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Iraqi prime minister makes first visit to Saudi Arabia

Apr. 17, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi King Salman welcomed the Iraqi prime minister on his first official visit to the kingdom Wednesday, as the two oil-producing giants move toward closer diplomatic and economic ties after nearly three decades of uneasy relations. Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi's visit came...

Court ruling adds to delay in alleged USS Cole bomber case

Apr. 16, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has thrown out years of legal proceedings in the already-delayed military commission case against a Saudi charged in the deadly 2000 bombing of a U.S. warship. An appellate panel in Washington said Tuesday that a military judge improperly continued to preside over...

New ruling Sudan military council promises civilian Cabinet

Apr. 14, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's new ruling military council announced Sunday that it will name a civilian prime minister and Cabinet but not a president to help govern the country following the coup that removed longtime leader Omar al-Bashir. An army spokesman, Lt. Gen. Shamseldin Kibashi, also said in televised...

AP source: Prosecutors to meet with Bezos in extortion probe

Apr. 11, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New York are planning to meet with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos about his allegations that the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him with help from Saudi Arabia, a person familiar with the plans said Thursday. The billionaire will meet with prosecutors in the coming days...

Retired general confirmed as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Apr. 10, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to confirm a retired four-star general, John Abizaid, as the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, filling an important diplomatic post that has been vacant for more than two years. U.S.-Saudi relations are in turmoil after the murder of U.S.-based...

Khashoggi's son comments on financial compensation by Saudis

Apr. 10, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The son of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi appeared to acknowledge on Wednesday that financial compensation had been made to the family, but said it did not amount to an admission of guilt by Saudi rulers. Salah Khashoggi described King Salman and Crown...

Vaccines blocked as deadly cholera raged across Yemen

Apr. 8, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

ADEN, Yemen (AP) — In the summer of 2017, a plane chartered by the United Nations idled on the tarmac at an airport in the Horn of Africa as officials waited for final clearance to deliver half a million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen. Amid the country's ruinous war, the disease was spiraling out of...

State Dept. bars 16 people for roles in Khashoggi killing

Apr. 8, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department on Monday publicly designated 16 people for their roles in the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October. Such designation makes those individuals and immediate family members ineligible for entry into the United States....

Hostage foundation rescinds invitation to secretary of state

Apr. 5, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A foundation that advocates for the safety of journalists and the release of Americans held hostage abroad has rescinded an award it planned to present to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, prompting him to accuse the organization on Friday of bowing to media bias against him. The James W....

Saudi Arabia arrests more activists, including 2 US citizens

Apr. 5, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia detained 12 people, including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens, in a new round of arrests in the kingdom targeting individuals supportive of women's rights and those with ties to jailed activists, people with knowledge of the apprehensions said Friday. It marks...