June 18, 2011 |
She got her driver's license in Indiana. She likes to drive fast. And on Friday, Maha Qahtani, 39, in a face-covering niqab , raced through the streets of Riyadh in her family's blue Hummer H3, defying Saudi Arabia's religion-inspired bans on female motorists. In all, nearly three dozen Saudi women got behind the wheels of various vehicles Friday, human rights activists said, in what was billed on social networking websites as a day of defiance against the ultra-conservative kingdom's longstanding driving decrees.
June 6, 2011 |
Yemeni protesters on Sunday cheered the surprise exit of President Ali Abdullah Saleh to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment and swore the man who has ruled their country for almost 33 years was finished. "Yemen is reborn!" screamed thousands of demonstrators who have lived in front of Sana University in Sana, the capital, for more than four months, weathering tear gas, police batons and AK-47 fire. But even as the crowds rejoiced, officials close to Saleh vowed he would return in days, and his trusted lieutenants, including his son, held on to senior security positions.
March 11, 2011 |
Saudi security forces on Thursday dispersed a protest by Shiite Muslims in restive Eastern province with percussion grenades and rubber bullets, wounding five people, witnesses in the city of Qatif said. The crackdown heightened fear that nationwide demonstrations scheduled in Saudi Arabia for Friday could turn violent. The Shiite minority has long complained about religious and employment discrimination in the Sunni Muslim-dominated kingdom. They have been holding more frequent protests in the last few weeks, demanding equal treatment and the freeing of political prisoners.
November 15, 2010 |
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is demanding more assurances from the Obama administration that a record $60-billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia won't give the kingdom new military capabilities that threaten Israel. In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, 198 members of the House of Representatives complained about Saudi policies, and said they "would like to know how these sales will affect Israel's qualitative military edge.
May 31, 2009 |
Saudi Arabia executed a man for double murder and displayed his body as a deterrent, state news media said. The body of the man, beheaded by sword, was put on a cross in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency said. Ahmad Adhib bin Askar Shamalani Anzi had been convicted of killing a man and his 11-year-old son in a shop in Riyadh, the agency said. Saudi Arabia, a close U.S. ally, usually carries out executions by public beheading for murder, rape, drug smuggling and armed robbery.
August 1, 2008 |
Religious police in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's capital, banned the sale of dogs and cats as pets and prohibited walking them in public. An official of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice said the ban was because of "the rising phenomenon of men using cats and dogs to make passes at women and pester families," as well as "violate proper behavior in public." Previous bans in Mecca and Jidda have been ignored and failed to stop pet sales. The commission official said pets would be confiscated if found outside with their owners.