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Crisis infects soccer tournament as Qatar faces Saudi Arabia

Jan. 16, 2019 4:06 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Traveling to the Asian Cup should have been a simple flight lasting barely an hour for Qatar's soccer players. Instead, it involved a circuitous route to the United Arab Emirates via Kuwait, lasting more than five hours. The journey demonstrates how the Persian Gulf...

Trump's evolving foreign policy challenges top US diplomat

Jan. 14, 2019 5:45 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — If Mike Pompeo was surprised, he didn't show it. But the secretary of state had woken up in the capital of Saudi Arabia on Monday to find that President Donald Trump had tweeted a threat to NATO ally Turkey warning of economic harm should the Turks attack U.S.-backed rebel...

Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse heads for asylum in Canada

Jan. 11, 2019 11:19 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she was abused by her family and feared for her life if deported back home left Thailand on Friday night for Canada, which has granted her asylum, officials said. The fast-moving developments capped an eventful week for Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun. She fled her...

Pompeo takes US anti-Iran message to Gulf Arab states

Jan. 11, 2019 6:54 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought the Trump administration's anti-Iran message to Gulf Arab states on Friday, arriving in Bahrain to continue a nine-nation tour of the Middle East aimed at reassuring America's partners that withdrawing troops from Syria does not mean Washington is...

Australia praises Thai move on Saudi, concerned about player

Jan. 10, 2019 7:44 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Australia's foreign minister praised Thailand for its handling of a young Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum in Australia, but also reminded it of continuing concern about a Bahraini soccer player granted asylum in Australia who remains in Thai detention. Marise Payne met with...

UN group says Bahrain arbitrarily detained activist's family

Jan. 10, 2019 3:20 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A United Nations group has criticized Bahrain for arbitrarily arresting three members of the family of a prominent exiled activist. The U.N.'s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in a report dated Monday focused on the cases against the family members of Britain-based...

US officials head to Mideast amid tension over Syria pullout

Jan. 4, 2019 4:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton are hoping their trips to the Middle East can help shore up support from America's partners amid increasing tensions in the region. In his first Mideast visit since President Donald Trump's recent announcement that...

Bahrain court upholds conviction against prominent activist

Dec. 31, 2018 6:24 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A court in Bahrain upheld Monday a five-year prison sentence against prominent activist Nabeel Rajab over tweets alleging torture at one of the country's prisons and criticism of the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Rajab's son Adam Rajab and four human rights groups confirmed the...

Bahrain says embassy work in Syria continues after UAE move

Dec. 28, 2018 5:44 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain on Friday announced that "work is continuing at its embassy" in Syria, reflecting a new push by Gulf Arab states to improve relations with President Bashar Assad as the war winds down. A day earlier, the United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus with a...

Activists demand Thailand release refugee soccer player

Dec. 22, 2018 1:46 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Human rights groups along with current and former soccer players on Saturday called on FIFA and the Australian government to intervene to stop a Melbourne-based refugee and semi-professional soccer player being extradited from Thailand to Bahrain. Hakeem al-Araibi, a 25-year-old former...