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Saudi women prepare to get behind the wheel as driving ban comes to an end

Saudi women prepare to get behind the wheel as driving ban comes to an endThe country announced an end to the ban on women drivers last fall, opening women-only driving schools. As of this weekend, women there will be able to drive on real roads.



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Parts of Yemen missiles fired at Saudi Arabia were Iranian-made: UN report

Parts of Yemen missiles fired at Saudi Arabia were Iranian-made: UN reportSome components from five missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Huthi rebels were manufactured in Iran but UN officials are unable to determine when they were sent to Yemen, according to a confidential UN report seen by AFP on Thursday. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council in the 14-page report that debris from the missiles fired since July 2017 “share key design features with a known type of missile manufactured” by Iran. The report, sent to the council on Tuesday, added that “some component parts of the debris were manufactured in the Islamic Republic of Iran” but it remained unclear whether the transfer was in violation of UN restrictions.



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Saudi women in Russia to support team, reinforce new image

Saudi women in Russia to support team, reinforce new imageMOSCOW (AP) — In jeans, headscarves and veils, dozens of Saudi women draped in their country's green flag and sporting matching face paint streamed into Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday to support their national team against Russia in the World Cup's opening match.



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Saudi Arabia Told The World Its Problem Was Islam. It's Actually Tyranny.

Saudi Arabia Told The World Its Problem Was Islam. It's Actually Tyranny.Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman doesn't apologize for much. In the past



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Detained Saudi women driving campaigners branded traitors

Detained Saudi women driving campaigners branded traitorsDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Just weeks before Saudi Arabia is set to lift its ban on women driving, the kingdom's state security said Saturday it had detained seven people who are being accused of working with "foreign entities." Rights activists say all those detained had worked in some capacity on women's rights issues, with five of those detained among the most prominent and outspoken women's rights campaigners in the country.



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Saudi troops arrive on Yemen's Socotra after UAE tensions

Saudi troops arrive on Yemen's Socotra after UAE tensionsSaudi troops have been deployed to the Yemeni island of Socotra following tensions over the United Arab Emirates’ presence there, the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen said Sunday. “Saudi forces have arrived on the island of Socotra… to train and support Yemeni forces,” the coalition announced through Saudi’s state-owned Al-Ekhbariya channel. The deployment was said to have been coordinated with the Yemeni government.



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2 Arab Israelis in Saudi trial for alleged plot to attack hajj

2 Arab Israelis in Saudi trial for alleged plot to attack hajjTwo Arab Israelis went on trial in Saudi Arabia on Monday for allegedly plotting an attack during the Muslim hajj pilgrimage, according to the charge sheet and local media reports. The charge sheet, a copy of which AFP obtained from a source who attended the first hearing, said the two suspects had travelled to the kingdom which is home to Islam’s holiest site on passports of an Arab country. The two men were charged with spying for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and of planning “a terrorist act for the hajj season”, which this year falls in August, while one of them was also accused of contacts with the Islamic State jihadist group.



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Saudi king launches building of entertainment mega-park

Saudi king launches building of entertainment mega-parkSaudi Arabia’s King Salman has launched construction of an “entertainment city” near Riyadh, part of a series of multi-billion dollar projects aimed at helping the oil-dependent kingdom diversify its economy. The project is part of a sweeping reform and investment programme dubbed “Vision 2030″, the brainchild of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also attended the launch ceremony at the site on Saturday evening. In February, Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority said it would stage more than 5,000 festivals and concerts in 2018, double last year’s figure, and pump $ 64 billion (53 billion euros) into the sector in the coming decade.



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Saudi king launches building of entertainment mega-park

Saudi king launches building of entertainment mega-parkSaudi Arabia’s King Salman has launched construction of an “entertainment city” near Riyadh, part of a series of multi-billion dollar projects aimed at helping the oil-dependent kingdom diversify its economy. The project is part of a sweeping reform and investment programme dubbed “Vision 2030″, the brainchild of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also attended the launch ceremony at the site on Saturday evening. In February, Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority said it would stage more than 5,000 festivals and concerts in 2018, double last year’s figure, and pump $ 64 billion (53 billion euros) into the sector in the coming decade.



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Pompeo briefs Saudi, Israel on Trump plans for Iran deal

Pompeo briefs Saudi, Israel on Trump plans for Iran dealWashington’s new chief diplomat was to meet Saudi and Israeli leaders on Sunday to rally coordinated opposition to Tehran and brief them on President Donald Trump’s threat to end the Iran nuclear deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touched down in Riyadh on Saturday shortly after Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen fired missiles across the kingdom’s border. US officials travelling with Pompeo told reporters the Huthi missiles had been supplied by Iran, and cited the attacks as evidence that regional powers should work together.



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