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Qatar Airways announces $69 million revenue loss this year

Sep. 19, 2018 3:50 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar Airways suffered a $69 million loss this fiscal year, an over $800 million swing from the year before that the long-haul carrier blamed on the ongoing boycott of Doha by four Arab nations. The loss by the flagship carrier shows the challenges still facing Qatar, a...

Leaders of Ethiopia, Eritrea sign accord in Saudi Arabia

Sep. 16, 2018 1:26 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Leaders from Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace agreement on Sunday during a summit in Saudi Arabia, yet another sign of warming ties between two nations that have face decades of war and unease. Terms of the agreement signed by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and...

Syria criticizes event on UN body investigating crimes

Sep. 14, 2018 8:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria is sharply criticizing an upcoming event on the U.N. investigative body that is assisting in documenting serious crimes committed during the seven-year Syrian conflict, including possible war crimes and crimes against humanity. Syria's U.N. ambassador, Bashar Ja'afari, said in a...

Taliban say they're ready for second round of talks with US

Sep. 12, 2018 5:50 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban are ready for a second round of talks with the U.S., possibly this month, which is likely to focus on prisoner exchanges, confidence building measures, and ways to move from back-door meetings to formal negotiations, said Taliban officials in separate interviews in recent days....

Eritrea, Djibouti agree to normalize diplomatic relations

Sep. 7, 2018 6:13 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Neighbors Eritrea and Djibouti have agreed to normalize relations after a decade of diplomatic stalemate in the latest thaw between countries in the strategic Horn of Africa region. Ethiopia's foreign minister, Workneh Gebeyehu, called the decision "a historic diplomatic...

Merkel: Germany backs constructive solution to Gulf crisis

Sep. 7, 2018 6:02 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says the dispute between Qatar and four Arab nations shows how important cooperation in the region is, and is pledging Germany's support for constructive measures to end the crisis. At the opening of a Qatar-Germany business forum in Berlin Friday alongside Emir...

Donors step up funds to Palestinian aid agency after US cuts

Sep. 4, 2018 5:47 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The top official with the U.N.'s Palestinian aid agency says countries including Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India have stepped up in recent months with a "very high amount" of $238 million in extra funding amid U.S. cuts. UNRWA Commissioner Pierre Kraehenbuehl...

US ends funding of UN agency for Palestinian refugees

Sep. 1, 2018 1:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is ending its decades of funding for the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees, the State Department announced Friday, a week after slashing bilateral U.S. aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza. The U.S. supplies nearly 30 percent of the total budget of the...

Lawsuit lays bare Israel-made hack tools in Mideast, Mexico

Aug. 31, 2018 6:12 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — One day late last year, Qatari newspaper editor Abdullah Al-Athbah came home, removed the SIM card from his iPhone 7 and smashed it to pieces with a hammer. A source had just handed Al-Athbah a cache of emails suggesting that his phone had been targeted by hacking software made by Israel's NSO...

China's Su Bingtian wins 100 meters in Asian Games record

Aug. 26, 2018 1:04 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Su Bingtian gave world junior champion Lalu Muhammad Zohri a taste of what it's like to race against the fastest men on the continent. The Asian record holder from China was the hot favorite for the Asian Games gold medal in the 100 meters, but the crowd in Jakarta was there to...