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# saudi-arabia - Friday 23 January, 2015

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died
# Middle East
# Middle East

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died

Jan 23rd 2015, 7:29 AM 34,803 Views 127 Comments

The elderly king died in hospital.

# saudi-arabia - Thursday 22 January, 2015

Protest outside Saudi Embassy for blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam
# Dublin
# Dublin

Protest outside Saudi Embassy for blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam

Jan 22nd 2015, 4:11 PM 8,816 Views 87 Comments

Raif Badawi criticised clerics and the kingdom’s notorious religious police.

# saudi-arabia - Friday 16 January, 2015

Saudi blogger's flogging for "insulting Islam" postponed
# Raif Badawi
# Raif Badawi

Saudi blogger's flogging for "insulting Islam" postponed

Jan 16th 2015, 7:15 AM 13,593 Views 49 Comments

Raif Badawi criticised clerics and the kingdom’s notorious religious police.

# saudi-arabia - Friday 9 January, 2015

Blogger receives first 50 of 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam
# Saudi Arabia
# Saudi Arabia

Blogger receives first 50 of 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam

Jan 9th 2015, 6:50 PM 27,672 Views 117 Comments

Raef Badawi has been behind bars since 2012.

# saudi-arabia - Sunday 28 December, 2014

Ireland wanted to sell water to Saudi Arabia for $5 a barrel in the 1980s
# We Have What You Need
# We Have What You Need

Ireland wanted to sell water to Saudi Arabia for $5 a barrel in the 1980s

Dec 28th 2014, 8:45 AM 20,117 Views 107 Comments

There was one problem… Japan also wanted to.

# saudi-arabia - Tuesday 18 November, 2014

Death sentence for killer of Irish cameraman Simon Cumbers
# Saudi Arabia
# Saudi Arabia

Death sentence for killer of Irish cameraman Simon Cumbers

Nov 18th 2014, 9:05 AM 12,451 Views 13 Comments

The attack took place ten years ago in the capital of Saudi Arabia.

# saudi-arabia - Wednesday 24 September, 2014

Islamic State oil refineries hit in latest air strikes
# Attack
# Attack

Islamic State oil refineries hit in latest air strikes

Sep 24th 2014, 11:27 PM 9,251 Views 44 Comments

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama led the UN Security Council in approving a resolution demanding that countries take action to stem the flow of foreign jihadists to Iraq and Syria.

# saudi-arabia - Wednesday 30 July, 2014

Opinion: Here I go again, back to Riyadh. My life has changed so much in just ten years...
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Opinion: Here I go again, back to Riyadh. My life has changed so much in just ten years...

Jul 30th 2014, 8:30 PM 462 Views 9 Comments

Back in 2004, my wife and I were anticipating the arrival of our second son and I had just set up my own business. Then the financial meltdown hit.

# saudi-arabia - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

Ireland steps in to help speaker interrupted by Saudi Arabia at the UN
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Ireland steps in to help speaker interrupted by Saudi Arabia at the UN

Jun 25th 2014, 10:33 AM 19,215 Views 32 Comments

Saudi Arabia interrupted the speaker on three occasions.

# saudi-arabia - Sunday 18 May, 2014

Five new deaths from MERS virus in Saudi Arabia
# Death Toll
# Death Toll

Five new deaths from MERS virus in Saudi Arabia

May 18th 2014, 11:54 AM 8,506 Views 10 Comments

The dead included men and women aged from their 60s to 80s.

Irish man gets 'all clear' after deadly MERS virus fears
# Saudi Arabia
# Saudi Arabia

Irish man gets 'all clear' after deadly MERS virus fears

May 18th 2014, 7:00 AM 8,260 Views 7 Comments

Paddy Reilly was tested after travelling on the same plane as an American man who was later diagnosed with the potentially fatal MERs virus.

# saudi-arabia - Friday 14 February, 2014

Valentine's Day is banned by the religious police in Saudi Arabia
# SSSHH
# SSSHH

Valentine's Day is banned by the religious police in Saudi Arabia

Feb 14th 2014, 12:01 PM 17,535 Views 74 Comments

But people still buy chocolates and roses in secret.

# saudi-arabia - Thursday 16 January, 2014

'You must be joking': Higgins criticises Taoiseach over Gulf visit
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

'You must be joking': Higgins criticises Taoiseach over Gulf visit

Jan 16th 2014, 5:53 PM 18,513 Views 84 Comments

Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins raised the issue of human rights during an Oireachtas committee meeting this evening.

# saudi-arabia - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

British men cannot sue Saudi Arabia over torture claims
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

British men cannot sue Saudi Arabia over torture claims

Jan 15th 2014, 8:35 AM 10,828 Views 35 Comments

Four men claimed they had been tortured by Saudi Arabian officials, and said their right of access to court had been violated.

# saudi-arabia - Thursday 9 January, 2014

Gilmore insists: 'Ireland always raises human rights issues'
# Gulf Trip
# Gulf Trip

Gilmore insists: 'Ireland always raises human rights issues'

Jan 9th 2014, 2:50 PM 4,671 Views 29 Comments

Micheál Martin has said “of course” the Taoiseach should have raised human rights issues with leaders in the Gulf this week.

The human rights issues which aren’t being discussed on Taoiseach’s Gulf visit
# Saudi Arabia
# Saudi Arabia

The human rights issues which aren’t being discussed on Taoiseach’s Gulf visit

Jan 9th 2014, 9:30 AM 20,247 Views 137 Comments

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton have come in for criticism for not raising human rights issues during their visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar – but what exactly are the issues?

# saudi-arabia - Tuesday 7 January, 2014

Government won’t say if Taoiseach has or will raise human rights concerns with Gulf states
# Trade Mission
# Trade Mission

Government won’t say if Taoiseach has or will raise human rights concerns with Gulf states

Jan 7th 2014, 10:47 PM 10,109 Views 125 Comments

Enda Kenny has acknowledged Saudi Arabia’s election to the UN Human Rights Council, but the government won’t say if concerns about human rights issues are being raised with leaders there or in Qatar and UAE this week.

# saudi-arabia - Monday 6 January, 2014

Rehab chief Angela Kerins won't say what her current salary is
# Rehab
# Rehab

Rehab chief Angela Kerins won't say what her current salary is

Jan 6th 2014, 9:32 AM 19,832 Views 114 Comments

The chief executive of the Rehab Group was asked a number of times to disclose her current earnings which were most recently reported to be €234,000 per year.

# saudi-arabia - Sunday 5 January, 2014

Human body parts 'fall from the sky' in Saudi Arabia
# Jeddah
# Jeddah

Human body parts 'fall from the sky' in Saudi Arabia

Jan 5th 2014, 5:00 PM 49,548 Views 58 Comments

Initial indications were that the remains “fell from a plane’s landing gear” over the city of Jeddah.

Taoiseach and Jobs Minister kick off Gulf trade mission in Saudi Arabia
# Trade
# Trade

Taoiseach and Jobs Minister kick off Gulf trade mission in Saudi Arabia

Jan 5th 2014, 12:00 PM 9,790 Views 133 Comments

Enda Kenny and Richard Bruton will remain in the Gulf region until Thursday.

# saudi-arabia - Saturday 4 January, 2014

Taoiseach and Jobs Minister head to Gulf for 'ambitious' trade mission
# Year Of Jobs
# Year Of Jobs

Taoiseach and Jobs Minister head to Gulf for 'ambitious' trade mission

Jan 4th 2014, 9:01 AM 7,419 Views 108 Comments

They will be accompanied by representatives from almost 90 companies, visiting Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

# saudi-arabia - Saturday 26 October, 2013

Saudi women get behind the wheel to protest against driving ban
# Saudi Arabia
# Saudi Arabia

Saudi women get behind the wheel to protest against driving ban

Oct 26th 2013, 3:04 PM 11,120 Views 78 Comments

Women have been driving in Saudi Arabia to protest against females not being issued licences.

# saudi-arabia - Sunday 25 August, 2013

Saudi man dies of MERS virus, bringing death toll to 41
# Virus
# Virus

Saudi man dies of MERS virus, bringing death toll to 41

Aug 25th 2013, 3:54 PM 11,893 Views 23 Comments

There is still no vaccine for the virus which has a fatality rate of more than 51 per cent.

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
# Sitdown Sunday
# Sitdown Sunday

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

Aug 25th 2013, 10:00 AM 11,499 Views 1 Comment

The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.

# saudi-arabia - Wednesday 3 July, 2013

Column: 'Life for an Afghan is random, ruthless and unforgiving'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: 'Life for an Afghan is random, ruthless and unforgiving'

Jul 3rd 2013, 5:30 PM 15 Views 9 Comments

After living in Afghanistan, I got to see first-hand what the people of that country go through, writes Noel Scanlon, who says he wishes he could be more optimistic about the country’s future.

# saudi-arabia - Sunday 23 June, 2013

So, Saudi Arabia has changed when its weekend is
# Friday Friday Gotta Get Down
# Friday Friday Gotta Get Down

So, Saudi Arabia has changed when its weekend is

Jun 23rd 2013, 3:28 PM 20,063 Views 51 Comments

The kingdom has decided what days it celebrates its weekend on.

# saudi-arabia - Thursday 16 May, 2013

Tonight's Evening Fix... now with added thumbs up (and down)
# Need To Know
# Need To Know

Tonight's Evening Fix... now with added thumbs up (and down)

May 16th 2013, 7:02 PM 6,751 Views 6 Comments

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

# saudi-arabia - Monday 13 May, 2013

Deadly new virus sparks call for 'urgent actions' to prevent spread
# Virus
# Virus

Deadly new virus sparks call for 'urgent actions' to prevent spread

May 13th 2013, 11:08 AM 13,813 Views 19 Comments

There have been 33 confirmed cases of human infection since September last year, including 18 deaths.

# saudi-arabia - Sunday 12 May, 2013

Saudi Arabia beheads man convicted of killing his relative
# Sharia Law
# Sharia Law

Saudi Arabia beheads man convicted of killing his relative

May 12th 2013, 12:40 PM 12,996 Views 95 Comments

Awad Rawili stabbed to death Jazaa Rawili, a relative, during an argument. He was executed in the northern city of Araar.

# saudi-arabia - Thursday 2 May, 2013

SARS-like virus kills 5 people in Saudi Arabia
# Saudi Arabia
# Saudi Arabia

SARS-like virus kills 5 people in Saudi Arabia

May 2nd 2013, 7:41 AM 5,739 Views 15 Comments

The virus, known as novel coronavirus, was first detected in mid-2012 and is a cousin of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

# saudi-arabia - Thursday 25 April, 2013

Here is the man so good looking that he was deported from Saudi Arabia
# HOT RIGHT NOW
From The Daily Edge
# HOT RIGHT NOW

Here is the man so good looking that he was deported from Saudi Arabia

Apr 25th 2013, 4:54 PM 7,972 Views 8 Comments

What do you reckon?

# saudi-arabia - Tuesday 9 April, 2013

Saudi Arabia denies man was sentenced to paralysis
# Punishment
# Punishment

Saudi Arabia denies man was sentenced to paralysis

Apr 9th 2013, 10:07 AM 14,528 Views 55 Comments

Reports about the cruel and unusual sentence sparked condemnation – but now Saudi authorities say the sentence was never handed down.

# saudi-arabia - Wednesday 3 April, 2013

Arab world's richest man calls for parliamentary elections in Saudi Arabia
# Saudi Arabia
# Saudi Arabia

Arab world's richest man calls for parliamentary elections in Saudi Arabia

Apr 3rd 2013, 3:08 PM 10,484 Views 44 Comments

Al-Waleed bin Talal also said that ending a ban on women driving in the country was a matter of time.

# saudi-arabia - Saturday 16 March, 2013

Poll: Do you agree with the death penalty?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you agree with the death penalty?

Mar 16th 2013, 11:55 AM 15,285 Views 205 Comments

As the US state of Maryland votes to abolish it, we’re asking: do you agree with capital punishment?

# saudi-arabia - Friday 25 January, 2013

Sri Lanka to ban women from working as maids abroad
# Sri Lanka
# Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka to ban women from working as maids abroad

Jan 25th 2013, 11:32 AM 10,600 Views 44 Comments

The move follows the beheading of a 17-year-old Sri Lankan nanny in Saudi Arabia.

# saudi-arabia - Friday 11 January, 2013

Saudi king says 30 women can now sit on top advisory council for first time
# One Small Step
# One Small Step

Saudi king says 30 women can now sit on top advisory council for first time

Jan 11th 2013, 3:47 PM 6,670 Views 51 Comments

The 30 women will sit on the previously all-male 150-seat Shura Council which is appointed by the king to advise him on policy.

# saudi-arabia - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

VIDEO: Uncanny impression of a police siren... by a schoolkid
# Weeeooooo
From The Daily Edge
# Weeeooooo

VIDEO: Uncanny impression of a police siren... by a schoolkid

Dec 19th 2012, 11:09 AM 649 Views 0 Comments

We’d better scarper!

# saudi-arabia - Tuesday 13 November, 2012

Here's your 'Lionel Messi with a machine gun poked in his face' pic of the day
# Looking Down The Barrel
From The42
# Looking Down The Barrel

Here's your 'Lionel Messi with a machine gun poked in his face' pic of the day

Nov 13th 2012, 10:47 AM 2,956 Views 0 Comments

The Barcelona star, on international duty with Argentina, looked understandably terrified when he touched down in Saudi Arabia.

# saudi-arabia - Monday 12 November, 2012

Saudi activist files lawsuit over driving ban against women
# Women2Drive
# Women2Drive

Saudi activist files lawsuit over driving ban against women

Nov 12th 2012, 4:29 PM 7,060 Views 39 Comments

The lawsuit – the third filed so far this year – aims to overturn the decree which bans women from driving in the country.

# saudi-arabia - Monday 24 September, 2012

SARS-like virus detected in Qatari national
# Qatar
# Qatar

SARS-like virus detected in Qatari national

Sep 24th 2012, 11:43 AM 3,867 Views 4 Comments

The 49-year-old man became ill in early September, having travelled to Saudi Arabia. He is now after being transferred to a London hospital.