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Bomb-laden drone from Yemen rebels targets Saudi airport

May. 21, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone Tuesday, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Middle East tensions remained high between Tehran and Washington. There were no immediate reports of injuries or...

Amid Iran tensions, a look at Mideast's powers and proxies

May. 20, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

As long-simmering tensions heat up between the United States and Iran in the Middle East, a look at the various countries or players involved, and what could happen: UNITED STATES The U.S. has tens of thousands of troops scattered across military bases in the Middle East. It recently sent the USS Abraham Lincoln...

The Latest: Saudis want Washington to launch strikes on Iran

May. 17, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry has urged the United States and Iran to exercise restraint and resolve their all...

Saudis blame Iran for drone attack amid calls for US strikes

May. 16, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of being behind a drone strike that shut down a key oil pipeline in the kingdom, and a newspaper close to the palace called for Washington to launch "surgical" strikes on Iran, raising the specter of escalating tensions as the U.S. boosts its...

US pulls nonessential staff from Iraq amid Mideast tensions

May. 15, 2019 11:41 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the latest sign of tensions sweeping the Persian Gulf region over still-unspecified threats that the Trump...

The Latest: FM says Iran is committed to nuclear deal

May. 15, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 7 a.m. Iran's foreign minister says his country is committed to an international nuclear deal and criticized escalating...

Saudi Arabia approves permanent residency for first time

May. 15, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Saudi government has approved for the first time a scheme that gives permanent residency to certain expatriates, allowing them to own real estate in the kingdom and reside with their families without a Saudi sponsor. The decision, approved by Saudi Arabia's Cabinet...

The Latest: Rouhani adviser says Trump moving toward war

May. 14, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf, elsewhere in Mideast, amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 10:30 p.m. An adviser to Iran President Hassan Rouhani says President Donald Trump is moving toward war with Iran instead of trying...

Saudi forces kill 8 in shootout in mostly Shiite town

May. 12, 2019 3:27 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's security forces killed eight alleged terrorists in a shootout in the predominantly Shiite eastern region of Qatif, a government statement issued late Saturday said. The Interior Ministry said security forces launched a raid against a suspected militant...

Iran minister: Trump's aim is talks, Bolton wants conflict

Apr. 24, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's top diplomat said Wednesday President Donald Trump's aim "is to bring us to our knees to talk" — but national security adviser John Bolton and key U.S. allies in the Mideast want "regime change at the very least" and the "disintegration of Iran." Foreign Minister Mohammad...