- Obama administration struggles to craft ceasefire in Syria Updated: Feb-10-16 10:12 am
WASHINGTON - As its struggles to craft a ceasefire in Syria's civil war, the Obama administration has become increasingly torn between its loyalty to Turkey as a NATO ally and to its longtime Arab partner, Saudi Arabia, and the cold pragmatism of Russia. The result has been a confusing mix of shifting priorities that have exposed a policy toward Syria that few understand, and even fewer see working.
- Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty Updated: Feb-08-16 3:22 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia's offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom's growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East.
- Saudi police: No injuries in blast in capital Updated: Feb-08-16 8:09 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Police in Saudi Arabia say an explosion damaged cars in the capital, Riyadh, but did not wound anyone.
- UAE says it's prepared to send ground forces to Syria Updated: Feb-07-16 7:27 am
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - A top official in the United Arab Emirates said Sunday that his country is prepared to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State militants as part of an international coalition.
- Spain: Jet evacuated in Madrid after hoax threat Updated: Feb-04-16 3:55 pm
MADRID - Passengers on a jet set to leave Madrid for Saudi Arabia were evacuated Thursday after the pilot reported an unspecified threat that authorities later determined was a hoax.
- Saudi official says kingdom ready to send troops to Syria Updated: Feb-04-16 2:34 pm
CAIRO - A Saudi military spokesman said Thursday the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels.
- Analysis: Pause in Syrian talks shows peace remains elusive Updated: Feb-04-16 2:05 pm
BEIRUT - It was hardly unexpected that the Syrian peace talks in Geneva would break off in recrimination.
- Lawyer: Saudi court revokes poet's death sentence Updated: Feb-03-16 5:46 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A Palestinian poet condemned to death in Saudi Arabia for apostasy has had his sentence reduced to prison time and lashes instead, his lawyer said Tuesday.
- Cheap oil buoys consumers, shakes up global governments Updated: Feb-02-16 12:02 pm
Cheap oil will be sticking around for a while.
- The Latest: Stoke signs $26m Imbula in winter's biggest deal Updated: Feb-01-16 6:03 pm
LONDON - The Latest on European soccer transfer deadline day (all times local):
- Saudi government website shows 9 US nationals arrested Updated: Feb-01-16 3:18 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Nine Americans are currently imprisoned in Saudi jails, with eight detained in the past three months, according to a website belonging to Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry.
- Singapore seizes bank accounts in Malaysian fund probe Updated: Feb-01-16 10:41 am
SINGAPORE - Singapore announced Monday that it has seized a large number of bank accounts in a probe into alleged misappropriations related to an indebted Malaysian state investment fund.
- Saudi-led coalition sets up body to probe actions in Yemen Updated: Feb-01-16 10:31 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The Saudi-led coalition striking Shiite rebels in Yemen announced Monday that it is setting up an independent committee to probe the force's actions in the deeply impoverished country amid mounting criticism over its military operations there.
- UN chief urges compromise, realism between Saudis and Iran Updated: Feb-01-16 10:11 am
MUSCAT, Oman - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon used a stopover in the Middle East on Monday to urge Saudi Arabia and Iran to compromise and interact responsibly, seeking to calm a flare-up in tensions between the two regional rivals.
- Car-making deals, protests greet Iranian president in Paris Updated: Jan-28-16 3:09 pm
PARIS - France's government welcomed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday with promises of a new beginning in an old relationship, starting with investments to boost Iran's flagging economy that has been crippled by decades of sanctions.
- AP Interview: CEO hopes to settle Saudi firm's $6B of debts Updated: Jan-28-16 8:10 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The acting CEO of a Saudi firm that has owed $6 billion in debts since a 2009 crisis says he's hopeful a tentative agreement being offered to its creditors will be accepted.
- UN panel on Yemen: Consider creating commission of inquiry Updated: Jan-26-16 4:50 pm
- Saudi races to attract investment, create jobs in overhaul Updated: Jan-26-16 3:38 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia is racing to attract more investment and overhaul its economy as low oil prices expose it to urgent domestic challenges.
- Saudi Aramco expects oil prices to rise by end of 2016 Updated: Jan-26-16 8:54 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant expects oil prices will climb toward the end the year, saying the current price of around $30 a barrel is not sustainable.
- UN envoy lowers expectations ahead of Syria talks on Friday Updated: Jan-25-16 3:43 pm
GENEVA - Lowering expectations about his ability to help end Syria's civil war, the U.N. special envoy announced talks between government and opposition representatives will start on Friday to embark on a six-month process that he hopes will include civil society and women's groups.
- Kerry dismisses posturing ahead of peace talks on Syria Updated: Jan-25-16 11:28 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday dismissed Syrian government claims and opposition complaints as posturing ahead of U.N.-led peace talks that are to begin Friday and last six months.
- Saudi, Iran dispute forces Champions League schedule switch Updated: Jan-25-16 9:37 am
DOHA, Qatar - The Asian Football Confederation has switched its Champions League schedule to delay matches between clubs from Saudi Arabia and Iran amid diplomatic tension.
- Official: Possible Saudi IPO wouldn't include oil reserves Updated: Jan-24-16 7:19 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The chairman of Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco was quoted as saying a possible initial public offering would not include the kingdom's oil reserves.
- Kerry says US-Saudi friendship stronger than ever Updated: Jan-24-16 3:11 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the U.S. friendship with Saudi Arabia is stronger than ever and that the two will work together to try to end wars in Syria and Yemen.
- Syrian opposition sharply divided ahead of peace talks Updated: Jan-22-16 6:11 pm
BEIRUT - Syrian groups opposed to President Bashar Assad are still sharply divided on who should represent them at peace talks which were scheduled to begin Monday in Geneva but now appear to be delayed.