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Swiss prosecutor probes plane maker over Saudi, UAE business

Jul. 12, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's federal prosecutor says it has opened a criminal investigation in connection with a Swiss airplane maker's sale of training aircraft to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, whose militaries are involved in the war in Yemen. The prosecutor's office did not specify any...

37 countries rally around China at top UN human rights body

Jul. 12, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — More than three dozen countries have defended China's "remarkable achievements" in human rights, challenging Western countries that have raised concerns about Beijing's treatment of Uighur Muslims. Thirty-seven countries including Russia, Saudi Arabia and others, mostly from southeast Asia,...

Britain says Iranian vessels tried to block tanker in Gulf

Jul. 11, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The British navy said Thursday it stopped three Iranian paramilitary vessels from disrupting the passage of a British oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz in a brief but tense standoff stemming from the U.K.'s role in seizing an Iranian supertanker a week earlier. The...

Press freedom group traveled to Saudi over jailed reporters

Jul. 10, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A press freedom group says it has taken an unprecedented mission to Saudi Arabia to advocate for the release of 30 jailed journalists in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. Reporters Without Borders, known by its French acronym RSF, says its...

Trump gives warm welcome to Qatar amid Persian Gulf disputes

Jul. 9, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gave a warm White House welcome Tuesday to the leader of Qatar amid a bitter rift between the tiny, energy-rich nation and its fellow American allies in the Persian Gulf and rising tensions with Iran. Trump clasped hands with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin...

AP Exclusive: Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi Arabia concert

Jul. 9, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia because she says she wants to show support for women's rights, gay rights and freedom of expression. "After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest. While I want...

Aramco awards $18B in contracts to buoy offshore capacity

Jul. 9, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company Aramco has awarded $18 billion in contracts to expand oil and gas capacity at two of its fields. Aramco said in a statement on Tuesday it had awarded 34 contracts for engineering, procurement and construction at the Majran and Berri...

Saudi Arabia says it intercepts bomb-laden Yemen rebel drone

Jul. 8, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted a drone launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels targeting "civilian infrastructure" in the kingdom. The announcement on the state-run Saudi Press Agency early Tuesday did not identify what the drone targeted. The Houthi's Al-Masirah...

DOJ files to halt Trump suit demanding financial documents

Jul. 8, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday challenged a federal judge's decision to allow a case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency to move forward, asking an appeals court to take up the case instead. Justice lawyers asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of...

UN says suspected cholera cases in Yemen surge to 460,000

Jul. 8, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — War-battered Yemen has been hit with more than 460,000 suspected cholera cases so far this year — a sharp rise from the 380,000 cases for all of 2018, the United Nations said Monday. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the increased number of cases has led to 705 apparent...