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In this image made from UNTV video, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (UNTV via AP)

Iran strikes defiant tone at UN under crushing US sanctions

Sep. 22, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Grappling with a weakened economy and the Middle East's worst coronavirus outbreak, Iran's president delivered a defiant and fiery speech Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly as he insisted it would be the United States that surrenders to Iran's resilience. Hassan...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, U.S. President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan pose for a photo on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Saudi Arabia insists officially that there can be no formal ties with Israel before Palestinian statehood is achieved, but state-backed media and clerics have softened their tone toward Jews and there has been no official condemnation or criticism of the deals signed by the UAE or Bahrain with Israel. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Road to Saudi ties with Israel being paved, cautiously

Sep. 22, 2020 4:42 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, the most powerful Arab nation and home to Islam's holiest sites, has made its official position on the region's longest-running conflict clear: Full ties between the kingdom and Israel can only happen when peace is reached with the Palestinians. Yet...

FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, a waitress serves customers beer at a restaurant in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In mid-September 2020, Abu Dhabi, the conservative capital of the United Arab Emirates, eliminated its licensing system for alcohol purchases allowing Muslims previously barred from obtaining licenses to be able to purchase from retailers. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

Abu Dhabi, UAE's conservative capital, ends alcohol licenses

Sep. 21, 2020 8:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Abu Dhabi, the conservative capital of the United Arab Emirates, is eliminating its licensing system for alcohol purchases for drinkers after Dubai repeatedly loosened its own rules to boost sales and tourism amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The emirate's Department...

Israeli and Emirati film industries to cooperate after deal

Sep. 21, 2020 5:17 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Film agencies in Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced an agreement Monday to collaborate on television production, the latest development to follow a U.S.-brokered deal between the countries to normalize relations. The Abu Dhabi Film Commission, an Emirati...

In this photo released by the U.S. Air Force, Capt. Ryan Vickers stands for a photo to display his new service tapes after taking his oath of office to transfer from the U.S. Air Force to the U.S. Space Force at Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Space Force, the first new U.S. military service since the creation of the Air Force in 1947, now has some 20 members stationed at Qatar's Al-Udeid Air Base in its first foreign deployment. (Staff Sgt. Kayla White/U.S. Air Force via AP)

US Space Force deploys to vast new frontier: Arabian Desert

Sep. 21, 2020 2:01 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The newly formed U.S. Space Force is deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula. Space Force now has a squadron of 20 airmen stationed at Qatar's Al-Udeid Air Base in its first foreign deployment. The force, pushed by President Donald Trump,...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan react on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bahrain says it broke up militant attack plot in early 2020

Sep. 20, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain said Monday it broke up a plot by militants backed by Iran earlier this year to launch attacks on diplomats and foreigners in the island nation home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. The announcement came hours after Saudi state television and a Bahraini local...

In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz transits the Arabian Sea on Aug. 17, 2020. The U.S. Navy searched through the night into the morning of Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, for a sailor who went missing from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz during its patrol of the northern Arabian Sea amid tensions with Iran. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Elliot Schaudt/U.S. Navy via AP)

US carrier transits Strait of Hormuz amid tensions with Iran

Sep. 18, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier safely transited on Friday through the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important chokepoint for oil shipments, the U.S. Navy said, as tensions with Iran continue to simmer. In a “scheduled” maneuver, the U.S. sent...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo shows Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter during a meeting in Athens.  Libya’s U.N.-supported government Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, announced a cease-fire across the oil-rich country and called for demilitarizing the strategic city of Sirte, which is controlled by rival forces.  Fayez Sarraj, head of the Government of National Accord in the capital Tripoli, also announced parliamentary and presidential elections would be held in March. Both administrations said they want an end to an oil blockade imposed by the camp of military commander Khalifa Hifter since earlier this year.  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Libya's east-based commander promises end of oil blockade

Sep. 18, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Libya's commander who rules the eastern half of the country and who was behind a year-long military attempt to capture the capital, Tripoli, said Friday that oil production would restart soon, ending a months-long blockade of the nation's vital oil fields. The...

Paul Rusesabagina, who inspired the film

Man of 'Hotel Rwanda' fame denied bail in terrorism case

Sep. 17, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan court on Thursday denied bail to Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” saying the terrorism and other charges against him are serious and he should remain in detention for another 30 days. Rusesabagina, a Belgian citizen and U.S....

FILE - In this June 14, 2000 file photo, members of the Israeli Diamond Exchange work in Ramat Gan, Israel. On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, the Israeli and Dubai diamond exchanges announced a deal to boost trade. The deal came just days after Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a breakthrough agreement at the White House to normalize their relations. (AP Photo/Eyal Warshavsky, File)

Israeli and Dubai diamond exchanges sign trade agreement

Sep. 17, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Israeli and Dubai diamond exchanges announced Thursday they had struck a deal to boost trade, just days after Israel signed breakthrough agreements with United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the White House to normalize their relations. With the U.S.-brokered...