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UK warship seizes advanced Iranian missiles bound for Yemen

Jul. 07, 2022 06:54 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A British Royal Navy vessel seized a sophisticated shipment of Iranian missiles in the Gulf of Oman earlier this year, officials said Thursday, pointing to the interdiction as proof of Tehran’s support for Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the embattled country. ...

A hajj closer to normal: 1 million Muslims begin pilgrimage

Jul. 07, 2022 03:04 AM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — It is a scene that stirs hope — and relief — for Muslims around the world. One million pilgrims from across the globe amassed on Thursday in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform the initial rites of the hajj, marking the largest Islamic...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jul. 06, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 4 The Washington Post says that, after the abortion ruling, digital privacy is more important than ever In the 21st century, our phones might know we are pregnant before the people...

Saudi Arabia expecting 1 million in largest hajj since virus

Jul. 06, 2022 08:44 AM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — One million Muslim pilgrims were converging on Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca on Wednesday for the largest hajj since the coronavirus pandemic severely curtailed access to one of Islam’s five pillars. Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow some 850,000...

OPEC secretary-general dies, just weeks shy of departure

Jul. 06, 2022 06:36 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has died, Nigerian authorities and the oil cartel announced Wednesday. Only hours before his death, he'd met with Nigeria's president and spoken in defense of the energy industry amid increasing...

OPEC+ oil boost likely not much help to high gasoline prices

Jun. 30, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The OPEC oil cartel and allied producing nations decided Thursday to boost production of crude by an amount that will likely do little to relieve high gasoline prices at the pump and energy-fueled inflation plaguing the global economy. The increase of 648,000...

Qatar Energy to cut emissions as methane movement grows

Jun. 27, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The state-owned oil and gas company Qatar Energy said Monday it is joining a new industry-led initiative to reduce nearly all methane emissions from operations by 2030. It comes as part of a broader global push to tackle emissions from methane,...

Iraqi caretaker PM in Iran to rekindle talks with Saudis

Jun. 26, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraq’s caretaker prime minister met with Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday, state TV reported, on a visit aimed at reactivating Baghdad-mediated talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi officially received Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who...

Iraqi PM heads to Saudi Arabia, Iran for new dialogue

Jun. 25, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s caretaker prime minister arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, his office said, on a visit that an official said aimed at reactivating Baghdad-mediated talks between the kingdom and Iran. The official said Mustafa al-Kadhimi planned to travel to Tehran after...

Egypt’s president holds talks with visiting Qatari emir

Jun. 25, 2022 10:33 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt held talks Saturday with Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who visited Cairo for the first time in years. The talks focused on ties between the two nations and a set of other regional and global topics, including...