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Woman Jailed for Driving in Saudi Arabia Is Now Running for Office

'I want to make a point; it's a personal thing now'

(Newser) - What a difference a year makes. In 2014, activist Loujain al-Hathloul was arrested for purposefully violating Saudi Arabia's law against women driving, the Washington Post reports. This weekend, Saudis will be able to cast a vote for her. Al-Hathloul received international fame when she live-streamed herself behind the wheel.... More »

Saudis Send Women Drivers to Terror Court

Defendants spoke out online against driving ban

(Newser) - Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month for defying a ban on women driving were referred yesterday to a court established to try terrorism cases, several people close to the defendants say. The cases of Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, and Maysa al-Amoudi, 33, were sent to the anti-terrorism court in... More »

Saudi Women Plan Day of Illegal Driving

Interior ministry warns that they will be punished

(Newser) - Saudi Arabian women intend to defy the country's ban on female drivers tomorrow, taking to the road across the country in protest of the law. Organizers say more than 16,000 people have signed an online petition supporting the "26th October Women's Driving Campaign." They're... More »

Saudi Cleric: Driving Hurts Women's Ovaries

And their children will have problems, he claims

(Newser) - There are some solid medical reasons behind Saudi Arabia's ban on women drivers, according to a conservative Saudi cleric who has become an international laughingstock. "If a woman drives a car, it could have a negative physiological impact," Sheikh Saleh al-Loheidan told an interviewer. "Medical studies... More »

More States Restrict Teens' Driving Privileges

New laws include curfews, limits on number of passengers

(Newser) - The days of of the teenage joyride seem to be numbered. Many states are creating laws to clamp down on teen drivers, who historically overestimate their abilities and are more prone to distracted driving , reports the New York Times . All but seven states ban teens from driving with more than... More »

Rogue Saudi Female Driver: I Survived Crash

Manal al-Sherif was detained after YouTube video last year

(Newser) - The Saudi woman who made international headlines by driving in a YouTube video survived the car crash that was widely reported to have killed her, reports the Guardian . Media reports had said Manal al-Sherif died instantly, but Sherif tells the Guardian that it was instead an unnamed female companion who... More »

Saudi Women Take to Road to Defy Driving Ban

Activists in Riyadh get behind the wheel today

(Newser) - Motorists in the Saudi capital this morning morning may have spotted something rarer than the Arabian unicorn : female drivers. Activists say brave women around the country got behind the wheel before dawn today in a protest against the kingdom's ban on women driving. Despite a heavy police presence, some... More »

Saudi Woman Nabbed After Posting YouTube Driving Video

Manal al-Sharif defies ban on female drivers

(Newser) - A Saudi woman is being detained by police after a bold YouTube protest against the ultra-conservative nation's ban on female drivers. Manal al-Sharif, 32, tools around the city of Khobar in a video posted on YouTube that's now been seen by some 600,000 fans. Sharif was busted... More »

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