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Recruitment ban on shops failing feminization: Ministry

Shops failing to implement feminization decision will be deprived from recruitment and sponsorship transfer, according to a senior official of the Ministry of Labor.

Care for special needs people: New rules likely

The Shoura Council with the cooperation of 30 experts and specialists is expected to draw up a new outline for amending the regulations for the care of the special needs people in the Kingdom.

Pakistani expats welcome $1b bond announcement

An overwhelming number of Pakistanis working and doing business in the Kingdom have welcomed their government’s announcement of $1 billion bond issuance for overseas Pakistanis.

King gifts 216-year-old manuscript to museum

King gifts 216-year-old manuscript to museum

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman gifts King Abdul Aziz Museum (Darat) a 216-year-old manuscript.

17,000 Egyptian workers left in the lurch

17,000 Egyptian workers left in the lurch

The legal adviser of the Egyptian Embassy in Riyadh Khaled Hawari has asked the Ministry of Labor to intervene and help put an end to the suffering of thousands of Egyptian workers.

Iraqi libraries ransacked by militants in Mosul

Iraqi libraries ransacked by militants in Mosul

When militants linked to the self-proclaimed Islamic State group invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy.

UN chief backs regional African force to fight Boko Haram

UN chief backs regional African force to fight Boko Haram

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday welcomed an African Union proposal to set up a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to fight Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants.

Give peace a chance, say Philippine and rebel negotiators

Give peace a chance, say Philippine and rebel negotiators

Philippine government and Muslim rebel negotiators issued a joint plea.

Pakistan’s Shiites mourn 61 killed in mosque bombing

Pakistan’s Shiites mourn 61 killed in mosque bombing

Thousands of Shiite Muslims rallied to protest the killing of 61 people in a suicide bombing at a mosque.

Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean

Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean

A pair of American and Russian pilots has traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history.

K-12 and post-secondary education to drive growth of e-learning in Middle East

K-12 and post-secondary education to drive growth of e-learning in Middle East

Leading technology providers and app developers from around the world have been shortlisted for the GESS Education Awards.

OPEC production rises as members stand firm

OPEC production rises as members stand firm

OPEC oil supply has risen this month due to more Angolan exports.

Madinah forum to address employment of Saudi youth

Madinah forum to address employment of Saudi youth

Sidra Capital, the CMA-licensed financial services provider, has announced its sponsorship of the Madinah Job Market and Employment Forum.

Khaled plans strategy for regional development

New Emir of Makkah region Prince Khaled Al-Faisal plans a regional development strategy to ensure balance among all governorates.

US ground troops could be needed in Iraq: Hagel

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back the self-proclaimed Islamic State group.

Scholars call for clear strategy to fight extremism

A number of religious scholars have asked Minister of Islamic Affairs Saleh Al-Asheikh to lay down a clear and unified strategy for combating extremism and terrorist activities in the Kingdom.

Release of prisoners to begin today

Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, second deputy premier and minister of interior, issued directives to provincial emirs and other concerned officials to immediately implement King Salman’s order regarding the release of prisoners under a royal amnesty.

Two-month bonus salary to be disbursed in three weeks

An informed source at the Ministry of Finance disclosed to Okaz/Saudi Gazette that the royal order issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to give two months’ salaries to all government employees will be processed and the money dispersed in three weeks.

Dubai, a city without identity

Dubai, a city without identity

I visited Dubai to finally see what everyone has been talking about this whole time. I wanted to know the secret behind the fascination for this economic hub.

The theater of hatred

The theater of hatred

The one who has a pious face yet does not value the sanctity of the mosque or death can only mean one thing — he is the devil hiding behind the mask of an angel.

Netanyahu’s wife makes money from empty bottles

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday dismissed as “false” reports that his wife Sara had pocketed at least $1,000 worth of public money by returning empty bottles to supermarkets.

Are Arab men scared to make women free?

With reference to the post "One-sided argument that cuts both ways" (Jan. 31), the entire Saudi society is based on male laws by which jealous males control every move females make.

Hire Saudis to ease companies' problems

In the article "Employers reluctant to allow free movement of expats" (Jan. 31), an official named Hamed Saeed was quoted as saying that expatriates are causing much troubles for some companies.

Spending vacations here will help country's economy

Saudis should visit some tourist places in the Kingdom instead of spending their vacations in some other countries.

Great article about late King Abdullah

The article "Passing of King Abdullah: It’s really shocking" by Abeer Al-Harbi (Jan. 30) was great. I love it. We all love the late King Abdullah and we miss him.

Pakistan extremist attacks send wrong signal

With reference to the article "Death toll in Pakistan bomb blast hits 35" (Jan. 31), I strongly condemn the attack in Pakistan.

Former IS sympathizer describes harrowing experience

A Saudi citizen who had traveled to Syria described his harrowing experience with the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in a television interview.

134 IISJ girls complete Toastmasters’ Youth Leadership Program

134 IISJ girls complete Toastmasters’ Youth Leadership Program

They were loud and clear, their body language showing confidence and poise, their intonation varying with their

Turkey airport police hunt extremists en route to Syria

Everything seems normal as the passengers stream out of a routine flight from a Middle Eastern country after landing at a major Turkish international airport.

Netanyahu US protocol flap Republicans’ fault: Envoy

Israel’s ambassador to Washington has denied responsibility for a protocol incident over an invitation for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the US Congress.

IS militants seize oil facility in north Iraq; 15 workers missing

Militants linked to the self-proclaimed Islamic State group seized a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk where 15 employees were working.

Family, diplomats say no new word on hostages

The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the self-proclaimed Islamic State group said on Saturday it has received no word on his fate since the militants threatened to kill him earlier this

Interior ministry employee killed in Sinai

An Egyptian Interior Ministry employee was killed in North Sinai, security officials said Saturday.

SABIC holding competition to promote eco-friendly behavior

SABIC holding competition to promote eco-friendly behavior

Petrochemical giant SABIC will conduct an environmental competition for school students in three cities of the Kingdom.

Life stresses survey moves to western provinces

About 40 researchers are currently receiving training at Al-Amal Hospital to conduct a survey on psychological well being of people in the western region of Saudi Arabia.

Driver killed as fuel truck overturns

Driver killed as fuel truck overturns

An accident in Al-Jumoom governorate resulted in the death of a fuel truck driver on Saturday.

Sponge factory fire brought under control

Sponge factory fire brought under control

Civil Defense firefighters extinguished a fire that broke out in a sponge factory in Al-Khaldiyah district of Hafr

Reckless driver drifts into police car

Police here arrested a 31-year-old Saudi driver who was drifting on the highway when he crashed into a police car near the eastern border of the governorate, lightly injuring a police officer.

Bangladesh cuts power to opposition leader’s office

Bangladesh authorities cut the power to opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s office.

Modi steps up offensive a week before Delhi polls

Modi steps up offensive a week before Delhi polls

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up an offensive against Delhi opponent and anti-graft campaigner Arvind

Two die as protesters clash with police in Kabul

Two die as protesters clash with police in Kabul

Two people were killed when violence broke out at an anti-Charlie Hebdo protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday.

North Korea’s Kim slams ‘rabid dogs’ after Obama comments

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said Pyongyang would not sit idly by “with rabid dogs barking” about toppling its socialist system.

India tests long-range missile from mobile launcher

India tests long-range missile from mobile launcher

India on Saturday succeeded for the first time in using a mobile launcher to test-fire a long-range missile capable of

13 killed in Bangladesh factory blaze

13 killed in Bangladesh factory blaze

At least 13 people were killed and more than a dozen injured on Saturday when a fire broke out in a plastic factory in

Canada to criminalize public terror threats

Canada announced a new anti-terror law that will allow anyone suspected of being involved in a terror plot to be detained without charge for up to seven days.

Aussies beat SK to conquer Asia

Aussies beat SK to conquer Asia

Substitute James Troisi smashed home a dramatic extra-time winner as Australia beat South Korea 2-1 to win its first

Serena torments Sharapova for 19th Grand Slam crown

Serena torments Sharapova for 19th Grand Slam crown

Serena Williams gave a gallant Maria Sharapova another serving of Grand Slam heartbreak to win the Australian Open.

Manchester rises to third

Manchester rises to third

Radamel Falcao scored only his fourth goal for Manchester United in a 3-1 victory over Leicester in the English

Madrid too strong for Sociedad

Madrid too strong for Sociedad

Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid thrashed Real Sociedad 4-1.

McIlroy seizes four-shot lead in Dubai Desert Classic

McIlroy seizes four-shot lead in Dubai Desert Classic

Rory McIlroy was in a class of his own Saturday, seizing a four-shot lead with a six-under-par 66 after the third

Afridi blitz in vain as NZ spanks Pakistan

Afridi blitz in vain as NZ spanks Pakistan

Grant Elliot’s all-round performance eclipsed Shahid Afridi’s 29-ball blitz to secure New Zealand a comfortable

Laird leads Phoenix by 2

Laird leads Phoenix by 2

A bogey at the final hole left Scotland's Martin Laird with a two-stroke lead after the second round at a wet Phoenix

Mayweather wants the fight: Pacquiao promoter

Mayweather wants the fight: Pacquiao promoter

Manny Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum reportedly is optimistic a mega-fight deal between the Filipino icon and unbeaten US

UAE Tablet PC market to reach over $1.2b by 2019

Increasing demand for Tablet PCs from education and healthcare sectors.

Investments cut amid wavering oil price course

Investments cut amid wavering oil price course

Concern is engulfing every one – and all around!

Abu Dhabi to host forum on innovative, sustainable farming

Abu Dhabi to host forum on innovative, sustainable farming

The three-day 2015 Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture that will feature more than 300 next-generation

Merkel: No debt cut for Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday rejected the prospect of debt relief for Athens, adding to tensions between the radical new Greek government and its international creditors.

L’Azurde obtains occupational health and safety certification

L’Azurde obtains occupational health and safety certification

L’Azurde, the leading gold and diamond company, has been certified by the British Standards Institution (BSI) in

Samsung committed to provide innovative technology products

Samsung committed to provide innovative technology products

Samsung Electronics, the global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, participated as

Iconic Les Paul ‘Black Beauty’ guitar to hit auction block

Iconic Les Paul ‘Black Beauty’ guitar to hit auction block

One deep-pocketed bidder will get a chance to own a piece of rock and roll history when the iconic Les Paul guitar

Remarkable fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

Remarkable fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

Snakes have been slithering on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized.

Singer Shakira gives birth to second child in Barcelona

Singer Shakira gives birth to second child in Barcelona

Shakira has given birth in Barcelona to her second child.

Shah Rukh, Kajol to team up for Rohit Shetty's next?

Shah Rukh, Kajol to team up for Rohit Shetty's next?

Hit pair Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol are set to pair up in another Bollywood venture.

Ringo Starr set for new album, tour of Americas

Ringo Starr set for new album, tour of Americas

Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr is set for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but first he plans a new album and tour of the United

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is finding his scheduled visit to Washington in March to be extraordinarily controversial.
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