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By Jon Gambrell The Associated Press

Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador over criticism

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador Monday and froze “all new business” with Ottawa over its criticism of the ultraconservative kingdom’s arrest of women’s rights activists ‚Äî yet another warning to the West reflecting Riyadh’s newly assertive foreign policy.

British-Iranian professor held by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A British-Iranian university professor who actively campaigns against military action targeting his homeland has been detained in Iran by the country’s hard-line Revolutionary Guard, a semi-official Iranian news agency reported Thursday, becoming the latest dual national held there since the 2015 nuclear deal.

Ancient temple left neglected as Yemen war threatens history

MARIB, Yemen — Along a narrow road in Yemen choked by natural gas tankers and heavily armed soldiers lies an ancient temple neglected and threatened in a nation now at war.

The Awwam Temple links a region now on the front lines of the Saudi-led war against Shiite rebels to Arabia’s pre-Islamic past, a time of spice caravans and the mysterious Queen of Sheba.

As parched United Arab Emirates runs out of groundwater, relying on sea poses its own risks

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates As skyscrapers and gleaming towers rose with lightning speed across the United Arab Emirates over the past two decades, the Gulf nation’s thirst for water grew at an enormous rate so much so that today, it threatens to dry up all of the country’s groundwater in as little as 15 years, experts say.