Latest Persian Gulf News

Fire erupts at Kuwait oil refinery; minor injuries reported

Oct. 18, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A fire erupted on Monday at a major oil refinery in Kuwait, the state-owned oil company said, reporting that some workers suffered from smoke inhalation and other light injuries. The blaze at the key Mina al-Ahmadi oil refinery along...

US, Taliban to hold first talks since Afghanistan withdrawal

Oct. 09, 2021 00:49 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are to hold talks Saturday and Sunday about containing extremist groups in Afghanistan and easing the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country, officials from both sides said. It's...

State TV says Iranian speedboats intercepted US Navy vessel

Oct. 07, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV reported Thursday that speedboats belonging to the country's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard have intercepted U.S. vessels in the Persian Gulf. A U.S. Navy spokesman said he was not aware of any such encounter at sea over the past days. ...

Pentagon chief: al-Qaida may seek comeback in Afghanistan

Sep. 09, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday the al-Qaida extremist group that used Afghanistan as a staging base to attack United States 20 years ago may attempt to regenerate there following an American withdrawal that has left the Taliban in power. ...

US Navy launches Mideast drone task force amid Iran tensions

Sep. 08, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy's Mideast-based 5th Fleet said Wednesday it will launch a new task force that incorporates airborne, sailing and underwater drones after years of maritime attacks linked to ongoing tensions with Iran. Navy officials...

UAE announces plan to invest in economy, liberalize laws

Sep. 05, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates announced on Sunday a major plan to stimulate its economy and liberalize stringent residency rules for foreigners, as the country seeks to overhaul its finances and attract visitors and investment. The...

Blinken and Austin to visit Gulf to address postwar stresses

Sep. 05, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. national security officials will see how the failed war in Afghanistan may be reshaping America's relationships in the Middle East as they meet with key allies in the Persian Gulf and Europe this week. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and...

The Latest: UN chief to hold meeting on Afghanistan funding

Sep. 03, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations chief will convene a ministerial meeting in Geneva on Sept. 13 to seek a swift scale-up in funding to address the growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, where nearly half the country’s 38 million people need assistance. U.N....

Iran appoints new navy chief

Aug. 17, 2021 07:37 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s top leader appointed a new chief for the country’s navy, state media reported Tuesday. The official IRNA news agency said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Adm. Shahram Irani as the new navy chief under the country's...

US and China clash at UN over South China Sea disputes

Aug. 09, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and China clashed over Beijing’s actions in the South China Sea at a high-level U.N. Security Council meeting on maritime security Monday that also put a spotlight on attacks on ships in the Persian Gulf, piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, and drug and...