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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 [...]

Saudi Guardianship Laws Could Be Set to Change. Here’s How Women Are Reacting.

The renewed prospect that Saudi Arabia might lift its restrictive guardianship laws has been met with a mix of hope and cynicism by women in the conservative kingdom. Saudi news media reported recently that the government is considering [...]

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 [...]

Yemen Has Been a Saudi Prince’s War. Now It’s His Quagmire.

From the beginning of Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, it was Prince Mohammed’s war. Prince Mohammed bin Salman, then 29 and in his third month as defense minister, was shown in official photographs surrounded by generals, [...]

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 [...]

U.A.E. Pulls Most Forces From Yemen in Blow to Saudi War Effort

For four years, the United Arab Emirates have been the military linchpin of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, providing weapons, money and thousands of ground troops to a campaign to drive out Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Emirati forces led almost [...]

Trump praises Saudi crown prince, ignores questions on Khashoggi killing

President Donald Trump met with Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. | Susan Walsh/AP Photo Share on Facebook Share on Twitter */ ]]> OSAKA, Japan — President Donald Trump enjoyed breakfast here [...]