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Jailed Saudi women's rights activists given rare court appearance
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Raya Jalabi | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Four jailed Saudi women’s rights activists were given a rare appearance in court on Wednesday, the family of one of them said, as the kingdom’s human rights record faces new scrutiny following the election defeat of U.S. President Donald Trump. FILE PHOTO: Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is seen in this undated handout picture. The judge announced he was transferring the case from regular criminal court to a terrorism court, Lina al-Hathloul said. Another sister, Alia al-Hathloul, tweeted that three other prominent women’s rights activists - Nassima Al-Sadah, Samar Badawi and Nouf Abdelaziz - had also appeared. In a letter to the Saudi ambassador to Washington on Tuesday, a bipartisan group of senators called on Saudi Arabia to release the women’s rights activists.
Persons: Donald Trump, Loujain, Marieke, REUTERS Loujain, Lina, Lina al, Hathloul, Alia al, Nassima, Samar Badawi, Nouf Abdelaziz, Adam Coogle, stigmatize Hathloul, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Joe Biden, Jamal Khasshoggi Organizations: Saudi, U.S, REUTERS, Human Rights Watch, United Nations, Rights, Reuters, North Africa, TRUMP, Trump, Prince Locations: BEIRUT, Handout, Sadah, Saudi, Saudi Arabia, East, TRUMP Saudi Arabia, Washington, Riyadh, U.S, Istanbul, Britain
FILE PHOTO: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud attends a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin, Germany August 19, 2020. Those areas may now become points of friction between Biden and Saudi Arabia, a major oil exporter and buyer of U.S. arms. Prince Faisal emphasized the 75-year history of “strong defence cooperation” between the two countries and said he expected it to continue. For more than a year, some Saudi and Turkish traders have speculated that Saudi Arabia was enforcing an informal boycott of imports from Turkey. Commenting on the rift among Gulf countries with Qatar, Prince Faisal said Riyadh was seeking a way to end a dispute with Qatar.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al, Saud, Heiko Maas, John Macdougall, , Biden, ” Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Donald Trump, Jamal Khashoggi, Prince Faisal, , Trump, Khashoggi, hasn’t Organizations: Saudi Foreign, German, Reuters, G20, Saudi, Washington, Iran, United Arab Emirates Locations: RIYADH, BEIRUT, Saudi, Berlin, Germany, Pool Riyadh, U.S, Saudi Arabia, United States, Iran, Yemen, Tehran, Turkey, Istanbul, Qatar, Riyadh, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt
G20 leaders seek to help poorest nations in post-COVID world
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Raya Jalabi | Ryan Woo | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
"Family Photo" for annual G20 Summit World Leaders is projected onto Salwa Palace in At-Turaif, one of Saudi Arabia?s UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, November 20, 2020. G20 leaders are concerned that the pandemic might further deepen global divisions between the rich and the poor. To do that, the European Union urged G20 leaders to quickly put more money into a global project for vaccines, tests and therapeutics called Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. Extending the temporary debt relief could encourage some additional countries to ask for forbearance, experts say, but private sector creditors must also agree to participate. Debt relief for Africa will be an important theme of the Italian presidency of the G20 in 2021.
Persons: Shyoukhi, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen, , Vladimir Putin, ” Xi, Charles Michel, Antonio Guterres, David Malpass Organizations: Reuters, Heritage, REUTERS, Saudi, European Union, ACT, Twitter, International Monetary Fund, United Nations, World Bank Locations: BEIJING, DUBAI, Saudi Arabia, Diriyah, Moscow, China, pandemics, Africa
COVID deals blow to Saudi Arabia's G20 summit ambitions
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Marwa Rashad | Raya Jalabi | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 40th Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 10, 2019. DISRUPTIONSThe event’s virtual nature does at least align with Saudi Arabia’s ambitious digital agendas and technology-focused initiatives, “one bright spot amid the coronavirus-related disruptions,” Mogielnicki said. Against this backdrop is a flurry of activity by human rights groups and western lawmakers who have called on G20 capitals to boycott the event, renewing global attention on Saudi Arabia’s rights record. Earlier this month, the Saudi ambassador to Britain said the kingdom was considering clemency for some of the jailed women’s rights activists. Saudi Arabia jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years for Khashoggi’s killing.
Persons: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, , Robert Mogielnicki, Jamal Khashoggi, Khalid al Falih, King Salman, ” Mogielnicki, Khashoggi’s, Loujain, Michael Page, Prince Mohammed Organizations: Saudi Arabia's Crown, Gulf Cooperation, Saudi Royal Court, REUTERS, Crown, Gulf States Institute, Investment, Reuters, Saudi, European Union, Human Rights Watch, Hathloul Locations: RIYADH, BEIRUT, Saudi Arabia, U.S, Summit, Riyadh, Bandar, Washington ., Saudi, Yemen, Britain, United States, London, Paris , New York, Los Angeles
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