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Pact signed to employ 5,300 Saudi women

Some 32 agreements with Saudi companies were signed here on Wednesday to employ 5,300 Saudi women in various fields during the current year.

MERS claims one more life in Jeddah; 5 new cases reported

A Saudi man has died of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Jeddah, where authorities have sought to calm fears over the spreading respiratory illness, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Women social workers can be mahrams for orphans

The assistant deputy minister of social affairs said women social workers at the protection home could act as a mahram (a man whom the woman cannot marry) for orphaned women if they are sent abroad on scholarships.

Jeddah to have 1,000-bed maternity hospital: Rabeeah

The Bride of the Red Sea will have a 1,000-bed maternity hospital attached to King Abdullah Medical Complex, announced Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah here on Wednesday.

428-bed Al-Hammadi Hospital up in Riyadh

Al-Hammadi Development and Investment Company, a closed joint-stock firm, announced on Wednesday the completion of Al-Hammadi Hospital here.

Diplomat leaving KSA with ‘a little sorrow, much pride’

Indian Consul General Faiz Ahmad Kidwai, who is leaving the Kingdom on Friday at the end of his tenure, said he felt a little sorrow at not being able to fulfill three dreams.

Extreme temperatures havoc electricity supplies

With the advent of summer, extreme temperatures have started wreaking havoc on electricity supplies in many parts of the Kingdom.

End of NYPD Muslim spying program welcomed

Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials.

Fusion of football with street art

Celebrating the passion and energy of Saudi Arabia’s favorite sport, Pepsi launched an event titled the "Art of Football” at the 21-39 Art exhibition here recently.

Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes

The Philippines said on Wednesday it was confident a peace deal with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group would hold despite fresh clashes that left four of its members dead. The fighting took place just two weeks after the 10,000-member Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a peace deal to end their decades-old rebellion that had claimed tens of thousands of lives.

The rich fail to pay Zakat, scholars claim

If rich Saudi citizens had paid their Zakat (alms) regularly, there would not be a single poor family in the Kingdom, according to a number of Muslim scholars.

New penalties for residency law violations get wide welcome

Many businessmen, government officials and security personnel have welcomed directives issued by Minister of Interior Prince Muhammad Bin Naif defining deterrent penalties for residency law

Why ‘first-option’ marriages are unIslamic

Saudi courts last year only handled one dispute involving the so-called first-option marriage where a man has the final say in whether he wants to marry a woman relative and even prevent her from

Over 7,000 Saudis still stranded abroad

There are 1,968 Saudi families stranded in 31 Arab and foreign countries, Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Wednesday quoting the chairman of the Saudi Charitable Organization for the Welfare of the

Unfair consumption of water

MINISTER of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussayen had reportedly said that the amount of water that we used for agriculture over the past 15 years was enough to supply households for more than

Prince Alwaleed receives Australian minister

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), receives in his Riyadh office on Tuesday Andrew

We know the enemy but who is the traitor?

ABOUT 22 million narcotic pills worth more than a billion Saudi riyals were seized while smugglers were trying to make their way into the Kingdom.

Time to revise expats' salary packages

The article "The magical number 8926" (Apr. 14) explains that a recent study has determined that the average Saudi family requires a minimum income of SR8,926 per month to be able to live a decent

Negative attitude of Saudis biggest obstacle to learning English

With regard to the article "Why isn't English taught properly in our schools?" (Apr. 13), I have taught English in a Saudi school and the biggest obstacle was the negative attitude that the

MH370 mini-sub search of ocean zone will end within week: PM

The mini-submarine hunting for flight MH370 will finish scouring its current strip of the Indian Ocean within a week.

Rivals flex muscles on streets of east Ukraine

Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces flexed their military muscles.

284 missing, 4 dead in S. Korea ferry disaster

South Korean rescuers and dive teams worked frantically under floodlights.

Pakistan publishes list to embarrass tax cheats into paying up

Desperate Pakistani tax authorities are publicly shaming defaulters by publishing their tax details in a directory for the first time, officials said on Wednesday.

Female Afghan MP shot in Kabul

A female member of Afghanistan’s Parliament was recovering in hospital on Wednesday after being shot the previous night, officials and her sister said.

Surge in voter turnout in Indian elections

Turnout in India’s multi-phase election is so far almost eight percentage points higher than last time, data showed Wednesday.

Venezuela reports progress in new crisis talks

Venezuela’s government and opposition reported progress Tuesday in a new round of talks aimed at ending two months of deadly protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation.

Egypt tightens control on mosques

In his weekly sermon, cleric Ali Abdel-Moati preached to his congregation in a southern Egyptian city about the evils of making hasty judgments.

119 Morsi backers jailed

An Egyptian court sentenced 119 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood of former president Mohamad Morsi to three years each in prison on Wednesday in connection with protests last October against his

In partnership with ALJCI, 1001 Inventions opens

1001 Inventions, in partnership with the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival and Abdul Latif Jameel Community

Iran will not discuss its missile program, says official

Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country's defense minister said Wednesday.

Algerians may largely stay away from elections

The college students playing pick-up soccer along the faded grandeur of Algiers' sweeping waterfront say they won't be voting in Thursday's presidential elections, echoing the sentiments of many

Kuwait: ‘Coup plot’ video tampered with

Kuwait's prime minister told MPs Tuesday that a videotape allegedly showing former senior officials plotting a coup

Jordanian jets strike vehicles on Syria border

Jordanian military warplanes struck a convoy of vehicles as they were trying to enter Jordan from Syria, the army said Wednesday.

Al-Shabab beats Esteghlal 2-1

Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia advanced to the last 16 of the AFC Champions League for a fifth consecutive time after a

Pohang into second round in ACL

South Korean club Pohang Steelers beat Japan’s Cerezo Osaka 2-0.

Big guns rush to wins at Monte Carlo Masters

Grand Slam winning trio Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka all looked in sublime form.

Arsenal back into top four

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski struck twice in a labored 3-1 win over West Ham United.

Kolkata opens IPL 2014 with thumping victory

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Mumbai Indians by 41 runs to kick off the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 in the UAE

SMB snares second seed with come-from-behind win over Air21

After sleeping for three quarters, the San Miguel Beermen roared back to life in the final period, razing an 18-point

Court keeps Srinivasan out of BCCI

The Supreme Court Wednesday rejected N. Srinivasan’s plea to reinstate him as India’s cricket chief, saying he had

Lewandowski’s 100th goal puts Dortmund in final

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski hit his 100th goal for Borussia Dortmund to book its place in next month’s German

Employees in Kingdom hit a ‘productivity wall’

Employees in Saudi Arabia are hitting a “productivity wall” as only six out of 10 employees believe they have the necessary tools and resources to achieve performance and even fewer feel they have

Prince Turki opens Riyadh travel fair

The 2014 edition of Riyadh travel fair rolls on at the Four Season Hotel here with Prince Turki Bin Abdullah, Deputy Governor of Riyadh, gracing the occasion on its opening day on Tuesday.

Business group hosts farewell party for outgoing Indian CG

The Saudi Indian Business Network (SIBN) hosted a farewell party at Park Hyatt Hotel for the outgoing Indian Consul

Toyota rents six workshops for its after-sales services

Abdul Latif Jameel Company (ALJ) signed an agreement with Balubaid Company, through which ALJ will rent from Balubaid

Malabar expands in Kerala, Gujarat

Malabar Gold & Diamonds, the leading jewelry retailer, expanded it’s presence in Kerala by reopening it’s Thalassery

License for 2 mobile virtual operators

Saudi Arabia’s telecom regulator awarded on Wednesday mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) license to two new companies – Virgin Mobile Saudi Arabia and Jawraa Lebara.

At Tribeca, movies are only part of the story

The Tribeca Film Festival is now a teenager. And like most teens, its eyes are on a lot of screens.

Prince William and Kate tour Australia

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, pose in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sidharth finishes ‘Ek Villian’

Sidharth Malhotra has wrapped up shooting for "Ek Villian."

Yusra Al Lawzi stars in ‘India, the mother of Wonders’

Egyptian actress Yusra Al Lawzi has been cast as the leading actress in the film “Al Hind Um El Ajai’b” (India, the

‘Fast’ family welcomes Caleb, Cody Walker

Late "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker’s brothers will stand in for him to complete the seventh movie in the

There are seductive arguments for racial profiling by law and order operatives. A New York Police Department official explained some years back that since the 9/11 terrorists were Muslims, further terror attacks could be detected by the close monitoring of Muslims in the country, whether they were visitors or US citizens.