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Woman dies in car crash during her first driving lesson — days after Saudi Arabia lifts ban on female drivers -

A woman has died in a car crash during her first driving lesson in Saudi Arabia, days after the country lifted its 60-year ban on female motorists. The driver was sat behind the wheel for the first time in Jeddah, near the Red Sea, when she reportedly ...and more »

Saudi Arabia finally let women drive. Don't mistake it for democratic reform. - Washington Post

On Sept. 26, Saudi Arabia granted its female citizens the right to drive, reversing a decades-long prohibition. The latest in a number of changes shaking the conservative foundations of the kingdom, this widely publicized reform occurred in the wake of ...and more »

Scottish council pension funds “bankrolling” arms firms - The Ferret

Pension funds in Scotland have £420 million worth of investments in arms companies including nearly £12m in a US arms giant in Fife linked to allegations of war crimes in Yemen. The arms firms backed by 11 council pension funds include Northrop ...and more »

Once Shunned as 'Drivers,' Saudi Women Who Fought Ban Now Celebrate - New York Times

They were arrested, suspended from jobs, shunned by relatives and denounced by clerics as loose women out to destroy society. Their offense? They did what many in Saudi Arabia considered unthinkable: getting in cars and driving. Their protest in 1990 ...and more »

8 photos of the S-400 in Syria, Russia's most advanced missile defense system that the US could go up against - Business Insider

The US appears on the verge of striking the Syrian government after it allegedly carried out a gas attack in a suburb of Damascus over the weekend. Russia has vowed to shoot down any US missile strike and repeatedly warned that any such strike on Syria ...and more »

What drove Saudi Arabia to lift driving ban? It's not all about women. - Christian Science Monitor

October 5, 2017 Amman, Jordan—A royal decree last week marked a watershed moment in Saudi Arabia. No longer would the kingdom be the only country on the planet to prevent women from driving. Yet while some were quick to hail the long-discussed ...and more »

Trump administration approves sale of $15bn Thaad missile defence system to Saudi Arabia - The Independent

The US government has approved the possible sale of a THAAD anti-missile defence system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $15 billion, the Pentagon said on Friday, citing Iran among regional threats. The approval opens the way for Saudi Arabia to ...and more »

Saudi Arabia says it dismantles Islamic State cell in Riyadh - Reuters

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it had dismantled an Islamic State cell in the capital Riyadh, in connection with a plot to launch a suicide attack on the defense ministry. A damaged location is seen following a raid by Saudi security ...and more »

UN places Saudi-led military coalition on "blacklist" - CBS News

UNITED NATIONS -- In the annual Secretary General Report on Children and Armed Conflict, the United Nations placed the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition on its "blacklist," accusing it of involvement in the deaths and injury of almost 700 children in ...and more »

US approves possible $15 billion sale of THAAD missiles to Saudi Arabia - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of a THAAD anti-missile defense system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $15 billion, the Pentagon said on Friday, citing Iran among regional threats. FILE PHOTO: A ...and more »