Latest United Arab Emirates News

Oman's sultan, 79, travels to Belgium for medical checks

Dec. 7, 2019 8:23 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman's 79-year-old ruler will travel to Belgium for a medical checkup, the sultanate's state-run news agency reported. Sultan Qaboos bin Said left “for some medical checks that will take a limited period, God willing,” the Oman News Agency reported Saturday,...

Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held scientist

Dec. 7, 2019 3:55 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Princeton scholar held for three years in Iran on widely criticized espionage charges was freed Saturday as part of a prisoner exchange that saw America release a detained Iranian scientist, a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of...

Saudi Aramco plans $25.6B share sale in biggest ever IPO

Dec. 5, 2019 4:08 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company Aramco on Thursday set a share price for its IPO — expected to be the biggest ever — that puts the value of the company at $1.7 trillion, more than Apple or Microsoft. The company said it will sell its shares at 32...

Saudi oil producer Aramco announces $25.6 billion share sale, valuing company at $1.7 trillion in world’s biggest IPO

Dec. 5, 2019 2:15 PM EST
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi oil producer Aramco announces $25.6 billion share sale, valuing company at $1.7 trillion in world’s biggest IPO.

Anti-headscarf law activist sues Iran in US over harassment

Dec. 5, 2019 9:38 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian-American activist famous for her campaign against the Islamic Republic’s mandatory headscarf, or hijab, for women has sued Iran in U.S. federal court, alleging a government-led harassment campaign targets her and her family. Masih Alinejad’s...

Iran leader calls for ‘Islamic mercy’ after bloody crackdown

Dec. 4, 2019 12:08 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader called Wednesday for those detained in recent gasoline price protests to be treated with “Islamic mercy” even after authorities acknowledged government forces shot and killed demonstrators nationwide in unrest that reportedly...

Woods defends Mickelson’s choice to play in Saudi Arabia

Dec. 3, 2019 7:09 PM EST

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods is defending Phil Mickelson and other top players who have signed up for the second edition of the Saudi International. The European Tour, and the players who took part, came under scrutiny last year for staging an event in Saudi Arabia because of its human rights record,...

Iran says it killed ‘rioters’ in deadliest unrest in decades

Dec. 3, 2019 11:53 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that its security forces shot and killed protesters across the country to put down demonstrations last month over the sharply spiking price of gasoline, the deadliest unrest to hit the country since the turmoil of the 1979...

Iranian state television acknowledges security forces shot, killed ‘rioters’ in multiple cities amid gas price protests

Dec. 3, 2019 12:21 AM EST
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian state television acknowledges security forces shot, killed ‘rioters’ in multiple cities amid gas price protests.

Amnesty says at least 208 killed in Iran protests, crackdown

Dec. 2, 2019 9:18 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — At least 208 people in Iran have been killed amid protests over sharply rising gasoline prices and a subsequent crackdown by security forces, Amnesty International said Monday, as one government official acknowledged telling police to shoot demonstrators. Iran has yet to...