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Saudi Arabia executes seven in one day

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed seven death row inmates who had been convicted of murder and drug trafficking, state media reported.

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Saudi Arabia bans video games after children’s deaths

Saudi Arabia says it’s banning a long list of popular video games after allegations surfaced that two children killed themselves after being encouraged to do so in an online game.

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Saudi women allowed to become notaries for first time

Women in Saudi Arabia have for the first time been allowed to become notaries, with 12 granted permission to start working in the profession, the justice ministry said Monday.

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Saudi Arabia arrests two more women activists

Saudi Arabia has arrested two more women’s rights activists, in an “unrelenting crackdown” just days before the kingdom ends a decades-long ban on female motorists, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Egypt’s National Arab Music Ensemble of the Egyptian Opera House debuted in Saudi Arabia with the singer Nihad Fathy performing before a 2,500-strong audience in Riyadh. This is the first time a woman singer performed on stage in the Kingdom before a mixed crowd. (Photo courtesy of GCA Saudi Arabia.)

Egypt’s National Arab Music Ensemble of the Egyptian Opera House debuts in the Kingdom

History was made in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as a female singer performed before a mixed audience for the first time in the country.

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Cinema makes return to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia hosted its first public film screening in over 35 years on Friday, two days after US movie giant AMC unveiled the kingdom’s debut theatre in Riyadh.

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Saudi king donates $150 million to East Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday announced a $150-million (120 million euro) donation for the maintenance of Islamic heritage in East Jerusalem.

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Saudi says strikes on Syria retaliation for regime ‘crimes’

Saudi Arabia on Saturday expressed its full support for US-led strikes on Syrian government military installations, saying they were a response to “regime crimes” against civilians.

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Missiles, drones from Yemen ‘intercepted’ over Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s air defences on Wednesday “intercepted” a ballistic missile fired from rebel-held Yemen at Riyadh, a military spokesman said, adding two others were shot down in southern Saudi Arabia.

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France to help Saudi Arabia set up orchestra, opera

France is to help Saudi Arabia set up a national orchestra and opera, a minister announced Monday, a further sign of major cultural changes underway in the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom.