Latest United Arab Emirates government News

The Latest: Iran FM says US sanctions 'economic terrorism'

Jul. 17, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Iran's foreign minister is telling a United Nations gathering that U.S. sanctions against his country amount to what he calls "economic terrorism."...

Top diplomat: Iran must build missiles for defense

Jul. 17, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that his country has no choice but to manufacture missiles for defense purposes — comments that come after a remark by the top diplomat that seemed to suggest the missiles could be up for negotiations. Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an...

US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Jul. 16, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A small oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker three days ago, leading the U.S. to suspect Iran seized the vessel amid heightened tensions in the region. Iranian state media quoted...

The Latest: Iran says it helped a tanker with tow to harbor

Jul. 16, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 5:30 a.m. Iran's state-run media is quoting the country's Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying the Islamic Republic helped an oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz...

Kuwait arrests Muslim Brotherhood members wanted in Egypt

Jul. 12, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's Interior Ministry says it has detained members of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group convicted of terrorism crimes. The statement published Friday on the state-run KUNA news agency did not say how many individuals were detained or if Kuwait planned on...

The Latest: UN chief calls for 'maximum restraint' in Gulf

Jul. 11, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between the United States and Iran (all times local): 10:45 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is again calling for "maximum restraint" in the Persian Gulf region and warning all parties that a new confrontation "would be a...

Airstrike kills 44 migrants in Libyan detention center

Jul. 3, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants near the Libyan capital of Tripoli early Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and wounding dozens of others in an attack that the U.N. human rights chief said could amount to a war crime. The Tripoli-based government blamed the attack...

Israel's foreign minister attends climate summit in UAE

Jul. 1, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Foreign Ministry says its chief diplomat attended an international climate summit in Abu Dhabi. The ministry confirmed Monday that Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz visited the United Arab Emirates and met with a senior UAE official and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the...

The Latest: France's Macron warns against rising tensions

Jun. 25, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 9:55 p.m. France's President Emmanuel Macron has spoken by phone with his Iranian counterpart in what his office says is an effort to avoid a "dangerous escalation" of tensions in...

The Latest: Pompeo talks to UAE leader about countering Iran

Jun. 24, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 10:40 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has met with Abu Dhabi's influential crown prince to sell the Trump administration's idea for maritime security in the Persian Gulf,...