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

Dec. 03, 2021 08:50 AM EST

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 its top ally in the Persian Gulf amid their shared concerns about Iran. ...

Lebanese minister resigns in bid to ease crisis with Saudis

Dec. 03, 2021 07:52 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s information minister resigned Friday, saying he hoped the much anticipated move will open the way for easing an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries. That crisis has added to immense economic troubles facing Lebanon,...

Lebanese minister at center of dispute with Saudi Arabia resigns in bid to ease crisis with Gulf heavyweight

Dec. 03, 2021 06:13 AM EST
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese minister at center of dispute with Saudi Arabia resigns in bid to ease crisis with Gulf heavyweight.

UN General Assembly urged to investigate Yemen atrocities

Dec. 02, 2021 19:51 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 60 organizations urged the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday to establish an investigative body to gather and preserve evidence of serious human rights violations during Yemen’s seven-year conflict, including possible war crimes and crimes against humanity....

OPEC, allies stick to modest output boost despite omicron

Dec. 02, 2021 16:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — OPEC and allied oil-producing countries decided Thursday to stick to their plans to boost oil production even as the new omicron variant cast a shadow of uncertainty over the global economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Officials from OPEC...

Top buyer Egypt shops around at its international arms fair

Dec. 02, 2021 13:04 PM EST

Egypt on Thursday concluded its second international weapons fair, as one of the Middle East’s largest armies looks to grow its arsenal while moving away from U.S. suppliers. The four-day expo featuring hundreds of exhibitors comes as the country climbs the ranks of...

Sister of man imprisoned in Saudi Arabia writes to Hamilton

Dec. 02, 2021 10:59 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The sister of a man who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia is asking seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton to help save her brother's life. Zeinab Abu Al-Kheir told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that Hamilton's declaration two...

Lebanese businesses pay steep price for standoff with Saudis

Dec. 02, 2021 01:11 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese DJ was days away from moving to Riyadh to play for a month in one of the newest entertainment centers in Saudi Arabia's capital when a brief, polite Whatsapp message informed her that the contract won’t go through. The head of a Beirut-based...

US reports 1st case of omicron variant in returning traveler

Dec. 01, 2021 17:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant Wednesday — in a vaccinated traveler who returned to California after a trip to South Africa — as scientists around the world race to establish whether the new, mutant version of the coronavirus is...

Saudis, UAE detect first cases of new coronavirus variant

Dec. 01, 2021 14:34 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates said Wednesday they detected their first cases of the new coronavirus variant, recording the first known instances of omicron infections in the Persian Gulf region. Saudi Arabia’s state-run...