Wednesday, 01 October 2014  -  07 Thul-Hijjah 1435 H

‘Islamic State’ a virus — pilgrims

Pilgrims have denounced atrocities by the self-proclaimed Islamic State group as “a virus” threatening the world.

More than 8,000 Iraqi pilgrims smuggled out of IS-controlled areas

Around 8,345 Iraqis who live in areas controlled by Islamic State were smuggled out in order to leave for the Kingdom to perform Haj, said the head of Iraqi Haj delegation and the country’s undersecretary of Haj, Makkah daily reported.

SR2.5b Riyadh metro power contracts signed

The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) awarded on Tuesday seven contracts worth a total of SR2.56 billion to supply electricity power to the Riyadh metro, which is currently under construction.

When school becomes an ammunition storehouse

A student speaks as other students listen outside their school compound that was taken over by Houthi rebels.

Austria reports first MERS case in Saudi woman

Austria has reported its first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in a woman from Saudi Arabia who had recently traveled to the Alpine country.

49,000 people without Haj permits stopped, penalized

Around 49,600 people with no Haj permits have so far been stopped from entering the Holy Sites, according to latest statistics released by the Public Security Agency.

US seen to overtake Saudi petroleum production

US liquefied petroleum output is set to overhaul Saudi Arabia in September or October, for the first time since 1991. In terms of crude oil production, the US is still third behind, with Russia in the lead.

Salesgirls sell cattle for Eid Al Adha

A salesgirl waits for customers as she sells cows for the upcoming Eid al-Adha festival at a cow showroom in Depok, outskirt of Jakarta Tuesday.

Hajjar calls for further cementing Saudi-India relations

Minister of Haj Bandar Hajjar underscored the need to further strengthen the excellent bilateral relations between the Kingdom and India.

Traditional distributors of Zamzam water

Members of Makkah’s famous Zamazima families (traditional distributors of Zamzam water) distribute water among pilgrims.

Alwaleed gets Nigeria invite

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), on Tuesday received Abubakar Shehu Bunu, Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Yemen pupils find classes turned into weapons dump

Back to school for young Yemenis in Sanaa on Monday was a stark reminder of why many missed classes in the first place — rebels were using it as an arms dump.

Obama, Modi say they will set new US-India agenda

President Barack Obama and India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that “it is time to set a new agenda” between their countries, addressing concerns that the world’s two largest democracies have grown apart.

Over 3 million e-messages to guide pilgrims

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance will be sending out 3,250,000 short electronic messages in 32 languages to guide pilgrims on the proper way to perform Haj rituals and educate them about religious regulations of Haj and Umrah.

Make jaywalking illegal in Saudi Arabia

I am writing with regard to the article "Whatever happened to the rights of pedestrians in Saudi Arabia?" (Sep. 27). This question is an insult to both pedestrians and the authorities.

Authorities must control behavior of visitors to the holy mosques

With regard to the article "Poor etiquette in the Prophet’s Mosque" (Sep. 27), people in Asian and Arab countries are unable to organize themselves into a queue. In Makkah, people push and fight to

Let women celebrate their divorce

I am writing with regard to the article "Khula: Solution or revenge?" (Sep. 27). I read this article without paying attention to the name of the writer. After reading it, I realized that it must

Family case verdicts issued altogether for the first time

The Personal Status Court in Jeddah governorate issued last Thursday several verdicts in one go.

Pilgrims get a clean bill of health from ministry

Acting Health Minister Dr. Adel Fakieh said no infectious or epidemic diseases have been registered among pilgrims so far.

SR1,500 Hafiz money deposited in bank account of a princess

A princess has discovered that an amount of SR1,500 was deposited in her bank account by the Hafiz.

The compounded corruption

Corruption in all forms and types is found in every society but its levels vary from one society to another depending

Cabinet takes recess during Haj

Every Monday, citizens and expatriates wait to learn more about the Kingdom’s policies when the Council of Ministers holds its regular weekly meeting. However, this week there was no Cabinet meeting

Expat organizations foster strong brotherly Indo-Saudi relations on Saudi National Day

Expatriate communities here marked the Saudi National Day with great fervor.

Pakistani percussionist lets his talent do the talking

Playing the percussion instrument (tabla) is an art that is passed on from one generation to another.

Political conflicts worsening Yemen food security: UN

An escalation of political turmoil in Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world.

In air war in Iraq and Syria, 4,100 US flights

US aircraft have flown roughly 4,100 sorties in the air war against militants linked to the self-proclaimed Islamic State outfit in Iraq.

Rival Libyan lawmakers hold UN-brokered talks

Rival Libyan lawmakers held talks brokered by a United Nations envoy on Monday.

Kuwait revokes citizenship of 18 over irregularities

The Kuwaiti government said it revoked the citizenship of 18 people on Monday, citing irregularities in granting them their nationality.

Steroid-fattened cows spark health fears in Bangladesh on Eid

Bangladesh sent medical teams on Tuesday to check millions of cows set for slaughter.

Philippine couple in animal torture videos jailed for life

A Philippine couple have been jailed for life for forcing young scantily-clad women.

US Ebola labs, parts for clinic arrive in Liberia

S mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week.

India premier orders civil servants to clean toilets on national holiday

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered his bureaucrats to come in to work to clean up their offices — including toilets — on this week’s national holiday to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s

Afghanistan and US sign long-delayed troop pact

Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a deal to allow some US troops to stay in the country next year,

Myanmar confirms controversial Rohingya plan at UN

Myanmar has confirmed to the United Nations it is finalizing a plan that will offer minority Rohingya Muslims

Australian police arrest 1 in counterterror raids

One man was arrested in counterterrorism raids in the Australian city of Melbourne on Tuesday after police said he provided money to a US citizen fighting alongside extremists in Syria.

Sharbatly wins second gold for Saudi Arabia

Doping controversies overshadowed victories for Saudi Arabia and Singapore at the Asian Games Tuesday. Malaysia’s Tai

Hilal in ACL final despite defeat

Two-time Asian Club Championship winner Al-Hilal secured a return to the continental final for the first time in 13

India and Pakistan to clash for hockey gold

Archrivals India and Pakistan set themselves up for a rousing field hockey final at the Asian Games.

Nadal returns in style

Rafael Nadal made a dominant return to tennis after a two-month injury layoff.

NFL player penalized for post-touchdown prayer

Kansas City Chiefs player Husain Abdullah was slapped with a 15-yard penalty in Monday’s NFL contest after punctuating

Arsenal and Atletico look to bounce back

Last season’s beaten finalist Atletico Madrid hosts Serie A leader Juventus in a high octane Group A battle in the

Waqar wants spinners’ bowling action rules relaxed

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has questioned the timing of cricket authorities’ crackdown against chucking just months

SA names Philander in ODI squad

Vernon Philander is the only addition to the one-day squad that won the recent triangular tournament in Zimbabwe as

Cyber security solutions demand on the rise in ME

There is definite increase in demand for cyber security solutions from Middle East businesses, according to industry experts Omnix International, announcing the launch of their Cyber Security

Smart technologies augur safer, energy efficient house in region

Window-blinds that roll down when the sun is out, high-tech bulbs that turn themselves off, a wall-paint that changes

Raffles Makkah Palace a peaceful sanctuary for pilgrims during Haj

With millions of Muslims getting ready to begin their Haj pilgrimage on Thursday morning, Raffles Makkah Palace has

Malabar Gold embarks on massive global expansion

Malabar Group, one of the leading corporate conglomerates with its presence in 8 countries, marked its 21st

Lifan Motors strives for excellence

Since its inception in 1979, Shairco has been the foremost fiberglass manufacturer in the Middle East. Its vast range of products find application in the industrial, architectural, electrical,

Al Jaber Group finalizes debt restructuring agreement

Al Jaber Group announced Tuesday the successful completion of its debt restructuring agreement with its lending banks.

Tokyo film fest to focus on anime, Asia and Middle East

Animated features will be in focus at the Tokyo International Film Festival when it kicks off next month, organisers

Man kicked to death in row over Japan noodle shop seat

A Japanese man who allegedly kicked a fellow diner to death in a fight over seats in a noodle bar calmly returned to his food.

Five Obamas, Yoghurt Woman star in Brazil protest vote

Five Barack Obamas, three Bin Ladens, a Jesus, a Wonder Woman, a 007: the ballot for Sunday's elections in Brazil.

Nicole reveals heartbreak at father's death

Nicole Kidman has broken her public silence since the death of her father more than two weeks ago by sharing her

South India's film industry fasts to support jailed 'Amma'

Southern India's film industry launched an eight-hour fast Tuesday to rally support for political leader Jayalalithaa

Role of social media in shopping overhyped
A few years back there was a lot of chatter about how social media would be increasingly influential in consumers’ purch
China’s Communist leadership today celebrates its National Day marking the triumph of Mao Zedong’s revolutionaries, in the awkward knowledge that there is a minor uprising in Hong Kong.