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Saudi prince flogged

A prince of Saudi Arabia’s ruling Al Saud family was given lashes in a prison in Jeddah as a court-ordered punishment, a Saudi newspaper reported on Wednesday, less than a month after the kingdom executed another prince for murder.

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay returned home late Friday night after a brief visit to Saudi Arabia, where he attended the burial of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz in behalf of President Benigno Aquino III.

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Taking the cudgels for Filipino pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia who might be stranded in Manila, President Benigno S. Aquino III appealed last Tuesday to King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud for his benevolence by granting 1,100 more hajj visas so they can travel to the kingdom and fulfill their Islamic obligation.

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