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Saudi Arabia finally allows women to drive

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time, much to the joy of activists. The gulf kingdom is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. Until now, only men were allowed licences and women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined. Praise for the move has been pouring in from inside the Saudi kingdom, as well as around the world. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres said the move was a positive step towards promoting women’s rights. The country’s US Ambassador, Prince Khaled Bin Salman, confirmed...

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Russia threatens Facebook ban

Russia’s internet watchdog yesterday warned Facebook that it would be banned in that country unless it complies with a law on storing local users’ data. The head of Roskomnadzor Telecoms, which is the internet authority in Russia, Alexander Zharov told journalists in Moscow that the law is compulsory for all and non-compliance meant a ban for the social media giant. A controversial law passed in 2014 requires foreign messaging services, search engines and social networking sites to store the personal data of Russian users inside Russia. Russian internet providers last year blocked the Linkedin professional networking site after Roskomnadzor...

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New Angolan leader Lourenco assumes office

Vice President Phelekezela Mpoko joined other leaders from more than 25 countries and thousands of Angolans to witness the inauguration of Angola’s President, Mr Joao Lourenco. The inauguration of a president is an elaborate event in which VIPs come from far and wide to give their mark of approval. The people of Angola gathered in their thousands at the Augustino Neto Memorial Square in the capital, Luanda to witness the ushering in of a new president. Mr Lourenco won the 23 August elections and takes over the leadership of the country from Engineer Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who served...

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Trump, Kim Jong Un clash: US officials speak

Reports from Washington say senior aides to President Donald Trump repeatedly warned him not to deliver a personal attack on North Korea’s leader at the United Nations this week, saying insulting the young despot in such a prominent venue could irreparably escalate tensions and shut off any chance for negotiations to defuse the nuclear crisis. US officials say Trump’s derisive description of Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man on a suicide mission” and his threat to “totally destroy” North Korea were not in a speech draft that several senior officials reviewed and vetted Monday, the day before Trump gave...

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Russia denies attacking Syrian rebels

Reports say Russia’s defence ministry has denied allegations its planes struck US-backed fighters in Syria on Saturday. The ministry said its air force only targeted Islamic State militants. It was responding to claims by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab groups, that six of its fighters were wounded in Russian strikes in eastern Syria. The SDF is moving towards the city of Deir al-Zour, which pro-government forces, backed by Russian forces, are trying to recapture from IS. Reports further say on Saturday, the SDF claimed that their forces east of the Euphrates River were...

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