Latest Middle East News

Saudi forces intercept Yemeni rebel drones targeting cities

Jul. 16, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's air force intercepted and destroyed three Yemeni rebel drones before they could reach targets in the southern Saudi cities of Jizan and Abha, a military spokesman said Tuesday. Col. Tukri al-Maliki was quoted in the state-run Saudi Press Agency saying the drones...

The Latest: UAE official says tanker sent no distress call

Jul. 16, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 7:05 p.m. An Emirati official says a small oil tanker that's based in the United Arab Emirates offered no distress call before switching off its tracker over two...

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey's 'drift' from West

Jul. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air defenses. "It is very disheartening to see how they have...

Saudi business hours extended, leaving prayer rules in place

Jul. 16, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Cabinet has approved a measure to allow shops to remain open for 24 hours, but the move stops short of explicitly peeling back the mandatory closure of stores during daily Muslim prayers. The decision, reported Tuesday by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, only...

Sudan army, protesters meet to discuss transition deal

Jul. 16, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's ruling generals and the pro-democracy movement are meeting to finalize a power-sharing deal. Representatives from the military council and the Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change, which represents the protesters, are discussing in the capital of Khartoum on Tuesday a...

Trump says US won't sell fighter jets to Turkey

Jul. 16, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. is not going to sell F-35 fighter jets to Turkey after Ankara decided to buy a missile defense system from Russia. The Trump administration has repeatedly told Turkey that it will be cut off from buying F-35s if it buys the S-400 Russian air defense...

Portugal suspends visas to Iranians 'for security reasons'

Jul. 16, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's foreign minister says his country has temporarily stopped granting visas to Iranians "for security reasons." Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva told a Portuguese parliament committee about the decision on Tuesday but declined to elaborate on the rationale for it. He...

Lebanese parliament convenes on budget amid tight security

Jul. 16, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Under tight security, Lebanese lawmakers on Tuesday began discussing the draft 2019 state budget that aims to avert a financial crisis in the heavily indebted country by raising taxes and cutting public spending. The discussions were being held amid limited protests against proposed austerity...

Officials: Migrants return to bombed Libya detention center

Jul. 16, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Libyan detention center where an airstrike killed more than 50 people two weeks ago is filling with migrants again, and work has resumed at a nearby weapons workshop, despite calls from the United Nations to empty the compound and others like it near the front-lines of the country's civil...

PM of Iraq's Kurdish region meets top officials in Baghdad

Jul. 16, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The newly confirmed prime minister of Iraq's self-ruled Kurdish region is meeting with top officials on his first visit to the Iraqi capital since he was named to the post last month. Masrour Barzani met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and was later received by the Iraqi president...