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Saudi Arabian cleric says driving hurts women’s ovaries

A Saudi cleric sparked a wave of mockery online when he warned women that driving would affect their ovaries and bring “clinical disorders” upon their children. The warning came ahead of an October 26 initiative to defy a longstanding driving ban on women in the ultra-conservative kingdom. “Physiological science” has…

Gene map helps trace spread of MERS coronavirus

Researchers in Britain and Saudi Arabia said on Friday that gene profiling of the MERS virus had provided insights, but no answer, as to how the mysterious microbe spreads. Reporting online in The Lancet, the scientists said they had assembled a family tree of the coronavirus causing Middle East Respiratory…

Saudi Arabia bans ‘terrorist’ propaganda on Internet

Saudi Arabia said Monday it will outlaw the dissemination of information on the Internet for the benefit of “terrorist” groups, in line with a decision taken by Gulf Arab monarchies. The official SPA news agency said the cabinet approved the “unified legislation against cybercrime,” which the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)…

MERS coronavirus claims three more lives in Saudi Arabia

Another three people have died in Saudi Arabia after contracting the MERS coronavirus, the health ministry said Sunday, bringing the kingdom’s total fatalities of the SARS-like virus to 47. A Saudi man, aged 74, died in the western city of Medina after being in contact with an infected person, the…

Saudi Arabia adopts first law to criminalize domestic violence

Saudi Arabia has adopted a law criminalising domestic violence, usually targeting women and children, in a move hailed by activists who on Thursday demanded its swift implementation. The law, approved by the cabinet on Monday, is aimed at protecting people from “all forms of abuse” and offering them shelter as…

Britain is exporting arms to human rights violators: report

Britain has issued export licences worth £12 billion ($18 billion, 14 billion euros) for the sale of military equipment to states deemed possible rights violators including Syria, Iran and China, lawmakers said Wednesday. A report by a group of parliamentary committees said that 3,000 licences for arms and other equipment…

Saudi Arabia urges elderly to avoid hajj over MERS coronavirus fears

Saudi Arabia on Saturday urged elderly and chronically ill Muslims not to perform the hajj pilgrimage, to curb the spread of the MERS coronavirus which has killed 38 in the kingdom. The health ministry issued a set of conditions for people wanting to perform the annual hajj, which this year…

Health officials confirm deadly flu-like MERS virus jumped from Saudi Arabia to the UAE

Health authorities in the UAE have announced that an 82-year-old man has been diagnosed with the MERS coronavirus infection, the first case to be recorded in the Gulf state. The Emirati citizen who contracted the SARS-like virus suffers from cancer and is being treated in hospital in the capital, Abu…

New death from SARS-like coronavirus MERS as health experts meet

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said another person had died of the SARS-like coronavirus MERS, and six new cases were registered, in statements on Thursday and Friday as international experts gather in Cairo to discuss the epidemic. Experts, including from the World Health Organisation, are nearing the end of a…

Death toll of new SARS-like virus rises to 30

The global death toll from a SARS-like virus has risen to 30, the World Health Organization said Friday after three people died of the illness in Saudi Arabia, which is bearing the brunt of the outbreak. WHO spokesman Glenn Thomas told reporters that the number was raised from 27 after…

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