Saudi Officers Told to Shape Up

Officers at the Saudi Royal Guard have been ordered to be physically in shape if they wanted to receive promotions and avoid punitive action, local daily al-Sharq reported Wednesday. The newspaper said King Abdullah has issued an order giving the officers three months to shrink their waist to the ideal sizes according to military standards. Those who fail to lose weight will face punitive measures, including losing their right to promotion, the newspaper said. Elaph journalist Sultan al-Qahtani posted a photo on Twitter that seems to show the order signed by Khaled al-Tuwaijri, royal court chief and private secretary of the King.