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Freelance lifestyle photographer, Paula Hainey takes photos of Darrin Chapman, a pilot recently laid off by long-haul carrier Emirates, and his wife, Jodi Chapman, who carries their daughter Harper, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Hainey is providing free photoshoots to laid-off expats forced to leave the skyscraper-studded Persian Gulf city because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Photographer helps laid-off expats bid goodbye to Dubai

Oct. 22, 2020 5:59 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — When the coronavirus pummeled Dubai this spring, the maternity and wedding shoots and all the gigs that freelance photographer Paula Hainey had lined up vanished almost overnight. She wasn’t alone. Within weeks, she knew too many jobless people to count. As the...

In this photo released by Combined Maritime Forces, a boarding team from a British royal navy vessel, the HMS Montrose, transits towards a stateless dhow, a traditional cargo ship that plies the Persian Gulf and surrounding waters, in the northern Arabian Sea, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The British royal navy seized 450 kilograms 450 kilograms (990 pounds) of methamphetamine from the dhow in the largest-ever bust by a joint maritime operation in the region. (Combined Maritime Forces via AP)

UK warship seizes 450 kilograms of meth in Arabian Sea

Oct. 21, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A British royal navy vessel seized 450 kilograms (990 pounds) of methamphetamine in the northern Arabian Sea in the largest-ever bust by a joint maritime operation in the region, officials said Wednesday. The HMS Montrose seized the drugs hidden aboard a stateless dhow, a...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, an Iranian clergyman stands next to missiles and army troops, during a manoeuvre, in an undisclosed location in Iran. A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that bared it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired Sunday, Oct. 18, 20202, as planned under its nuclear deal with world powers, despite objections from the United States. (Majid Asgaripour/Mehr News Agency via AP, File)

Russia calls for collective security in Gulf, US blames Iran

Oct. 20, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister called for collective efforts Tuesday to prevent a large-scale war in the Persian Gulf and got strong support from all Security Council members except the United States, which called Iran the major culprit and urged that it be held accountable for...

The national flags of Bahrain, Israel and America, flutter in near the Israeli flag carrier El Al plane that will fly an Israeli delegation, accompanied by U.S. aides, to Bahrain to formalise relations and broaden Gulf cooperation, at Ben Gurion airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel, Bahrain sign deal establishing formal ties

Oct. 18, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations, making the small Gulf country the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel. The U.S.-brokered agreement capped a one-day visit by a high-level delegation of American and Israeli officials to Bahrain....

Saudi Arabia arrests 10 with alleged ties to Iran's Guard

Sep. 29, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Monday its security forces uncovered a “terrorist cell” with alleged ties to Iran's Revolutionary Guard and have detained 10 people in connection. A statement issued by the Presidency of State Security, which is overseen by the king and crown...

In this UNTV image, Evariste Ndayishimiye, President of Burundi, speaks in a pre-recorded video message during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from heads-of-state, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic. (UNTV via AP)

The Latest: UN panel says corruption hits the poor hardest

Sep. 24, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 8:08 p.m. A U.N. panel says tax abuse, corruption and money laundering are draining hundreds of billions of dollars from governments that could help the world’s poor. A report from the high-level panel on International...

In this photo released by the U.S. Air Force, Capt. Ryan Vickers stands for a photo to display his new service tapes after taking his oath of office to transfer from the U.S. Air Force to the U.S. Space Force at Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Space Force, the first new U.S. military service since the creation of the Air Force in 1947, now has some 20 members stationed at Qatar's Al-Udeid Air Base in its first foreign deployment. (Staff Sgt. Kayla White/U.S. Air Force via AP)

US Space Force deploys to vast new frontier: Arabian Desert

Sep. 21, 2020 2:01 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The newly formed U.S. Space Force is deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula. Space Force now has a squadron of 20 airmen stationed at Qatar's Al-Udeid Air Base in its first foreign deployment. The force, pushed by President Donald Trump,...

President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Washington.  Iran has strongly condemned Bahrain’s plan to normalize relations with Israel, calling it a shameful and ignominious move by the Gulf Arab country. The recent normalization agreements by Bahrain and by the United Arab Emirates are part of a broader push by the Trump administration find common ground with countries that share U.S. wariness of Iran(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Iran condemns Bahrain’s plan to normalize ties with Israel

Sep. 12, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday strongly condemned Bahrain's plan to normalize relations with Israel, calling it a shameful and ignominious move by the Gulf Arab country. Bahrain's announcement Friday followed a similar normalization agreement last month by the United Arab Emirates, a fellow U.S....

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 file photo, an official stands at the door of an Israeli El Al airliner after it landed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Saudi Press Agency announced Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, that it will allow flights “from all countries” to cross its skies to reach the United Arab Emirates. The announcement comes just days after Saudi Arabia allowed the first direct Israeli commercial passenger flight to use its airspace to reach the UAE, signaling acquiescence for a breakthrough U.S.-brokered deal by the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations with Israel. (Nir Elias/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Bahrain to allow Israel flights to UAE over its airspace

Sep. 4, 2020 2:01 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain will allow “all flights coming to and departing from the United Arab Emirates” to cross through the island kingdom's airspace — a statement apparently allowing Israeli flights after neighboring Saudi Arabia issued a similar announcement. The...