• United Arab Emirates Aug 14

    Palestinians Say UAE Deal Hinders Quest for Mideast Peace

    Israel’s agreement to establish diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates marks a watershed moment in its relations with Arab countries, but the Palestinians say it puts a just resolution of the Middle East conflict even further out of reach

  • Middle East Aug 13

    Trump Announces Diplomatic Deal Between Israel, UAE

    President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to normalize relations between the two nations after decades of tension. The countries are expected to exchange embassies and ambassadors in the coming weeks.

  • Saudi Arabia Jan 9

    Risky Gulf Arab Strategy Tested by Killing of Iran General

    U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf have loudly pushed for hawkish policies by Washington to pressure, isolate and cripple Iran, but this high-stakes strategy is now being put to the test by the unexpected U.S. strike that killed Iran’s most powerful military commander last week, thrusting the region closer to full-blown conflict.

  • Associated Press Nov 8, 2019

    Iran 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Kills at Least 5, Injures 300

    A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck northwestern Iran early Friday, killing at least five people and injuring over 300 others, officials said. The temblor struck Tark county in Iran’s Eastern Azerbaijan province at 2:17 a.m., Iran’s seismological center said. The area is some 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of Iran’s capital, Tehran. Over 40 aftershocks rattled the rural region nestled in...

  • spokesman Sep 1, 2019

    Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill at Least 100 in Rebel-Run Prison

    The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen staged multiple airstrikes on a detention center operated by the Houthi rebels in the southwestern province of Dhamar, killing at least 100 people and wounding dozens more Sunday, officials and the rebels’ health ministry said. Franz Rauchenstein, the head of the Red Cross delegation in Yemen, suggested that the death toll could be higher...

  • Donald Trump Jul 25, 2019

    Trump Vetoes Congressional Effort to Block Saudi Arms Sales

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed a trio of congressional resolutions aimed at blocking his administration from selling billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last month cited threats from Iran as a reason to approve the $8.1 billion arms sale to the two U.S. allies in the Persian...

  • FDA Jul 18, 2019

    80+ Types of Hummus Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

    More than 80 different types of hummus have been recalled over listeria concerns.

  • Twitter Jun 19, 2019

    Bella Hadid Apologizes After Posting a Photo That Angered Islamic Community

    Supermodel Bella Hadid is apologizing after being heavily criticized on Twitter for posting a photo of her shoe right on top of two aircrafts from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia Monday. Her post has drawn attention because Middle East countries consider pointing or placing your shoe towards someone or something disrespectful. In this culture the gesture is seen...

  • United Nations May 11, 2019

    Houthi Rebels Begin Withdrawal From Key Ports in Yemen

    Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Saturday began a long-delayed withdrawal of forces from the port facility in the key city of Hodeida, the group said, following the terms of a December cease-fire aimed at alleviating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the rebels’ Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said the pullout from Hodeida, as well as the two...

  • Libya Apr 7, 2019

    US Pulls Forces From Libya as Fighting Approaches Capital

    The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to “security conditions on the ground,” a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander’s forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias. A small contingent of American troops has been in Libya in recent years, helping local forces combat Islamic State...

  • JUDGE Mar 24, 2019

    Dubai Denies There Were Plans for R. Kelly Concert

    Dubai’s government on Sunday forcefully denied a claim by R&B singer R. Kelly that the artist had planned concerts in the sheikhdom after he had sought permission from an Illinois judge to travel there despite facing sexual-abuse charges. In a rare statement, the government’s Dubai Media Office also denied claims by his lawyer in court that Kelly had plans to...

  • JUDGE Mar 22, 2019

    Judge Tables Ruling on R. Kelly's Request to Fly to Dubai

    A Chicago judge tabled a decision on whether R. Kelly can fly overseas to perform several concerts as the cash-strapped singer looks to pay legal and other bills as he faces sex-abuse charges.

  • Associated Press Dec 7, 2018

    Yemen's Houthi Rebels Tortured Prisoners

    Farouk Baakar was on duty as a medic at al-Rashid hospital the day a bleeding man was brought into the emergency room with gunshot wounds and signs of torture. He’d been whipped across the back and hung by his wrists for days. The patient, Baakar learned, had been left for dead by the side of a highway after being held...

  • United States Oct 12, 2018

    Cryptocurrencies Continue Plunge With Another $6 Billion of Value Wiped Out in a Day

    Over $6 billion was wiped off global cryptocurrency markets in a day, led by XRP and ethereum as prices of digital coins continued to fall. The entire market capitalization or value of cryptocurrencies had plunged $6.72 billion in 24 hours as of about 11:32 a.m. HK/SIN time on Friday, according to data from Coinmarketcap.com. That came after a sharp sell-off...

  • NBC Aug 7, 2018

    How Hauling Icebergs Could Help Sustain the World's Thirstiest Regions

    Some of the world’s biggest cities are facing a shortage of drinking water, but an engineering firm in the Middle East is moving to try to fix that by towing icebergs from the Antarctic to the world’s most water-starved regions, NBC News reported. The United Arab Emirates-based firm, National Adviser Bureau, plans to begin a pilot in November, using satellite...

  • NBC Jul 19, 2018

    Family Wants Answers in Death of Connecticut Airman

    The grieving family of fallen Waterford airman Staff Sgt. James Tyler Grotjan is questioning the circumstances surrounding his death last week after injuries sustained overseas.

  • Thea Digiammerino Jul 16, 2018

    Connecticut Airman Dies After Incident at Overseas Air Base

    A Waterford airman has died after an incident at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.

  • Jul 14, 2018

    Connecticut Airman Dies While Serving Overseas

    The US Department of Defense said 26-year-old Staff Sgt. James T. Grotjan, of Waterford, died Thursday at a medical facility in Germany from injuries sustained in a non-combat incident at the Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates on July 8.

  • JUDGE Mar 25, 2018

    British Editor in UAE Gets 10 Years for Wife's Slaying

    A British newspaper editor in Dubai was found guilty Sunday of bludgeoning his wife to death with a hammer and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Francis Matthew, the former editor of the English-language Gulf News, had faced the possibility of the death penalty in the July 2017 killing of Jane Matthew, his wife of over 30 years. Neither...

  • spokesman Mar 12, 2018

    Iran Recovers Black Box From Turkish Plane Crash Killing 11

    Investigators on Monday found the “black box” from a Turkish private jet that crashed in an Iranian mountain range on its way from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul, killing all 11 people on board that included a Turkish bride-to-be and her bachelorette party. Authorities recovered all the dead from the crash site in the Zagros Mountains outside of the...

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