PARIS (AP) — A U.S. charitable foundation said Wednesday that it was the anonymous bidder that paid $530,000 for 24 Native American masks in a Paris auction and will return them to the Hopi Nation in Arizona and the San Carlos Apache tribe.
By Rania El Gamal KUWAIT (Reuters) - Gulf Arab states welcomed Iran's "new direction" under President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday, but said the Islamic Republic should do more to promote stability in a region that has long viewed it with mistrust. The Sunni Muslim-ruled Gulf Arab oil producers, especially regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia, see Shi'ite Iran as their chief rival and worry that its interim nuclear deal with world powers last month could signal a resurgence in its influence. But the language used by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit was markedly toned down from last year when Gulf Arab leaders condemned what they called Iran's interference in their countries' internal affairs, and called on it to halt actions that "increased tension and threatened the region's security". At the end of a two-day summit in Kuwait on Wednesday, the GCC, which groups Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, called for good neighborly relations with Iran based on "non-interference in internal affairs".