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March 6, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
Saudi Arabia warned its few but increasingly emboldened political activists Saturday that it would enforce the law banning public demonstrations, providing fresh evidence of the government's growing nervousness over political unrest among its neighbors and calls for change at home. Saudi Arabia has remained relatively calm as political upheaval has swept the Middle East and North Africa over the last two months. But discontent is lapping at its borders, most notably in Bahrain and Yemen, stoking concerns that widespread calls for change could occur in the kingdom, a key U.S. ally in the region.
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October 18, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A day after the United Nations elected Saudi Arabia to a prestigious seat on the Security Council, the Saudi leadership refused to accept the position and lashed out at the world body for "double standards" and failure to protect peace. It was a stunning and unprecedented rebuke of the U.N. Security Council, diplomats and academics said, especially after the recent breakthrough in getting the unanimous approval of the 15-member council on a plan to rid Syria of its chemical weapons.
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September 26, 1988 | From Reuters
Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat held talks Sunday with King Fahd, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
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March 6, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
Saudi Arabia warned its few but increasingly emboldened political activists Saturday that it would enforce the law banning public demonstrations, providing fresh evidence of the government's growing nervousness over political unrest among its neighbors and calls for change at home. Saudi Arabia has remained relatively calm as political upheaval has swept the Middle East and North Africa over the last two months. But discontent is lapping at its borders, most notably in Bahrain and Yemen, stoking concerns that widespread calls for change could occur in the kingdom, a key U.S. ally in the region.
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February 18, 1990 | Reuters
Three Pakistanis and a Somalian convicted of smuggling heroin into Saudi Arabia were publicly beheaded Friday, the Saudi Press Agency said.
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November 3, 1988 | From Reuters
Officials and religious leaders led worshipers in prayers for rain today in response to a call by King Fahd that "the country and the people need rain," the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
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May 10, 1997 | Reuters
Saudi Arabia on Friday beheaded a Chadian man found guilty of smuggling heroin into the kingdom, the Saudi Interior Ministry said. A statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency said Mohammad Abdullah Umbudo Adam was executed in the port city of Jidda.
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September 9, 1986
U.S. envoy Richard W. Murphy expanded his Middle East shuttle diplomacy to Saudi Arabia, meeting with the kingdom's leaders in his quest for peace negotiations, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. Earlier, he met with Syrian President Hafez Assad in Damascus.
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December 16, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A Briton was severely injured in eastern Saudi Arabia when a small parcel placed near the windshield of his car exploded, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. The explosion was the third to target Britons living in Saudi Arabia within one month. The news agency quoted an official security source as saying that the parcel exploded in the man's hand as he tried to remove it. The victim was not immediately identified.
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August 28, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A senior prince largely credited for Saudi Arabia's anti-terrorism campaign was lightly wounded by a suicide bomber just before he was to go into a gathering of well-wishers for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the state news agency said. It was the first known assassination attempt against a member of the royal family since Saudi Arabia began its crackdown on Al Qaeda-affiliated militants after the Sept. 11 attacks. The militant who attacked the assistant interior minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayif, in Jidda had expressed his intention to give himself up to the official, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
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February 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A bus plunged over a cliff in Saudi Arabia, killing at least 25 people on board, the state-run news agency reported. The official Saudi Press Agency said 25 people died and eight were injured, citing police Col. Abdulla Qurni in the southern district of Asir, where the crash took place. Okaz newspaper, which is deemed close to the government, reported that 26 people died and seven were injured. The bus drifted to the side of a road, crashed through a guardrail and landed in a valley near the city of Abha, Okaz reported.
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December 31, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An Islamic militant on a list of suspected terrorists surrendered to Saudi police, the official Saudi Press Agency said. Mansour Mohammed Ahmed Faqih is 14th on an official list of 26 wanted suspects. His photo was among those published in a newspaper advertisement in which the government offered rewards of $270,000 for information leading to the suspects' arrests. Newspapers said Faqih, 22, went into hiding shortly after his 18-year-old brother, Hassan, was arrested in connection with May 12 suicide attacks in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.
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December 18, 2001 | Reuters
King Fahd has asked President Bush to exert more effort to achieve peace in the Middle East, the official Saudi Press Agency reported Monday. The agency said Fahd made the comments in reply to a message from Bush for the Eid al-Fitr feast, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. "A just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East requires your excellency to shoulder your historic responsibility to achieve peace in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions . . .
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December 28, 2000 | Associated Press
A Saudi man apparently distraught over marital problems hunted down his wife at her sister's home, where he killed her, their three daughters and seven other family members, the official Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday. The man later committed suicide. In all, 12 people died in Tuesday's shooting rampage, including the sister, her husband and their five children. The press agency did not identify the man or his victims.
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December 16, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A Briton was severely injured in eastern Saudi Arabia when a small parcel placed near the windshield of his car exploded, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. The explosion was the third to target Britons living in Saudi Arabia within one month. The news agency quoted an official security source as saying that the parcel exploded in the man's hand as he tried to remove it. The victim was not immediately identified.
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May 10, 1997 | Reuters
Saudi Arabia on Friday beheaded a Chadian man found guilty of smuggling heroin into the kingdom, the Saudi Interior Ministry said. A statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency said Mohammad Abdullah Umbudo Adam was executed in the port city of Jidda.
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