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Saudi crown prince arrives in Pakistan for regional visit

Feb. 17, 2019 1:51 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began his four-day regional visit on Sunday, arriving in Pakistan where Saudi officials signed agreements worth $20 billion to help the Islamic nation overcome its financial crisis. Prime Minister Imran Khan and top government and...

Saudi crown prince delays visit to Pakistan by a day

Feb. 16, 2019 1:05 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials said Saturday a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Islamabad has been delayed by a day, a sudden announcement that surprised many Pakistanis, who were preparing to welcome the Saudi delegation amid extraordinary security in the capital. Without giving...

Senate Democrat wants documents related to Khashoggi killing

Feb. 14, 2019 11:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranking Democratic on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday called on the Trump administration to turn over all documents related to the killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting...

Trump former inaugural committee chair defends Saudi Arabia

Feb. 13, 2019 3:04 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The man who led President Donald Trump's inaugural committee has said America is in no moral position to criticize Saudi Arabia over the killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. "Whatever happened in Saudi Arabia, the atrocities in America are equal, or worse," Tom...

Taliban announce surprise talks with US in Pakistan

Feb. 13, 2019 2:09 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban will hold a previously unexpected round of peace talks with the United States in Pakistan on Monday, ahead of scheduled meetings in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar a week later, the insurgent group said in a statement Wednesday. The talks are aimed at finding a...

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...

Pakistan says Saudi prince to visit, sign investment deals

Feb. 13, 2019 10:16 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will arrive in Islamabad later this week on an official visit that is expected to include the signing of agreements for billions of dollars of investment in the South Asian country. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry...

Pompeo denies US trying to cover up Khashoggi killing

Feb. 11, 2019 4:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration pushed back Monday against allegations that it was trying to cover up the killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi when it failed to send Congress a report determining who was responsible for his death. "America is not covering up for a murder," Secretary of...

Amid sanctions calls, Saudis deny prince had role in slaying

Feb. 8, 2019 5:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Saudi official on Friday insisted his country's crown prince had no role in the October slaying of a Washington Post columnist, saying the trial of the suspects and the ongoing investigation would show it was a "rogue operation" with no official backing. Minister of State for...

UN expert: Saudis held another hearing in Khashoggi probe

Feb. 8, 2019 3:29 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Saudi Arabia quietly held a second court hearing for 11 people facing charges over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an independent U.N. human rights expert said, criticizing the kingdom for its lack of transparency in the proceedings over the grisly slaying. Agnes Callamard, the...