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Muslim worshippers perform prayers around the Kaaba

Muslims worshippers perform prayers around the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city. The hajj, expected to draw more than two million pilgrims to Mecca this year, represents a key rite of passage for Muslims and a massive logistical challenge for Saudi authorities, with colossal crowds cramming into relatively small holy sites.

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Burger on wheels: Saudis try once ‘lowly’ jobs as economy bites

Dishing out burgers and fries slathered with melted cheese, “One Way Burger” is like any other trendy food truck in Riyadh. But it offers something rare — the cook behind the sizzling hot grill is a Saudi. Blue-collar occupations such as cooking, cleaning and working at gas stations have largely been the preserve of foreign workers, but Saudis are increasingly taking on such “low status” jobs in a new age of austerity.

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AI robot Sophia visits Vietnam, talks about robotics

Well-known artificial intelligence humanoid Sophia talks about robots and the future at the Industry 4.0 summit in Vietnam. She was designed by Hong Kong firm Hanson Robotics and can express emotions using a number of facial expressions thanks to motors under her ‘skin’. In October 2017, she was granted Saudi citizenship.

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HRW discusses Saudi lifting ban on women drivers

Hiba Zayadin, the acting Saudi researcher at Human Rights Watch, gives an interview in Amman on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia following the lifting of the driving-ban for women.

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Salah’s Egypt leave World Cup winless after late Saudi defeat

Mohamed Salah’s Egypt leave the World Cup winless, suffering a 2-1 loss in Volgograd to Saudi Arabia as winger Salem Al-Dawsari scores a goal in the fifth minute of extra time. Egypt’s 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary becomes the oldest player in World Cup history, saving the first of two controversial penalties after Salah opened the scoring.

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World Cup: fans react after Saudi’s 2-1 win over Egypt

Saudi fans outside Volgograd Arena celebrate their team’s first World Cup win, a 2-1 victory over Mo Salah’s Egypt.

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Female Saudi chauffeurs take to the roads of Riyadh

Female employees of Careem, a chauffeur car booking service, collect and deliver customers as they drive in the Saudi capital of Riyadh after the Dubai-based ride-hailing app, along with global behemoth Uber, reacted to Saudi King Salman’s September announcement of an end to the kingdom’s ban on female motorists by saying it would hire women in the conservative kingdom.