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Saudi-Qatari Rivalry Spills onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 08.31.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Unable to persuade Qatari leaders to drop their support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups, Saudi Arabia appears determined to deprive its tiny neighbor of its regional soccer supremacy.

Saudi Arabia May Start Allowing School Sports For Girls

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2014 | World

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, April 9 (Reuters) - Saudi authorities have been asked to consider lifting a state school ban on sports for ...

Saudi Women Renew Fight For Right To Drive

AP | By AYA BATRAWY | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In the six months since Saudi activists renewed calls to defy the kingdom's ban on female drivers, small numbers ...

Top Saudi Cleric Scolds Women For Going To Doctor Alone

Agence France Presse | | Posted 04.15.2014 | World

Saudi Arabia has imposed a total ban on advertisements for energy drinks and prohibited their sale in educational and sports facilities and government...

College Student's Song Will Make You Stand In Unity With Saudi Arabian Woman

Posted 10.28.2013 | Good News

Rotana Tarabzouni has a big voice, and she's using it to protest Saudi Arabia's ban on women drivers. Last week, in preparation for the October 26 ...

Saudi Women Struggle On The Path To Equal Rights

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

Saudi women reformers plan to flout a ban on driving Saturday. Here is a look at some of the milestones and roadblocks for women's rights in the ultra...

Saudi Arabia Threatens Supporters Of Women Drivers

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi officials stepped up warnings on Friday over plans by women to challenge the male-only dri...

Behind The Wheel, Saudi Women Hope For New Gains

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 10.24.2013 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It's been a little more than two years since the last time women in Saudi Arabia c...

Saudi Clerics Protest Women Driving

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 10.23.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Around 150 clerics and religious scholars have rallied outside the Saudi king's palace, protesti...

Saudi King's Female Advisors Challenge Driving Ban

Reuters | Angus McDowall | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Women members of Saudi Arabia's influential Shoura Council which advises King Abdullah have propos...

Saudi Doctor Says Driving Does Not Hurt Ovaries

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 11.30.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A Saudi doctor has gone on-air to dismiss claims made by a well-known cleric who caused a stir when he said medical studies sh...

WATCH LIVE: Saudi Women Initiate A New Day Of Defiance

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.23.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

A new campaign urging Saudi Arabian women to hold a day of defiance against the country's driving ban is underway. At the time of press, an online pet...

WATCH: Quran Memorization Gets A Spunky Female Hero With "Wadjda" Film

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion

Saudi's first feature film is groundbreaking on many levels, featuring the kingdom's first female director, Haifaa Al Mansour, and a female lead. It...

Saudi Arabia To Open First Women's Sports Center

AP | Posted 08.03.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A Saudi newspaper says the first women's sports center in the kingdom has opened. Al Watan daily said Monday that the Ge...

Tweet About Harassing Saudi Working Women Ignites Controversy

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 05.30.2013 | World

A Saudi Arabian author who has drawn the ire of women's advocates for appearing to urge his large Twitter following to harass working women now says h...

Saudi Arabia to Allow Women Into Stadiums

James Dorsey | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Saudi Arabia, under domestic and international pressure to grant women sporting rights, is creating separate stadium sections so that female spectators and journalists can attend soccer matches in a country that has no public physical education or sporting facilities for women.

Saudi Women Edge Toward Equal Rights Reform

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

The Arab Spring uprisings have pushed back reforms of gender discriminatory laws in the region. It would be ironic if the course of women's rights in one of the most repressive Muslim countries flowed against this trend.

Saudi Women Now Allowed To Bike In Public

AP | ABDULLAH SHIHRI | Posted 04.01.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A Saudi newspaper says the kingdom's religious police are now allowing women to ride motorbikes and bicycles but only in restr...

Standing up for Saudi Arabia's 'Prostitutes'

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Last Sunday, history was made in Saudi Arabia when the recently sworn-in Shura Council, the country's consultative assembly, held its first session with 30 women appointees participating for the first time.

Saudi Sheik Says Even Young Girls Should Cover From Head To Toe

AP | Posted 02.04.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A Saudi cleric says even girls who have not yet reached puberty should be covered from head to toe, citing instances of child ...

Middle East Soccer Associations Campaign for Women's Right to Play

James Dorsey | Posted 03.24.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Middle Eastern soccer associations have launched a campaign to put women's soccer on par with men's football in a region in which a woman's right to play and pursue an athletic career remains controversial and at a time at which political Islam is on the rise.

Good News For Saudi Women

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 03.13.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's king granted women seats on the country's top advisory council for the first time on Friday, giving them a...

Saudi's Top Cleric Warns Against Mixing Of Genders

AP | ABDULLAH SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY | Posted 03.06.2013 | Religion

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's top cleric on Friday warned against the mixing of the genders, saying it poses a threat to female chastity...

Saudi Women Speak Out

Leah McElrath | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
Leah McElrath

The images of two strong, courageous young Saudi women athletes will forever exist as part of Saudi history. If you listen to the voices of the women interviewed herein, you can hear that a bell of hope and expectation has been rung.

Opening the Door at Last

Anita L. DeFrantz | Posted 09.16.2012 | Sports
Anita L. DeFrantz

When the Modern Olympic Movement was created in 1894, there was no thought of women competing at the Olympic Games. That has now changed.