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    Saudi Medics Kept from Dying Woman

    A Saudi doctor from Abdullatif Cancer Screening Centre looks to US First Lady Laura Bush (unseen) during a visit to the centre in Riyadh, 23 October 2007. Bush arrived in Saudi Arabia today on the second leg of a Middle East tour aimed at promoting awareness of breast cancer, a leading cause of death among women. Bush, who flew in aboard Air Force One from Dubai, was greeted at Riyadh air base by Prince Faisal bin Abdullah, son of the Saudi monarch and an honorary chairman of the Saudi cancer society. AFP PHOTO/HASSAN AMMAR (Photo credit should read HASSAN AMMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Saudi Arabia's strict modesty laws were a matter of life and death on Wednesday when a female university student died after school officials barred the male paramedics from entering the women's campus. Emergency team was called after the student, Amina Bowzir, had a heart attack around 11 a.m., but they were kept outside until 1 p.m. The university said that the medical staff was not allowed on the campus because some students were not veiled, even though, in Islam, men can be in the presence of unveiled women during an emergency.

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