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Bashar Al-Assad is once again trying to claim the state's legitimacy in the religious sphere.

Rahaf, who lives in Canada, became the target of trolls after she posted a photo on social media wearing a bikini.

Saudi woman allegedly murdered by her own brother

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Saudi woman allegedly murdered by her own brother

A woman, identified as Nada Al-Qahtani, was allegedly shot by her brother while travelling on a bus to university in the Eastern Province of Dammam on Monday.

Saudi sisters escape to Turkey, fleeing 'abuse' at home

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Saudi sisters escape to Turkey, fleeing 'abuse' at home

Two sisters have taken to social media to find help after escaping alleged rape, forced marriage and abuse from relatives in Saudi Arabia.

Runaway Saudi sisters granted asylum in 'secret location'

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Runaway Saudi sisters granted asylum in 'secret location'

Saudi runaway sisters Maha and Wafa al-Subaie have said they are leaving Georgia for an undisclosed location.

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Two more Saudi women flee kingdom, plea for help

Two Saudi sisters appealed for help on social media from the former Soviet republic of Georgia after fleeing their country

Zahra Hankir

Queens of the Kingdom: Women of Saudi Arabia Speak

Book Club: Queens of the Kingdom will leave you with a strong sense of the deep existential crisis Saudi Arabia is facing and how its women are ...

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Saudi sisters free after six months in Hong Kong

Two Saudi sisters marooned in Hong Kong have arrived in a safe third country after securing humanitarian visas

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Exiled Saudi royal calls for regime change in Riyadh

Prince Khaled bin Farhan al-Saud, an exiled Saudi royal, has formed a Europe-based opposition group to aid fleeing Saudis and promote a ...

Stranded Saudi sisters granted extended stay to seek refuge

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Stranded Saudi sisters granted extended stay to seek refuge

Two Saudi sisters stranded in Hong Kong since September have been granted an additional month in the city to plead their case for asylum in a ...

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American woman trapped in Saudi Arabia after divorcing husband

Bethany Vierra, from Washington State, moved to Saudi Arabia in 2011 for a teaching job and married a Saudi businessman with whom she had a ...

Riyadh bans 'anti-guardianship' TV show

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Riyadh bans 'anti-guardianship' TV show

A Saudi state-run channel has cancelled a programme after it questioned the kingdom's strict male guardianship rules two weeks after it first ...

Saudi government broadcaster cancels programme that tackled guardianship laws

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Saudi government broadcaster cancels programme that tackled guardianship laws

A Saudi state-run channel has cancelled a programme after it questioned the kingdom's strict male guardianship rules two weeks after it first ...

Google refuses to ban controversial Saudi women-tracking app Absher

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Google refuses to ban controversial Saudi women-tracking app Absher

Critics have said the free Absher app enables abuse against women and girls in Saudi Arabia by allowing men to track their movements.

Saudi sisters attempt to flee to Australia

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Saudi sisters attempt to flee to Australia

The sisters aged 20 and 18, 'suffered violent abuse,' fled to Hong Kong in September from a family holiday in Sri Lanka and were planning to fly ...

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Saudi sisters stopped in Hong Kong while fleeing kingdom

The two young sisters said in a statement from their lawyer that they had renounced Islam and fear the death penalty if forced to return to Saudi Arabia.

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US senator demands Google, Apple remove Saudi 'woman-tracking' app

US Senator and human rights groups call on Google and Apple to take down a Saudi application that "highlights the disturbing system of ...

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Apple CEO vows scrutiny of Saudi 'women-tracking' app

Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company will look at Saudi app Absher after US Senator and human rights groups call on Google and Apple to take down ...

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Australia 'colluding' with Riyadh, and turning back Saudi women

Australia's Border Police have been accused of colluding with the Saudi male guardianship system, turning back women alone and suspected of ...

Saudi app 'allows men to track and detain women'

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Saudi app 'allows men to track and detain women'

Saudi Arabia is running an app allowing male guardians to track and prevent women from travelling, as the number of women fleeing the ...

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Saudi Arabia: 10 Reasons Why Women Flee

Under male guardianship laws, Saudi women face systematic discrimination and are left exposed to domestic violence. With few places to turn, ...

Exclusive: Trolls impersonating Saudi teenage runaway spread false claims

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Exclusive: Trolls impersonating Saudi teenage runaway spread false claims

Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed, who recently fled to Canada following a much-publicised ordeal, has come under attack from ...

Australia star calls for release of Bahraini refugee footballer

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Australia star calls for release of Bahraini refugee footballer

Hakeem Alaraibi, who was granted refugee status in Australia after fleeing an Arab Spring crackdown, was detained while on holiday in Thailand ...

Saudi journalist calls for 'forcefully exterminating' feminists

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Saudi journalist calls for 'forcefully exterminating' feminists

Well known Saudi journalist Mohammed al-Ahaidab has called for 'forcefully exterminating' feminists and dealing with them the way ...

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