United Arab Emirates

CAIRO - An Egyptian real estate tycoon accused of hiring a hit man to kill his pop star lover was spared the death penalty Tuesday after a retrial changed his original sentence to 15 years in prison.

KABUL, Afghanistan - The eldest brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he is not aware of a criminal investigation into his activities, an inquiry he claims is more about political differences with the U.S.

MUSCAT, Oman - An American woman released from Iran after more than 13 months in custody began her journey back to the United States on Saturday after asking her supporters to "extend your prayers" to her fiance and another American man who remain in Tehran accused of spying.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Assailants targeting security officials in Bahrain set off an explosion Tuesday that damaged several parked cars in the first such attack since the country's Sunni-led rulers began a crackdown on suspected Shiite dissidents last month.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - U.S.
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