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US army says still helping Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

Abu Dhabi - The US is still supporting the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, an American army general told AFP Sunday, days after lawmakers voted to end involvement in Riyadh's war effort.

Yemen FM says seated next to Netanyahu in 'error'

Dubai - Yemen's top diplomat said a "protocol error" landed him next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a conference in the Polish capital Warsaw and that his country's stance on the Palestinian issue remained unchanged.

Drone disrupts flights from Dubai

Dubai - Suspected drone activity briefly disrupted flight departures Friday from Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international traffic, the airport said.

Harrison Ford attacks leaders who deny climate change

Dubai - Hollywood veteran Harrison Ford on Tuesday attacked US President Donald Trump and other world leaders who deny climate change saying they were "on the wrong side of history".

UAE expects oil market to balance in first quarter

Dubai - The energy minister of the United Arab Emirates said Monday supply and demand in the oil market should balance out in the first quarter of 2019, following weeks of output cuts.

IMF chief says ready to support Pakistan after meeting PM Khan

Dubai - International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Sunday met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and assured him that IMF stands ready to support his country.

Pope Francis holds historic public mass in UAE

Abu Dhabi - Pope Francis held a historic public mass for an estimated 170,000 Catholics at a stadium in the capital of the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, capping the first ever papal visit to the Gulf where Islam was born.

Pope Francis arrives to hold public mass in UAE

Abu Dhabi - Pope Francis arrived at an Abu Dhabi sports stadium Tuesday to hold a public mass for an estimated 170,000 Catholics on the first ever papal visit to the Muslim Gulf.

Pope calls for end to wars in Middle East in Gulf trip

Abu Dhabi - Pope Francis on Monday called for an end to wars in the Middle East during the first visit by the head of the Catholic church to the birthplace of Islam -- the Arabian Peninsula.

Pope Francis lands in UAE for historic visit

Abu Dhabi - Pope Francis landed in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday for the first ever visit by a pontiff to the Arabian Peninsula -- the birthplace of Islam.

UN warns Yemen's warring sides truce in jeopardy

Dubai - The head of the UN mission in Yemen warned the Saudi-backed government and the Huthi rebels on Sunday that a seven-week ceasefire in the flashpoint city of Hodeida was fragile and urged them to order their commanders on the ground to uphold the truce.

Catholic migrants in the UAE abuzz ahead of pope's visit

Dubai - Like millions of his compatriots, Filipino migrant Ray Erwin adores Pope Francis. This weekend, he is counting down the hours to a historic papal mass in Abu Dhabi."We are very grateful," he told AFP. "It's a chance of a lifetime.

Pope Francis in historic Arabian Peninsula visit

Dubai - Pope Francis is set for a historic trip to the UAE, the first ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, as he seeks to boost the Vatican's outreach to Islam.

Saudi-led coalition frees 7 Yemen rebels, but issues threat

Dubai - The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen released seven Huthi prisoners on Wednesday and returned them to Sanaa, the UN said, even as the military alliance said it could use renewed force against the rebels.

UN envoy on first Yemen port city visit after truce

Dubai - The UN envoy for Yemen briefly visited the flashpoint city of Hodeida Tuesday, an official said, the diplomat's first trip there since warring parties agreed to a ceasefire last month.

Bahrain Shiite opposition leader loses appeal against life term

Dubai - A Bahraini court on Monday upheld a life sentence for opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman for spying for Gulf rival Qatar, a ruling his party slammed as "political revenge".

Abu Dhabi awards Eni, OMV key stakes in oil refiner

Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi's state oil firm said Sunday it had signed partnership deals worth $5.8 billion with Italian oil giant Eni and Austria's OMV, awarding them key stakes in its refining arm.

Activists slam Asian Cup 'gagging' over torture-risk footballer

Al Ain - Activists for the detained Bahraini footballer who fears torture and even death if he is extradited from Thailand have criticised the "gagging" of talk about the case at the Asian Cup, warning it is harming his cause.

Arabian knights send Korea, Australia crashing out of Asian Cup

Al Ain - Asian Cup hosts UAE and Gulf rivals Qatar pulled off titanic upsets as they sent defending champions Australia and Son Heung-min's South Korea crashing out in the quarter-finals on Friday.

IMF lowers growth forecast for Saudi Arabia, region

Dubai - The International Monetary Fund on Monday lowered its 2019 economic growth forecast for Saudi Arabia and the region over low oil prices and crude output along with rising geopolitical tensions.
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