Saudi Arabia

3:39pm

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Air Base In Saudi Arabia Is Latest Drone Secret To Be Revealed

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 4:50 am

John Brennan, President Obama's nominee to be the next CIA director, worked closely with Saudi Arabia to set up a secret U.S. drone base there, The New York Times reported. Brennan's confirmation hearing is Thursday.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

The Obama administration says lethal airstrikes, delivered stealthily by drones, have been a major success in its counterterrorism efforts. But the administration has been much less successful in keeping secret the details of the often controversial drone program.

Last May, Foreign Policy published this story providing details on 12 U.S. drone bases spread across three continents, from the Seychelles to the Philippines.

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10:14am

Wed November 28, 2012
Shots - Health News

SARS-Like Virus Resurfaces And Infects A Family In Saudi Arabia

An artistic model of a coronavirus infecting a cell. The family of viruses can cause mild infections, like the common cold, and severe pneumonia-like infections, such as SARS.
Peter Kohama MCT/Landov

After a two-month hiatus, the mysterious coronavirus that killed one man and hospitalized another is back on the scene. This time it has infected members of the same family.

The new cases raise the known total to six, including two deaths.

Scientist are trying to figure out if the involvement of a family says something new about the virus.

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3:27pm

Fri October 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Arabian Coronavirus: Plot Thickens But Virus Lies Low

Different types of coronaviruses can cause a simple cold or a deadly respiratory illness, such as SARS.
BSIP UIG via Getty Images

It now appears that the new coronavirus found on the Arabian Peninsula is more widespread than initially thought, even though only two people are known to have gotten sick from it.

At first it seemed likely that the two known cases of illness from the new cousin-of-SARS virus may have been exposed in or near the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah on the Red Sea coast.

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6:35am

Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Women Erased From Ikea's Saudi Catalog; Company Apologizes

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 6:54 am

She's gone: One example of how women disappeared from IKEA's catalog. In the U.S. version, she's standing at a sink. In the Saudi version, she's missing.
IKEA

Click through Swedish furniture giant IKEA's U.S. (online here) and Saudi (online here) catalogs.

You'll find all the same stuff.

But you won't find women in the Saudi catalog.

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5:16pm

Wed August 8, 2012
The Torch

Sarah Attar Becomes Saudi Arabia's First Female Track Olympian

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 8:27 am

Sarah Attar of Saudi Arabia walks off the track after competing in the Women's 800m Round 1 Heats.
Alexander Hassenstein Getty Images

It's a moment worth noting: Like judoko Wojdan Shaherkani before her, 19-year-old Sarah Attar became Saudi Arabia's first female track Olympian, today.

As Reuters reports, Attar ran the 800 meter heat in a "white head cover, a long-sleeved green top, black leggings" and " luminous green running spikes."

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