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In a first, women throng Saudi stadium for national day

RIYADH: Hundreds of women thronged a sports stadium for the first time to mark Saudi Arabia's national day Saturday, celebrated across the conservative kingdom with a raucous display of concerts, folk dance and fireworks. The presence of women at the King Fahd stadium marks a departure from previous celebrations in the Gulf kingdom where they are effectively barred from sports arenas by strict rules on segregation of the sexes in public. Women were allowed to enter the stadium, a previously male-only venue used mostly…