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Saudi Beheaded for Murder

A Saudi man convicted of murder was beheaded by the sword in Arar in the kingdom's north on Saturday, the interior ministry said.

Sutam bin Ayd al-Salabi was sentenced to death for beating and stabbing Mossaed bin Ali al-Salabi to death during a dispute, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

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Saudi to Hold Municipal Polls in April

Saudi Arabia is to hold municipal elections from April 23 at a time of pro-democracy uprisings across the Arab world, the official SPA news agency announced.

"A committee has been formed... to oversee next month’s municipal council elections," it said in an official announcement late on Tuesday, adding that polling by regions would kick off on April 23.

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Report: Bahrain Detains Five Lebanese for ‘Contacting Foreign Parties’

Bahrain authorities detained on Tuesday five Lebanese residents from the Fneish family for allegedly contacting unidentified foreign “parties,” a clear reference to Hizbullah.

Al-Akhbar newspaper on Wednesday quoted informed sources as saying that “Bahraini security forces raided the ‘Beiruti’ restaurant in central Manama at 10:00 am, detained five Lebanese employees, and confiscated documents and computers.”

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Saudi King Abdullah Vows New Reforms

Saudi Arabia's king promised a multibillion dollar package of reforms, raises, cash, loans and apartments on Friday in what appeared to be the Arab world's most expensive attempt to appease residents inspired by the unrest that has swept two leaders from power.

He also announced 60,000 new jobs in the security forces — a move that would employ huge numbers of otherwise jobless young men, while bolstering his kingdom's ability to snuff out protests.

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Nasrallah to Deliver a Speech on Saturday During Rally in Support of Uprisings

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah will make a speech during a ceremony scheduled to be held on Saturday in support for uprisings in Arab countries, the party’s media office announced.

The statement said late Thursday that Nasrallah will address supporters during the ceremony aimed at sending a message of support for the people of Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen.

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Wahhab Describes his Statements as Slip of the Tongue: I Didn’t Mean to Offend Saudi Woman

Tawheed Movement leader Wiam Wahhab stressed on Wednesday that his statements on the Saudi woman were “a slip of the tongue.”

He added during a press conference: “I didn’t mean to offend anyone.”

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Hundreds Protest in Tripoli against Wahhab's Remarks on Saudi Women

Hundreds of angry protesters took to the streets in the northern city of Tripoli Tuesday, burning tires and blocking roads in protest against Tawheed Movement leader Wiam Wahhab's recent remarks on Saudi women.

Around 500 protesters gathered and chanted "There is no God but God" and "Wiam, you pig; you should be chained down."

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Gulf Troops Enter Bahrain, Opposition Slams 'Occupation', U.S. Warns GCC States

Armed forces rolled Monday into Bahrain from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help restore order in the strategic Gulf kingdom where protesters have shut down the financial center.

Thousands of mostly Shiite protesters occupied Manama's business district, turning the regional banking hub into a ghost town as they pressed their calls for democratic change from the Sunni Muslim monarchy.

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Bidders Say Kuwait's Zain OK'd Bid for Saudi Unit

Kuwaiti telecommunications firm Zain has tentatively accepted a $950 million bid for its Saudi operations, the division's joint suitors said Monday in a deal that could lead to further consolidation for the Mideast's mobile service providers.

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's Kingdom Holding Co. said in a regulatory filing that it and bid partner Batelco Group of Bahrain received "preliminary acceptance" for their non-binding offer from Zain's board. Completing the deal is expected to take weeks.

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Saudi Braces for Protests Amid Sweeping Arab Unrest

Oil kingpin Saudi Arabia braced Friday for protests calling for political and economic reforms a day after witnesses said police shot and wounded three Shiite demonstrators.

Online activists using the Facebook and Twitter have called for a "Day of Rage" and a "Saudi March 11 revolution" demanding a fully elected parliament and ruler in this conservative Islamic monarchy.

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