Saudi Arabia's King Salman reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture

Saudi Arabia's King Salman reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture

The statement did not identify the detainees, and Reuters was unable immediately to verify their names.

Among those detained since May 15 are Loujain al-Hathloul, Aziza al-Yousef and Eman al-Nafjan, according to people with knowledge of the arrests who've spoken to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions.

At least 17 people have been arrested, eight of whom have been temporarily released including five women and three men "until the completion of their procedural review".

Previous year sources told Reuters that Rajhi was among a delegation of 10 businessmen representing the private sector who met MbS to discuss how the sector had been hit by austerity measures created to cut the budget deficit and rising fees for employing foreigners, which are encouraging an exodus of expats.

The United Nations has called Yemen world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The cover was meant to mark the end of a ban on women driving, which comes into effect on June 24, but follows sweeping arrests of rights activists in the ultra-conservative country.

The Vogue Arabia issue also features other "inspirational" Saudi women, including women's rights activist Manal al-Sharif and Saja Kamal, a footballer working to establish the kingdom's first women's team. The recent arrests have soured that image.

3- Providing moral and financial support to elements hostile toward the kingdom.

Often referred to by his initials, MBS, the prince pledged a "moderate, open" Saudi Arabia in a televised keynote speech in October, telling global investors his country wanted "to live a normal life". The terms of their release were unclear.

State-backed media had labelled those held as "agents of embassies", unnerving diplomats in Saudi Arabia, a key ally of the United States.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) and Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) meet ahead of G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016.

But nine other women's rights activists remain in custody due to confessions and "sufficient evidence against them", the statement said.

Prince Salman, who was given his title by his father King Salman a year ago, has shocked the Saudi society by instigating wide-ranging social and economic reforms.

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