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The Latest: Croatia defender demands respect at World Cup

Jul. 11, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 2 a.m. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren says people should show him more respect now he's going to play in a World Cup final. Lovren says "I deserve this" after Croatia's 2-1 extra-time win over England, and used an expletive to...

Saudi Arabia arrests defense official on bribery charges

Jul. 11, 2018 12:37 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Authorities in Saudi Arabia say a Defense Ministry official has been arrested on suspicion of accepting over $260,000 in a bribe. A report Tuesday night by the state-run Saudi Press Agency says the official and two others have been arrested over the bribe, which was worth 1...

UAE official acknowledges 'pause' in campaign for Yemen port

Jul. 1, 2018 7:53 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen has "paused" its campaign to retake the rebel-held port city of Hodeida in support of U.N. peace efforts, an Emirati official said Sunday. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash acknowledged the week-old pause after...

As driving ban lifted, Saudi women in crosshairs of change

Jun. 23, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Outside a sprawling mall in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, young single men and women walk through an open-air exhibit where Saudi women and traffic police explain the ins and outs of handling a car. Children take a lap around a makeshift course in tiny electric cars as clowns...

The Latest: UAE says delivering aid to Yemen's Hodeida

Jun. 15, 2018 12:20 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on the battle for Hodeida in Yemen (all times local): 6: 15 pm. The United Arab Emirates says it has started flying and sailing aid to Yemen's port city of Hodeida, where its troops in a Saudi-led coalition are fighting Shiite rebels. A statement on the state-run WAM news agency...

Saudi-led troops fight rebel forces south of Yemen's Hodeida

Jun. 14, 2018 10:23 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's exiled government captured a town south of the port city of Hodeida on Thursday as fierce fighting and airstrikes pounded the area on the second day of an offensive to capture the strategic harbor that is the main entry point for food in a country...

The Latest: Saudis say 2 ships with food to dock at Hodeida

Jun. 14, 2018 10:09 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the battle for Hodeida in Yemen (all times local): 5:05 a.m. Saudi Arabia's U.N. ambassador says there are two ships, each carrying 5,000 tons of food, ready to dock immediately at the port of Hodeida in Yemen, which is the target of the Saudi-led...

UAE: US rejects military aid request in Yemen port assault

Jun. 14, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has rejected three separate requests from the United Arab Emirates for military assistance in the Saudi-led coalition attack on the Yemeni port of Hodeida, a senior UAE official said Thursday. The official said that the Trump administration denied the requests within the past 24...

Saudi women in Russia to support team, reinforce new image

Jun. 14, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — In jeans, headscarves and veils, dozens of Saudi women draped in their country's green flag and sporting matching face paint streamed into Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday to support their national team against Russia in the World Cup's opening match. More importantly, perhaps, they were...

The Latest: Spain, Portugal hoping to focus on soccer

Jun. 14, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the opening day of the World Cup (all times local): ___ 11:20 p.m. The second day of World Cup action will bring one of the most anticipated games of the opening round: Spain against Portugal in a match of two teams trying to bring the focus back to soccer. Spain is in chaos...