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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...

2006-07-04 16:09:36

RIYADH (Reuters) - Al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia have rejected a renewed amnesty offer to repentant Islamist militants from Saudi King Abdullah, according to an Internet statement posted on Tuesday. "We say no surrender. Its either victory or martyrdom," said the statement signed by the al Qaeda Organization in the Arabian Peninsula and posted on a Web site frequently used by Islamic militants. "This move shows the fear felt by the apostate government. The government is not in a position...

2006-06-24 08:36:44

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday the arrest of 42 suspected Islamist militants in raids across the kingdom, a day after police killed six men in a shoot-out in Riyadh. An Interior Ministry statement said 15 of the suspects were arrested after the clash early on Friday in which one policeman was killed and 17 others were wounded. State television said that four men wanted by security forces, including an Iraqi, were arrested in a raid on Saturday at a desert...

2006-06-23 03:12:01

RIYADH (Reuters) - Six suspected al Qaeda-linked militants and a policeman were killed in a shootout in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Friday, after police surrounded their house to prevent an imminent attack, Saudi officials and media said. Police cordoned off the upscale residential district where the shootout occurred. A seventh militant was wounded and arrested. Saudi state television showed police removing several vehicles from the scene, some of them damaged in the clash, as...

2006-06-22 22:34:14

RIYADH (Reuters) - Six al Qaeda-linked militants and one policeman were killed in a shootout in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Friday, Saudi officials and media said. "The operation has ended now ... Six armed elements were killed and a seventh was wounded and arrested," Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television's correspondent said. One policeman was also killed in the shootout that occurred in a western district of the capital. An Interior Ministry statement said the seven were linked to the...

2006-06-22 22:01:08

DUBAI (Reuters) - Six militants and a policeman were killed in a shootout in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Friday, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said. "The operation has ended now ... Six armed elements were killed and a seventh was wounded and arrested," the satellite channel's correspondent said. The television said a policeman had been killed in the shootout that occurred in a western district of the capital. The television quoted security sources as saying the militants were...

2006-06-02 07:27:52

By Andrew Hammond RAJAJIL, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - The stones of Rajajil form a striking pattern against the clear desert sky, the fallen and tilting sand-colored slabs conjuring up visions of England's Stonehenge. Nobody really knows why the 50 groups of about five pillars each are clustered on the edge of the Nafud desert in northwestern Saudi Arabia. Local legend says they are a lost tribe punished by God. Whatever their origin, local authorities hope the standing stones and...

2006-05-29 16:13:26

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has freed three former Guantanamo Bay detainees after they completed their jail sentences, the state news agency SPA said on Monday. "Three citizens who had been detained in Guantanamo Bay ... were freed," it quoted an Interior Ministry statement as saying. It added that the three had been handed over by the United States last year and had now completed their jail sentences. Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia said it had received 15 Saudi detainees from...

2006-05-23 07:05:00

By Andrew Hammond SKAKA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Fahd al-Semmari arrived in northern Saudi Arabia this month to save the vast desert kingdom's fast-disappearing folk culture -- but anthropologists are crying foul over his mission. Al-Jouf, a remote province some 750 miles from the capital Riyadh, is one of 13 governorates included in a national project to document folk tales, songs and poems before the ravages of modernization efface them forever. But independent academics are scathing about...

2006-05-22 18:54:09

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has assured the United States it no longer enforces the Arab League boycott of Israel, even though it attended a recent meeting in Damascus to discuss ways to tighten it, a top U.S. trade official said in remarks released on Monday. "We have raised this issue directly with senior Saudi officials on several occasions, both in Riyadh and in Washington," Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said in written responses to...