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Saudi Arabia’s State Airline Suspends Toronto Flights in Row with Canada

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s state airline has suspended its direct flights to Toronto after Canada called for the release of detained activists for civil society and women’s rights. The Middle Eastern country has also frozen all trade and expelled Canada’s ambassador over the “interference”, BBC reported on Monday. Canada has responded by saying it “will continue to advocate for human rights”. Those held include the Saudi-American human rights campaigner Samar Badawi, sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi. (IANS)