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2008-07-01 09:01:02

The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News on Monday, June 30: ___ Last week's oil conference in Saudi Arabia marked a turning point in U.S.-Saudi relations, raising doubts about whether the oil-for-security formula still guides this longtime alliance. With skyrocketing oil prices endangering U.S. economic stability, Saudi Arabia refused to increase production beyond a token amount. Saudi and U.S. officials bickered about whether the current price spike is because of...

2008-06-25 18:02:22

A massive anti-terror sweep has netted more than 500 suspects allegedly planning attacks on oil installations and other targets, Saudi Arabian authorities say. In a written statement, the Saudi Interior Ministry said the Saudi cell's leader was found with a letter from al-Qaida's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, urging him to raise funds and that he (al-Zawahiri) will provide him with the personnel, whom they called the mujahedin . The ministry claimed that referred to fighters...

2008-06-16 21:00:21

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday he welcomes Saudi Arabia's offer to host a summit of major oil producers to address soaring fuel prices. Saudi Arabia also has indicated it would increase its oil production by 200,000 barrels a day starting next month to help meet demand. Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud acknowledged that the current oil price is abnormally high, due to speculative factors, and he is willing to do what he can to manage the price of oil to the...

2008-06-16 09:01:05

LEADING ARTICLE ENERGY Saudi Arabia appears ready to cave in to demands from Western governments for the kingdom to make special efforts to increase its production of oil. Analysts forecast that the world's largest producer will shortly raise its output by half a million barrels a day. The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, confirmed this impression at the weekend after emerging from talks with the Saudi monarch, King Abdullah. But there are also indications that the Saudis...

2008-06-14 00:00:27

Saudi officials have advised oil traders and analysts they plan to increase output by 500,000 barrels a day next month, The New York Times reported Friday. Saudi Arabia's current output is 9.45 million barrels a day, up 300,000 barrels from last month. The proposed increase would bring output to 10 million barrels, the highest ever for the world's largest oil exporter. While King Abdullah snubbed President George W. Bush when the Bush asked for an output increase during two meetings this...

2006-08-29 06:23:45

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has released 9 former inmates of Guantanamo Bay where they were being held on suspicion of belonging to al Qaeda, an official said on Tuesday. The United States this year sent 29 Saudis back home after negotiating a framework agreement with Saudi Arabia for the return of its citizens. Saudi officials had said they were reviewing whether they should face charges in their homeland. "Nine of them have been released. They were investigated and we didn't...

2006-07-13 20:40:53

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia hopes to have all of its citizens returned from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay within a year, the Saudi ambassador to the United States said on Thursday. "We're working with (the U.S.) government on this to have them back in batches," said Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the Saudi ambassador to Washington. "They are being processed through the court system in Saudi Arabia." The United States has stepped up efforts to repatriate many of...

2006-02-07 17:56:02

DALLAS (Reuters) - President Bush's call for the United States to end its dependence on Middle East oil has become "the topic of the hour" for Saudi Arabia and left the it wondering what the White House has in mind, the Saudi ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday. Prince Turki Al-Faisal said the Saudis were talking with the Bush administration about the president's January 31 State of the Union speech in which he said the U.S. was "addicted to oil" and should cut Mideast...

2006-02-01 23:50:39

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Slowly but surely, ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia appears to be loosening the bonds of its strictly controlled society, in spite of the absence of big government initiatives on political reform. King Abdullah, a supporter of cautious reform, ascended the throne last year, but there have been no moves to dilute the absolute monarchy, turn the consultative council into anything resembling a real parliament or advance women's rights. However,...

2006-01-30 06:03:33

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has succeeded for now in suppressing al Qaeda but extremist ideology, regional tension and autocratic rule could make Islamist violence a reality for years to come, analysts say. Militants proclaiming allegiance to al Qaeda, headed by Saudi-born Osama bin Laden, launched a campaign in 2003 to topple the U.S.-allied monarchy. But the mini-insurgency, involving attacks on foreign residential compounds and government installations, has...


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