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January 20, 1991
Capital: Riyadh Area: One-third the size of the U.S. Topography: The 9,000 foot-tall highlands on the west slope as an arid, barren desert to the gulf. Population: 16,758,000 Ethnic groups: Arab tribes, emigrants from other Arab and Muslim countries. Language: Arabic Religion: 99% Muslim. Industry: Oil. Head of State: King Fahd, came to power in June 1982.
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NEWS
January 20, 1991
Capital: Riyadh Area: One-third the size of the U.S. Topography: The 9,000 foot-tall highlands on the west slope as an arid, barren desert to the gulf. Population: 16,758,000 Ethnic groups: Arab tribes, emigrants from other Arab and Muslim countries. Language: Arabic Religion: 99% Muslim. Industry: Oil. Head of State: King Fahd, came to power in June 1982.
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NEWS
November 24, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family portraits hang in two rows on the living room wall, just above the sofa. There is Wahid Ishgi's, looking stern and fatherly, and his wife's, with her dangling earrings and irrepressible smile. Below those are school photographs of the girls. Well, most of the girls. Sixteen-year-old Meme ordered hers removed last year, lest an uncle or a cousin enter the house and see her face unveiled.
NEWS
November 24, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family portraits hang in two rows on the living room wall, just above the sofa. There is Wahid Ishgi's, looking stern and fatherly, and his wife's, with her dangling earrings and irrepressible smile. Below those are school photographs of the girls. Well, most of the girls. Sixteen-year-old Meme ordered hers removed last year, lest an uncle or a cousin enter the house and see her face unveiled.
NEWS
August 3, 1987 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
Iran called Sunday for the overthrow of the government of Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the violence that left hundreds dead during the annual pilgrimage to Islam's holy shrines in Mecca. The call by the Speaker of Iran's Parliament, Hashemi Rafsanjani, represented a serious escalation of tensions in the Middle East, already high because of threats to Persian Gulf shipping.
NEWS
June 28, 1997 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than a year after a truck bomb blasted the Khobar Towers military housing complex in Saudi Arabia, killing 19 American service personnel, a leading Saudi dissident insists that U.S. investigators are being deceived into accepting a false explanation for the attack.
NEWS
August 10, 1990 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prominent Saudi Arabian businessman recently brought some art books home from the United States and was held up at customs. What, the customs officer wanted to know, are these two naked women doing on the pages of one of the books? "It's Rubens," the businessman explained. "It's art." When that failed, he offered to let the customs officer black out the offending paintings. This was considered and dismissed.
WORLD
May 24, 2006 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
A stark dilemma lies before the rulers of this desert kingdom: how to insulate their land from the sectarian fighting in neighboring Iraq yet find a way to counter Iran's swelling influence there. Though Saudi rulers might prefer to avoid involvement in Iraq, there is a growing sense here that of all the Arab countries, Saudi Arabia is the most likely to be sucked in if the violence doesn't slow.
NEWS
May 16, 2003 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
This kingdom's riches, fueled by the largest oil reserves in the world, are almost beyond dreaming. Dozens of palaces are under construction here. Even the average businessman is likely to have a huge home with silk draperies, secluded fountains and crystal chandeliers. Malls are stocked with imported designer fashions.
NEWS
August 26, 1992 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Arab governments are expressing growing concern about an allied plan to protect Shiite Muslim rebels in southern Iraq, fearing that the plan could lead to dangerous new instability in the Middle East and threaten the integrity of Iraq. No Arab government except Kuwait has expressed enthusiastic support for the plan to bar Iraqi government flights over the southern marshlands.
NEWS
January 29, 1991 | DAVID LAMB and JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Along the corniche, when the sky is blue and the Persian Gulf is as smooth as glass, it is as though nothing has changed. Life is as it always has been, abundant and peaceful and full of uncomplicated pleasures. The beachside carnival at the foot of 28th Street is ablaze with lights, its miniature Ferris wheel turning lazily in the evening dusk. The call to prayer echoes from the minarets that rise like spikes out of the squat city skyline.
NEWS
February 12, 1991 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shortly after being deposed in a military coup, the late King Farouk of Egypt was said to have remarked that one day there would be only five kings left in the world: "The king of hearts, the king of diamonds, the king of clubs, the king of spades and the king of England." Today, nearly four decades later, the cataclysmic events unfolding in the Persian Gulf suggest that, for the Middle East at least, King Farouk's rueful prophecy may yet come true.
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