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A bomb attack on a housing complex in the Saudi capital Riyadh bears all the hallmarks of al-Qaeda, senior US and Saudi officials say.

Seventeen people are killed and more than 100 injured in the blast, mostly foreign Arab workers.

The Saudi royal family has close ties to the US

Militant Islamic groups connected to al-Qaeda are actively seeking to overthrow the Saudi royal family, US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage says.

Mr Armitage also warned of fresh terror attacks to come in the kingdom.

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Saudi Arabia: Uncertain front in war

Italian Defence Minister Antonio Martino says he believes al-Qaeda elements to be involved alongside Saddam Hussein loyalists in an attack on a police station in Iraq in which 18 Italian policemen and nine Iraqis died.

"The enemy we have to deal with is the same one - global terrorism - which is striking wherever possible," Mr Martino said.

Two synagogues were targeted in the Istanbul attacks

Turkish officials investigate claims of al-Qaeda involvement in two devastating attacks on synagogues in Istanbul.

At least 23 people are killed and more than 300 injured in the bombings. The London-based Arabic newspaper al-Quds said it had received an emailed statement from al-Qaeda claiming responsibility.

It said the group targeted the synagogues because Israeli agents were working there, Al-Quds Editor Abdel-Bari Atwan told the BBC.

Following two major bomb attacks on British-linked targets in Istanbul, there are separate claims of responsibility from two allegedly al-Qaeda connected groups.

One unconfirmed report said a group calling itself Abu Hafz al-Masri Brigades had admitted to carrying out attacks on the British Consulate and the HSBC bank offices in Istanbul, which left 27 people dead and more than 450 wounded.

Another claim came from a caller to the semi-official Anatolia news agency, who said that al-Qaeda and a Turkish militant group IBDA-C were jointly responsible.

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