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World Sep 29Crown prince becomes Kuwait’s new ruling emir
While his taking of the throne came as prescribed by Kuwait's constitution, there likely will be negotiations behind the scenes in the weeks ahead over who will become the country's next crown prince.
World Sep 29Kuwait Emir Sheikh Al Sabah dies at age 91
His 2006 ascension in Kuwait, a staunch U.S. ally since the American-led war that expelled occupying Iraqi troops, came after parliament voted unanimously to oust his predecessor.
World Aug 29UAE formally ends Israel boycott amid US-brokered deal
The ruler of the United Arab Emirates issued a decree Saturday formally ending the country’s boycott of Israel amid a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the two countries.
World Aug 16Telephone service begins between UAE and Israel as ties open
Telephone service between the United Arab Emirates and Israel began working Sunday as the two countries opened diplomatic ties, part of a deal brokered by the U.S. that required Israel to halt its contentious plan to annex West Bank land…
World Aug 13Trump says United Arab Emirates and Israel to open diplomatic ties
President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state.
World Aug 13U.S. says Iran briefly seizes oil tanker near Strait of Hormuz
The Iranian navy boarded and briefly seized a Liberian-flagged oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S., a U.S. military official said Thursday.
World Jul 28Iran fires missile at mock aircraft carrier amid U.S. tensions
Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard fired a missile from a helicopter targeting a replica aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state television reported on Tuesday.
World Jul 07Thermometers in hand, Dubai opens for tourists amid pandemic
From French soccer jerseys to slick online campaigns, Dubai is trumpeting the fact that it reopened for tourism on Tuesday.
World Jul 02AP report: Fire at Iran nuclear site hit centrifuge facility, analysts say
The fire happened early on Thursday at Natanz, an underground facility where Iran enriches uranium.
World Jun 22WHO chief warns world leaders not to ‘politicize’ pandemic
The comments by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has faced criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump, comes as the number of reported infections soared in Brazil, Iraq, India and southern and western U.S. states, straining local hospitals.