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Foreigner dies of MERS in Saudi

A foreigner has died after she contracted MERS in the Saudi capital, the health ministry said on announced Friday, bringing the nationwide death toll to 73. The 55-year-old woman, whose nationality was not disclosed, was suffering from chronic illnesses, a statement said. The health ministry said five other people living in Riyadh were infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, two of them foreigners. Late on Thursday, the ministry reported the death of a 70-year-old Saudi woman in the western city of Jeddah where the virus has spread in recent weeks.

MERS fears prompt ER closure at Saudi hospital

The main public hospital in the Saudi city of Jeddah has closed its emergency room after a rise in cases of the MERS virus among medical staff, the health ministry said Tuesday. A Jeddah paramedic was among two more people Saudi health authorities reported on Sunday had died from the SARS-like disease, bringing the nationwide death toll to 66. On Monday, the health ministry reported four more MERS cases in Jeddah, two of them among health workers, prompting authorities to close the emergency department at the city's King Fahd Hospital.

MERS fears prompt ER closure at Saudi hospital

The main public hospital in the Saudi city of Jeddah has closed its emergency room after a rise in cases of the MERS virus among medical staff, the health ministry said Tuesday. A Jeddah paramedic was among two more people Saudi health authorities reported on Sunday had died from the SARS-like disease, bringing the nationwide death toll to 66. On Monday, the health ministry reported four more MERS cases in Jeddah, two of them among health workers, prompting authorities to close the emergency department at the city's King Fahd Hospital.

MERS fears prompt ER closure at Saudi hospital

The main public hospital in the Saudi city of Jeddah has closed its emergency room after a rise in cases of the MERS virus among medical staff, medics said Tuesday. A Jeddah paramedic was among two more people Saudi health authorities reported on Sunday had died from the SARS-like disease, bringing the nationwide death toll to 66. On Monday, the health ministry reported four more MERS cases in Jeddah, two of them among health workers, prompting authorities to close the emergency department at the city's King Fahd Hospital.

Football: 2015 Asian Cup qualifying results -- collated

Results from the final round of qualifiers for the 2015 Asian Cup on Wednesday: Group A At Muscat Oman 3 (Amad Al Hosni 18, Qasim Said 51, Sami Al Hasani 69) Singapore 1 (Shahril Ishak 78) At Amman Jordan 2 (Tha'er Bawab 25, 60) Syria 1 (Omar Kharbin 80) Group B At Bangkok Thailand 2 (Teeratep Winothai 22, Adisak Kraisorn 76) Lebanon 5 (Mohamad Ghaddar 2, Hassan Maatouk 18, 46, Hassan Ali Saad 45, Roda Antar 63) Group C At Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Football: 2015 Asian Cup qualifying results -- collated

Results from the final round of qualifiers for the 2015 Asian Cup on Wednesday: Group A At Muscat Oman 3 (Amad Al Hosni 18, Qasim Said 51, Sami Al Hasani 69) Singapore 1 (Shahril Ishak 78) At Amman Jordan 2 (Tha'er Bawab 25, 60) Syria 1 (Omar Kharbin 80) Group B At Bangkok Thailand 2 (Teeratep Winothai 22, Adisak Kraisorn 76) Lebanon 5 (Mohamad Ghaddar 2, Hassan Maatouk 18, 46, Hassan Ali Saad 45, Roda Antar 63) Group C At Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Saudi beheads Pakistanis in year's first executions

Saudi authorities beheaded Tuesday two Pakistanis for drug smuggling in the ultra-conservative kingdom's first executions of the year, the interior ministry said. Abrar Hussein Nizar Hussein was executed in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after being convicted of trying to smuggle in heroin hidden in his stomach, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency. Zahid Khan Barakat was beheaded in Qatif, in Eastern Province, over a similar charge, a separate statement said. Last year, Saudi Arabia executed 78 people, according to an AFP count.

German diplomats escape Saudi shooting unharmed

Two German diplomats escaped unharmed when gunmen attacked their car in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province on Monday, the official SPA news agency said. The agency quoted a police spokesman as saying shots were fired at a German diplomatic car near Awamiya in the region of Qatif, where most of the country's Shiite Muslim minority lives. "The car was hit but its two occupants, German diplomats, escaped unharmed with the help of a Saudi citizen," the agency added, citing the same source.

3 missing as Saudi Aramco offshore platform sinks

Three Asian workers with Saudi state oil giant Aramco were missing after one of the company's offshore platforms sank on Friday during maintenance, the firm said in a statement. The remaining 24 crew were saved but some suffered "limited injuries" and a "search is ongoing for three others -- two Indians and a Bangladeshi," Aramco said in a statement emailed to AFP. It said a thorough investigation into the incident would take place.

Iraqi Shiites claim mortar fire on Saudi desert area

An Iraqi Shiite group claimed Thursday it had fired six mortar rounds that hit a remote area of northeastern Saudi Arabia a day earlier as a warning to the Sunni-dominated kingdom. Wathiq al-Battat, head of the pro-Iranian Shiite group Jaish al-Mukhtar, told AFP by telephone from Baghdad that the attack was "a warning strike" to Saudi Arabia over its stance towards Shiites.
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