Aya Batrawy

  • Google Aug 2, 2019

    Saudi Changes Allow Women to Travel Without Male Consent

    Saudi Arabia published new laws early Friday that loosen restrictions on women by allowing any citizen to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that gave men control over women. The changes are a potential game-changer for Saudi women’s rights in the kingdom. The legal system has long been criticized because it treated women as...

  • Iran Apr 23, 2019

    Saudi Arabia Beheads 37 for Terrorism Crimes; Most Shiites

    Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded 37 Saudi citizens, most of them minority Shiites, in a mass execution across the country for alleged terrorism-related crimes. It also publicly pinned the executed body and severed head of a convicted Sunni extremist to a pole as a warning to others. The executions were likely to stoke further regional and sectarian tensions between rivals...

  • India Feb 5, 2019

    Pope Francis Celebrates Historic Mass in Arabian Peninsula

    Pope Francis ministered on Tuesday to the thriving Catholic community in the United Arab Emirates as he concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass here and a call for his flock to remain meek in following God. A day after making a broad appeal for Christian and Muslim leaders to work together to promote...

  • Catholic Church Feb 4, 2019

    Pope Francis Welcomed By the UAE

    Pope Francis landed in the United Arab Emirates for a brief visit that will culminate with a papal mass on Tuesday. He is the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula.

  • Saudi Arabia Jan 7, 2019

    Saudi Woman Seeking Asylum Can Stay Temporarily in Thailand After Barricading Herself in Hotel Room

    An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family over alleged abuse and barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room in a desperate bid for asylum will be allowed to stay in Thailand while her case is evaluated by the U.N. refugee agency, immigration authorities said Monday. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun grabbed global attention when she sent out pleas for help...

  • Donald Trump Dec 17, 2018

    Saudi Arabia Rejects US Senate’s ‘Interference’ in Kingdom

    Saudi Arabia issued an unusually strong rebuke of the U.S. Senate on Monday, rejecting a bipartisan resolution that put the blame for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on the Saudi crown prince and describing it as interference in the kingdom’s affairs. It’s the latest sign of how the relationship between the royal court and Congress has deteriorated,...

  • China Nov 18, 2018

    Interpol Meets to Select New President After China’s Arrest

    Police chiefs from around the world gathered in Dubai on Sunday for Interpol’s general assembly to select a new president after the agency’s former leader was detained in China. Meng Hongwei— who was China’s vice minister of public security while also leading Interpol — went missing while on a trip to China in September. It later emerged that the long-time...

  • America Oct 18, 2018

    Senators Vow to Act If Khashoggi Killed by Saudis

    Some members of Congress say the U.S. must act against Saudi Arabia if the country’s leaders are responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but they differ on exactly what that action would entail.

  • DUBAI Jun 24, 2018

    As Driving Ban Lifted, Saudi Women in Crosshairs of Change

    Outside a sprawling mall in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, young single men and women walk through an open-air exhibit where Saudi women and traffic police explain the ins and outs of handling a car. Children take a lap around a makeshift course in tiny electric cars as clowns appear on a small stage, dancing for the crowd. A song with...

  • DUBAI Jun 5, 2018

    First Saudi Women Receive Driving Licenses, But Some Advocates Are Jailed

    Saudi Arabia issued its first driver’s licenses to 10 women on Monday as the kingdom prepared to lift the world’s only ban on women driving in three weeks, but some who campaigned for the right to drive remain under arrest. A government statement said the 10 women who were issued licenses already held driving licenses from other countries, including the...

  • Donald Trump Jan 6, 2018

    Iran Mocks Trump ‘Blunder’ as Government Supporters Rally

    Iran’s state TV on Saturday showed government supporters rallying a day after the foreign minister said a U.S. move to call an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss anti-government protests was another Trump administration “blunder.” The state broadcaster showed pro-government rallies in several cities, starting with Amol, in the northern province of Mazandaram, with hundreds of people waving the...

  • Donald Trump Jan 2, 2018

    Thousands Protest Iran’s Weak Economy, Food Price Hikes

    Violent clashes between protestors and Iranian authorities killed 21 people as of Jan. 2, on the sixth day of protests in Iran that sparked over a weak economy and a hike in food prices. Hundreds were arrested, with some possibly facing the death penalty.

  • Iran Dec 28, 2017

    Tehran Police: No More Arrests for Flouting Dress Code

    Police in Iran’s capital said Thursday they will no longer arrest women for failing to observe the Islamic dress code in place since the 1979 revolution. The announcement signaled an easing of punishments for violating the country’s conservative dress code, as called for by the young and reform-minded Iranians who helped re-elect President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate, earlier this...

  • DUBAI Sep 26, 2017

    Saudi Arabia to Allow Women to Drive for the First Time

    Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced that women will be allowed to drive for the first time in the ultra-conservative kingdom next summer, fulfilling a key demand of women’s rights activists who faced detention for defying the ban. The kingdom was the only country in the world to bar women from driving and for years had garnered negative publicity internationally for...

  • Donald Trump Aug 7, 2016

    Will Smith Showing Different Side of Mideast on Promo Tour

    Will Smith was in the Middle East on Sunday promoting the movie “Suicide Squad”, but the Hollywood star said his time in Dubai is also a chance to counter an increasingly anti-Muslim climate surrounding the U.S. presidential race.

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