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On the second anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi's murder, Human Rights Watch launches a campaign to counter Saudi 'image laundering'.

Comment: As long as men preside over decisions on gender reform, women's rights in Saudi Arabia will never go beyond a PR move, writes Alainna Liloia.

Amnesty slams 'hypocritical' Saudi Arabia for arresting rapper

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Amnesty slams 'hypocritical' Saudi Arabia for arresting rapper

A YouTube rap video from Saudi Arabia garnered more than 1.6 million views in a week before it was taken down.

Lil Wayne 'never going back to Riyadh' after concert

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Lil Wayne 'never going back to Riyadh' after concert

The hip-hop giant proclaimed he is 'never going back to Riyadh' after headlining a show in the Saudi capital on November 30.

Egyptian singer stirs outrage with toplessness and Qatari sympathies

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Egyptian singer stirs outrage with toplessness and Qatari sympathies

Egyptian singer Mohamed Ramadan has outraged the Saudi public with a risqué performance in Riyadh, and outraged the government by calling ...

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K-Pop's BTS performs to Saudi fans despite backlash

Some welcomed the BTS decision to perform in Saudi Arabia, which has loosened decades-old restrictions on entertainment as part of a push to improve its image and attract tourists.

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K-pop band BTS slammed for Riyadh 'whitewashing' performance

K-pop group BTS ignored fan demands to withdraw from a performance in Riyadh on Friday, a decision that has drawn widespread criticism.

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'Rebel' Saudi women shun obligatory abaya robe

A small group of Saudi women are mounting a rare protest against the country's ultra-conservative dress code, wearing bright colours, leaving ...

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Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr to rematch in Saudi

British champion boxer Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr will face off in Saudi Arabia in December for a rematch.

What reform? The perils of Saudi 'public decency' law

Hakim Charles Khatib

What reform? The perils of Saudi 'public decency' law

Saudi Arabia's recent public decency law lays bare the limitations of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's "liberalising reforms", writes Hakim ...

Malia Bouattia

Muslims are boycotting the Hajj to protest Saudi atrocities

Comment: Pressuring Riyadh to end its atrocities, from crackdown on dissent to its war on Yemen, many Muslims are speaking out and even ...

Rapper 50 Cent to perform at controversial Saudi concert

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Rapper 50 Cent to perform at controversial Saudi concert

The Jeddah World Fest has announced that 50 Cent will perform in Saudi Arabia, just a week after superstar Nicki Minaj pulled ...

Open for Business: Riyadh ends mandatory prayer-time closures

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Open for Business: Riyadh ends mandatory prayer-time closures

The move, announced on Tuesday, permits stores and restaurants to remain open all day in exchange for a fee, the state Saudi Press Agency ...

The catch with Riyadh relaxing male guardianship laws

Karim Traboulsi

The catch with Riyadh relaxing male guardianship laws

Comment: Any progress on women's rights will be a concession, not a royal gift conferred upon subjects, forced to answer with deference and ...

Saudi boycott: <em>Minaj</em> shows western leaders how it's done

Wilson Dizard

Saudi boycott: Minaj shows western leaders how it's done

Comment: Nicki Minaj's decision not to perform in Saudi Arabia shows she has more of a backbone than most western leaders, writes Will ...

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Nicki Minaj scraps Saudi concert over rights abuses

Following pressure from human rights organisations and activists, US rap star Nicki Minaj has cancelled a concert in Saudi Arabia, citing concerns about women's and gay rights.

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Activists urge Nicki Minaj to refuse 'Saudi regime money'

US Rapper Nicki Minaj has been urged by rights activists to cancel her headlining performance in Saudi Arabia this month, in ...

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Fourth of July: Jeddah displays Statue of Liberty replica

Video: This Fourth of July, the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah is putting up a replica of the world-famous Statue of Liberty to "celebrate ...

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Nicki Minaj to headline festival in Saudi Arabia

Award-winning rapper Nicki Minaj will perform in the coastal city of Jeddah on July 18 in an outdoor music festival.

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