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FILE - In this March 22, 2018, file photo, an honor guard member is covered by the flag of Saudi Arabia, in Washington. Saudi Arabia, for years one of the world's most prolific executioners, dramatically reduced the number of people put to death in 2020, following changes halting executions for non-violent drug-related crimes, according to the government’s tally and independent observers. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Dramatic drop in Saudi executions after laws changed in 2020

Jan. 18, 2021 3:07 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, for years one of the world's most prolific executioners, dramatically reduced the number of people put to death last year, following changes halting executions for non-violent drug-related crimes, according to the government’s tally and independent...

FILE - In this Tuesday March 3, 2020 file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of the UEFA governing body in Amsterdam, Netherlands. A special prosecutor in Switzerland on Thursday Dec. 10, 2020, has recommended opening  a criminal investigation against FIFA President Gianni Infantino for using a private jet in 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Amnesty critical of FIFA leader starring in Saudi PR video

Jan. 8, 2021 7:06 AM EST

Human rights activists are denouncing FIFA President Gianni Infantino's starring turn in a promotional video for the Saudi Arabian government in which he claims the kingdom has made important changes. The slick 3½-minute PR campaign was posted on Twitter by the Saudi ministry of sport on Thursday, featuring...

This image released by Briarcliff Entertainment shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, with journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a scene from the documentary

Review: Khashoggi doc 'The Dissident' is essential viewing

Jan. 7, 2021 9:05 AM EST

It’s hard to decide what’s most shocking in “The Dissident,” Bryan Fogel’s urgent, gripping new documentary about the horrific murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Of course, there are the terrifying details of the killing itself, chillingly recounted here through...

FILE - Director Bryan Fogel, left, and  Hatice Cengiz pose for a portrait to promote

Khashoggi doc, too explosive for streaming, debuts on-demand

Jan. 5, 2021 5:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Even before “The Dissident” made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, director Bryan Fogel had a sense that his explosive Jamal Khashoggi documentary was going to be a tough sell. The film, available on-demand this week, was one of the most anticipated of last...

In this photo provided by the Saudi Royal Court, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, welcomes Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani upon his arrival to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council's 41st Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. (Saudi Royal Court via AP)

Gulf Arab leaders sign declaration to ease rift with Qatar

Jan. 5, 2021 4:21 PM EST

AL-ULA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Gulf Arab leaders signed a declaration Tuesday to ease a rift with Qatar, following Saudi Arabia’s decision to end a 3 1/2-year embargo of the tiny energy-rich country that deeply divided regional U.S. security allies and frayed social ties across the Arabian Peninsula....

In this May 5, 2018 photo, a giant image of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, adorns a tower in Doha, Qatar. Kuwait’s foreign ministry announced Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 that Saudi Arabia will open its air and land borders with Qatar in the first steps toward ending a diplomatic crisis that has deeply divided regional U.S. allies since 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Saudi Arabia to lift Qatar embargo, easing the Gulf crisis

Jan. 4, 2021 10:22 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia will open its airspace and land border to Qatar in the first step toward ending a years-long diplomatic crisis that deeply divided U.S. defense partners, frayed societal ties and tore apart a traditionally clubby alliance of Gulf states, officials said late...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2014 image made from video released by Loujain al-Hathloul, al-Hathloul drives towards the United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia border before her arrest on Dec. 1 in Saudi Arabia. Al-Hathloul, one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent women’s rights activists,  who pushed for the right to drive, was sentenced on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, to nearly six years in prison under a vague and broadly-worded law aimed at combating terrorism, according to state-linked media. Her case and imprisonment for the past two and a half years have drawn criticism from rights groups, members of the U.S. Congress and European Union lawmakers. (Loujain al-Hathloul via AP, File)

Saudi women's rights activist sentenced to nearly 6 years

Dec. 28, 2020 3:56 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent women’s rights activists was sentenced Monday to nearly six years in prison under a vague and broadly worded counterterrorism law. The ruling nearly brings to a close a case that has drawn international criticism and the...

FILE - In this June 8, 2017 file photo, Al-Jazeera staff work at their TV station in Doha, Qatar. Dozens of journalists at Al Jazeera, the Qatari state-owned media company, have been targeted by advanced spyware in an attack attributed to the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a cybersecurity watchdog reported on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. Citizen Lab, the watchdog, traced the malware that infected the personal phones of 36 journalists, producers, anchors and executives at Al Jazeera earlier this year back to the Israel-based NSO Group, which has been widely condemned for selling spyware to repressive governments.  (AP Photo/Malak Harb, File)

Report: gov't spyware targets phones of Al-Jazeera reporters

Dec. 21, 2020 12:21 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dozens of journalists at Al-Jazeera, the Qatari state-owned media company, have been targeted by advanced spyware in an attack likely linked to the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a cybersecurity watchdog said Sunday. Citizen Lab at the...

ADDS TRANSLATION - In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan, speaks during a press conference to announce Saudi Arabia's annual budget, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, late Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Arabic reads,

Saudi Arabia plans spending cuts to trim deficit amid virus

Dec. 16, 2020 6:18 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia plans to cut more than 7% in spending next year, the finance ministry said, as the region’s biggest oil producer seeks to trim a gaping budget deficit amid the coronavirus pandemic and falling oil prices. The kingdom expects its deficit to hit $79.4...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2018 file photo, Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal talks to The Associated Press in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Turki harshly criticized Israel on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, at a Bahrain security summit that was remotely attended by Israel's foreign minister. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

Saudi prince strongly criticizes Israel at Bahrain summit

Dec. 6, 2020 7:05 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent Saudi prince harshly criticized Israel on Sunday at a Bahrain security summit that was remotely attended by Israel's foreign minister, showing the challenges any further deals between Arab states and Israel face in the absence of an independent Palestinian...