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Dramatic drop in Saudi executions after laws changed in 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, for years one of the world's most prolific executioners, dramatically reduced the number of people put to death last year, following changes halting ex...

Qatar emerges from Gulf spat resolute and largely unscathed

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qataris awoke to a surprise blockade and boycott by Gulf Arab neighbors 3 1/2 years ago, and this week were jolted again by the sudden announcement that it was all o...

Saudi Arabia to lift Qatar embargo, easing the Gulf crisis

AL-ULA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia will open its airspace and land border to Qatar in the first step toward ending a years-long diplomatic crisis that deeply divided U.S. defense partners, fraye...

Saudi women's rights activist sentenced to nearly 6 years

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent women’s rights activists was sentenced on Monday to nearly six years in prison under a vague and broadly-worded law aimed at com...

Leading Saudi women's activist referred to terrorism court

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A leading Saudi women’s rights activist who’s been imprisoned for 2 1/2 years and drawn attention to the kingdom’s hard limits on dissent will be tried by a court es...

G-20 summit ends with support for COVID-19 vaccines for all

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Leaders of the world's most powerful nations wrapped up the Group of 20 summit on Sunday, vowing to spare no effort to protect lives and ensure affordable access to ...

Trump slams global climate agreement Biden intends to rejoin

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord on Sunday, telling world leaders at a virtual summit that the agreement was designed to cripple the U.S. economy, not s...

Pompeo touts Iran policy in Gulf ahead of Biden presidency

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended his tour of Gulf Arab states and the Trump administration's continued efforts to squeeze Iran, even as a new U...

G-20 summit opens with Saudi urging united response to virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened on Saturday the Group of 20 summit as the coronavirus pandemic overshadows this year's gathering of heads of state, transforming it...

Online G-20 summit lacks glam, and maybe results, amid virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — This weekend’s summit of leaders from the Group of 20 stands out more for what it is not than for what it is. Held online this year because of the ...

Saudi Aramco to issue bonds as it seeks cash amid oil slump

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil giant Aramco announced Monday it will issue international bonds as it seeks a cash infusion to help pay for billions of dollars in dividends the c...

Islamic State group claims attack at Saudi WWI ceremony

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Thursday for the explosion the previous day at a cemetery in Saudi Arabia where American and European officials were commemorating the e...

Saudi king points to Iran as top threat in policy speech

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman slammed rival Iran and hailed his country's efforts at combating the coronavirus and stabilizing oil supplies in an annual speech delivere...

Future of business travel unclear as virus upends work life

For the lucrative business travel industry, Brian Contreras represents its worst fears. A partner account executive at a U.S. tech firm, Contreras was used to traveling frequently fo...

Energy leaders leave door open to more cuts as virus spikes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's energy minister said Monday that global energy producers have the ability to tweak an agreement on production cuts that could be extended through the ...