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End of women driving ban caps dramatic year of achievements since Saudi crown prince’s appointment

  • The beginning of 2018 brought a decision that took the Kingdom closer to ending all forms of discrimination against its female population, with women allowed to watch football matches with their families
  • On April 18, a 35-year ban on cinemas was lifted, with a screening of Marvel’s “Black Panther”
By MOHAMMED AL-KINANI - ASEEL BASHRAHEEL - DEEMA AL-KHUDAIR ·

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Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving

  • They start their engines and hit the roads throughout the Kingdom
  • End of driving ban is crowning achievement so far of Saudi Vision 2030
By Deema Al Khudair - & - ZIYAD ALARFAJ ·

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Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior has received more than 120,000 applications for driving licenses so far

By Arab News ·

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Saudi women at the wheel: the first 24 hours

  • The General Security has already reported that it will be providing the required provisions for female drivers in Saudi Arabia.
  • Private insurance company Najm, in partnership with the General Department of Traffic, has hired 40 women and trained them to respond to road accidents involving female drivers.
By DEEMA AL-KHUDAIR - HUSSAM AL-MAYMAN ·

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Iraq plans manual election recount only for suspect ballots

  • The parliamentary election has been marred by historically low turnout and fraud allegations
By Reuters ·

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Singapore spent $12 million on US-N.Korea summit

  • $12 million were spent on the historic US-North Korea summit
  • The meeting was the culmination of a rapid detente between Pyongyang and Washington
By AFP ·

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Iran rial plunges to new lows as US sanctions loom

  • The dollar was being offered for as much as 87,000 rials, compared to around 75,500 on Thursday
  • The currency has been sliding for months because of a weak economy
By Reuters ·

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Saudi Arabian woman drives F1 car to mark end of ban

  • On the same day that women celebrated being allowed to drive on the roads of Saudi Arabia, Aseel Al-Hamad drove an F1 car
  • Al-Hamad who is a member of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, is a keen driver and motorsport enthusiast
By AFP ·

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HBO website and comedian John Oliver censored in China

  • After mocking censors working over time to delete comparisons of President Xi Jinping with the cartoon bear, comedian John Oliver and now the website of TV giant HBO have fallen victim to China’s censorship machine
  • HBO joins a long list of Western media outlets that have had their websites blocked in China including The New York Times, Facebook, and Twitter
By AFP ·