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4,100 illegal Hajis face penal action

The security authorities have started taking penal action against 4,100 pilgrims who performed Haj without a permit.

Shoura members want review of audio visual law

The Shoura Council on Tuesday discussed the draft audio-visual law, according to Fahaad Al-Hamad, deputy president of the Council.

2 terrorists sentenced to death

The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh on Tuesday awarded the death penalty to two terrorists and sentenced 13 others to prison terms ranging from 14 to 35 years.

320,000 Toyota cars recalled from Saudi market

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has announced the start of the third phase.

Labor awareness website, but in Arabic only

The Ministry of Labor launched on Tuesday a new website aiming to create awareness among workers about local laws, regulations, duties, and the nature of employer-employee relationship.

Work at full swing in holy sites

Authorities and Haj establishments have been racing against time to prepare the holy sites for Haj pilgrims ensuring that they perform their rituals with ease and in comfort, Makkah daily reported.

‘Yes’ or ‘No’?

A pro-independence ‘opinion board’ is pictured in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Tuesday ahead of the referendum on Scotland’s independence.

Uproar in social media over ‘cooked child’ clip

There was an uproar on social media after a video clip of a small baby who was placed inside a cooking pot with vegetables and placed on the cooker was circulated online, Al-Hayat daily reported.

Organic farming gaining popularity in Saudi Arabia

Last week, Saudi Agriculture 2014, the 33rd international agriculture, water, and agro-industry trade show, took place at the International Convention and Exhibition Center in Riyadh.

Smart ID cards for Pakistanis launched

A high-tech Smart National ID Card (SNIC) for overseas Pakistanis was launched by NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority) officials at the residence of Consul General of Pakistan Aftab Khokher here on Tuesday.

A new authority to develop, restore historic Cairo

The Ministry of Antiquities established an independent authority to review the current condition of historic Cairo and provide a means of cooperation between the ministry and the authority’s members to develop the city and return it to its original allure, reported Ahramonline on Monday.

Signboards with misleading directions

Pilgrims and visitors to Makkah are often confronted with the problem of finding correct directions for their places of stay.

Namaa Al-Munawwarah Foundation launched

Prince Faisal Bin Salman, emir of Madinah, on Monday announced the launch of Namaa Al-Munawwarah Foundation as the executive arm of Madinah Endowment to support small and medium enterprises in the region.

Philippine volcano spews lava; thousands evacuated

The Philippines’ most active volcano has belched out huge lava fragments that rolled about a kilometer (half a mile) down its slope, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said on Tuesday.

Emir urges concerted efforts to ensure comfort of pilgrims

Almighty Allah has bestowed the Kingdom with the honor of serving the pilgrims and we must work hard to ensure their safety and comfort, Makkah Emir Prince Mishaal Bin Abdullah has said.

The agony of people with special needs

PEOPLE with special needs in our country are neglected and forgotten. They suffer a lot, especially when they have to deal with a government department or use a public utility.

Haia chief: I have more powers than ministers

The chief of the Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) said he possesses powers that ministers do not have.

Report on drug busts shocking

WHEN the Ministry of Interior’s recent report on the number of drugs confiscated and drug smugglers arrested was released, Saudi society was left reeling from the shock of the sheer scale of the

Give qualified expats permanent residency

With regard to the article "We need a Ministry of Expatriate Workers" (Sep. 13), what the Kingdom desperately needs is a revision of its naturalization law. There are thousands of highly qualified

Why do investors prefer the UAE?

I am writing with regard to the article "100 foreign investment permits revoked" (Sep. 13). The learned professor of economics does not want investors to make a quick profit because it is the

Raise the serious issues of Arab society

I am writing with regard to the post “Haia must prevent people from adopting Western habits!” (Sep. 13). Wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts are trivial issues.

Solving the Palestinian issue is the key to Middle East peace

I am writing with regard to the article "We must correct the image of Islam damaged by extremists" (Sep. 13). Unless the Palestinian issue is resolved you will find people who will use their hands

Don't confuse promotion with reward

With regard to the article "Frustration, resignations amid delays in promotions" (Sep. 13), I think the author and many employees confuse promotion with reward and recognition.

India vows to defend China border ahead of Xi visit

India said on Tuesday it would firmly defend its 3,500-km-long border with China after domestic media reported a new face-off on the disputed frontier, just days ahead of a visit by President Xi

Pakistanis debate VIP culture after lawmakers thrown off plane

Video of angry Pakistani airline passengers throwing two lawmakers off a plane for delaying its departure went viral Tuesday, sparking a passionate debate online about the country’s so-called ‘VIP

Emir assures Merkel Qatar doesn't fund extremists in Syria, Iraq

Qatar's ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday that

UN panel emphasizes Assad role in Syria war crimes

As nations mount an offensive against the Islamic State militants that have gained a stronghold in Iraq and Syria, a UN human rights commission emphasized Tuesday that the Syrian President Bashar

Israeli raids give inspiration to Gaza artists

Palestinian filmmaker Khalil Mozayen’s latest work was already complexly layered — a movie within a movie about a

Syrian aircraft crashes in city held by IS militants

A Syrian military aircraft crashed into the de facto capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, as thousands of residents fled to nearby villages

‘No negotiations with Libya Dawn: PM

Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni has ruled out any negotiations with Libya Dawn accusing it of murder.

Sinai bomb kills six Egypt policemen

A bomb hit an Egyptian security force convoy in the Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, killing six policemen in the restive region where militants launch regular attacks.

Ghariani sacking ‘imminent’

The spokesman for the House of Representatives, Faraj Hashim, has said that Sheikh Sadek Al-Ghariani will be dismissed

Scholars, food govern domestic Haj charges

Razor-sharp competition has developed among the domestic Haj campaigns in the capital, reported Makkah daily.

Makkah mayor inspects new holy sites projects

Mayor Osama Al-Bar on Monday made an inspection tour of a number of development projects implemented by the mayoralty at the holy sites.

Divorced women get guardianship of their children

The Supreme Judicial Council has issued a decision to compel courts reviewing custody cases to grant divorced women who win custody over their children legal guardianship as well.

Ukraine ratifies EU pact

Ukraine’s parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday,

Chinese president pledges maritime security with Sri Lanka

China’s President Xi Jinping Tuesday announced increased “maritime security” cooperation with Sri Lanka whose

100 million people saved from hunger over last decade: UN

The number of hungry people in the world has dropped by 100 million over the last 10 years but one in nine are still

Afghan rivals said close to ending feud on how to share power

Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates may reach a deal on how to share power late on Tuesday, according to

French PM Valls wins confidence vote in parliament

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls won a parliamentary confidence vote on his reshuffled government on Tuesday, according to the vote tally read out by the parliament speaker.

Al Shamrani gives Hilal upper hand

A double by the tournament's leading scorer Nassir al Shamrani saw Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal take a huge step

English big guns face German challenge

English heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester City get their Champions League campaigns.

Judge warns FIFA following Garcia probe

Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German judge deciding what action to take following FIFA’s investigation.

Champagne confirms he will stand against Blatter

Former FIFA official Jerome Champagne formally announced Monday.

Radwanska cruises in Seoul

Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland beat Slovakia’s Polona Hercog 6-3, 6-3 to reach the second round of the Korea

Pakistan reappoints Afridi as T20 captain

Pakistan Tuesday re-appointed Shahid Afridi as its Twenty20 captain until 2016, three years after he was removed

Woods striving to return

Tiger Woods has yet to swing a golf club since missing the cut at last month’s PGA Championship but said Monday his

Clarke ruled out of Pakistan one-dayers

Australia captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of next month’s One-Day International series against Pakistan in

Saudi corporate earnings growth set to jump before bourse opening

The opening of Saudi Arabia’s stock market to direct foreign investment early next year is set to coincide with a pick-up in earnings growth in the Kingdom, which has lagged the region in the past

Interoperability key challenge for Middle East railway projects

As investment in rail projects accelerates throughout the region – with at least some $167 billion-worth of active future rail or metro projects planned and un-awarded in the Middle East.

Traditional insurance method not suitable to insure megaprojects

In the light of ongoing and sustained megaprojects in the region, a property insurance expert said that traditional

SGS, Libanet in deal on aircraft fleet services

Libanet, the leading aviation industry services provider, announced it signed a three years aircraft Fleet Services contract with Saudia Ground Services Company (SGS), the Jeddah-based ground handler.

Technology vital in implementation of 80 plus Saudi megaprojects

More than 80 megaprojects, each worth at least $1 billion, are under way or planned for completion by 2030 in Saudi Arabia, according to a new report.

Aluminium Bahrain considers share listing in Saudi Arabia

Aluminium Bahrain, the second-largest aluminum smelter in the Middle East, is planning to cross-list its shares in Saudi Arabia, according to four people familiar with the matter.

Palestinian bagpipers stand in solidarity with Scots

Scottish independence campaigners have found an unexpected source of support ahead of a landmark referendum on the

Cat Stevens announces 5-city US concert tour

New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the "Peace Train" back on the road.

Promotional event for “Happy New Year”

Indian Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone pose.

Jean Paul Gaultier to stop making ready-to-wear

Gaultier has announced that it is stopping women's and men's ready-to-wear collections.

George Clooney to get prize for humanitarian work

Hollywood megastar George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes for his work on screen

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Ever been to one of those meetings where people struggle for the first ten minutes to connect a laptop and get the prese
Air strikes can make everyone, except of course the targets on the ground, feel good. Ghostly green video footage taken from a war plane as it moves into position, locks onto a target and unleashes a missile or smart bomb, makes for outstanding viewing for Americans sitting in front of their TV sets back home.