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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center right, speaks with U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates John Rakolta before boarding a plane at Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. Pompeo is en route to Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Pompeo touts Iran policy in Gulf ahead of Biden presidency

Nov. 22, 2020 9:43 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended his tour of Gulf Arab states and the Trump administration's continued efforts to squeeze Iran, even as a new U.S. administration led by Joe Biden prepares to enter the White House in January. Although Pompeo has not...

Fire in petrochemical factory in Iran kills 1, injures 4

Nov. 19, 2020 2:47 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A fire in a petrochemical factory in southwestern Iran on Thursday led to the death of one worker and injured four others, Iranian state TV reported. The report said the worker died after jumping off a platform where the blaze erupted during the unloading of carbohydrate materials. It...

In this photo released Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Guard's warship named after slain Guard naval commander Abdollah Roudaki, sails in to the Iranian southern territorial waters. Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said it launched a heavy warship Thursday capable of carrying helicopters, drones and missile launchers amid ongoing tensions with the U.S. (Sepahnews via AP)

Iran's Revolutionary Guard launches aircraft-carrying ship

Nov. 19, 2020 6:21 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said it launched a heavy warship Thursday capable of carrying helicopters, drones and missile launchers amid ongoing tensions with the U.S. Photographs of the ship, named after slain Guard naval commander Abdollah Roudaki, showed it carrying...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, Bahrain's Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa greets Britain's Prince Charles in Manama, Bahrain. Prince Khalifa, one of the world’s longest-serving prime ministers who led his island nation’s government for decades and survived the 2011 Arab Spring protests that demanded his ouster over corruption allegations, died on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. He was 84. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

US military flew terminally ill Bahrain premier to America

Nov. 13, 2020 5:05 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military flew Bahrain's terminally ill prime minister to America for hospital care two months before his death, the State Department acknowledged Friday, underlining the importance of the island kingdom. The care offered to Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, file photo, Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani stands for a group photograph at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait. Qatar's emir announced on Tuesday that the country will hold long-promised elections for its top advisory panel next year. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

Qatar's emir promises Shura Council elections next year

Nov. 3, 2020 1:09 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar’s emir announced on Tuesday that the country will hold elections for its top advisory panel next year, a long-promised step that aims to give the country’s citizens more say on how their hereditary emirate is governed. In a speech before the national...

Freelance lifestyle photographer, Paula Hainey takes photos of Darrin Chapman, a pilot recently laid off by long-haul carrier Emirates, and his wife, Jodi Chapman, who carries their daughter Harper, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Hainey is providing free photoshoots to laid-off expats forced to leave the skyscraper-studded Persian Gulf city because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Photographer helps laid-off expats bid goodbye to Dubai

Oct. 22, 2020 5:59 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — When the coronavirus pummeled Dubai this spring, the maternity and wedding shoots and all the gigs that freelance photographer Paula Hainey had lined up vanished almost overnight. She wasn’t alone. Within weeks, she knew too many jobless people to count. As the...

In this photo released by Combined Maritime Forces, a boarding team from a British royal navy vessel, the HMS Montrose, transits towards a stateless dhow, a traditional cargo ship that plies the Persian Gulf and surrounding waters, in the northern Arabian Sea, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The British royal navy seized 450 kilograms 450 kilograms (990 pounds) of methamphetamine from the dhow in the largest-ever bust by a joint maritime operation in the region. (Combined Maritime Forces via AP)

UK warship seizes 450 kilograms of meth in Arabian Sea

Oct. 21, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A British royal navy vessel seized 450 kilograms (990 pounds) of methamphetamine in the northern Arabian Sea in the largest-ever bust by a joint maritime operation in the region, officials said Wednesday. The HMS Montrose seized the drugs hidden aboard a stateless dhow, a...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, an Iranian clergyman stands next to missiles and army troops, during a manoeuvre, in an undisclosed location in Iran. A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that bared it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired Sunday, Oct. 18, 20202, as planned under its nuclear deal with world powers, despite objections from the United States. (Majid Asgaripour/Mehr News Agency via AP, File)

Russia calls for collective security in Gulf, US blames Iran

Oct. 20, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister called for collective efforts Tuesday to prevent a large-scale war in the Persian Gulf and got strong support from all Security Council members except the United States, which called Iran the major culprit and urged that it be held accountable for...

The national flags of Bahrain, Israel and America, flutter in near the Israeli flag carrier El Al plane that will fly an Israeli delegation, accompanied by U.S. aides, to Bahrain to formalise relations and broaden Gulf cooperation, at Ben Gurion airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel, Bahrain sign deal establishing formal ties

Oct. 18, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations, making the small Gulf country the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel. The U.S.-brokered agreement capped a one-day visit by a high-level delegation of American and Israeli officials to Bahrain....

Saudi Arabia arrests 10 with alleged ties to Iran's Guard

Sep. 29, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Monday its security forces uncovered a “terrorist cell” with alleged ties to Iran's Revolutionary Guard and have detained 10 people in connection. A statement issued by the Presidency of State Security, which is overseen by the king and crown...