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Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving

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RIYADH — Saudi Arabia has lifted ban on women driving on Sunday ending Saudi women to rely on drivers, male relatives, taxis or ride-hailing services to get around.

Saudi Arabia’s government, earlier this month, began issuing licenses to women who already held driving licenses from other countries, including Britain, Lebanon and Canada. The women took a brief driving test before receiving their new licenses.

While Saudi Arabia’s government has been taking steps to legalize female drivers, police last month arrested several women who campaigned for the right to drive as well as campaigned against the country’s male guardianship system.

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Rights groups say four women still remain in custody, facing possible trial.

Women are legally required to get approval from a male guardian for legal decisions in Saudi Arabia. These can involve education, employment, marriage, travel and medical treatment.

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Russian rocket fails in the mid air, crew lands safely

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COSMODROME—Booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and US astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed in mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing.

U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without any harm.

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, quoted by Interfax, said the problem occurred when the first and second stages of the booster rocket were in the process of separating.

The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Reuters reporter who observed the launch from around 1 km away said that it had gone smoothly in its initial stage.

“Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location for the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth carrying two crew members,” NASA said in a statement.

 

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