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Saudi Arabia's entertainment authority says it has cancelled plans for a concert featuring famous Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab.

Saudi Arabia is modernising, but its programme of reform is being driven by an authoritarian hunger for power that is eroding all room for dissent.

Saudi groom hits brakes on wedding after 'wife-must-drive' prenup

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Saudi groom hits brakes on wedding after 'wife-must-drive' prenup

A Saudi groom made an emergency stop at his own wedding ceremony after the bride's father imposed a condition of allowing her to drive after the marriage.

Saudi Arabia penalises woman 'for driving car'

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Saudi Arabia penalises woman 'for driving car'

Saudi police have penalised a woman filmed driving a car, a spokesman said on Monday, warning against violations of a ban on female drivers due ...

Saudi Arabia confirms guards killed in palace attack

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Saudi Arabia confirms guards killed in palace attack

Saudi Arabia has said that two security forces were killed and three injured after a gunman opened fire at the royal palace in the Red ...

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US embassy in Saudi Arabia warns of 'Jeddah attack'

Unconfirmed reports of a gunman firing on royal guards outside Saudi King Salman's Red Sea palace have circulated, with the US embassy warning citizens to avoid the area.

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Sahrawi youth: Caught between home and a hard place

Blog: With few opportunities at home, Sahrawi youth are finding themselves lured by the dream of escaping to Europe, writes Habibulah Mohamed ...

Robert Cusack and Gehad Quisay

Kuffar b*st*rds: Saudi Arabia's religious war against political enemies

Comment: Saudi Arabia has long projected the image of religious righteousness, fighting their enemies with God on their side, but what happens ...

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Saudi king books out all central Moscow five-star hotels

Saudi Arabia's King Salman and his thousand-strong entourage have touched down for a three-day visit to Russia, occupying all available ...

Russia denies involvement in Saudi king's escalator malfunction

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Russia denies involvement in Saudi king's escalator malfunction

In an undiplomatic start to the historic trip, Moscow has blamed the Saudis for leaving the king stuck on his way out of the royal jet.

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Women singers return to Saudi TV after decades-long ban

Saudi Arabia brings back female singers to state-run television after a ban that lasted over 30 years, in its latest step towards attempting to ...

Saudi authorities pursue Twitter user over women's driving threat

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Saudi authorities pursue Twitter user over women's driving threat

Saudi authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Twitter user who threatened to kill anyone who supported women driving, after the kingdom ...

Saudi Arabia man arrested after threatening women drivers

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Saudi Arabia man arrested after threatening women drivers

A man has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for allegedly threatening to attack women drivers, after a royal decree calling for an end to ...

Saudi Arabia steers toward anti-harassment laws, fatwa rights

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Saudi Arabia steers toward anti-harassment laws, fatwa rights

After a royal decree allowing women to drive in the conservative kingdom, Saudi Arabia now steers toward tackling sexual harassment and ...

Saudi #Women2Drive campaigner vows to return and drive

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Saudi #Women2Drive campaigner vows to return and drive

Manal al-Sharif, a leading Saudi activist who steered the Women2Drive campaign, has vowed to return home to be the first woman to legally obtain ...

Dr. Tamara Kharroub

Right to drive is meaningless until male guardianship ends

Comment: Without serious political reforms and real change in the law, the decision to let Saudi women drive is merely decorative and for performance purposes, writes Tamara Kharroub.

Shams Al-Shakarchi

Riyadh lifts the driving ban: 'carwashing' royal Saudi abuse?

While the advance in women's social liberalisation in Saudi Arabia should be celebrated, commentators have contextualised the move as a cynical ...

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Foreign airlines suspend Kurdistan flights after Baghdad ban

International airlines have begun suspending flights to the capital of Iraq's Kurdish region after Iraqi civil aviation authorities issued a ban ...

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Saudi religious authorities back women-driving, contradicting years of opposition

Saudi Arabia's highest clerical council has backed a royal decree allowing women to drive, overturning years of precedent from the ...

Celebration, conspiracies and anger: Reactions to Saudi women driving

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Celebration, conspiracies and anger: Reactions to Saudi women driving

Despite authorities threatening those who mock the royal decree, Twitter users in and around the kingdom were triggered by last night's ...

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Saudi Arabia lifts controversial ban on women driving

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will end its ban on women driving in the kingdom in a royal decree. The new law is expected to begin ...

Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive

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Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will end its ban on women driving in the kingdom.

Analysts doubt benefits of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030

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Analysts doubt benefits of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 diversification plan will do little to benefit the average Saudi citizen, and instead further ...

Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemen rebel missile

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Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemen rebel missile

Saudi forces intercepted a Yemen rebel missile heading towards the kingdom late on Saturday, in the latest cross-border attack.

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