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197 African Migrants Feared Drowned Off Sudan

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Sudanese media say a boat packed with migrants bound for Saudi Arabia has sunk, leaving 197 people feared dead. The state-linked news agency, Sudanese Media Center, says three people were rescued from the vessel and that authorities are still searching for possible survivors. It says the boat caught fire off the Sudanese coast. The report […]

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Saudi Plans Troop Reduction in Bahrain

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Saudi Arabia plans to withdraw some of its 1,000 soldiers who entered Bahrain in mid-March to help the Gulf island bring calm amid anti-government demonstrations. Media reports from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday say the pullout will begin next week, but do not specify how many troops will leave. Bahrain is connected to Saudi […]

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Saudi Trial Opens for 85 Al-Qaida Suspects

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Saudi Arabia’s state news agency says 85 suspected al-Qaida members have gone on trial in a Riyadh court in connection with attacks against the kingdom, including a deadly 2003 terrorist attack. The SPA news agency said Sunday that some of the defendants are charged with carrying out car bombings on three Riyadh housing compounds for […]

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Saudi Ambassador Apologizes in Beheading of Indonesian Maid

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesia says the Saudi government has apologized for failing to provide proper notice before it executed an Indonesian maid who murdered her employer in the Middle East country. A government spokesman said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia’s ambassador offered the apology during a meeting in Jakarta on Monday with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa. The minister […]

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 […]

Clinton Backs Saudi Women’s Right to Drive

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has thrown her support behind women in Saudi Arabia who are protesting the kingdom’s ban on female drivers. In Washington Tuesday, Clinton said the women are “brave” and that their goal is “right.” She stressed that the movement was born from local women seeking equal rights within Saudi Arabia […]

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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 […]

Some Saudi Women Drive Cars in Defiance of Ban

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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Some women in Saudi Arabia are driving cars on Friday as part of a defiant response to the kingdom’s traditional ban on women behind the wheel. Many Saudi women pledged on social media Internet sites to take part in the protest. It may be the largest such mass action since November 1990, when women demonstrators […]

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Saudis Set to Boost Oil Production

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Saudi Arabia is signaling that it is going to boost its supply of oil on its own after failing to convince other oil producers to jointly agree to more production. Several news agencies reported Saturday that the Saudis could increase their oil production by as much as 13 percent in the coming days to 10 […]

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Amnesty Calls on Saudi Arabia to Stop Executions

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Human rights group Amnesty International is calling on Saudi Arabia to stop executions. The London-based group said Friday that the kingdom has executed at least 27 people already this year, equal to the total number put to death in 2010. Fifteen people were executed in May alone. The rights group says more than 100 […]

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