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Panel takes troubled Dubai developer's disputes in downturn

Aug. 20, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A special committee will "resolve multiple disputes" involving a Dubai government-owned developer that faces a series of lawsuits, the city-state said Tuesday, a sign of renewed economic problems in this desert sheikhdom that's home to the world's tallest skyscraper. The...

UAE expands taxes to target vaping and more sugary drinks

Aug. 20, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates will start taxing vaping devices and e-cigarettes at 100% and all sugary drinks at 50% as economic growth stutters and the government looks for ways to boost its revenue. The country's Cabinet announced the new taxes on Tuesday, which come into...

Images show Iran satellite launch looms despite US criticism

Aug. 18, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran appears to be preparing another satellite launch after twice failing this year to put one in orbit, despite U.S. accusations that the Islamic Republic's program helps it develop ballistic missiles. Satellite images of the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran's Semnan...

Kuwait says ruler, 90, OK after unspecified health 'setback'

Aug. 18, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's 90-year-old ruling emir suffered an unspecified medical "setback" and later recovered, state media reported Sunday, hours after Iran's visiting foreign minister said he was praying for the ruler's "speedy recovery." Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah underwent...

The Latest: Witness says children killed in Kabul blast

Aug. 17, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The latest on a suicide bombing inside a crowded wedding hall in Afghanistan's capital (all times local): 2:45 a.m. A witness to a suicide bombing at a wedding party in Afghanistan's capital says the attacker set off the explosives near the stage where children had gathered. Gul...

Yemen rebel drone attack targets remote Saudi oil field

Aug. 17, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia's sprawling desert on Saturday, causing what the kingdom described as a "limited fire" in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry. The attack on the...

Saudi state TV says fire controlled at massive oil field after a drone attack claimed by Yemen rebels

Aug. 17, 2019 8:30 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi state TV says fire controlled at massive oil field after a drone attack claimed by Yemen rebels .

Indian business ties underpin muted Arab response to Kashmir

Aug. 15, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gulf Arab countries have remained mostly silent as India's government moved to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its limited autonomy, imposing a sweeping military curfew in the disputed Muslim-majority region and cutting off residents from all communication and the...

Iranian-British anthropologist held in Tehran amid tensions

Aug. 14, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A British-Iranian anthropologist who has studied child marriage and female genital mutilation in the Islamic Republic has been detained in Iran over unknown charges, his wife and activists said Wednesday, becoming the latest dual national held there amid tensions with the...

Rights groups say UAE releases 3 after denouncing Islamists

Aug. 9, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Human rights groups say the United Arab Emirates has released three people with alleged ties to a local Islamist group after denouncing the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. Osama al-Najjar, Badr al-Bahri and Othman al-Shehhi were released after appearing in...