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First Saudi female ambassador replaces king's son in US

Feb. 23, 2019 8:56 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia appointed its first female ambassador early Sunday to serve as its top diplomat in the United States, pulling a son of King Salman back to the kingdom to serve as deputy defense minister amid deteriorating ties with America after the killing of Jamal...

Israeli leader hopes summit brings Arab ties out in the open

Feb. 13, 2019 12:07 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Mideast conference in Poland that started Wednesday offers Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an opportunity to flaunt in public what he has long boasted about happening behind the scenes — his country's improved relations with some Gulf Arab nations. Several Gulf...

Palestinians ask Arabs to boycott Mideast summit in Poland

Feb. 11, 2019 1:44 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians on Monday called on Arab nations to boycott or downgrade their representation at a Mideast summit co-hosted by the United States, as President Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Saudi Arabia discuss "the dangers facing the Palestinian cause." The conference in Poland is...

Turkey, others to press for UN probe into Khashoggi killing

Feb. 8, 2019 2:13 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and other countries will soon submit a formal request to establish a U.N. committee to investigate the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Turkish foreign minister said Friday. Mevlut Cavusoglu's comments came a day after U.N. human rights expert Agnes Callamard...

Royals' roles in politics vary, but few join electoral fray

Feb. 8, 2019 12:54 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An order by Thailand's king that quashed a bid by his older sister to run for prime minister illustrates the sensitivity of royal involvement in politics in many nations. Most but not all modern monarchies steer clear of direct involvement in electoral politics or governing. Here is a look...

Saudi prince's anti-corruption sweep ends with $106B netted

Jan. 30, 2019 3:35 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's unprecedented anti-corruption sweep that saw top princes, businessmen, military officers and officials detained at the Ritz-Carlton hotel has concluded after netting the government around $106.6 billion, the Royal Court said Wednesday. The Royal Court said the...

Experts, images suggest a Saudi ballistic missile program

Jan. 26, 2019 6:12 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A military base deep inside Saudi Arabia appears to be testing and possibly manufacturing ballistic missiles, experts and satellite images suggest, evidence of the type of weapons program it has long criticized its archrival Iran for possessing. Further raising the stakes...

Accidental blast in Yemen kills 5 demining specialists

Jan. 21, 2019 2:39 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Five foreign demining specialists were killed in an accidental explosion in Yemen while transporting mines and explosives to be destroyed, their employer said Monday. The MASAM Demining Project said the two South Africans, a Croatian, a Bosnian and a Kosovar were killed Sunday while...

The Latest: Yemen blast kills 5 foreign demining experts

Jan. 21, 2019 11:22 AM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Yemen (all times local): 7:15 p.m. A Saudi demining group says five of its international experts have been killed by an accidental explosion in Yemen while transporting mines and explosives to be destroyed. The MASAM Demining Project says Monday that two...

US tells Saudis to hold 'accountable' killers of journalist

Jan. 14, 2019 5:50 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he told the king and crown prince of Saudi Arabia on Monday that the Trump administration expects the kingdom to hold accountable "every single person" responsible for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside one...