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2008-08-01 12:00:31

MOSCOW _ Saudi Arabia's religious police have banned selling pet cats and dogs and walking them in public places in the country's capital Riyadh to preserve public morals, the Al-Hayat newspaper said Thursday. The religious police, known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, or the Muttawa, are charged with enforcing Saudi Arabia's strict Islamic code. Its members usually ensure that unmarried men and women do not socialize, women are properly covered and...

2008-08-01 09:00:20

By DONNA ABU-NASR By Donna Abu-Nasr The Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia Every single man knows: Walking a dog in the park is a sure babe magnet. Saudi Arabia's Islamic religious police, in their zeal to keep the sexes apart, want to make sure the technique doesn't catch on here. The solution: Ban selling dogs and cats as pets, as well as walking them in public. The prohibition went into effect Wednesday in the capital, Riyadh. Authorities in the city say they will strictly...

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...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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