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Saudi liberal website closed by Jeddah court: local media

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi court has ordered a liberal Internet forum to permanently close for publishing what it described as anti-Islamic material, Saudi media reported on Sunday. The decision by the general court in Jeddah came less than nine months after the editor of the "Free Saudi Liberals" website, Raif Badawi, was sentenced to seven years in jail and 600 lashes for setting up a forum that violated Islamic values.

Saudi women say they will keep pushing for right to drive

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi women demanding the right to drive said on Sunday they would keep up their campaign a day after government warnings and a heavy police presence thwarted their call for many women to get behind the wheel. Activists are asking Saudi women to go on driving in public and posting online photographs or films of themselves doing so, after putting dozens of such videos on YouTube in recent weeks.

Saudi women 'drive-in' falters amid threats

Saudi women scrapped a "drive-in" Saturday and opted for an open-ended campaign after the authorities vowed to punish any of them who get behind the wheel in defiance of a ban. Activists had originally taken to social media networks to call on women across the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom to drive their cars on Saturday to challenge Saudi law. But despite warnings from the authorities that action would be taken against any women who drive, at least two of them responded to the call and took the wheel early on Saturday morning.

Saudi website editor sentenced to seven years in prison, lashes

DUBAI (Reuters) - The editor of a Saudi Arabian social website has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought, Saudi media reported on Tuesday. Raif Badawi, who started the "Free Saudi Liberals" website to discuss the role of religion in Saudi Arabia, has been held since June 2012 on charges of cyber crime and disobeying his father - a crime in the conservative kingdom and top U.S. ally.

Over 1.5 million foreign workers change status before Saudi crackdown

RIYADH (Reuters) - More than 1.5 million foreign workers in Saudi Arabia have changed their residence status since April ahead of a planned crackdown on illegally registered expatriates in the world's leading oil exporter, the labour ministry said on Saturday. Saudi Arabia is trying to reduce a black market in labour among the estimated nine million foreigners in the country, which the government says makes it harder for Saudi citizens to find jobs and economists say fosters inefficiency.

Saudi sponsors to pay for deporting illegal workers - report

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will make sponsors and employers of foreigners working illegally in the country pay the cost of deporting them, under new rules approved by the cabinet, the Saudi Gazette reported on Monday.

Saudi executes 7 in public by firing squad

A Saudi firing squad Wednesday executed in public seven men convicted of armed robbery despite last-minute appeals by rights groups that their lives be spared, the interior ministry and a witness said. The condemned men were convicted of "forming a gang that carried out several armed robberies and thefts with the help of other people," the ministry said in a statement published by the official SPA news agency.

UPDATE 1-Saudi Arabia delays execution of seven men -family

* Armed robbery committed when most of accused were juveniles * Amnesty says "confessions" were beaten out of defendants * Saudi Arabia criticised in West for high rate of executions (updates with further extension of stay of execution) RIYADH, March 5 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has granted a last-minute stay of execution to seven men who were due to die on Tuesday for their part in an armed robbery committed when most of them were juveniles, relatives and family friends said on Tuesday.

Saudi judicial reshuffle may spur stalled legal reforms

* King Abdullah names new supreme court head, judges * Could revive reforms to make system better for investors * Reforms not seen addressing areas such as women's rights RIYADH, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A shake up of Saudi Arabia's top judges, announced this week, may help unblock reform of a conservative Islamic legal system seen as hindering investment, lawyers and analysts say.

Saudi court gives prison and lashes to Egyptian lawyer

JEDDAH, Jan 15 (Reuters) - An Egyptian lawyer whose arrest on drug smuggling charges in Saudi Arabia last year caused a diplomatic row between Riyadh and Cairo was sentenced to five years in prison and 300 lashes on Tuesday, a witness present in court said.
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