Dubai - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Dubai Bahrain raid on Shiite cleric's town: 5 killed, 286 arrested DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahraini police raid on the hometown of a prominent Shiite cleric facing possible deportation has left at least five demonstrators dead and 286 people arrested in an assault in which officers fired tear gas and shotguns at protesters. The Interior Ministry said the operation on Tuesday targeting Diraz, home to Sheikh Isa... Wed, 24 May 2017 05:31:00 GMT 2017-05-24T05:31:00Z 5 killed, 286 held in Bahrain raid on Shiite cleric's town DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain police raided a town Tuesday that is home to a prominent Shiite cleric facing possible deportation, arresting 286 people in an assault in which officers fired tear gas and shotguns at protesters. At least five demonstrators were killed and others wounded. The Interior Ministry said the operation targeting Diraz, ... Wed, 24 May 2017 02:05:00 GMT 2017-05-24T02:05:00Z AP Reports on Trump's Speech in Saudi Arabia Associated Press reporter Aya Batrawy offers details on President Donald Trump's first major foreign policy address since taking office. The speech delivered... Sun, 21 May 2017 19:00:00 GMT 2017-05-21T19:00:00Z Human rights concerns prove no obstacle in Trump-Saudi ties DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — On his first overseas visit, President Donald Trump presided over a nearly $110 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia that made clear his administration did not see the kingdom's human rights record or its devastating war in Yemen as an obstacle to restoring ties that had been strained under his predecessor. ... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:21:00 GMT 2017-05-21T18:21:00Z Rouhani, a man of the Islamic Revolution, opens Iran to West DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As Iran's chief nuclear envoy, Hassan Rouhani earned the nickname "diplomat sheikh" when negotiators in 2004 reached a deal that saw the Islamic Republic halt all its enrichment of uranium. Over 10 years later, it would be Rouhani as president who would strike a bargain with world powers to again limit Iran's atomic prog... Sun, 21 May 2017 15:41:00 GMT 2017-05-21T15:41:00Z AP Reporter Explains Trump Visit to Saudi Arabia Associated Press journalist Aya Batrawy explains the significance of President Donald Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia, the initial leg of his first overseas... Sat, 20 May 2017 20:52:00 GMT 2017-05-20T20:52:00Z What's next for Iran after President Hassan Rouhani's win? DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's electoral victory Saturday, what's next for the Islamic Republic? Here's some things to watch for: HARD-LINERS' REACTION Those backing Ebrahim Raisi will accept the results. However, hard-liners within Iran's judiciary and security services will continue to pressure Rouhani in different ways. Even be... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:38:00 GMT 2017-05-20T14:38:00Z AP Explains: Voting, governance and clerical power in Iran DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranians vote Friday for the next president of the Islamic Republic, but how does that elected leader fit into the country's clerically managed government that approves candidates ultimately overseen by its supreme leader? THE SUPREME LEADER'S POWER At the heart of Iran's complex power-sharing government created after it... Fri, 19 May 2017 08:43:00 GMT 2017-05-19T08:43:00Z Trump visit draws country singer Toby Keith to Saudi Arabia DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — American country singer Toby Keith, known for songs such as "Whiskey Girl" and "Beer For My Horses," is scheduled to perform in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, this weekend in an event that coincides with President Donald Trump's first overseas visit. Saudi entertainment website Lammt, which is advertising the event, says Sat... Thu, 18 May 2017 14:33:00 GMT 2017-05-18T14:33:00Z Royal Jordanian diverts flight after suspicious object claim AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's national carrier says it diverted a flight and searched the plane during an unscheduled stop after a passenger told the cabin crew that a suspicious object was on board. Royal Jordanian says the Airbus 320 with 124 passengers was on its way from Dubai to the Jordanian capital of Amman on Thursday when the pilot received word of the passenger's c... Thu, 18 May 2017 14:30:00 GMT 2017-05-18T14:30:00Z Saudi Arabia counting down the seconds until Trump arrives DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia is literally counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until Donald Trump lands in the kingdom for his first overseas trip as U.S. president this weekend. The kingdom has launched a website in four languages with a countdown clock and details about the visit, which is packed with meetings . After me... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:41:00 GMT 2017-05-16T20:41:00Z Emirates airline profits down 83 percent in past year DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, said Thursday its profits fell by more than 80 percent to $340 million last year as it grappled with a slump in demand linked to a range of headwinds, from political upheaval and terrorism in Europe to tougher travel restrictions to the U.S. Emirates Group, which operates the ... Thu, 11 May 2017 09:29:00 GMT 2017-05-11T09:29:00Z UN expert in Saudi denied access to imprisoned activists DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.N. rights expert visiting Saudi Arabia as part of an unprecedented invitation by the government to assess the country's legislation and actions in fighting terrorism said Thursday he was not given access to imprisoned bloggers and activists. Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson said he was, however, given rare access to t... Thu, 04 May 2017 22:17:00 GMT 2017-05-04T22:17:00Z Saudi king's new order loosens guardianship rules on women DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a directive to government offices that allows women greater access to government services without the consent of a male relative. Women's rights activists say the memo, which has been circulating in government offices this week, codifies the rights of Saudi women to access a job, hig... Thu, 04 May 2017 19:19:00 GMT 2017-05-04T19:19:00Z Mike Tyson lauds Dubai while promoting boxing gym franchise DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — On his first trip to Dubai, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson recalls getting off a plane wearing a traditional Muslim cap and robes, carrying a Quran and expecting to find a society strictly governed by conservative mores. He was in for a surprise. This is "a party place, a place you have a good time at. Thi... Thu, 04 May 2017 13:11:00 GMT 2017-05-04T13:11:00Z Basketball players say allowing headgear empowers the sport DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Basketball enthusiasts around the world say a decision to allow players to wear headgear that complies with their religious beliefs will encourage more people to play the sport. Thursday's ruling by the federation known as FIBA means players can wear hijabs, turbans and yarmulkes following a ban initially imposed for saf... Thu, 04 May 2017 13:11:00 GMT 2017-05-04T13:11:00Z Powerful Saudi prince says no space for dialogue with Iran DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince said Tuesday in a rare and wide-ranging interview that there is no space for dialogue with rival Iran due to its Shiite ambitions "to control the Islamic world." The interview, which aired on multiple Saudi TV channels, offered a glimpse into how Mohammed bin Salman views the kingdom's ... Tue, 02 May 2017 21:06:00 GMT 2017-05-02T21:06:00Z Dubai-based Thunder Snow tests Derby track after quarantine LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Thunder Snow took to the track at Churchill Downs for the first time since clearing quarantine ahead of the Kentucky Derby. The UAE Derby winner jogged once around before galloping a mile on Tuesday. He arrived in the U.S. on April 30 from England, and the USDA required him to spend 42 hours in quarantine. Thunder... Tue, 02 May 2017 19:03:00 GMT 2017-05-02T19:03:00Z Libyan premier, rival general in UAE for 'mediation' talks DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The prime minister of Libya's U.N.-backed government and a powerful rival general met Tuesday in the United Arab Emirates in the latest effort to resolve the country's long-running conflict. Libya's armed forces posted an image on Facebook showing Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter standing next to Prime Minister Fayez Serraj ... Tue, 02 May 2017 15:09:00 GMT 2017-05-02T15:09:00Z IMF says more reforms still needed by Mideast oil exporters DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday oil exporting countries in the Middle East continue to have the world's largest energy subsidy bill and that additional reforms are still needed to curb government spending. In its updated regional outlook report, the IMF said money spent each year on subsidies from these o... Tue, 02 May 2017 09:38:00 GMT 2017-05-02T09:38:00Z Technology-loving Dubai unveils its own typographic font DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Apparently not content with having the world's tallest building, an indoor ski slope and countless other baubles, Dubai now boasts one more: its own typographic font. The forward-looking Mideast business hub unveiled the new font designed with Microsoft's help on Sunday. The government communication office says the Dubai... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:01:00 GMT 2017-04-30T16:01:00Z Iranian filmmaker imprisoned over his work released early DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An award-winning Iranian filmmaker imprisoned over his work has been released after serving about five months of his yearlong sentence, though he doesn't know whether he'll make movies again in the Islamic Republic. Keywan Karimi told The Associated Press on Sunday that he credited international pressure for his early re... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:09:00 GMT 2017-04-30T14:09:00Z UAE's battle-hardened military expands into Africa, Mideast DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates is better known for its skyscrapers and pampered luxuries, but its small size belies a quiet expansion of its battle-hardened military into Africa and elsewhere in the Middle East. The seven-state federation ranks as one of Washington's most prominent Arab allies in the fight against the Islamic ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:01:00 GMT 2017-04-29T06:01:00Z UAE's first solar-powered gas station opens in Dubai DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A government oil company in the United Arab Emirates says it has opened the country's first solar-powered gas station in Dubai. The Dubai-owned Emirates National Oil Company said on Wednesday the service station on the city's main Sheikh Zayed Road thoroughfare is covered with solar panels that can generate up to 120 kilowatt hours. ... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:30:00 GMT 2017-04-27T11:30:00Z US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf, an American official said Wednesday, the latest tense naval encounter between the two countries. The incident happened Monday as the vessel attempted to draw closer to the USS Mahan ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:12:00 GMT 2017-04-26T19:12:00Z Saudi council rejects proposal for female sports colleges DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A proposal to establish sports education colleges for Saudi women failed to win enough votes in the kingdom's top advisory body, a council member who drafted the plan said Wednesday. The proposal needed 76 out of 150 votes in the Shura Council, but fell three votes short. It called for the establishment of colleges that ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:00:00 GMT 2017-04-26T14:00:00Z As Dubai focuses on future, cybersecurity a growing concern DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As Dubai races toward a future of self-driving cars and drones filling up its high-rise-studded skyline, cybersecurity is becoming a growing concern in a region replete with examples of cyberattacks. The sheikhdom is hosting a cybersecurity conference this week and at it, a Dubai official involved in protecting the emira... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:58:00 GMT 2017-04-26T10:58:00Z Emirates CEO says US laptop carry-on ban still puzzles him DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The chairman and CEO of Dubai's long-haul carrier Emirates said Tuesday he "can't dig into somebody's mind" to understand why the U.S. instituted a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage from 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries. However, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said he believes U.S... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:19:00 GMT 2017-04-25T14:19:00Z Qatar Airways sees 'manageable' decline in flights to US DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The CEO of one of the Middle East's largest carriers said Monday passenger numbers to the United States have dipped slightly over fears by some Muslim passengers that their visas may be rejected upon arrival, but expressed confidence in President Donald Trump as a "very good businessman." Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:45:00 GMT 2017-04-24T15:45:00Z Emiratis, Malaysians reach $1.2B deal over troubled fund DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirati and Malaysian officials said Monday they reached a deal to resolve a legal dispute over the indebted and troubled Malaysian investment fund 1MDB, with the United Arab Emirates set to receive $1.2 billion over this year. The deal, which still would need to be approved by an arbitration panel in London, resolves me... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:57:00 GMT 2017-04-24T10:57:00Z