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Saudi Arabia Extends New Rights to Women in Blow to Oppressive System

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Some Saudi women joked about rushing to the airport — alone. Others breathed a sigh of relief that the men in their lives — whether fathers, brothers or husbands — could no longer dictate their movements. Social [...]

Saudi Arabia Says Women Can Travel Without Male Guardians

Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that it would allow adult women to obtain passports, travel and work without securing the permission of a male relative, dealing significant blows to the kingdom’s so-called “guardianship” system [...]

Saudi Arabia Frees Doctor With U.S. Citizenship After 21 Months

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Saudi Arabia has freed a doctor with dual Saudi-American citizenship after he was detained for 21 months and reportedly tortured, two friends of the family said on Thursday. The Saudis first detained Dr. Walid Fitaihi [...]

Senate Foreign Relations Committee renews efforts to block Saudi Arabia arms sales

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday renewed efforts to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia after a tense few weeks of negotiating competing bills aimed at punishing the kingdom for what critics say are a continuing string of human [...]

U.S. to send troops to Saudi Arabia amid Iran tensions

U.S. President Donald Trump | Mark Wilson/Getty Images Deployment to protect from ’emergent, credible threats,’ Pentagon said. By Laura Kayali 7/20/19, 12:03 PM CET The United States is deploying military personnel and equipment [...]

American Woman Loses Custody Battle for Daughter in Saudi Arabia

Ms. Vierra said the photos were taken in the United States and taken from her private social media accounts. The court accepted his testimony at face value, she said, while hers was legally worthless unless she could bring in male witnesses [...]

Court rules UK must reconsider arms sales to Saudi Arabia

LONDON (AP) – A British court has ruled that the U.K. government must reconsider its decision to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia for use in the Yemen war. The Court of Appeal ruled Thursday in favor of anti-weapons campaigners, who argued [...]

Houthis Strike Airport in Saudi Arabia, Injuring Travelers

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Houthi rebels attacked an airport in southern Saudi Arabia, both sides in Yemen’s civil war said on Wednesday, and injured 26 travelers, according to the Saudis. Houthi officials claimed responsibility for the attack, [...]

A Latter-Day Lawrence of Arabia Shakes Up Britain’s Tories

“The key word that we need to get back to,” he told the BBC’s “Question Time” on Thursday, “a word that is so powerful, and nobody ever uses in politics, is the word ‘love.’” Mr. Stewart, 46, is posh, eccentric and clever, [...]

American Woman, Divorced From Saudi Husband, Is Trapped in Saudi Arabia

Even after the divorce, her ex-husband remained the sponsor of Ms. Vierra’s residency, as well as the guardian of her and her daughter, Ms. Carroll said. In December, he refused to give them permission to travel, meaning that they missed [...]