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Powell to Go to Riyadh Despite Bombings -State Dept

The State Department said Secretary of State Colin Powell will travel to Riyadh on Tuesday as scheduled, despite a series of bombings that injured at least 40 Americans in the Saudi capital. “There appear to be … somewhere over 40 American injuries who have been treated in hospitals here in Riyadh,” Ambassador Robert Jordan said in an interview on CNN. “We have unconfirmed reports of a couple of American deaths,” he added. “It’s been a terrible night,” Jordan said in the interview from Riyadh. Jordan said vehicles loaded with explosives blew up at three residential compounds housing Westerners. He also said that there had been an exchange of gunfire. In Washington, a U.S. official said on condition of anonymity that explosions rocked expatriate compounds in Riyadh at about 1 a.m. local time, hours before Powell was due to arrive. Full Story

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