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Feb 29, 2012

Saudi women push for the right to play sports

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – 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.

But in Saudi Arabia, where girls are banned from sports in state schools, powerful clerics castigate women for exercising and female gyms must adhere to strict regulations, Fitiany’s ambition to play basketball – let alone represent her country in international tournaments – is a bold political statement.

Feb 20, 2012

Saudi activist acquitted of terrorism chargess

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – A court in Saudi Arabia has acquitted Saeed bin Zuair, a political activist who had been in jail for five years on terrorism charges, his son Abdullah bin Zuair said Monday.

Bin Zuair, 62, a media professor who has called for political reform, has been jailed three times since 1995, most recently in 2007 on accusations related to security and terrorism.

Feb 20, 2012

Saudi activist acquitted of terrorism charges after 5-yrs

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – A court in Saudi Arabia has acquitted Saeed bin Zuair, a political activist who had been in jail for five years on terrorism charges, his son Abdullah bin Zuair said on Monday.

Bin Zuair, 62, a media professor who has called for political reform, has been jailed three times since 1995, most recently in 2007 on accusations related to security and terrorism.

Feb 13, 2012

Saudi writer may face trial over Prophet Mohammad

JEDDAH/DUBAI (Reuters) – A young Saudi blogger and columnist has been deported to his homeland to face trial soon after fleeing from death threats triggered by comments on the social network Twitter seen as blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammad.

Hamza Kashgari, 23, fled Saudi Arabia four days ago but was arrested by police in Malaysia en route to New Zealand. Malaysia, which has a majority Muslim population and enjoys close ties with Arab states, sent back Kashgari on Sunday.

Feb 13, 2012
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Deported Saudi blogger may face trial over Prophet Mohammad tweets

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(The Twitter symbol at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 14, 2011. REUTERS/Albert Gea)

A young Saudi blogger and columnist has been deported to his homeland to face trial soon after fleeing from death threats triggered by comments on the social network Twitter seen as blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammad.

Feb 13, 2012

Saudi writer may face trial over Prophet Mohammad tweets

JEDDAH/DUBAI (Reuters) – A young Saudi blogger and columnist has been deported to his homeland to face trial soon after fleeing from death threats triggered by comments on the social network Twitter seen as blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammad.

Hamza Kashgari, 23, fled Saudi Arabia four days ago but was arrested by police in Malaysia en route to New Zealand. Malaysia, which has a majority Muslim population and enjoys close ties with Arab states, sent back Kashgari Sunday.

Jan 25, 2012

Saudi artists test limits of expression in rare show

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Standing on a large floor map in a Jeddah art gallery, Hamza Serafi places a yellow sign inscribed “Caution: revolution (take 2)” over Egypt and then turns to Saudi Arabia.

“Evolution not revolution” reads the sign he plans to place over the conservative Islamic kingdom, where an exhibition organizers call Saudi Arabia’s first public show of contemporary art has opened this month, entitled “We need to talk.”

Dec 20, 2011

Gulf Arabs back unity after hinting at Iran threat

RIYADH (Reuters) – Gulf Arab leaders on Tuesday broadly endorsed Saudi King Abdullah’s call to form a “single entity” in what appeared to be an attempt to form a more united front against a perceived threat from Iran.

King Abdullah on Monday said the security of Saudi Arabia and its Arab neighbors was being targeted, in an apparent reference to Iran, and called on Gulf Arab states to “move beyond the stage of cooperation and into the stage of unity in a single entity.”

Dec 19, 2011

Saudi says its security targeted, urges Gulf unity

RIYADH (Reuters) – King Abdullah said on Monday the security of Saudi Arabia and its Arab neighbors was being targeted, in an apparent reference to regional rival Iran, and he called for Gulf Arab states to close ranks in a “single entity.”

“No doubt you all know that we are targeted in our safety and security. That is why we have to take responsibility,” he said, addressing the opening session of a meeting of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Dec 12, 2011

Saudi Arabia GDP to rise 5.1 pct in 2011 -c.bank

DUBAI/JEDDAH, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s
central bank expects the kingdom’s real gross domestic product
to rise 5.1 percent in 2011, when the budget surplus is likely
to reach 9.1 percent of output, it said in its annual report on
Monday.

“The preliminary projections of the model show that GDP at
current prices could rise by 5.1 percent in 2011,” said the
report published on its website (www.sama.gov.sa).