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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2006 file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, right, applaud after Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel, center, made a speech during a meeting at the Ottoman era Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. Billionaire Saudi businessman Saleh Abdullah Kamel, who founded the banking and real estate conglomerate Dallah Albaraka Group, has died at the age of 79. His business empire grew in the late 1960′s, at the same time that the kingdom was using its oil wealth to rapidly develop and in need of homegrown companies to build roads, highways and cities. (AP Photo/Murad Sezer, File)

Billionaire Saudi banking tycoon dead at 79, family says

May. 19, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Billionaire Saudi businessman Saleh Abdullah Kamel, who founded the banking and real estate conglomerate Dallah Albaraka Group, has died, according to relatives quoted in the kingdom’s media. He was 79. People close to Kamel told The Associated Press he died at the Dr....

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, Saudi Arabia's King Salman attends the official welcome ceremony for Russian President Vladimir Putin in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Salman ordered an end to the death penalty for crimes committed by individuals when they were minors, according to a statement Sunday, April 26, 20202, by a top official. The decision comes on the heels of another which orders judges to end the practice of flogging and to issue in its place jail time, fines or community service, bringing to a close one of the kingdom’s most controversial forms of public punishment. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

Saudi Arabia ends death penalty for minors and floggings

Apr. 26, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered an end to the death penalty for crimes committed by minors, according to a statement Sunday by a top official. The decision comes on the heels of another ordering judges to end the practice of flogging, replacing it with jail time,...

FILE - In this Monday, March 30, 2020 file photo, people carry the body of a victim who died after being infected with the new coronavirus at a cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran. Across the Middle East and parts of South Asia, bereaved families have faced traumatic restrictions on burying their dead amid the pandemic. Religion and customs that require speedy burials in the largely Muslim region have clashed with fears of COVID-19 contagion and government-mandated lockdowns. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Saudi Arabia halts parental visitation rulings to curb virus

Apr. 8, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Saudi king suspended final rulings and judicial orders on visitation rights of children of separated parents in the latest effort to try and curb the spread of the novel coronavirus among households, according to state media reports Wednesday. The state-run Saudi...

In this April 3, 2020 photo, a woman carrying a child walks past a closed courier business featuring a U.S. flag and the Spanish phrase:

Virus crisis cuts off billions sent to poor around the world

Apr. 7, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Until a month ago, Diana Leticia Hernández sold face cream door to door in Miami. Her husband painted houses. The money fed their family and at least six relatives in Honduras. Hernández has sold nothing since last month due to fear and social-distancing restrictions in South...