News – Saudi Arabia – 2011-05-05

Published: May 5, 2011

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5.5.2011 EDITION

Key Al-Qaeda Suspect Al-Qahtani Surrenders: ARAB NEWS

P.K. Abdul Ghafour | 5/4/11

“Alleged Al-Qaeda operative Khaled Hadal Al-Qahtani, who figured high on a list of 47 most-wanted terrorists, has surrendered to Saudi security authorities, Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki announced on Wednesday.”

US Drone ‘Kills Two in Attack on Saudi Qaeda Chief’: AFP


A US drone attacked a Saudi Al-Qaeda leader in southern Yemen on Thursday, but missed and killed two local Al-Qaeda members, a security source and witnesses told AFP. The drone had targeted the Saudi as he drove to the home of local Al-Qaeda men, the security source said, asking not to be identified.

For Obama, Big Rise in Poll Numbers After Bin Laden Raid: NEW YORK TIMES


“Support for President Obama rose sharply after the killing of Osama bin Laden, with a majority now approving of his overall job performance, as well as his handling of foreign policy, the war in Afghanistan and the threat of terrorism, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.”

Saudi Women to Vote in Next Municipal Elections: GULF NEWS

Abdul Nabi Shaheen | 5/5/11

“Saudi women will be granted the right to vote in the next municipal elections due to be held in four years, said the head of the election committee, Abdul Rahman Al Dahmash in press statements.”

In A Land Of Few Rights, Saudi Women Fight To Vote: NPR

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson | 5/4/11

“It was pretty sobering to hear a group of Saudi women I met recently tell me they feel they have the least freedom or fewest rights of any women in the world.”

Saudi Banks See Fewer Phishing Attacks: ARAB NEWS

Molouky Ba-isa | 5/4/11

“Time to give credit where credit is due. The Saudi banks and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) are doing a splendid job fighting phishing. Research released in Dubai last week by Saudi network security company IT Matrix, in partnership with MarkMonitor, a specialist in global enterprise brand protection, shows that in the first quarter of 2011, the company detected just seven phishing attacks against the Saudi banks. This is down from 58 phishing attacks over the course of 2010, when there were about 15 per quarter.”

Saudi Customs Officers Foil Attempt to Smuggle 100 Capsules of Heroin: SAUDI NEWS TODAY


“The Saudi Customs Officers have foiled an attempt to smuggle 100 capsules of heroin at King Fahd Causeway.”

Terrorism Is Region’s Greatest Security Threat: Prince Ahmad: SAUDI GAZETTE


“Prince Ahmad Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Minister of Interior, on arrival in Riyadh Tuesday night after heading the Kingdom’s delegation to the meeting OF GCC Ministers of Interior. (SPA)”

Saudi Prince Submits Revised Plans for Benedict Canyon Megamansion: LOS ANGELES TIMES


“A Saudi prince has submitted revised plans to build a mansion complex along a posh, private lane in Benedict Canyon, even as Los Angeles city and county officials call for an investigation into the city’s oversight of the controversial project.”

NAS Air Incurs First-Quarter Loss on Oil, Middle East Unrest: BLOOMBERG

Mourad Haroutunian | 5/4/11

“NAS Air, a Saudi Arabian low-cost carrier, incurred a loss in the first quarter due to higher oil prices and escalating Middle East unrest, the Riyadh-based company said in a statement e-mailed yesterday.”

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“Pakistan’s foreign minister on Thursday appeared to question the legality of the U.S. operation that killed Osama bin Laden, and again denied that his country had knowingly sheltered the world’s most-wanted terrorist,” Karin Bruilliard (Washington Post) reports. AT THE WHITE HOUSE, RADIO SILENCE: “President Obama ruled out publicly releasing photographs of the deceased Osama bin Laden on Wednesday, and White House officials said they would give no new details about the raid on his compound in Pakistan, an information clampdown that followed fitful attempts to craft a riveting narrative about the killing of al-Qaeda’s leader,” Anne E. Kornblut and Felicia Sonmez (Washington Post) reports.  OBAMA TO GROUND ZERO: “The US president is due to visit New York’s Ground Zero to meet families of people killed in the 9/11 attacks masterminded by Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda who was killed by US forces earlier this week,” Al Jazeera reports.


“The agreement faces fierce opposition from Israel, places new hurdles on American-led efforts to forge a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, and still must overcome lingering distrust between the two factions: the moderate secular Fatah party in the West Bank and the militant Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip,” Edmund Sanders and Paul Richter (LAT) write.
“In a sign of the ongoing tensions, Wednesday’s ceremony in Cairo — where the interim Egyptian government brokered the deal — was delayed for two hours because of a last-minute spat over whether Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal would be seated on the podium with Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas and permitted to address guests.”


“Syrian officials have acknowledged that they have taken custody of Dorothy Parvaz, a reporter with the Al Jazeera English network who went missing after she arrived in Damascus on Friday, the satellite news network said, although it was unclear Thursday how her case would proceed,” Molly Hennessy-Fiske (Babylon and Beyond) reports. NO OPPOSITION LEADERS: “The beleaguered Syrian authorities are seeking negotiations with opposition leaders to end six weeks of unprecedented street protests that threaten to topple the Assad regime, according to Western diplomatic sources. They say that Bouthaina Shaaban, a top adviser to President Bashar al-Assad, has been placed in charge of exploring ways to launch a dialogue,” Nicholas Blanford (CSM) reports. “But amid a harsh crackdown on protesters, a rising death toll, and reports of thousands of people detained and missing, the regime is struggling to find anyone in the opposition who wants to talk.”


“The United States announced Thursday that it would try to release some of the more than $30 billion in assets seized from Libya’s leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, to help the Libyan people as dozens of officials met in Rome to bolster a NATO-led military intervention that to critics appears stalled,” Steven Lee Meyers and Rachel Donadio (NYT) report.


“After three months of protests and street battles in cities throughout Yemen, opposition leaders announced on Monday, April 25, that they were prepared to sign a negotiated settlement with the regime. The agreement, brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), is supposed to usher in a transitional government that would be a mutually agreeable compromise between the current government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the opposition movement, which includes a variety of marginalized political groups. Reports of the settlement eagerly declared that the “political crisis” in Yemen was near its end,” writes Dana Stuster (The Atlantic). “It’s not over. Not even close.”


“Welcome to the new food economics of 2011: Prices are climbing, but the impact is not at all being felt equally. For Americans, who spend less than one-tenth of their income in the supermarket, the soaring food prices we’ve seen so far this year are an annoyance, not a calamity. But for the planet’s poorest 2 billion people, who spend 50 to 70 percent of their income on food, these soaring prices may mean going from two meals a day to one. Those who are barely hanging on to the lower rungs of the global economic ladder risk losing their grip entirely. This can contribute — and it has — to revolutions and upheaval,” Lester Brown (FP) writes.



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