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The Foreign Minister said Egypt is fighting terrorism, and criticized Western condemnation of the Egyptian military government's crackdown on Islamists. He said Arab and Muslim nations will step in to help Egypt financially if Western countries cut aid in protest against the crackdown. King Abdullah has promised to stand by Egypt, and has condemned the Muslim Brotherhood.
Authorities disclosed the recent arrest of two men, a Chadian and a Yemeni, who are suspected of planning suicide attacks. The Interior Ministry said the men were part of a "deviant group abroad," a term it uses for al Qaeda, and claimed the ongoing investigation is related to the recent closure of US diplomatic facilities in the region.
A court sentenced Raif Badawi, who founded the 'Free Saudi Liberals' website to discuss the role of religion in Saudi Arabia, to 600 lashes and seven years in prison for criticizing the religious police and allegedly advocating "religious liberalization." Authorities in Jazan seized weapons and ammunition smuggled into the country. A senior Saudi cleric recently urged the faithful in Mecca to support Syrian rebels "by all means."