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German leader seeks energy deals, alliances on Gulf trip

Sep. 24, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived Saturday in Saudi Arabia for the first stop of a two-day, three-country visit to the Middle East aimed at striking new energy deals and forging fresh alliances amid the economic and geopolitical turmoil resulting from Russia’s invasion of...

Saudi Arabia plans to send female astronaut to space in 2023

Sep. 22, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Thursday it will launch a training program with the goal of sending its own astronauts, including a woman, into space next year. The kingdom is actively promoting science and technology as part of its wide-ranging Vision 2030...

Saudi Arabia opens probe over forces filmed beating women

Aug. 31, 2022 06:17 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it opened an investigation after videos purportedly showed security forces beating women at an orphanage in the kingdom's southwest. The governor of Saudi Arabia's Asir region formed a committee to probe the beatings...

Pride of Ukraine: Usyk beats Joshua, keeps heavyweight belts

Aug. 20, 2022 21:14 PM EDT

KING ABDULLAH SPORTS CITY, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Oleksandr Usyk kissed the blue-and-yellow flag of Ukraine and looked to the Saudi Arabian sky as he waited to discover if he had honored his war-torn country by retaining his world heavyweight titles. When he heard the winning words...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Aug. 17, 2022 12:35 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Aug. 16 The Washington Post on Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi brutality: Salma al-Shehab, the mother of two young children, was studying for a PhD at the University of Leeds and took time...

High oil prices help Saudi Aramco earn $88B in first half

Aug. 14, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi energy company Aramco said Sunday its profits jumped 90% in the second quarter compared to the same time last year, helping its half-year earnings reach nearly $88 billion. The increase is a boon for the kingdom and the crown prince's spending power as...

France skirts over Khashoggi killing amid Saudi prince visit

Jul. 29, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s presidency on Friday focused on global warming, the war in Ukraine and the Iran nuclear deal in relaying details about the controversial dinner in Paris between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and French President Emmanuel Macron. In a generally...

Energy on the table, Macron hosts Saudi prince for dinner

Jul. 28, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to his presidential palace Thursday for controversial dinner that marks another step in the Saudi leader’s diplomatic rehabilitation -- a move that has drawn harsh criticism in France after the...

A rights group says it filed a legal complaint in Paris alleging Saudi crown prince's complicity in journalist's killing

Jul. 28, 2022 09:13 AM EDT
PARIS (AP) — A rights group says it filed a legal complaint in Paris alleging Saudi crown prince's complicity in journalist's killing.

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...