Khashoggi son defends Saudi against critics ‘exploiting’ murder
/ 1 October 2019

Khashoggi son defends Saudi against critics ‘exploiting’ murder

The son of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has denied a financial settlement with the government, spoke out in defence of the kingdom Tuesday ahead of the first anniversary of the killing. Khashoggi — a royal family insider turned critic — was killed and dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 […]

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/ 17 December 2007

Saudi king pardons rape victim

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has pardoned the victim of a gang-rape, whose sentencing to 200 lashes caused an international outcry, a Saudi newspaper said on Monday. The Justice Minister Abdullah bin Mohammad al-Sheikh said the king had the right to issue pardons if it was in the ”public interest”.

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/ 18 November 2007

Oil leaders’ private debate televised by mistake

”Kill the cable, kill the cable,” shouted the security guard as he burst through the double doors into the media room at the Intercontinental Hotel in Riyadh, followed by Saudi police. It was too late. A private meeting of Opec leaders, gathered this weekend in Riyadh for the cartel’s third meeting in its 47-year history, had just been broadcast to the world’s media.

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/ 17 September 2007

Somali leaders want Arab, African peacekeepers

Somali leaders meeting in Saudi Arabia said they wanted to replace foreign forces backing the interim government against rebels with Arab and African troops under the aegis of the United Nations. The pact came days after a rival meeting in Eritrea by an opposition alliance that included leaders of the Islamic courts movement.

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/ 27 June 2007

Saudi Arabia execution toll tops 100

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said it beheaded three men convicted of various crimes, bringing the total number of executions announced by the ultra-conservative kingdom so far this year to 101. The Interior Ministry announced in a statement that it had executed two Indian nationals for murder and one Saudi national for rape.

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/ 3 May 2007

Sudan, Chad sign reconciliation deal

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno signed a reconciliation accord in the Saudi Arabia capital, Riyadh, on Thursday aimed at ending tensions between their two countries. The deal commits each of the parties to refrain from supporting rebels in the other country.

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/ 10 April 2007

Saudi man loses part of nose to irate wives

A Saudi man lost part of his nose in a heated argument with his two wives because he threatened to marry a third woman, Shams newspaper reported on Tuesday. Judaie bin Salim jokingly told his wives that he would marry again if they were unable to resolve their differences over how to divide their new house, the paper said.

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/ 30 March 2007

Saudis relaunch Mid-East peace plan

Arab leaders closed ranks to appeal to Israel recently to overcome its long-standing reservations and accept a landmark offer that could lead to a breakthrough in the Middle East peace process. Saudi Arabia, abandoning its customary reticence to host its first Arab League summit for 30 years, bridged its quarrels with Syria and persuaded the Palestinian Islamists of Hamas to stay.

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/ 5 September 2006

Saudi sympathy for al-Qaeda still runs strong

Two jailbreaks and a series of arrests in recent months suggest that sympathy for al-Qaeda militants in Saudi Arabia still runs strong despite a government crackdown, analysts said this week. The authorities in the world’s biggest oil exporter say they have seized nearly 80 al-Qaeda members or sympathisers from around the country over the last three months.

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/ 4 September 2006

Annan to mediate on captured Israeli soldiers

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said on Monday Lebanon and Israel have accepted his offer to mediate the release of two Israeli soldiers captured by Lebanese guerrilla group Hizbollah in July. ”The two sides have accepted the effort of the secretary general to help solve this problem,” Annan told a news conference in Saudi Arabia.

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/ 28 February 2006

Saudi al-Qaeda leader killed in Monday clashes

The leader of the al-Qaeda network in Saudi Arabia, Fahd bin Faraj al-Joweir, was among five militants killed in a shootout in Riyadh on Monday, the Saudi interior ministry announced. "Joweir (36) … had taken charge of the criminal cells," after other leading members were eliminated by security forces, the ministry said.

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/ 10 January 2006

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid

Muslims around the world as well as those performing the annual pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia celebrate on Tuesday the Feast of Sacrifice or Eid al-Adha, the most important holiday in the Islamic calendar. The festival is celebrated with the ritual slaughter of animals to commemorate Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son to God.

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/ 9 January 2006

Muslim pilgrimage enters second day

About 2,5-million Muslims from around the world began the second day of the hajj pilgrimage gathering on Monday on the Arafat Plain near Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform the most important ritual in the five-day event. Pilgrims began moving from Mina to Arafat at sunrise in buses or on foot after spending the night in tents.