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Iran says it will enrich uranium to 60%, highest level ever

Apr. 13, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran will begin enriching uranium up to 60% purity after an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility, a negotiator said Tuesday, pushing its program to higher levels than ever before though still remaining short of weapons-grade. The...

Iran frees South Korean ship it held amid dispute over funds

Apr. 09, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A South Korean oil tanker held for months by Iran amid a dispute over billions of dollars seized by Seoul was freed and sailed away early Friday, just hours ahead of further talks between Tehran and world powers over its tattered nuclear deal. ...

Dubai deputy ruler, famed horseman Sheikh Hamdan dies at 75

Mar. 24, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the deputy ruler of Dubai and an internationally renowned horseman, has died, his brother said Wednesday. He was 75. Sheikh Hamdan served as the finance minister of the United Arab Emirates and...

Sudan officials, Saudi crown prince talk Red Sea investments

Mar. 10, 2021 05:02 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sudan’s prime minister and Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince met Wednesday to discuss Saudi investment opportunities in the Red Sea, the Sudanese government said, as the kingdom seeks to boost its influence across the strategic Horn of Africa. ...

UAE minister: US sanctions on Syria challenge rapprochement

Mar. 09, 2021 06:23 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sweeping U.S. sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad undermine regional rapprochement efforts that could help settle the Syrian conflict, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates said on Tuesday. In a...

Bahrain: Crown prince calls Israel PM on Iran nuclear talks

Feb. 25, 2021 11:16 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain’s crown prince spoke with the Israeli prime minister on Thursday about the return to nuclear talks with Iran, Bahrain’s state-run news agency reported, as the U.S. administration tries to revive the tattered 2015 nuclear accord. ...

UK police receive letter from UAE princess urging probe

Feb. 25, 2021 10:59 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Police in eastern England say they have received a long-delayed letter from an Emirati princess asking them to investigate the disappearance of her sister 20 years ago. The letter is the latest episode in the long-running family drama of Sheikh Mohammed...

Tensions rise between Somalia and UAE over delayed elections

Feb. 21, 2021 10:55 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Two days after violence related to Somalia's delayed elections, the country's foreign ministry has accused “external forces” for contributing to the problems. At least five soldiers were killed and more than a dozen people, mostly...

UN asks Emirates for 'proof of life' for missing princess

Feb. 19, 2021 11:51 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. human rights office said Friday that it has asked the United Arab Emirates for evidence that an Emirati princess held against her will for almost three years is still alive. The Geneva-based Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said...

Dubai princess' backers seek Biden help to win her freedom

Feb. 17, 2021 14:01 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Supporters of an Emirati princess held against her will for almost three years are urging Joe Biden to put pressure on her father to release the woman, saying the U.S. president is one of the few world leaders with the stature to win her freedom. The case...