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After Canada-Saudi Row, West Confronts Risk of Speaking Up

Saudi Arabia's diplomatic brawl with Canada has exposed what Western officials call "new red lines" in their engagement with the oil-rich kingdom, deterring nations from publicly criticising its human rights record.

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In U-Turn, Spain to Deliver Laser-Guided Bombs to Saudis

Spain will go ahead with the controversial delivery of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, engaged in a bloody conflict in Yemen, Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said Thursday.

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Coalition Says Yemen Raid 'Might Have' Killed Civilians

The Saudi-led coalition backing the Yemeni government acknowledged Thursday there may have been "collateral damage" from August 23 strikes that the UN says killed 26 children south of the port of Hodeida.

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Twenty-Six Wounded as Saudi Intercepts Yemen Rebel Missile

Saudi Arabia shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Huthi rebels on Wednesday, with shrapnel leaving 26 people wounded, a Riyadh-led coalition fighting the insurgents said.

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Spain Cancels Sale of 400 Bombs to Saudi Arabia

Spain said Tuesday it has cancelled a 2015 deal to sell 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, which is leading a coalition fighting rebels in Yemen.

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Saudi Medical Students Allowed to Complete Training in Canada

More than 1,000 Saudi medical students ordered to leave Canada because of a diplomatic row have been granted an extension that would allow them to complete their training, Ottawa has confirmed.

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After Driving Ban Ends, Saudi Women Taste Thrill of Speed

Donning a helmet inside a pearl silver sports sedan, Rana Almimoni skids and drifts around a Riyadh park, engine roaring, tyres screeching and clouds of dust billowing from the back.

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Canada Concerned over Reported Saudi Death Sentences for Activists

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed concern Thursday over reports that human rights activists in Saudi Arabia face the death penalty.

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Saudi Arabia Prepares for the Annual Muslim Hajj Pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 1.6 million Muslim faithful from abroad have arrived in the ultraconservative kingdom.

The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. In recent weeks, the faithful have arrived in Mecca from across the world, all chanting "Labayk Allahuma Labayk," or "Here I am, God, answering your call. Here I am."

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Saudi Arabia Says It's Given $100 Million to Northeast Syria

Saudi Arabia said early on Friday that it has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for "stabilization projects" in areas once held by the Islamic State group and now controlled by U.S.-backed forces.

The Saudi Embassy in Washington said the money "will save lives, help facilitate the return of displaced Syrians and help ensure that ISIS cannot reemerge to threaten Syria, its neighbors, or plan attacks against the international community." ISIS is an alternate acronym for the militant group.

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