Russia: Critics shouldn’t claim superiority

MOSCOW — As tensions simmer between Saudi Arabia and Canada over arrests of women’s rights activists, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said critics of Saudi Arabia should not claim a stance of moral superiority.

Saudi Arabia on Monday expelled the Canadian ambassador and froze “all new business” with Ottawa. The dispute appears centered around tweets by Canadian diplomats calling on the kingdom to immediately release detained women’s rights activists.

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Saudi Arabia executes Myanmar man

DUBAI — Saudi Arabia said it has executed and “crucified” a Myanmar man convicted of killing a woman and carrying out other crimes.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday the execution was carried out in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

It said Elias Abulkalaam Jamaleddeen entered a Myanmar woman’s home firing a gun, then stabbed her to death. He was convicted of robbing her home and another home, attempted rape and stealing firearms and ammunition.


Citizenship stripped from IS supporters

CANBERRA — An Australian government minister said five former dual nationals have been stripped of their Australian citizenship due to their involvement with the Islamic State group overseas.