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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...

Malaysian ex-PM's lawyer charged with money laundering

Sep. 13, 2018 7:54 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A top lawyer for former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged Thursday with receiving 9.5 million ringgit ($2.3 million) in ill-gotten wealth from his client, who is himself accused of money laundering and corruption. Muhammad Shafee Abdullah was arrested and...

Saudi attack helicopter crash kills American trainer

Sep. 6, 2018 2:02 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's National Guard says an American trainer has been killed and a Saudi trainee injured in a helicopter crash in Riyadh. The state-run Saudi Press Agency cited a military statement on Thursday saying the crash of a Boeing AH6i attack helicopter happened at Khashm...

Spain cancels bombs sale to Saudi Arabia amid Yemen concerns

Sep. 4, 2018 9:00 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain said Tuesday it has canceled the delivery of 400 laser-guided bombs purchased by Saudi Arabia, amid fears that the weapons could be used against Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen. The arms deal was originally signed in 2015 under Spain's former conservative government, but the new...

Saudi Arabia says it 'remains committed' to Aramco IPO

Aug. 23, 2018 2:59 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it "remains committed" to an initial public offering of the state-run oil behemoth Saudi Aramco, despite delays and growing speculation it may never be listed. The IPO of the Saudi Arabian Oil Co. remains a major plank of 32-year-old Crown...

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...

Yemen's rebel-run health ministry says the death toll from the Saudi-led coalition strike in the north has risen to 43

Aug. 9, 2018 8:54 AM EDT
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's rebel-run health ministry says the death toll from the Saudi-led coalition strike in the north has risen to 43.

Saudi MDs get brief grace period to remain in Canada

Aug. 8, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian health authorities said Wednesday that hundreds of Saudi doctors and residents who make up the largest segment of foreign medical trainees in the country will remain in Canada until the end of the month, giving hospitals a few weeks to cope with the sudden staffing loss caused by a...