Latest United Arab Emirates News

Bangladeshi ship seized off Somali coast is freed after more than a month

Apr. 15, 2024 05:18 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A cargo vessel seized by pirates off the Somali coast has been freed along with its crew after more than a month, the European Union’s maritime security force said Monday. Operation ATALANTA said in a statement that all 23 crew members of the...

Russia and West join forces to tackle trade in 'blood diamonds' despite feud over Moscow's diamonds

Apr. 04, 2024 01:19 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and its Western allies are feuding with Russia over its diamond production, but they joined forces Wednesday to keep supporting the Kimberley Process, which aims to eliminate the trade in “blood diamonds” that helped fuel devastating conflicts in...

An airstrip is being built on a Yemeni island during the ongoing war, with 'I LOVE UAE' next to it

Mar. 28, 2024 01:36 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As Yemen’s Houthi rebels continue to target ships in a Mideast waterway, satellite pictures analyzed by The Associated Press show what appears to be a new airstrip being built at an entrance to that crucial maritime route. No country has publicly...

U.S. sanctions Russian entities accused of enabling digital currency sanctions evasion

Mar. 25, 2024 13:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Monday imposed sanctions on a collection of fintech firms and people, mostly in Russia, accused of enabling sanctions evasion. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned 13 firms — five of which are owned by an already sanctioned...

An al-Qaida attack in Yemen kills 2 troops loyal to a secessionist group, officials say

Mar. 25, 2024 04:27 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An attack by al-Qaida in southern Yemen killed at least two troops loyal to a secessionist group, officials said Monday, in the first attack since the extremist group's branch in the Arab country announced the death of its leader earlier this month. The attack,...

Senior Hezbollah security official makes rare visit to UAE to discuss detained Lebanese

Mar. 21, 2024 17:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior official with Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group made a rare visit to the United Arab Emirates to discuss the cases of a dozen Lebanese citizens detained in the oil-rich nation over alleged links to the Lebanese group, Hezbollah said Thursday. The United...

Borse Dubai plans to sell part of stake in the Nasdaq in a deal potentially worth some $1.6 billion

Mar. 20, 2024 01:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Dubai sovereign wealth fund that's the single-largest shareholder in the Nasdaq stock index plans to sell a third of its shares in the exchange, a deal potentially worth some $1.6 billion that saw the value of the firm fall in aftermarket trading Wednesday. ...

UK government says it will back legislation to ban foreign state ownership of British newspapers

Mar. 13, 2024 17:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government said Wednesday it will back legislation banning foreign state ownership of British newspapers and magazines, a move that could upend a planned takeover by a United Arab Emirates-led consortium of the Telegraph Media Group. The development comes...

In a rural California region, a plan takes shape to provide shade from dangerous heat

Mar. 02, 2024 17:41 PM EST

MECCA, Calif. (AP) — When Limba Contreras moved to the desert community of Oasis, California, about 50 years ago, her family relied on a water cooler to keep temperatures inside their home comfortable. Other times, they sprayed each other with a hose outside. But when the heat...

World Trade Organization ends meeting in UAE after failing to reach major agreements

Mar. 01, 2024 20:56 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Negotiators taking part in a World Trade Organization meeting in the United Arab Emirates ended their summit early Saturday after failing to reach agreements on several major initiatives, the latest sign of turmoil within the global body. The WTO...