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Trump threatens Saudis with ‘punishment’ over journalist disappearance

ISTANBUL: US President Donald Trump threatened Riyadh on Saturday with 'punishment' if a journalist was killed inside its Istanbul consulate, as Saudi Arabian officials were to hold talks in Turkey about his fate. With the mystery over Jamal Khashoggi unresolved 11 days after he walked into the consulate and failed to reappear, Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate and lurid claims have been leaked to media that he was tortured. Saudi Arabia insists Khashoggi, a Washington…

Saudis to allow women into sports stadiums from 2018

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a landmark move opening up three previously male-only venues to families. The kingdom, which has some of the world’s tightest restrictions on women, has long barred women from sports arenas by strict rules on segregation of the sexes in public. The announcement is in line with powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious reform drive shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom, including the…

Saudis apologise over ‘disgraceful’ snub of minute’s silence

SYDNEY: Saudi Arabia football chiefs apologised Friday after the national team was accused of "a disgraceful lack of respect" for failing to observe a minute's silence in Australia in honour of victims of the London terror attack. When the stadium announcer in Adelaide called for silence before their World Cup qualifier against the Socceroos on Thursday evening, the Australian team lined up at the centre circle with arms on their team-mates' shoulders. But most of the Saudis milled around and spread out to various…