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SARS-like virus kills 15 and infections still rising in Saudi Arabia

Four more cases of the deadly coronavirus have been detected in Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said, raising the number of people infected from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom to 28, including 15 fatalities. The four cases were registered in Eastern Province, which has been gripped by panic after…

SARS-like virus kills 5 Saudis

Five Saudis have died of a new SARS-like virus during the past few days and two more are being treated in an intensive care unit, the health ministry said. In a statement cited by the Saudi SPA agency late on Wednesday, the ministry said that all the deaths occurred in…

Saudi Arabia opens luxury ‘religious extremist’ rehab center for Al-Qaeda militants

Saudi Arabia is hoping to wean jailed Al-Qaeda militants off religious extremism with counselling, spa treatments and plenty of exercise at a luxury rehabilitation centre in Riyadh. In between sessions with counsellors and talks on religion, prisoners will be able to relax in the centre’s facilities which include an Olympic-size…

Coronavirus: Is this the next pandemic?

Last September a doctor in a Saudi hospital was fired for reporting a new, deadly strain of the coronavirus. Now, with half of all confirmed cases ending in death, the World Health Organisation has issued a global alert and scientists are preparing for the worst In mid-June last year, Ali Mohamed Zaki,…

Saudi Arabia frees all but two women protesters jailed over sit-in

Saudi authorities have freed all but two of a group of women arrested early this month while staging a sit-in to demand the release of Islamist prisoners in the city of Buraida, police said on Monday. “All women arrested have been freed, with the exception of two of them who…

Bin Laden family’s deportation from Pakistan delayed

The expected deportation of Osama bin Laden’s family fromPakistan to Saudi Arabia has been delayed because their passports are not ready, their lawyer said Wednesday. The 12-member family, including bin Laden’s three widows, eight children and one grandchild, had originally been due to leave overnight Tuesday. Two of the wives are Saudi nationals and the third…

Saudi Arabia rules out sending women athletes to London

The head of the Saudi Olympic Committee has ruled out sending women athletes from the ultra-conservative kingdom to the London Olympics this summer, local dailies reported on Thursday. Prince Nawaf bin Faisal said, however, that Saudi women taking part on their own are free to do so and the kingdom’s Olympic authority would “only help in ensuring…

Man beheaded by Saudi government

Saudi Arabia beheaded on Wednesday a man found guilty of shooting dead a fellow Saudi, the interior ministry said. Ayed al-Saadi was found guilty of shooting dead Ahmed Khabraniwith a machinegun in a dispute, it said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency. His execution in Riyadh brought the total number of…

Malaysia deports Saudi blogger behind Prophet Mohammad tweets

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia deported a Saudi Arabian blogger on Sunday, police said, despite fears voiced by human rights groups that he could face execution in his home country over Twitter comments he made that were deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad. Hamza Kashgari, a 23-year-old columnist, sparked outrage…

Iran speaker warns Gulf states not to side with the U.S.

Iran’s parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani warned Iran will not forgive Gulf Arab nations if they continue backing US “plots” against Tehran, local media reported on Sunday. “We recommend to some of the countries in the region who were siding with (Iraq dictator) Saddam (Hussein) and now are siding with the…

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