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Iran detains 5 over mixed-sex teenage skateboard gathering

Jun. 24, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian state media reported Friday that authorities have detained five people accused of organizing a skateboarding event where dozens of teenagers mixed freely and girls didn't wear headscarves. A video of the “Go Skateboarding Day” held off...

Sanctioned Russian oligarch yacht in Dubai as pressure grows

Jun. 23, 2022 10:21 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A sleek $156 million superyacht belonging to a sanctioned Russian oligarch and parliamentarian is now docked in Dubai, the latest reminder of how the skyscraper-studded sheikhdom has become a haven for Russian money amid Moscow's war on Ukraine. ...

Kuwait's crown prince dissolves parliament, calls elections

Jun. 22, 2022 09:25 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's crown prince on Wednesday dissolved Parliament and called for early elections, a move to ease government gridlock that has bred popular opposition and paralyzed the tiny country for months. In his televised national address, the...

US, Iran in tense sea incident; Tehran preps new centrifuges

Jun. 21, 2022 23:50 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy warship fired a warning flare to wave off an Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat coming straight at it during a tense encounter in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, officials said Tuesday. The incident on Monday involving the Guard...

Emirati officials announce new plans for world's fair site

Jun. 20, 2022 14:57 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirati officials Monday revealed plans to repurpose the Expo 2020 site in Dubai that received millions of visitors between October and March. At a press conference at the site's exhibition center, officials announced the property would be...

Disney's 'Lightyear' banned in Muslim world for lesbian kiss

Jun. 16, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities across much of the Muslim world have barred Disney's latest animated film “Lightyear” from being played at cinemas after the inclusion of a brief kiss between a lesbian couple, the company said Thursday as the movie premiered. ...

Qatar Airways posts record $1.5B profits ahead of World Cup

Jun. 16, 2022 09:55 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar Airways, one of the Mideast's largest carriers known for on-board comfort and luxury, said Thursday its profits over the past fiscal year topped $1.5 billion, marking the highest ever earnings for the state-owned carrier as it prepares to see a record...

Venezuela's Maduro meets Qatar's ruling emir on Mideast trip

Jun. 15, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met with Qatar's ruling emir on Wednesday as part of a Mideast tour. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani posted a photo on social media of the two meeting, saying they “discussed prospects for enhancing...

7 earthquakes strike off Iranian coast; no damage reported

Jun. 15, 2022 07:02 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Seven earthquakes struck off Iran’s southern Kish Island on Wednesday, rattling Dubai and other areas across the Persian Gulf. The U.S. Geological Survey said six magnitude 4 temblors struck, as well as one magnitude 5.3 off the island near the...

Iran says rocket launch coming after photos show preparation

Jun. 15, 2022 06:51 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran acknowledged Wednesday it plans two tests for its new solid-fueled rocket after satellite photos showed preparations at a desert launch pad previously used in the program, even as tensions remain high over Tehran's rapidly advancing nuclear program. ...