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Ukrainian President Zelenskyy lands in Saudi Arabia to push for peace and a POW exchange with Russia

Feb. 27, 2024 11:49 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and met the kingdom's powerful crown prince to push for a peace plan and the return of prisoners of war from Russia. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has sought to...

Jared Kushner, former Trump adviser, defends business dealings with Saudi Arabia

Feb. 14, 2024 19:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s former White House adviser and his son-in-law, defended on Tuesday his business dealings after leaving government with the Saudi crown prince who was implicated in the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Kushner...

Blinken returns to Mideast in push for hostage deal and postwar plan for Gaza, but obstacles loom

Feb. 06, 2024 00:38 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Saudi Arabia's crown prince Monday at the start of his fifth visit to the Middle East since the outbreak of the war in Gaza, hoping to press ahead with a potential cease-fire deal and postwar planning while tamping down...

Live updates | Israeli strikes kill dozens in Gaza and Blinken arrives in Mideast

Feb. 05, 2024 15:15 PM EST

Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip have killed dozens of people, including two children ages 12 and 2, while the Israeli army said Monday its ground forces were fighting Hamas militants who remain in northern and central Gaza. The Health Ministry in Gaza said 113 bodies were...

The head of a Saudi royal commission has been arrested on corruption charges

Jan. 29, 2024 04:37 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The CEO overseeing Saudi Arabia's royal commission for its historic al-Ula site has been arrested on corruption and money-laundering charges over some $55 million in contracts, officials said. The charges target Amr bin Saleh Abdulrahman al-Madani...

Saudi Arabia opens its first liquor store in over 70 years as kingdom further liberalizes

Jan. 24, 2024 19:33 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A liquor store has opened in Saudi Arabia for the first time in over 70 years, a diplomat reported Wednesday, a further socially liberalizing step in the once-ultraconservative kingdom that is home to the holiest sites in Islam. While restricted to non-Muslim...

US secretary of state rallies Mideast leaders to prepare for Gaza's post-war future

Jan. 08, 2024 17:43 PM EST

AL ULA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday that four key Arab nations and Turkey have agreed to begin planning for the reconstruction and governance of Gaza once Israel’s war against Hamas ends. Blinken, who is on an urgent Mideast mission...

Live updates | Fighting rages by central Gaza hospital; Israel kills Hezbollah commander in Lebanon

Jan. 08, 2024 16:16 PM EST

A senior commander of the militant group Hezbollah was killed Monday in an Israeli airstrike in southern Lebanon, raising concerns of a wider Mideast war as fighting raged near the main hospital in central Gaza. The strike targeting an SUV driven by Wissam al-Tawil comes as U.S....

Club World Cup let visitors see how Saudi Arabia wants to change ahead of 2034 World Cup

Dec. 23, 2023 11:21 AM EST

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In Saudi Arabia this week to work at the Club World Cup, seeing a woman driving a car on the busy roads of Jeddah was proving elusive. The kingdom’s ban on women drivers was lifted in 2018 — a key modernizing reform in a long-time ultraconservative...

Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, dies at age 86

Dec. 17, 2023 14:30 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Kuwait’s ruling emir, died on Saturday after a three-year, low-key reign focused on trying to resolve the tiny, oil-rich nation's internal political disputes. He was 86. Kuwait state television broke into...