- AP Interview: Qatar energy minister wants 'fair' oil price Updated: May-24-16 11:02 am
DOHA, Qatar - The oil market is slowly recovering from its steep drop over the past two years but crude is still not trading at a "fair price" to encourage necessary investment, Qatar's energy and industry minister said Tuesday, ahead of next week's meeting of OPEC producers.
- GE announces deals worth over $1.4 billion with Saudi Arabia Updated: May-23-16 11:50 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - General Electric Co. said Monday it made a series of deals with Saudi Arabia worth more than $1.4 billion as part of the kingdom's ambitious plan to wean itself off crude oil.
- US widens sanctions on Islamic State, al-Qaida branches Updated: May-19-16 1:22 pm
- In Yemen's war, untreated cancer patients wait for death Updated: May-19-16 2:22 am
TAIZ, Yemen - When Ali Ghanem's doctors told him his cancer had spread from his colon to his backbone, they said they didn't have the facilities to give him the needed radiation treatment in his home city of Taiz, in central Yemen, and that he needed to get to the capital.
- Trump says his business flourishing since presidential run Updated: May-18-16 5:36 pm
WASHINGTON - Donald Trump has told the government that his myriad businesses have flourished with rising revenues since his improbable political success, according to financial documents released Wednesday.
- UN warns that 7.6 million Yemenis are "one step" from famine Updated: May-17-16 5:59 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The director of U.N. humanitarian operations warned Tuesday that 7.6 million people in conflict-torn Yemen face severe food shortages and are "one step" from famine.
- Senate approves Sept. 11 legislation despite Saudi threats Updated: May-17-16 5:21 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, rejecting the fierce objections of a U.S. ally and setting Congress on a collision course with the Obama administration.
- Maldives cuts diplomatic ties with Iran Updated: May-17-16 5:08 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The government of the Maldives said Tuesday it has decided to sever 40-year-old diplomatic ties with Iran, saying the country's policies in the Middle East are detrimental to peace and security in the region.
- The 'untouchables' of Yemen caught in crossfire of war Updated: May-17-16 10:41 am
SANAA, Yemen - They are Yemen's untouchables.
- Kerry in Saudi Arabia for talks on Syria, Libya, Yemen Updated: May-15-16 9:20 am
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday held talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman about the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen, ahead of international meetings this coming week in Europe on those crises.
- Moody's downgrades Saudi Arabia on lower oil prices Updated: May-14-16 11:08 pm
NEW YORK - Saudi Arabia's credit rating has been downgraded by Moody's because of the long and deep slump in oil prices.
- Kerry heads to Mideast, Europe, Asia with Syria on his mind Updated: May-13-16 11:13 am
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry is heading off on another round-the-world diplomatic mission with stops in the Middle East and Europe to focus on crises in Syria, Libya and Yemen. He then heads to Asia where he will briefly join President Barack Obama in Vietnam.
- UN panel against torture flags 'excessive force' by Israel Updated: May-13-16 8:39 am
GENEVA - A U.N. panel against torture on Friday expressed concerns about allegations of "excessive use of force," including deadly force, by Israeli security forces in Palestinian areas, and warned about authorities barring access to detained suspects, including minors.
- Iran declines to take part in hajj over dispute with Saudis Updated: May-12-16 5:18 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran will not send pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year for the annual hajj, an Iranian official said Thursday, the latest sign of tensions between the two Mideast powers after a disaster during the pilgrimage last year killed at least 2,426 people.
- Wide arrests in Egypt signal no-tolerance policy on critics Updated: May-11-16 9:51 am
CAIRO - Hours after marching in a peaceful protest against the government late last month, Yassin Mohammed and his friends were lingering in the area in a district of the Egyptian capital when police descended on them, piled them into a minibus and took them to a police station. There, he said, he was blindfolded, handcuffed and beaten by security agents.
- US says diplomats to resume talks on Syria next week Updated: May-10-16 1:20 pm
LONDON - The world powers working to promote a resolution to Syria's civil war plan to resume talks next week in Vienna, with U.N.-led, indirect peace negotiations between Syria's government and opposition representatives expected to follow some days later, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.
- Saudi forces kill man suspected of killing 2 policemen Updated: May-09-16 1:33 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says its security forces have killed a suspected extremist wanted in the killing of two police corporals.
- Kerry arrives in Paris for Syria talks Updated: May-09-16 6:40 am
PARIS - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Paris for talks on the conflict in Syria and will be meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.
- France to host meeting over Syria next week Updated: May-06-16 12:51 pm
PARIS - France has announced it will host a ministerial meeting of 10 countries over the situation in Syria next week.
- US military supporting Yemen in fight against al-Qaida Updated: May-05-16 6:43 pm
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is providing military support, intelligence, ships and special operations forces to help in the ongoing operations against al-Qaida militants in Yemen, U.S. officials said Thursday.
- UN needs $80 million for schools for Palestinian refugees Updated: May-03-16 9:27 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees expressed hope Tuesday that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait will come up with $80 million to ensure that 500,000 boys and girls who are refugees can start the next school year on time in August.
- Saudi labor minister vows Binladin workers to be paid soon Updated: May-03-16 1:37 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's labor minister said Tuesday that some employees of the Saudi Binladin Group will receive their salaries this month and others soon thereafter.
- AP Interview: Saudi prince unveils plans to welcome tourists Updated: Apr-26-16 2:32 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia has plans to issue select visas to welcome tens of thousands of tourists a year as part of a sweeping national reform plan aimed at showcasing the country's rich heritage, including pre-Islamic sites, and encouraging Saudis to spend some of their tourist money at home.