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Saudi Arabia rules out mediation in Canada row, mulls new measures

Saudi Arabia rules out mediation in Canada row, mulls new measures

He was convicted of robbing her home and another home, attempted rape, and stealing firearms and ammunition.

Saudi Arabia, ruled by its interpretation of Islamic law, rarely carries out crucifixions, but capital punishment remains common.

Several countries have expressed support for Saudi Arabia, including Egypt and Russian Federation, which both told Ottawa it was unacceptable to lecture the kingdom on human rights.

The political tension comes after Canada called for the release of two women's rights activists from the gulf country.

Saudi Arabia is now coordinating for the transfer of all Saudi patients from Canadian hospitals to other facilities outside of the country, according to a report from the Saudi Press Agency.

"It's up for the government of Saudi Arabia and the Canadians to work this out", said Heather Nauert, a spokesperson for the state department, on Tuesday.

Canada's share of Saudi Arabia's FX reserves would likely not be enough by itself to hurt the loonie, said Mark McCormick, North American Head of FX Strategy at TD Securities.

Saudi Arabia has directed asset managers to sell off Canadian equities as part of an escalating response to criticism from Canada according to a report by the Financial Times.




In a statement Wednesday, Ono said UBC has about 280 new and returning students with Saudi Arabian citizenship in English-language, undergraduate, postgraduate, and graduate programs.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir says Canada made a mistake when Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland took to Twitter to criticize the Saudis for the arrests.

Badawi, too, had called for the end of the driving ban.

Diplomatic channels and trade negotiations were suspended last week, and some flights from Saudi Arabia to Canada halted.

The UK also expressed "strong" support for human rights, and said it "regularly" raises concerns with the kingdom, but did not mention the specific case of the Badawis.

"Saudi Arabia does not interfere in the affairs of Canada in any way".

"I respect the rights of other countries to speak for themselves".

Salman did grant women the right to drive, but they remain legally in the care of men.

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