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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...

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...

Saudi Aramco readies for IPO with deal with India's Reliance

Aug. 12, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Oil giant Saudi Aramco is set to buy 20% of Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries' oil and chemicals business for about $15 billion, in a deal that gives it further heft and diversity ahead of a long-awaited IPO. For India, the preliminary agreement amounts to one of the country's...

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...

SoftBank sets up $108B investment fund, with no Saudi money

Jul. 26, 2019 4:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese internet company SoftBank Group Corp. has set up a new fund for investing in technologies such as artificial intelligence. Tokyo-based SoftBank said Friday its $108 billion Vision Fund 2 includes $38 billion from SoftBank. The rest is from Apple, FoxConn Technology Group, Microsoft...

Janet, Chris Brown, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi concert

Jul. 17, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Future and Tyga have been added to the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest, the concert in Saudi Arabia that Nicki Minaj pulled out of because of human rights concerns. The website for the event, to take place Thursday at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium,...

House proposal would force disclosures of terror watchlist

Jul. 17, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The House has adopted a proposal from Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar that would force President Donald Trump's administration to disclose details about how it shares the FBI's watchlist of more than 1 million individuals classified as "known or suspected terrorists" with...

Saudi princess tried in absentia for alleged Paris beating

Jul. 9, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The only daughter of Saudi Arabia's King Salman was put on trial in absentia Tuesday in Paris for allegedly ordering her bodyguard to strike a plumber she suspected of taking photos and video at the Saudi royal family's apartment in the French capital. Prosecutors allege Princess Hessa bint...

AP Exclusive: Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi Arabia concert

Jul. 9, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia because she says she wants to show support for women's rights, gay rights and freedom of expression. "After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest. While I want...

Baptism by fire: Stephanie Grisham's eventful first days

Jul. 1, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — She is President Donald Trump's new top spokeswoman. But she said barely a word during what became her introduction to the world. Stephanie Grisham received a baptism by fire over the weekend as she accompanied the president on his high-stakes trip to Asia and threw her body into a fracas...