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Human rights group demands German, EU intervention in Canada-Saudi row

A prominent German human rights group is calling on Berlin and European Union officials in Brussels to act as mediators in the diplomatic dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia over Ottawa’s public criticism of Riyadh’s human rights policies. Saudi Arabia» 

International, Politics

Aid group calls on Canada to condemn deadly Saudi-led airstrike on Yemeni school bus

A children’s rights international aid group is calling on Canada to condemn an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition that targeted a school bus, killing and injuring dozens of Yemeni children Thursday in the rebel-held province of Saada near the border» 

International, Politics

Canada still seeking clarity on Saudi Arabian sanctions

Canadian officials are still seeking clarity about the measures Saudi Arabia is taking in response to Canada’s public criticism of the kingdom’s human rights record, government officials say. But, at least for now, it seems neither Saudi exports of oil» 

Economy, International, Politics

Diplomatic spat with Ottawa won’t affect oil shipments to Canada, Saudi minister says

A diplomatic row between Riyadh and Ottawa triggered by Canadian concerns over human rights in Saudi Arabia will not have any impact on Saudi oil supplies to Canada, its energy minister said on Thursday. The oil-rich kingdom has reacted with» 

International, Politics

Trudeau rebuffs Saudi call for apology

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showed no sign of backing down in an escalating dispute with Saudi Arabia that has seen the kingdom taking a number of drastic diplomatic and economic measures designed to punish Canada for what Riyadh says is» 

International, Politics

Canada’s allies bite their tongues as Saudi Arabia escalates row

Ottawa has found itself alone in its escalating diplomatic row with Riyadh as Canada’s traditional allies seem prefer to stay out of the tiff between Canada and Saudi Arabia. While Saudi Arabia has been getting messages of support from regional» 

International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics

Saudi youth group apologizes for maladroit tweet

A Saudi Arabian youth group is apologizing after an image it posted on its Twitter account was interpreted by many social media users as a veiled threat of 9/11-style attacks on Canada following the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Ottawa and» 

International, Politics

Riyadh and Ottawa show no sign of backing down in diplomatic row

The diplomatic spat between Riyadh and Ottawa showed no signs of easing Tuesday as Saudi Arabia’s two most powerful leaders reiterated their “absolute rejection of the negative and surprising position of the Canadian government” on detained Saudi civil society activists.» 

International, Politics

Canada deeply concerned by Saudi Arabia’s expulsion of Canadian ambassador, says Freeland

Canada is deeply concerned that Saudi Arabia has expelled Canada’s ambassador in response to Canadian statements in defence of human rights activists detained in the kingdom, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday as the diplomatic clash between Riyadh and» 

International, Politics

Canada ‘very alarmed’ by arrest of Raif Badawi’s sister in Saudi Arabia

Canada is “very alarmed” by the arrest of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi’s sister by Saudi authorities, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland tweeted Thursday. Amnesty International reported that Samar Badawi, a prominent women’s right activist, was detained earlier this week»