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# Saudi Arabia

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# gulf apart
'Made to be rejected': Qatar looks to reject demands made in Gulf-states row
Gulf states have demanded Qatar agree to complete a list of demands to end the blockade against it.
# royal reshuffle
The Saudi king has ousted his nephew as crown prince, and installed his son
His appointment completes a gradual removal of powers from Mohammed bin Nayef, who has been fired.
# crisis in the gulf
Explainer: What's going on in Qatar and why are all its neighbours turning on it?
Saudi Arabia is leading allies in cutting off ties to Qatar over its alleged links to terrorism.
# Controversy
Saudi Arabia apologise after not observing minute's silence for London victims
“The players did not intend any disrespect to the memories of the victims or to cause upset…”
# wading in
Trump criticises Qatar for 'funding extremism' despite it having largest US base in Middle East
Trump later adopted a different tone on Qatar in a phone call with the King of Saudi Arabia.
# the orb
Donald Trump touched a mysterious glowing orb in Saudi Arabia, and Twitter has questions
It’s not evil right? Just a photo oppor- HAIL THE ORB.
# saudi speech
'Drive them out of your community' - Trump delivers message to the Islamic world on extremism
Donald Trump was delivering a much anticipated speech in Saudi Arabia.
# High Stakes
Trump to deliver 'high-risk' speech to Muslim world today promoting 'peaceful vision'
The speech will come less than a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Iran to ‘dismantle its network of terrorism’.
# Donald Trump
Donald Trump bows to Saudi king and signs $110 billion arms deal with the Gulf state
It’s part of an eight-day foreign trip by the US President.
# that's the enda it
Kenny says he raised human rights with Saudis but that 'obviously includes women's rights'
The Taoiseach has sought to clarify that Ireland had conveyed its concerns over Saudi Arabia’s record on women’s rights.
# secret vote
Government: 'We raised concerns on status of women with Saudi Arabia'
“Ireland has a long-standing and proud record in the area of women’s rights and children’s rights,” Minister Flanagan said.
# payday
One of the Premier League's top referees is quitting to move to Saudi Arabia
Mark Clattenburg is leaving English football.
# Saudi Arabia
Six British nationals on Saudi pilgrimage killed in road crash
A couple from Glasgow and four members of a family from Manchester were killed.
# conflict fallout
Ireland pledges €2 million in aid to victims of Yemen's devastating, never-ending, civil war
Three million people have been displaced from their homes by the ongoing conflict in the gulf state.
# Executions
Six countries with the most executions and Ireland's diplomatic links to them
Although state killings are legal in some countries, there remains a lot of secrecy around the figures recording instances of it.
# no joke
American comedian's gig in Saudi Arabia cancelled after complaints by Islamic hardliners
Mike Epps was due to perform next week.
# Allies
Boris Johnson accuses Saudi Arabia of being a 'puppeteer' in the Middle East's religious wars
Such public criticism of the Sunni power is unprecedented for a British foreign minister.
# Riyadh
Saudi Arabia has executed one of its princes for murder
Such action against a member of the royal family is extremely rare in the middle eastern state.
# Arrest
Saudi Arabia police arrest man for cross-dressing on Snapchat
Police said they “arrested a famous Snapchat personality who appeared in video clips dressed like women”.
# Stoning of the Devil
The annual hajj pilgrimage will climax for around 1.5 million Muslim pilgrims tonight
Last year’s hajj stampede which killed roughly 2,300 people, many of them Iranians, magnified frictions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which is holding its own event in Karbala, Iraq.
# no-kemon
Saudi Arabia has banned the "un-Islamic" and "deviant" Pokémon Go
The country has a 15-year-old fatwa on the Pokémon franchise.
# Ramadan
Muslim leaders condemn suicide bombs in Saudi Arabia, including one at holy site
‘This crime could not have been perpetrated by someone who had an atom of belief in his heart.’
# Crossing of Arabia
Saudi Arabia plans to build a massive bridge to Egypt
It is a show of support for the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Atrocities you probably haven't heard about through the media
Brutality in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and elsewhere has been largely overlooked by western media outlets, Julien Mercille writes.
# brutal rule
'Birthplace of terrorism': Outrage expressed at Saudi Arabia documentary showing beheadings
The documentary went behind the curtain of the secretive regime.
# tensions
What's happening in Saudi Arabia?
A massive diplomatic row has broken out between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
# sheikh nimr al-nimr
Iran leader warns Saudi Arabia of 'divine revenge' over execution of cleric
Saudi Arabia has severed diplomatic ties with Iran.
# Churchill's Sneeze
Here are 17 incredible facts about oil-rich Saudi Arabia
Apparently women drivers could “undermine social values”.
# Executions
Saudi Arabia has executed 47 men, including a prominent cleric, for terror offences
All bar two of those executed were Saudi citizens. The executions have sparked international condemnation in the region.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Sunday
River Shannon flooding, Conor McGregor’s big win and a police shooting in LA had everyone talking.
# Breaking Barriers
A woman has won a seat in Saudi Arabia's historic election
Female candidates could not meet male voters during the campaign.
# Small step forward
Women allowed vote in Saudi Arabia for the first time in historic elections
In a country where they can’t drive or walk alone in public, Saudi women will be allowed to vote this weekend.
# Not so fast
Saudi police find 48,000 cans of Heineken disguised as Pepsi
# Saudi Arabia
Pensioner who faced 350 lashes over home-made wine returns to Britain
Karl Andree had been imprisoned after being caught with the wine in Saudi Arabia.
# Torture
A British pensioner sentenced to 350 lashes in Saudi Arabia will be freed
But the ultra conservative country’s bloggers and political activists still face torture and death.
# Saudi Arabia
British pensioner faces 360 lashes after being caught with homemade wine
The man’s family has called on David Cameron to intervene.
# Saudi Arabia
Woman 'has hand chopped off' while trying to escape employer
The woman allegedly had tried to complain to her employer about torture and non-payment of wages.
# Yemen
Human rights group calls for the west to stop supplying arms to those 'committing war crimes'
American allies Saudi Arabia and the UAE are leading the coalition battling rebels in Yemen.
# beverly hills
Saudi prince arrested over 'sex act' at Los Angeles mansion
Local media report that a bleeding woman was seen screaming for help as she tried to climb over the wall of his property.
# world's biggest gathering
Photos: Millions of Muslims descend on Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage
The pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam, began in Mecca today.