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Comment: The locking up of activists serves as a reminder that the Kingdom is neither interested in women's rights, nor in greater democratisation, writes Malia Bouattia.

Safar al-Hawali and his three sons were detained days after his book 'Muslims and Western Civilisation' was released, prompting fears of a fresh crackdown on dissent.

Saudi teenage driver arrested for impersonating a woman

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Saudi teenage driver arrested for impersonating a woman

Many believed the motive of the teenager was to defame women drivers in the kingdom.

Saudi <em>Arabia</em> investigates 'immodestly dressed' reporter covering women driving

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Saudi Arabia investigates 'immodestly dressed' reporter covering women driving

Saudi Arabia's media regulator has referred a television anchor for investigation over her "immodest" clothing as she reported on the kingdom ...

Saudi <em>Arabia</em> sets up dedicated prison for women drivers

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Saudi Arabia sets up dedicated prison for women drivers

Saudi authorities have opened a special detention centre for women who violate traffic laws, as the kingdom lifted the world's only ban on women ...

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Celebration over Saudi driving ban lift marred by arrests

Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades Sunday but the jubilation is dented by the jailing of female activists who long opposed the driving ban

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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 ...

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Fear and Loathing on the Arabian Peninsula

Comment: The stalemate continues after a year of blockade and barbs, writes Andrew Leber.

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Camp David: Saudi Arabia secretly supported landmark negotiations

Leaked documents from Washington reveal a double-dealing Saudi Arabia who privately supported the 1979 Egypt-Israel peace accords, ...

Vogue slammed for false celebration of Saudi 'reforms'

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Vogue slammed for false celebration of Saudi 'reforms'

Saudi women have taken to Twitter to slam Vogue for featuring a glamorous princess on its cover, but ignoring Riyadh's recent jailing of a ...

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Fourth Saudi women's rights activist released from detention

Walaa al-Shubbar, reportedly in her 20s has become the fourth woman to be released from detention in Saudi after a sweep earlier this month.

Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

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Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, has sought to reassure Iraqis about their ...

Saudi broadcaster objects to journalist's appearance in Ramadan series

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Saudi broadcaster objects to journalist's appearance in Ramadan series

An Egyptian Ramadan TV series featuring a journalist critical of Saudi Arabia has caused a row over whether some scenes should be ...

Saudi <em>Arabia</em> welcomes Ramadan with a spate of arrests

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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 ...

Riyadh to host Middle East's first Formula E race

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Riyadh to host Middle East's first Formula E race

Formula E will stage its electric street racing series’ first race in the region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, authorities revealed.

Anthony Harwood

Betraying Morocco, Saudis back Trump for World Cup 2026

Comment: Saudi Arabia's support for the US-led bid for the 2026 World Cup over that of its Arab neighbour, Morocco, tells of new and broken alliances, writes Anthony Harwood.

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Two princes in a hurry shake up the Gulf

Comment: In UAE and Saudi Arabia, two princes are driving a geopolitical shake up. But do they share a common strategy? ask Anne Gadel ...

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Saudi shuts down women’s fitness centre over 'indecent video'

The kingdom requires women to seek permission from a male guardian - usually a father, husband or brother - to study, work or travel.

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Saudi Arabia sashays along its first Arab Fashion Week

Jean Paul Gaultier and Roberto Cavalli are in Saudi Arabia - headlining Riyadh's first ever Arab Fashion Week, a women-only event that ...

Saudi prince 'failed to pay after commissioning porn films'

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Saudi prince 'failed to pay after commissioning porn films'

Seedy Arabia? Former foreign minister reportedly commissioned three pornographic films featuring 'a close Moroccan acquaintance' of the ...

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Remaining Saudi corruption detainees 'may face terrorism-focused courts'

More than 50 Saudi nationals are still in detention in an unspecified location as part of a purported corruption and could stand trial in ...

Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed walks on shaky ground

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Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed walks on shaky ground

Comment: If Mohammed bin Salman continues to whitewash his family's role, whip former allies into subservience and suppress expressions of ...

Saudi <em>Arabia</em> to purge Muslim Brotherhood influence in schools

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Saudi Arabia to purge Muslim Brotherhood influence in schools

Teachers who are deemed sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood will be dismissed, as Saudi Arabia prepares to purge school curriculum ...

Prince Alwaleed struck 'secret deal' with Saudi government

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Prince Alwaleed struck 'secret deal' with Saudi government

Saudi Prince Alwaleed - believed to be among the richest men in the world - made a deal with the Riyadh government to end his prolonged ...

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