Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz City for Humanitarian Services launches award to deceased prince’s name during Arab health conference in Dubai

Terror cell to be tried for planning to poison senior official during wedding party in Jeddah

Aramco to cut oil prices for European, Asian countries in February

Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz City for Humanitarian Services has allocated an International Prize for Excellence in Rehabilitation Services, it was announced in Dubai.

The announcement came by Prince Faisal bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Secretary General of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Charity Foundation, on the sidelines of Dubai Arab Health Conference and Exhibition, scheduled to be held on January 24-27.

In a press conference, he said the prize is the first of its kind in this field and that it would be appropriated during the Middle East biggest and the world's second health conference and exhibition.

He said the prize comes amid increasing interest in rehabilitation medicine as a result of increase of human handicapping rates as well as all kinds of injury resulting from road and other accidents.

He added that Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz City for Human Services aimed at encouraging the authorities concerned in this field to provide excellent services for the handicapped.

Meanwhile, Saudi judicial authorities on Saturday unveiled a new 16-member terror cell accused of killing a policeman using poison and plotting to kill top government officials and bomb weapons storages belonging to the Navy and special forces. The cell comprised 14 Saudis, a Pakistani and an Afghan.

A trial against the 16 terror suspects began at the special criminal court in Riyadh on Saturday. They are accused of forming an Al-Qaeda terror cell and planning to carry out a terrorist operation targeting a senior state official, the weapon storages, the general intelligence building, plotting to assassinate security officers and promotion of crimes.

Other charges include association with terrorist organizations abroad, embracing the takfiri ideology that brands opponents as infidels, collecting donations for terrorist operations, smuggling weapons and inciting youths to join Al-Qaeda, and sending militants to take part in fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"The 16 suspects are also accused of providing military training to a number of cell members on using weapons and making hand grenades," a judicial source said.

During the court session on Saturday, the judge heard the replies of Defendant Nos. 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 14. The judge asked the defendants to appoint lawyers to defend their cases, adding that the Justice Ministry would pay for them.

After meeting the lawyer, they requested the judge to fix a date for them to reply to the charges made against them by the public prosecutor. The session was attended by representatives of the Human Rights Commission.

Defendant No. 1 is accused of recruiting militants to join the terror cell, supporting terrorist operations inside the Kingdom, financing terrorist activities, helping militants to visit Iraq and Afghanistan to take part in fighting and possessing a Kalashnikov gun.

He is also accused of taking part in terrorist operations in Riyadh, Jeddah and the Eastern Province including those targeting the weapons storages in Jeddah and the intelligence office building in Jubail.

He is also accused of trying to assassinate a senior government official while the target was attending a marriage ceremony.

He is also accused of providing training to militants in bomb making and killing people using poison.

Defendant No. 2 faces charges such as issuing religious edicts against Saudi rulers, traveling to Afghanistan to take part in fighting, helping a militant to travel to Iraq to join fighting there, covering up terrorist operations planned by Al-Qaeda, targeting oil pipelines and financing terrorist operations.

Defendant No. 3 is accused of supporting the bombings carried out by terrorists inside the Kingdom, adopting takfiri ideology, applying poison on the door handle of a police jeep to kill security officers, training militants to make explosives, using cars to bomb vital installations and helping Defendant No. 16 to travel to violence-hit areas using forged passports and being in charge of the media department of the terror cell.

Other defendants were also facing similar charges such as recruiting militants to the cell, giving religious edicts against Saudi rulers, funding terrorism and training fighters.

Defendant No. 5 was accused of plotting to bomb the intelligence office building in Makkah using a booby-trapped vehicle.

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia’s Aramco cut differentials in pricing of all types of oil in standard selling points to Asian, Pacific and European countries during the month of February 2012 in an attempt to expand smooth flow of Saudi oil for consumers.

Informed oil sources said the new prices targeted differentials in crude being sold at the standard Brent and Dubai bourses by 2-5 cents per barrel.

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The company manages proven conventional reserves of 260 billion barrels of oil and manages the fourth largest gas reserves in the world, 263 trillion cubic feet.

In addition to its headquarters in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco has affiliates, joint ventures and subsidiary offices in China, Japan, India, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Saudi Aramco produces five grades of crude oil, Arabian Super Light (ASL), Arabian Extra Light (AXL), Arabian Light (AL), Arabian Medium (AM) and Arabian Heavy (AH), thus satisfying the needs of all of our customers and partners around the world. Through the years, Saudi Aramco has discovered over 100 oil and gas fields in the Kingdom; among them is Ghawar; the world’s largest onshore oil field and Safaniya; the world’s largest offshore field. Ghawar field holds over 100 billion barrels and Safaniya holds over 50 billion barrels.

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