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Saudi sisters, desperate and alone, risk everything to flee oppression

It was September 6, 2018. The two Saudi sisters were on a family vacation in Colombo, Sri Lanka. For weeks, they had helped their mother organize the trip, feigning excitement at the possibility of two weeks away from Riyadh, but knowing that if all went to plan, they’d never go back. Failure was not an option. Every step of their escape from Saudi Arabia carried the threat of severe punishment or death. “We knew the first time, if it’s not perfect, it will be the last time,” Reem says. CNN…

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Manchester United: Saudi Arabia prince Mohammed Bin Salman denies takeover bid

Reports linking Prince Mohammed Bin Salman initially surfaced in October Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s media minister has denied reports linking him with a £3.8bn takeover of Manchester United. Rumours of his interest resurfaced over the weekend, although reports suggest the Glazers are not looking to sell. United’s American owners bought the club for £790m in May 2005. “Reports claiming that HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman intends on buying Manchester United are completely false,” said Turki al-Shabanah. “Manchester United held a meeting with PIF [​Public Investment…

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Saudi Arabia denies crown prince seeks to buy Manchester United

FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony for the 95th batch of cadets from the King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 23, 2018. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is not seeking to buy Premier League football club Manchester United, the kingdom’s media minister said on Monday, denying reports and adding that there had only been a meeting with the Saudi wealth fund regarding sponsorship. Reports that Mohammed Bin Salman intends to…

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NBA, U.S. Tennis, Sky, urge U.S. action on alleged Saudi TV piracy

DOHA (Reuters) – A group of sports bodies and broadcasters including the U.S. National Basketball Association, U.S. Tennis Association and Sky has called for the United States to add Saudi Arabia to its “priority watch list” over alleged TV piracy, filings show. FILE PHOTO: World Cup 2018 final match, being pirated by beoutQ as seen at beIN Media Group’s anti-piracy lab in Doha, Qatar, in this undated handout image, obtained by Reuters on December 18, 2018. beIN Media Group/Handout via REUTERS The filings, made this week with the office of…

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Golf: Garcia ‘ashamed’ of Saudi tantrum

(Reuters) – Sergio Garcia said he was “ashamed” of the actions that got him disqualified from the Saudi International two weeks ago. Golf – 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National – Guyancourt, France – September 30, 2018 Team Europe’s Sergio Garcia reacts during the singles REUTERS/Paul Childs The 2017 Masters champion was banished from the European Tour event when he intentionally damaged at least five greens at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in the third round.. Earlier in the tournament, he was also seen angrily belting his…

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Technology 

Apple to investigate Saudi app

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The app makes it easier for men to prevent women from travelling, human rights group claim A Saudi Arabian app that can be used to track women and prevent them from travelling will be investigated by Apple, its chief executive has said. In an interview with NPR, Tim Cook said he wasn’t aware of the Absher app but would look into it. The app, which offers access to government services, has been criticised by human rights groups. Democratic senator Ron Wyden has called for…

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Golf: Garcia apologizes for Saudi tantrum

Golf – 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National – Guyancourt, France – September 30, 2018 Team Europe’s Sergio Garcia reacts during the singles REUTERS/Paul Childs (Reuters) – Former U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia has apologized for his disqualification from the Saudi International earlier this month and said he let his emotions get the better of him. Garcia was disqualified when he intentionally damaged the greens at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in the third round. “I’m sorry to my fans and fellow competitors. What happened is not…

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Saudi Arabia says has ‘nothing to do’ with Bezos-AMI dispute

FILE PHOTO – Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks during an address to attendees at Access Intelligence’s SATELLITE 2017 conference in Washington, U.S., March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia had “absolutely nothing to do” with the National Enquirer’s reporting on an extramarital relationship involving Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, the kingdom’s minister of state for foreign affairs said. Bezos on Thursday accused American Media Inc (AMI), the Enquirer’s owner, of trying to blackmail him with the threat of publishing “intimate photos” he allegedly sent to…

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Lifestyle 

Saudi antiquities site, long seen as haunted, tries to woo visitors

AL ULA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – In a remote northern corner of Saudi Arabia sit the relics of an ancient civilization, which the kingdom hopes to turn into a global tourism destination as it tries to open up to the world and diversify its economy away from oil. Rock shaped like an elephant is seen in the city al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser Backed by billions of dollars in state-led investment and a French cultural partnership, the authorities expect al-Ula and its majestic rock-hewn tombs of…

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Golf: Four eagles take ‘lucky’ Li into joint lead at Saudi event

(Reuters) – China’s Li Haotong struck an astonishing four eagles to register an eight-under-par 62 and catch world number three Dustin Johnson at the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the Saudi International on Saturday. Golf – The 147th Open Championship – Carnoustie, Britain – July 21, 2018 China’s Li Haotong in action during the third round REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff/File Photo The American signed for six birdies, including four in a row from the ninth hole, to reach 16-under for the tournament. Li, who started the day in…

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