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According to a report by state-owned media outlet Al Arabiya, "training, scholarships and fellowships" for Saudi students in Canada are being shelved.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia put a man to death on a cross in the holy city of Mecca on Wednesday, while waging a public relations battle to call out alleged human rights violations in Canada.

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"That for Saudi Arabia was the source of growing frustration", he said in a phone interview.

Crimes such as attending anti-government rallies and homosexuality have contributed to crucifixion sentences in Saudi Arabia in the past.

The United States said Tuesday that both Canada and Saudi Arabia are "close partners" of the US, and asked the Saudi government for more information of the detention of several activists.

It came after more than a dozen women's rights campaigners were detained and accused of undermining national security and collaborating with enemies of the state. TV pundits brought up Canada's suicide rate in what appeared as a broadside against the country's way of living.

But she said: "At the same time, we hope that Saudi Arabia and Canada will find a civilized solution to their differences".

Saudi Arabia Canada spat criticism human rights

The Saudi foreign ministry has also ordered Canada's ambassador, Dennis Horak, to leave the country.

The ministry went on to threaten vague retaliation against Ottawa.

Other sanctions include Saudi patients in Canada having their treatments stopped and being relocated to a medical facility outside the country. Saudi state airline Saudi said it was suspending flights to and from Toronto.

But Canada has remained firm.

Saudi Arabia suspended diplomatic ties and halted new trade dealings late Sunday following comments by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland criticizing the kingdom for arrests of women's rights activists.

But the United Kingdom and USA, two countries that maintain close ties with both Ottawa and Riyadh, have remained relatively silent.

"I'm concerned about those students, but we still need to stand by our position that we support human rights in the world", Bessma Momani, an expert on Middle East issues and a political science professor at the University of Waterloo, said in an interview on Monday, the Star reports.

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