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Iran's Iraj Pezeshkzad, who wrote 'My Uncle Napoleon,' dies

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraj Pezeshkzad, an Iranian author whose bestselling comic novel, “My Uncle Napoleon,” lampooned Persian culture's self-aggrandizing and paranoid behavior as the country entered th...

British Council worker freed from Iranian prison, back in UK

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian employee of the British Council detained for more than three years in Iran and sentenced to a decade in prison over widely criticized espionage charges ha...

Yemen rebels seize UAE ship; hackers hit Israeli newspaper

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels seized an Emirati-flagged ship in the Red Sea, officials said Monday, the latest sign of Mideast tensions as hackers targeted a major Israeli n...

Emirati mall, supermarket billionaire Majid Al Futtaim dies

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirati billionaire Majid Al Futtaim, who rose from working as a bank clerk to creating an eponymous business empire most known for its massive Dubai mall with an in...

UN watchdog says Iran will allow new cameras at nuclear site

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The United Nations' nuclear watchdog and Iran reached a deal Wednesday to reinstall cameras damaged at an Iranian site that manufactures centrifuge parts, though inspectors remain ...

US Navy fires laser weapon in Mideast amid drone boat threat

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday it tested a laser weapon and destroyed a floating target in the Mideast, a system that could be used to counter bomb-laden drone bo...

Satellite images, expert suggest Iranian space launch coming

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran appears to be preparing for a space launch as negotiations continue in Vienna over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers, according to an expert and satel...

Analysis: As US focus wanes, Mideast turns inward for talks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After years of looking abroad for answers, countries in the Middle East now appear to instead be talking to each other to find solutions following two decades define...

Top UAE adviser makes rare trip to Iran amid nuclear talks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The national security adviser of the United Arab Emirates met Monday with Iran's hard-line president in Tehran, a major visit for the Gulf Arab federation that has long viewed the ...

France signs weapons mega-deal with UAE as Macron tours Gulf

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France announced multibillion-euro deals Friday to sell fighter planes and combat helicopters to the United Arab Emirates, aiming to boost military cooperation with ...

Analysis: Iran ups nuclear ante as Vienna deal talks resume

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After a monthslong hiatus, Iran has returned to negotiations in Vienna aimed at reviving its cratered nuclear deal with world powers. But Tehran isn't slowing down t...

UN nuclear watchdog chief presses for more access in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of the United Nations' atomic watchdog met Tuesday with Iranian officials to press for greater access in the Islamic Republic ahead of diplomatic talks restarting over Teh...

Yemen official warns dam will break if rebels take Marib

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The foreign minister of Yemen's government in exile warned Sunday that a rebel takeover of the crucial, energy-rich city of Marib would be a disaster on the scale of...

US defense chief vows to counter Iran in visit to Bahrain

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — America's top defense official vowed Saturday to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and to counter its “dangerous use” of suicide drones in the wider Midea...

Zahedi, playboy Iran ambassador to US under shah, dies at 93

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ardeshir Zahedi, Iran's flamboyant ambassador to the United States during the rule of the shah who charmed both Hollywood stars and politicians with his lavish parti...