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Malaysia Defends Deportation of Saudi Accused of Insulting Muhammad

Posted February 13th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysia has defended its deportation of a Saudi journalist wanted in his home country for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad on Twitter. Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Monday that Malaysia is not a safe haven for fugitives. His comments come a day after Malaysia deported 23-year-old columnist Hamza Kashgari, whom authorities detained last week after […]

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Malaysia Deports Saudi Journalist Accused of Insulting Muhammad

Posted February 12th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian authorities say they have deported a Saudi journalist who is wanted in his home country for posting Twitter remarks deemed as insulting to the Prophet Muhammad. Police said 23-year-old columnist Hamza Kashgari was handed over to Saudi officials and flown back Sunday morning. Kashgari was detained in Malaysia Thursday after fleeing Saudi Arabia. Some […]

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Malaysia Detains Saudi Writer Accused of Blasphemy Against Islam

Posted February 10th, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian police say they have arrested a Saudi journalist who is accused of insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad on his Twitter feed last week in Saudi Arabia. Twenty-three-year-old Hamza Kashgari fled Saudi Arabia after his controversial comments prompted online calls for his execution. He was detained by Malaysian authorities upon his arrival Wednesday at […]

US to Provide Saudi Air Force with F-15SA Combat Aircraft

Posted December 29th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it will provide combat aircraft to the Saudi air force under a new agreement valued at $29.4 billion. In a statement Thursday, the White House said the U.S. and Saudi governments signed an agreement for the U.S. to provide advanced F-15SA combat aircraft to the Royal Saudi Air Force. It says […]

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Iran Intelligence Chief Visits Saudi Arabia

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Iranian officials say the country’s intelligence minister held talks with the Saudi crown prince earlier this week, in the first diplomatic meeting between the two countries since the United States accused Iran of backing a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington. There are few details of the meeting in Riyadh between Iranian Intelligence […]

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Amnesty International: Saudi Beheading for Sorcery ‘Appalling’

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says Saudi Arabia has beheaded a woman convicted of “witchcraft and sorcery.” The U.S.-based rights group says Saudi national Amina bin Salem Nasser was executed Monday in the northern province of al-Jawf. Amnesty International called the beheading “deeply shocking” and it urged Saudi Arabia to halt all beheadings in the kingdom. The group’s […]

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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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Saudi Arabia to Use ‘All Means’ to Protect Hajj

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 9:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Saudi Arabia has warned it would use “all means” to ensure a peaceful hajj pilgrimage amid turmoil in other Arab countries and rising tension with Iran. Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz, new heir to Saudi King Abdullah, said Tuesday the kingdom is “ready to face events peacefully” but would meet those “who want to […]

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Saudi Arabia Names Interior Minister New Crown Prince

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has named the country’s interior minister as the new crown prince. Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz al-Saud was named heir in a royal decree read out on state television Thursday. He succeeds prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al Saud who died in New York on Saturday after undergoing treatment for an undisclosed illness. Prince […]

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