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Body of former Sudan's prime minster Sadiq al-Mahdi arrives to Khartoum, Sudan, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Al-Mahdi, Sudan's last democratically elected prime minister and leader of the country's largest political party, has died of COVID-19 in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates (AP Photo / Marwan Ali)

Thousands come out for funeral of former Sudan PM al-Mahdi

Nov. 27, 2020 9:48 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Sudanese came out Friday in the city of Omdurman for the funeral of the country's last elected prime minister and prominent political party leader Sadiq al-Mahdi, who died of COVID-19. Al-Mahdi's body arrived earlier in the day from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where he...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center right, speaks with U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates John Rakolta before boarding a plane at Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. Pompeo is en route to Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Pompeo touts Iran policy in Gulf ahead of Biden presidency

Nov. 22, 2020 9:43 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended his tour of Gulf Arab states and the Trump administration's continued efforts to squeeze Iran, even as a new U.S. administration led by Joe Biden prepares to enter the White House in January. Although Pompeo has not...

FILE- In this Dec. 18, 2014, file photo, an Emirati man takes a selfie in front of a new Etihad Airways A380 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 it would start operating daily nonstop flights to Tel Aviv next spring, a move that deepens ties between the UAE and Israel after the two countries agreed to normalize relations. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

UAE national carrier to start flying to Tel Aviv next spring

Nov. 16, 2020 10:19 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced Monday it would start operating daily nonstop flights to Tel Aviv next spring, a move that deepens ties between the UAE and Israel after the two countries agreed to normalize relations. Direct...

Muslims gather for Friday prayer, next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. The Palestinian leadership has condemned the United Arab Emirates' decision to forge ties with Israel as a

Palestinians torn as Israel seeks Gulf tourists in Jerusalem

Nov. 15, 2020 2:16 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — When the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalize relations with Israel, the Palestinians decried the move as a "betrayal" of both Jerusalem, where they hope to establish the capital of their future state, and the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the city's holiest Muslim site. But with Israel...

Elliot Abrams, U.S. special representative for Iran, talks during an interview with The Associated Press at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Abrams insisted Thursday a pressure campaign of sanctions targeting Iran would persist into the administration of Joe Biden, even as the incoming president has pledged to potentially return America to Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

US envoy insists pressure on Iran will persist under Biden

Nov. 12, 2020 1:19 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. special representative for Iran insisted Thursday that a pressure campaign of sanctions targeting Iran would persist into the administration of Joe Biden, even as the president-elect has pledged to potentially return America to Tehran's nuclear deal with...

Louis Dreyfus to sell 45% stake to Abu Dhabi wealth fund

Nov. 11, 2020 7:04 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of the world’s biggest grain exporting houses signed an agreement on Wednesday to sell a 45% stake to the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, both companies announced. The development comes as the United Arab Emirates — a federation of seven desert...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019 file photo, participants watch Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman on a screen during his speech at the Future Investment Initiative Forum, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The minister said Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, that global energy producers have the ability to tweak an agreement on production cuts that could be extended through the end of 2022, signaling the anticipation of continued weakened demand for crude as the coronavirus pandemic impacts consumption and grounds air travel for many. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Energy leaders leave door open to more cuts as virus spikes

Nov. 9, 2020 10:40 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's energy minister said Monday that global energy producers have the ability to tweak an agreement on production cuts that could be extended through the end of 2022, signaling the anticipation of continued weakened demand for oil as the coronavirus pandemic...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, Russia's Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, fights with Dustin Poirier, of Lafayette, La., during a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 242 in Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Nurmagomedov will risk his unbeaten record and his UFC lightweight title against interim champion Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Khaled, File)

Champion Khabib returns to cage, faces Gaethje at UFC 254

Oct. 23, 2020 2:14 AM EDT

Although Khabib Nurmagomedov hasn't been inside the UFC octagon in 13 months, the life and mind of the unbeaten lightweight champion have been fully occupied. He was scheduled to take on Tony Ferguson in April in the culmination of their epic fighting feud, but he couldn't get out of Russia due to the coronavirus...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the tolerance minister of the United Arab Emirates, speaks to The Associated Press in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The chair of Britain's Hay literary festival said Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, that the event will not return to Abu Dhabi after one of the festival's curators alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Sheikh Nahyan while working with him. When asked about the allegation by the AP, the UAE's Foreign Ministry said it does not comment on personal matters. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

UK festival curator accuses UAE minister of sex assault

Oct. 21, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The chair of Britain’s Hay literary festival said Sunday the event will not return to Abu Dhabi after one of the festival’s curators alleged that she was sexually assaulted by the tolerance minister of the United Arab Emirates while working with him. Lawyers for the minister...

This undated photo released by Emirates News Agency, WAM, shows Ibrahim al-Abed, the founder of the state-run news agency.  Ibrahim al-Abed, a pioneering media figure as the oil-rich nation grew into a regional power, has died. He was 78.  (WAM via AP)

Founder of UAE state-run WAM news agency dies at 78

Oct. 21, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ibrahim al-Abed, the founder of the United Arab Emirates' state-run WAM news agency and a pioneering media figure as the oil-rich nation grew into a regional power, died Tuesday. He was 78. Al-Abed long served as the head of the country's National Media Council, a...