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Yemeni prisoners chant slogans during their arrival after being released by the Saudi-led coalition at the airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Yemen's warring sides kick off largest prisoner swap to date

Oct. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's warring sides on Thursday kicked off a long-awaited, U.N.-brokered prisoner exchange, an unprecedented release of detainees amid a conflict that has spawned the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The exchange came a day after Yemen's Iran-backed rebels freed two Americans and...

FILE - In this June 15, 2015, file photo, a Saudi man walks through the Tadawul stock exchange in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's National Commercial Bank said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, it will purchase rival lender Samba Financial Group in a deal valued at $14.8 billion, creating what would become the kingdom's largest bank. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Saudi's National Commercial Bank buys Samba in $14.8B deal

Oct. 11, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's National Commercial Bank said Sunday it will purchase rival lender Samba Financial Group in a deal valued at $14.8 billion, creating what would become the kingdom's largest bank. The bank will control some $223 billion in assets and a market capitalization...

People hold posters of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, marking the two-year anniversary of his death, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. The gathering was held outside the consulate building, starting at 1:14 p.m. (1014 GMT) marking the time Khashoggi walked into the building where he met his demise. The posters read in Arabic:' Khashoggi's Friends Around the World'. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Activists seek justice on anniversary of Khashoggi killing

Oct. 2, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Journalists and human rights activists called for justice for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Friday, the second anniversary of The Washington Post columnist's brutal killing inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul. Dozens of activists gathered at a memorial erected in...

A woman walks past a banner showing Saudi King Salman, right, and his Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, outside a mall in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, June 15, 2020. This was supposed to be Saudi Arabia's year to shine as host of the prestigious G20 gathering of world leaders. Instead, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the gathering this November will likely be a virtual meet-up, stripping its host of the pomp that would have accompanied televised arrivals on Riyadh's tarmac.  (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Saudi Arabia: G-20 gathering of world leaders to be virtual

Sep. 28, 2020 2:38 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, which is presiding over the Group of 20 countries this year, said Monday that the upcoming November gathering of world leaders will be held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic. The kingdom had originally planned to host world leaders for the G-20 summit...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, a picture of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi, is displayed during a ceremony near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, marking the one-year anniversary of his death. Saudi Arabia’s state television says final verdicts have been issued in the case of slain Washington Post columnist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi after his family announced pardons that spared five from execution. The Riyadh Criminal Court issued final verdicts Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, against eight people. The court ordered a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for five, with one receiving a 10-year sentence and two others being ordered to serve seven years in prison. The trial was widely criticized by rights groups and an independent U.N. investigator, who noted that no senior officials nor anyone suspected of ordering the killing was found guilty. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Saudi court issues final verdicts in Khashoggi killing

Sep. 7, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi court issued final verdicts on Monday in the case of slain Washington Post columnist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi after his son, who still resides in the kingdom, announced pardons that spared five of the convicted individuals from execution. While the trial...

Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat, left, U.S. President Donald Trump's senior adviser Jared Kushner, center, and U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, right, board the Israeli flag carrier El Al's airliner as they fly to Abu Dhabi for talks meant to put final touches on the normalization deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, at Ben-Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (Nir Elias/Pool Photo via AP)

First direct Israel-UAE flight lands in Abu Dhabi amid deal

Aug. 31, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Star of David-adorned El Al plane flew from Israel to the United Arab Emirates on Monday, carrying a high-ranking American and Israeli delegation to Abu Dhabi in the first-ever direct commercial passenger flight between the two countries. The Israeli flag...