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Pentagon chief tries to keep Asia in focus with second trip

Nov. 13, 2019 12:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barely four months into his tenure, Defense Secretary Mark Esper is making his second trek across the Pacific. And yet it is the Middle East - most recently a near-war with Iran and an actual war in Syria - that in Washington commands more attention and demands more American troops....

Performers wounded in knife attack on stage in Saudi Arabia

Nov. 11, 2019 11:30 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Two men and a woman were wounded in a knife attack Monday evening as they performed on stage in a park in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, marking the first such incident since the kingdom began loosening restrictions on entertainment. Saudi broadcaster al-Ekhbariya reported that...

Saudi Aramco takes another step toward 1st public offering

Nov. 10, 2019 4:51 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant Aramco released a lengthy document late Saturday that lays the ground for investors to buy into the world's most profitable company, but it remains unknown how much is on offer. In its preliminary prospectus, Aramco revealed that it...

Friends, family support Twitter employee charged in spy case

Nov. 8, 2019 6:30 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Family and friends of a former Twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia call him a dedicated husband and father who has overcome recent mental health struggles, according to letters of support filed to federal court. Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen and a media partnership manager...

Saudi recruitment of Twitter workers reflects insider risks

Nov. 7, 2019 11:04 PM EST

Allegations that two former Twitter employees spied on users for the Saudi government have spotlighted the threat posed by insiders who exploit their access to the mountains of sensitive data held by tech companies. The Twitter case adds an alarming international dimension to the longstanding problem of rogue...

3 charged with smuggling gun parts from US to Saudi Arabia

Nov. 7, 2019 9:10 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Saudi nationals were charged in Southern California with violating federal export laws by buying $100,000 worth of gun parts in the U.S. while on student visas and smuggling them to Saudi Arabia, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. An indictment returned this week charges Hatim...

The Latest: Twitter spying case shows insider risks

Nov. 7, 2019 5:58 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on allegations from U.S. prosecutors that Saudi Arabia recruited two Twitter employees to spy on accounts that included prominent government opponents (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Rogue employees pilfering data and spying across networks have long plagued governments and...

Aid group says hospital hit during Houthi attack in Yemen

Nov. 7, 2019 12:47 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An international medical relief agency said Thursday that a hospital it runs in western Yemen was damaged in a recent attack. Yemeni military officials blamed the Houthi rebels for the drone and missile attack that targeted buildings near the hospital, causing huge explosions that...

Correction: Yemen story

Nov. 7, 2019 3:20 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — In a story Nov. 5 about the signing of a power-sharing deal in Yemen, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has been in exile since 2014. He fled Yemen in 2015. A corrected version of the story is below: Yemen's government, separatists sign...

US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics

Nov. 6, 2019 11:07 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Saudi government, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to gather confidential personal information on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, prosecutors alleged Wednesday. The complaint...