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2006-03-29 07:59:58

(Recasts, adds details, background RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had arrested 40 suspected militants, including eight who were linked to al Qaeda's attack on the world's largest oil processing plant last month. Security forces also seized a cache of explosives and firearms in simultaneous raids in several parts of the kingdom, an interior ministry spokesman said. There has been a spate of attacks in Saudi Arabia and last month the authorities foiled an al...

2006-03-11 16:42:44

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Palestinian militant group Hamas said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia had vowed to remain one of the biggest financial backers of the Palestinians, despite U.S. and European threats to cut aid. The United States and the European Union have threatened to tighten the taps on the Palestinian Authority unless Hamas, which is gearing up to form its new government, gives up its armed struggle against Israel and recognizes the Jewish state. Hamas leaders...

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 --...

2006-02-27 11:00:08

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi forces on Monday killed five suspected militants believed to be linked to an al Qaeda attack on the world's biggest oil processing plant, the Interior Ministry said. A shootout erupted at dawn after security forces besieged suspects in a villa in east Riyadh where several Western residential compounds are located. An official statement said five men were killed and one other suspected militant was arrested elsewhere in the capital. "Early...

2006-02-27 02:55:39

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi forces on Monday killed five suspected militants believed to be linked to an al Qaeda attack on the world's biggest oil processing plant and arrested one other, the Interior Ministry said. Security sources and witnesses had said a shootout ensued at dawn after security forces besieged suspects in a villa in east Riyadh where several Western residential compounds are located. An Interior Ministry statement said five men were killed in the clash and one other...

2006-02-27 03:15:50

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi forces on Monday killed five suspected militants believed to be linked to an al Qaeda attack on the world's biggest oil processing plant, the interior ministry said. Security sources and witnesses said earlier a shootout erupted at dawn after security forces besieged suspects in a villa in east Riyadh where several Western residential compounds are located. An official statement said five men were killed and one other suspected militant...

2006-02-26 23:29:11

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi security forces clashed with suspected militants in a suburb of Riyadh early on Monday, security sources said, just days after al Qaeda militants tried to storm a major Saudi oil facility. They said security forces had surrounded the men in the affluent al-Hamra district of east Riyadh. No more details were available. Al Qaeda suicide bombers attacked the world's largest oil processing plant in Abqaiq on Friday, in the first direct strike on a Saudi energy...

2006-02-26 22:41:03

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi security forces clashed with suspected militants in a suburb of Riyadh early on Monday, security sources said, just days after al Qaeda militants tried to storm a major Saudi oil facility. No more details were immediately available.

2006-02-25 10:27:41

By Souhail Karam ABQAIQ, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Al Qaeda claimed responsibility on Saturday for an attack on a Saudi oil facility at Abqaiq, when security forces fired at suicide bombers trying to storm the world's biggest oil processing plant. Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said oil and gas output was unaffected by Friday's "terrorist attempt" -- the first direct strike on a Saudi oil target since al Qaeda attacks aimed at toppling Saudi Arabia's U.S.-allied monarchy in 2003....

2006-02-24 13:47:59

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Two cars exploded at the gates of Saudi Arabia's huge Abqaiq oil facility on Friday when security forces fired on suicide bombers trying to storm the world's biggest oil processing plant, Saudi officials said. Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said oil and gas output was unaffected by the "terrorist attempt" -- the first direct strike on a Saudi oil target since al Qaeda militants launched attacks aimed at toppling Saudi Arabia's pro-Western monarchy in...


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  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
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The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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