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Bahrain announces $30 billion post-pandemic investment plan

Nov. 24, 2021 09:28 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The island kingdom of Bahrain announced plans Wednesday for over $30 billion in spending to spur investment and build up infrastructure over the next several years, promising to create five brand-new cities on man-made islands. The...

Israel defense chief jets to Morocco to cement security ties

Nov. 23, 2021 13:35 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister headed to Morocco on Tuesday for an official visit to cement security ties just ahead of the first anniversary of their agreement to establish full diplomatic relations. Benny Gantz will be making the first official visit by...

Official: Israel to sign solar power deal with Jordan in UAE

Nov. 21, 2021 05:53 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Israel is set to sign a declaration of intent with neighboring Jordan on building a major solar power plant in the kingdom that will be used to generate electricity for Israel, as well as power a desalination plant there to send water onto Jordan, an...

Yemen official warns dam will break if rebels take Marib

Nov. 21, 2021 03:48 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The foreign minister of Yemen's government in exile warned Sunday that a rebel takeover of the crucial, energy-rich city of Marib would be a disaster on the scale of the collapse of its ancient dam that decimated an entire kingdom. ...

US defense chief vows to counter Iran in visit to Bahrain

Nov. 20, 2021 02:44 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — America's top defense official vowed Saturday to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and to counter its “dangerous use” of suicide drones in the wider Mideast, a pledge coming as negotiations remain stalled over Tehran's tattered atomic deal...

Hamilton: F1 'duty bound' to raise awareness of human rights

Nov. 18, 2021 18:25 PM EST

Formula One is “duty bound” to raise awareness of human rights issues as the series closes its season in the Middle East, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said Thursday. F1 concludes its season with its inaugural races in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, followed by...

Israeli minister to visit Morocco, boost defense ties

Nov. 15, 2021 12:22 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz will visit Morocco later this month and sign an agreement with his counterpart on enhancing security cooperation, his office said Tuesday. Morocco was one of four Arab countries that agreed to normalize ties with...

US, Israel and Gulf Arab allies launch joint Red Sea drill

Nov. 11, 2021 12:34 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Naval forces from the United States, Israel and two Gulf Arab states are taking part in a joint security drill in the Red Sea, a vital shipping route that feeds into the Suez Canal. The U.S. 5th Fleet said Thursday that the five-day...

Diplomats concerned Gulf spat could harm Lebanese in region

Nov. 10, 2021 09:27 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s ambassadors who were recently asked to leave Bahrain and Saudi Arabia amid an unprecedented diplomatic spat with Gulf countries expressed fear Wednesday the dispute could harm the interests of Lebanese living in the region. The warning, which...

Arab League envoy in Beirut to mediate Lebanon-Saudi rift

Nov. 08, 2021 12:39 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A top Arab League envoy was in Beirut on Monday to explore ways to resolve an unprecedented diplomatic rift between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia that emerged following comments by Lebanon's information minister on Yemen's civil war. The minister had...