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Loujain al-Hathloul: 'Fierce' Saudi women's rights campaigner

Loujain al-Hathloul: 'Fierce' Saudi women's rights campaigner

Loujain al-Hathloul, who was sentenced on Monday to five years and eight months' prison, has become emblematic of the fight for women's rights in Saudi Arabia. The 31-year-old long campaigned for women to be able to drive and for an end to the kingdom's notorious guardianship system, which...

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Saudi suspends passenger flights by at least one week

Saudi suspends passenger flights by at least one week

Saudi Arabia has extended its suspension of commercial passenger flights by at least one week and possibly two amid concerns over a new variant of the coronavirus. Saudi Arabi will however allow flights in "exceptional cases", an interior ministry official said according to the official...

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UAE president forms new Abu Dhabi Supreme Council

UAE president forms new Abu Dhabi Supreme Council

 United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, in his capacity as the ruler of Abu Dhabi, on Sunday established a Supreme Council for Financial and Economic Affairs that will also oversee matters relating to petroleum and natural resources. The current Supreme...

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Dubai cuts 2021 budget as pandemic impacts economy

Dubai cuts 2021 budget as pandemic impacts economy

Dubai said Sunday it expects to cut its budget to $15.5 billion in 2021 after its economy was impacted by a plunge in tourism and other sectors amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The emirate, one of the seven that make up the United Arab Emirates, had posted a record $18.1 billion budget...

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