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Jeddah 'flood disaster' suspects to be put on 'Interpol' list

Concerned authorities and Jeddah’s administrative court intend to list suspects of the infamous “flood disaster” incident which hit Jeddah in 2009 on the Interpol’s wanted list.

KSA to build 5 solar power stations

Saudi Arabia will build solar power stations in five regions by the end 2015.

11,000 Saudi firms closed down due to Nitaqat, finds study

Some 11,000 Saudi firms have closed down due to the implementation of Nitaqat program to support Saudization, according to a study conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which is participating in training Saudi workers online in coordination with the Ministry of Labor.

70,000 security men to ensure pilgrims’ safety

About 70,000 security officers will be deployed during this year’s Haj season to ensure the safety of pilgrims and provide them with quality services that will enable them to perform their rituals in ease and comfort, the director in charge of the public security has announced.

Two lounges at Jeddah airport to check African pilgrims for Ebola

King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) has dedicated two lounges to receive pilgrims coming from Nigeria and some other African countries as a preventive measure against the Ebola virus.

Spending by Muslim population on clothes to rise to $322b by ’18

There is a huge gap in the global Islamic clothes, fashion and design market in the absence of major Islamic brands capable of meeting the requirements of the Muslim population, especially women, a research note by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry based on a study by Thomson Reuters revealed.

Unilever in KSA picks winner of BMW Z4

Unilever in Saudi Arabia has announced the winner of its Clear & Nahdi Pharmacy Activation competition. Winner Ahmed Al-Ashoor walks away with a brand new BMW Z4 Cristiano Ronaldo edition – a car identical to the one the football star drove as a Real Madrid player last year.

Albaik’s ‘Please Park It Right’ plan wins international awards

Albaik’s innovative community awareness program “Please Park It Right” has won two highly prestigious Stevie International Business Awards for 2014 in the categories Communications Program of the Year and Community Relations and Communications Program of the Year in Public Service.

Cisco launches industry’s first threat-focused NGFW in KSA

Cisco is changing the way organizations protect against sophisticated threats with the introduction of the industry’s first threat-focused Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW).

Field teams to clean Jabal Al-Noor

The municipality of the holy city has deployed a number of field teams to clean the Jabal (mountain) Al-Noor, which is one of the religious and historic areas pilgrims usually prefer to visit when they come to do Haj.

Destitute kidney donor fighting diseases and debts

He refused offers of millions of riyals, a luxurious car and a beautiful home to sell his kidney to the son of a famous businessman in the Qassim Province.

Salamatek holds medical camp

As part of World Peace Day, Salamatek Medical Center conducted a Free Medical Camp for all on Sept. 18 at its premises in Safwa, 25 km from Dammam.

Scalded boy finds help in Jazan Emir

Emir of Jazan Prince Muhammad Bin Nasser has come to the rescue of the child, whose father tortured him and scalded his scalp a fortnight ago.

Role models

This refers to the article “Saudi women break the barriers!” by Khaled Almaeena (Sept. 21). Congratulations to those Saudi women in the Forbes ranking.

The nature of evil

With reference to the article “2-year condition for expat sponsorship transfer waived” by Muhammad Al-Misbahi and Omar Mujalli (Sept. 21), Saudi sponsor should let his expat employee seek another

Highway woes

I agree with the post “Unspeakable filth on the highways in Saudi Arabia” by Thajudeen M. Abdu (Sept. 21). The state of highway services in the Kingdom is very poor.

Haj guides want own college to develop skills, next generation

A number of mutawifs (Haj guides) have called for setting up a university college that specializes in Haj and Umrah affairs.

Plastic bags becoming ‘pollution time bomb’

Plastic bags are among the biggest environmental hazards threatening humans, animals and plants, according to a study by a Saudi researcher specializing in the environment.

12 employees sacked over relocation row reinstated

A contracting company in Jeddah has been forced to reinstate 12 Saudi employees it had fired after a dispute over a decision to relocate them, Makkah daily reported.

Al-Dowsari ‘was tortured’; his body set to arrive in Kingdom during weekend

The lawyer of Saudi nationals detained in Iraq, Hamid Ahmed, told Okaz/Saudi Gazette that his last visit to the Saudi detainee, who died in Iraqi prisons, Nasser Al-Dowsari, was four months ago. He

Exporting suicide bombers instead of poets

Few days ago, there were reports that there were vacancies for expatriates to work as “poets”.

Car theft gang suspects detained

Police have detained five citizens suspected of stealing a number of cars and stripping them down for spare parts. Officers had received a number of complaints of car thefts throughout the city and

100,000 Syrian Kurds have fled to Turkey: UN

Some 100,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed the border into Turkey over the past few days, fleeing an advance by Islamic State militants.

Premier quits; Houthis create chaos in Sanaa

Yemen’s prime minister submitted his resignation to President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi on Sunday amid chaos over reported

Gaza truce talks to resume in Egypt

Indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians on consolidating the Gaza truce are set to resume in Cairo on Wednesday, two days after new reconciliation negotiations between Fatah and Hamas,

US to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Cairo

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Defense Minister Colonel General Sedki Sobhy on Saturday to confirm the United States plans to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support

Kurds issue new call to arms against IS

Kurdish fighters in Turkey have issued a new call to arms to defend a border town in northern Syria from advancing Islamic State militants, and the Turkish authorities and United Nations prepared on

70,000 flee into Turkey

As many as 70,000 Syrian Kurds have poured into Turkey since Friday fleeing an offensive by Islamic State militants in

India’s jet-set tycoons crash to earth

They were famed for their jet-set lifestyles and the names of their companies were emblazoned on airplanes, Formula

‘Families of German MH17 victims to sue Ukraine’

Survivors of German victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 downed over Ukraine plan to sue the country and its president for manslaughter by negligence in 298 cases, the lawyer representing them

Gunfire around Donetsk after NATO warns on truce

Heavy gunfire erupted around the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday, just hours after NATO’s top military commander said there was a ceasefire “in name only” on the ground.

Sri Lanka president’s party narrowly clears vote test

Sri Lanka’s ruling party saw its popularity significantly eroded in a narrow local election win seen as a bellwether for a snap presidential election, official results showed on Sunday.

Afghan presidential rivals sign pivotal power-sharing deal

Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal on Sunday, capped with a hug and a handshake,

To dam or not to dam? Pakistan experts ponder flood strategy

Energy-starved Pakistan relies on a multitude of dams and barrages to prevent Himalayan rivers from flooding and help

Nepal’s former king suffers heart attack

Nepal’s last king, Gyanendra Shah, was in a stable condition in a Katmandu hospital on Sunday after suffering a heart

Adverts in Turkey vilify singletons

Turkey’s Family and Social Policies Ministry came under fire following an ad-campaign targeting singles earlier this

Hagino steals the show in pool

The Asian Games saw its first major upset Sunday as Japan’s Kosuke Hagino stole the thunder from one of swimming’s

Lampard shocks Chelsea, Leicester stuns United

Emotional Frank Lampard rescued a point for champion Manchester City against former club Chelsea Sunday.

‘Dream’ win hands Hamilton title, lead

Lewis Hamilton regained the lead in the Formula One drivers’ world championship Sunday.

Luiten hangs on to win Wales Open

Dutchman Joost Luiten won the Wales Open by one shot Sunday.

Ivanovic bags Pan Pacific

Ana Ivanovic charged the net repeatedly to overcome US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) in the final of

Hur, Reto share lead in Alabama

South Korea’s Hur Mi-jung birdied four of the last eight holes Saturday for a 5-under 67 and a share of the lead with

Rival vows no easy ride for Pacquiao debut

Manny Pacquiao will receive no special treatment on his first foray into professional basketball, a rival player has

JCA to organize festival matches on Saudi National Day

Jeddah Cricket Association (JCA) will be conducting festival matches on the Saudi National Day with the support of

Kingdom cement industry ‘not out of the woods yet’

Even with a number of big ticket infrastructure and real estate projects being slated for 2014, the Saudi cement sector “is not out of the woods yet with the labor shortage continuing to impact the

Most Gulf markets pull back after strong gains

Stock markets in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar pulled back on Sunday after posting strong gains on one-off fund inflows in the previous session, while Saudi Arabia's property stocks fell after

Bahrain Steel secures credit facilities

Bahrain Steel (previously known as Gulf Industrial Investment Company/GIIC) has successfully closed the syndication of its $340,000,000 senior secured term and revolving credit facilities.

Bahra Cables gets $265 million Islamic financing

Bahra Advanced Cable Manufacturing Co. Ltd. secured $265 million Islamic financing from Standard Chartered Bank – $200

Rabea Tea enters the Guinness World Records

Ahmed Mohamed Saleh Baeshen & Co. succeeded in registering its honorary brand “Rabea Tea” in the Guinness World

NADEC launches 3 new premium juices

AS part of its ongoing commitment to deliver the highest quality, nutritious food and drink products across the

Designers go for the flow at Milan Fashion Week

Milan designers are making a nonbinding treaty with women.

Pulling the plane

People pull an airplane during the Dulles Day Plane pull at Dulles airport in Virginia, outside Washington Saturday.

Fire captain injured in ice bucket challenge dies

A central Kentucky firefighter injured in an "ice bucket challenge" has died a month after a power line shocked him and another man.

Get set ‘go-rilla’

Participants in the Great Gorilla Run await the start of the race in London Saturday.

Reese finds lessons in 'The Good Lie'

Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon chose a subdued role in her latest film "The Good Lie," a drama about Sudanese

HUSSEIN SHOBOKSHI
One swallow does not make a summer. Neither does one conciliatory statement help remove years of misunderstanding and deep mistrust between a leader and a section of his people.