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Clinton backs Saudi women’s right to drive

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday publicly threw her support behind a campaign by Saudi women to lift a ban on female driving in the ultra conservative, oil-rich kingdom. “What these women are doing is brave, and what they are seeking is right,” Clinton said,…

Saudi woman defies kingdom’s ban on women driving

Saudi women’s group using Facebook, Twitter to call for June 17 protest drive aimed at lifting the ban JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — A Saudi mother said Sunday she defied a ban on women drivers in the ultra-conservative kingdom by getting behind the wheel for four days without being stopped. Najla…

Three dead as Bahrain police clear Pearl Square

MANAMA (AFP) – Bahrain’s opposition accused the kingdom’s Sunni authorities of killing three protesters in a violent raid Wednesday on a peaceful pro-democracy camp that sparked Shiite outrage across the region. Hundreds of riot police backed by tanks and helicopters fired shotguns and tear gas canisters early morning at demonstrators…

Top US military officer ‘stunned’ by Arab revolts

RIYADH (AFP) – Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday he was “stunned” by the spread of Arab protests as he arrived in Saudi Arabia on a Gulf tour to boost Washington’s ties with regional allies. Mullen’s visit comes as an unprecedented wave of…

Bahrain cyber-activists urge ‘revolt’

DUBAI – A Facebook page urging “revolt” in Bahrain replicating similar calls elsewhere in the Arab world had by Tuesday amassed more than 6,000 “likes” on the social networking site. “This is your chance to open the door for political and standard of living reforms, especially with the changes going…

Even oil-rich Saudi Arabia looks to alternative energy

RIYADH — With vast oil reserves that are far from exhausted, Saudi Arabia, facing rising domestic energy demand that could cut into its oil exports, has decided to explore nuclear and renewable energy, Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi has said. “We have started to take the required steps to utilize several…

Saudi police arrest reformist writer

Saudi police arrest reformist writer who predicted royal power struggle A Saudi magazine on Tuesday said police arrested its editor a few days after he warned of a possible power struggle within the royal family because of the poor health of the king and crown prince. The arrest reflects the…

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