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2008-07-23 09:01:22

CHICAGO _ It's not clear if Rajaa Alsanea's first novel, "Girls of Riyadh," was banned in Saudi Arabia because it became a Middle East best seller or if it became a best seller because it was banned. Either way, it was a surprise for Alsanea, a soft-spoken 26-year-old Saudi who is studying dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She wrote the book, which follows the lives of four upper-class young Saudi women who struggle to find love in a restrictive society, in her spare...

2008-07-15 12:01:00

QuadraMed, a developer of IT solutions for healthcare industry, has announced that the Saudi Arabia National Guard Health Affairs has signed a contract for QuadraMed CPR service expansion, migration to InterSystem's Cache database and interface licenses that represent sales bookings of approximately $8.8 million, with a total contract value of approximately $10.6 million. This agreement covers the rollout of the QuadraMed CPR (QCPR) product to the National Guard Health Affairs (NGHA)...

2008-07-08 06:00:28

Text of press release by Riyadh-based Arabsat on 8 July The Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) announced this morning that its Badr 6 satellite, the third of its fourth generation telecommunications satellites, was successfully boosted into orbit yesterday night from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, by an Ariane 5-ECA rocket provided by Arianespace. Khalid Balkeyour, president and CEO of Arabsat, announced that Badr 6 was placed into its correct orbital...

2008-07-07 15:00:25

Text of report in English by Saudi newspaper Saudi Gazette website on 7 July [Report by Abd-al Muhsin Al-Harthi from Riyadh: "Saudi-Iraq Border Wall Pact Soon"] An agreement to build a wall on the Saudi-Iraqi border will be signed soon with a company, Interior Minister Prince Naif Bin-Abd- al-Aziz disclosed here, Saturday [5 July] night. The Kingdom in 2006 announced plans to build the fence for security reasons. Addressing the media after inaugurating the first Arab International...

2008-06-17 06:00:26

Saudi investors of Abraaj Capital, led by Sheikh Abdulrahman Ali Al Turki, Chairman of Abraaj Capital, the premier investment firm specialising in private equity investment in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region, announced today the sale of their 30 per cent stake in National Air Services (NAS) to Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), founded by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, generating a 52 per cent internal rate of return (IRR) over a two-year holding...

2006-08-26 14:49:01

RIYADH (Reuters) - Four militants arrested in the Saudi city of Jeddah this week were part of a group of 34 men rounded up in an effort to prevent a resurgence of al Qaeda violence, the Saudi interior ministry said on Saturday. The four Islamist radicals surrendered on Monday after Saudi security forces besieged the building where they had an apartment in the Red Sea port. "Security work led to the arrest of 34 people of different nationalities in Mecca, Medina, Riyadh and Jeddah...

2006-08-21 13:20:17

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Monday four militants who were holed up in a building in the Red Sea city of Jeddah surrendered after clashes with security forces. "The four people surrendered to security forces after heavy clashes," an Interior Ministry spokesman told Reuters. "Nobody was hurt," he added. The state-run Al-Ikhbariya television earlier said three of the gunmen had been killed in the clashes. The official Saudi Press Agency said two of the suspects were among...

2006-08-20 12:07:30

RIYADH (Reuters) - An eight-month ban on importing falcons into Saudi Arabia due to bird flu fears will be lifted next month, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday. "Falconry is part our Arab heritage and is practiced by many of the kingdom's citizens," it quoted a statement by the Wildlife Protection National Authority as saying. In January, the authorities culled 37 falcons after suspecting that five of them were infected with the H5 strain of the virus. No bird flu...

2006-08-07 20:05:48

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - They are few in number but determined to make their mark -- women journalists in Saudi Arabia have fought hard to get where they are and say they have more than proved themselves the equal of men. The kingdom is one of the most restrictive places in the world for women, where powerful clerics say a woman's place is in the home, raising a family. Women cannot drive cars, must be accompanied in public by male relatives, and must cover themselves up...

2006-08-03 08:16:49

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on photography in public areas, part of a drive by the conservative kingdom's tourism organization to attract more visitors to the birthplace of Islam. A royal decree allowing photography in many public places was issued about a year ago, and the interior ministry enacted it earlier this week. "People can now take pictures of tourist sites, architectural landmarks, shopping malls as well as government buildings where there is no sign...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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