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Pakistan's new PM, Imran Khan, visits Saudi Arabia, UAE

Sep. 19, 2018 2:49 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan's new prime minister, former cricket player Imran Khan, has visited Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on his first official overseas trip. Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and later traveled to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. While in Saudi...

Saudi fund pumps $1B into Silicon Valley electric car maker

Sep. 17, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund invested more than $1 billion Monday in a Silicon Valley electric car maker just weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk earlier claimed the kingdom would help his own firm go private. Tesla stock dropped briefly Monday in reaction to the...

Leaders of Ethiopia, Eritrea sign accord in Saudi Arabia

Sep. 16, 2018 1:26 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Leaders from Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace agreement on Sunday during a summit in Saudi Arabia, yet another sign of warming ties between two nations that have face decades of war and unease. Terms of the agreement signed by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and...

UN chief to witness new Ethiopia-Eritrea agreement in Jeddah

Sep. 14, 2018 1:11 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will witness the signing of a peace agreement between the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea in Saudi Arabia's western city of Jeddah. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Friday the U.N. chief will travel to Jeddah on Sunday at the...

Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

Aug. 19, 2018 3:26 AM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam's faithful face five times each day during their prayers. The five-day hajj pilgrimage represents one of the world's biggest...

Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

Aug. 18, 2018 12:40 PM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in...

Saudi Arabia executes Myanmar man convicted of murder

Aug. 8, 2018 1:44 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it has executed and "crucified" a Myanmar man convicted of killing a woman and carrying out other crimes. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday the execution was carried out in the Muslim holy city of Mecca. It said Elias Abulkalaam...

Malaysia shuts down Saudi-backed anti-terrorism center

Aug. 7, 2018 2:55 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's new government has shut down a Saudi-backed anti-terrorism center, just over a year after it was launched by the kingdom's ruling monarch during a visit here last year. Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu said in a written reply to a question in parliament on Monday that...

Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador over criticism

Aug. 6, 2018 5:19 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador Monday and froze "all new business" with Ottawa over its criticism of the ultraconservative kingdom's arrest of women's rights activists — yet another warning to the West reflecting Riyadh's newly assertive foreign...