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South Korean president in Saudi Arabia, meets crown prince

Jan. 18, 2022 06:33 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — South Korea's leader arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, where he was greeted in Riyadh by the kingdom's crown prince and an honor guard marching band. It was the second stop on a Mideast tour by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife, who were...

Top conservative Saudi cleric who once headed judiciary dies

Jan. 05, 2022 05:19 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — An influential Saudi cleric who once served for years as head of the kingdom's Shariah courts and whose ultraconservative views sparked outcry died on Wednesday, leaving behind a legacy that mirrored the kingdom's decades-long slide toward Wahhabism. His...

Yemen officials: Saudi airstrike kills 12 troops by mistake

Dec. 31, 2021 08:24 AM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition has mistakenly hit a camp of allied Yemeni pro-government forces, killing at least 12 troops, Yemeni military officials said Friday. The strike, which took place on Thursday in the province of Shabwa, also wounded at...

State TV: Recalled Iranian diplomat to Yemen dies of COVID

Dec. 21, 2021 15:19 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's top diplomat to Yemen died Tuesday after reportedly contracting the coronavirus, Iranian state TV said, just days after he was abruptly recalled from his mission in the war-torn nation. State-run media in Iran said Ambassador Hassan Irloo...

Lebanon to deport outlawed Bahrain opposition party members

Dec. 15, 2021 14:14 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s interior minister on Wednesday ordered the deportation of members of Bahrain’s outlawed Shiite opposition party after they criticized from Beirut their country’s human rights record. The deportation order is likely another attempt to ease an...

Gulf leaders convene for annual summit amid regional tension

Dec. 14, 2021 11:25 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The leaders of Gulf Arab states arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for their annual summit, a united meeting that comes amid heightened tensions over Iran’s nuclear program and after a yearslong boycott of Qatar. The Gulf Cooperation Council...

Saudi crown prince in 1st visit to Qatar after embargo ended

Dec. 09, 2021 08:37 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s crown prince visited Qatar on Thursday, his first trip to Doha since the kingdom rallied other Arab states to end their yearslong rift and embargo of the tiny Gulf Arab state. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit also marked...

Arrested man is freed, not a suspect in Khashoggi's murder

Dec. 08, 2021 14:31 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French authorities announced Wednesday that a man arrested at Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport for allegedly being linked to the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was misidentified. Saudi officials later said he was freed. The Paris General Prosecutor's...

Saudi prince's tour, reforms eclipsed by Khashoggi case

Dec. 08, 2021 11:39 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's crown prince was visiting the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, the second stop of his high-profile tour of Gulf Arab states aimed at fortifying the kingdom's traditional alliances as rival Iran resumes nuclear negotiations with world powers. ...

Suspect in killing of Saudi journalist arrested in France

Dec. 07, 2021 21:18 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A suspect in the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was arrested Tuesday in France, according to a French judicial official. The official said the suspect was being held on the basis of a Turkish arrest warrant. He requested not being named in accordance...