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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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Riyadh Says Decision on Libya Fly Ban Up to Arab League

Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that a decision to support imposing a no-fly zone over Libya was up to the Arab League, not only Gulf countries.

"It is an issue that is the responsibility of the Arab League," Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told a press conference in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

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Saudi Arabia Under Pressure to Ease Protest Ban

Saudi Arabia came under renewed pressure Wednesday to ease its ban on demonstrations, as Facebook activists called for a "Day of Rage" and a "Saudi revolution" later this week.

With the tightly controlled kingdom's security forces poised to crack down on any unauthorized demonstrations, U.S.-based lobby group Human Rights Watch added its voice to demands for a relaxation of the protest ban.

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Hariri Holds Talks in Riyadh with Saudi Crown Prince, Interior Minister

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri held talks Sunday in Riyadh with Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz.

Hariri and the crown prince "reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries and discussed the latest developments at the Arab, regional and international levels," Saudi Arabia's official news agency SPA reported.

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Hariri Holds Talks with Saudi Interior Ministry on Issues of Joint Interest

Saudi Arabian Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz held talks on Saturday with Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri who is visiting the Kingdom at the head of a delegation, reported the Saudi Arabian news agency.

The talks focused on bilateral ties and issues of joint interest.

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Hariri’s Contacts Reflect Ongoing Saudi Support, Berri Preparing Decisive Response to his Speech

House Speaker Nabih Berri’s sources revealed to the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa newspaper that he is preparing a decisive response to Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s recent speech, noting that the speaker “no longer cares” that the ties between him and the premier have reached one of their worst points.

The paper also reported sources close to the March 8 camp as saying that Hizbullah “will not take a risk in any confrontation between it and Hariri that would harm the party’s new allies.”

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Saudi Interior Ministry Authorizes Police to ‘Take Measures’ Against ‘Illegal’ Protests

Saudi Arabia's interior ministry said on Saturday that protests were illegal, amid various calls for demonstrations demanding change in the ultra-conservative kingdom, state media said.

"Regulations in the kingdom forbid categorically all sorts of demonstrations, marches and sit-ins... as they contradict Islamic Sharia law and the values and traditions of Saudi society," said a ministry statement carried by SPA state news agency.

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Saudi Shiites Call for 'Day of Anger' in Kingdom

Cyber activists have created a group on Facebook calling for a "Day of Anger" on Friday in the eastern Shiite-majority Saudi region, following the arrest of a Shiite cleric.

The group of more than 500 members is calling for protests after Friday prayers in Al-Hufuf, in Eastern Province's Al-Ihsaa governorate, to demand the release of Sheikh Tawfiq al-Amer.

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Saudi Arabia Making up For Libya's Crude Shortfall

The chief executive of Saudi Arabia's state-run oil giant says it has stepped in to compensate for an export shortfall stemming from the unrest in Libya.

Saudi Aramco's Khalid Al Falih declined on Monday to specify how much additional oil Saudi Arabia — the de facto leader of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries — has pumped into the market.

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King Abdullah Flies Home after Treatment in Morocco

King Abdullah Returns to Riyadh, Boosts Social Benefits

Saudi King Abdullah arrived in his homeland Wednesday after three months abroad, boosting social benefits for his people as he returned to a Middle East rocked by anti-regime uprisings.

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