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Old 07-08-2007, 03:36 PM
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King Abdullah Ben Abdul Aziz the custodian of the two holy mosques ,welcomed at his office in Al Salam Palace in Jeddah July 8.2007 the Somalis prime minister Ali Mohammad Jeady and the accompanying delegation .During the reception ,the king discussed the current situation in Somalia and the aspects of cooperation and Bilateral relation between the two brotherly countries in addition of the current political issues

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Old 08-04-2007, 07:27 AM
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King Abdullah for top priority of nation, people and Islamic faith
JEDDAH LETTER (By Habib Shaikh)
3 August 2007

JEDDAH — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, who completed two years as the king of Saudi Arabia in accordance with the Hijra calendar, has exerted efforts for the welfare of the people, and played a big role in enhancing the Kingdom's international reputation by introducing a series of political, economic and social reforms and establishing good relations with other countries.
In an address to the nation in May last year, King Abdullah emphasised that he would leave no stone unturned in his efforts to promote the welfare and prosperity of the Saudi people - Read the full article here ( Khaleejtimes.com)
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Old 08-05-2007, 02:59 PM
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Crown Prince Sultan visits Abu Dhabi Crown Prince - read article here
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Old 08-12-2007, 04:00 PM
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The King and I

Janan Harb was 20 when she married secretly into the Saudi Royal Family. For two years she lived in unimaginable opulence before being sent into exile. Now, 40 years later, she explains why she wants a £1.4bn share of the late King’s fortune

Rajeev Syal


As she strolls through Knightsbridge, Janan Harb could be easily mistaken for just another of the rich Middle Eastern ladies who frequent this most chic part of London. She is dressed in an Armani suit, decorated by a simple if exquisite gold and diamond brooch, and her throaty, mischievous drawl hints at a life well lived.
But to understand her actual status, one only has to walk with her into her favourite Lebanese restaurant. The maître d’ claps his hands as she enters, and the manager swiftly materialises next to her table. “If there is anything you need, please just ask, Your Highness,” he says.
Harb, 60, is the former wife of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, once the richest man in the world with a £30 billion fortune. Now she is about to relaunch the biggest maintenance claim in the world, this time using the American courts.
At 20, she married King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, who ruled the oil-rich nation for 23 years until his death two years ago. Harb, the daughter of a hard-working restaurateur, stumbled into a world of unimaginable wealth and opulence.

http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/l...cle2215706.ece

This a continuation of her earlier suit, which it appears got tossed, after he died.
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Old 09-01-2007, 05:16 PM
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Crown Prince receives military officials Article
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King Abdullah Holds Luncheon in honor of King of Jordan article
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Old 09-16-2007, 12:37 PM
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King Abdullah said previously

“Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah said previously that it is not a political issue, it is a social one, and that the government does not object (to women driving).”

The government said last year that the decision to ban women from driving was a societal decision and not one based on any law.

The ban comes from a strict interpretation of a woman’s need to be with a legal guardian in public.

Saudi women plan to petition the government next week over its ban on them driving cars. Saudi women fight gov't over right to drive - Public Sector - ArabianBusiness.com
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Old 09-18-2007, 06:54 AM
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BBC NEWS | Middle East | Saudi women challenge driving ban
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Saudi prince backs political reform

updateDate = "Monday, 24 September 2007 04:00"document.getElementById('crumbs-dir').innerHTML = 'PUBLIC SECTOR / NEWS /'by Reuters on Monday, 24 September 2007
Saudi reformer prince Talal bin Abdul-Aziz says political parties are needed to end "marginalisation" in the conservative kingdom, adding to a tense debate about reform in the world's biggest oil exporter.

The Web site of Prince Talal (www.princetalal.net) said in a statement, first released over a week ago, that a minority had monopolised power in the kingdom, a key U.S. ally and home to Islam's holiest sites, but reform would need the king's consent.

"Ending marginalisation requires a (political) party, if King Abdullah in his wisdom wishes to strengthen the trend he began towards consultation and participation," it said, clarifying comments the prince made on an Egyptian satellite television channel earlier this month.

Saudi prince backs political reform - Public Sector - ArabianBusiness.com
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Custodian Of The Two Holy Mosques Receives Cables of Congratulations on National Day - article source

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Royal Order Extends Service of Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd - article

Prince Abdulrahman doubles his donation for camel-death phenomenon victims - article

Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz chairs Governors Annual Meeting - article

Prince Salman chairs higher commission meeting - article

Crown Prince to chair Charitable Foundation meeting- article

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques holds meeting with Interior Minister, Governors of Regions - article 1/2 .. article 2/2
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Saudi king outlines succession to throne

updateDate = "Monday, 08 October 2007 15:34"document.getElementById('crumbs-dir').innerHTML = 'POLITICS & ECONOMICS / NEWS /'by Andrew Hammond on Monday, 08 October 2007

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah issued rules on Monday guiding the conduct of a body set up last year to regulate political succession in the world's biggest oil exporter.

The Saudi throne has passed from one brother to the next since the death of Abdul-Aziz bin Saud, the founder of the state. With many of his 44 sons now dead or aging, power could soon move onto the next generation; his grandsons.

Western diplomats have welcomed efforts to regulate succession in the Islamic kingdom, which they say is an attempt to avoid leadership disputes, which have erupted in the past.




Unlike many Western monarchies, the throne in Saudi Arabia does not pass automatically from a father to his eldest son. Neither is it decided by seniority, but by a small group of the most powerful Saudi royals.

Saudi Arabia last year announced plans to set up a so-called "allegiance" council which would regulate succession but would not take effect until Crown Prince Sultan, heir to King Abdullah, accedes to the thrown.

Last year's statement said that if the new council rejects a nominated crown prince, it may vote for one of three other princes the king nominates for the title.

Monday's statute did not mention this but appears to ensure that power lies with the living sons of the kingdom's founder since there can be only one grandson on the council for each dead or incapacitated son of Abdul-Aziz bin Saud.

The statute, carried on the state-run SPA news agency, also allows two-thirds of the council to force out any prince who is deemed to be "in transgression" of the statutes, which say members should be at least 22 years old and have demonstrated "probity and competence".

The statute also talks of a "medical committee" but gives few details.

Within 10 days of becoming king, a new monarch must inform the committee of his choice for crown prince or ask the council to make its own nomination.

The Saud family set up Saudi Arabia in 1932 and dominates political life. The country has no elected parliament, rules by strict Islamic law that gives clerics wide powers, and bans political parties and street demonstrations.

Saudi king outlines succession to throne - Politics & Economics - ArabianBusiness.com
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Saudi King Abdullah attend the ground breaking ceremony of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah October 21, 2007. REUTERS/Susan Baaghil (SAUDI ARABIA) via yahoo news

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Posts related to the State visit to Britain have been moved to the following thread:

State visit from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia: October 30 - November 2, 2007
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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has met Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican - the first audience by the head of the Roman Catholic Church with a Saudi monarch.

The Vatican described the private meeting as "warm" and said the two men discussed the presence and hard work of Christians in Saudi Arabia.
An estimated 1.5m Christians live in Saudi Arabia but are not allowed to worship publicly. BBC NEWS | Europe | Historic Saudi visit to Vatican
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Human rights groups want Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to drop charges against the rape victim.

Saudi: Why we punished rape victim - CNN.com

Woman raped by 7 men:

........The woman was originally sentenced in October 2006 to 90 lashes. But that sentence was more than doubled to 200 lashes and six months in prison by the Qatif General Court, because she spoke to the media about the case, a court source told Middle Eastern daily newspaper Arab News........
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Saudi's Intelligence chief Prince Mugrin bin Abdul-Aziz brother of Saudi's king Abdullah, gestures during a news conference in Riyadh, November 24, 2007. Intelligence body asks Saudis to monitor Internet Ordinary Saudis should do more to help the government monitor use of the Internet to help fight Islamist militancy, Prince Mugrin said on Saturday. (reuters via yahoo)
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Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz (L) shaking hands with exiled former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif (R) during a meeting in Riyadh, late 23 November 2007. Sharif will return to Pakistan from Saudi Arabia 25 November, a top aide told AFP, two months after his last attempt ended with his deportation within hours. A senior government official said it would not obstruct Sharif's homecoming this time. (anp)
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"Saudi Arabia's participation in the U.S.-sponsored talks on Middle East peace was seen as a diplomatic coup for the Bush administration but the kingdom has made clear there will be no handshakes with Israeli officials," Reuters reports from Washington:
"We are not here for theater. We are here for the serious business of making peace. We are not here to give an impression that everything is normal," Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told reporters on Monday, on the eve of the conference to be held in Annapolis, Maryland.
"We will not do anything that will divert from the seriousness of the occasion, (such as) shaking hands to give an impression of something that is not there," he said.
Now of course handshakes are not always sincere. As Reuters notes, Yasser Arafat shook hands with Yitzhak Rabin in 1993; and in the process he made fools of Rabin, Bill Clinton and the Norwegian Nobel Committee. So in a way Faisal's snub is refreshingly honest. At least he is not making a pretense of amity only to betray it later.
What is more, a refusal to shake someone's hand is a sign of weakness. Contrary to Faisal's protestation, it is a sort of theater--a show that one is unable to rise above one's own grudge to observe ordinary social niceties. The Saudis have no legitimate grievance against Israel (the Palestinian problem notwithstanding); their hostility toward the Jewish state is based in a combination of religious hatred and envy.
Faisal has demonstrated that Saudi Arabia is a petty little country, worthy only of the world's contempt and condescension. It is a clarifying moment in Mideast politics.
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Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal (L) speaks with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) at Memorial Hall, the site of the Middle East peace summit, at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, USA on 27 November 2007 (ANP)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (L), Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas (C), and Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa (R) chair a meeting of Arab foreign ministers at the Saudi embassy in Washington 26 November 2007, on the eve of the Annapolis Middle East conference (ANP)
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Kaffir, thank you for sharing the article, intresting read.
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