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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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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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