PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline is heading up a bipartisan delegation to visit U.S. troops deployed to the Middle East.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The Latest on developments surrounding a U.S.-hosted conference in Bahrain about Washington's economic plan for the Palestinians (all times local):
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The Trump administration's $50 billion economic support plan for the Palestinians cannot succeed without addressing the political elements of a Middle East deal,...
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, appealed Tuesday for the Palestinians to consider a $50 billion economic support plan, even though...
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is kicking off a two-day conference in Bahrain to build support for the economic portion of his...
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Despite withering criticism, charges of hypocrisy and outright rejection from the intended beneficiaries, the Trump administration is plowing ahead with a $50 billion...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's government-owned Gulf Air cancelled and delayed flights Wednesday as a government official acknowledged several pilots had resigned from the long-haul...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait has temporarily suspended flights to and from its international airport due to bad weather and heavy rains that have impacted visibility.
The state-run Kuwait News Agency says that incoming flights are being redirected to airports in Saudi Arabia's eastern city of Dammam and Bahrain's capital, Manama. Heavy rain is expected until Friday morning.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi "undermines regional stability" and the U.S. State Department plans to take further action in response to the killing, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday at an international conference in the Middle East.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is announcing that China's defense chief will travel to Washington next week for a meeting that has been delayed by tensions between the two nations.
Mattis tells a security conference that he'll meet with Defense Minister Wei Fenghe. Relations in the past year have been rocked by disputes over China's militarization of the South China Sea and trade tariffs pushed by the Trump administration.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — About 100 members of a U.S. Army training brigade scheduled to leave Afghanistan next month will take the unusual step of returning in February to help the next unit of advisers coming in, U.S. military officials told The Associated Press.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Police in Bahrain say four people have been killed and some 20 others were injured when a building collapsed in the island kingdom.
The Interior Ministry said that an "old building" collapsed Tuesday in Salmaniya, a neighborhood of Bahrain's capital, Manama.
The two-story residential building reportedly housed foreign laborers.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Police in Bahrain say some 20 people were injured when a building collapsed in the island kingdom.
The Interior Ministry said Tuesday that an "old building" collapsed in Salmaniya, a neighborhood of Bahrain's capital, Manama.
The two-story residential building reportedly housed foreign laborers.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Britain opened its first permanent military base in the Middle East in more than four decades on Thursday in the Persian Gulf country of Bahrain, giving the U.K. an expansive presence along key international shipping routes.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Iranian naval forces appear to have deliberately halted their provocations of U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf in recent months, a U.S. military official said Thursday.
According to Navy Cmdr. William Urban, spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, there have been no "unsafe and unprofessional" actions by Iranian naval forces in the Gulf since August 2017.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An inter-faith group of residents living in Bahrain who are visiting Israel has issued a statement saying it doesn't represent the government in Manama or any of the kingdom's authorities.
Their visit has stirred uproar on social media over the timing of their trip following the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Activists on Wednesday asked the United States to suspend a diplomatic visa for a Bahrain prince over allegations that he tortured prisoners during the island kingdom's 2011 Arab Spring protests.
Bahrain long has denied the allegations against Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa. However, as his prominence has risen in recent years, so too have the lingering memories of the 2011 demonstrations, with Bahrain cracking down on all dissent for more than a year now.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Four Arab states that cut ties with Qatar met Sunday to discuss the diplomatic crisis, insisting on compliance with a list of sweeping demands while refraining for now from imposing more punitive measures against the Gulf state.
It was the second meeting for the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain since the countries cut diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar on June 5.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Regardless of his intentions, Gianni Infantino's rhetoric and actions at his second congress leading world soccer did little to signal a clean break from the discredited Sepp Blatter era.
And that's after having more than a year to re-shape the tainted FIFA presidency in his image and the chance to banish Blatter's acolytes.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Israeli and Palestinian soccer leaders clashed verbally on Thursday as a resolution to their dispute over the presence of Israeli teams in the West Bank stalled again at the FIFA Congress.
A motion to delay a ruling on the dispute was passed by the Congress, effectively postponing any decision on the matter until 2018.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Gianni Infantino waged a strident defense of his FIFA leadership by lashing out at "fake news" and "alternative facts" circulated about a governing body he insists has recovered its reputation and can be trusted.
Addressing his second congress of soccer nations as FIFA president, Infantino on Thursday invoked the rhetoric favored by U.S. President Donald Trump to take on his critics by also lambasting experts who "miserably failed" and promoting his "football first" agenda.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Even after a year under new leadership, FIFA is still pleading with the world: Trust us.
The message is proving as hard to sell as sponsorship of the World Cup.
Especially when FIFA President Gianni Infantino has been accused of ousting the ethics leadership whose mission was to clean up soccer's scandal-tainted image.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — FIFA says it has requested information from Manchester United as part of an examination of Paul Pogba's world-record transfer from Juventus.
The midfielder signed for Jose Mourinho's United last August for 105 million euros (then $116 million).
FIFA says it has "requested information from Manchester United on the transfer." That would be information beyond the details retained by FIFA's Transfer Matching System, which has to ratify player moves between nations.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — FIFA ousted its judge and prosecutor on Tuesday in a move the disgruntled pair said jeopardizes the governing body's integrity and the future of soccer.
German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbely failed in a bid to be nominated by the council headed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino for re-election. The vote will be carried out by the congress of member federations on Thursday.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — North America's request for an accelerated awarding of the 2026 World Cup without facing a challenge is on hold, for a few months at least.
FIFA's ruling council decided Tuesday to allow three more months for rival bids to be presented under plans that have to be rubber-stamped by the congress of all soccer nations on Thursday. A final decision is still anticipated by FIFA on hosting rights next year.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino has decried the "idiots" who directed monkey chants at Sulley Muntari and offered to speak to the Ghanaian soccer player who was initially banned for protesting against racism.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — An accelerated process to hand North America the 2026 World Cup is set to be approved by soccer leaders this week, with FIFA President Gianni Infantino hoping for a "bulletproof" process to avoid past voting scandals.
The United States, Canada, and Mexico are seeking an unchallenged path to co-hosting rights for the 2026 showpiece, if FIFA's technical requirements are met by next year
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Mahfuza Akhter of Bangladesh has beaten Australian rival Moya Dodd for a seat on the FIFA Council reserved for an Asian woman.
Just before the Asian Football Confederation vote Monday, Palestinian and North Korean candidates withdrew.
Akhter, a member of the AFC executive committee, has a term through 2019 on the FIFA Council after beating Dodd 27-17. Dodd served on FIFA's ruling body from 2013-16.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The specter of fresh corruption scandals hangs over the annual gathering of world soccer leaders, two years after the FIFA Congress was shaken by the exposure of far-reaching fraud.
The election of Asian members to FIFA's ruling council on Monday kickstarts a week of meetings in Bahrain, with powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah off the ballot after his alleged bribery was disclosed by American authorities.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — FIFA has signed up Qatar Airways as a sponsor through 2022 when the World Cup is staged in the Gulf nation.
The airline is filling the sponsorship category vacated by Dubai-based carrier Emirates after the 2014 World Cup.
FIFA recently announced losses of $369 million in 2016 as the fallout from corruption scandals has scared off potential commercial backers.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syria conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Britain's outspoken foreign secretary has stayed away from controversy in a speech to Mideast leaders after earlier criticizing ally Saudi Arabia.
Boris Johnson gave a speech Friday night marking the start of the Manama Dialogue security conference in Bahrain.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Islamic State group is calling on its followers to launch attacks in Bahrain and to target American military personnel stationed on the tiny island ahead of a visit by the U.S. defense secretary.
The appeal came in a video that also urges militants to attack the Sunni-ruled island's Shiite majority, amid a wide-scale government crackdown on dissent.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — As a commemoration for British dead from World War I attended by Britain's Prince Charles reached its end, the call to Friday prayer in Bahrain from nearby Shiite mosques began.
For a carefully scripted royal visit, it marked the first time Shiites not allied with Bahrain's Sunni rulers reached the Prince of Wales' ears.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived Tuesday in the tiny island nation of Bahrain and met with its king and crown prince as part of their three-nation Gulf tour.
An honor guard and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa greeted the royal pair at Sakhir Air Base. From there, they saw Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at a nearby palace.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A Bahraini watchdog says the country's leading activist, Nabeel Rajab, has been charged with publishing "false news and statements and malicious rumors that undermine the prestige of the kingdom," a day after his letter appeared in The New York Times.
The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy reported the charges on Monday.