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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo shows Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter during a meeting in Athens.  Libya’s U.N.-supported government Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, announced a cease-fire across the oil-rich country and called for demilitarizing the strategic city of Sirte, which is controlled by rival forces.  Fayez Sarraj, head of the Government of National Accord in the capital Tripoli, also announced parliamentary and presidential elections would be held in March. Both administrations said they want an end to an oil blockade imposed by the camp of military commander Khalifa Hifter since earlier this year.  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Libya's east-based commander promises end of oil blockade

Sep. 18, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Libya's commander who rules the eastern half of the country and who was behind a year-long military attempt to capture the capital, Tripoli, said Friday that oil production would restart soon, ending a months-long blockade of the nation's vital oil fields. The...

Paul Rusesabagina, who inspired the film

Man of 'Hotel Rwanda' fame denied bail in terrorism case

Sep. 17, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan court on Thursday denied bail to Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” saying the terrorism and other charges against him are serious and he should remain in detention for another 30 days. Rusesabagina, a Belgian citizen and U.S....

FILE - In this June 14, 2000 file photo, members of the Israeli Diamond Exchange work in Ramat Gan, Israel. On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, the Israeli and Dubai diamond exchanges announced a deal to boost trade. The deal came just days after Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a breakthrough agreement at the White House to normalize their relations. (AP Photo/Eyal Warshavsky, File)

Israeli and Dubai diamond exchanges sign trade agreement

Sep. 17, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Israeli and Dubai diamond exchanges announced Thursday they had struck a deal to boost trade, just days after Israel signed breakthrough agreements with United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the White House to normalize their relations. With the U.S.-brokered...

Tel Aviv City Hall is lit up with the words for peace in Hebrew, Arabic and English in honor of the recognition agreements Israel will be signing with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the White House, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

DP World, Israeli firm to bid for Haifa port privatization

Sep. 16, 2020 6:11 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai-based port operator DP World said Wednesday it would partner with an Israeli firm in a bid to take over the country's Haifa port, the largest shipping hub for the nation. DP World said in a statement it signed memorandums of understanding with DoverTower, a company...

Israeli, Emirati banks sign cooperation agreement

Sep. 14, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's largest bank announced on Monday that it had signed an agreement with the biggest bank in Dubai ahead of the establishment of formal diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Israel and the UAE signed a banking and finance memorandum of understanding earlier...

A policeman handcuffs Paul Rusesabagina, right, whose story inspired the film

'Hotel Rwanda' hero charged with terrorism in Rwanda court

Sep. 14, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan court on Monday charged Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” with terrorism, complicity in murder, and forming an armed rebel group. Rusesabagina declined to respond to all 13 charges, saying some did not qualify as criminal offenses...

Taliban negotiator Abbas Stanikzai, fifth right, with his delegation attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed)

Warring Afghans meet to find peace after decades of war

Sep. 12, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Afghanistan’s warring sides started negotiations for the first time, bringing together the Taliban and delegates appointed by the Afghan government Saturday for historic meetings aimed at ending decades of war. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended the...

Afghanistan's warring sides start negotiations in Qatar for the first time aimed at ending decades of war

Sep. 12, 2020 2:14 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Afghanistan's warring sides start negotiations in Qatar for the first time aimed at ending decades of war.
Protesters angry over the area’s crippling electricity shortages, set fire to tires on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 in Benghazi, Libya.  Libya’s east-based parliament has convened an emergency meeting to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east. Friday's session of the House of Representatives comes after hundreds of young Libyans flooded the streets of Benghazi and other eastern cities.  (Hakeam el-Yamany via AP)

Libya's eastern parliament meets after rare protests erupt

Sep. 11, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Libya’s east-based parliament convened an emergency meeting Friday to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east, rallies that mirror similar recent protests in the west of the divided nation. Hundreds of...

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005 file photo provided by the White House, President Bush, left, and first lady Laura Bush, 2nd right, meet with Paul Rusesabagina and his wife Tatiana in the Oval Office. Rusesabagina, who inspired the film

Rights group asserts 'Hotel Rwanda' hero was forcibly taken

Sep. 11, 2020 8:57 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Paul Rusesabagina sounded strained. The man who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” for saving people from genocide but is now accused of terrorism in Rwanda was speaking to his family for the first time since being paraded in handcuffs on Aug. 31. But something was wrong....