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Did the first lady's uncovered head really rankle Saudis?
Did the first lady's uncovered head really rankle Saudis?

President Obama’s hastily arranged trip to Saudi Arabia was intended to shore up relations with a key U.S. ally. But it was the attire of the first lady that was the focus of much of the discussion on social media -- at least in the U.S. Obama cut short a high-profile trip to India to fly to Riyadh on Tuesday to pay respects to the family of the late King Abdullah and meet with his successor, King Salman. First Lady Michelle Obama dressed conservatively for the visit in loose black trousers, a blue tunic and a long, brightly colored jacket. But she did not wear a head scarf, as required of the kingdom’s female subjects. Many Saudi women appear in public in a face-covering...

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