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2008-10-23 12:00:26

Saudi Arabia-based King Fahad Medical City has implemented a healthcare solution built on a foundation of unified-communications-ready technology from Nortel to enhancing care and managing costs for its four hospitals, 269 primary clinics and more than 650,000 patients annually. According to Nortel, this solution, deployed in partnership with its regional channel partner Baud Telecom, integrates IP telephony, enhanced call answering, contact center and interactive voice response...

2005-08-08 14:38:28

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah pardoned five activists on Monday, including three sentenced to up to nine years in jail for calling for political reforms in the absolute monarchy, state television said. The sentencing of the three was met with rare public criticism of Saudi Arabia by Washington, which has pushed for democratic reform in the Middle East. "Interior Minister Prince Nayef announced that King Abdullah has pardoned and ordered the release of prisoners Abdullah...

2005-08-07 07:52:18

By Dominic Evans RIYADH (Reuters) - Despite the advanced age of both King Abdullah and his new crown prince, the new Saudi ruler may break with precedent and avoid naming a second-in-line rather than appoint a conservative opposed to his planned reforms. Abdullah named a crown prince, or heir apparent, immediately after assuming the throne of the world's biggest oil exporter on Monday when King Fahd died. But nearly a week later he has given no hint whether he will nominate an heir to the...

2005-08-05 05:00:32

RIYADH (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney and former President Bush arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday to offer condolences to King Abdullah over the death of King Fahd. The U.S. delegation, which also includes former Secretary of State Colin Powell and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace, arrived two days after most foreign leaders came to pay their respects. A Saudi official said Cheney would have lunch with King Abdullah, who formally succeeded Fahd after an...

2005-08-03 07:38:35

By Mariam Isa and Laith Abou-Ragheb RIYADH (Reuters) - Thousands of Saudi men thronged into a cavernous marble-lined palace to pledge allegiance to their new King Abdullah on Wednesday in a ceremony which completes the transition of power from the late King Fahd. Sunnis and Shi'ites, soldiers and tribal leaders, young and old, queued to express support for their new monarch who is assuming the throne of the world's biggest oil exporter and the cradle of Islam. Abdullah was de facto ruler...

2005-08-03 05:32:44

By Mariam Isa RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi religious and tribal leaders gathered to pledge allegiance on Wednesday to their new King Abdullah in a ceremony which completes the transition of power from the late King Fahd, who died on Monday. Abdullah, de facto ruler for the last 10 years of his ailing half-brother's reign, takes the reins of the world's oil giant, which is enjoying an economic boom from record crude prices but also faces a sustained Islamist militant challenge. "We are here to...

2005-08-03 03:35:47

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Soldiers surrounded Mauritania's state radio station on Wednesday and blocked off streets around the presidency building while President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya was out of the country, a witness said. "State radio has been off air since this morning. They are not letting anybody in," the Reuters witness said. Taya was in Riyadh on Tuesday for the funeral of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd.

2005-08-02 09:09:38

By Dominic Evans and Laith Abou-Ragheb RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Fahd was buried in a simple unmarked grave on Tuesday after a brief funeral to mourn the monarch who ruled the oil superpower for more than two turbulent decades. In keeping with the kingdom's austere Islamic tradition Fahd, who in life enjoyed enormous wealth and privilege, was laid to rest in a sprawling Riyadh cemetery alongside hundreds of other unidentified dirt graves. Fahd died on Monday after 23 years...

2005-08-02 07:46:31

By Dominic Evans and Laith Abou-Ragheb RIYADH (Reuters) - Muslim presidents and prime ministers joined ordinary Saudis to pray for the soul of King Fahd on Tuesday at a modest funeral in keeping with the kingdom's austere Islamic tradition. Fahd died on Monday after 23 years ruling the strategic Gulf state which is both the world's biggest oil exporter and the cradle of Islam -- drawing more than a billion faithful to turn five times a day toward Mecca in prayer. In the Imam Turki bin...

2005-08-02 07:06:44

By Dominic Evans and Laith Abou-Ragheb RIYADH (Reuters) - Muslim kings, presidents and prime ministers gathered in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay their last respects to King Fahd at a modest funeral in keeping with the kingdom's austere Islamic tradition. Fahd died on Monday after 23 years ruling the strategic Gulf state which is both the world's biggest oil exporter and the cradle of Islam -- drawing more than a billion faithful to turn five times a day toward Mecca in prayer. He is...