- Yemen says no talks with rebels until they lay down arms Updated: Aug-27-15 1:06 pm
CAIRO - The Yemeni government is not negotiating with Shiite Houthi rebels who control the capital and much of the north, and demands that they lay down their arms, Foreign Minister Riad Yassin said Thursday.
- Talks between Obama, Saudi king will include Iran's actions Updated: Aug-27-15 12:48 pm
WASHINGTON - The White House says next week's visit by Saudi Arabia's King Salman will include talks about Yemen, Syria and Iran's actions to destabilize the region.
- Saudi records 15 MERS virus deaths in a week Updated: Aug-27-15 8:58 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says 15 more people have died after contracting the Middle East respiratory syndrome, known as MERS, in the last seven days amid a surge in contractions in the capital, Riyadh.
- Suspect in 1996 Khobar Towers bombing arrested Updated: Aug-26-15 10:46 am
WASHINGTON - A man suspected in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers residence at a U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. official said Wednesday.
- Arab League delays meeting on creating joint military force Updated: Aug-26-15 9:22 am
CAIRO - The Arab League has postponed a meeting of member state defense ministers who were scheduled to ratify a protocol for a new joint military force to intervene in troubled areas in the region, the organization said in a statement Wednesday.
- Saudi Arabia executes 4 people, bringing 2015's total to 113 Updated: Aug-26-15 7:04 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia has executed four more prisoners, bringing the number of people put to death since January to 113.
- Paulinho scores from long range in Asian Champions League Updated: Aug-25-15 5:56 pm
KASHIWA, Japan - Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho gave his new-look career a boost on Tuesday by scoring a stunning long-range goal as Guangzhou Evergrande of China reasserted its status as the team to beat in the Asian Champions League.
- Saudi Arabia's King Salman to visit US next month Updated: Aug-25-15 3:29 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi officials say King Salman will visit the United States early next month for the first time since ascending the throne and will meet with President Barack Obama.
- Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk hired by Saudi Arabia Updated: Aug-25-15 11:38 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Bert van Marwijk, who coached the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final, has been hired by Saudi Arabia.
- UAE army frees British hostage as al-Qaida expands in Yemen Updated: Aug-23-15 11:49 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that its military freed a British hostage who was kidnapped 18 months ago by al-Qaida in Yemen, which has expanded its reach amid fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents.
- Dubai, Saudi markets lose 7 percent after oil price dip Updated: Aug-23-15 11:02 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and Dubai closed around 7 percent lower on Sunday on the back of a further slide in oil prices.
- Iranians begin hajj amid tensions with Saudi Updated: Aug-23-15 3:31 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iranians have begun traveling to Saudi Arabia for the hajj months after Tehran suspended a minor pilgrimage over the alleged abuse of two pilgrims by Saudi authorities.
- Yemen's president calls for cease-fire and rebel withdrawal Updated: Aug-21-15 7:26 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Yemen's president is proposing a 15-day cease-fire that would coincide with the withdrawal of Shiite rebel militias from all government institutions and military installations and all cities and provinces - even the province they call home.
- UN says Yemen on edge of famine from conflict, blocked ports Updated: Aug-19-15 4:37 pm
CAIRO - The war in Yemen has pushed the country to the brink of famine, with both commercial food imports and aid deliveries held up by the fighting and millions of hungry women and children facing possible starvation, the United Nations said Wednesday.
- AP interview: Red Cross chief decries Yemen violence Updated: Aug-19-15 12:05 pm
GENEVA - "Yemen after five months looks like Syria after five years," the head of the international Red Cross says, describing the devastation from a conflict that has left more than 1,900 people dead since March.
- Yemen conflict has killed nearly 400 children, UN says Updated: Aug-18-15 8:16 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The conflict in Yemen has killed nearly 400 children since the end of March, and a similar number of children have been recruited by armed groups, according to a new report by the U.N. children's agency. It warns that the fighting shows "no sign of a resolution."
- Florida expects uptick in tourists from Europe Updated: Aug-16-15 10:04 am
MIAMI BEACH, Florida - Florida beach tourism leaders say they are getting a boost in European visitors this summer because of the turmoil in Greece and the Middle East.
- Deadly attacks surge as Iran's foreign minister visits Syria Updated: Aug-12-15 3:23 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria - Iran's foreign minister, who negotiated his country's nuclear deal with world powers, discussed ways of ending Syria's civil war with President Bashar Assad in Damascus on Wednesday, as attacks surged around the Syrian capital, killing at least 36 people and wounding dozens.
- Saudi FM in Moscow for Syria-focused talks Updated: Aug-11-15 9:34 am
MOSCOW - Pressing to mediate the Syrian conflict, Russia on Tuesday hosted the Saudi foreign minister for talks that revealed sharp differences about the fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
- IS audio vows more attacks following Saudi mosque bombing Updated: Aug-08-15 5:11 am
CAIRO - The Islamic State group has released an audio recording purporting to feature the suicide bomber who killed 15 people at a police compound mosque in Saudi Arabia.
- Iran nuclear deal opens diplomatic channels for Syria Updated: Aug-07-15 4:58 pm
BEIRUT - The nuclear deal with Iran was widely expected to affect other Middle East issues, and that may already be happening with Syria: A series of recent diplomatic maneuvers suggest a growing willingness to at least engage with the Iranian-backed government of Bashar Assad on ways to end the country's civil war.
- Viral video sparks concern in Saudi over harassment of women Updated: Aug-07-15 2:29 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - In a minute-long video uploaded to YouTube last month, two young Saudi women walk along the waterfront promenade in the kingdom's Red Sea city of Jiddah as a group of young men jeer and follow them until the women become visibly agitated.
- Fire sale on stuff that burns: Oil, natural gas, coal down Updated: Aug-04-15 2:47 pm
NEW YORK - These days it seems whatever can be burned to power a car, heat a home, make electricity or ship people and goods around the globe is being sold at bargain basement prices.
- Saudi court convicts ex-soldier of terrorism and joining IS Updated: Aug-04-15 10:13 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Semi-official Saudi news websites say a former soldier has been found guilty of fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria and has been sentenced to nine years in prison.
- Gulf Arabs welcome Iran nuke deal but seek further assurance Updated: Aug-03-15 11:05 am
DOHA, Qatar - Gulf Arab states on Monday welcomed the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and world powers but said they would like further assurances that the U.S. would help them counter increasing Iranian assertiveness in the region.