In a landmark decision, Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it will now allow women to drive for the first time. Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world to restrict women from driving. For years, the ultra-conservative kingdom had attracted negative publicity globally for detaining women who defied the ban.
State-run Saudi Press Agency and state TV reported late Tuesday announcing that a royal order was issued for both men and women to be issued drivers’ licenses. It said a new committee will be formed to implement the new order. Since the 1990s, women’s rights activists have been pushing for the right to drive, arguing that it reflects their larger struggle for equality under the rule of law.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE cut diplomatic ties with Qatar for supporting terror groups newsreporter.in
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced today to cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar accusing the Arab country of supporting terror organisations and 'destabilising security of the region'.
An official statement by Saudi Arabia said it has discontinued all diplomatic relations and land, sea and air contacts with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar on, saying the move was necessary to protect the kingdom from what it described as terrorism and extremism.
Hyderabad: A 25-year-old Hyderabadi woman, who had gone to Saudi Arabia to work as a Home Maid was allegedly tortured to death on Thursday. She was died on King Saud Chest Diseases Hospital while undergoing treatment for chest pain. Her family members were informed about her death through an unknown phone call.
Asima, a resident of Shah Colony in Dabeerpura had left to Riyadh as "House Maid" via an agent. As the government has stopped permitting ‘house maid’ about two years ago, she was sent to Riyadh on a business visit visa for 90 days period and was illegally kept there in custody.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Three Kerala youth, who were allegedly physically tortured by their Saudi employer, returned to their home state early on Saturday from Saudi Arabia.
For the first time: Woman wins as councillor in Saudi Arabia
A woman has won a seat on a municipal council for the first time in Saudi Arabia, after the kingdom lifted its ban on women taking part in polls. Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi won a seat in Mecca province in Saturday's vote. Women have also won in many other regions in the country.
El Nino: Never before cyclone to bring eight years of rain in two days to Arabian Peninsula stuff.co.nz
A rare intense tropical cyclone is heading towards the usually arid Arabian peninsula.