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Climate groups decry selection of oil chief to oversee COP28

Jan. 26, 2023 15:36 PM EST

Hundreds of climate and environmental groups from around the world released a letter Thursday that decried the nomination of an oil executive to oversee the United Nations climate negotiations at COP28 this year. Earlier this month, the United Arab Emirates, host of the U.N. climate...

S. Korea, Iran summon each other's envoys over Yoon comment

Jan. 19, 2023 08:18 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Iran have summoned each other’s ambassadors in a diplomatic spat triggered by South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s comments describing Iran as the “enemy” of the United Arab Emirates during a trip to that country this week. While...

African activists cast doubt over climate talks' credibility

Jan. 17, 2023 02:04 AM EST

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Climate activists in Africa are expressing anger toward the United Nations climate agency, accusing it of allowing corporations and individuals with dubious climate credentials to greenwash their polluting activities by participating in its annual climate conference. ...

South Korea president, in UAE, backs return to nuclear power

Jan. 16, 2023 22:39 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said Monday that his nation's efforts to be carbon neutral by 2050 would rely in part on returning to nuclear power, even though his predecessor had tried to move away from atomic power. Yoon's comments at...

John Kerry tells AP he backs UAE oil chief overseeing COP28

Jan. 16, 2023 22:34 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry backs the United Arab Emirates' decision to appoint the CEO of a state-run oil company to preside over the upcoming U.N. climate negotiations in Dubai, citing his work on renewable energy projects. In an interview...

Where are the Gulf Arab tourists? Israel's hopes fall short

Jan. 15, 2023 11:05 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Israel struck an agreement with the United Arab Emirates to open diplomatic ties in 2020, it brought an electrifying sense of achievement to a country long ostracized in the Middle East. Officials insisted that Israel’s new ties with the UAE, and soon after...

South Korean president travels to UAE, seeks arms sales

Jan. 15, 2023 09:51 AM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol received an honor guard welcome Sunday on a trip to the United Arab Emirates as he hopes to expand his country's military sales here. Yoon's visit comes as South Korea conducts business deals worth billions...

Afghan rulers urged to reverse ban on women aid workers

Jan. 13, 2023 17:52 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A strong majority of the U.N. Security Council urged Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers Friday to immediately reverse all “oppressive” restrictions on girls and women including the latest ban on women working for aid organizations which is exacerbating the already critical...

UAE names oil company chief to lead UN climate talks COP28

Jan. 12, 2023 21:08 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Thursday named the CEO of a state-run oil company who also oversees renewable energy projects to be the president of the upcoming United Nations climate negotiations in Dubai, drawing criticism from activists and highlighting the...

Pakistan premier says UAE extends $2B loan, offers $1B more

Jan. 12, 2023 10:09 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister said Thursday that the United Arab Emirates agreed to extend a $2 billion loan to his country and provide an additional $1 billion as his nation struggles to recover from devastating floods this summer and a dire economic crisis. ...