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Saudi defends app allowing men to monitor women relatives

The free app is available on Android and Apple smartphones and allows users to renew passports, visas and eases a variety of other electronic services.
February 17, 2019
Pope Francis held a historic public mass for an estimated 170,000 Catholics at an Abu Dhabi stadium on the first-ever papal visit to the Gulf.
February 06, 2019
UN aid agencies are also trying to gain access to food warehouses in Hodeida that will first require demining teams to clear routes to the storage sites.
February 03, 2019
Hatami described the Hoveizeh as the "long arm of the Islamic Republic of Iran" in defending itself.
February 03, 2019
Backed by air strikes of the US-led coalition, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are battling to expel IS from a few hamlets in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
January 28, 2019
Eight civilians were killed and 30 others wounded in a "shocking" bomb attack against a centre for displaced people in Yemen, the UN said Sunday.
January 28, 2019
Sparked by the brutal repression of anti-Assad protests in 2011, the conflict has killed more than 360,000 people and displaced millions at home and abroad.
January 02, 2019
The residents of the underground camp in Al-Bab were displaced by the Syrian war, sometimes several times, mostly from the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
December 16, 2018
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was due to visit Bahrain on Sunday on the second leg of a regional tour, his first since critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder.
November 25, 2018
Polls closed in Bahrain Saturday after a parliamentary election marred by boycott calls from dissolved opposition groups banned from taking part.
November 25, 2018
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said the jihadists launched "three separate assaults" on Saturday.
November 25, 2018
Syrian regime forces retook control of the Nassib border crossing from rebels in July, and last month reopened it after a three-year closure
November 11, 2018
Major oil producers meet in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to consider reverting to output cuts after a sharp slide in crude prices revived fears of a 2014-style crash.
November 11, 2018
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened Istanbul's new international airport, which his government says will eventually become the world's largest, with great fanfare.
October 30, 2018
A Saudi tanker reached Aden carrying the first instalment of oil derivatives such as diesel and mazut, worth $60 million, a Saudi government statement said.
October 30, 2018
This month, a rare exhibition is being held at the site designed by legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in a desperate call to save it from ruin.
October 22, 2018
A year after a US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters drove the Islamic State group from the northern city of Raqa, traumatised civilians still live in fear of near-daily bombings.
October 18, 2018
The Turkish team, who conducted the investigation alongside a Saudi delegation, returned to their vehicles and left the premises, an AFP correspondent said.
October 16, 2018
While the deadline for withdrawing heavy weapons was met on time, there has been no indication that the second condition is being implemented.
October 14, 2018
Fifteen people, including children, died on Sunday when a vehicle carrying migrants plunged off the highway into a river-bed in western Turkey, state media said.
October 14, 2018
Syrian rebels have completed the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line of the last opposition-held province of Idlib, Turkish state media reported Monday.
October 09, 2018
Syria's antiquities authority on Wednesday unveiled an exhibition in Damascus of hundreds of artefacts retrieved from around the war-torn country.
October 04, 2018
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they launched a missile strike against a "terrorist" headquarters in Syria in retaliation for an attack that killed 24 people in the Iranian city of Ahvaz.
October 01, 2018
Sunday's meeting in Algiers brought together OPEC oil ministers and non-OPEC signatories to the 2016 agreement, as they seek to extend their cooperation.
September 24, 2018
Dozens of writers and activists have taken to the streets -- on September 1 and again two weeks later -- to protest ahead of Kuwait's annual book fair in mid-November.
September 24, 2018
Under the agreement announced Monday, a demilitarised zone is to be set up around Idlib, one of the country's last major jihadist and rebel bastions on the border with Turkey.
September 24, 2018
September 17, 2018
Some three million people live in the area and the United Nations has warned that a full-scale regime assault could spark the century's worst humanitarian catastrophe.
September 17, 2018
Libyan security services said Monday the remains of two suicide bombers were found inside the NOC building.
September 12, 2018
They accused the Saudi-led alliance backing the Hadi government of planning to strand their delegation in Djibouti, where their plane was to make a stop en route to Geneva.
September 09, 2018