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SAUDI ARABIA NEWS

SAUDI ARABIA NEWS

  • Saudi King Abdullah on Tuesday condemned the twin U.S. bombings that killed at least three people in Boston as "shameful terrorist" acts and said no religion condones such attacks against civilians.

     

  • The head of soccer in Bahrain declared himself favourite to become the next Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president but ducked questions on Tuesday about the arrest of players in his country during a bloody 2011 uprising.

     

  • A powerful earthquake struck a border area of southeast Iran on Tuesday killing at least 35 people in neighbouring Pakistan, destroying hundreds of houses and shaking buildings as far away as India and Gulf Arab states.

     

  • An independent task force issued a damning review of Bush-era interrogation practices on Tuesday, saying the highest U.S. officials bore ultimate responsibility for the "indisputable" use of torture, and it urged President Barack Obama to close the Guantanamo detention camp by the end of 2014.

     

  • The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president should automatically be on world body FIFA's executive committee instead of having to go through a separate vote, Bahraini soccer head Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said on Tuesday.

     

  • A powerful earthquake that struck a border area of southeast Iran killed at least 13 people in neighbouring Pakistan on Tuesday, destroying hundreds of houses and shaking buildings as far away as India and Gulf Arab states.

     

  • The indefinite detention of prisoners at the Guantanamo detention camp is "abhorrent and intolerable" and should end by the time U.S. troops leave Afghanistan next year, an independent U.S. task force said in a report released on Tuesday.

     

  • A major earthquake struck Iran near the border with Pakistan on Tuesday and an Iranian official said hundreds of people were feared to have been killed.

     

  • The U.S. military moved Guantanamo prisoners out of communal cellblocks and into individual cells over the weekend in an attempt to halt an ongoing hunger strike. Here are some facts about the detention operation at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval base in eastern Cuba:

     

  • Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince AlWaleed bin Talal, a nephew of King Abdullah, has thrown his support behind allowing Saudi women to drive, saying it makes economic sense.

     

  • A prominent Kuwaiti opposition politician was sentenced to five years in jail on Monday for insulting the emir, his lawyer said, in a ruling that brought thousands of people to the streets in protest.

     

  • Global military spending dropped in 2012 for the first time in more than a decade thanks to deep cuts in the United States and Europe which made up for increases in countries such as China and Russia, a leading think-tank said on Monday.

     

  • International powers will search for a peaceful settlement to Syria's civil war with fresh urgency at an Istanbul meeting after a rebel faction aligned itself with al Qaeda, diplomats and opposition sources said on Sunday.

     

  • International powers will search for a peaceful settlement to Syria's civil war with fresh urgency at an Istanbul meeting after a rebel faction aligned itself with al Qaeda, diplomats and opposition sources said on Sunday.

     

  • Egypt is stalling on the terms of a $4.8 billion International Monetary Fund loan to help it fight a deepening economic crisis, and no deal is likely while an IMF team is in Cairo, diplomats said on Sunday.

     

  • Ezzeldin Abdullah says he sold many of his valuables to raise 16,000 Saudi riyals ($4,300) for a Saudi Arabian visa, hoping work in the biggest oil-producing country in the world would repay his investment many times.

     

  • Egypt is close to an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on a $4.8 billion loan that would help it fight a deepening economic crisis but is still bristling at the conditions, diplomats said.

     

  • On the wall of a home in the Bahraini village of al-Aali, 20-year-old Hassan peered through a black balaclava to admire his latest artwork: a circle around the phrase F1 crossed out in red spray paint.

     

  • National emergency officials in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries met on Sunday in Saudi Arabia to discuss the risk of radiation spreading over the Gulf if Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant is damaged by another earthquake.

     

  • Guards swept through communal cellblocks at the Guantanamo detention camp on Saturday and moved the prisoners into one-man cells in an attempt to end a hunger strike that began in February, a U.S. military spokesman said.

     

  • Thousands of Bahrainis staged a peaceful march on Friday in the first of a series of protests the Shi'ite-led opposition is planning to hold before next week's Formula One Grand Prix race.

     

  • Saudi officials should welcome the recent decline in oil prices, which takes benchmark Brent close to the level of $100 per barrel that everyone from the kingdom's oil minister down has said is "reasonable" for both consumers and producers.

     

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