Latest Persian Gulf News

Top UN woman urges Muslims: Move Taliban into 21st century

Jan. 25, 2023 21:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The highest-ranking woman at the United Nations said Wednesday she used everything in her “toolbox” during meetings with Taliban ministers to try to reverse their crackdown on Afghan women and girls, and she urged Muslim countries to help the Taliban move from the...

Facing 'tipping point,' UNRWA chief seeks Gulf state support

Jan. 24, 2023 14:14 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees called Tuesday on rich Gulf countries to chip in more to help educate, house and provide health care for them. He suggested some of those countries don't put their money where their mouths are when they voice support for the...

Forecast: Chance of tornadoes, severe storms in Gulf states

Jan. 23, 2023 12:57 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A cold front forecast to move across the Gulf Coast will bring an enhanced threat of severe storms and tornadoes to communities from Louisiana to Florida. The greatest potential for severe weather Tuesday into early Wednesday will stretch across an area...

Kuwait's government resigns amid struggle with assembly

Jan. 23, 2023 11:38 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's government resigned on Monday amid a power struggle with the Arab Gulf country's assembly less than four months after parliamentary elections delivered a mandate for change. The state-run KUNA news agency confirmed the resignation, which...

Scandal-hit EU political group starts damage limitation work

Jan. 16, 2023 02:53 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The major center-left political group embroiled in a corruption scandal at the European Parliament will seek this week to insulate itself from more fallout in the cash-for-influence affair linked to Qatar and Morocco as Belgian justice authorities target its members. ...

Where are the Gulf Arab tourists? Israel's hopes fall short

Jan. 15, 2023 11:05 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Israel struck an agreement with the United Arab Emirates to open diplomatic ties in 2020, it brought an electrifying sense of achievement to a country long ostracized in the Middle East. Officials insisted that Israel’s new ties with the UAE, and soon after...

Scandal-hit EU assembly set to move on anti-corruption plan

Jan. 11, 2023 11:14 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Spurred into action by a major corruption scandal, the European Parliament president wants to prevent former lawmakers from lobbying on behalf of businesses or governments soon after they leave office and to make public the names of current members who break assembly rules, a...

As young Gazans die at sea, anger rises over leaders' travel

Jan. 06, 2023 02:20 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Khaled Shurrab had been waiting more than half his life to get out of Gaza. The 27-year-old had never left the coastal enclave, which has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since 2007. He couldn’t find a job — the territory’s youth unemployment rate is over...

Soccer fans hopeful ahead of Gulf Cup in Iraqi city of Basra

Jan. 05, 2023 12:46 PM EST

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — For many Iraqis, the first international soccer tournament their country is hosting in more than four decades is about to kick off in the southern city of Basra, offering a rare moment of joy and optimism. The eight-nation Arabian Gulf Cup starts Friday, with...

Court says EU corruption scandal suspect must remain in jail

Dec. 22, 2022 13:34 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A former European Parliament vice president suspected of being at the center of one of the European Union’s biggest corruption scandals is to be kept in prison for at least another month, Belgian prosecutors said Thursday. The prosecutors accuse Eva Kaili of...