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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...

Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2M amid vaccine rollout

The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday as vaccines developed at breakneck speed are being rolled out around the world in...

Iranian Guard drones in drill mirror those in Saudi attacks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill Friday that saw “suicide drones” crash into targets and explode, triangle-shaped...

Aid agencies fear impact in Yemen after US terror decision

CAIRO (AP) — Aid agencies were thrown into confusion Monday over the Trump administration’s out-the-door decision to designate Yemen’s Iranian-backed rebels as a terror...

‘Brian did his job’: Family remembers fallen Capitol officer

SOUTH RIVER, N.J. (AP) — From his early days growing up in a New Jersey hamlet, Brian Sicknick wanted to be a police officer. ...

The Latest: 2 Chinese cities urge people to stay at home

BEIJING — Chinese authorities are asking residents in two cities south of Beijing to stay home for seven days as they try to stamp...

Amnesty critical of FIFA leader starring in Saudi PR video

Human rights activists are denouncing FIFA President Gianni Infantino's starring turn in a promotional video for the Saudi Arabian government in which he claims...

Easing dispute, UAE announces reopening of borders to Qatar

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates announced on Friday that it would reopen its borders and airspace to Qatar after...

UN envoy arrives in Aden a week after deadly airport blast

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen on Thursday toured the damage from a recent airport missile attack that killed at least...

Khashoggi doc, too explosive for streaming, debuts on-demand

NEW YORK (AP) — Even before “The Dissident” made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, director Bryan Fogel had a sense that his...

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...

Yemen’s PM says airport attack aimed to ‘eliminate’ Cabinet

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s prime minister on Saturday said that a missile attack on the airport in Aden was meant “to eliminate” the country's...

Yemeni officials: Blast at Aden airport kills 25, wounds 110

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A large explosion struck the airport in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Wednesday, shortly after a plane carrying...

The Latest: S Korea reports biggest daily death toll so far

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says 40 more coronavirus patients have died in the past 24 hours, the highest daily number since the...

Saudi women’s rights activist sentenced to nearly 6 years

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent women’s rights activists was sentenced Monday to nearly six years in prison...

Report: gov’t spyware targets phones of Al-Jazeera reporters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dozens of journalists at Al-Jazeera, the Qatari state-owned media company, have been targeted by advanced spyware in an...

‘External source’ causes oil tanker blast off Saudi Arabia

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An oil tanker off Saudi Arabia's port city of Jiddah suffered an explosion early Monday after being hit...

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...

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...

Israel, Morocco to restore ties; US shifts on Western Sahara

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel and Morocco have agreed to restore diplomatic relations as President Donald Trump, in his final weeks in office, announced the...

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...

OPEC, Russia to nudge up oil output after hit from pandemic

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — OPEC and allied countries including Russia agreed Thursday to increase oil production by 500,000 barrels a day from January and...

Biden facing growing pressure over secretary of defense pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is facing escalating pressure from competing factions within his own party as he finalizes his choice for secretary...

Biden facing growing pressure over secretary of defense pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is facing escalating pressure from competing factions within his own party as he finalizes his choice for secretary...

OPEC talks on oil production to go into second day

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Leaders of the OPEC oil cartel adjourned their virtual meeting Monday on future production as no agreement was announced on...

‘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...

Yemen rebels’ missile strikes Saudi oil facility in Jiddah

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels said they struck a Saudi oil facility in the port city of Jiddah early Monday...

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...

G-20 summit ends with support for COVID-19 vaccines for all

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Leaders of the world's most powerful nations wrapped up the Group of 20 summit on Sunday, vowing to...

Trump slams global climate agreement Biden intends to rejoin

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord on Sunday, telling world leaders at a virtual summit that the agreement...

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...

G-20 summit opens as leaders urge united response to virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Group of 20 summit opened on Saturday with appeals by the world's most powerful leaders to collectively...

Saudi Aramco to issue bonds as it seeks cash amid oil slump

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil giant Aramco announced Monday it will issue international bonds as it seeks a cash infusion...

Denying Biden’s victory, Pompeo heads to Europe, Mideast

WASHINGTON (AP) — After refusing to acknowledge President Donald Trump’s loss in last week’s election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is leaving Friday on...

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...

Virus makes for one of Europe’s loneliest WWI remembrances

YPRES, Belgium (AP) — When a dawn fog lifted over countless World War I battlefields, cemeteries and monuments in Belgium and France Wednesday, the...

Officials: Blast at WWI ceremony in Saudi Arabia wounds 3

An explosion at a Saudi cemetery where American and European officials were commemorating the end of World War I wounded three people Wednesday, according...

Firebrand Indonesian cleric returns from 3-year Saudi exile

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tens of thousands of followers of a firebrand cleric joyfully welcomed him at an Indonesian airport on Tuesday as he...

Energy leaders leave door open to more cuts as virus spikes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's energy minister said Monday that global energy producers have the ability to tweak an agreement on...

Saudi Arabia to remove key restrictions on migrant laborers

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Wednesday announced reforms that will abolish some key restrictions tying millions of low-paid and vulnerable...

Tunisian carrying Quran fatally stabs 3 in French church

NICE, France (AP) — A young Tunisian man armed with a knife and carrying a copy of the Quran attacked worshippers in a French...

The Latest: Nice attacker a Tunisian, had Quran copy on him

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack in Nice, France, (all times local): ...

Microsoft says Iranian hackers targeted conference attendees

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft says Iranian hackers have posed as conference organizers in Germany and Saudi Arabia in an attempt to break into...

Muslims call for French goods boycott to protest caricatures

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Muslims in the Middle East and beyond on Monday broadened their calls for boycotts of French products and...

Feds say US colleges ‘massively’ underreport foreign funding

A scathing report from the Trump administration on Tuesday concluded that top U.S. universities have “massively underreported” funding they accept from China, Russia and...

UN arms embargoes on Iran expire despite US objections

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that barred it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired...

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...

2 US citizens released by Iran-backed militants in Yemen

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Americans and the remains of a third held captive by Iranian-backed militants in Yemen were released on Wednesday in exchange...

China and Russia win seats on UN rights council, Saudis lose

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China, Russia and Cuba won seats on the U.N.’s premiere human rights body Tuesday despite opposition from activist groups over...

Saudi’s National Commercial Bank buys Samba in $14.8B deal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's National Commercial Bank said Sunday it will purchase rival lender Samba Financial Group in a deal...

The Latest: S. Korea reports virus numbers trending lower

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 73 new cases of the coronavirus, its fifth straight day of below 100, although officials expressed...

8 migrants drown, 12 missing while trying to reach Djibouti

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The International Organization for Migration says at least eight migrants have drowned and 12 are missing after smugglers forced them off...

Pilgrims return to Mecca as Saudi eases virus restrictions

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A very small, limited number of people on Sunday donned the white terrycloth garment symbolic of the Muslim pilgrimage...

Activists seek justice on anniversary of Khashoggi killing

ISTANBUL (AP) — Journalists and human rights activists called for justice for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Friday, the second anniversary of The Washington...

Ethiopian migrants held in Saudi Arabia call it ‘hellish’

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — From a filthy cell in Saudi Arabia, the Ethiopian migrant spoke on a smuggled phone, fearing to give his...

Sheikh Nawaf sworn in as Kuwait’s new ruling emir

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait’s Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah was sworn in before parliament Wednesday as the ruling emir of...

Kuwait ruler, longtime diplomat Sheikh Sabah, dies at age 91

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the ruler of Kuwait who drew on his decades as the oil-rich...

Saudi Arabia: G-20 gathering of world leaders to be virtual

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, which is presiding over the Group of 20 countries this year, said Monday that the upcoming...

UN: Yemen’s warring sides to swap more than 1,000 prisoners

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations said Yemen’s warring sides agreed Sunday to exchange more than 1,000 prisoners, marking the first phase of a...

The Latest: UN panel says corruption hits the poor hardest

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

World leaders criticize haphazard response to pandemic

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World leaders gathering remotely Wednesday criticized a haphazard global response to a microscopic virus that has unleashed economic havoc and...

World leaders who skipped past UN meetings get their moment

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — He's not recognized as a head of state by the country he'd be visiting. His diplomatic immunity is granted by...

Saudi king’s rare address to UN showcases monarch in charge

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman made a rare address to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, using the moment...

Saudi Arabia to lift ban on Mecca pilgrimage amid virus

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said Muslims will be allowed to perform the smaller, year-round pilgrimage starting Oct. 4 as...

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...

State denies improper IG firing, defends Saudi arms sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Wednesday rejected Democrats' charges of improperly firing its independent inspector general and defended its weapons sales to...

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...

Saudi court issues final verdicts in Khashoggi killing

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi court issued final verdicts on Monday in the case of slain Washington Post columnist and Saudi...

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