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In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 photo, made available by the Oman News Agency, Oman's new Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, right, receives Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, after his arrival to attend an official mourning ceremony for the late Sultan Qaboos, in Muscat, Oman. A flurry of diplomatic visits and meetings crisscrossing the Persian Gulf are driving urgent efforts to defuse the possibility of all-out war after the U.S. killed Iran's top military commander. Global leaders and top diplomats are repeating in recent days the mantra of “de-escalation” and “dialogue,” yet none have publicly laid out a path to achieving either. (Oman News Agency via AP)

High-gear diplomacy aims to avert U.S., Iran conflict

Jan. 13, 2020 11:21 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A flurry of diplomatic visits and meetings crisscrossing the Persian Gulf have driven urgent efforts in recent days to defuse the possibility of all-out war after the U.S. killed Iran's top military commander. Global leaders and top diplomats are repeating the mantra of...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 file photo released by Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, and Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, attend the signing of a power-sharing deal between Yemen's internationally recognized government and Yemeni separatists that are backed by the United Arab Emirates, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP, File)

Leading NGOs boycott Saudi Arabian G20 civil society talks

Jan. 13, 2020 12:22 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Three leading international NGOs announced on Monday they are boycotting meetings that Saudi Arabia is holding with civil society groups ahead of hosting this year's Group of 20 summit, saying participating would lend legitimacy to a kingdom “trying to whitewash its dire human rights...

In this photo released by the Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi King Salman, right, receives Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP)

Japan's Abe meets Saudi king amid threats in Persian Gulf

Jan. 12, 2020 10:50 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman on Sunday as part of a tour of oil-producing Gulf Arab states aimed at promoting peace amid a spike in tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Japan has a deep alliance with the United States, but it...

FILE- In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, the Saudi stock market officials watch the stock market screen displaying Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company Aramco after the debut of Aramco's initial public offering (IPO) on the Riyadh's stock market in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian oil company Aramco's initial public offering raised $29.4 billion, more than previously announced after the company said Sunday it used a so-called

Aramco's 'greenshoe option' pushes IPO to record $29.4B

Jan. 12, 2020 5:47 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco announced Sunday that its initial public offering raised a record $29.4 billion, a figure higher than previously announced, after the company used a so-called “greenshoe option” to sell millions more shares to meet investor...

CIA Director Gina Haspel arrives to brief members of the Senate on the details of the threat that prompted the U.S. to kill Iranian  Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)

Democrats, and some in GOP, seek more info on Iran decision

Jan. 8, 2020 11:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration made its case on Capitol Hill for killing a powerful Iranian general, but Democrats — and a handful of Republicans — said the classified briefings Wednesday were short on details and left them wondering about the president's next steps in the...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, a Turkish police officer walks past a picture of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi prior to a ceremony, near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, marking the one-year anniversary of his death. A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced five people to death for the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October 2018 by a team of Saudi agents. Saudi Arabia's state TV reported Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 that three others were sentenced to prison. All can appeal the verdicts. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Saudis sentence 5 people to death for Khashoggi's killing

Dec. 23, 2019 4:35 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death Monday for the killing of Washington Post columnist and royal family critic Jamal Khashoggi, whose grisly slaying in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul drew international condemnation and cast a cloud of suspicion over Crown...

In this Thursday Dec. 19, 2019 photo, people attend a concert, part of the MDL Beast Festival, a three-day musical extravaganza in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The festival was the kingdom's most eye-popping effort yet at showcasing the dramatic changes taking hold in this country, where more than half of the 20 million citizens are below the age of 25. While the social changes ushered in by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have been sweeping, so too is his crackdown on criticism and political expression. (MDL Beast via AP)

Saudi Arabia cuts loose with bevy of models and a rave

Dec. 23, 2019 7:35 AM EST

DIRIYAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Supermodels and social media mavens, their makeup artists and hair stylists in tow, posed at a concert in leather pants, chunky sweaters and trendy black combat boots. What was unusual about these Instagram posts was that they were all deliberately tagged in Riyadh, Saudi...

In this Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 photo, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Faisal, who leads the General Sports Authority, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Prince said that he invites anyone who's interested or curious about Saudi Arabia to come and visit the country after it opened tourist visas to people from around the world three months ago.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

AP Interview: Saudi prince says sports is a tool for change

Dec. 19, 2019 5:37 PM EST

DIRIYAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A world class tennis exhibition, an international golf tournament, a Formula series car race and the world heavyweight boxing championship share a peculiar commonality: They've all played out in Saudi Arabia this year. By hosting major sporting events, Saudi Arabia aims to draw...

Saudi stock market officials watch the market screen displaying Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company Aramco after the debut of Aramco's initial public offering (IPO) on the Riyadh's stock market in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Saudi Aramco inches near $2 trillion in day 2 of trading

Dec. 12, 2019 9:49 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Shares in Saudi Aramco gained on the second day of trading Thursday, propelling the oil and gas company to a near $2 trillion valuation, where it holds the title of the world's most valuable listed company. Shares jumped to reach as high as 38.60 Saudi riyals, or $10.29, around...

Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company Saudi Armco and stock market officials celebrate during the official ceremony marking the debut of Aramco's initial public offering (IPO) on the Riyadh's stock market in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Saudi stock offering creates world's most valuable company

Dec. 11, 2019 5:01 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabian oil company Aramco surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable public company Wednesday when its shares made their debut on the Saudi stock exchange, part of an ambitious shift away from the very fossil fuels the country's economy depends on. The shares' 10%...