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Syria, UAE leaders discuss coronavirus, a thaw in relations

Mar. 27, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's president and one of the United Arab Emirates' most powerful leaders spoke on the phone on Friday — signalling a major thaw in Damascus' troubled relations with Arab countries, which had mostly boycotted President Bashar Assad and backed his opposition. The official...

An Emirati Boeing CH-47 Chinook takes off during an exercise at an Emirati military base home to a Military Operations in Urban Terrain facility in al-Hamra, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 23, 2020. The U.S. military held the major exercise Monday with Emirati troops in the UAE's far western desert at a facility designed to look like a Mideast city amid ongoing tensions with Iran. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

US, UAE troops hold major exercise amid virus, Iran tensions

Mar. 23, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

AL-HAMRA MILITARY BASE, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Marines and Emirati forces held a major military exercise Monday that saw forces seize a sprawling model Mideast city, a drill conducted amid tensions with Iran and despite the new coronavirus pandemic. Troops raced over the dunes of the Al-Hamra...

People wearing face masks exercise on the shore of an artificial lake, in Western Tehran, Iran, Sunday, March 15, 2020. Many people in Tehran shrugged off warnings over the new coronavirus as authorities complained that most people in the capital are not treating the crisis seriously enough. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran reports more than 100 new virus deaths as fears mount

Mar. 15, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The official leading Iran's response to the new coronavirus acknowledged Sunday that the pandemic could overwhelm health facilities in his country, which is battling the worst outbreak in the Middle East while under heavy U.S. sanctions. Elsewhere in the region, Lebanon ordered...

Firefighters disinfect a street against the new coronavirus, in western Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 13, 2020. The new coronavirus outbreak has reached Iran's top officials, with its senior vice president, Cabinet ministers, members of parliament, Revolutionary Guard members and Health Ministry officials among those infected. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran death toll from virus passes 600, Syria shuts schools

Mar. 14, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Saturday the coronavirus outbreak has killed another 97 people, pushing the death toll in the country to 611, as war-ravaged Syria announced a number of strict measures despite the government saying it has no confirmed cases. Iran is suffering from the worst outbreak in the...

FILE -  In this March 8, 2020, file, photo, an Emirati trader passes under the stocks display screen at the Dubai Financial Market in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The United Arab Emirates will shut down its schools for four weeks as the coronavirus threatens global oil prices, airlines and Dubai’s upcoming Expo 2020 world’s fair. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

Saudi, UAE economies rocked by plunging oil prices and virus

Mar. 11, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It's been a turbulent week for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and it's only Wednesday. Already pained by years of economic slowdown and unpopular austerity measures, Gulf Arab states now face the most challenging headwind to their stability: crashing oil...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company Armco and stock market officials celebrate during the official ceremony marking the debut of Aramco's initial public offering (IPO) on the Riyadh's stock market, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's oil company Aramco said Wednesday, march 11, 2020, it will increase production capacity to 13 million barrels per day, up from 12 million per day, part of a strategy to dominate market share amid a slowdown in demand due to the outbreak of a new virus. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Saudi Aramco to boost capacity; Abu Dhabi to increase supply

Mar. 11, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia steamed ahead on Wednesday with its new energy play by directing the kingdom's oil company Aramco on Wednesday to increase its maximum production capacity, while Abu Dhabi's oil and gas company ADNOC followed suit by saying it was boosting output by 25% to 4...

Saudi Arabia, Israel tighten restrictions to counter virus

Mar. 9, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia closed off air and sea travel to 14 countries affected by the new virus Monday, while Israel ordered two weeks of home quarantine for anyone arriving from overseas. Mideast stock markets tumbled over fears about the widening outbreak's effect on the global...

People visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, Thursday, March 5, 2020. Palestinian authorities said the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, built atop the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born, will close indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Bethlehem's storied Nativity Church closes amid virus fears

Mar. 5, 2020 4:22 PM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials on Thursday closed the storied Church of the Nativity in the biblical city of Bethlehem indefinitely over fears of the new coronavirus, weeks ahead of the busy Easter holiday season. The announcement by the Palestinian tourism ministry threatened to...

FILE- In this Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, an Emirati man takes a selfie in front of a new Etihad Airways A380 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi's long-troubled national carrier Etihad on Thursday, March 5, 2020, reported losses of $870 million in 2019 after losing billions in recent years, calling the result

Abu Dhabi's long-troubled Etihad reports $870M loss in 2019

Mar. 5, 2020 2:34 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Abu Dhabi's long-troubled national carrier Etihad on Thursday reported losses of $870 million in 2019 after losing billions in recent years, calling the result “encouraging.” Since 2016, Etihad has lost a total of $5.62 billion as its strategy of...

The pack pedals during the fourth stage of the tour of United Arab Emirates cycling race, from Zabeel Park to Dubai City Walk, in United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP)

More virus cases linked to UAE Tour as riders face isolation

Mar. 4, 2020 12:04 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Six more people with links to the canceled UAE Tour cycling race have been infected with the virus spreading around the world. The Ministry of Health in the United Arab Emirates said in a statement that two Russians, two Italians, one German and one Colombian have...