April 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon announced Friday that it has reached a preliminary agreement on a complex $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, in what would represent the latest major weapons sale to U.S. allies in the Middle East. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will attempt to finalize the arms package next week when he is scheduled to visit the three countries. Ultimately, the deal will need the assent of Congress. Defense officials said they have kept lawmakers apprised of the negotiations and revealed basics of the agreement to lawmakers on Thursday.
April 11, 2013 |
CAIRO - The deputy leader of al-Qaeda in Yemen slammed Saudi Arabia's policy of allowing the United States to launch deadly drone strikes from bases in the kingdom, calling on Saudis, in a new audio message released Wednesday, to revolt against the ruling family. Saeed al-Shihri's statement appeared to back up al-Qaeda denials this week that he was killed in a drone attack. The Saudi national was reported killed by a U.S. drone strike earlier this year by Yemeni security officials, based on alleged Saudi intelligence.
April 5, 2013 |
Unless he can quickly raise $270,000, a Saudi man will soon face court-ordered surgical paralysis from the waist down, Amnesty International reports. Justice in Saudi Arabia in the 21st Century still revolves around the principle of lex talionis , better known to Westerners as "an eye for an eye. " The case stems from 2003, when, Ali al-Khawahir, then 14, stabbed a friend in the back. The crime caused al-Khawahir's friend to be paralyzed from the waist down. Finding him guilty in the assault, the court in the town of Al-Ahsa sentenced al-Khawahir to "qisas" - retribution - or pay the victims's family one million Saudi riyals in "blood money.
March 21, 2013 |
MONUMENT, Colo. - The fatal shooting of Colorado's top prisons official when he answered the front door at his house highlights a troubling reality for the nation's judges, prosecutors, and other legal officials: At a time when attacks on them are rising, it's difficult for them to remain secure, even when they are off duty. Investigators do not know why Tom Clements, 58, was shot at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at his home just north of Colorado Springs. They could not rule out any possibilities, including that it was a random shooting or that it was an attack related to Clements' job, authorities said.
February 7, 2013 |
CAIRO - An Islamic summit that opened in Egypt on Wednesday lay bare the multiple divisions within the Muslim and Arab worlds, with conflicting approaches to the Syrian civil war exposing the Sunni-Shiite sectarian fault lines that have torn the region for years. Egypt's Islamist leader sharply criticized President Bashar al-Assad's embattled regime in his address to the summit, though he hedged his comments by making only an indirect call for the Syrian to step down. The Syrian government "must read history and grasp its immortal message: It is the people who remain and those who put their personal interests before those of their people will inevitably go," Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said.
January 13, 2013
In this month marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, here's a look at slavery around the world. Match the nation with the year it abolished slavery. 1. Brazil. 2. China. 3. Haiti. 4. Iran. 5. Korea. 6. Mauritania. 7. Portugal. 8. Russia. 9. Saudi Arabia. 10. Zanzibar. a. 1723; serfs in 1861. b. 1761. c. 1804. d. 1888. e. 1894. f. 1897. g. 1906. h. 1928. i. 1962.
January 5, 2013 |
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's top cleric on Friday warned against the mixing of the sexes, saying it poses a threat to female chastity and society, as the kingdom prepares for the first time to grant women seats on the country's top advisory body. Delivering his traditional Friday sermon, the grand mufti, Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al-Sheik, said authorities must adhere to sharia, or Islamic law, by ensuring men and women are separated as much as possible at all times. The cleric's comments came weeks ahead of allowing women to be members of the 150-member Shura Council, the country's top advisory body.
November 29, 2012 |
SANA'A, Yemen - Gunmen in Yemen opened fire on the car of a Saudi Arabian army officer working with his embassy's military section on Wednesday, killing him and his Yemeni bodyguard, officials from both countries said. Yemeni officials said the Saudi officer, who had diplomatic status, was traveling to the embassy when he was shot by gunmen wearing army uniforms in another car. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters. Saudi Arabia maintains close ties with Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world and home to an al-Qaeda branch considered to be the terror network's most dangerous.
October 10, 2012 |
Abdullah al-Luhaymi spends weekend nights cruising around the Saudi capital Riyadh on his motorbike before stopping to meet friends, usually at an American-style fast-food joint. Each month he has more to choose from. "This is where we like to eat and watch people, this is the best area in Riyadh," the 29-year-old university graduate says, sitting on his Kawasaki. He's parked outside Dunkin' Donuts and just down the road from Applebee's, Elevation Burger and Krispy Kreme. People wait in lines to be served.
September 29, 2012
British girl found safe with teacher LONDON - A 15-year-old British schoolgirl who sparked an international search when she went missing along with her math teacher was found safe and well in France on Friday, police said. Megan Stammers was located along with Jeremy Forrest, 30, a teacher at her school, said police in the southern England county of Sussex. France's Sipa news agency said the pair were in a car when they were found in the city of Bordeaux in southwestern France.