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Journalist imprisoned over leaked UAE-Iraq pre-game comments

Oct. 22, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Prosecutors in the United Arab Emirates on Friday announced they had imprisoned a television journalist over apparently leaked pre-match comments made before the Emirates' tie with Iraq during a World Cup qualifier earlier this month. ...

IMF sees economic growth with higher inflation for Mideast

Oct. 19, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East is expected to see significant economic growth this year, but also soaring inflation and food prices, as coronavirus vaccines are unevenly rolled out across the region, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday. The...

Fire erupts at Kuwait oil refinery; minor injuries reported

Oct. 18, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A fire erupted on Monday at a major oil refinery in Kuwait, the state-owned oil company said, reporting that some workers suffered from smoke inhalation and other light injuries. The blaze at the key Mina al-Ahmadi oil refinery along...

Amid flurry of Taliban diplomacy, Qatar stresses engagement

Oct. 13, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's foreign minister said isolating Afghanistan and its new Taliban rulers “will never be an answer” and argued Wednesday that engaging with the former insurgents could empower the more moderate voices among them. Sheikh...

Trump stars in Madame Tussauds branch in Dubai 1st Mideast

Oct. 13, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In the United Arab Emirates, home to the only Trump-branded golf course in the region and rulers who for years cultivated warm ties with the former U.S. president, Donald Trump is back in the spotlight. Not the real Trump, who has kept...

Art or censorship? Expo shows just top of famed David statue

Oct. 13, 2021 02:59 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of the most talked about attractions at the world’s fair under way in Dubai is a towering statue made of marble dust that’s raising eyebrows just as the original did more than 500 years ago. At Italy’s pavilion, a 3D replica...

Qatar diplomat emphasizes engagement with Taliban at forum

Oct. 12, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's diplomatic point man on Afghanistan said Tuesday countries should engage the country's new Taliban rulers, warning that isolation could lead to instability and a wide-reaching security threat, as happened when al-Qaida used the country as a base to...

Long-banned FaceTime calls apparently working in UAE

Oct. 10, 2021 04:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — FaceTime calls seemed to be working in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, an apparent loosening of long-standing restrictions on the Apple program in the federation of seven sheikhdoms. There was no official announcement on the...

Israel opens its pavilion with big bash at Dubai's Expo 2020

Oct. 07, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Israel ceremonially opened its gleaming pavilion at the world's fair in Dubai on Thursday, over a year after normalizing ties with the United Arab Emirates and amid a pandemic that has disrupted much of the tourist and cultural exchanges promised by the...

Amid turmoil, Afghanistan pavilion arrives at Dubai's Expo

Oct. 07, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — When Afghanistan's president was killed in a communist coup in 1978 and the country plunged into violent chaos, Mohammed Omer Rahimy bundled up his family’s treasures and fled to Vienna. More than 40 years later, amid yet another...