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2006-02-02 06:30:26

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will begin talks this month with the Palestinian Authority over financial aid of at least $1.2 billion to plug its widening budget deficit, a senior Palestinian diplomat said on Thursday. Israel halted tax payments on Wednesday to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority over Hamas's shock election victory, prompting the Palestinians to turn to Saudi Arabia and Qatar for extra cash to cushion the economic shock. "We expect the Saudi government to...

2006-02-01 23:50:39

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Slowly but surely, ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia appears to be loosening the bonds of its strictly controlled society, in spite of the absence of big government initiatives on political reform. King Abdullah, a supporter of cautious reform, ascended the throne last year, but there have been no moves to dilute the absolute monarchy, turn the consultative council into anything resembling a real parliament or advance women's rights. However,...

2006-01-30 06:03:33

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has succeeded for now in suppressing al Qaeda but extremist ideology, regional tension and autocratic rule could make Islamist violence a reality for years to come, analysts say. Militants proclaiming allegiance to al Qaeda, headed by Saudi-born Osama bin Laden, launched a campaign in 2003 to topple the U.S.-allied monarchy. But the mini-insurgency, involving attacks on foreign residential compounds and government installations, has...

2006-01-22 01:45:00

By Emma Graham-Harrison and Chris Buckley BEIJING -- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah arrived in Beijing on Sunday for his first ever state visit and analysts said China wants to draw closer to the Middle Eastern oil power without challenging Saudi ties to Washington. The world's number two oil consumer, China has been scouring the globe for crude to feed its booming economy, tempting potential partners with aid packages, diplomatic support -- and for those at odds with Washington -- the prospect...

2006-01-16 10:00:17

CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Egypt on Monday at the start of a brief Middle East tour that will include visits to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. His meetings with Arab leaders are expected to focus on counterterrorism, the Palestinian election and energy. Egypt and Saudi Arabia were to be part of a trip Cheney took in December when he visited Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Oman. But he cut short that tour to fly back to Washington to cast a tiebreaking vote...

2006-01-16 00:14:47

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney headed to Egypt and Saudi Arabia on Sunday for meetings with leaders that are expected to focus on counterterrorism, the Palestinian election and energy. Egypt and Saudi Arabia were to be part of a trip Cheney took in December when he visited Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Oman. But he cut short the tour to fly back to Washington to cast a tiebreaking vote in the U.S. Senate on a spending-cut measure. Cheney's office...

2006-01-15 20:28:24

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney headed to Egypt and Saudi Arabia on Sunday for meetings with leaders that are expected to focus on counterterrorism, the Palestinian election and energy. Egypt and Saudi Arabia were to be part of a trip Cheney took in December when he visited Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Oman. But he cut short the tour to fly back to Washington to cast a tiebreaking vote in the U.S. Senate on a spending-cut measure. Cheney's office...

2006-01-13 11:45:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney next week will travel to Egypt and Saudi Arabia for meetings with leaders there, his office said on Friday. Cheney will meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, January 17. The visits to the two countries were originally scheduled to take place as part of Cheney's trip in December to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Oman. The vice president cut that tour short to return to...

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...