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2006-02-24 09:07:17

DUBAI (Reuters) - An explosion rocked Saudi Arabia's huge Abqaiq oil facility in the east of the kingdom on Friday and an official said Saudi forces had thwarted suicide bomb attacks against the world's biggest oil exporter. Oil jumped more than $2 a barrel. Al Qaeda leaders have previously called for attacks on oil fields in Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally. A security source said suicide bombers had tried to storm the facility in the mainly Shi'ite province, known locally as Baqiq,...

2006-02-24 08:59:20

RIYADH (Reuters) - Suicide bombers tried to storm an oil facility in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province on Friday, a security source said. "Security forces foiled an attempted suicide attack at the Abqaiq refinery using at least two cars," the official said. Al Arabiya television said Saudi forces killed the attackers. Authorities have brought under control a fire at a pipeline following a blast at the oil facility, Al Arabiya television said. The Saudi-owned channel quoted security...

2006-02-24 08:28:55

DUBAI (Reuters) - An explosion was heard at Saudi Arabia's huge Abqaiq oil facility in the Kingdom's eastern oil province on Friday, Al Arabiya television reported. The Dubai-based station quoted witnesses as saying shooting was heard in the area, also known locally as Baqiq and site of one of Saudi Arabi's biggest oilfields. No further details were immediately available. It was not clear if there was any impact on output from the world's largest oil producer and a close U.S. ally....

2006-02-24 08:15:23

DUBAI (Reuters) - An explosion was heard at Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil facility on Friday, Al Arabiya television reported. It also quoted witnesses as saying shooting was heard in the area in the kingdom's main eastern oil province. No further details were immediately available.

2006-02-07 03:18:55

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi authorities have refused to allow passengers to board an Egyptian ferry deemed unsafe, days after another ferry sank killing hundreds of people, a port official said on Tuesday. "The ferry arrived in (the Saudi port of) Duba around midnight on Monday. We made our checks and found it was in a bad state. It was old," a port official in Jeddah told Reuters. The ferry, called Al Salam 94, was forced to return to the Egyptian port of Suez without...

2005-09-06 08:44:45

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi security forces seized control of a militant hideout in the eastern city of Dammam on Tuesday, ending three days of fierce fighting in which at least six suspects and three policemen were killed, a security source said. Government officials could not immediately give details of casualties or even confirm the operation in Dammam, close to some of Saudi Arabia's largest oil fields, was over. But the security source said the clashes had ended and the death toll...

2005-09-05 13:42:50

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi forces were surrounding at least two militants in the eastern oil city of Dammam on Monday, a day after clashes in which two gunmen and a policeman were killed, security sources said. They said the militants were believed to be members of the Saudi wing of al Qaeda and on a list of 36 most wanted fugitives in the world's largest oil exporter, which has been battling supporters of Osama bin Laden for more than two years. The militants were hiding in a house in...

2005-09-05 09:54:51

RIYADH (Reuters) - The U.S. consulate in the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran closed on Monday because of security concerns, an embassy statement said. It said the closure -- for an unspecified period of time -- was due to ongoing clashes between Saudi security forces and suspected militants in the nearby oil-city of Dammam.

2005-09-05 06:00:21

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi forces on Monday were besieging at least two militants in Dammam a day after clashes in the eastern oil city killed two gunmen and a policeman, security sources said. They said the militants were believed to be members of the Saudi wing of al Qaeda and on a list of 36 most wanted fugitives in the world's largest oil exporter, which has been battling loyalists of Osama bin Laden for more than two years. Security forces, armed with automatic weapons and rocket...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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