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Saudi women to enter stadiums for the first time on Friday

RIYADH: Sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia will open their doors to women to attend football matches for the first time ever on Friday, the government has announced. "The first match that women will be allowed to watch will be Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin on Friday January 12," the ministry of information said in a statement on Monday. It said women would also be able to attend a second match on the following day and a third one on January 18. Women from across the vast Gulf kingdom may be able to take advantage of this new…

Saudi Arabia allows women to drive, in historic move

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it would allow women to drive, the last country in the world to do so. The longstanding driving ban was seen internationally as a symbol of the repression of women in the Gulf kingdom and its repeal comes after years of resistance from female activists. The shock announcement, which risks riling religious conservatives, is part of Saudi Arabia's ambitious reform push aimed at adapting to a post-oil era and improving a global reputation battered by its human rights record. "King…

IBM launches enterprise-ready blockchain service to allow businesses build apps

NEW YORK: International Business Machines Corp has launched a service that will allow businesses to build applications on its cloud using blockchain code from the Hyperledger Project, the cross-industry group led by the Linux Foundation. The US technology company said on Monday its new product called IBM Blockchain was the first service for developers to build enterprise-grade technology using Hyperledger Fabric, the first code set to be released by the open source group. The Fabric blockchain can process more than 1,000…