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Oman launches $5B investment fund as part of efforts to diversify oil-dependant economy

May. 31, 2023 10:48 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman plans to launch a $5 billion public investment fund to support plans to overhaul the economy in the Gulf Arab nation over the next two decades, state media reported Wednesday. The Oman Future Fund will aim to increase economic activity and...

Qatar expresses interest in hosting Rugby League World Cup, organizers say

May. 17, 2023 09:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Qatar's push to become a central hub on the global sporting landscape could see the emirate be an unlikely host of a Rugby League World Cup. Qatar is one of four nations to express an interest in staging the 2025 tournament, rugby league's governing body said...

Kerry challenges oil industry to prove its promised tech rescue for climate-wrecking emissions

May. 17, 2023 09:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil and gas producers talk up technological breakthroughs they say will soon allow the world to drill and burn fossil fuels without worsening global warming. U.S. climate envoy John Kerry says the time is here for the industry to prove it can make the technology happen — at...

Today in History: May 17, Brown v. Board of Education ruling

May. 17, 2023 00:03 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 17, the 137th day of 2023. There are 228 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 17, 1954, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision which...

Syria's main insurgent group seeks to move away from al-Qaida past, get off Western terrorism lists

May. 14, 2023 02:35 AM EDT

IDLIB, Syria (AP) — The leader of an insurgent group that rules much of northwest Syria rose to notoriety over the past decade by claiming deadly bombings, threatening revenge against Western “crusader” forces and dispatching Islamist religious police to crack down on women deemed to be...

Lebanese and UAE foreign ministers speak after man dies in custody

May. 13, 2023 13:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s foreign minister spoke Saturday with his counterpart in the United Arab Emirates following the death of a Lebanese citizen while in custody in the oil-rich Gulf nation, the foreign ministry said in a statement. Lebanon's Foreign Ministry said in a short...

IMF says inflation to slow growth across Mideast this year

May. 03, 2023 02:03 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Economies across the Middle East and Central Asia will likely slow this year as persistently high inflation and rising interest rates bite into their post-pandemic gains, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday. The IMF's Regional Economic...

Court ends challenge to 2021 Gulf oil and gas lease sale

Apr. 28, 2023 14:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit by environmentalists seeking to block the 2021 sale of Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases auctioned off by the federal government was rejected Friday by a federal appeals court in Washington. Energy companies including Shell, BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil...

United Arab Emirates, Qatar edge toward reopening embassies

Apr. 18, 2023 06:17 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday both acknowledged they are edging closer to reopening embassies in each others' countries after a yearslong boycott of Doha over a political dispute. Qatar's International Media Office said in a...

Head of Mexican immigration agency charged after fatal fire

Apr. 12, 2023 00:16 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of Mexico’s National Immigration Institute will face criminal charges for a fire that killed 40 migrants in a locked cell, the federal Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday night. The office said in a statement that the head of the immigration...