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Louisiana Army reservist dies in Saudi Arabia

Aug. 20, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

A Louisiana sheriff's deputy and Army reserve military police officer died from a fall in Saudi Arabia. The Winn Parish Sheriff's Office says in a Facebook post that deputy Clayton Horne fell from a tower in Riyadh. The Army said in a news release Tuesday that the 23-year-old died Saturday from wounds in an...

Saudi Arabia reports soldier killed near border with Yemen

Aug. 19, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says a soldier was killed near the country's southern border with Yemen, where the kingdom has been at war against Houthi rebels for four and a half years. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported the death on Monday, providing his name and his rank as a sergeant,...

Indian business ties underpin muted Arab response to Kashmir

Aug. 15, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gulf Arab countries have remained mostly silent as India's government moved to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its limited autonomy, imposing a sweeping military curfew in the disputed Muslim-majority region and cutting off residents from all communication and the...

Column: Boxing pays price chasing dollars in Saudi Arabia

Aug. 13, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

There's nothing new about those who make their living in sports chasing every dollar they can. NFL owners do it every time they threaten to devastate a city by moving a team to greener pastures. Baseball does it by signing lucrative broadcast agreement that make it more expensive — and sometimes impossible...

Saudi rights no concern for Anthony Joshua's fight promoter

Aug. 12, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Putting profits ahead of politics, the promoter of heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua is dismissing concerns over the decision to contest a championship fight in Saudi Arabia. The human rights organization Amnesty International contends Joshua will be part of "sportswashing" — the Saudi...

UAE-backed separatists pull back after seizing Yemen's Aden

Aug. 11, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates began withdrawing Sunday from positions they seized from the internationally-recognized government in the southern port city of Aden. Both the southern separatists and the government forces are ostensibly allies in the Saudi-led...

Muslims mark Eid and final days of hajj in Saudi Arabia

Aug. 11, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Around 2.5 million pilgrims took part in a symbolic stoning of the devil on Saturday, marking the final days of the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and the start of the Eid al-Adha celebrations for Muslims around the world. To mark the completion of the hajj, male pilgrims shave...

Tensions rise among Yemen allies after separatist attack

Aug. 8, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A senior official in Yemen's embattled government on Thursday accused a southern separatist leader of "fomenting sedition" after his forces clashed with Yemeni troops near the presidential palace in Aden, as concerns rose about a new front opening up in the country's devastating civil...

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male consent

Aug. 2, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Friday published new laws that loosen restrictions on women by allowing all citizens — women and men alike — to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that had controlled women's freedom of...

Saudi King Salman's elder brother, Prince Bandar, dies at 96

Jul. 28, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — King Salman's elder half brother, who was the 10th son of Saudi Arabia's founding monarch, has died at age 96, the Saudi royal court said late Sunday. Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was not an actively political royal within the ruling Al Saud family and had been passed...