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Saudi Arabia kicked off a two-day conference for Muslim scholars expected to produce a fatwa denouncing the tactics of the Taliban, as the US puts pressure on the Afghan militants.

The government-engineered 'expat exodus' has failed to bring down unemployment, which instead increased in the kingdom, as locals shun 'demeaning' jobs in agriculture, retail and services.

Saudi woman's car set alight after driving ban lifted

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Saudi woman's car set alight after driving ban lifted

Saudi men opposed to women driving are believed to have set a woman's car alight in protest at the lifting of the ban.

Mohammed bin Salman hires 'disgraced' former executive as adviser

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Mohammed bin Salman hires 'disgraced' former executive as adviser

Former Siemens CEO Klaus Kleinfeld had made his 'comeback' to the corporate world with a Saudi leap of faith, when he was chosen to lead NEOM ...

Saudi woman takes victory lap in Formula One car

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Saudi woman takes victory lap in Formula One car

Racing driver Aseel al-Hamad hit the track ahead of the French Grand Prix as her compatriots drove in Saudi Arabia for the first time.

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Kushner, Trump envoy visit Saudi Arabia's crown prince

Trump adviser Jared Kushner and US envoy Jason Greenblatt met with the Saudi crown prince to discuss the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

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HRW slams Saudi Arabia's 'unprecedented crackdown' on activists

A leading international rights group has slammed the Saudi Arabia's 'unprecedented and vicious' crackdown on activists in the kingdom, as the ...

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Saudi Arabia to recruit first ever women border guards

The recruitment announcement is part of a wave of reforms granting women basic human rights in order to bring the kingdom into the 21st century.

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Saudi Arabia arrests woman for sympathising with feminist activists

Mayya al-Zahrani was arrested hours after posting comments on the arrest of a fellow female activist, a worrying show of Saudi online ...

UN slams Saudi 'anti-terror' laws for masking torture

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UN slams Saudi 'anti-terror' laws for masking torture

"Those who peacefully exercise their right to freedom of expression are systematically persecuted": A new UN report - commissioned by Saudi ...

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Saudi campaigner arrested in fresh crackdown on rights activism

As four women's rights campaigners were released from Saudi jails, another activist has been arrested in Riyadh's fresh crackdown on liberals.

Three Saudi women's rights activists freed from detention

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Three Saudi women's rights activists freed from detention

Saudi authorities have released three prominent women's rights activists after a sweep earlier this month.

Journalism watchdog calls on Saudi Arabia to release blogger

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Journalism watchdog calls on Saudi Arabia to release blogger

The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed its concern over Saudi Arabia's crackdown on women's rights advocates, and called for their ...

Three Saudi women's rights activists arrested as crackdown continues

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Three Saudi women's rights activists arrested as crackdown continues

Saudi Arabia is continuing its crackdown on human rights advocates, weeks before the country ends a ban on women drivers.

Riyadh, Abu Dhabi 'used sleazy Washington lobbyists' against Qatar

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Riyadh, Abu Dhabi 'used sleazy Washington lobbyists' against Qatar

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been dealing with a pair of controversial Washington lobbyists to sway the US government to sanction Qatar, an ...

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Riyadh to release Saudi-Ethiopian tycoon detained in corruption crackdown

Hundreds of people, including prominent Saudi businessmen and officials, were jailed at a luxury-hotel-turned-prison in Riyadh last November.

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Trump was 'offered election help' from MbS, MbZ: report

This marks the first time a country other than Russia reportedly offered assistance to help Donald Trump win the US presidency.

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Saudi Arabia welcomes Ramadan with a spate of arrests

A number of leading Saudi human rights activists and academics have been arrested in the first day of Ramadan as Riyah authorities continue ...

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Trudeau and Macron grant MbS a licence to kill

Comment: The two leaders have cast themselves as advocates of human rights, but when it comes to arms deals, their neoliberal values reign ...

Saudi Crown Prince 'partner of Israel', says Israel envoy

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Saudi Crown Prince 'partner of Israel', says Israel envoy

The powerful Saudi Crown Prince has become an ally of Israel, the Israeli ambassador to Egypt has said, in the latest sign of warming relations ...

Stasa Salacanin

Energy and geopolitical earthquake: The Saudi-Russian long-term oil deal

In-depth: Saudi Arabia and Russia’s closer political and commercial cooperation, going beyond regulation of oil prices, has indicated a new ...

Astronomy: The outer frontier of Saudi liberalisation

James M. Dorsey

Astronomy: The outer frontier of Saudi liberalisation

Comment: Saudi Arabia's hardline religious conservatives have traditionally thwarted the quest for knowledge in astronomy because it threatens ...

<em>MbS</em>: 'Palestinians must negotiate with Israel or shut up'

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MbS: 'Palestinians must negotiate with Israel or shut up'

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly told a crowd of Jewish leaders that Palestinians must "accept peace or shut up".

Japan's Abe in the UAE to boost ties

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Japan's Abe in the UAE to boost ties

The Japanese leader was in Abu Dhabi for the first leg of his Middle East tour, bringing 27 Japanese companies with him for a business forum ...

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