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Official says Pakistan to get Saudi oil on credit as of July

May. 23, 2019 4:32 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani official says the much-anticipated Saudi oil will start flowing to Islamabad as of July, with payments deferred for three years. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh says the buy-now-pay-later deal with the kingdom, reached last October, will enable this cash-strapped Islamic nation to overcome...

Amid Iran tensions, a look at Mideast's powers and proxies

May. 20, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

As long-simmering tensions heat up between the United States and Iran in the Middle East, a look at the various countries or players involved, and what could happen: UNITED STATES The U.S. has tens of thousands of troops scattered across military bases in the Middle East. It recently sent the USS Abraham Lincoln...

Saudis say they will defend themselves, as Trump warns Iran

May. 19, 2019 9:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday after the kingdom's energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf. U.S. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, warned...

Saudis blame Iran for drone attack amid calls for US strikes

May. 16, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of being behind a drone strike that shut down a key oil pipeline in the kingdom, and a newspaper close to the palace called for Washington to launch "surgical" strikes on Iran, raising the specter of escalating tensions as the U.S. boosts its...

Trump meets Hungary's far-right prime minister

May. 13, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has never shied away from rubbing shoulders with leaders more typically kept at a distance by the West, and his Oval Office meeting Monday with Hungary's far right-leaning prime minister was only the latest example of his engagement with strongmen. Like Trump, Prime...

Arab activist in Norway details his Saudi work before threat

May. 13, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An Arab activist living in Norway said Monday he's been given protection by two different Norwegian entities after the CIA informed officials of an unspecified threat against him, which he said is likely linked to his research on Saudi Arabia. Iyad el-Baghdadi is an outspoken...

Arab activist says CIA notified Norway of threat against him

May. 7, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Palestinian-born activist living in Norway was reportedly whisked away to a secure location after the CIA informed Norwegian officials of an unspecified threat against him, according to reports Tuesday. Iyad el-Baghdadi, who is outspoken on Twitter and was researching...

Syrian government has few options to battle fuel sanctions

May. 3, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government is scrambling to deal with its worst fuel crisis since the war began in 2011, aggravated by U.S. sanctions targeting oil shipments to Damascus. There was temporary relief when reserves or smuggled oil made their way to the market. Long lines outside gas stations slightly...

Iran minister: Trump's aim is talks, Bolton wants conflict

Apr. 24, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's top diplomat said Wednesday President Donald Trump's aim "is to bring us to our knees to talk" — but national security adviser John Bolton and key U.S. allies in the Mideast want "regime change at the very least" and the "disintegration of Iran." Foreign Minister Mohammad...

Saudi Arabia beheads 37 for terrorism crimes; most Shiites

Apr. 23, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded 37 Saudi citizens, most of them minority Shiites, in a mass execution across the country for alleged terrorism-related crimes. It also publicly pinned the executed body and severed head of a convicted Sunni extremist to a pole as a warning...