Russia rubbish FIFA’s ranking, ‘spell’ Saudi 5-0
World Cup hosts, Russia, yesterday defied FIFA’s ranking as the lowest-ranked side in the 2018 World Cup, getting off to a 5-0 emphatic opening Group A win against Saudi Arabia. Though, the Russians played against probably the weakest team in the tournament, the 5-0 scoreline was the biggest winning margin in the history of World…
Russia thrash Saudi 5-0 in World Cup opener
Host nation Russia thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the World Cup to start their tournament in style in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday. Iury Gazinsky opened the scoring with a header after 12 minutes, Denis Cheryshev added a second before Artem Dzyuba got the third in the 71st minute. Cheryshev added…
Court opposes release of Shekarau’s international passport to perform lesser hajj
A Federal High Court in Kano yesterday declined application filed by former Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, seeking the release of his international passport to travel for lesser hajj in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia 2018 Fifa World Cup team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions
Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi took his place in the Saudi Arabia manager’s dugout for the first time in November 2017. He still has to wait for his his first competitive game in charge of the Green Falcons, that comes against Russia in the World Cup’s opening match. During his seven-month tenure the Argentine has been…
Saudi To Show Prophet Muhammad's Biopic Four Decades After Ban
"The Message", Syrian-American director Moustafa Akkad's epic film about Prophet Mohammed, will be screened for the first time in Saudi cinemas on Thursday -- four decades after an initial ban. "Knowing that there were so many difficulties..., now that they're showing it in the theatres I couldn't be happier," Akkad's son told AFP. The 1976…
First Saudi women get driving licences
Saudi Arabia on Monday began issuing its first driving licences to women in decades, authorities said, just weeks before the historic lifting of the conservative kingdom's ban on female motorists. Ten Saudi women swapped their foreign licences for Saudi ones in multiple cities, including the capital Riyadh, as the kingdom prepares to end its ban…
Al-Qaeda warns Saudi crown prince over 'sin'
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has warned Saudi Arabia's reformist Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over his "sinful projects", in a bulletin released Friday.
Saudi Arabia outlaws sexual harassment
Saudi Arabia has passed a new law to criminalise sexual harassment, state media said Wednesday, less than a month before the conservative kingdom lifts its decades-long ban on women driving.
Saudis detain women's advocates ahead of driving ban lift
Saudi authorities have arrested seven prominent women's rights advocates, just weeks before the kingdom's longstanding driving ban on women is set to be lifted, Human Rights Watch said Saturday.