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Feb 15, 2013

Islamists rally against violence in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of Islamists protested in Cairo on Friday against violence that has marred anti-government demonstrations, showing support for President Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood politician elected head of state last year.

The “Together against Violence” rally was called by a hardline Salafi Islamist group that waged an armed revolt against the state in the 1990s.

Feb 10, 2013

Egyptians turn to black market for hard currency

CAIRO (Reuters) – A run on Egypt’s pound has left foreign currency in short supply and driven some dealers into the streets in search of people with U.S. dollars to sell, spawning a new black market.

The currency’s decline was triggered by a political uprising that swept Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011 and it has officially lost 8 percent of its value since December 30.

Jan 15, 2013
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Saudi clerics protest against appointing women to advisory body


(Members of the all-male Shura Council at a meeting in Jeddah July 1, 2007 REUTERS/Ali Jarekji)

Dozens of Saudi clerics staged a rare protest in front of the Royal Court on Tuesday against King Abdullah’s decision to appoint women to a body that advises the government on new laws, a sign of growing conservative unease at modest social reforms.

Jan 14, 2013

Saudi clerics demand fair trials for prisoners

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – More than 100 Saudi clerics have signed a petition calling for fair hearings for prisoners held on security grounds in the conservative kingdom, which has arrested thousands of people in a campaign against Islamist militants.

The petition, prompted by the detention earlier this month of 11 women who staged a protest to demand the release of jailed relatives, also called on the authorities to treat women prisoners properly.

Jan 11, 2013

Saudi king appoints women to fifth of seats in advisory body

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has appointed women to a fifth of the seats in the Shura Council, which advises the government on new legislation, state media said on Friday.

The king said in 2011 that women would join the unelected 150-member body, which functions like a parliament but without formal powers. He did not then specify how many would serve.

Jan 9, 2013

Historic old Jeddah awaits life-saving restoration

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Jan 9 (Reuters) – In the heart of
Saudi Arabia’s sprawling Red Sea port city of Jeddah,
centuries-old buildings tilt and buckle above the historic
district’s narrow alleys, withering away in the absence of
decisive action to protect them.

The seventh-century historic district, with its mud and
coral town houses adorned with ornate wooden balconies, holds
the only remnants of the traditional architecture of the Hijaz,
as the western Arabian Peninsula is known.

Dec 29, 2012

New airline operating licences in Saudi may take 3-6 months

JEDDAH/DUBAI, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Foreign airlines may need
about three to six months to obtain operating licences letting
them enter Saudi Arabia’s domestic aviation market, a spokesman
for the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) said on

GACA announced on Friday that Qatar Airways and Bahrain’s
national carrier Gulf Air had become the first foreign
airlines to obtain carrier licences under which they would be
able to run local and international flights in the kingdom.

Dec 25, 2012

Gulf Arabs decry Iran “interference”, Syria killings

MANAMA (Reuters) – Six U.S.-allied Gulf Arab states demanded on Tuesday that Iran end what they called interference in the region, reiterating a long-held mistrust of their main rival.

The Islamic Republic denies trying to subvert Saudi Arabia and its wealthy Gulf neighbors.

Dec 24, 2012

Kuwait urges Iran to address worries on nuclear plant

MANAMA (Reuters) – Kuwait urged neighboring Iran on Monday to cooperate more with the U.N. nuclear watchdog to allay Gulf Arab concerns about the safety of an Iranian nuclear power plant that lies just across the waterway from the emirate.

The emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, said a recent shutdown at the Bushehr plant indicated Tehran had to work with the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy (IAEA) to ensure the safety of the facility near the coastal town of Bushehr.

Dec 5, 2012

Saudi businesses fear impact of new fees for foreign workers

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Glancing through the
newspapers one morning last month Saudi Arabian businessman
Ihsan al-Naeem was stunned by a government announcement that he
fears will threaten the survival of his family’s 30-year-old
contracting business.

In the latest and most aggressive of a series of labour
reforms, the government has started imposing fees on companies
that hire more foreign than local workers. The requirement
covers everyone from expat professionals to hospital workers and
labourers on construction sites and is in addition to quotas
already in place to limit foreign staff numbers.