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Saudi authorities pursue Twitter user over women driving threat

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor issued an arrest warrant on Saturday for a Twitter user who called for anyone who supports women driving to be killed, days after a royal decree ended a long-time ban on women taking the wheel. The Twitter user, who was not named, was alleged to have referred to men who support women driving as “cuckolds who should be killed,” according to state-linked Asharq al-Awsat newspaper. The prosecutor’s announcement comes two days after a separate arrest warrant was issued for a man who…

Leading Saudi women’s activist vows to return and drive

SYDNEY: A Sydney-based Saudi rights activist who led a campaign for women to drive in the conservative kingdom Thursday vowed to return and become one of the first to legally get behind the wheel. Manal al-Sharif was imprisoned for nine days after posting a video of herself on YouTube and Facebook driving her car around the eastern city of Khobar in 2011 at the height of the "Women2Drive" protest movement. She said King Salman's historic decree this week allowing women to drive from next June brought her to tears.…