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120 Saudis performing Haj on behalf of Syrian martyrs

One hundred and twenty young Saudis are performing Haj this year on behalf of Syrian martyrs, Mohammed Al-Nuaimi, supervisor of the Haj campaign for the Syrian martyrs, has said.

15th Makkah Conference calls for an international meet on terrorism

The 15th edition of the annual Makkah Conference has asked the Muslim World League (MWL) to organize an international gathering to discuss ways and means of fighting terrorism as soon as possible.

Pilgrims: “Accommodation lacking cleanliness”

Pilgrims have expressed annoyance at the cleanliness of their accommodation, which they claim is deteriorating by the day, Makkah daily reported.

All roads lead to Mina

Marking the beginning of the annual pilgrimage of Haj on Thursday, around two million pilgrims headed through packed streets of Makkah and surrounding cities including Jeddah and Taif to the enormous Tent City of Mina.

Inspection tour

Acting Health Minister Dr. Adel Fakieh arrives at Makkah’s Al-Noor Specialist Hospital to open the expanded intensive care unit.

Haj over the years

Muslims visiting the Kaaba, the Sacred House of Allah, in Makkah during Haj.

IS selling Iraq’s artifacts: UNESCO

The Islamic State group, which has taken over large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, is selling ancient Iraqi artifacts in the black market to finance its military operations in the region.

12 dead as trains collide in N. India

Two passenger trains packed with festive travelers collided in northern India.

Aquino slams UN for mission ‘impossible’

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday criticized the United Nations for refusing to better arm Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, saying this made their mission “impossible”.

Grenade attack kills three in Pakistan

A hand grenade exploded in a crowded barbershop in southwest Pakistan.

UK drops terror charges against vocal ex-Gitmo inmate

A British man who was once held at Guantanamo Bay will be freed from prison, police said on Wednesday.

Oil prices to recover ‘slightly’ in Q4 2014

Oil prices were forecast to recover slightly in the fourth quarter of 2014 on the back of an uptick in demand during the winter seasons, the Riyadh-based Jadwa Investment said in its latest report on oil.

Foodex Saudi 2014 hosts chefs culinary competition

Saudi Arabia’s top food & beverage exhibition, Foodex Saudi 2014, has turned up the heat in kitchens of top hotels and restaurants throughout the Kingdom.

Al-Dousary's family prepares for his funeral instead of wedding

Today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday) the Al-Dousary family will receive the dead body of their son Nasser who died in a prison in Iraq.

Egypt offers military training to Libya

Egypt has offered to train pro-government forces battling rival armed groups in Libya, stepping up efforts to eradicate what it says is a threat to its own stability from the anarchy engulfing its neighbor.

Tunisian youths at forefront of Syria conflict

Tunisian youths disillusioned with the post-revolution era have flocked to join militants overseas, making the birthplace of the Arab Spring the top source of foreign fighters in Syria.

Armed man with assault conviction shared lift with Obama

The Secret Service is facing more embarrassing disclosures about lapses in presidential security after reports that an armed security contractor with a criminal record rode in an elevator with Obama.

Australian Parliament passes counterterror laws

The Australian Parliament on Wednesday passed a raft of counterterrorism laws that extend secret service powers despite concerns about its impact on press freedom.

How can people steal in the Grand Mosque?

With regard to the article “Woman pickpocket nabbed in Grand Mosque” (Sep. 29), I appreciate the work of the undercover police who caught this culprit, but, unfortunately, there are many more in

Obey the rules of the country you live in

I am writing with regard to the article “For Arabs, a Canadian passport and a GCC job may no longer mix” (Sep. 30). People are complaining because they want to get a passport to a country that they

Wise people are the best resource of any society

With regard to the article “King: Islamic culture must be protected” (Sep. 29), this is the best advice a leader of a country can deliver to his people. It has special value these days as we face a

Iranian man executed for heresy, claims rights group

A former psychologist has been executed for heresy in Iran after eight years in detention, human rights groups said, in the latest example of what activists say is a worrying rise in the use of

Fleeing IS onslaught

Syrian Kurds load their belongings onto a pickup truck in the southeastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province

Algeria’s ailing president absent amid crises

The silence of Algeria’s ailing president since the kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker by Islamic

Ebadi ‘surprised’ at silence on Dalai Lama visa row

Iranian Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, who will boycott a summit in South Africa over its refusal to grant the

Algeria identifies suspects in Frenchman’s beheading

Algeria has identified suspects in the kidnapping and beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel, the justice minister said Tuesday, as the North Africa country widened its probe into the brutal

Protesters heckle Hong Kong leader on National Day

Pro-democracy protesters kept behind police barricades heckled Hong Kong’s embattled leader on Wednesday when he

Whiff of betrayal stalks Britain’s Conservative Party

Talk of treason cast a shadow over Britain’s Conservative party conference this week, where gossip raged over who

Taliban suicide bombers kill 7 in Kabul, wound 21

Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early Wednesday, killing seven people and

‘All Serbs’ on trial at war crimes court, says Karadzic

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Wednesday said “all Serbs” were on trial as he began his closing

Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport

Rebels in eastern Ukraine appeared to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport in Donetsk on Wednesday.

Japan volcano death toll hits 48 as new bodies found

The death toll from a sudden volcanic eruption in Japan hit 48 on Wednesday as rescuers discovered 12 new bodies in

US embassy issues warning after clashes in Myanmar

The US embassy in Myanmar on Wednesday issued a warning to its citizens traveling in eastern Myanmar after clashes between the military and ethnic minority rebels.

An Indian night on Mars

Local economic experts have downplayed the significance of the warning issued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

French pilgrim fulfills dream as King’s guest

A French young man crossed 7,000 km by road with a wish to travel to Makkah to perform Umrah but Allah’s decision was to enable him to perform not only Umrah but also Haj as a guest of Custodian of

Haj missions gear up for Mina movement

With the Tent City geared up to receive around two million pilgrims, Haj missions of different countries applied

Holy Sites ready to receive pilgrims

A helicopter trip over the Holy Sites has shown that Mina, Arafat, and Muzdalifah are ready to receive pilgrims.

Driver returns SR47,000 to Sri Lankan pilgrim

The General Car Syndicate organized a function to honor driver of a bus that transports Haj pilgrims for his honesty after he returned SR47,000 and valuable documents of a Sri Lankan pilgrim.

Track, medal rows cloud Asian Games

All three top finishers in the men’s 800 metres final were disqualified and an aggrieved Indian boxer turned down her

Iraq wins gold as top three disqualified in 800m

Adnan Taess Akkar won Iraq's first gold medal of the Asian Games.

PSG topples Barcelona in 5-goal thriller

European football greats Francesco Totti and Xavi Hernandez set Champions League records for oldest goalscorer.

Djokovic remains perfect

Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic maintained his perfect China Open record.

De Silvestro’s F1 driving program grinds to a halt

Swiss racer Simona De Silvestro’s hopes of becoming the first woman since 1976 to race in Formula One have suffered a

Wanderers-Hilal ACL final set

Western Sydney Wanderers beat FC Seoul 2-0 Wednesday to make the Asian Champions League final against another

India, Pakistan end 32-year wait for hockey final

Archrivals India and Pakistan face off in a mouth-watering field hockey final at the Asian Games Thursday with a place

Everton has nothing to fear in Russia: McGeady

Everton winger Aiden McGeady’s experience of Russian football gives him reason to be confident as the Toffees travel

OPEC clout on price movement weakens

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is steadily losing control of the oil market with the rise of two new industry leaders, Russia and the US.

Saudi stock market to keep upward trajectory

The Saudi stock market is expected to continue to move upwards up until 1H2014 when foreign investors start their trading, the Saudi Commercial Bank said in its latest Saudi Economic Review.

GCC outdoor design market focuses on sustainable growth

Developers in the GCC countries should focus more on providing sustainable, attractive, outdoor environments when they look at new construction projects.

Bourses close for Eid

Stock exchanges across the Middle East will close for the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha next week, but some markets will reopen earlier than others.

Virgin Mobile number in charity auction, others are on website

Virgin Mobile started on Sept. 30 an online scramble for the best mobile numbers in its brand new 0570 range, and announced a charity auction of some of the most coveted numbers to become available

Zain KSA supports Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque’s Guests

Zain KSA has continued its sponsorship and support for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque’s Guests program in

Original score of Mozart sonata found

Flipping through a dusty folder of unidentified music scores in Budapest's national library, Hungarian scholar Balazs

Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte honored by Harvard

Oprah Winfrey and performer-activist Harry Belafonte were among those honored at Harvard University.

Men, Women & Children: A film about 'cyberevil'

If ever there was a movie that needed a window to be opened.

The Good Life: Moving story, simply told

The movie poster for "The Good Lie" features a smiling Reese Witherspoon.

Amal Alamuddin enters fashion pantheon as Clooney's bride

With the help of Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli and Dolce & Gabbana, human rights lawyer Amal

Talks about talks are gathering pace between Greek and Turkish Cypriots to reunite the island which has been split since 1974.