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FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, workers disinfect the ground around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which emptied Islam's holiest site for what they say sterilization over fears of the new coronavirus. The Islamic State group in an audio message released late Thursday, May 28, 2020, blasted Iraq’s new prime minister, calling him an “American agent” and criticizing the closure of Islam’s holiest shrine in the Saudi holy city of Mecca to limit the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

IS blasts Iraq PM as American agent, calls for more attacks

May. 29, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group in an audio message blasted Iraq’s new prime minister, calling him an “American agent,” and criticized the closure of Islam’s holiest shrine in the Saudi holy city of Mecca to limit the spread of coronavirus. In the message allegedly read...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2018, file photo released by Saudi Press Agency, Salah Khashoggi, left, a son of Jamal Khashoggi, shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced Friday, May 22, 2020 that they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving automatic legal reprieve to the five government agents convicted of his murder who’d been sentenced to execution. (Saudi Press Agency via AP, File)

Khashoggi's sons forgive Saudi killers, sparing 5 execution

May. 22, 2020 8:57 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced on Friday they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving legal reprieve to five government agents who had been sentenced to death for an operation that cast a cloud of suspicion over the kingdom's crown...

This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Mohammed Alshamrani. The Saudi student opened fire inside a classroom at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday before one of the deputies killed him. The FBI has found a link between the gunman in a deadly attack at a military base last December and an al-Qaida operative. That's according to a U.S. official who spoke to The Associated Press on Monday. (FBI via AP)

FBI: Shooter at Pensacola base coordinated with al-Qaida

May. 18, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The gunman who killed three U.S. sailors at a military base in Florida last year communicated with al-Qaida operatives about planning and tactics in the months leading up to the attack, U.S. officials said Monday, as they lashed out at Apple for failing to help them open the shooter's...

Dark clouds envelop the skies as workers fold a billboard to prepare for the coming of typhoon Vongfong in Manila, Philippines Thursday May, 14, 2020. The first typhoon to hit the country this year roared toward the eastern Philippines on Thursday as authorities work to evacuate tens of thousands of people while avoiding overcrowding in shelters that could spread the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Philippines prep for typhoon amid coronavirus

May. 14, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —Typhoon Vongfong bears down on Philippines during lockdown...

Yemeni separatists, government forces clash in the south

May. 12, 2020 5:19 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fierce clashes have erupted in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan between Saudi-backed government troops and separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates, with at least six fighters from both sides killed in the past 24 hours, officials and residents said Tuesday. The fighting...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020 file photo, a man walks past a banner showing Saudi King Salman, right, and his Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, outside a mall in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia announced Monday, May 11, 2020, it is tripling taxes on basic goods to 15% and will cut spending on major projects by around $26 billion as it grapples with blows from the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices on its economy. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Saudi Arabia triples taxes, cuts $26B in costs amid pandemic

May. 11, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced Monday it was tripling taxes on basic goods, raising them to 15%, and cutting spending on major projects by around $26 billion as it grapples with blows from the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices on its economy. Saudi citizens will also lose...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, a man walks past a banner showing Saudi King Salman, right, and his Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, outside a mall in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. A beleaguered Saudi Arabia has begun taking modest steps to improve its human rights record as it tries to navigate the coronavirus pandemic and the fallout from plunging oil prices that have rankled the United States. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pressing ahead with reforms with a wary eye on Iran and is eyeing further steps that he hopes will improve the kingdom's reputation. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Saudi Arabia eyes more moves in time of pandemic, oil woes

May. 2, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A beleaguered Saudi Arabia is taking modest steps to improve its human rights record as it tries to navigate the coronavirus pandemic and the fallout from plunging oil prices that have rankled the United States and the Trump administration. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the force...

Portland expected to pay $395K in teen hit-and-run death

Apr. 28, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland City Council members are slated to vote this week to approve a $395,000 settlement with the family of a 15-year-old killed in hit-and-run crash. The person suspected of driving the vehicle may have been helped by the Saudi Arabian government to flee the U.S. while awaiting...

A station passageway is crowded with commuters wearing face mask during a rush hour in Tokyo Monday, April 27, 2020. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expanded a state of emergency to all of Japan from just Tokyo and other urban areas as the virus continues to spread. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan adds 14 more countries to entry ban list

Apr. 27, 2020 12:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan adds 14 more countries to entry ban list. —...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2020 file photo, Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman arrives for a a situation assessment meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others regarding the Coronavirus, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Litzman said Sunday, April 26, 2020, that he is stepping down following a public uproar over his handling of the coronavirus crisis and his own COVID-19 infection. He said that he will take over as Construction Minister once a new government is formed. (Jack Guez/Pool via AP, File)

Israeli court takes step to halt phone tracking amid virus

Apr. 26, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Sunday ordered the Shin Bet security agency to halt its use of phone-surveillance technology in the battle against the coronavirus, unless parliament begins legislating guidelines for the controversial practice. In its decision, the court said parliament must...