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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...

2006-07-13 06:09:42

By Andrew Hammond JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - The first Saudi Arabian film festival opened this week, but the silver screen remains so controversial in the conservative kingdom that the word "cinema" does not even appear in the title. "The Jeddah Visual Show Festival" kicked off on Wednesday night with two hours of home-grown short films. The public can see the films three times a week for a month. Public movie screenings are taboo in Saudi Arabia, where puritanical scholars...

2006-07-08 03:00:23

RIYADH (Reuters) - Six Saudis and a Yemeni held in Saudi Arabia on security charges have escaped a detention center in the capital Riyadh, state news agency SPA said on Saturday. "Seven detainees at Malaz prison in Riyadh, held in connection with security cases, were able to leave the detention center," SPA quoted an Interior Ministry statement as saying. It did not say when they escaped. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said the seven were linked to al Qaeda. Saudi officials could...

2006-06-24 16:45:28

DUBAI (Reuters) - A previously unknown group on Saturday vowed vengeance against the Saudi government for the killing of six Saudi militants in a shoot-out in Riyadh the day before, according to an Internet posting. "We warn the Saudi government and those who help it in its war against Islam ... that what is coming will be spectacular, so beware, tyrants of the Saudi family," said the statement posted on a Web site usually used by Islamic militant groups. The authenticity of the...

2006-06-09 14:17:50

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives on Friday took a symbolic jab at Saudi Arabia, accusing the kingdom of fueling religious extremism and violence, as it passed a $21.3 billion foreign aid bill. The bill for next fiscal year, which is $600 million above the current level but $2.4 billion less than President George W. Bush sought, cleared the House easily on a 373-34 vote. The Senate has not yet taken up its version of the bill. Decrying Saudi Arabia...

2006-05-02 13:55:59

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it would start issuing non-religious tourist visas to foreigners in a bid to develop the sector in the conservative Gulf Arab kingdom. Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Secretary-General of the Supreme Commission for Tourism, said tour guides would be allowed to operate from June in the country, where tourism has been largely limited to pilgrims visiting Islam's holiest sites. Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam, sees up to two...

2006-04-04 13:15:12

By Caroline Drees WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia must do a better job at ferreting out major individual donors who continue to fund terrorism abroad, including in Iraq, a top U.S. Treasury official said on Tuesday. Stuart Levey, the Treasury's undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said Saudi Arabia had made significant strides in counterterrorism efforts in recent years and that the kingdom was "doing an excellent job" fighting operatives of Osama bin Laden's...

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...


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