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U.S. Reopens Saudi Missions After Terror Warnings

The United States reopened its diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia on Sunday after a four-day closure prompted by warnings of more terror attacks after suicide bombings in the capital Riyadh earlier this month. But U.S. diplomats said the embassy was sending home around 30 non-essential staff as a precautionary measure after the May 12 attacks on expatriate housing compounds that killed 34 people, including eight Americans. “We consider this a dangerous environment, and certainly we want to move people out of danger,” John Burgess, the U.S. embassy’s public affairs officer, told Reuters. Diplomats and witnesses said the embassy in Riyadh and the consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran had opened their doors to the public amid stringent security measures. The U.S. move comes a day after Britain and Germany also reopened their missions in Saudi Arabia after shutting them in the wake of the Riyadh attacks. Full Story

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