• ReutersIran claims successful rocket test, move likely to anger U.S.

    DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran has successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into orbit, state television reported on Thursday, an event likely to raise tensions with the United States because of its potential use in a ballistic missile. Read the story on Reuters.

  • The Seattle TimesOnly on AP: Isolated Qatar hires firm founded by Trump aide

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has hired a Washington influence firm founded by President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and another specialized in digging up dirt on U.S. politicians, signaling it wants to challenge Saudi Arabia’s massive lobbying efforts in America’s capital amid a diplomatic dispute among Arab nations. The Gulf rift already has seen slogan-plastered taxicabs in Read more...

  • Chicago Sun-TimesUS Navy fires warning shots near Iranian ship in Persian Gulf

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, the first such incident to happen under President Donald Trump. Iran’s hard-line Revolutionary Guard later blamed the American ship for provoking the situation.The encounter involving Read more...

  • ReutersUAE welcomes Qatari decision to amend anti-terrorism laws

    DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates on Friday welcomed Qatar’s decision to amend its anti-terrorism laws, in one of the first positive signs from the UAE and three other Arab countries since they imposed sanctions on Doha last month. Read the story on Reuters.

  • ReutersU.S. ends controversial laptop ban on Middle East carriers

    DUBAI (Reuters) – The United States has ended a four month ban on passengers carrying laptops onboard U.S. bound flights from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa, bringing to an end one of the controversial travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration. Read the story on Reuters.

  • The Seattle TimesSaudis release woman in viral miniskirt video without charge

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday that a woman who was detained after wearing a miniskirt in a video that went viral has been released without charge. Police in Saudi Arabia had arrested the young woman for wearing “immodest clothes” after an outcry from people who say she flagrantly violated the kingdom’s conservative Islamic dress code. The Read more...

  • The Seattle TimesSaudi woman in miniskirt video arrested after public outcry

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi woman has been arrested for defying the kingdom’s strict dress code by walking around in a miniskirt and crop top in a video that sparked public outrage. The woman, whose name was not given, was detained by police in the capital, Riyadh, for wearing “immodest clothes” that contradicted the country’s conservative Islamic Read more...

  • Associated PressQatar: Alleged UAE hacking ‘unfortunate,’ violation of law

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar, the tiny Gulf state being isolated by its neighbors, said Monday the reported involvement of the United Arab Emirates in hacking its government news site in May is “unfortunate” and a breach of agreements among the Gulf countries.The Washington Post, quoting unnamed U.S. intelligence officials, reported Sunday that the UAE orchestrated the hacking Read more...

  • Associated PressQatar: Alleged UAE hacking ‘unfortunate,’ violation of law

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar, the tiny Gulf state being isolated by its neighbors, said Monday the reported involvement of the United Arab Emirates in hacking its government news site in May is “unfortunate” and a breach of agreements among the Gulf countries.The Washington Post, quoting unnamed U.S. intelligence officials, reported Sunday that the UAE orchestrated the hacking Read more...

  • The Seattle TimesDubai-based Emirates and flydubai to more closely integrate

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirates, the Middle East’s largest airline, and budget carrier flydubai have announced plans to more closely integrate their operations. The two airlines operate independently, but are owned by the same entity, the Investment Corporation of Dubai. Emirates Group and flydubai chairman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said Monday that the deeper partnership, which Read more...