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Saudi King Salman admitted to hospital in Riyadh
Saudi King Salman admitted to hospital in Riyadh
Credit: U.S. Department of State from United States (Public Domain)

The King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 84, has been admitted to the King Faisal hospital in Riyadh to undergo tests for an inflamed gallbladder.

The minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud has announced that the visit of the Prime Minister of Iraq will be postponed until King Salman is out of the hospital again.

Politics • Middle Eastern
Court in Saudia Arabia rules that a woman living alone is not a crime
Riyadh Skyline
Riyadh Skyline Credit: B.alotaby (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Prosecutors had pursued a woman in Saudia Arabia for travelling to Riyadh without permission and thus being absent from her family.

The court has now ruled that the woman being in a separate home is not a punishable crime as the "woman is a sane adult who has the right to decide where she wants to live".

Abdulrahman al-Lahim, one of the lawyers involved in the case, has stated that "A historic ruling was issued today, affirming that independence of a sane, adult woman in a separate house is not a crime worthy of punishment".

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Yemen's Houthis attack Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with armed drones and ballistic missiles
Houthis protest against airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition on Sana'a in September 2015.
Houthis protest against airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition on Sana'a in September 2015. Credit: Henry Ridgwell (VOA) (Public Domain)

The cabinet of Saudi Arabia has condemned Yemen's Houthis for attacking Riyadh. In a statement, Saudi Arabia called the attacks "terroristic" and stated that it was carried out by eight armed drones and three ballistic missiles. According to Aljazeera, two large explosions have been heard in Riyadh. There are no reports of injuries or damages, but the Houthi movement claims that they've hit the defence ministry and a military base while Saudi Arabia claims that they have shot a missile down.