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Long-serving Saudi oil minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani dies at 90

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ahmed Zaki Yamani, a long-serving oil minister in Saudi Arabia who led the kingdom through the 1973 oil crisis, the nationalization its state energy company and late...

EXPLAINER: Iran restricts UN atomic agency to pressure West

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran will begin restricting the ability of United Nations nuclear inspectors to monitor Tehran's nuclear program. It's part of the Islamic Republic's efforts to pres...

UAE dismantles Eritrea base as it pulls back after Yemen war

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates is dismantling parts of a military base it runs in the East African nation of Eritrea after it pulled back from the grinding war in nearby Y...

EXPLAINER: What US ending Saudi war support means for Yemen

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Joe Biden's announcement that the U.S. will end its support of a Saudi-led coalition's yearslong war against Yemen's Houthi rebels likely will increase pre...

IMF says vaccines to fuel Mideast recovery, tough path ahead

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Broad access to different coronavirus vaccines remains crucial for an economic recovery in the Mideast, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday, warning the pa...

Gulf Arab states launch new restrictions over virus fears

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gulf Arab states on Thursday launched new restrictions over fears of the coronavirus resurging across their countries. With populations including ...

Dubai closes bars, limits activities after virus cases spike

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai announced Monday it would close all bars and pubs for the entire month of February and limit other activities after a spike in coronavirus cases followed New Y...

Dubai blamed for virus cases abroad; questions swirl at home

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After opening itself to New Year's revelers, Dubai is now being blamed by several countries for spreading the coronavirus abroad, even as questions swirl about the c...

US exploring new bases in Saudi Arabia amid Iran tensions

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military is exploring the possibility of using a Red Sea port in Saudi Arabia and additional two airfields in the kingdom amid heightened tensions with Iran...

US calls Bahrain, UAE 'major security partners'

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates “major security partners" early Saturday, a previously unheard of designation for the two countries hom...

South Korean tanker was boarded by armed Iran Guard forces

SEOUL (AP) — Armed Iranian Revolutionary Guard troops stormed a South Korean tanker and forced the ship to change course and travel to Iran, the vessel's owner said Tuesday, the latest maritime seizur...

Iran tells inspectors it plans up to 20% enrichment at Fordo

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has told international nuclear inspectors it plans to enrich uranium up to 20% at its underground Fordo nuclear facility, a technical step away from weapons-gra...

EXPLAINER: Iran, despite sanctions, has routes to vaccines

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Although Iran faces crushing U.S. sanctions, there are still ways for Tehran to obtain coronavirus vaccines as the country suffers the Mideast's worst outbreak of th...

Iran builds at underground nuclear facility amid US tensions

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has begun construction on a site at its underground nuclear facility at Fordo amid tensions with the U.S. over its atomic program, satellite photos obtained Fri...

A pandemic atlas: No longer in viral denial, Iran struggles

At the start, Iranian officials downplayed COVID-19 — denying the mounting toll of infections, refusing to close mosques, making half-hearted gestures at locking down businesses. Tha...