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Saudi woman takes the wheel
Saudi women gets into a taxi in Riyadh.
Among the many restrictions on Saudi women is a ban on driving
A Saudi woman has defied the country's ban on female drivers to save her husband after he collapsed at the wheel, a Saudi newspaper has reported.

The couple were driving from the city of Dammam to Riyadh when the man suffered breathing problems and passed out, the al-Watan newspaper said.

His wife grabbed the wheel and drove 15km (10 miles) to a petrol station where he was treated and recovered.

The man had reportedly taught his wife to drive during trips to the desert.

The kingdom imposes severe restrictions on women, including barring them from voting or going out in public unaccompanied by a male relative.

Saudi Arabia's interior minister recently dismissed growing pressure to allow women to drive.

Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz said the Muslim country had other priorities.

Conservatives argue that if women were allowed to drive, they would be able to mix freely with men.

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