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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is greeted by Oman's Minister of Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, left, upon his arrival in the Oman capital of Muscat, Friday Feb. 21, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Pompeo meets with Oman's new ruler amid US pressure on Iran

Feb. 21, 2020 9:30 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Friday with the new ruler of Oman, a Gulf Arab country that has close ties with both Washington and Tehran and that has previously provided a back channel for talks between the adversaries. Pompeo's stop in Oman to meet Sultan...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Irqah Palace, in the capital Riyadh Saudi Arabia, Thursday, February 20, 2020. Pompeo met with King Salman in the capital, Riyadh, on Thursday. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Pompeo in Saudi Arabia for visit focused on Iranian threats

Feb. 20, 2020 12:58 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the crown prince on Thursday to discuss shared security interests in the Gulf and threats from Iran. He also toured a sprawling desert air base in Saudi Arabia where a few thousand U.S. troops are...

Landmine blast kills 6 in Yemeni defense minister's convoy

Feb. 19, 2020 5:21 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An explosion killed six guards of the Yemeni defense minister and wounded eight others Wednesday, military officials said, the latest casualties of unmarked landmines that litter the war-torn country. Defense Minister Mohammed al-Maqdishi emerged unscathed from the blast that struck a...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a press conference at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Pompeo to raise case of US doctor on trial in Saudi Arabia

Feb. 19, 2020 5:43 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he planned to raise U.S. concerns about human rights during a visit to Saudi Arabia, in particular the case of a Saudi-American doctor facing trial there who was barred from leaving the kingdom and allegedly tortured. ...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to his supporters during his election campaign speech in Rosh Haain, Israel, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Hebrew on board reads

Saudi foreign minister: No meeting planned with Netanyahu

Feb. 14, 2020 2:30 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said no meeting is planned between the kingdom's crown prince and Israel's prime minister, a statement apparently meant to quash reports circulating in Israeli media this week of an alleged summit between the two. “There is no...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, photo, a Saudi man carries his coffee pot as he walks past a banner showing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, outside a mall in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Human rights organization Amnesty International says Saudi Arabia has used a special anti-terrorism court as

Amnesty finds Saudi anti-terror court a weapon of repression

Feb. 6, 2020 2:19 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has used a secretive court established to try terrorism cases as "a weapon of repression" to imprison peaceful critics, activists, journalists, clerics and minority Muslim Shiites, including some who were sentenced to death and executed, Amnesty International...

UN Security Council urges immediate end to fighting in Yemen

Jan. 30, 2020 7:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called Thursday for an immediate end to a “significant” escalation in fighting in Yemen between Houthi Shiite rebels and the Saudi-led military coalition supporting the government. Member nations on the U.N.’s most powerful body...

A man holds the daily Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper fronted by a picture of President Donald Trump, at a coffee shop in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Mideast peace plan Tuesday alongside a beaming Benjamin Netanyahu, presenting a vision that matched the Israeli leader’s hard-line, nationalist views while falling far short of Palestinian ambitions. Arabic reads

Gulf Arabs back Trump’s Mideast efforts, but not peace plan

Jan. 30, 2020 8:19 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A tectonic shift in relations quietly underway for years now was on full display as representatives of Gulf Arab states attended President Donald Trump's unveiling this week of an Israeli-Palestinian plan that heavily sides with Israel and all but crushes Palestinian...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019 file photo, a supporter of Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, holds a banner with Arabic writing that reads,

Fighting sharply rises in Yemen, endangering peace efforts

Jan. 29, 2020 7:57 AM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A drastic escalation in fighting between the Saudi-led military coalition and Houthi rebels in Yemen has killed and wounded hundreds of people over the past week, officials and tribal leaders said Monday. The U.S.-backed Arab coalition battling to restore Yemen’s internationally...

UN envoy: Stop `alarming' military escalation in Yemen

Jan. 28, 2020 4:25 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen is urging a halt to the “alarming military escalation” in fighting between the Saudi-led military coalition and Houthi Shiite rebels, the U.N. spokesman said Tuesday. Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said envoy Martin Griffiths warned the...