» 06/30/2009, 00.00
Saudi anti-smoking campaign offers fabulous wedding
Hundreds of young men are interested in the initiative. Winner gets an all-expenses paid wedding, including party, dowry and furnished house. Women complain that the campaign objectifies women’s bodies. Others doubt it conforms to clerics’ rulings.
03/09/2008 SAUDI ARABIA
Ramadan in Makkah, an opportunity to quit smoking
An anti-smoking campaign is underway during the holy month. A total ban has been imposed on the sale of cigarettes. Posters urge smokers to quit; physicians and psychiatrists help them to kick the habit.
Philippines: teenage smoking at alarming levels
30% of girls between 13 and 15 years old smoke regularly. 90% of women say they are aware of the risks of smoking, but aren't quitting. At the university hospital of Manila, a strict anti-smoking rule is in effect: those who are caught smoking are suspended.
08/10/2015 YEMEN - SAUDI ARABIA
Yemen air strike hits wedding party: at least 15 dead and 25 wounded
The raid took place in the late afternoon yesterday. Private home hit in Sanban, about 100 km south-east of Sana'a, under the control of the Houthi rebels. No comment from Riyadh, but Saudi-led coalition behind the attack. Humanitarian emergency: 80% of the population is at risk of hunger, at least 2,300 civilian casualties.
22/11/2013 SAUDI ARABIA
Young Saudi arrested over starting "free hugs" campaign
Bandr al- Swed posted a video that shows him with the sign "free hug" , which went viral . Contrasting reactions on social media. Religious police accuse him of "engaging in practices that offend the local culture and public order ."
09/07/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi court sentences 330 terrorists affiliated with al-Qaeda
Defendants carried out a series of attacks across the kingdom between 2003 and 2006. One extremist is sentenced to death; others, to jail terms or house arrests. It is the first terrorism trial in Saudi Arabia.
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