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Qatar emir not attending annual Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia

Dec. 10, 2019 7:54 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A summit of Arab Gulf nations opened on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia without Qatar’s ruler in attendance, despite signs of a thaw in a diplomatic crisis that has gripped the regions U.S. allies. Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani instead sent Prime Minister Sheikh...

US’s Afghan peace envoy makes surprise stop in Kabul

Dec. 4, 2019 1:08 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Washington’s special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday to launch an “accelerated effort” to get Afghans on both sides of the protracted conflict to the negotiation table to plot a roadmap to a post-war Afghanistan. His...

Gulf Cooperation Council meeting to be held in Saudi Arabia

Dec. 1, 2019 10:14 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A regional body of Arab Gulf states will hold its annual meeting in Saudi Arabia next week. The Gulf Cooperation Council said late Sunday it will meet in Riyadh on Dec. 10. It’s the group’s 40th summit. The meeting had been scheduled to be held in the United...

Emirates opts for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in revised deal

Nov. 20, 2019 6:37 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East’s biggest carrier, the Dubai-based Emirates, announced on Wednesday a firm order for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a deal valued at $8.8 billion. The order, however, does not represent additional spending by Emirates because it replaces a previous...

US, Australian hostages freed by Taliban in prisoner swap

Nov. 19, 2019 3:06 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday freed an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures — a move that the insurgent group asserted could help rekindle talks to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war. The hostages — American Kevin King and...

The Latest: Pompeo calls prisoner exchange a ‘hopeful sign”

Nov. 19, 2019 12:39 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the Afghanistan prisoner swap with the Taliban for American and Australian hostage held by insurgents since 2016 (all times local): 10:05 p.m. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the prisoner exchange that freed an American and an Australian as well as a promise by...

Taliban officials tell AP that 3 released Taliban commanders arrived in Qatar for swap for American, Australian hostage

Nov. 19, 2019 12:59 AM EST
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban officials tell AP that 3 released Taliban commanders arrived in Qatar for swap for American, Australian hostage.

Bach says opponents of Olympic marathon move wanted an edge

Nov. 18, 2019 11:29 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Athletes who opposed moving the Olympic marathons and race walks from Tokyo to the northern city of Sapporo wanted a competitive edge, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday. The International Olympic Committee decided last month to move the races to Sapporo because Tokyo would be too hot in...

Dubai Airshow opens as big Gulf airlines slow down purchases

Nov. 17, 2019 11:23 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East’s biggest aviation event, the Dubai Airshow, opened Sunday without any major deals as flagship Gulf carriers rein back big-ticket purchases. This year’s lackluster start could be seen as a reflection of the various challenges facing the...

FIFA hires Arsene Wenger for global soccer development role

Nov. 13, 2019 12:53 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has hired Arsene Wenger in a full-time role leading its global work developing soccer. The former Arsenal manager accepted FIFA’s offer Wednesday more than two months after it was first reported, and one week after talks with Bayern Munich about the German champion’s vacant...