The Egyptian parliament approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday that opens presidential elections to multiple candidates for the first time, but critics protested that it set such stringent conditions for running that this year's vote would basically remain a one-man referendum starring President Hosni Mubarak.
Saudi officials said Saturday that four men killed in a shootout in downtown Riyadh on Friday were top leaders of the vicious cell of al-Qaida that beheaded an American hostage hours earlier and that is responsible for most of the often lethal attacks on Westerners in the kingdom.
In much the same way as the Russian invasion of Afghanistan stirred an earlier generation of young Muslims determined to fight the infidel, the U.S. presence in Iraq is prompting a rising tide of Muslim militants to slip into the country to fight the foreign occupier, Iraqi officials and others say.
As an investigation began into the suicide attacks against residential compounds and a business in the Saudi capital, there was confusion Tuesday over the death toll, with numbers that ranged from 20 to nearly five times as many.
In recent years, with the advent of the more open-minded outlook of President Mohammad Khatami, the more rigid aspects of sexual segregation that once defined skiing at this high, sunny resort have eased.