JEDDAH, June 11 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia will seek a greater
role in the International Monetary Fund (IMF), its finance
minister said on Saturday after meeting with France’s Christine
Lagarde on her campaign to head the Washington-based lender.
French Finance Minister Lagarde is the frontrunner for the
job left vacant by the resignation of compatriot Dominique
Strauss-Kahn, but she is working hard to persuade emerging
powers angry that another European is being appointed.
JEDDAH (Reuters) – French Finance Minister and IMF candidate Christine Lagarde said on Saturday tackling sovereign debt troubles would be a priority of the International Monetary Fund if she led the Washington-based rescue lender.
Lagarde, competing with Mexican central bank chief Agustin Carstens, was in Saudi Arabia as part of a world tour where she needs to drum up support among emerging market economies for her IMF candidacy.
ADEN/JEDDAH (Reuters) – Bodies lay in the streets of a southern Yemeni town Wednesday as government forces battled Islamist militants, a local official said, underscoring the gravity of Yemen’s multiple conflicts.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh, 69, wounded Friday when rockets hit his palace, is having treatment in the Saudi capital Riyadh but there were conflicting reports about his condition — ranging from fairly minor, to life-threatening 40-percent burns.
JEDDAH/RIYADH (Reuters) – Fed up with having no driver to ferry her to hospital, Shaima Osama decided to take matters into her own hands and drive there herself, an act of defiance in a country where women are banned from sitting behind the wheel.
Emboldened by the winds of change sweeping the Arab world, which has toppled leaders in Tunisia and Egypt, women in the conservative kingdom see no better time to seek greater freedoms by demanding the right to drive, something they would not have dreamed of doing a year ago.
SANAA/JEDDAH (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is in good health after an operation for injuries sustained in a rocket attack and is unlikely to undergo further surgery, a Yemeni diplomat in Riyadh said on Wednesday.
Saleh, 69, was wounded on Friday when rockets struck his Sanaa palace, killing seven people and wounding senior officials and advisers in what his officials said was an assassination attempt. He is being treated in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
DUBAI/JEDDAH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is anxious for its citizens to have jobs and tackle the social pressures that come with unemployment, but a big job-creating private sector push is so far unlikely to yield positive results.
Facing an increasingly younger and larger population, the world’s No. 1 oil exporter is spending an estimated $130 billion, or nearly 30 percent of its annual economic output, in government handouts to quell any grievances that could result in a challenge to the conservative kingdom’s status quo.
RIYADH (Reuters) – Six orphan girls aged between 12 and 18 were flogged in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of attacking the head of their orphanage, an official said on Tuesday.
The girls received 10 lashes each under the country’s strict interpretation of Islamic law at a women’s prison in Medina, Islam’s second holiest city, in the west of the desert state.
Clerics in Saudi Arabia, a staunch U.S. ally and the country of Osama bin Laden’s birth, dismissed Washington’s assertions it observed Islamic rites in disposing of the al Qaeda leader’s body in the Arabian Sea. Bin Laden, shot dead by U.S. forces in a raid on a compound in Pakistan on Monday, was placed in a weighted bag and dropped into the north Arabian Sea from the deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier, the Carl Vinson, the U.S. military said.
RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) – Clerics in Saudi Arabia, a staunch U.S. ally and the country of Osama bin Laden’s birth, dismissed Washington’s assertions it observed Islamic rites in disposing of the al Qaeda leader’s body in the Arabian Sea.
Bin Laden, shot dead by U.S. forces in a raid on a compound in Pakistan on Monday, was placed in a weighted bag and dropped into the north Arabian Sea from the deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier, the Carl Vinson, the U.S. military said.
RIYADH (Reuters) – The killing of Saudi-born Osama bin Laden removed a source of shame for some in the country of his birth but for others the al Qaeda leader was a hero who stood up for Islam against the West.
Bin Laden was killed in a firefight with U.S. forces in Pakistan on Monday, ending a nearly 10-year worldwide manhunt for the leader of the global Islamist militant network that orchestrated the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.