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New US envoy to UAE stresses deescalation in Persian Gulf

Nov. 11, 2019 11:06 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Washington's new ambassador to the United Arab Emirates says the U.S. is working closely with its regional allies to deescalate tensions in the Persian Gulf after a spate of attacks on energy targets blamed on Iran. Ambassador John Rakolta told The Associated Press:...

From Paris, with love: Rodin's Thinker at Abu Dhabi Louvre

Oct. 29, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — His head bent down, chin resting on one hand, a furrowed brow and pressed lips: The Thinker, possibly one of the most famous sculptures of all time, has found a new home at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The bronze sculpture, on loan for a year from the Rodin Museum in Paris,...

Brazil's Bolsonaro arrives in UAE for first Arab world visit

Oct. 26, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has arrived in Abu Dhabi on his first state visit to the Arab world since assuming office. The Emirati state-run news agency says Bolsonaro arrived Saturday for a three-day visit and is due to open the Brazil-UAE Business Forum. He...

Secret synagogue in Dubai prays for Persian Gulf revival

Oct. 25, 2019 2:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an unmarked villa, nestled amid homes in an upscale Dubai neighborhood, a congregation prays in the first fully functioning synagogue in the Arabian Peninsula in decades. Though its members keep its precise location secret, the synagogue's existence and the tacit...

AP Analysis: Gulf Arab states worry after US Syria pullout

Oct. 16, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — For decades considered a U.S. national security priority, the Persian Gulf remains home to tens of thousands of American troops spread across sprawling bases protecting crucial routes for global energy supplies. But while U.S.-Iran tensions in the Gulf appeared close to...

Russia's Putin seeks to enhance ties to US-allied UAE

Oct. 15, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, as part of a Mideast tour aimed at strengthening ties between Moscow and this longtime U.S. ally amid tensions in the wider Persian Gulf. Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed Al...

Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit UAE next week

Oct. 10, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates says Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to their nation on Tuesday as part of a state visit. The state-run WAM news agency announced Putin's visit on Thursday. It said Putin would meet with Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh...

Nigerian sprinter advances after appealing disqualification

Sep. 29, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Talk about your sleepless nights. When Nigerian sprinter Divine Oduduru finally did fall asleep in the wee hours of Sunday morning, he still had no idea whether he'd be running at the world championships or kicked out of the meet. Because of a mix-up by their nation's track federation,...

Australian-Lebanese jailed on Sydney bomb plot set free

Sep. 20, 2019 6:51 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese authorities released Friday a Lebanese-Australian man who was detained for more than two years over an alleged plot to bring down a passenger plane bound for the United Arab Emirates from Sydney, after a military court said he was innocent in the case. Australian-Lebanese dual...