>> Celebration in Saudi Arabia as driving licenses are issued to women for the first time in decades. A video released by the government shows women with their new ID. As the country prepares to lift a ban on women driving on the 24th of June. It's been held as proof of a new, progressive trend in the deeply conservative kingdom.
But behind the smiles, a crackdown on dissent is continued. 17 people have been arrested in recent weeks for conspiring against the kingdom, according to prosecutors. International rights groups say the suspects are mostly women who had campaigned for the right to drive. And an end to the kingdom's male guardianship system.
Activists say the wave of arrests could have been a way to stifle any further action. And appease the more conservative officials opposed to the recent social reforms. Which include new cinemas and an easing of gender segregation.