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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the qualifying session at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Brynn Lennon, Pool via AP)

Hamilton takes pole position for Bahrain GP and 98th in F1

Nov. 28, 2020 11:04 AM EST

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton set a track record at the Bahrain Grand Prix on his way to a record-extending 98th career pole position on Saturday. The seven-time F1 champion looked in total control as he set a time of 1 minute, 27.264 seconds under the floodlights. “We...

Egyptian celeb faces backlash over photo with Israeli singer

Nov. 24, 2020 9:30 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian celebrity has sparked an uproar after a photo of him with an Israeli pop star was posted online, prompting angry rants from newscasters and the actor-singer's suspension from a stage and film professionals’ union. The outcry over Mohamed Ramadan’s photograph with...

From left to right, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani hold a joint press conference after their trilateral meeting in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (Menahem Kahana/Pool via AP)

Israel's Netanyahu says he will pay a visit to Bahrain soon

Nov. 24, 2020 4:17 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he spoke with the crown prince of Bahrain and would visit the Gulf state soon, a month after the two countries established formal diplomatic relations. Bahrain’s foreign minister visited Israel last week in a mark of the...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2020, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits a new coronavirus lab at Ben-Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel. Israeli media reported Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 that Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia for a clandestine meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which would mark the first known encounter between senior Israeli and Saudi officials. (Ohad Zwigenberg/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Reports: Israeli PM flew to Saudi Arabia, met crown prince

Nov. 23, 2020 2:48 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media reported Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia for a clandestine meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which would mark the first known encounter between senior Israeli and Saudi officials. The reported meeting was the latest move by the...

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...

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...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani, right, listen as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference after their trilateral meeting in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (Menahem Kahana/Pool via AP)

Bahrain FM visits Israel in latest sign of warming ties

Nov. 18, 2020 11:06 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Bahrain's foreign minister paid a history-making visit to Israel on Wednesday, in the latest sign of warming ties following a series of U.S.-brokered normalization accords between Israel and Arab nations. Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani flew into Tel Aviv on a Gulf Air...

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2020 file photo, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien speaks with reporters at the White House, in Washington. President Donald Trump's national security adviser promised a

Trump aide promises 'very professional transition' to Biden

Nov. 16, 2020 11:34 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser promised a “very professional transition” to the administration of President-elect Joe Biden in an interview broadcast Monday, even as Trump continues to falsely claim he won the November election. Speaking...

FILE- In this 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. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 it would start operating daily nonstop flights to Tel Aviv next spring, a move that deepens ties between the UAE and Israel after the two countries agreed to normalize relations. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

UAE national carrier to start flying to Tel Aviv next spring

Nov. 16, 2020 10:19 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced Monday it would start operating daily nonstop flights to Tel Aviv next spring, a move that deepens ties between the UAE and Israel after the two countries agreed to normalize relations. Direct...

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...