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Performers wounded in knife attack on stage in Saudi Arabia

Nov. 11, 2019 11:30 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Two men and a woman were wounded in a knife attack Monday evening as they performed on stage in a park in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, marking the first such incident since the kingdom began loosening restrictions on entertainment. Saudi broadcaster al-Ekhbariya reported that...

Correction: Yemen story

Nov. 7, 2019 3:20 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — In a story Nov. 5 about the signing of a power-sharing deal in Yemen, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has been in exile since 2014. He fled Yemen in 2015. A corrected version of the story is below: Yemen's government, separatists sign...

US filmmaker Oliver Stone praises Putin for role in Syria

Oct. 30, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — American filmmaker Oliver Stone on Wednesday praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "stabilizing force" in the Middle East, particularly in Syria as Moscow fills a void left by U.S. forces pulling out and leaving behind their Kurdish allies. Stone, the 73-year-old...

Right-wing Brazil president gives fiery Saudi Arabia speech

Oct. 30, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Brazil's president launched a fiery defense of his far-right government on Wednesday during a visit to Saudi Arabia, blasting international criticism of his handling of blazes this summer in the Amazon that drew worldwide attention over global warming fears. Speaking before the...

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...

Report: Saudi Aramco shares to start trading in December

Oct. 29, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A long-delayed initial public offering of the state-run oil giant Saudi Aramco will see its shares traded on Riyadh's stock exchange in December, a Saudi-owned satellite news channel reported Tuesday as the kingdom's showcase investment forum began. The report by Dubai-based...

Investors return to Saudi Arabia as lucrative oil IPO looms

Oct. 28, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Lured by a long-looming stock offering of Saudi Arabia's massive state-run oil company, investors and business leaders have returned to the kingdom's capital for an investment forum that was overshadowed last year by the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal...

Gazans call on Saudi Arabia to free imprisoned relatives

Oct. 16, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Several families of Palestinians detainees imprisoned by Saudi Arabia held a rare protest in Gaza Wednesday, calling on the kingdom to free them. The families gathered outside the International Committee of the Red Cross office in Gaza City, holding banners against the...

Pakistan's premier leaves for Saudi Arabia amid Gulf tension

Oct. 15, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister left for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday amid his efforts to ease tensions between Riyadh and Iran after a recent attack on the kingdom's oil industry, a government statement said. Imran Khan was expected to reach Riyadh later in the day. Saudi Arabia is a major supporter...

Russia's Putin visits Saudi Arabia on Mideast trip

Oct. 14, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Saudi Arabia on Monday, meeting with the oil-rich nation's king and crown prince as he seeks to cement Moscow's political and energy ties across the Mideast. Putin received all the trappings of a state visit, with a mounted...