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Gulf Arabs relish Tillerson firing; Iran weighs nuclear deal
by Jon Gambrell - March 15, 2018 - 2:34am
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's firing is reverberating across a Middle East where Iran fears his replacement will fight to end the 2015 nuclear deal, a hope of Gulf Arab states as Palestinians worry about...
Kuwait says $30 billion pledged to rebuild Iraq
by Jon Gambrell - February 15, 2018 - 12:00am
A total $30 billion in pledges were made yesterday at a donor conference for Iraq's reconstruction after the country's devastating war with the Islamic State group, falling well short of the $88.2 billion Baghdad...
Iran may try to loosen Revolutionary Guard's grip on economy
by Jon Gambrell - January 22, 2018 - 7:05am
Iran's supreme leader has ordered the Revolutionary Guard to loosen its hold on the economy, the country's defense minister says, raising the possibility that the paramilitary organization might privatize some of...
Boeing inks $1.3B Ethiopian Airlines deal for 777 freighters
by Jon Gambrell - November 14, 2017 - 6:00pm
Boeing Co. inked a $1.3 billion deal on yesterday to sell four 777 freighters to Ethiopian Airlines as an aircraft provider to a Kuwaiti carrier resuming operations tentatively agreed to buy 25 Airbus A320neos....
US Air Force official: Missile targeting Saudis was Iranian
by Jon Gambrell - November 10, 2017 - 11:06pm
Iran manufactured the ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels toward the Saudi capital and remnants of it bore "Iranian markings," the top US Air Force official in the Mideast said yesterday, backing the...
Official: US Navy ship fires warning shots near Iranian ship
by Jon Gambrell - July 25, 2017 - 7:20pm
A US Navy patrol boat fired warning shots yesterday near an Iranian vessel that came close to it during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, an American defense official said.
Abu Dhabi airport now exempt from US laptop ban
by Jon Gambrell - July 2, 2017 - 9:11pm
The capital of the United Arab Emirates became the first city to be exempt from a US ban on laptop computers being in airplane cabins, the country's flag carrier said yesterday.
Kuwait mediates Gulf crisis between Qatar, Arab nations
by Jon Gambrell - June 6, 2017 - 7:10pm
Kuwait on yesterday began mediating between Qatar and the Arab nations that cut ties to the energy-rich aviation hub, though US President Donald Trump appeared to backing those isolating Qatar over allegations it...
What's next for Iran after President Hassan Rouhani's win?
by Jon Gambrell - May 21, 2017 - 12:00am
After Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's electoral victory yesterday, what's next for the Islamic Republic?
Dubai has new rules after high-rise fires, but few details
by Jon Gambrell - January 23, 2017 - 5:28am
New fire safety rules have come to Dubai after a series of skyscraper fires that marred its futuristic skyline, but authorities offered few details yesterday about how they'll force owners to replace flammable siding...
World reacts to death of former Iranian leader Rafsanjani
by Jon Gambrell - January 10, 2017 - 3:17am
Reactions from around the world to the death of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who suffered a heart attack Sunday at the age of 82.
Al-Jazeera says Egypt holds producer on 'fabricated charges'
by Jon Gambrell - December 27, 2016 - 7:05am
Qatar-based satellite news channel Al-Jazeera accused Egypt on yesterday of detaining one of its producers on "fabricated charges," its latest newsroom employee to be entangled in their bitter dispute.
Floating home marks return to Dubai's man-made World islands
by Jon Gambrell - May 19, 2016 - 5:34pm
The Floating Seahorse villas feature submerged bedrooms whose curtains open up to transplanted coral and the waters of the Persian Gulf. Wide-mouthed groupers and other fish dart past its over 15-centimeter-thick...
Oil meeting in Qatar ends without freeze as Iran absent
by Jon Gambrell - April 17, 2016 - 4:31pm
Oil-rich nations gathered in Qatar ended their summit yesterday just hours after it began, saying they need "more time" before agreeing to a production freeze.
Emirates labor law meet finds foreign workers still troubled
by Jon Gambrell - April 6, 2016 - 9:41am
Laborers gathered Wednesday for an event aimed at showcasing how the United Arab Emirates is trying to make labor laws more understandable instead discussed unscrupulous bosses, abuses and poor conditions rampant...
Fire breaks out at large mall under construction in Qatar
by Jon Gambrell - April 2, 2016 - 5:02pm
A fire broke out yesterday at an $825-million mall under construction near a stadium where Qatar plans to host some of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, authorities said. There were no reported injuries, though the mall said...
Dubai approves new airport fee for improvements
by Jon Gambrell - March 30, 2016 - 9:25am
Travelers flying out of Dubai's airports will pay a new fee to cover improvements at the long-haul hub, the city-state's crown prince announced Wednesday, as Gulf countries grapple with low oil prices.
Iran fires 2 missiles marked with 'Israel must be wiped out'
by Jon Gambrell - March 9, 2016 - 3:37pm
Iran test-launched two ballistic missiles yesterday emblazoned with the phrase "Israel must be wiped out" in Hebrew, Iranian media reported, in a show of power by the Shiite nation as US Vice President Joe Biden's...
Theme parks rise in Dubai amid shifting sands of tourism
by Jon Gambrell - March 3, 2016 - 6:59pm
Despite all the glitz on display, the attraction is clouded by the earlier experience of an amusement park project that went bust and the fact that low oil prices that have cut into pockets across the Gulf.
UAE energy minister refuses to discuss tentative oil cap
by Jon Gambrell - February 17, 2016 - 5:15am
Dodging reporters' questions, the United Arab Emirates' energy minister refused Wednesday to discuss a proposed cap to crude oil production agreed to by four oil-producing countries the day before, raising new questions...
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