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4 Dead in Police Operation in Saudi Village

Saudi police killed four "terrorists" Saturday in a Shiite village in an operation to arrest the people who shot dead a soldier there last weekend, the spokesman for the interior ministry said.

During a shootout in Adamiya, "four terrorists, including the primary suspect in the shooting of soldier Abdelaziz bin Ahmed al-Assiri, were killed," the spokesman was quoted by the official SPA news agency as saying in a statement.

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Mustaqbal Delegation Returns to Beirut after Meeting Hariri in Riyadh

A Mustaqbal Movement delegation returned overnight to Beirut aboard a private jet after a short visit to the Saudi capital Riyadh, the state-run National News Agency reported on Friday.

The news agency said that the delegation, which was headed by head of al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc MP Fouad Saniora, discussed with the movement's chief Saad Hariri the latest developments in Lebanon.

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American Jailed for 15 Years for Helping al-Qaida

A naturalized American was jailed for 15 years in Miami on Wednesday for conspiring to provide thousands of dollars to al-Qaida and its affiliates in Syria and Somalia, U.S. justice officials said.

Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed, 31, admitted to the court in July that he conspired to provide money and recruits to al-Qaida, the Al-Nusra Front in Syria and the Shebab in Somalia, a Justice Department statement said.

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Mustaqbal Delegation in Riyadh to Tackle Presidential Deadlock

A high-ranking al-Mustaqbal movement delegation traveled Wednesday to Saudi Arabia to discuss Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea's possible withdrawal from the presidential run.

According to state-run National News Agency, the delegation was led by head of al-Mustaqbal bloc MP Fouad Saniora and Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq.

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Saudi Beheads Pakistani Heroin Trafficker

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday beheaded a Pakistani for heroin smuggling, the interior ministry said, in the conservative kingdom's latest execution of a foreigner.

Mohammed Ghafour Hashim Khan was convicted of smuggling "a large amount" of heroin into the country, the ministry said in a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency.

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Saudi to Continue 'Massive' Spending Despite Oil Price Fall

Saudi Arabia will continue massive public spending despite a 50 percent drop in the price of oil which provides the bulk of the kingdom's revenue, the finance minister said Wednesday.

Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf commented after completing the 2015 budget, which will be presented to cabinet "in the near future", the official Saudi Press Agency said.

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Austria Orders 'Anti-Semitic' Saudi School Closed

Austrian authorities said Tuesday they have ordered a Saudi-financed school to close due to allegations of anti-Jewish teachings and for failing to give the names of staff.

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Saudi Cleric's Wife Shows Face on TV, Sparking Uproar

A Saudi cleric has sparked uproar by appearing on television along with his wife -- whose face was uncovered in an open challenge to strict tradition in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom.

Sheikh Ahmed al-Ghamedi, who has said covering the face is not a must for women under Islam, sat alongside his wife Jawaher bint Ali as she spoke to Dubai-based Saudi MBC television, in a program broadcast at the weekend.

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Two Beheaded Saudis Bring 2014 Execution Tally to 82

Two Saudis were beheaded on Tuesday for drug trafficking and murder, official media reported, bringing to 82 the number of executions this year.

The sentence against Abdulrahman bin Bakheit al-Lugmani was carried out in the western city of Mecca, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

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Geagea Kicks Off Saudi Visit with Talks with Deputy Crown Prince

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea kicked off on Monday a visit to Saudi Arabia by meeting with deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz.

The two officials discussed in Riyadh the political developments in the region, including the need for the election of a new president in Lebanon.

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