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Morocco’s king to unveil reforms

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI addresses the nation Friday when he will unveil reform proposals likely to include curbs on his wide-ranging powers after months of demonstrations to demand change. The king’s televised

Bahrain king is press ‘predator’: RSF

Media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) added Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa to its latest blacklist of “predators” against press freedom on Tuesday. The king entered the watchdog’s list of

US defence secretary holds talks with Saudi king

RIYADH – US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates was holding talks in Riyadh on Wednesday with Saudi King Abdullah, with both sides concerned by Iranian intentions in the region and spiralling unrest in Yemen.
“Iran will be a major focus of their conversations, both in terms of the regional threat they pose but also lately in the role they’ve been playing in trying to exploit the unrest in the region to their advantage,” Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said ahead of the meeting.

Carnival king is new leader of quake-hit Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Michel Martelly, a carnival singer with a colorful past who seized the mantle of change, is Haiti’s new president after storming to a landslide victory, preliminary results showed.
The 50-year-old faces the huge challenge of rebuilding the Caribbean nation, which was the poorest country in the Americas even before a January 2010 earthquake flattened the capital Port-au-Prince and killed more than 225,000 people.
Martelly, with 67.57 percent of the vote,

Murali remains spin king

NEW DELHI – Muttiah Muralitharan, who bowed out of international cricket after Saturday’s World Cup final, left behind a career marked by record-breaking performances and bitter controversy over his action. The off-spinner, who quit Tests last year with 800 wickets in 133 matches, went wicketless in the six-wicket defeat to India, leaving him with with 534 scalps in 350 ODI.
It was a disappointing end to a two-decade career in which he bamboozled batsmen around the world. It will

Searching for reforms in King Abdullah’s Saudi Arabia

RIYADH – The moment my wife and I left our apartment compound in downtown Riyadh, a jeep screeched to a halt in front of us and a bearded man stepped out. “Is this your wife? I want to give you some advice. Don’t let her wear makeup,” said the religious policeman, dressed in a traditional white robe. “If she uses makeup, other men will only look at her,” he added, raising his forefinger to stress his point and staring hard at me. A woman wearing makeup or not completely covering up

Bahrain king pledges reform as protester dies

MANAMA – Bahrain’s king pledged to bring reforms and another demonstrator was on Saturday confirmed to have died in a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, as international calls mounted for restraint. “I shall not allow a stop in the reform process which I began when I took the reins of power,” King Hamad said in a statement on the official BNA news agency. “The door is open to all subjects that are in the interest of all the citizens,” he said. A protester missing since Wednesday’s

Saudi king orders more handouts, security boost

RIYADH – Saudi King Abdullah announced on Friday billions of dollars in handouts for his people and boosted his security apparatus in a renewed effort to shield the world’s top oil exporter from unrest rocking the Arab world. In a rare televised address to the nation, the ageing king made a brief statement congratulating Saudis for their loyalty and national unity before a battery of decrees were read out suggesting he was embracing increasingly conservative policies. Amongst a wave