SpaceX carries out first commercial launch

SpaceX carries out its first commercial launch with its Falcon Heavy rocket tasked with placing a Saudi satellite in orbit. The rocket’s three boosters detached from the Falcon Heavy and for the first time, succesfully landed, to a roar of approval from the crowd.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy

Videographic on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy. SpaceX has carried out its first commercial launch on with its Falcon Heavy rocket easing a Saudi telecoms satellite into orbit. The rocket’s three boosters landed as planned.VIDEOGRAPHIC

Google keeps Saudi app that limits travel by women

Google will keep a Saudi app available for download in its mobile app store, despite calls that it violates women’s rights. The Saudi government app, Absher, has the ability, according to critics, for Saudi men to track women’s whereabouts. (March 8)

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‘Abused’ Saudi sisters trapped in Hong Kong risk deportation

Two Saudi sisters trapped in Hong Kong say chronic physical abuse by male family members prompted them to flee the kingdom, where they now fear they will be forcibly returned. The siblings are the latest example of Saudi women plotting their escape from the ultra-conservative kingdom only to find themselves dodging officials and angry family members at every turn, as the country battles criticism of its human rights record.

Saudi Crown Prince meets China’s Xi Jinping

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met China’s President Xi Jinping on Friday and bagged a $10-billion oil deal, pressing on with his diplomatic charm offensive in Asia following a global outcry over the Khashoggi killing. IMAGES

Saudi Crown Prince arrives in China

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in China as part of his tour of Asia. IMAGES

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday February 20th: Congressional report of Saudi nuclear plan; Administration wants high speed rail funds back from California; Bernie Sanders off to quick fundraising start; Winter weather aims for much of U.S.

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