Wary of angering public, Iran has few ways to contain virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As coronavirus infections reached new heights in Iran this month, overwhelming its hospitals and driving up its death toll, the country’s health minister gave a rare...

Photographer helps laid-off expats bid goodbye to Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — When the coronavirus pummeled Dubai this spring, the maternity and wedding shoots and all the gigs that freelance photographer Paula Hainey had lined up vanished alm...

Yemen's rival sides complete war's largest prisoner exchange

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s warring sides completed a major, U.N.-brokered prisoner swap on Friday, officials said, a development that could revive the country’s stalled peace process after more than ...

Months into pandemic, Iran sees worst wave of virus deaths

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's capital has run out of intensive care beds as the country confronts a new surge of infections that is filling hospitals and cemeteries alike. The single-day death toll hit a...

WFP fights hunger in food-deprived places, crises, war zones

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger amid the coronavirus pandemic, recognition that shines light on vulnerabl...

Jewish sukkah rises at base of world's tallest tower in UAE

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Visitors to the world’s tallest building, a tapering cylinder of aluminum and glass that has become emblematic of modern Dubai, may encounter an unlikely sight this ...

Death of Kuwait ruler Sheikh Sabah draws outpour of grief

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The death of Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the leader of Kuwait who earned a reputation as a seasoned diplomat and a rare ruler who could cross the region’s politi...

Egyptian police disperse rare, small protests; 10 arrested

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Egyptian police dispersed exceptionally rare, small street protests that erupted in a northeastern province on Friday and arrested 10 demonstrators, a security offic...

Reports: Kuwait and the UAE in economic pain amid pandemic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two oil-rich Arab Gulf states suffered severe economic blows on Wednesday, as a major credit agency downgraded Kuwait for the first time and the United Arab Emirates...

Lebanese teen from Beirut joins global pop band

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A teenage singer from Lebanon this week became the latest to join a global pop band formed by Simon Fuller, the man behind the Spice Girls and “American Idol,” which...

US Space Force deploys to vast new frontier: Arabian Desert

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The newly formed U.S. Space Force is deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula. Space Force now has a squadron of 20 airmen s...

Libya's east-based commander promises end of oil blockade

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Libya's commander who rules the eastern half of the country and who was behind a year-long military attempt to capture the capital, Tripoli, said Friday that oil pro...

Libya's eastern parliament meets after rare protests erupt

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Libya’s east-based parliament convened an emergency meeting Friday to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east, ra...

Head of Israel's biggest bank expects deals soon with UAE

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Israel’s biggest bank expects to strike deals soon with major lenders in the United Arab Emirates for the first time, its CEO said after meeting top Emirati business...

DP World, Canada fund to invest $4.5 billion in global ports

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — International port operator DP World reached a deal Thursday with one of Canada’s biggest pension-fund managers to pour an additional $4.5 billion into their joint v...