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Saudi Arabia bars Israeli journalist

Saudi Arabia reportedly barred an Israeli journalist traveling with Ban Ki-moon on his Mideast tour. The New York Times reported that Orly Azoulay, 53, Washington bureau chief of Yediot Achronot, was to be part of a group of 11 reporters accompanying the U.N. secretary-general. A dual citizen, she applied with the other journalists using her French passport.Despite requests from Ban’s office, the Saudi consulate in New York returned the journalists’ passports, but didn’t stamp Azoulay’s. Ban was to go to Riyadh on Tuesday to attend an Arab League summit meeting. He arrived in Israel on Sunday; the Jewish state granted visas to all 11 journalists, including at least three who were Arab- or Iranian-born and traveling on European passports, the Times reported.