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Pakistan says Saudis, Iran willing to pursue diplomacy

Oct. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister says Iran and Saudi Arabia have indicated a willingness to pursue diplomacy to end their disputes after Pakistan's prime minister traveled to both countries to try and ease tensions. Tensions between the rival Middle Eastern countries escalated following last...

Yemeni officials: Saudi troops take control Aden in deal

Oct. 15, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say Saudi Arabian troops have taken control of the airport and ports in the interim capital Aden from separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates. They say the move is part of a settlement between President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the Southern Transitional...

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...

Iran offers warning after mysterious tanker attack

Oct. 13, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president warned Sunday it would be "a big mistake" to think his country won't respond to threats after a mysterious attack on one of its oil tankers. Hassan Rouhani's remarks came as Pakistan's prime minister was visiting Iran in an effort to ease tensions between Tehran and...

Pakistan's PM leaves for Iran, Saudi Arabia to ease tensions

Oct. 13, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister is headed to the Iranian capital as part of his country's ongoing efforts to ease tensions between archrivals Iran and Saudi Arabia. A foreign ministry statement says Imran Khan's trip Sunday to Tehran will focus on "peace and security in the region." Khan will...

Pakistan's PM to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia to ease tensions

Oct. 11, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister says Prime Minister Imran Khan will travel to Iran's capital Saturday before traveling on to Saudi Arabia to try and ease tensions between the two Islamic countries. Shah Mahmood Qureshi made the announcement Friday, while talking to reporters in the city...

Slain Saudi writer's fiancee says prince must give answers

Oct. 1, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Tuesday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has a duty to answer questions now that he has accepted responsibility for the killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year. Hatice Cengiz told The Associated Press she is...

A year later, Saudi journalist's killing haunts kingdom

Oct. 1, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year drew renewed scrutiny Tuesday to the kingdom, as his son and a U.N. investigator spoke out ahead of the anniversary of his death. Saudi intelligence officials and a...

Saudi crown prince takes responsibility for journalist death

Sep. 30, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a television interview that he takes "full responsibility" for the grisly killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but he denied allegations that he ordered it. "This was a heinous crime," Prince Mohammed, 34, told "60 Minutes" in an...