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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)

Israel signs pacts with 2 Arab states: A 'new' Mideast?

Sep. 15, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel on Tuesday signed historic diplomatic pacts with two Gulf Arab states at a White House ceremony that President Donald Trump declared will mark the “dawn of a new Middle East," casting himself as an international peacemaker at the height of his reelection campaign. The...

President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Washington.  Iran has strongly condemned Bahrain’s plan to normalize relations with Israel, calling it a shameful and ignominious move by the Gulf Arab country. The recent normalization agreements by Bahrain and by the United Arab Emirates are part of a broader push by the Trump administration find common ground with countries that share U.S. wariness of Iran(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Iran condemns Bahrain’s plan to normalize ties with Israel

Sep. 12, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday strongly condemned Bahrain's plan to normalize relations with Israel, calling it a shameful and ignominious move by the Gulf Arab country. Bahrain's announcement Friday followed a similar normalization agreement last month by the United Arab Emirates, a fellow U.S....

President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Washington. Bahrain has become the latest Arab nation to agree to normalize ties with Israel as part of a broader diplomatic push by Trump and his administration to fully integrate the Jewish state into the Middle East. From left, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump, Jared Kushner and U.S. special envoy for Iran Brian Hook. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Bahrain becomes latest Arab nation to recognize Israel

Sep. 11, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bahrain on Friday agreed to normalize relations with Israel, becoming the latest Arab nation to do so as part of a broader diplomatic push by President Donald Trump and his administration to further ease the Jewish state's relative isolation in the Middle East and find common ground with...

Protesters angry over the area’s crippling electricity shortages, set fire to tires on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 in Benghazi, Libya.  Libya’s east-based parliament has convened an emergency meeting to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east. Friday's session of the House of Representatives comes after hundreds of young Libyans flooded the streets of Benghazi and other eastern cities.  (Hakeam el-Yamany via AP)

Libya's eastern parliament meets after rare protests erupt

Sep. 11, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Libya’s east-based parliament convened an emergency meeting Friday to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east, rallies that mirror similar recent protests in the west of the divided nation. Hundreds of...

Police officers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus, walk in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea's coronavirus resurgence seems to slow

Sep. 9, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s new coronavirus cases have stayed below 200 for an eighth straight day, suggesting the recent viral resurgence is slowing amid stringent social distancing rules. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday it recorded 155 additional cases...

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2018, file photo, Palestinian minister of foreign affairs Riyad al-Maliki speaks to reporters following a meeting in New York. The Palestinian foreign minister Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, called on Arab states to dismiss a deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize relations, describing the agreement scheduled to be finalized next week as “an earthquake.” The UAE and Israel announced the deal to establish full diplomatic relations on Aug. 13. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Palestinian FM urges Arab states to dismiss Israel-UAE deal

Sep. 9, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Palestinian foreign minister Wednesday called on Arab states to dismiss a deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize relations, describing the agreement scheduled to be finalized next week as “an earthquake.” The UAE and Israel announced the deal to...

Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat, center left, elbow bumps with an Emirati official as he leaves Abu Dhabi, Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. (Nir Elias/Pool via AP)

Israel, UAE to sign deal at White House next week

Sep. 8, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel and the United Arab Emirates will sign their historic deal normalizing relations at a White House ceremony on Sept. 15, officials said Tuesday. Senior delegations from the two countries will be led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh...

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2009 file photo, cranes off load containers at the Jebel Ali Port, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. International port operator DP World reached a deal Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, with one of Canada's biggest pension-fund managers to pour an additional $4.5 billion into their joint venture of ports and terminals. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

DP World, Canada fund to invest $4.5 billion in global ports

Sep. 3, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — International port operator DP World reached a deal Thursday with one of Canada’s biggest pension-fund managers to pour an additional $4.5 billion into their joint venture of ports and terminals. The new capital signals a major push to expand and brings the total...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus walk along a street in the central business district in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Beijing airport receives international flights

Sep. 2, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

BEIJING — Beijing’s main international airport on Thursday began again receiving international flights from a limited number of countries considered at low risk of coronavirus infection. Passengers flying in from Cambodia, Greece, Denmark, Thailand, Pakistan, Austria, Canada and Sweden, must have...

An official stands at the door of an Israeli El Al airliner after it landed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. The Star of David-adorned El Al plane landed in Abu Dhabi after flying in from Israel, carrying a high-ranking American and Israeli delegation to Abu Dhabi in the first-ever direct commercial passenger flight to the United Arab Emirates. The Israeli flag carrier’s flight Monday marks the implementation of the historic U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the two nations. (Nir Elias/Pool Photo via AP)

With Kushner in UAE, Iran's leader decries Israel-UAE ties

Sep. 1, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

AL-DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Jared Kushner and U.S. officials visited a major air base in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, speaking to Emirati and American pilots on the tarmac, as Iran's supreme leader called the UAE's recognition of Israel “treason that will not last for...