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November 10, 2017 10:44 AM The Latest: Beirut protests to Riyadh over PM's resignation

A senior Lebanese official says Beirut has formally told Saudi Arabia that the way Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned — in a televised statement from Riyadh — is "unacceptable" and requested his return to the country. The official says the Lebanese position was conveyed by President Michel Aoun to the Saudi charge d'affaires in Lebanon, Walid 62

November 5, 2017 2:24 PM Bahrain orders citizens to leave Lebanon

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Bahrain is ordering all its citizens in Lebanon to "leave immediately" after the country's prime minister resigned in a sudden televised address, citing Iranian meddling in Lebanese and regional affairs. Bahrain's Foreign Ministry issued the order Sunday afternoon. It says Bahraini citizens are banned from traveling to Lebanon 53

October 18, 2017 12:38 PM Netanyahu’s Challenge: Help Trump Fix or Scrap the Iran Deal

Israel is wasting no time in trying to translate Donald Trump’s call for a tougher approach to Iran into action. The government is making a diplomatic push to extend restrictions in the international nuclear deal with Iran to its development of ballistic missiles, sponsorship of terrorist acts and weapons proliferation to terrorist groups, three senior 74

October 18, 2017 9:00 AM Qatar ruler urges end to trade embargo, calls for talks

BOGOR, Indonesia – Qatar's emir has urged neighboring states to lift an "unfair" 4-month-old trade embargo and said he's ready to open talks to end the diplomatic crisis. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani met Wednesday with Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and spoke during a joint news conference at a presidential palace in Bogor. The emir said, "We are all brothers 56

October 16, 2017 7:35 AM Malaysia rolls out red carpet for Qatar's emir

Malaysia on Monday rolled out the red carpet for Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, whose visit comes four months after a diplomatic crisis erupted between his nation and four Arab countries. Sheikh Tamim, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur late Sunday, was given a 21-gun salute at a state welcoming ceremony in Parliament. He also inspected a guard-of-honor 89

September 22, 2017 6:06 AM Rabbis say Bahrain king wants Arab boycott of Israel to end

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Hosting a Los Angeles event with the son of Bahrain's king, two prominent U.S. rabbis let something slip out: the island nation's ruler thinks the longtime boycott of Israel by Arab countries should end. The rabbis' revelation of the king's opinion shouldn't come as too much of a surprise — Arab nations have slowly inched 63

September 21, 2017 5:34 PM Newbegin Enterprises receives contract for online military vehicle parts ordering

Newbegin Enterprises has been awarded a $90.5 million contract for an internet-based, contractor-run parts store for U.S. Air Force vehicles. Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Newbegin Enterprises has been awarded a $90.5 million contract for an internet-based contractor-run parts store for U.S. Air Force vehicles. The contract, announced Wednesday by the Department 107

August 30, 2017 6:22 AM Qatar crisis shakes East Africa, a home to Gulf militaries

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – East Africa is far-removed from the Gulf, but it has been shaken by the Arab diplomatic crisis gripping Qatar. In recent years both Qatar and the other energy-rich nations arrayed against it have made inroads in the Horn of Africa by establishing military bases, managing ports and showering friendly nations with foreign 59

August 28, 2017 10:17 AM Russia's FM visiting Gulf Arab states over Qatar crisis

KUWAIT CITY – Russia's foreign minister is in Kuwait at the start of a three-nation tour of Gulf Arab states over the ongoing Qatar diplomatic crisis. Sergey Lavrov's visit to Kuwait City on Monday marks the first high-level diplomatic visit by Russia over the crisis, which began on June 5. Lavrov also will visit Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on his trip. Kuwait's 61

August 20, 2017 2:17 PM Qatar to build World Cup stadium shaped like Arabian cap

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar will build a stadium shaped like an Arabian skull cap for the 2022 World Cup, organizers said on Sunday, as the Gulf state moves ahead with preparations for the tournament despite a diplomatic rift with its neighbors. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates imposed sanctions on fellow U.S. ally Qatar in June and cut all transport 66