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American held hostage in Yemen freed: Trump

President Trump Announces Release of Hostage Danny Burch from Yemen

President Donald Trump on Monday announced the release of Danny Burch, an American citizen who has been held hostage in Yemen since 2017. Trump thanked the United Arab Emirates for assisting with Burch’s liberation and said his administration has now secured the freedom of 20 Americans held captive in various countries.

In this Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 file photo, released by Oman News Agency, Oman's Sultan Qaboos, left, receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Muscat, Oman. A surprise visit to Oman by Netanyahu over the weekend appears to have opened the floodgates for a series of appearances by senior Israeli …

Omani FM Hails Israel Ties as ‘New Era for the Future’

WARSAW, Poland — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah Wednesday on the sidelines of Warsaw’s Middle East conference, telling him that the recent rapprochement between the two countries was “changing the world.”

Rabbi Marc Schneider speaks during the during the 32nd Annual Muslim Day Parade Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 in New York. Rabbi Schneier was named the Honorary Grand Marshal of the parade. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)

U.S. Rabbi: Arab World Ready for Relations with Israel

Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), who maintains extensive ties with countries in the Persian Gulf, said he has recently seen a vast improvement in relations between Israel and the Gulf states.

Debris and sea foam litters a beach after Cyclone Mekunu in Salalah, Oman, Saturday, May 26, 2018. Cyclone Mekunu blew into the Arabian Peninsula on Saturday, drenching arid Oman and Yemen with rain, cutting off power lines, officials said. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Powerful Cyclone Deluges Oman, Yemen; Six Dead, 30 Missing

SALALAH, Oman — A cyclone more powerful than any previously recorded in southern Oman slammed into the Gulf country and neighboring Yemen on Saturday, deluging a major city with nearly three years’ worth of rainfall in single day. The storm killed at least six people while more than 30 remain missing, officials said.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a joint press conference with his Belarus' counterpart following their meeting in Minsk on February 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MAXIM MALINOVSKY (Photo credit should read MAXIM MALINOVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Pushes for Dialogue with Gulf Arab States

Iran’s foreign minister on Sunday stepped up efforts to improve ties with Gulf Arab Sunni states urging them to work with their Shi’ite rival to address “anxieties” and violence across the region.

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Iran Ships More Weapons to Houthi Rebels in Yemen

On Thursday, Reuters tapped U.S., European, and even Iranian sources to report that Iran “has stepped up weapons transfers to the Houthis, the militia fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen.”

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Yemen: Iran Suspected Behind Houthi Missile Attacks on U.S. Ships

Iran, considered the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, has increased its shipments of military supplies to Shiite Houthi rebels fighting a Saudi-led and U.S.-assisted coalition in Yemen, Reuters has learned from Western and Iranian officials on condition of anonymity.

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Iran-Allied Shiite Houthis Attack UAE Ship Carrying Aid to Yemen

Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen launched an airstrike against an aid ship owned by a company from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a member of the largely Sunni Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and part of the Saudi-led Arab alliance fighting the Shiite rebels, according to the state-controlled Emirates News Agency (WAM).

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Oman Refuses to Host Sailing Championships Because of Israeli Participation

TEL AVIV – Oman announced that it will not host the 2016 Youth Sailing World Championships because of Israeli participation. World Sailing updated its regulations following Malaysia’s refusal to allow reigning Israeli champions to play their national anthem and display the Israeli