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Iranian general acknowledges over 300 dead in unrest

Nov. 28, 2022 13:40 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian general on Monday acknowledged that more than 300 people have been killed in the unrest surrounding nationwide protests, giving the first official word on casualties in two months. That estimate is considerably lower than the toll...

Police smash European cocaine 'super cartel,' arrest 49

Nov. 28, 2022 05:42 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Law enforcement authorities in six different countries have joined forces to take down a “super cartel" of drugs traffickers controlling about one third of the cocaine trade in Europe, the European Union crime agency said on Monday. Europol said 49 suspects have...

Flashes of Arab unity at World Cup after years of discontent

Nov. 26, 2022 03:17 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — For a brief moment after Saudi Arabia's Salem Aldawsari fired a ball from just inside the penalty box into the back of the net to seal a World Cup win against Argentina, Arabs across the divided Middle East found something to celebrate. Such Arab unity is hard...

Cricket flourishes among Qatar World Cup migrant laborers

Nov. 25, 2022 11:52 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — As dawn broke Friday in Qatar, the laborers who built this energy-rich country's World Cup soccer stadiums, roads and subway filled empty stretches of asphalt and sandlots to play the sport closest to their hearts — cricket. The sport that spread across the...

World Cup fans put off by prices, beer limits commute by air

Nov. 24, 2022 13:33 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Travel at this World Cup was supposed to be easy in the tiny host nation of Qatar, after fans had to take long flights between cities at the last three tournaments. The eight stadiums in Qatar are in or near the capital, so fans don't have to go too far to get to...

Iranian soccer player arrested amid World Cup scrutiny

Nov. 24, 2022 13:18 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran arrested a prominent former member of its national soccer team on Thursday over his criticism of the government as authorities grapple with nationwide protests that have cast a shadow over its competition at the World Cup. The semiofficial...

State-linked media: Iran arrests Voria Ghafouri, former member of national soccer team, over criticism of government

Nov. 24, 2022 10:20 AM EST
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — State-linked media: Iran arrests Voria Ghafouri, former member of national soccer team, over criticism of government.

US Navy probe: Iranian drone struck Israeli-linked tanker

Nov. 22, 2022 10:59 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Investigators have concluded that an Iranian drone was used to bomb an oil tanker linked to an Israeli billionaire last week, the U.S. Navy said on Tuesday. The drone attack on the Liberian-flagged oil tanker Pacific Zircon last Tuesday off the...

Dubai airport chief says passengers top pre-pandemic level

Nov. 22, 2022 08:14 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai International Airport passenger numbers surpassed pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels in the third quarter of 2022, the airport’s chief executive said, causing the airport to revise its annual forecast by another 1 million passengers. Paul...

Activists: Iranian forces unleash heavy fire on protesters

Nov. 21, 2022 13:56 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian security forces used heavy gunfire against protesters in a Kurdish town in the country's west on Monday, killing at least five during an anti-government protest that erupted at the funeral of two people killed the day before, activists said. ...