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Saudi first elections not compulsory

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Riyadh Governor Prince Abdel Aziz bin Mohammed said Saudi Arabia's first municipal elections are not compulsory and women might be allowed to take part.

Clerics most popular in any Iraqi election

BAGHDAD, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Popular Iraqi support for the nation's interim leaders has fallen below the level of support enjoyed by religious leaders.

U.K. freezes new Hamas head's assets

LONDON, March 24 (UPI) -- British Chancellor Gordon Brown has ordered the Bank of England to instruct financial outfits to freeze the assets of new Hamas chief Abdel Aziz Rantisi.

Saudi prince says government kidnapped him

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A Saudi prince claims his government lured him to Switzerland, drugged him, then kidnapped him to Riyadh, where he is being held under house arrest.

Powell urges honest Algeria elections

ALGIERS, Algeria, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell called for honest and free presidential elections in Algeria next year during his first visit to the Arab country.

Saudis building homes for Palestinians

GAZA, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority officials announced Sunday that Saudi Arabia would finance the building of as many as 600 housing units in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for Palestinians whose homes have been destroyed by Israel military forces in the intifada, or up

Bouteflika: Algeria to join Francophonie

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Algerian President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika said his country will undoubtedly join the 55-member Francophonie Organization but refrained from specifying a date, according to the Lebanese An Nahar newspaper on Sunday. Bouteflika, who has been attending the 9t

Algerian president visits Spain

MADRID, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Algerian President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika began his Spain visit Monday with an agenda including a possible gas pipeline linking Almeria, Spain; Melilla, a Spanis

Saudis refuse to hand suspects to U.S.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 11 (UPI) --

Israel wounds Hamas leader in attack

GAZA, July 22 (UPI) -- An Israeli army F-16 bombed a house in Gaza City early Tuesday belonging to a Hamas leader, killing at least 12 people, including his wife and three children an

Hamas claims latest suicide attack

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 7 (UPI) -- The Islamic resistance movement Hamas claimed responsibility late Tuesday for the suicide bombing attack in a town south of Tel Aviv that killed at least 15 kil

Saudis donate $109 million to Palestinians

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 14 (UPI) -- Saudis have donated $109 million during a three-day campaign organized by Saudi television in support of the Palestinian intifada, Information Minister Fouad al
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