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Muslims Gather in Mecca for Haj

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Muslim pilgrims are gathering in the Saudi city of Mecca for Islam’s annual pilgrimage, which begins Wednesday. Able Muslims are required to perform the arduous and expensive pilgrimage to Mecca, known as the Hajj, at least once in their lifetime. Saudi authorities are warning they will stop any disruptive protests over the conflict in Syria. […]

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Ethiopians Report Dire Conditions in Saudi Jails

Posted June 21st, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia say about 1,700 of their countrymen are being held in dire conditions at prisons in the Saudi city of Jazan. VOA’s Horn of Africa Service spoke by phone to four of the prisoners this week. The prisoners said they lack sufficient food, water and medical treatment, and that eight Ethiopian inmates […]

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Saudi Diplomat Killed in Bangladesh

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Bangladeshi authorities say an unknown gunman killed a Saudi diplomat early Tuesday in the streets of the country’s capital, Dhaka. Police say they found Khalaf al-Ali, an official with Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Dakha, after he was shot in the chest near his home in the Gulshan neighborhood. He was taken to the hospital, where […]

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Report Charges Saudis with ‘New Wave of Repression’

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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A human rights group claims Saudi Arabia is rounding up protesters and would-be reformers to make sure the country does not get swept up in the Arab Spring. Amnesty International Thursday accused Saudi Arabia of carrying out a “new wave of repression” as part of a crackdown on anti-government protesters. Amnesty’s interim Middle East director, […]

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Saudis Push for UN Vote on Assassination Plot

Posted November 16th, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Saudi Arabia on Wednesday pressed for adoption of a U.N. General Assembly resolution condemning the alleged Iranian plot to kill its ambassador to the United States. Abdulmohsen Alyas, the Saudi U.N. mission’s spokesman said his delegation hoped for a vote Friday by the 193-nation assembly. The draft resolution, circulated by the Saudis and discussed with […]

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Biden to Lead Delegation to Saudi Royal Funeral

Posted October 23rd, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will lead a delegation to Saudi Arabia to offer condolences for the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz. President Barack Obama told Saudi King Abdullah of the visit during a telephone conversation Sunday. The president also offered his “personal condolences” to the king after his half-brother’s death. The […]

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Indonesian Lawmakers Urge Protection for Migrant Workers

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Indonesian lawmakers have called for a ban on sending domestic labor to countries which have not signed an agreement to protect the rights of foreign workers. The House of Representatives urged the government Tuesday to apply the ban especially to Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, which critics say have a record of abusing foreign workers. Saudi […]

Indonesia Protests Saudi Execution of Indonesian Worker

Posted June 19th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Indonesia has criticized Saudi Arabia for executing an Indonesian maid, who was accused of murder, without notifying Indonesian officials. The woman named Royati Beth Sabotti Sarona was beheaded Saturday in Mecca after she was convicted of killing a Saudi woman. Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Michael Tene said the execution was carried out without informing Indonesian […]


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