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First Saudi female ambassador replaces king's son in US

Feb. 23, 2019 8:56 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia appointed its first female ambassador early Sunday to serve as its top diplomat in the United States, pulling a son of King Salman back to the kingdom to serve as deputy defense minister amid deteriorating ties with America after the killing of Jamal...

Saudi crown prince hails China relations at talks with Xi

Feb. 22, 2019 7:07 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hailed relations with China as trouble-free, during talks Friday with President Xi Jinping in Beijing aimed at strengthening relations in the face of criticism from the West over the kingdom's human rights record and its war in Yemen. Citing a 33...

Saudi crown prince in China on latest stop of Asian tour

Feb. 21, 2019 4:06 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in China on Thursday on the latest stop of a sweep through Asia that seeks to boost relations with the kingdom's neighbors amid frictions with the West. Prince Mohammed's visit follows trips to India and Pakistan, which send millions of laborers...

Iraqi rapper gives angry youth in city of Basra music outlet

Feb. 21, 2019 1:18 AM EST

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — A youth-led protest movement in the southern Iraqi port city of Basra, which saw riots last summer over failing services and soaring unemployment, has found an artistic outlet in the words and beats of homegrown rapper Ahmed Chayeb. The 22-year-old rapper, also known as Mr. Guti, says...

Britain urges Germany to ease curbs on arms sales to Saudi

Feb. 20, 2019 11:41 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Britain's top diplomat has urged Germany to relax its ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia because they are affecting U.K. sales of weapons to — and by extension its influence with — the oil-rich kingdom. The German weekly Der Spiegel reported Wednesday that British Foreign...

Saudi crown prince backs India's fight against terrorism

Feb. 20, 2019 8:08 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday offered intelligence sharing and other cooperation with India in fighting extremism and terrorism, as New Delhi tackled rising tensions with Pakistan following a suicide bombing last week on Indian paramilitary soldiers in disputed...

Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis, report says

Feb. 19, 2019 11:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the Trump administration. Lawmakers from both parties...

Saudi Crown Prince arrives in India amid row with Pakistan

Feb. 19, 2019 11:42 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in India on Tuesday after visiting Pakistan, which New Delhi blames for a suicide bombing last week that killed at least 40 Indian soldiers in disputed Kashmir. The crown prince was welcomed at the airport by Indian Prime Minister Narendra...

China, Iran meet amid efforts to preserve nuclear deal

Feb. 19, 2019 7:31 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Iranian foreign minister's passionate defense of his country's interests at the Munich Security Conference has made him "a famous person" in China, his Chinese counterpart told him Tuesday, as the sides met amid efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Foreign Minister...

UN hoping for immediate pullout of forces from Yemen ports

Feb. 18, 2019 3:44 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Monday it hopes Yemen's warring parties will immediately carry out an agreement to pull their forces out of the key port of Hodeida and two smaller ports, as well as a U.N. facility holding enough grain to feed 3.7 million people for a month. U.N. deputy...