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Saudi women allowed to drive, but many can’t yet

by Lynde Langdon & Kent Covington
Posted 6/25/18, 11:43 am

Women in Saudi Arabia took the wheel Sunday as the Islamic kingdom ended the world’s last remaining ban on women driving. “I’m speechless. I’m so excited it’s actually happening,” said Hessah al-Ajaji, who drove her family’s Lexus in the capital city of Riyadh. As for male drivers on the road, “They were really supportive and cheering and smiling,” she said. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said he hoped the move would boost the country’s economy. Until last week, Saudi law required women to sit in the back seat of vehicles.

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Pompeo talks Middle East peace in Jordan

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/30/18, 11:20 am

In his first overseas trip as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo said Monday in Jordan that the Trump administration considers solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a high priority. Pompeo visited Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Jordan but did not meet with Palestinian representatives, who have shut out U.S. diplomats since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, where the U.S. Embassy is set to open May 14. “The parties will ultimately make the decision as to what the correct resolution is,” Pompeo told reporters at a joint news conference in Amman, Jordan.

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Italy impounds migrant rescue ship

International | Nonprofits and governments clash over how to handle seafaring refugees
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/20/18, 03:28 pm

Italian authorities seized the ship of humanitarian rescue group Proactiva Open Arms after a showdown at sea between the rescuers and the Libyan coast guard. Italy accused the group of enabling illegal migration after it picked up more than 200 migrants at sea on Thursday and refused to turn them over to Libyan authorities. The row is the latest between humanitarian rescue groups and Italian authorities, who accuse the rescuers of exacerbating the migrant crisis.

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