The Guardian view on Saudi Arabias reforms: not just a battle for women | Editorial

Editorial: Relaxation of the guardianship system is long overdue. But more change is needed, and the credit for these reforms should to the women who have fought for them not Riyadh The jubilation of women in Saudi Arabia was real and understandable. Last Friday, the kingdom abolition. Other laws still hold women back. And as warned: When women become equal to men, Saudi Arabia is still going to remain an authoritarian dictatorship that violates countless human rights. These guardianship changes, like the lifting of the ban on womens driving last year, form part of the crown princes promise to modernise the kingdom. Mohammed bin Salmans Vision 2030 plan calls for a rise in womens participation in the workplace, from 22% …

British Museum to return Buddhist heads looted in Afghan war

Stolen artefacts likely removed by Taliban will go on display before being sent to Kabul Fourth-century Buddhist terracotta heads probably hacked off by the Taliban and found stuffed in poorly made wooden crates at Heathrow are to be returned to Afghanistan where they will be star museum exhibits. The were blown up. A torso was also found with the sculptural heads. Photograph: Trustees of the British Museum The sculptures tell a story of Buddhisms heyday in what is now Afghanistan. Hundreds of monasteries were built and then abandoned after the arrival of the Arab armies in the 8th century and the establishment of Islam as the predominant religion. The return of any object which has been illegally trafficked is hugely …