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Journalists arrive for visiting Terra, The Sustainability Pavilion, during a media tour at the Dubai World Expo site in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. With the inauguration of Expo 2020 Dubai, the next world's fair, nine months away amid the raging global pandemic that forced its postponement, organizers unveiled the site's signature pavilion to reporters for the first time on Saturday. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Expo 2020 unveils key pavilion in Dubai as pandemic surges

Jan. 16, 2021 10:20 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai on Saturday unveiled the signature pavilion for the upcoming Expo 2020, the world's fair that is scheduled to open later this year even as the global pandemic that forced its postponement continues to rage. The Terra Pavilion, which features a towering 130...

FILE - In this April 24, 2019, file photo released by the U.S. Air Force, an F-35A Lightning II fighter jet prepares to taxi and take off from Al-Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, on April 24, 2019. The United States called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates

US calls Bahrain, UAE 'major security partners'

Jan. 16, 2021 1:18 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates “major security partners" early Saturday, a previously unheard of designation for the two countries home to major American military operations. A White House statement tied the designation to Bahrain...

In this photo released Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, by the Imamedia a suicide drone approaches the target during a drill. Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill Friday that saw

Iranian Guard drones in drill mirror those in Saudi attacks

Jan. 15, 2021 11:10 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill Friday that saw “suicide drones” crash into targets and explode, triangle-shaped aircraft that strongly resembled those used in a 2019 attack in Saudi Arabia that temporarily cut the kingdom's oil...

This image released Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, by the Iranian Army shows a helicopter on an Iranian-made Makran logistics vessel during a naval drill. Iran fired cruise missiles Thursday as part of the drill in the Gulf of Oman, state media reported, amid heightened tensions with the U.S. (Iranian Army via AP)

Iran tests missiles under apparent watch of US nuclear sub

Jan. 14, 2021 10:59 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran fired cruise missiles Thursday as part of a naval drill in the Gulf of Oman, state media reported, under surveillance of what appeared to be a U.S. nuclear submarine dispatched to the region amid heightened tensions between the countries. Helicopter footage of the...

ADDS FULL DATE OF RESIGNATIONS -- FILE - This Dec. 16, 2012 file photo shows a General view of Kuwait's National Assembly during the inauguration of the 14th Legislative Term of the National Assembly in Kuwait. Kuwait's Cabinet submitted its resignation on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, the latest development in a cycle of clashes between the government and lawmakers that long has convulsed the sheikhdom with the strongest parliament in the Gulf. (AP Photo/Gustavo Ferrari, File)

Kuwait's government quits, deepening political deadlock

Jan. 12, 2021 11:15 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait’s Cabinet submitted its resignation Tuesday, the latest development in a cycle of clashes between the government and lawmakers that long has convulsed the sheikhdom with the strongest parliament in the Gulf. The move, while not a surprise after some 30...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, Oman's ruler Sultan Haitham bin Tariq prepares for a meeting at al-Alam palace in the capital Muscat, Oman. The sultan announced Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, a shake-up of the country’s constitution with changes that include the appointment of a crown prince for the first time and steps to boost government transparency. The move, one year after the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said comes as the government faces growing economic pressures at home. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP, File)

Oman sultan creates crown prince post, changes constitution

Jan. 11, 2021 11:39 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman’s sultan announced a shake-up of the Gulf country’s constitution on Monday with changes that include the appointment of a crown prince for the first time and steps to boost government transparency, the state-run news agency reported. The move, one year...

A Saudi waits for the arrival of relatives from Qatar in front of a screen displaying a Qatar Airways flight for the first time in 3 years, at King Khalid Airport in Ryadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Saudi Arabia, along with the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, ended a three-year dispute with Qatar following a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in AlUla last week. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Qatar-Saudi Arabia direct flights resume amid Gulf detente

Jan. 11, 2021 9:28 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Qatar Airways jetliner landed in Saudi Arabia on Monday, completing the first direct flight from Doha to Riyadh since the kingdom’s boycott of the tiny, energy-rich state in 2017. The resumption of direct flights came after regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia...

Journalists chat as video of a plane carrying Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is shown on a screen while landing at at Al Ula airport, where the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting takes place, in Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Al Thani's arrival in the kingdom’s ancient desert city of Al-Ula on Tuesday was broadcast live on Saudi TV. He was seen descending from his plane and being greeted with a hug by the Saudi crown prince. The diplomatic breakthrough comes after a final push by the outgoing Trump administration and fellow Gulf state Kuwait to mediate an end to the crisis. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Easing dispute, UAE announces reopening of borders to Qatar

Jan. 8, 2021 6:24 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates announced on Friday that it would reopen its borders and airspace to Qatar after boycotting the tiny energy-rich country alongside its Gulf allies since 2017. The decision to restart commerce and travel would take effect on Saturday, Foreign...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020 file photo, the partner of Julia Sologub, a member of the flight crew of the Ukrainian 737-800 plane that crashed on the outskirts of Tehran, reacts as he holds a portrait of her at a memorial inside Borispil International Airport outside Kyiv, Ukraine. More questions than answers remain about the disaster that killed 176 people on board the Ukrainian jetliner, a year after Iran’s military mistakenly downed the plane with surface-to-air missiles. Officials in Canada, which was home to many of the passengers on the doomed plane, and other affected countries have raised concerns about the lack of transparency and accountability in Iran’s investigation of its own military. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

A year on, questions haunt Iran's downing of Ukrainian plane

Jan. 7, 2021 3:59 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — When Navaz Ebrahim learned that a Ukrainian plane had fallen from the sky near Iran’s capital, she didn’t realize her older sister was on the flight. They had just spoken on the phone. Niloufar had promised her, like she always does, that everything was...

Shoppers wear masks as they walk around a shopping precinct in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Masks have been made mandatory in shopping centers, on public transport, in entertainment venues such as a cinema, and fines will come into effect on Monday as the state government responds to the COVID-19 outbreak on Sydney's northern beaches, which is suspected to have also caused new cases in neighboring Victoria state. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Australia moves up vaccination start to February

Jan. 6, 2021 11:38 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is advancing the start of its coronavirus vaccination program to mid-February, with plans to inoculate 15% of the population by late March. The government had argued there was no reason for an emergency rollout that cut short usual regulatory processes as has occurred in the...