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Saudi crown prince: First EU visit since Khashoggi killing

Jul. 26, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Greece Tuesday on his first trip to a European Union country since the killing in 2018 of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that triggered widespread international condemnation. Bin Salman, who is traveling with...

Saudi police arrest man who helped Israeli sneak into Mecca

Jul. 23, 2022 05:37 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Police in Mecca say they have arrested a Saudi man who helped an Israeli-Jewish reporter sneak into Islam's holiest city, defying a rule that only Muslims can enter the area. While Muslims of any nationality and background can enter Mecca, non-Muslims...

Putin, in Tehran, gets strong support from Iran over Ukraine

Jul. 19, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin won staunch support from Iran on Tuesday for his country’s military campaign in Ukraine, with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei saying the West opposes an “independent and strong” Russia. Khamenei said that if Russia hadn’t...

Biden's realism approach runs head-on into liberal pressure

Jul. 17, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On restoring access to abortion, President Joe Biden says his hands are tied without more Democratic senators. Declaring a public health emergency on the matter has downsides, his aides say. And as for gun violence, Biden has been clear about the limits of what he can do on his...

Biden's Mideast trip aimed at reassuring wary leaders

Jul. 16, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Before stepping foot in Saudi Arabia, President Joe Biden knew there would be trouble. Biden was risking criticism by visiting a country he had vowed to make a “pariah” for human rights abuses, and there was no guarantee the visit would immediately...

The Latest: Saudi Arabia downplays normalization with Israel

Jul. 16, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

The Latest on U.S. President Joe Biden's trip to the Mideast: JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat on Saturday downplayed talk of normalization with Israel after the kingdom opened its airspace to Israeli commercial flights and hammered out a complex deal over...

Iraq's PM to push for regional dialogue at Mideast summit

Jul. 16, 2022 07:44 AM EDT

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Iraq’s caretaker prime minister, whose country is mired in political crisis, says it is in Iraq’s interest to keep pushing for a rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia to ease regional tensions. Speaking to The Associated Press Friday evening,...

The Latest: Biden trip won't immediately impact gas prices

Jul. 15, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

The Latest on U.S. President Joe Biden's trip to the Mideast: JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — President Joe Biden said Friday that gas prices across the U.S. “have been coming down every single day to the best of my knowledge” but cautioned that his visit to Saudi Arabia may not have an...

In West Bank, Biden says 'ground is not ripe' for peace

Jul. 15, 2022 15:00 PM EDT

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — During a visit to the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday, President Joe Biden offered compassion and financial assistance for hope-starved Palestinians but also delivered a blunt acknowledgment that the “ground is not ripe” for new attempts to reach an elusive...

Biden, Lapid agree to stop Iran nuke program, differ on how

Jul. 15, 2022 14:18 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid stood side-by-side Thursday and declared they would not allow Iran to become a nuclear power. They parted ways, though, on how to get there. Biden, in a joint news conference after a one-on-one meeting...