Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul accused the authorities of holding them in solitary confinement, sexual assault and administering beatings and electric shocks. Photograph: Reuters

A prominent Saudi women’s rights activist has rejected an offer that would see her freed in return for agreeing to sign and record a statement saying (...)

 Huda al-Badri (30) poses behind the steering wheel of a car after Saudi Arabia eased its restrictions on women drivers in 2018. Photograph: Ahmed Yosri/EPA

Saudi Arabia’s partial lifting of its guardianship law, which it announced on Friday, is a significant step toward the abolition of the practice of ma(...)

 Emirati forces – trained recruits of the Yemeni army – perform combat training in Yemen in 2017. Photograph: Najeeb Almahboobi/EPA

The United Arab Emirates is cutting troop numbers in Yemen and shifting from a “military-first strategy” to a “peace-first strategy” for the war-devas(...)

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman  and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe: Japan, which is reeling from the impact of Fukushima on its energy policy, is the world’s third-largest financial supporter of coal. Photograph: Eugene Hoshiko

No G20 summit would be complete without the final communique, a diplomatic art form designed to paper over the cracks exposed during the previous two (...)

Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto shakes hands with UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt:  Hungary is a strong supporter of Israel and defends the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Photograph: Jack Taylor/PA

An attempt by Hungary to get the EU to cut funding to NGOs that are hostile to Israel – specifically those supporting boycott and divestment (BDS) cam(...)

Mohammad bin Salman,  Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Russian president Vladimir Putin at the World Cup opening ceremony. Photograph: Alexei  Druzhinin/EPA

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman appeared in public on Thursday for the first time since mid-April at the opening of the World Cup in M(...)