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Saudi Arabia executes, ‘crucifies’ Burma man convicted of murder

Saudi Arabia executes, ‘crucifies’ Burma man convicted of murder

At a press conference in Montreal on Wednesday afternoon, reporters asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau whether he was willing to apologize to Saudi Arabia after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland last week criticized the kingdom's arrest and detention of women's rights activists, including one with family ties to Canada.

In April, the European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) said that the number of beheadings in Saudi Arabia during the first quarter of 2018 rose by over 70 percent in comparison with the corresponding period past year.

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

The Canadian currency dropped as much as 0.5 per cent to 76.21 USA cents after the Financial Times reported that the Saudi Arabia central bank and state pension funds have instructed their overseas asset managers to dispose of Canadian assets starting Tuesday.

There are approximately 400 Saudi students now enrolled in programs at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Algonquin College, according to figures provided by those institutions.

Additionally, on Monday it was announced that "training, scholarships and fellowships" for Saudi students in Canada are now being shelved.

Still, Rai said the impact on the currency should be "ephemeral" as bilateral trade between Saudi Arabia and Canada is small.

In the email, Vice-Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education Lorne Wiesenfeld says he is personally hopeful that all affected trainees from Saudi Arabia will be able to continue working and training on September 1, despite the calls from the Saudi government to have all students leave Canada by August 31.

Under his watch, Saudi Arabia has implemented an increasingly aggressive foreign policy.

Inflows slowed in recent years mainly due to low oil prices, but regional turmoil doesn't help, critics of the government say.

But the United Kingdom and USA, two countries that maintain close ties with both Ottawa and Riyadh, have remained relatively silent.

"The matter is not about human rights; it is a matter of national security", the minister said.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has expelled the Canadian ambassador, suspended flights to the country and terminated student exchange programs.

Saudi Arabia's main state wheat buying agency told grains exporters it will no longer accept Canadian-origin grains in global tenders, European traders said.

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