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Syrian leader receives credentials from Bahrain ambassador

Jun. 19, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A new ambassador from Bahrain formally took up his post in Syria on Sunday, the country's first full diplomatic mission there in more than a decade as Damascus continues to improve its relations with Gulf Arab states. President Bashar Assad received the...

Disney's 'Lightyear' banned in Muslim world for lesbian kiss

Jun. 16, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities across much of the Muslim world have barred Disney's latest animated film “Lightyear” from being played at cinemas after the inclusion of a brief kiss between a lesbian couple, the company said Thursday as the movie premiered. ...

Israel hopes Biden trip helps tighten ties with Saudi Arabia

Jun. 15, 2022 07:28 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is looking to U.S. President Joe Biden's Mideast trip next month to bolster its efforts to normalize relations with Saudi Arabia, a country with which it does not have official ties, according to Israel's foreign minister. Yair Lapid spoke a day after the...

Bahrain to ban single-use plastic bags from September

Apr. 24, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The island kingdom of Bahrain announced Sunday it would start banning the import, distribution and sale of single-use lightweight plastic bags from mid-September, the latest move by an oil-producer to advance carbon reduction goals. The statement...

Bahrain confirms firm's talks to buy AC Milan for $1.1B

Apr. 18, 2022 14:23 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Bahrain’s government announced that a private equity firm based in the country is in “exclusive talks” to buy seven-time European champion AC Milan and become the Italian league’s first Middle East investor. Three days after news of the dealings emerged,...

AP Source: Bahrain-based investor in talks to buy AC Milan

Apr. 15, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

A Bahrain-based private equity firm is in exclusive talks to buy seven-time European champion AC Milan and become the Italian league's first Middle East investor, a person with knowledge of the process said. The buyout by Investcorp could see the Serie A leader sold for around 1...

US Navy says new task force to patrol Red Sea amid Yemen war

Apr. 13, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Wednesday it will begin a new task force with allied countries to patrol the Red Sea after a series of attacks attributed to Yemen's Houthi rebels in a waterway that's essential to global trade. Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, who...

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc wins Formula 1 Australian GP

Apr. 10, 2022 08:08 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Riding high after a decisive victory for Ferrari in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, Charles Leclerc’s belief in the team's prospects are growing by the race. A grand prix billed as a showdown between Leclerc’s Ferrari and the Red Bulls of Max...

Arab, US top diplomats in Israel as Mideast dynamic shifts

Mar. 28, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

SDE BOKER, Israel (AP) — Israel on Monday hosted the foreign ministers of four Arab nations and the United States in a bid to strengthen its position in a rapidly shifting Middle East. The gathering brought together the top diplomats from Egypt and three Arab nations — the United...

Verstappen vs. Leclerc shaping up as F1 rivalry of 2022

Mar. 27, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Two races into the Formula One season and defending champion Max Verstappen is already going toe-to-toe with Charles Leclerc rather than veteran Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time F1 champion whose crown he took last year. Verstappen and Leclerc, both 24 and...