Defying Trump, U.S. Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales

World / Politics Jun 21, 2019

Defying Trump, U.S. Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales

The Republican-led Senate voted Thursday to block $8.1 billion in U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies, as legislators outraged with the kingdom delivered a symbolic rebuke to President Donald Trump. Some seven Republicans joined Democrats in supporting each of three resolutions ...

Damaged tankers reach safe waters after Persian Gulf attacks

World Jun 17, 2019

Damaged tankers reach safe waters after Persian Gulf attacks

Two damaged tankers arrived safely Sunday at locations off the Emirati coast after they were rocked by explosions in Gulf waters, in an incident Saudi Arabia blamed on its regional arch-rival Iran. The Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous was carrying highly flammable methanol through the Gulf of ...

Saudi Arabia seeks oil supply protection as U.S. and Iran face off

World Jun 16, 2019

Saudi Arabia seeks oil supply protection as U.S. and Iran face off

Saudi Arabia called for swift action to secure Persian Gulf energy supplies and joined the United States in blaming Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in a vital shipping route that have raised fears of broader confrontation in the region. Thursday's tanker attacks in ...

Coalition vows retaliation after Yemen's Houthis strike Saudi airport

World Jun 13, 2019

Coalition vows retaliation after Yemen's Houthis strike Saudi airport

The Saudi-led military coalition vowed to respond firmly to a missile attack by Yemeni Houthi forces on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday that wounded 26 people. The Western-backed, Sunni Muslim alliance that has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen ...

Memorial honors Jamal Khashoggi, other journalists slain in 2018

World Jun 4, 2019

Memorial honors Jamal Khashoggi, other journalists slain in 2018

Twenty-two journalists killed in 2018 had their names added to a Washington memorial Monday as media rights defenders warned of growing threats to freedom of the press around the world. Among the names added to the Journalist Memorial at the Newseum were Jamal Khashoggi, the ...

Saudi king calls for firm Arab stance against threats from Iran

World / Politics May 31, 2019

Saudi king calls for firm Arab stance against threats from Iran

Saudi Arabia's king told an emergency Arab summit on Friday that decisive action is needed to stop Iranian "escalations" in the region following attacks on Persian Gulf oil assets, and American officials said a U.S. military deployment had deterred Tehran. A Persian Gulf Arab statement ...