• Donald Trump Nov 2, 2019

    Iran Student Leader Says He Regrets 1979 US Embassy Attack

    His revolutionary fervor diminished by the years that have also turned his dark brown hair white, one of the Iranian student leaders of the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover says he now regrets the seizure of the diplomatic compound and the 444-day hostage crisis that followed. Speaking to The Associated Press ahead of Monday’s 40th anniversary of the attack, Ebrahim Asgharzadeh...

  • Donald Trump Nov 2, 2019

    Iran Student Leader Says He Regrets 1979 US Embassy Attack

    His revolutionary fervor diminished by the years that have also turned his dark brown hair white, one of the Iranian student leaders of the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover says he now regrets the seizure of the diplomatic compound and the 444-day hostage crisis that followed. Speaking to The Associated Press ahead of Monday’s 40th anniversary of the attack, Ebrahim Asgharzadeh...

  • Donald Trump Sep 22, 2019

    Iran's Guard Says Ready for ‘Any Scenario' Amid US Standoff

    Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard is ready for combat and “any scenario,” its chief commander said Saturday, as the country’s nuclear deal with world powers collapses and the U.S. alleged Iran was behind a weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia that shook global energy markets. Iran has denied involvement in the Sept. 14 attack that was initially claimed...

  • Saudi Arabia Aug 12, 2019

    K-Pop Superstar Group BTS Will Take ‘Extended' Break

    K-pop superstar group BTS is taking an extended break to “enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly,” their agency said Monday. Big Hit Entertainment said a concert Sunday in Seoul was the group’s last scheduled performance before the seven members take “vacations” for the first time since their 2013 debut. The agency didn’t say when...

  • Donald Trump Jul 25, 2019

    Trump Vetoes Congressional Effort to Block Saudi Arms Sales

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed a trio of congressional resolutions aimed at blocking his administration from selling billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last month cited threats from Iran as a reason to approve the $8.1 billion arms sale to the two U.S. allies in the Persian...

  • Facebook Jul 9, 2019

    Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Is Set to Be the First Space-Tourism Company to Go Public

    British billionaire Richard Branson’s space-tourism unit Virgin Galactic plans to go public later this year, the company announced Tuesday. The firm will list its shares as part of a merger deal with Social Capital Hedosophia, a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) created by venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya. Social Capital Hedosophia, formed by Palihapitiya’s Social Capital and venture capital firm Hedosophia in...

  • Facebook Jul 9, 2019

    Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Is Set to Be the First Space-Tourism Company to Go Public

    British billionaire Richard Branson’s space-tourism unit Virgin Galactic plans to go public later this year, the company announced Tuesday. The firm will list its shares as part of a merger deal with Social Capital Hedosophia, a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) created by venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya. Social Capital Hedosophia, formed by Palihapitiya’s Social Capital and venture capital firm Hedosophia in...

  • Donald Trump Jun 20, 2019

    Senate Votes to Block Saudi Arms Sales as Trump Vows Veto

    The Senate has voted to block the Trump administration from selling arms to Saudi Arabia, launching a new challenge to President Donald Trump’s alliance with the country amid rising tensions in the Middle East. Trump has promised to veto the measures. The White House said stopping the sales “would send a message that the United States is abandoning its partners...

  • Donald Trump Jun 20, 2019

    Senate Votes to Block Saudi Arms Sales as Trump Vows Veto

    The Senate has voted to block the Trump administration from selling arms to Saudi Arabia, launching a new challenge to President Donald Trump’s alliance with the country amid rising tensions in the Middle East. Trump has promised to veto the measures. The White House said stopping the sales “would send a message that the United States is abandoning its partners...

  • Associated Press Apr 23, 2019

    Saudi Arabia Beheads 37 for Terrorism Crimes; Most Shiites

    Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded 37 Saudi citizens, most of them minority Shiites, in a mass execution across the country for alleged terrorism-related crimes. It also publicly pinned the executed body and severed head of a convicted Sunni extremist to a pole as a warning to others. The executions were likely to stoke further regional and sectarian tensions between rivals...

  • Twitter Apr 5, 2019

    Saudi Arabia Arrests More Activists, Including 2 US Citizens

    Saudi Arabia detained eight people, including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens, in a new round of arrests in the kingdom targeting individuals supportive of women’s rights and those with ties to jailed activists, a person with knowledge of the apprehensions said Friday. It marks the first sweep of arrests to target individuals perceived as critics of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman...

  • Facebook Mar 31, 2019

    Saudis Accessed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Phone and Gained Private Data, Security Chief Says

    Saudi Arabia accessed Jeff Bezos’ phone and obtained private data belonging to the Amazon CEO, security specialist Gavin de Becker said in an article posted on The Daily Beast Saturday, laying out the findings of his investigation. Bezos had tasked de Becker, his security chief, with investigating how The National Enquirer had obtained and published intimate texts that the Amazon...

  • The Washington Post Feb 24, 2019

    First Saudi Female Ambassador Replaces King's Son in US

    Saudi Arabia appointed its first female ambassador early Sunday to serve as its top diplomat in the United States, pulling a son of King Salman back to the kingdom to serve as deputy defense minister amid deteriorating ties with America after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, a daughter of the kingdom’s longtime ambassador to...

  • The Associated Press Jan 31, 2019

    Mariah Carey Shakes Off Boycott Calls for Saudi Concert

    Mariah Carey, one of the world’s most celebrated artists, is performing in Saudi Arabia on Thursday for the first time, but there’s a growing chorus of Saudi women calling on her to cancel the concert to show support for detained women’s rights activists.

  • Department of State Jan 14, 2019

    US Tells Saudis to Hold Killers of Journalist ‘Accountable'

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he told the king and crown prince of Saudi Arabia on Monday that the Trump administration expects the kingdom to hold accountable “every single person” responsible for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside one of the country’s consulates after writing columns critical of the government.

  • Donald Trump Dec 18, 2018

    Saudi Arabia Rejects US Senate's ‘Interference' in Kingdom

    Saudi Arabia issued an unusually strong rebuke of the U.S. Senate on Monday, rejecting a bipartisan resolution that put the blame for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on the Saudi crown prince and describing it as interference in the kingdom’s affairs. It’s the latest sign of how the relationship between the royal court and Congress has deteriorated,...

  • Donald Trump Nov 14, 2018

    Trump Picks Retired General for Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

    A retired four-star general is President Donald Trump’s pick to be U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, filling a key diplomatic vacancy at a time when U.S.-Saudi relations are being tested by the slaying of a journalist critical of the Saudi royal family. Trump announced Tuesday that he is nominating John Abizaid, the longest-serving commander of the U.S. Central Command, to...

  • social media Nov 12, 2018

    Saudi Sisters' Tragic End in NY Shows Perils for Runaways

    The deaths of two young Saudi sisters, whose bodies washed up along the New York City waterfront last month, have shined a light on the often secretive and risky journeys Saudi women take to flee their homes, both within the kingdom and abroad. Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 23, ran away from home in Fairfax, Virginia before being placed...

  • NBC Nov 10, 2018

    US to Stop Refueling Saudi-Coalition Planes in Yemen, Officials Say

    The United States will soon suspend its mission to re-fuel Saudi Arabia’s military aircraft flying in Yemen, according to two U.S. officials and one Senate staffer. Saudi Arabia is expected to announce it no longer needs U.S. tankers for the mission, placing the decision for the change on Riyadh rather than Washington, NBC News reported. A Senate staffer said the...

  • CNN Nov 5, 2018

    Saudi Investigators Worked to Remove Evidence: Turkish Source

    Members of a team from Saudi Arabia sent to help Turkish authorities investigate the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi worked instead to remove evidence of the slaying, a senior Turkish official said Monday. The official confirmed a report in Turkey’s Sabah newspaper that an 11-member team of Saudi investigators that arrived in Turkey nine days after Khashoggi was killed to...

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