Having officially determined that God is totally cool with women voting, Saudia Arabia's King Abdullah announced that starting in 2012, women will be allowed to vote and run in municipal elections. Which are the only kind of election anyway!

And not only can Saudi women now participate in the low-level and politically-limited elections allowed by their country's autocratic king, they can also serve on the (appointed) advisory Shura Council. Women and human-rights activists have been pushing for the vote (and a host of other changes) for a long time, so they'll be psyched to hear that the king is totally on their side: "[W]e refuse to marginalize women in society in all roles that comply with sharia," Abdullah said in a broadcast.

Still not cool with God, according to Saudi Arabian clerics: Women driving.

[al-Arabiya; image via AP]