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More hardship as new sandstorm engulfs parts of Middle East

May. 23, 2022 21:45 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A sandstorm blanketed parts of the Middle East on Monday, including Iraq, Syria and Iran, sending people to hospitals and disrupting flights in some places. It was the latest in a series of unprecedented nearly back-to-back sandstorms this year that have bewildered...

EXPLAINER: Why are foes Turkey and Saudi Arabia fixing ties?

Apr. 29, 2022 02:15 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in Istanbul sent an already tense and shaky relationship between Turkey and Saudi Arabia into complete free fall. Fast-forward 3 1/2 years later and it appears Turkey and Saudi Arabia are...

Yemen’s president steps aside amid efforts to end war

Apr. 07, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s exiled president stepped aside and transferred his powers to a presidential council Thursday, as international and regional efforts to end the country’s long-running civil war gained momentum with a two-month truce. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab...

After spat, Saudi Arabia sending ambassador back to Lebanon

Apr. 07, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced Thursday it would send its ambassador back to Lebanon after a diplomatic spat last year. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported that the kingdom made the decision after the “calls and appeals of the moderate national...

Turkey to move trial of Khashoggi suspects to Saudi Arabia

Apr. 07, 2022 13:41 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court decided Thursday to transfer the trial of 26 Saudis accused in the gruesome killing of Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, raising fears that those responsible for the death of the Washington Post columnist won't be brought to justice for a crime that drew...

Prosecutor seeks end to Khashoggi murder trial in Turkey

Mar. 31, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish prosecutor in the case against 26 Saudi nationals charged in the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi made a surprise request Thursday that their trial in absentia be suspended and the case transferred to Saudi Arabia, raising fears of a possible...

Saudi-offered, rebel-rejected cease-fire starts in Yemen war

Mar. 30, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis began observing Wednesday a unilateral cease-fire in the yearslong war, despite the rebels' rejection of the proposal. The Saudi-proposed pause in fighting ahead of the holy Muslim...

Saudi's unilateral Yemen cease-fire offer rejected by rebels

Mar. 29, 2022 21:30 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels holding Yemen's capital planned a unilateral cease-fire to begin early Wednesday ahead of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The Houthis rejected the proposal as “meaningless” without the coalition fully...

Yemen rebels strike oil depot in Saudi city hosting F1 race

Mar. 26, 2022 00:27 AM EDT

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked an oil depot on Friday in the Saudi city of Jiddah ahead of a Formula One race in the kingdom. It was the rebels' highest-profile assault yet, though Saudi authorities pledged the upcoming grand prix would go on as scheduled. ...

US official: Biden fortified Saudi's Patriot missile supply

Mar. 21, 2022 00:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has transferred a significant number of Patriot antimissile interceptors to Saudi Arabia in recent weeks as the Biden administration looks to ease what has been a point of tension in the increasingly complicated U.S.-Saudi relationship. A senior...