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Saudi woman accused of inciting others to defy driving ban

DUBAI — A Saudi woman has been charged with inciting females to defy a driving ban, a “violation” for which the penalty remains unclear and that is not covered by a clear law, her lawyer said on Monday. Manal al-Sharif was arrested on Saturday while driving in the Eastern Province…

Saudi stocks soar on king’s spending spree

RIYADH – Saudi stocks rose sharply at the start of trading on Sunday, in the stock market’s first session since King Abdullah ordered unprecedented economic benefits worth around $100 billion. Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI) gained 5.6 percent just minutes after trading opened. All 145 listed shares increased as well as…

Saudi troops have entered Bahrain: Saudi official

DUBAI — More than 1,000 Saudi troops, part of the Gulf countries’ Peninsula Shield Force, have entered Bahrain where anti-regime protests have raged for a month, a Saudi official said Monday. The troops entered the strategic Gulf kingdom on Sunday, the official told AFP, requesting anonymity. The intervention came “after…

US diplomats pushed Boeing deals: cables

US diplomats have on several occasions intervened to convince foreign governments to buy aircraft from Boeing rather than its European rival Airbus, newly released diplomatic cables show. The cables, obtained by the New York Times from the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, document several incidents in which diplomats were involved in haggling…

Kagan helped shield Saudis from 9/11 lawsuits

Elena Kagan, President Barack Obama’s latest nominee to the Supreme Court, helped protect the Saudi royal family from lawsuits that sought to hold al Qaeda financiers responsible in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The suits were filed by thousands of family members and others affected by the…

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