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2006-05-06 04:02:16

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S.-allied Gulf Arab leaders who meet in Riyadh on Saturday will call for a peaceful solution to the crisis between Iran and Western nations over its nuclear ambitions, analysts and officials said. Gulf Arab countries, wary of Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, share U.S. concerns about Iran having a nuclear bomb but fear another military conflict in the region after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. "These countries do not want Iran to...

2006-04-23 05:15:22

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao told Saudi Arabia on Sunday that the world's most populous country was ready to help bring stability to the Middle East. "The Middle East is a vital region in the world and there will be no achievements and development in the world without a stable Middle East," Hu said in the translated comments. "China is ready to work with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries to strengthen peace and development in the Middle East...

2006-04-19 09:45:00

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH -- Casting a suspicious eye over a photo exhibition in Riyadh this week, Saudi men had a hard time believing their womenfolk could have posed as the models. Beautiful and flaunting it, the veiled women stared teasingly from behind nets, steering wheels, mirrors and diving visors -- showing only the bits of their faces allowed for public display by strict social customs. Hinting at lifestyles proscribed by Saudi Arabia's austere Wahhabi form of Islam, the pictures are...

2006-04-18 13:13:42

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it had arrested five militants linked to a failed al Qaeda attack on a major oil facility in February, and seized 1.5 tonnes of explosives. An Interior Ministry statement said the five were linked to the foiled attack on Abqaiq, the world's biggest oil processing plant, in which two militants were killed. Saudi had earlier arrested other militants linked to the incident. State television aired a video seized by police showing militants...

2006-04-03 07:31:03

RIYADH (Reuters) - Five Saudi women have undergone sex change operations because they developed a psychologic complex in the male-dominated Muslim society, a newspaper reported on Monday. Al Watan newspaper quoted psychology expert Mohamed Abdelmawjoud as saying the operations took place over a year's period. Authorities did not bother any of them, according to the report. An interior ministry official told the paper such cases are examined by religious authorities, and sometimes by...

2006-04-01 08:57:56

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has foiled about 90 percent of attacks militants had planned to carry out in the world's largest oil exporting country, a top official said in remarks published on Saturday. "This is thanks to God and to detailed security efforts and continuous tracking of terrorist cells," Interior Minister Prince Nayef told the pan-Arab Al Hayat newspaper. Nayef declined to say when he expected Saudi forces to end militant attacks in the country, which announced this...

2006-04-01 05:42:06

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has foiled about 90 percent of attacks militants had planned to carry out in the world's largest oil exporting kingdom, a top official said on Saturday. "This is thanks to God and to detailed security effort and continuous tracking of terrorist cells," Interior Minister Prince Nayef told pan-Arab Al Hayat newspaper. Nayef declined to say when he expected Saudi forces to end militant attacks in the country, which announced this week the arrest of 40...

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 --...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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