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Wiesberger wins Italian Open, tops Race to Dubai rankings

Oct. 13, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Bernd Wiesberger moved atop the Race to Dubai rankings by winning the Italian Open on Sunday for his second Rolex Series victory of the year. Wiesberger carded a bogey-free 6-under 65 at Olgiata Golf Club for a one-stroke victory over Matthew Fitzpatrick after beginning the day three strokes...

Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit UAE next week

Oct. 10, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates says Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to their nation on Tuesday as part of a state visit. The state-run WAM news agency announced Putin's visit on Thursday. It said Putin would meet with Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh...

Emiratis can again travel to Lebanon, after yearslong ban

Oct. 8, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates says it will allow its citizens to again go to Lebanon, ending a yearslong ban on travel to the country. It says Emiratis can travel to Beirut from Tuesday. That's according to a statement late Monday night issued by the state-run WAM news agency....

Saudi Arabia eases restrictions on women taking hotel rooms

Oct. 6, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has lifted some restrictions on women traveling in the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, its tourism authority said Sunday, with new guidelines allowing women to rent hotel rooms without a male guardian's presence, and foreign men and women to share a room...

Saudi positive toward Yemeni rebels' truce

Oct. 4, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it views positively a truce called by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels, two weeks after the rebels said they were halting drone and missile attacks against the kingdom. Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman said Friday on Twitter that "the...

A year later, Saudi journalist's killing haunts kingdom

Oct. 1, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year drew renewed scrutiny Tuesday to the kingdom, as his son and a U.N. investigator spoke out ahead of the anniversary of his death. Saudi intelligence officials and a...

Saudi state media say king's bodyguard shot in 'dispute'

Sep. 29, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent bodyguard to Saudi Arabia's King Salman was shot and killed in what authorities described as a personal dispute, state TV reported Sunday, offering few details on an incident that shocked the kingdom. Tributes poured in across social media for Maj. Gen....

Iran slams US for barring Zarif from New York hospital visit

Sep. 28, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran slammed the United States on Saturday for what it called an "inhumane" decision to bar its foreign minister, who was attending the U.N. summit meetings in New York, from visiting a hospitalized Iranian diplomat in the city. U.S. authorities were not allowing Iranian Foreign...

Saudi Arabia unveils new tourist visas

Sep. 28, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has announced a new tourist visa scheme, as part of efforts to open up the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom to foreign visitors and diversify its oil-reliant economy. The kingdom says allowing more foreign visitors is "a key milestone." It is seeking to...

Iran releases seized UK-flagged tanker

Sep. 27, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Friday released a British-flagged oil tanker it had seized in July, while the country's president, returning from an annual United Nations meeting, said he had been told the United States had offered to lift sanctions if Tehran returned to the negotiating table over its nuclear...