Latest Saudi Arabia government News

The Latest: Death toll in mosque attacks rises to 50

Mar. 16, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand (all times local): 10:05 a.m. Sunday New Zealand police say they have found another body at one of the mosques that was attacked, raising the death toll in the shootings to 50. New Zealand Police Commissioner...

Saudi coalition bombs allied Yemeni soldiers killing 8

Mar. 14, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni military officials say the Saudi-led coalition launched a series of airstrikes along the Yemen-Saudi border that mistakenly killed and wounded forces allied with the government. The officials say eight border guards were killed and 33 others wounded when the coalition staged a...

US report faults Saudi Arabia in killing of journalist

Mar. 13, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration used an annual human rights report to call out Saudi Arabia on Wednesday over the October killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The State Department annual global human rights report said The Washington Post columnist was killed by agents of the...

La Scala under fire for proposed funding from Saudi Arabia

Mar. 11, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's premier opera house, La Scala in Milan, is under fire over a proposal to grant a board seat to Saudi Arabia's culture minister with the promise of 15 million euros ($16.8 million) in new funding. The plan, which is to be voted on next week by La Scala's board, has been harshly...

Saudi app criticized for feature to control women's travel

Mar. 8, 2019 1:09 PM EST

The Saudi government app Absher is mostly a way for people to pay traffic fines and complete other administrative tasks electronically. But one feature isn't sitting well with civil-rights advocates: the ability for men to grant or deny a woman permission to travel. Regardless of their age, women in Saudi Arabia...

Senators challenge Trump's Saudi nominee on human rights

Mar. 6, 2019 3:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties on Wednesday challenged President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia to take a tough line with the kingdom on human rights and other abuses. During a nomination hearing with retired four-star general John Abizaid, members of the Senate...

Foreign leaders lavish Trump with diplomatic gifts

Mar. 6, 2019 2:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign leaders showered President Donald Trump and his family with more than $140,000 in gifts during their first year in the White House, with China and Saudi Arabia among the most lavish givers. According to the State Department's annual accounting of such gifts, Chinese President Xi...

Senators air frustration after briefing on Khashoggi's death

Mar. 4, 2019 9:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators left a closed-door briefing with Trump administration officials Monday deeply frustrated by the lack of new information on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with some raising the prospect of placing new sanctions on the government of Saudi Arabia. Lawmakers had...

Report: Saudi talk show suspended after critical views aired

Mar. 4, 2019 9:51 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities in Saudi Arabia have suspended a new television talk show that tackled sensitive issues and aired critical views after just two weeks, according to a report in state-linked media. The suspension comes amid a wide-ranging crackdown on government critics. The...

Family claims dual Saudi-US citizen detained and tortured

Mar. 3, 2019 7:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of a dual Saudi-U.S. citizen imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for more than a year are claiming that he has been subjected to routine torture and is on the verge of an emotional breakdown. After months of quietly trying to secure his release, the family of Dr. Walid Fitaihi is now...