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    Saudi Woman Spared Lashing

    Image #: 14557033    Umm Ibrahim sits behind the wheel of her vehicle as she drives in Riyadh, an act that is banned in Saudi Arabia June 21, 2011.   REUTERS/Amena Bakr (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: SOCIETY)    REUTERS /Amena Bakr /LANDOV

    Amena Bakr, Reuters / Landov

    Sheima Jastaniah will not be lashed for breaking Saudi Arabia’s female driving ban after the country’s leader, King Abdullah, intervened to overturn her sentence. Originally sentenced to at least 10 lashings, Sheima was the first woman to face legal punishment for breaking the ban. The sentence came just one day after King Abdullah announced plans to extend voting rights to women in 2015.

    Read it at Al Jazeera