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Saudi Arabia arrests more women’s rights activists: HRW

Saudi Arabia detained two more women’s rights advocates earlier this month and imposed a travel ban on several others in an ongoing crackdown in the conservative Muslim kingdom, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. The arrests, just weeks before the much-hyped lifting of a decades-old ban on women driving, have revived criticism of Crown…

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Yemen government forces enter Hodeida airport

UAE-backed Yemeni government forces fought their way into Hodeida airport on Tuesday, pressing an offensive that has seen some of the most intense fighting of a three-year war against Huthi rebels. The United Arab Emirates, which has US-trained troops fighting alongside the Yemeni army, said the alliance had entered the airport in Hodeida — a…

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Saudi-led coalition storms Yemen’s Hodeidah airport compound

Troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition stormed the airport compound in Yemen’s main port city Hodeidah on Tuesday after fierce battles with Iran-aligned Houthis, residents and Yemeni military sources said. The capture of the airport from the Houthis would be an important gain for the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,…

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Saudi Arabia’s women drivers get ready to steer their lives

On June 24, when Saudi women are allowed to drive for the first time, Amira Abdulgader wants to be sitting at the wheel, the one in control, giving a ride to her mother beside her. “Sitting behind the wheel (means) that you are the one controlling the trip,” said the architect, dressed in a black…

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Plane carrying Saudi World Cup footballers escapes disaster

The plane carrying Saudi Arabia’s World Cup team suffered a fire in one of its engines as the players flew to Rostov-on-Don for their next match, the Saudi football federation said Monday. The aircraft landed safely after what one of the Saudi players called a “simple malfunction”. “It was a small fire in one of the engines, the right…

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Cheryshev stars as Russia rout Saudi Arabia in World Cup opener

Denis Cheryshev said there were “no words to express” how he felt after he struck twice for Russia as the World Cup hosts thumped Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the tournament in Moscow on Thursday. Iury Gazinsky scored after 12 minutes and Cheryshev added a second before the break after coming on…

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Saudi-led coalition launches attack on Yemen’s Hodeidah

Troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition on Wednesday launched an assault on Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah, in the biggest battle of a three-year war between an alliance of Arab states and the Iran-aligned Houthis. Coalition warplanes and warships were carrying out strikes on Houthi fortifications to support ground operations by Yemeni troops massed…

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Imran Khan takes wife on Saudi Arabia trip

PTI chairperson Imran Khan visited Masjid-e-Nabvi in Madina with his wife on Tuesday. He will attend a fundraising event for Shaukat Khanam Hospital in Madina. On Wednesday, he will head to Makkah to perform Umrah. عمران خان مدینہ منورہ میں اپنی اہلیہ کے ہمراہ، عوام کی بڑی تعداد کپتان کے دیدار کیلئے ہوٹل کے باہر…

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Saudi women rev up motorcycles as end to driving ban nears

Even a year ago, it would have been hard to imagine — Saudi women clad in skinny jeans and Harley-Davidson T-shirts, revving motorcycles at a Riyadh sports circuit. But ahead of the historic lifting of a decades-long ban on female drivers on June 24, women gather weekly at the privately owned Bikers Skills Institute, to…

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Frenchman commits suicide at Makkah’s Grand Mosque

A Frenchman has committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Islam’s holiest city of Makkah, Saudi and French officials said Saturday. “A foreigner threw himself from the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah” to the courtyard below, “resulting in his instant death,” Saudi police told the official SPA…

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Unconvincing Germany survive late scare to end winless streak

World champions Germany failed to hit top gear as they edged to a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia in a lacklustre World Cup dress rehearsal on Friday, less than a week before the tournament starts. It was their first win in six matches but the Germans, who leave for Russia in four days, rarely put…

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First Saudi women get driving licences

Saudi Arabia on Monday began issuing its first driving licences to women in decades, authorities said, just weeks before the historic lifting of the conservative kingdom’s ban on female motorists. Ten Saudi women swapped their foreign licences for Saudi ones in multiple cities, including the capital Riyadh, as the kingdom prepares to end its ban…

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Guerrero double helps Peru beat Saudi Arabia in friendly

Paolo Guerrero scored twice in a 3-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia to cap an emotional week for the Peru captain who was cleared to play at the World Cup after his long legal battle against a 14-month drugs suspension. The 34-year-old striker won a last-ditch legal appeal on Thursday to appear at the tournament in Russia despite being…

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Saudi warns of military action if Qatar gets Russian missiles: report

Saudi Arabia has threatened military action against Qatar if it goes ahead and acquires Russia’s top of the range S-400 air defence missile system, Le Monde daily reported. Citing information it had obtained, Le Monde said Friday that Riyadh had written to French President Emmanuel Macron asking him to intervene to prevent the deal going…

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Saudi Arabia reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture

Saudi Arabia announced another cabinet reshuffle Saturday with a heavy focus on culture and religion, as the kingdom undergoes a major image rehaul. This is the second significant government change since the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of the king, as heir to the region’s most powerful throne. Prince Mohammed serves as deputy…

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Saudi Arabia seeks to criminalise sexual harassment

Saudi Arabia is preparing to outlaw sexual harassment, officials said Tuesday, less than a month before the conservative kingdom lifts its decades-long ban on women driving. The kingdom’s Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, approved a draft law on Monday which would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a penalty of…

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Social reform is rare bright spot in Saudi economic gloom

Nouf al-Anzy’s new life shows how Saudi Arabia’s social reforms are helping its struggling economy. Six months ago she got her first job, one of tens of thousands of women to do so as the government tackles prejudice against female employment. The 22-year-old high school graduate earns 4,000 riyals ($1,067) a month as a supermarket…

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World Cup 2018 factbox: Saudi Arabia

Facts on Saudi Arabia, who play in World Cup Group A: Country: Saudi Arabia Honours: Asian Cup winners 1984, 1988, 1996; Confederations Cup runners-up 1992 Past World Cup performance: Fifth participation. Best result: Round of 16 (1994) FIFA ranking: 67th Main clubs: Al-Hilal, Al-Ahli, Al-Ittihad, Al-Nasr Nickname: The Green Falcons How they qualified: Finished second…

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Qatar bans Saudi, UAE goods from stores

Qatar has ordered shops to remove goods originating from a group of Saudi Arabian-led countries which a year ago imposed a wide-ranging boycott on the emirate, Doha officials said Saturday. A directive from the economy ministry ordered shops to immediately strip shelves of products from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. Inspectors will visit…

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Russia, Saudis signal oil production boost

Russia and Saudi Arabia said Friday they believe a deal is possible to gradually boost oil output from as soon as July as world oil prices have recently hit highs last seen in 2014.  Meanwhile President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow would be satisfied with the price of crude oil dropping to $60 per…

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Teams kick-off training sessions for FIFA World Cup 2018

International teams have started training for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018. Teams namely Columbia, Portugal, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Columbia and Argentina have begun practice for the mega event which begins from June 14 2018. Portugal’s attacker Cristiano Ronaldo missed out on the practice session due to commitment with Real Madrid. The side will take…

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