Saudi Arabia's King Salman reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture


In celebration, the Middle East edition of Vogue splashed their cover with a photo of Saudi Princess Hayfa bint Abdullah al-Saud sitting in the driver's seat of a red convertible.

The magazine says on its website that this is the first edition that is entirely dedicated to Saudi Arabia, and "celebrates the women of Saudi Arabia and their huge achievements".

On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia - alongside fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Egypt - imposed a sea, air and land blockade on Qatar, accusing it of supporting "terrorism" and destabilising the region, allegations Doha has consistently denied.

"Personally, I support these changes with great enthusiasm", added the princess, whose cover photo was shot in the desert outside the western city of Jeddah.

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Rights groups earlier reported arrests of at least 11 people last month, mostly identified as women campaigners for the right to drive and to end the conservative Islamic country's male guardianship system.

Reports in state-backed media branded some of the detainees traitors and "agents of embassies". "Saudi women have taken to Twitter to object & replaced her image with 3 of arrested activists labelled as "traitors", tweeted Saudi-American activist Nora Abdulkarim.

The Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (or AQAP) commented on Saudi Arabia's current regime allowing Western entertainment such as movies and a six-hour fantasy booked pro wrestling house shows, claiming they're "opening the door wide for corruption and moral degradation".

In September a year ago, Riyadh removed the driving ban on women as part of reforms to undo the damage the ultraconservative kingdom has suffered for decades of human rights violations. There was a moment when Triple H stood over John Cena and did the DX "suck it" crotch chop which is teasing a capital offense in Saudi Arabia, but that was about it.