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2006-08-29 06:23:45

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has released 9 former inmates of Guantanamo Bay where they were being held on suspicion of belonging to al Qaeda, an official said on Tuesday. The United States this year sent 29 Saudis back home after negotiating a framework agreement with Saudi Arabia for the return of its citizens. Saudi officials had said they were reviewing whether they should face charges in their homeland. "Nine of them have been released. They were investigated and we didn't...

2006-08-07 22:50:13

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko, pregnant with a possible heir to the throne, will likely have her baby by a Caesarean operation around September 6, public broadcaster NHK said on Tuesday. The Imperial Household Agency had said earlier that Kiko, 39, the wife of Emperor Akihito's younger son Prince Akishino, was likely to undergo a Caesarean ahead of her due date in late September because of a complication in her pregnancy. No male has been born into Japan's imperial family...

2006-08-03 08:16:49

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on photography in public areas, part of a drive by the conservative kingdom's tourism organization to attract more visitors to the birthplace of Islam. A royal decree allowing photography in many public places was issued about a year ago, and the interior ministry enacted it earlier this week. "People can now take pictures of tourist sites, architectural landmarks, shopping malls as well as government buildings where there is no sign...

2006-08-03 01:07:27

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest crude exporter, believes oil should not be used as a weapon because it is the economic lifeline of Arab states, its foreign minister said. Asked whether the oil weapon should be used if the conflict between Israel and Lebanon escalates, Prince Saud al-Faisal said: "The two issues should not be mixed because oil is among the economic capabilities that countries... need to meet their obligations toward their citizens. "If we ignore...

2006-07-28 15:20:00

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration spelled out plans on Friday to sell $4.6 billion of arms to moderate Arab states, including battle tanks worth as much as $2.9 billion to protect critical Saudi infrastructure. The announcement came two weeks after the administration said it would sell Israel its latest supply of JP-8 aviation fuel valued at up to $210 million to help Israeli warplanes "keep peace and security in the region." The United States also rushed a delivery...

2006-07-22 03:05:49

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Friday approved an agreement that will let Saudi Arabia buy up to $276 million in spare parts for its M1A2 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and other equipment from U.S. stocks. In a mandatory notification to Congress, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees major arms sales, said the deal would help improve the security of Saudi Arabia. Congress has 30 days to block the deal, although such action is rare. "The...

2006-07-21 20:16:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Friday approved an agreement that will let Saudi Arabia buy up to $276 million in spare parts for its M1A2 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and other equipment from U.S. stocks. In a mandatory notification to Congress, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees major arms sales, said the deal would help improve the security of Saudi Arabia. Congress has 30 days to block the deal, although such action is rare. "The...

2006-07-19 13:48:02

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has extended a waiver that avoids imposing sanctions on Saudi Arabia because it has made efforts to improve religious tolerance in the kingdom, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. In 2004, the United States put Saudi Arabia on a watch list, warning its Middle East ally it could put sanctions on the oil exporter if it did not expand religious freedom. The waiver for Saudi Arabia is the only time Washington has eschewed punishing a blacklisted...

2006-07-18 01:10:31

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Emperor Akihito's younger son's wife, who is pregnant with a possible heir to the throne, needs a Caesarean operation and the baby, due in late September, may be born early, Kyodo news agency said on Tuesday, quoting a palace doctor. Kyodo said earlier that Princess Kiko, 39, had symptoms of placenta previa, a complication in which the placenta becomes implanted at a location lower than normal in the uterus. No male has been born into Japan's imperial...

2006-07-18 00:58:03

TOKYO (Reuters) - The wife of Japanese Emperor Akihito's younger son, who is pregnant with a possible heir to the throne, has signs of problems with the placenta, Kyodo news agency said on Tuesday, quoting the Imperial Household Agency. Kyodo said that Princess Kiko, 39, whose baby is due in late September, had symptoms of placenta previa, a complication in which the placenta becomes implanted at a location lower than normal in the uterus. No male has been born into Japan's imperial...