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Iran envoy: 'All-out war' to result if hit for Saudi attack

Sep. 19, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Any attack on Iran by the U.S. or Saudi Arabia will spark an "all-out war," Tehran's top diplomat warned Thursday, raising the stakes as Washington and Riyadh weigh a response to a drone-and-missile strike on the kingdom's oil industry that shook global energy markets....

Toppled Tunisian ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali dies at 83

Sep. 19, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, an autocrat who led his small North African country for 23 years before being toppled by nationwide protests that unleashed revolt across the Arab world, died Thursday. He was 83. Ben Ali, who had lived in Saudi Arabia since fleeing...

US says attack on Saudi oil site was an Iranian 'act of war'

Sep. 19, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil installations an "act of war" against the kingdom by Iran, as the Saudis displayed missile and drone wreckage and cited other evidence they said shows the raid was "unquestionably sponsored...

The Latest: Saudi minister: 50% of crude reduction restored

Sep. 17, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and the fallout after weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 10 p.m. Saudi Arabia's energy minister says 50% of the production cut by the attack on its oil processing plant has been restored. Prince...

Trump strains to balance diplomacy, military threat to Iran

Sep. 17, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration tried to balance diplomacy with fresh talk of military action Tuesday in response to the fiery missile and drone attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry — a strike marking the most explosive consequence yet of the "maximum pressure" U.S. economic...

Ousted Tunisian president hospitalized ahead of election

Sep. 13, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A lawyer for the former Tunisian president ousted in the 2011 Arab Spring says Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been hospitalized in Saudi Arabia. Mounir Ben Salha told Mosaique radio Thursday night that Ben Ali's daughter called him to say the 83-year-old ex-president is "very sick" after...

US Christian evangelical delegation meets Saudi crown prince

Sep. 10, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Tuesday with a delegation of American evangelical Christians in the Red Sea city of Jiddah as the kingdom works to forge closer ties with an influential electoral base in the U.S. that could be crucial to the 2020 elections. The...

Saudi festival showcases green mountains, flower crowns

Sep. 2, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

AL-SOUDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Atop a string of green mountains in Saudi Arabia, a monthlong festival drew a medley of yoga enthusiasts, extreme adventure seekers, tourists and traditional Saudi families — many wearing colorful flower crowns native to the region as the kingdom looks for ways to...

UN envoy warns threat of Yemen's fragmentation gets stronger

Aug. 20, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen warned Tuesday that fragmentation of the war-torn Arab nation "is becoming a stronger and more pressing threat," making peace efforts that have been frustratingly slow more urgent than ever. Martin Griffiths told the Security Council that the world cannot...

Today in History

Aug. 16, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2019. There are 137 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42. On this date: In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812....