JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, July 11 (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.
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, July 10 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s
annual inflation eased to 4.9 percent in June, its lowest level
since September last year, despite a big rise in housing prices,
official data showed on Tuesday.
Inflation slowed from 5.1 percent in May. The month-on-month
rate in June was unchanged from 0.2 percent in May, according to
the Central Department of Statistics.
Saudi Arabia’s top religious official has blamed Muslim sinfulness for instability in the Middle East, where pro-democracy unrest has toppled four heads of state.
JEDDAH (Reuters) – Pakistan deported the family of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to Saudi Arabia on Friday, their lawyer and a diplomat said, nearly a year after U.S. special forces killed the world’s most wanted man in a northwestern Pakistani town.
The move ended months of speculation about the fate of the three widows and 11 children, who were detained by Pakistani security forces after the May 2 raid.
A Saudi Arabian man who was jailed for three years in 1997 has spent a further 12 years behind bars waiting for his father to pardon him, a local human rights group has said.
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, April 4 (Reuters) – An important Saudi
official riding in a chauffered Rolls Royce unspools a wire
fence across previously unclaimed land. “It’s mine now,” he
The scene, in a YouTube spoof video satirising a new state
agency to combat corruption, has attracted 2.2 million viewers
in a strait-laced Islamic kingdom where Saudi online comedians
are tackling once-taboo subjects – and gaining a wide following.
JEDDAH (Reuters) – A Saudi Arabian human rights activist and lawyer who has been barred from travel by the authorities said on Wednesday he would appeal against the ban, which has been criticized by Amnesty International.
Waleed Abu al-Khair, who has previously filed cases against the government for jailing an activist without trial and for not allowing women to vote in municipal elections, said he was summoned to the interior ministry on March 21 and told he was banned from travelling because of “security concerns”.
Saudi religious police will stop car chases that have led to fatal accidents in the past, local media say, in an attempt to soften the image of a force that aggressively enforces Islamic Sharia laws. Bearded members of the religious police patrol the streets in Saudi Arabia to enforce strict gender segregation laws and ensure that all shops close during Muslim prayer times and that men and women are modestly dressed.
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, March 11 (Reuters) – Saudi
Arabia’s annual inflation rate edged up to a 14-month high of
5.4 percent in February, mainly because of higher food and
housing costs, state news agency SPA reported on Sunday.
Quoting data from the Central Department of Statistics, the
agency said consumer prices increased 0.3 percent from the
previous month in February after a 0.1 percent rise in January.
Food prices climbed 0.5 percent and housing 0.7 percent.
The image of 24-year-old Nour Fitiany resting courtside as the pounding of basketballs and thumping of feet reverberated around her wouldn’t merit a second glance in most countries.