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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...

2006-05-12 14:19:38

RIYADH (Reuters) - A man opened fire on guards at the U.S. consulate in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on Friday as he drove past but no one was hit, the Interior Ministry said. Police chased and arrested the suspect after wounding him in a shootout when he fled from his car, a ministry statement said. The incident was being investigated. It was not immediately clear whether it was politically motivated, security sources said. In December 2004, al Qaeda militants stormed the U.S. consulate...

2006-05-12 12:18:34

RIYADH (Reuters) - A man was arrested after shooting from his car on guards at the U.S. consulate in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Friday, a security source said. No one was hurt in the shooting. The source said police chased the car and arrested the man after the drive-by shooting in which several shots were fired at the mission's guards. There were no other details available. In December 2004, al Qaeda militants stormed the U.S. consulate compound in the Red Sea port city, killing...

2006-05-09 11:57:15

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia confirmed on Tuesday women would replace male sales assistants in lingerie shops from next month, ending an awkward anomaly in the ultra-conservative Islamic state. The government, which wants more women to work as part of its efforts to diversify the country's oil-dependent economy and reduce reliance on foreign labor, took the decision last June and businesses were given a year to prepare for implementation. Many clerics and Islamists in Saudi...

2006-05-06 14:07:53

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S.-allied Gulf Arab leaders called on Iran on Saturday to do more to show it was not trying to obtain an atom bomb, thereby saving the region from another war. Gulf Arab countries, wary of Iranian power since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, share U.S. concern at the prospect of Iran having a nuclear bomb but fear another military conflict in the region after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Gulf Arabs are also worried about the possible...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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