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Saudi Arabia executes young Shiite man for violent rebellion

Jun. 15, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia executed a young man Tuesday who was convicted on charges stemming from his participation in an anti-government rebellion by minority Shiites. A leading rights group said his trial, however, was “deeply flawed.” It was...

Israel braces for unrest ahead of right-wing Jerusalem march

Jun. 15, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis prepared for possible unrest ahead of a planned march by Jewish ultranationalists through east Jerusalem on Tuesday that poses a test for the country's fragile new government and the tenuous truce with Gaza's militant Hamas rulers. Palestinians...

The Latest: Johnson & Johnson shots arrive in Mexico from US

Jun. 15, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexico received 1.35 million doses of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines donated by the United States on Tuesday. The U.S. shipment will be used to vaccinate anyone over 18 in four cities along the U.S. border: Tijuana, Mexicali, Ciudad Juárez and...

Officials: Sudan, main rebel group fail to reach peace deal

Jun. 15, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s transitional government and the country's main rebel group failed to reach a peace deal to end a decades-long conflict in the East African country, officials said Tuesday. The latest round of talks between the Sudanese government and the Sudan...

Iran presidential candidate urges better ties with West

Jun. 15, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A prominent contender in Iran’s presidential election appealed Tuesday for better economic and political relations with the West, his most extensive attempt yet to attract reformist voters just days ahead of the poll. Former Iranian Central Bank...

In Oman, fungal infection detected in some COVID-19 patients

Jun. 15, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman announced Tuesday that its doctors have detected a potentially fatal fungal infection afflicting some coronavirus patients, the first such known cases on the Arabian Peninsula as the sultanate faces a surge in COVID-19 infections that has swamped its...

UAE-backed Yemen leader says his troops at island air base

Jun. 15, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A militia leader and nephew of Yemen's late strongman president has acknowledged that his Emirati-backed troops are stationed on an island in a crucial maritime chokepoint where a mysterious air base is now under construction. The...

Emirates Air posts $5.5B loss as virus disrupts travel

Jun. 15, 2021 05:56 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East's largest airline, Emirates, announced on Tuesday a net loss of $5.5 billion over the past year as revenue fell by more than 66% due to global travel restrictions sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. It marks the first...

Rights groups urge UN probe mission for Beirut port blast

Jun. 15, 2021 05:47 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A group of international and regional rights groups on Tuesday urged member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council to establish an investigative mission into last year’s massive deadly blast at Beirut’s port. Human Rights Watch said the call was made...

Mideast's biggest airline, Emirates, announces $5.5 billion net loss due to coronavirus restrictions on global travel

Jun. 15, 2021 02:21 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mideast's biggest airline, Emirates, announces $5.5 billion net loss due to coronavirus restrictions on global travel.