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Saudi Aramco takes another step toward 1st public offering

Nov. 10, 2019 4:51 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant Aramco released a lengthy document late Saturday that lays the ground for investors to buy into the world's most profitable company, but it remains unknown how much is on offer. In its preliminary prospectus, Aramco revealed that it...

Friends, family support Twitter employee charged in spy case

Nov. 8, 2019 6:30 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Family and friends of a former Twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia call him a dedicated husband and father who has overcome recent mental health struggles, according to letters of support filed to federal court. Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen and a media partnership manager...

Saudi recruitment of Twitter workers reflects insider risks

Nov. 7, 2019 11:04 PM EST

Allegations that two former Twitter employees spied on users for the Saudi government have spotlighted the threat posed by insiders who exploit their access to the mountains of sensitive data held by tech companies. The Twitter case adds an alarming international dimension to the longstanding problem of rogue...

The Latest: Twitter spying case shows insider risks

Nov. 7, 2019 5:58 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on allegations from U.S. prosecutors that Saudi Arabia recruited two Twitter employees to spy on accounts that included prominent government opponents (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Rogue employees pilfering data and spying across networks have long plagued governments and...

US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics

Nov. 6, 2019 11:07 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Saudi government, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to gather confidential personal information on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, prosecutors alleged Wednesday. The complaint...

The Latest: Twitter: Tools protect sensitive accounts

Nov. 6, 2019 6:21 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on two former Twitter employees charged with accessing personal account information on behalf of the Saudi government. (all times local): 3 p.m. Twitter has acknowledged that it cooperated in a U.S. investigation of two former employees accused of accessing personal account...

Stuck on US terror list, Sudan turns to wealthy Gulf for aid

Nov. 6, 2019 1:01 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's new prime minister has repeatedly urged the West to end his country's international pariah status. He says it's the only way to save the nation's fragile democratic transition from a plunging economy. In September, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said he was expecting a "big...

Yemeni rebels claim they shot down a US-made drone

Nov. 1, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels shot down a U.S.-made drone Friday along the border with Saudi Arabia, according to a statement by the group's spokesman. The Shiite rebels, who overran Yemen's northern parts and the capital Sanaa in 2014, have been fighting a Saudi-led and U.S.-backed...

Saudi energy minister: Saudi Aramco's public offering 'soon'

Oct. 30, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A planned stock offering of a small part of state-run oil giant Saudi Aramco "will come soon" and only at the direction of Saudi Arabia's crown prince, the kingdom's energy minister said Wednesday, further underlining the power of the 34-year-old royal. The minister, Prince...

Tulsi Gabbard: Release documents related to Saudis and 9/11

Oct. 29, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard joined relatives of Sept. 11 victims on Tuesday in demanding that the federal government release the findings of its investigation into the Saudi government's role in the Sept. 11 attacks. "We are 18 years removed from this terrible crime, and...