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‘Saudi Arabia cannot afford to alienate any other sections of global community’

DUBAI: A worsening row between Saudi Arabia and Canada about human rights threatens to undermine Riyadh’s foreign investment drive, a campaign already unsettled by a series of assertive political and diplomatic initiatives by the top oil exporter. The kingdom froze new trade and investment with Canada and expelled its ambassador this week, angered by a call from Ottawa for the freeing of arrested rights activists. Riyadh’s action may do some damage to the miniscule trade between the two countries - Saudi Arabia’s main…

Saudi state airline Saudia suspends flights to and from Toronto

DUBAI: Saudi state airline Saudia said in a post on its official Twitter account that it was suspending flights to and from Toronto, the latest in a series of measures the kingdom announced on Monday in its diplomatic row with Canada. The kingdom early Monday gave Canada’s envoy Dennis Horak 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations over what Riyadh slammed as “interference” in its internal affairs. The decision came after Canada demanded the immediate release of human rights activists detained…

53 injured as Saudi jet makes emergency landing

RIYADH: A Saudi Arabian Airlines Airbus A330 jet made an emergency landing in the western Red Sea city of Jeddah, injuring 53 people, aviation officials said on Tuesday. The Saudia aircraft was travelling from the Muslim holy city of Medina to Dhaka with 151 people on board, but had to be diverted to Jeddah late Monday after it suffered a malfunction in the hydraulic system, the kingdom's Aviation Investigation Bureau said. Footage posted online showed the plane leaving a trail of flame along the runway as it skidded…