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Indonesia pulls out of haj

Indonesia is pulling out of the annual Islamic haj pilgrimage to Mecca over coronavirus fears, the religious affairs ministry said, removing the largest contingent of worshippers.


Rights group says Saudi Arabia is holding a senior prince incommunicado since March

DUBAI (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Saturday that Saudi Arabian authorities recently detained and are holding incommunicado Prince Faisal bin Abdullah, who had previously been netted in an anti-corruption drive and released in late 2017.


Saudi Arabia halts executions of those committing crimes as minors - statement

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will no longer impose the death sentence on individuals who committed crimes while still minors, the state-backed Human Rights Commission (HRC) said in a statement, citing a royal decree by King Salman.


Saudi Arabia eliminates flogging as form of punishment - document

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia eliminated flogging as a form of punishment, according to a document from the kingdom's top court seen by Reuters on Friday.


Jailed Saudi princess pleads for release as Ramadan arrives

LONDON (Reuters) - A prominent Saudi princess has appealed to the kingdom's king and crown prince to release her from prison as the holy month of Ramadan began, according to a letter published on her official website and Facebook account.