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 protests, as a clash over depictions of the Prophet Muhamma...

IMF: Nearly all Mideast economies hit by pandemic recession

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has pushed nearly all Mideast nations into the throes of an economic recession this year, yet some rebound is expected as all but two — Leba...

Industrial nations consider extending debt relief over virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's major economies are considering a proposal to extend for six months a moratorium on debt payments by poor nations as a way to provide support during the worst global rece...

Saudi Arabia presides over G-20 interfaith forum

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia is presiding over a virtual global interfaith forum that began on Tuesday, with participation from Muslim clerics, Jewish rabbis, Christian priests and ...

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 November gathering of world leaders will be held virtually a...

The U.S. reckoning on race, seen through other nations' eyes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It's not only in the United States where protests against racial injustice are part of the national conversation. A handful of America's critics have taken note too,...

At UN, Pakistani leader calls India a sponsor of Muslim hate

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday assailed India’s Hindu nationalist government and its moves to cement control of Muslim-majority Kashmir, calling India a state...

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 to highlight the foundational notions of his regime — his ...

Road to Saudi ties with Israel being paved, cautiously

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, the most powerful Arab nation and home to Islam's holiest sites, has made its official position on the region's longest-running conflict clear: Full ti...

Warring Afghans meet to find peace after decades of war

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After decades of conflict, Afghanistan’s warring sides will open long anticipated negotiations Saturday in search of a lasting peace that will also provide an exit f...

Saudi Arabia cautiously welcomes UAE, Israel normalization

BERLIN (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Wednesday cautiously welcomed an agreement between its close ally the United Arab Emirates and Israel to establish full ties and exchange embassies. ...

Profits slide for Dubai's DP World port operator amid virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — International port operator DP World said on Wednesday profits were down 56% for the first half of the year, with earnings sliding to $333 million as coronavirus loc...

UAE-Israel agreement followed many years of discrete talks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Secret talks and quiet ties: That's what paved the way for last week's deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize relations. Tou...

Saudi Aramco half-year profits plunge 50% from virus impact

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Aramco's net income plunged by 50% in the first half of the year, according to figures published Sunday, offering a revealing glimpse into the impact of the co...

A father, a sister, a son: Beirut blast takes a heavy toll

BEIRUT (AP) — A close twin sister, now separated forever. An attentive and doting husband who sacrificed for his family and promised his wife the moon. A student financing his education by working dou...