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Saudi crown prince says abaya not necessary

Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya — the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety — as long as their attire is “decent and respectful”, the kingdom’s reform-minded crown prince said. With the ascent to power of young Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, the country …

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2,000-year-old sculpture found in Saudi desert

An ancient sculpted rock, depicting camelids (even-toed ungulate mammals) and equids (a mammal of the horse family), has been found in the northern Saudi province of Al Jawf. Although the camel has been a common motif in the artworks of the region for millennia, the latest discovery is “unprecedented” in …

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Saudi military leaders replaced amid stalemated war in Yemen

Saudi Arabia replaced its military chief of staff and other defense officials early on Tuesday morning in a shake-up apparently aimed at overhauling its Defense Ministry during the stalemated and ruinous war in Yemen. The kingdom also announced a new female deputy minister of labor and social development as it …

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Yemen PM ‘holed up’ as Aden palace surrounded

Southern Yemeni separatists have surrounded the presidential palace in the city of Aden following clashes with previously allied government forces. Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghar and members of his cabinet were believed to be holed up inside the compound. The separatists – who had been backing the government in its …

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Saudi Women and the Economy

by Mohammad Zayed* — In a historic step towards economic and social reforms following the falling of oil prices by more than 50%, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has recently declared the lifting of the long-standing ban on women driving in the kingdom (the only country in the world that …

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