Dubai loosens liquor laws as UAE alcohol sales suffer drop

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai has loosened its liquor laws to allow tourists to purchase alcohol in state-controlled stores, previously only accessible to license-holding residents, as the ...

Gazan's death abroad shines light on middle-class exodus

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — With a family of five, a two-story home and a pharmacy, Tamer al-Sultan had a life many in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip would envy, but he still felt trapped. ...

Turkey: Key facts in Istanbul's rerun election

ISTANBUL (AP) — Voters in Istanbul return to the polls Sunday for a rerun of an election for mayor of the city. After weeks of uncertainty, Turkey's top electoral body cancelled the March 31 vote that...

Man accused in New Zealand mosque killings pleads not guilty

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques on Friday pleaded not guilty to all the charges filed against him. Brenton Tarrant s...

Suicide bomber kills 9 in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber walked up to an Afghan police vehicle in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, and detonated an explosive device that killed three police and...

5 Pakistani Shiites killed in 2 bombings in southwest town

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani security official says two bombings hours apart targeted vehicles carrying minority Shiite tourists in the southwestern town of Ziarat, killing five people and woun...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

The 30th anniversary of China's crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square passed with an information lockdown and extra security in the Beijing landmark. Thousands of people attended a c...

Taiwan deports 268 illegal immigrants in May

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In the month of May, 268 illegal immigrants were deported to their home countries, the largest number in a single month since an amnesty program began at the start of the year,...

Egyptian officials: Militant attack kills 10 police in Sinai

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Islamic militants attacked a checkpoint in Egypt's restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least 10 policemen, security officials said. ...

A secret pay raise by Cabinet angers Palestinian public

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian labor market in the West Bank was limping along in 2017, with unemployment stubbornly high and economic growth slowing. But that didn't stop the Palestinian ...

Baghdad's Green Zone reopens to the public

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security officials say Baghdad's Green Zone area, the heavily fortified strip on the west bank of the Tigris River, is now open to the public around the clock. M...

Government confirms Iran to free imprisoned Lebanese man

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Foreign Ministry says Iran has agreed to release a Lebanese man who has been imprisoned there since 2015. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry says it has bee...

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TRUMP TALKS BUSINESS, FACES MASS PROTEST The president te...

Faithful Muslims around the world begin celebrating Eid

BEIRUT (AP) — Muslims across the Middle East and beyond are celebrating the start of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, a time for family and festivities. The holiday marks the end ...

Afghan president says he'll visit Pakistan to improve ties

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he will visit Pakistan on June 27 to open a new chapter in his country's uneasy relationship with its neighbor and mend ties that are often...