Saudi Arabia-Canada spat hits 16,000 students as the Kingdom suspends scholarships

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executed a man by crucifixion in the holy city of Mecca on Wednesday, while it was trying to attack Canada on its human rights record.

The first seeds of dissension were sown by a tweet from Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on Thursday which criticised Saudi's detainment of human right activists including Samar Badawi in Riyadh and called for their immediate release.

Saudi Arabia's diplomatic row with Canada is showing no signs of slowing.

Almost 100 worldwide students in Waterloo Region could be affected as tensions heat up between Saudi Arabia and Canada. It stopped medical treatment of Saudis in Canada and made arrangements to bring home Saudi patients.

Some analysts perceive the move as both a power play for the kingdom's young leader and a demonstration put on for the benefit of countries with stronger ties to Saudi Arabia than Canada.

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On Sunday, seven people were killed and another 41 were wounded by gunfire. "It's the same people pulling the triggers". Violence in the Midwestern city often spikes in the summer months, when the warm weather means more people are outside.

The Canadian dollar fell on Wednesday after the Financial Times reported that Saudi Arabian officials instructed the kingdom's asset managers to dump their holdings of the country's assets.

"Crucifixions" in Saudi Arabia typically involve beheading the condemned, then sewing their head back on and putting their body on public display - hanging them from a pole or a cross, according to Amnesty International.

"Canada made a big mistake... and a mistake should be corrected".

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently went on a global tour touting proposed economic reforms and promoting his vision for the kingdom as "the next Europe".

The Kingdom has recalled its ambassador, while at the same time expelling Canada's top diplomat in the country. Saudi Arabia's airline suspended flights to and from Canada, potentially complicating travel plans for Canada's Muslim population as the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca approaches later in August. Saudi students studying in Canada now have the opportunity to transfer to 18 different countries to continue their studies "without being affected", Saudi Arabia's Deputy Minister of Education for Scholarship, General Supervisor of Cultural Attachés Jasser Al-Harbash told Al Arabiya English on Tuesday.

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