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INDONESIA - SAUDI ARABIA
Jeddah: Indonesian immigrants storm their consulate for visa, one dead and three injured
At least 12,000 workers were waiting to regularise their position. A combination of heat, red tape and inefficient service sparked unrest with the building attacked and set on fire. After the case of the woman beheaded in 2011, immigration to the Saudi kingdom is back in the news.
27/10/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
Riding a bicycle from Rome to Makkah, bringing a message from the Pope
Twenty-three cyclists make what one of them described as “probably the most important pilgrimage you can do; a pilgrimage of hope to build a bridge between the religions and cultures of Islam and Christianity.”
15/04/2014 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi court shuts down liberal forum
Forum founder Raif Badawi is already purging a seven-year sentence for violating Islamic teachings and criticising prominent religious figures. Meanwhile, King Abdullah continues to push for reforms to the country's legal system and greater transparency in sentencing.
25/09/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
First Saudi university to allow men and women together
The new King Abdullah University of Science and Technology opens in a town not far from Jeddah. According to the university’s charter, Saudi Arabia’s religious police will not be allowed to operate on its premises but women will be allowed to drive. By next year, 817 students from 61 countries should be enrolled.
26/11/2008 SAUDI ARABIA
The Accolade, Saudi Arabia’s first all-girl rock band
To evade their country’s rigid Islamic rules a group of young women jam in secret locations putting their music on the web. For the group’s leader, playing “is a challenge,” but their dream is to play before a live audience in Dubai to show “what we're capable of”.
02/12/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
Fear of epidemic looms over Jeddah as flood-related bodies are still unburied
Many bodies are rotting under debris, following last week’s big flood. More than 100 people died, some drowned in their cars. Government is blamed for the lack of proper drainage.
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