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2005-12-25 07:14:01

RIYADH (Reuters) - Crown Prince Sultan has held open the possibility that Saudi Arabia could lift its ban on women drivers -- but said Saudi men would have the final say. "When fathers, husbands and brothers ask us for women to drive we will look into it, though if they ask us the opposite we can't force them (to let women drive)," Sultan said in comments published on state news agency SPA late on Saturday. The right of women to drive has been a key demand of reformers in U.S.-allied...

2005-12-07 17:52:07

By Caroline Drees, Security Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A prominent U.S. lawmaker urged President George W. Bush on Wednesday to put more pressure on Saudi Arabia to fight the financing of terrorism in the kingdom, home to 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers. Rep. Sue Kelly, a New York Republican who chairs the Congressional Anti-Terrorist Financing Task Force, said she was concerned that Saudi funds could be flowing to insurgents in Iraq and to Palestinians fighting against...

2005-12-07 05:40:02

By Souhail Karam MECCA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah appealed to Muslim leaders on Wednesday to unite and tackle extremists who he said have hijacked their religion. Opening a summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) -- the world's biggest Muslim body -- in the holy city of Mecca, Abdullah said the world's one billion Muslims were weak and divided. "It bleeds the heart of a believer to see how this glorious civilization has fallen from the...

2005-11-19 02:51:05

By Ghaida Ghantous and Simon Webb RIYADH (Reuters) - Global oil consumers and producers met in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to discuss calls for greater transparency in oil markets and investment in production capacity to curb volatile crude prices. Ministers and officials from the energy-hungry United States, China, India and the European Union held talks behind closed doors with oil giant Saudi Arabia and other major OPEC exporters. The talks come ahead of the formal release later on...

2005-11-08 14:06:59

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Tuesday rejected criticism it had not done enough to fight terrorism and said the United States must do more to end the Arab-Israeli conflict which gave "lifeblood to the evil cult of hate." Speaking just days before Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice travels to Saudi Arabia, the new Saudi ambassador to the United States sought to ease U.S. fears that Riyadh is not cooperating enough on anti-terrorism issues. "There are those...

2005-10-28 09:28:07

By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, the top global oil exporter, got the nod on Friday from all major trading nations to join the World Trade Organization (WTO), probably by mid-December, after 12 years of tough on-off negotiations. A WTO working group approved the final package of Saudi entry terms, which will be discussed at a meeting of the body's ruling General Council on November 11, officials said. Approval there is widely regarded as a foregone conclusion and...

2005-10-15 10:51:03

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen said on Saturday it has asked neighboring Saudi Arabia to extradite Abdullah al-Asnaj, a prominent exiled opposition figure, accusing him of subversive activities. "We have asked the kingdom to hand over Asnaj based on the ... agreement between the two countries which prohibits each state from allowing any political or media activity against the other," Yemeni Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Qirbi told Reuters. Asnaj, a former foreign minister, left Yemen for...

2005-10-03 21:32:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department on Monday notified Congress of possible military sales to Saudi Arabia worth up $2.1 billion for items ranging from tactical display terminals to aircraft maintenance. The biggest potential contract is $918 million to help modernize the Saudi Arabian National Guard with equipment that includes 144 armored personnel carriers, 52 command and control vehicles, 3,600 assault rifles and 12 water cannon vehicles. The Defense Security...

2005-09-30 18:04:34

By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has postponed punishing Saudi Arabia, its close ally and key oil supplier, for restricting religious freedom -- the first time Washington has waived punishing a blacklisted country under a 1998 law targeting violators of religious rights. U.S. officials said on Friday the Bush administration had decided to delay imposing sanctions on Saudi Arabia for six months. The decision reflects the delicate balance the United States has...

2005-09-27 16:24:13

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - U.S. envoy Karen Hughes said on Tuesday Washington had privately discussed the issue of hate literature in American mosques with the Saudi government and asked for their help in getting rid it. Hughes, whose job as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy is to counter the negative U.S. image among Muslims and explain President George W. Bush's policies, brought the subject up publicly in a meeting with Saudi journalists. But she did not discuss...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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