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Around The World: Saudi Women Given Right To Drive

Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive starting June 2018, marking a small advance for women in the officially Islamic kingdom.

The Sept. 28 royal decree signed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was met with approval from women’s rights activists.

“It is amazing,” Fawziah al-Bakr, a Saudi university professor who was among the women protesting the driving ban since 1990, told The New York Times. “We have been waiting for a very long time.”

Around The World: Atheist Sentenced To Death In Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian monarchy is punishing another citizen for choosing to leave Islam for atheism, continuing its streak of enforcing the harshest blasphemy laws in the world.

In April, Saudi Arabia sentenced Ahmad Al-Shamri, who was arrested in 2014, to death after years of Al-Shamri’s appealing the decision. Al-Shamri was charged with atheism and blasphemy after videos of him questioning Islam surfaced on social media years ago. The same year of Al-Shamri’s arrest, the Saudi Arabian king declared atheists “terrorists.”