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Sep 12, 2012

Saudi steers citizens away from Syrian ‘jihad’

JEDDAH/DUBAI, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Loath to foster a new
generation of militant Islamists, Saudi Arabia is trying to stop
its citizens from joining what some of them see as a holy war
against the Syrian government.

The Saudi public has grown incensed at the bloody images
continuously broadcast of Syria’s violence alongside reports of
government forces massacring civilians, and $140 million was
raised for Syrian refugees in the first two weeks of a
government-organised campaign in August.

Aug 14, 2012

Islamic body agrees to suspend Syria – OIC source

JEDDAH (Reuters) – Foreign ministers at a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) agreed on Monday to suspend Syria from the international body, an OIC source said, further isolating President Bashar al-Assad.

“The session just ended. The ministers adopted the resolutions, including the suspension of Syria,” the source told Reuters.

Jul 28, 2012

Saudi women’s Olympic march draws praise, blame

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – The appearance of Saudi Arabia’s first female Olympic athletes at the Games’ opening ceremony prompted a heated online debate on Saturday, with some conservative Islamists denouncing the women as shameless but many praising them.

Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani, who is to compete in the +78kg judo category, and 800 meter runner Sarah Attar marched behind the men in their national delegation during the ceremony in London on Friday.

Jul 28, 2012

Olympics-Saudi women’s Olympic march draws praise, blame

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, July 28 (Reuters) – The appearance of
Saudi Arabia’s first female Olympic athletes at the Games’
opening ceremony prompted a heated online debate on Saturday,
with some conservative Islamists denouncing the women as
shameless but many praising them.

Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani, who is to compete in
the +78kg judo category, and 800 metre runner Sarah Attar
marched behind the men in their national delegation during the
ceremony in London on Friday.

Jul 21, 2012

Qatar, Bahrain airlines eye Saudi skies

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, July 21 (Reuters) – Qatar Airways,
Bahrain Air and Gulf Air are among the firms in
pre-qualified consortia bidding for a new airline license in
Saudi Arabia, an official from the General Authority for Civil
Aviation (GACA) with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on
Saturday.

This month GACA said 14 companies had applied for licenses
to operate domestic and international flights in the country,
seven of which have been short-listed.

Jul 18, 2012

Gulf airlines set sights on Saudi skies

RIYADH/DUBAI, July 18 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s push
towards an open skies policy is attracting the interest of major
airlines in the Gulf and raising hopes that poor service and
overbooked flights that have characterised air travel across the
country cou l d soon be a thing of the past.

More than 54 million passengers passed through Saudi
Arabia’s 27 airports last year, according to data from the
General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), rising 13.6 percent
from 2010.

Jul 12, 2012

Saudi women athletes to compete in London

BERLIN/JEDDAH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is to send female athletes to the Olympics for the first time, with a judoka and an 800m runner representing the kingdom in London, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani, who will compete in the 78-kg category in judo, and teenager Sarah Attar will be the first Saudi women ever to take part after talks between the IOC and the country.

Jul 12, 2012

Olympics-Saudi women athletes to compete in London

BERLIN/JEDDAH, July 12 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is to send
female athletes to the Olympics for the first time, with a
judoka and an 800m runner representing the kingdom in London,
the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani, who will compete in
the 78-kg category in judo, and teenager Sarah Attar will be the
first Saudi women ever to take part after talks between the IOC
and the country.

Jul 12, 2012

Egypt’s Mursi visits Saudi Arabia to mend ties

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia gave a lavish reception to Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Thursday, a gesture analysts said indicated the Arab world’s wealthiest country was ready to put old tensions behind it to do business with the new Islamist president.

In his first official foreign visit since his election in June, Mursi, who belonged to Egypt’s influential Muslim Brotherhood movement which had long had strained ties with Saudi Arabia, arrived in Jeddah late on Wednesday.

Jul 11, 2012

Saudi Arabia says in talks to send women

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia will send women athletes to the 2012 London Games if they are invited by the International Olympic Committee, a Saudi official told Reuters on Wednesday in comments that suggested Riyadh was moving towards resolving the thorny issue.

“Saudi Arabia will allow female athletes to participate if they receive an invitation from the International Olympic Committee or other countries’ Olympic committees,” the official, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue, told Reuters by telephone.