Mar 22, 2013 03:02 EDT
Covered from head to toe in white, their faces partly masked by embroidered triangular cloths, Algerian women marched through the capital Thursday to defend their traditional Islamic dress.
Mar 21, 2013 21:55 EDT
China boss Jose Antonio Camacho will hope a sprinkling of stardust from the visiting David Beckham will rub off on his team as he fights for his job in Friday's crunch Asian Cup qualifier with Iraq.
Mar 20, 2013 14:46 EDT
A Saudi prince jailed for life in Britain for murdering his servant has been flown home to serve the rest of his sentence, the British government said Wednesday.
Mar 20, 2013 14:21 EDT
An alleged veteran of al-Qaeda's fight against US soldiers in Afghanistan who went on to plot a bomb attack on US diplomatic facilities in Nigeria was charged Wednesday in New York.
Mar 20, 2013 14:20 EDT
The US will produce more oil than it imports beginning late this year for the first time in 18 years, the Energy Information Administration said Wednesday.
Mar 19, 2013 15:57 EDT
The Saudi authorities have arrested 18 suspected spies, including an Iranian and a Lebanese, on charges of espionage for a foreign country, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.
Mar 19, 2013 10:05 EDT
Saudi security forces have arrested several Shiites across the kingdom including two clerics over the past days for unspecified reasons, rights activists said on Tuesday.
Mar 18, 2013 21:19 EDT
European aircraft maker Airbus announced a record order worth 18.4 billion euros ($23.8 billion) from the Indonesian company Lion Air for 234 medium-range A320 jets.
Mar 18, 2013 10:02 EDT
Lion Air, a little-known carrier launched 13 years ago with just one plane, has struck two of the world's largest aircraft orders in a staggering $46 billion bet on Indonesia's air transport boom.
Mar 18, 2013 08:18 EDT
A petition signed by 3,000 Saudis has urged the Shura Consultative Council to debate on allowing women to drive in the ultra-conservative kingdom, Arab News daily reported on Monday.
Mar 18, 2013 07:57 EDT
A Saudi court sentenced an Indonesian housemaid to death after she was convicted of murdering her employers' four-year-old child, the Saudi Gazette reported on Monday.
Mar 18, 2013 07:39 EDT
Syria's opposition coalition met in Istanbul on Monday to choose their first prime minister, tasked with running daily life in large swathes of territory freed from regime control but mired in chaos and poverty.
Mar 18, 2013 00:22 EDT
Syria's opposition coalition meets in Istanbul on Monday to select their first rebel prime minister, tasked with running daily life in large swathes of territory freed from regime control but mired in chaos and poverty.
Mar 17, 2013 14:01 EDT
A former agriculture minister, a businessman and an economist are leading candidates to be named Syria's first rebel prime minister at an opposition meeting in Turkey this week.
Mar 17, 2013 13:51 EDT
Lebanon and Jordan are playing with fire by allowing jihadists and weapons to pass across their borders into Syria, the Syrian government newspaper Al-Thawra warned on Sunday.
Mar 17, 2013 06:01 EDT
Prince Charles met the head of the world's largest Islamic grouping in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on Sunday, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation said in a statement.
Mar 16, 2013 13:21 EDT
A Saudi preacher has appealed for reforms in the ultra-conservative kingdom, warning in an open letter posted Saturday on social networks that denial of rights was raising tensions in the country.
Mar 15, 2013 23:39 EDT
Syria's devastating conflict entered its third year with no agreement among EU leaders on British and French calls for an easing of the bloc's embargo to allow arms supplies to the rebels.
Mar 15, 2013 20:21 EDT
Syria's devastating conflict entered its third year on Friday with no agreement among EU leaders on British and French calls for an easing of the bloc's embargo to allow arms supplies to the rebels.
Mar 15, 2013 16:14 EDT
Arab countries on Friday tabled a resolution lamenting the spiralling violence in Syria and demanding that the regime cooperate with a UN probe into rights violations in the war-torn country.
Facts from the Wikipedia page:
|Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
المملكة العربية السعودية
al-Mamlaka al-ʻArabiyya as-Suʻūdiyya
|Motto: "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah" (the Kalimah)|
|Anthem: "Aash Al Maleek"|
"Long live the King"
(and largest city)
|Demonym||Saudi, Saudi Arabian|
|Government||Islamic absolute monarchy|
|-||King||Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz|
|-||1st Crown Prince||Sultan bin Abdul Aziz|
|-||2nd Crown Prince||Nayef bin Abdul Aziz|
(appointed by the king)
|-||First Saudi State established||1744|
|-||Second Saudi State established||1824|
|-||Third Saudi State declared||January 8, 1926|
|-||Recognized||May 20, 1927|
|-||Kingdom Unified||September 23, 1932|
|-||Total||2,149,690 km2 (14th)|
1,071,000 sq mi
|-||2009 estimate||28,686,633 (41rd)|
|GDP (PPP)||2008 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2008 estimate|
|HDI (2007)||▲ 0.843 (high) (11th)|
|Time zone||AST (UTC+3)|
|-||Summer (DST)||(not observed) (UTC+3)|
|Drives on the||right|
|1||Population estimate includes 5,576,076 non-nationals.|