Samar Badawi

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Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is seen in this undated handout picture. Photograph: Marieke Wijntjes/Handout/Rueters

Saudi Arabian women’s rights activists stood trial on Wednesday for the first time since their arrest over nine months ago, a case that has intensifie(...)

Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Ottawa and frozen trade with Canada after mild criticism of his human rights record by Justin Trudeau’s government. Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Reuters

In his drive to shake the Saudi economy out of its oil-dependent torpor while simultaneously initiating tentative social liberalisation and cracking d(...)

Saudi crown prince  Mohammed bin Salman has pledged to open up the conservative kingdom, but has also displayed a decreasing tolerance for criticism. Photograph: Bandar al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia is selling Canadian assets as the kingdom escalates its response to Ottawa’s criticism of the arrest of a female activist. The Saudi cen(...)

 Samar Badawi receiving the 2012 International Women of Courage award from first lady Michelle Obama and  secretary of state Hillary Clinton. File photograph:  Gary Cameron/Reuters

Saudi Arabian authorities have detained two prominent women activists, Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Saadeh, and have been holding them incommunicado si(...)