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Travel is back: Dubai airport logs busiest quarter in years

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel, reported on Thursday it handled over 13.6 million passengers in the first three months of ...

EXPLAINER: Who's the Swedish doctor facing execution in Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Vida Mehrannia is trying to save her husband’s life. Iran is scheduled to put him to death within nine days — by May 21. To Iran, the 50-year-old A...

Now in spotlight, Dubai Jews struggle for public synagogue

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Every Saturday, in secluded beach villas, hotel banquet halls and luxury apartment towers across Dubai, Jews arrive to worship at some of the world's most hidden syn...

Dubai delivery workers go on second rare strike this month

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Food-delivery workers protesting meager pay and inadequate protections have walked off the job across Dubai, their company confirmed Tuesday, marking the second stri...

Dubai delivery drivers walk off job in rare protest over pay

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Food-delivery drivers protesting wage cuts and grueling working conditions went on an extremely rare strike in Dubai over the weekend — a mass walkout that paralyzed...

As Iran-Taliban tensions rise, Afghan migrants in tinderbox

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Taliban members who killed her activist husband offered Zahra Husseini a deal: Marry one of us, and you'll be safe. Husseini, 31, decided to flee. Through swa...

New Pakistan PM on 1st trip to Saudi amid political division

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan's newly elected prime minister was visiting Saudi Arabia Friday on his first foreign trip since taking office, an attempt to boost economic relations with t...

In shadow of war, Russians, Ukrainians mark Easter in UAE

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Hundreds of Russians and Ukrainians alike crowded into the only Russian Orthodox Church on the Arabian Peninsula on Sunday to celebrate the most important Christia...

Kuwait's government resigns as political crisis intensifies

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's government resigned on Tuesday, just months after its formation, opening up new uncertainty as the tiny country grapples with a worsening political crisis t...

Party's over: Dubai's monthslong Expo 2020 comes to a close

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The world’s fair in Dubai, a tech-saturated site teeming with talking robots and solar canopies, sought to be the future. Now, it's history. ...

Saudi Arabia says it's not responsible for high oil prices

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said on Monday that it “won't bear any responsibility" for a shortage in global oil supplies after a fierce barrage of attacks by Yemen's Houthi rebels ...

Kuwait, among world's hottest places, lags on climate action

JAHRA, Kuwait (AP) — It was so hot in Kuwait last summer that birds dropped dead from the sky. Sea horses boiled to death in the bay. Dead clams coated the rocks, their shells poppe...

Yemen rebels launch barrage of strikes on Saudi sites

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels unleashed one of their most intense barrages of drone and missile strikes on Saudi Arabia's critical energy facilities on Sunday, sparking a fi...

UK-US dual citizen returned to prison in Iran after furlough

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A dual British-U.S. national released from prison last week as part of a deal between Iran and the United Kingdom was returned to custody and on Sunday was transferr...

Iranian pop star Googoosh wows Dubai despite Tehran's outcry

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It was music fit for the troubled times. Her voice full of heartache and tender resolve, Iranian pop diva and national icon Googoosh delivered old ...