Category Archives: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

US warns airliners flying in Persian Gulf amid Iran tensions

U.S. diplomats are warning that commercial airliners flying over the wider Persian Gulf faced a risk of being “misidentified” amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Continue reading

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Small plane crashes near Dubai’s busy airport, killing 2

Dubai says a small plane has crashed near the busy Dubai International Airport, killing at least two people. Continue reading

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The Latest: Qatar trying to defuse tensions amid Iran crisis

The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 9:40 a.m. Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia approves permanent residency for first time

The Saudi government has approved for the first time a scheme that gives permanent residency to certain expatriates, allowing them to own real estate in the kingdom and reside with their families without a Saudi sponsor. Continue reading

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Bahrain charges lawyer of sharing “fake news” for his Tweets

Bahrain’s Public Prosecution says it is charging a person, identified by a rights group as a prominent lawyer, for misusing social media and publishing fake news that can harm public order. Continue reading

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The Latest: Iran’s leader says weapons-grade enrichment easy

The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Continue reading

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Satellite image shows Saudi pump station after drone attack

A satellite image obtained by The Associated Press shows one of the two pumping stations attacked by drones in Saudi Arabia apparently intact. Continue reading

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Oman says it will reopen its embassy in Iraq

Oman says it will reopen its embassy in Iraq, decades after it closed its diplomatic post. Continue reading

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UAE says 4 ships targeted by ‘sabotage’ off its coast

The United Arab Emirates says that four commercial ships “were subjected to sabotage operations” after false reports circulated in Lebanese and Iranian media outlets saying there had been explosions at one of the nation’s seaports. Continue reading

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Israel, judo federation hail letter from Iran; Tehran silent

A letter from Iran over judo rules is being heralded by Israel and the International Judo Federation as a sign the Islamic Republic will allow its athletes to compete against Israelis. Continue reading

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Saudi forces kill 8 in shootout in mostly Shiite town

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says eight alleged terrorists have been killed in a shootout with security forces in the predominantly Shiite eastern region of Qatif. Continue reading

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US B-52 bombers land in Qatar over unspecified Iran threat

The B-52 bombers ordered by the White House to deploy to the Persian Gulf to counter unspecified threats from Iran are beginning to arrive at a major American air base in Qatar. Continue reading

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Images show rarely seen UAE ruler greet sheikhs for Ramadan

State media in the United Arab Emirates has published images of the country’s rarely seen president greeting other ruling sheikhs for Ramadan. Continue reading

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Arab activist says CIA notified Norway of threat against him

A Palestinian-born activist living in Norway under asylum protection has reportedly been whisked away to a secure location by Norwegian security after the CIA informed officials there that he could be in danger. Continue reading

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Qatar to send money for West Bank, Gaza after Israel truce

Qatar says it will send $480 million to Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after a cease-fire deal ended the deadliest fighting between Israel and Palestinian factions since a 2014 war between the two sides. Continue reading

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Bahrain premier calls Qatar ruler, rare contact amid dispute

Bahrain’s long-serving prime minister has called Qatar’s emir to mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan in a rare contact between Doha and the countries boycotting it. Continue reading

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UAE says it releases Qatar navy boat, 4 sailors amid dispute

The United Arab Emirates has released a Qatari naval vessel and four sailors who were held for nearly a week amid an ongoing boycott of Doha by the federation and three other Arab nations. Continue reading

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Month of Ramadan fasting for many Muslims begins Monday

Muslims in Southeast Asia and much of the Middle East, including Iraq and Saudi Arabia, are starting the fasting month of Ramadan on Monday. Continue reading

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Report: Emirati woman wakes up from coma after 27 years

The story of a woman in the United Arab Emirates who woke up from a 27-year-long coma has grabbed international headlines. Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia executes 37 prisoners for terrorism crimes

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says it has executed 37 people, all Saudi nationals, for terrorism-related crimes. Continue reading

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