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Tourists look at the skyline at sunset, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Since becoming one of the world's first destinations to open up for tourism, Dubai has promoted itself as the ideal pandemic vacation spot. With peak tourism season in full swing, coronavirus infections are surging to unprecedented heights, with daily case counts nearly tripling in the past month, but in the face of a growing economic crisis, the city won't lock down and can't afford to stand still. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Dubai, party haven amid pandemic, faces its biggest surge

Jan. 19, 2021 1:15 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Masks off the minute you step inside. Bars packed and pulsing like it’s 2019. Social media stars waving bottles of champagne. DJs spinning party tunes through multi-hour brunches. Since becoming one of the world's first destinations to open up for tourism, Dubai,...

Saudi racehorse owner Prince Khalid dies at 83

Jan. 12, 2021 1:09 PM EST

NEWMARKET, England (AP) — Khalid bin Abdullah, the Saudi prince who owned the Juddmonte Farms horse-racing operation which produced superstar thoroughbreds like Frankel and Dancing Brave, has died. He was 83. The prince’s death was announced by the Juddmonte group on Tuesday. The organization did...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2016 file photo, people visit the Bollywood theme park at Dubai Parks & Resorts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The owner of Dubai's struggling theme park operator is planning to sell itself to its majority shareholder, the company said in documents filed Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, with the Dubai Financial Market, capping years of plummeting income and stocks. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

Dubai's troubled theme park operator to go private

Dec. 21, 2020 12:12 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Dubai government-backed holding company made a formal bid on Sunday to buy out the city's struggling theme park operator, the company said in documents filed with the Dubai Financial Market, capping years of plummeting income and stocks. Meraas Holding, the majority...

Children stand outside the ruins of their home, in the Hay Tanak slum of Mosul, Iraq, Nov. 28, 2020. A push by the Iraqi government to close displacement camps by the end of the year threatens to leave tens of thousands of people homeless and without aid during a pandemic and at the onset of winter. The displaced were driven from their homes during the war against the Islamic State group and many say they cannot return because their homes were destroyed or they fear reprisal by tribes and militias. Aid groups say the haphazard implementation of the policy is fueling more displacement and resentment. (AP Photo/Samya Kullab)

Camp closures force Iraqi families back to shattered homes

Dec. 16, 2020 1:05 AM EST

DEBAJA, Iraq (AP) — After living in a camp for three years, 70-year-old Merhi Hamed Abdullah returned to his village west of the city of Mosul to find it in ruins — his first glimpse of home since Iraq defeated the Islamic State group. To shelter his family of seven, Abdullah resurrected the tent...

FILE - In this April 2, 2020, file photo taken through a tinted car window, a technician takes a nasal swab for a coronavirus detection test at a drive-thru testing facility in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The United Arab Emirates said Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, that a Chinese coronavirus vaccine by Sinopharm tested in the federation of sheikhdoms is 86% effective, though it released few details. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

Israel's Netanyahu: Vaccination campaign to begin Dec. 27

Dec. 9, 2020 2:53 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday that Israel will begin vaccinating the public against the coronavirus on Dec. 27, making it one of the first countries in the world to innoculate its citizens. He spoke just hours after the United Arab Emirates...

Today in History

Dec. 8, 2020 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 8, the 343rd day of 2020. There are 23 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Imperial Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. On this date: In 1863,...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud speaks during his meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, at the State Department in Washington.  Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has expressed optimism that the ongoing boycott of Qatar by four Arab nations may be nearing an end. Prince Faisal bin Farhan made the comment to the Italy’s annual Mediterranean Dialogues on Friday, Dec. 4.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, POOL, File)

Saudi Arabia says end to yearslong Qatar boycott 'in reach'

Dec. 4, 2020 3:00 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's top diplomat said Friday that an end to the yearslong boycott of Qatar by the kingdom and three other Arab nations “looks in reach” for all involved, though he offered no details on how this feud would be resolved. The remarks by Saudi Prince...

Qatar rules out normalization of Israel ties for now

Dec. 4, 2020 8:16 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Qatar's foreign minister said Friday that his country remains committed to the creation of a Palestinian state with its capital in east Jerusalem, and that progress on that front would need to be “at the core” of any agreement to normalize relations with Israel. “Right now,...