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Human Rights Concerns Prove No Obstacle in Trump-Saudi Ties

U.S. News

Under President Barack Obama, Washington had backed Saudi Arabia in its Yemen war with logistical support, including refueling of coalition aircraft by the U.S. military, and intelligence sharing. A report by the D.C.-based Center for International Policy said the Obama administration had offered over $115 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia in 42 separate deals, more than any other U.S. administration before him.

Saudi Arabia to Let Women Drive for First Time

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The policy has drawn international condemnation and sparked numerous protests in the country as activists argue the ban severely restricts the freedom of Saudi women. Some Saudi women who have driven in the kingdom in spite of the policy have been imprisoned or fined.

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Welsh woman teaching Saudi women to drive

BBC News

A Welsh woman has been chosen to be part of the international team training the first female driving instructors in Saudi Arabia. Susan Newbon, Canadian Deborah Sherwood and American Norma Adrianzen will be able to train women from 24 June. They will work as "senior assessors" for up to two years, training new examiners and instructors. Mrs Newbon, 56, from Llantwit Major in Vale of Glamorgan, said "it's going to change their lives completely". Previously, only men could obtain driving licences and if a woman was caught driving in public, she risked receiving a fine or being arrested.

Saudi Arabian Women Can Drive, But These 5 Things Are Still Illegal

International Business Times

Saudia Arabian women will now be permitted to obtain drivers licenses. King Salman, the country's leader, announced Tuesday that the long-established law would be lifted as early as June 2018. The royal decree also claimed that Saudi Arabian women would not need to seek their husbands' permission to obtain a license. Saudi Arabia was the only country worldwide where women could be jailed for driving. The strict law resulted in several protests, which also led some women to defy the law.