Slow but sure Middle East progress…

Highlights

Saudi Arabian women are set to be allowed into soccer stadiums for the first time, in separate sections, but it’s a start. It would be nice to think London 2012 helped influence the decision – women from Saudi Arabia were allowed to compete in an Olympic Games for the first time – but the general consensus is that the increased dosh from gate receipts is more likely. There’s a way to go yet, though. Women are not allowed to drive in the kingdom with one blogger reporting that the Saudi Grand Mufti expressed concern that: “Women driving would lead to more accidents. When women are in danger, they don’t know how to act. How are they going to deal with accidents?” Via The Jerusalem Post

Lowlights

A former volleyball star and her partner have been found murdered having been missing for two weeks. Three men have been arrested over the deaths of 35-year-old Dutch woman Ingrid Visser and her boyfriend Lodewijk Severein, 57, whose bodies were found in a lemon grove in Spain. It is thought a business deal turned sour. Via Reuters

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