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2006-04-29 13:05:49

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - The World Cup trophy ended its first global tour on Saturday with a public display in a Saudi Arabian shopping mall ahead of this year's finals in Germany. "The reception of the trophy in each country was outstanding. We had very emotional people, people who were crying," said Alex Koch, an official with world governing body FIFA who toured 28 countries with the gold trophy. "The most impressive reaction we got was from an 80-year-old man in...

2006-04-23 05:15:22

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao told Saudi Arabia on Sunday that the world's most populous country was ready to help bring stability to the Middle East. "The Middle East is a vital region in the world and there will be no achievements and development in the world without a stable Middle East," Hu said in the translated comments. "China is ready to work with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries to strengthen peace and development in the Middle East...

2006-04-21 02:29:33

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi journalist was freed after he had been detained for criticizing conservative Islamists, an international media watchdog said. Rabah al-Quwai, who writes for the daily Shams and some Saudi-run Web sites, was detained in the northern city of Hail, and held for 13 days. Quwai was freed on Saturday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a statement received by Reuters late on Thursday. "Quwai ... said he was compelled to sign a statement saying...

2006-04-19 09:45:00

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH -- Casting a suspicious eye over a photo exhibition in Riyadh this week, Saudi men had a hard time believing their womenfolk could have posed as the models. Beautiful and flaunting it, the veiled women stared teasingly from behind nets, steering wheels, mirrors and diving visors -- showing only the bits of their faces allowed for public display by strict social customs. Hinting at lifestyles proscribed by Saudi Arabia's austere Wahhabi form of Islam, the pictures are...

2006-04-03 07:31:03

RIYADH (Reuters) - Five Saudi women have undergone sex change operations because they developed a psychologic complex in the male-dominated Muslim society, a newspaper reported on Monday. Al Watan newspaper quoted psychology expert Mohamed Abdelmawjoud as saying the operations took place over a year's period. Authorities did not bother any of them, according to the report. An interior ministry official told the paper such cases are examined by religious authorities, and sometimes by...

2006-03-05 07:41:14

RIYADH (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac on a trip to Saudi Arabia preached on Sunday greater tolerance and respect after the publication of satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad a month ago whipped up protests around the world. The president's comments to the Saudi consultative council were also made the day after Al Qaeda's deputy leader in a message on the Internet called on Muslims to boycott countries where the countries had been published, including France....

2006-03-01 18:08:31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. lawmaker asked the Bush administration on Wednesday to explain what steps it is taking to ensure Saudi Arabia no longer participates in the Arab League boycott of Israel. Rep. Clay Shaw, a Florida Republican, raised the concern in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, who is now traveling in India. Shaw said he was troubled "by Saudi Arabia's reported decision to continue the primary Arab League boycott of the Israel" in violation of...

2006-02-28 09:05:00

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH -- Young Saudis, thirsty for cinema in a country with no big screens and just the bare bones of a movie industry, are determined to drag the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom into the celluloid world. Seven Saudi movies will take part in a film festival in the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi in March, the strongest showing yet for the nascent Saudi cinema at any festival. And entertainment firm Rotana -- owned by royal entrepreneur Prince Alwaleed bin Talal --...

2006-02-09 23:17:25

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has decided to scrap his plan to submit a bill to the parliament to let women inherit the imperial throne, after news that a princess was pregnant raised hopes for a male heir, media reports said on Friday. Despite strong opposition from conservative lawmakers, Koizumi had pledged to present the bill to the current session of parliament to avoid a succession crisis. Only males are currently allowed to...

2006-02-08 03:48:16

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi backed away from a pledge to change the law to let women inherit the throne on Wednesday, one day after sudden news that a royal princess was pregnant revived hopes for a male heir. No royal males have been born into Japan's ancient imperial family since 1965, and Koizumi had vowed to present a bill to give women equal rights to ascend the Chrysanthemum throne to the current session of parliament to avoid a...


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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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