positive for COVID-19, will miss F1’s Sakhir GP

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix. ...

Iran says Israel killed military nuclear scientist remotely

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A top Iranian security official on Monday accused Israel of using “electronic devices” to remotely kill a scientist who founded...

‘Mercenary’ donor sold access for millions in foreign money

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As an elite political fundraiser, Imaad Zuberi had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike — a reach that...

Grosjean escapes F1 fireball at Bahrain GP after huge crash

It was like a scene from an action movie, except totally unscripted and genuinely life-threatening, involving a stunning escape that Harry Houdini would have...

Egyptian celeb faces backlash over photo with Israeli singer

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian celebrity has sparked an uproar after a photo of him with an Israeli pop star was posted online, prompting...

Reports: Israeli PM flew to Saudi Arabia, met crown prince

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media reported Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia for a clandestine meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed...

Pompeo touts Iran policy in Gulf ahead of Biden presidency

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended his tour of Gulf Arab states and the Trump...

Trump aide promises ‘very professional transition’ to Biden

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser promised a “very professional transition” to the administration of President-elect Joe Biden...

Bahrain’s long-serving prime minister dies at age 84

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain’s Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, one of the world’s longest-serving prime ministers who led his island...

US plans sale of F-35 fighter jets to UAE in $23B arms deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration formally notified Congress on Tuesday that it plans to sell 50 stealth F-35 fighter jets to the United...

Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognizing Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday that Sudan will start to normalize ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to...

Sudanese officials: Diplomatic deal with Israel is near

JERUSALEM (AP) — Sudanese officials confirmed on Thursday that a senior U.S.-Israeli delegation flew to Sudan on a private jet this week to wrap...

Trump says Sudan to be removed from terrorism list

CAIRO (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday said Sudan will be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism if it...

First commercial passenger flight from UAE lands in Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The first commercial passenger flight to Israel by a carrier from the United Arab Emirates landed near Tel Aviv...

Israel, Bahrain sign deal establishing formal ties

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations, making the small Gulf country the fourth Arab state to...

Palestinian leader calls for new peace process in UN speech

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called for an international conference early next year to launch a "genuine peace process” while...

The Latest: UN panel says corruption hits the poor hardest

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): ...

Moroccans protest Arab nations normalizing ties with Israel

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Despite a government ban on large gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, scores of demonstrators protested outside the...

Trump gives award to Kuwait’s ruling emir

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has bestowed a top U.S. honor on Kuwait's ruling emir, who has played a central role in resolving...

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fire during US ceremony

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military struck Hamas militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in response to rocket fire toward Israel the...

Israel signs pacts with 2 Arab states: A ‘new’ Mideast?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel on Tuesday signed historic diplomatic pacts with two Gulf Arab states at a White House ceremony that President Donald Trump...

Trump highlights foreign policy wins as he woos voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the past two weeks, President Donald Trump has notched a string of diplomatic wins he’s highlighting with voters in the...

Trump highlights foreign policy wins as he woos voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the past two weeks, President Donald Trump has notched a string of diplomatic wins he’s highlighting with voters in the...

US eyes building on Arab-Israel deals to end Gulf crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hoping to capitalize on agreements to be signed this week between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and...

Bahrain becomes latest Arab nation to recognize Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bahrain on Friday agreed to normalize relations with Israel, becoming the latest Arab nation to do so as part of a...

Serbia, Kosovo normalize economic ties, gesture to Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday that Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to normalize economic ties as part of U.S.-brokered talks that...

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