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Saudi Arabia

Jul 3, 2014 — The reported deployment comes amid reports that Iraqi forces have abandoned their positions in the region amid a Sunni-led insurgency.
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May 14, 2014 — Scientists are racing to figure out how the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus infects people. After surfacing in 2012, it has spread to the U.S. and other countries. Here's what we know so far.
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Apr 24, 2014 — Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has a fatality rate of about 30 percent. An uptick in new cases in Saudi Arabia has health specialists concerned that the virus could spread outside the region.
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Nov 21, 2013 — The Saudis accounted for a quarter of all sales by Germany. It's part of an emerging pattern of weapons purchases by Saudi Arabia and its neighbor United Arab Emirates. Both countries are major customers of the U.S., the world's No. 1 arms seller.
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Nov 12, 2013 — Saudi Arabia, Russia, and China were all reelected to new six-year terms on the international body, but some say they fall short of the council's implied standards.
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Nov 5, 2013 — The government hopes that deporting the immigrants will open up jobs for Saudi citizens. Many immigrants stayed at home, trying to avoid the raids, leaving parts of the country looking desolate.
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Oct 26, 2013 — "I went to the grocery store," one Saudi woman who drove Saturday says. Her act defies a ban on Saudi female drivers; women took to the streets Saturday as part of a push to allow women to get driver's licenses.
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Oct 24, 2013 — Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that effectively bars women from driving. Women are making a renewed challenge to the ban by getting behind the wheel and posting videos in advance of a national drive-in set for Saturday.
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Oct 18, 2013 — In apparent anger over the handling of Syria, the Foreign Ministry in Riyadh turned down the rotating seat until unspecified reforms in the "method and work mechanism" on the council are undertaken.
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Sep 29, 2013 — Sheikh Saleh al-Luhaydan warned women against driving cars by saying it could affect their ovaries. His comments come a month before a planned day of disobedience, when activists will call for women to drive — a right they do not have in Saudi Arabia.
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