Volunteer doctors, cooks help Sudanese keep up protests

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The protesters in Sudan wave national flags, chant "freedom" and bang plastic drums in the sweltering summer heat, while others man makeshift clinics or prepare meals for fellow...

US envoy says US-Taliban talks in Qatar to resume Saturday

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The U.S. envoy leading the talks with the Taliban says the negotiations have been put on hold until this weekend. Zalmay Khalilzad wrote on Twitter on Thursday tha...

Iraqi Christians fear returning home, wary of Shiite militia

BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) — Only a fraction of Christian residents has returned to the northern Iraqi town of Bartella, two years since it was liberated from Islamic State militants. Many ...

Saudi Arabia's Red Sea divers explore freedoms off the coast

OFF THE COAST OF JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The sky is clear, the sun is shining, and the sea is a glimmering turquoise. Nouf Alosaimi is on a discovery dive around a small, sandy island in the Red S...

Dubai police: Bollywood's Sridevi drowned in hotel bathtub

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai police say Indian actress Sridevi drowned in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, though other police officials say she was also under the influence o...

Fresh twist for UAE diners as oysters thrive in warm waters

FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The waters of the Persian Gulf have long been home to pearl oysters, providing a valuable mainstay to Arab tribes that subsisted off its trade before the discover...

Ritz Carlton, a luxury Saudi prison, takes Feb. 14 bookings

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Ritz Carlton in Saudi Arabia's capital may be reopening its doors in times for Valentine's Day, after serving for several months as a prison for the country's el...

French president arrives in Qatar amid Arab boycott of Doha

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Qatar for a one-day trip to the country amid a boycott of Doha by four Arab nations. Macron landed on Thursday and ...

Saudi oil minister says production cuts may need to continue

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil minister on Thursday suggested that production cuts agreed to by OPEC members and countries outside of the cartel may need to continue to help...

Vogue launches in the Arab world with bold mission and style

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Vogue launched its newest international edition this month, targeting a niche audience in the Middle East that is fashion conscious, style-driven and wealthy. If its...

British foreign secretary avoids controversy in Bahrain talk

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Britain's outspoken foreign secretary has stayed away from controversy in a speech to Mideast leaders after earlier criticizing ally Saudi Arabia. Boris Johnso...

Iraq TV call-in show gives glimpse inside IS-held Mosul

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — As evening approaches in Iraq's northern city of Irbil, TV presenter Bakr Mahmoud Mahdi prepares to go live with a show called "Freedom Studio," which he says allows victims of war ...

Displaced Iraqis watch Mosul offensive with longing and fear

BAHARKA CAMP, Iraq (AP) — Reports about the battle for Mosul play on the TV set in the makeshift barber shop where Faris Khatham cuts hair, but sometimes the news is so overwhelming that he has to cha...