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# saudi-arabia - Friday 9 January, 2015

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

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

There was one problem… Japan also wanted to.

# saudi-arabia - Tuesday 18 November, 2014

Death sentence for killer of Irish cameraman Simon Cumbers

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

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...

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

Saudi Arabia interrupted the speaker on three occasions.

# saudi-arabia - Sunday 18 May, 2014

Five new deaths from MERS virus in Saudi Arabia

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

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'

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do you reckon?

# saudi-arabia - Tuesday 9 April, 2013

Saudi Arabia denies man was sentenced to paralysis

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

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 This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you agree with the death penalty?

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

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

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

From The Daily Edge VIDEO: Uncanny impression of a police siren... by a schoolkid Weeeooooo This post contains videos

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

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

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

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

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.

# saudi-arabia - Monday 13 August, 2012

Saudi Arabia plans 'women-only' city

The female industrial city would allow more women into the workplace while maintaining gender segregation in the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom.

# saudi-arabia - Friday 3 August, 2012

From The42 Saudi Arabia's first female Olympian 'honoured' despite quick exit 82 Seconds

Saudi Arabia's first female Olympian 'honoured' despite quick exit

Wojdan Shaherkani makes history for Saudi Arabia – but is quickly eliminated from her women’s over-78kg judo tournament.

# saudi-arabia - Saturday 14 July, 2012

Babies, beauty pageants and Bakhurst: The week in numbers

How many Daisys were born in Ireland last year? And how much has Ireland spent on those e-voting machines?