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Aziz El Yaakoubi

Violence escalates in Iraq as government pushes to end protests

3:59pm EST

BAGHDAD Gunmen shot dead two protesters in Iraq's southern city of Nassiriya overnight and a Baghdad district became a battlefield on the third day of a drive by security forces to end months of demonstrations against the largely Iran-backed ruling elite. | Video

Iraqi security forces kill protester, rockets hit U.S. embassy

Jan 26 2020

BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces shot at anti-government protesters in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least one person, and unidentified men set fire to sit-in tents in a southern Iraqi city, police and medics said, as months-long civil unrest escalated. | Video

'No, No America': Iraq protesters demand expulsion of U.S. troops

Jan 24 2020

BAGHDAD Tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied in central Baghdad on Friday calling for the expulsion of U.S. troops, but the protest mostly dissipated after a few hours despite a cleric's call for a "million strong" turnout. | Video

Soleimani killing adds dangerous new dimension to Iraq unrest

Jan 22 2020

BAGHDAD Iranian-backed Shi'ite factions have exhorted Iraqis to turn out for a "million-strong" march on Friday aimed at whipping up anti-American sentiment as the United States' struggle with Iran plays out on the streets of Baghdad.

Yemen's Houthis say they will release seized ships if Korean

Nov 19 2019

DUBAI/SEOUL Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Tuesday it would release vessels it had captured if they prove to be South Korean, after it seized a rig being towed by a Saudi tugboat in the southern Red Sea. | Video

Saudi Arabia discussing Yemen truce in informal talks with Houthis: sources

Nov 14 2019

DUBAI/NEW YORK Saudi Arabia is intensifying informal talks with the Iran-aligned Houthi movement on a ceasefire in Yemen, sources familiar with the discussions said.

Saudi Aramco prospectus flags risks, gives few details on IPO size

Nov 10 2019

By Saeed Azhar, Hadeel Al Sayegh, Aziz El Yaakoubi and Maher Chmaytelli

Saudis take control of Yemen's Aden to end stand-off between allies

Oct 14 2019

DUBAI Saudi Arabian forces have taken over control of Yemen's southern port of Aden as part of efforts to end a power struggle between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and southern separatists, four sources familiar with the matter said.

Putin says no reliable information about who attacked Saudi oil plants

Oct 13 2019

RIYADH/DUBAI Russian President Vladimir Putin said before his first visit to Saudi Arabia in more than a decade that Moscow could play a key role in easing regional tensions given its good ties with Sunni Muslim Gulf Arab states and Shi'ite Iran.

Russia's Putin says global oil inventories need cutting to 'reasonable level': Arabiya

Oct 13 2019

DUBAI Russian President Vladimir Putin said in remarks aired on Sunday that global oil inventories need cutting to "reasonable levels" and that Russia would work with Saudi Arabia and other partners to "reduce to zero" attempts to destabilize oil markets.

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Trump offers China help as virus spreads, markets reel

U.S. President Donald Trump offered China whatever help it needed on Monday to control a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 81 people, stranded tens of millions during the biggest holiday of the year and rattled global markets.