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Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, delivers a keynote address at Global Women's Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Ivanka Trump lauds Saudi, UAE on women's rights reforms

Feb. 16, 2020 11:18 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ivanka Trump lauded Sunday a handful of Mideast countries, including close U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, for embarking on “significant reforms” to advance women's rights, while speaking at a gathering of women entrepreneurs and...

An American Airlines plane taxis past parked Alaska Airlines planes, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. American Airlines and Alaska Airlines announced Thursday that they will cooperate more closely on West Coast service, including new American flights from Seattle to India's technology hub in Bangalore. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

FAA allows US civilian flights to resume over Persian Gulf

Feb. 15, 2020 2:22 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday that American civilian flights can resume operations over much of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, loosening restrictions announced five weeks ago amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The...

British officials: Tanker on fire in Gulf off Sharjah in UAE

Jan. 29, 2020 2:22 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A crude oil tanker in the Persian Gulf caught fire Wednesday night, prompting a warning from British naval officials to “exercise extreme caution.” The United Kingdom’s Maritime Trade Operations said the fire struck the vessel northwest of Sharjah, an...

People gather for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Ukraine plane crash, at the gate of Amri Kabir University that some of the victims of the crash were former students of, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Iran on Saturday, Jan. 11, acknowledged that its armed forces

Iran acknowledges Russian-made missiles targeted Ukraine jet

Jan. 21, 2020 1:56 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran acknowledged on Tuesday that its armed forces fired two Russian anti-aircraft missiles at a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed after taking off from Tehran's main airport earlier this month, killing all 176 people on board. The new preliminary report by Iran's Civil...

Anti-war activists stage a rally against the South Korean government's decision to send troops to Hormuz Strait, near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. South Korean government on Tuesday said in a press release that the government had decided to send troops to Hormuz Strait to protect South Korean citizens and guarantee the freedom of navigation in the region. The sign reads

S. Korea naval unit to expand operations to Strait of Hormuz

Jan. 21, 2020 1:53 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean anti-piracy unit has temporarily expanded its mission to the Strait of Hormuz, a vital global oil route at the center of soaring tensions between Iran and the United States. South Korea’s Defense Ministry announced the expansion Tuesday, saying it was meant...

In this photo released by Indian government Press Information Bureau, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, fourth left, poses with other leaders during the inaugural session of 
Raisina Dialogue, a global conference to discuss the most challenging issues facing the world community in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan.14, 2020. (Indian government Press Information Bureau via AP)

Russia says US Indo-Pacific strategy is to contain China

Jan. 15, 2020 2:08 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Russia on Wednesday criticized the United States for introducing a new Indo-Pacific concept it said was aimed at containing China. Addressing a global conference in the Indian capital to discuss the most challenging issues facing the world community, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov...

A protester waves the national flag while demonstrators set fire to close streets near Tahrir Square during a demonstration against the Iranian missile strike in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing a top Revolutionary Guard commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The Latest: Iran says it doesn't want war, but will respond

Jan. 14, 2020 8:50 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Iran is informing the United Nations that it took “a measured and proportionate military response” to the U.S. airstrike that killed its top military...

U.S. soldiers and journalists inspect the rubble at a site of Iranian bombing, in Ain al-Asad air base, Anbar, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Ain al-Asad air base was struck by a barrage of Iranian missiles on Wednesday, in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed atop Iranian commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whose killing raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Qassim Abdul-Zahra)

US warns vessels transiting Gulf amid tensions with Iran

Jan. 13, 2020 11:56 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States on Tuesday warned of threats to commercial vessels in and around the Persian Gulf in the wake of its confrontation with Iran. Tensions have soared since the U.S. airstrike earlier this month that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top general and the...

In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 photo, made available by the Oman News Agency, Oman's new Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, right, receives Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, after his arrival to attend an official mourning ceremony for the late Sultan Qaboos, in Muscat, Oman. A flurry of diplomatic visits and meetings crisscrossing the Persian Gulf are driving urgent efforts to defuse the possibility of all-out war after the U.S. killed Iran's top military commander. Global leaders and top diplomats are repeating in recent days the mantra of “de-escalation” and “dialogue,” yet none have publicly laid out a path to achieving either. (Oman News Agency via AP)

High-gear diplomacy aims to avert U.S., Iran conflict

Jan. 13, 2020 11:21 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A flurry of diplomatic visits and meetings crisscrossing the Persian Gulf have driven urgent efforts in recent days to defuse the possibility of all-out war after the U.S. killed Iran's top military commander. Global leaders and top diplomats are repeating the mantra of...

In this photo released by the Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi King Salman, right, receives Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP)

Japan's Abe meets Saudi king amid threats in Persian Gulf

Jan. 12, 2020 10:50 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman on Sunday as part of a tour of oil-producing Gulf Arab states aimed at promoting peace amid a spike in tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Japan has a deep alliance with the United States, but it...