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Immoral activities at Jeddah resort: Businessman freed

The Criminal Court in Jeddah has released a well-known businessman on bail after he spent 25 days in custody on charges of running a resort for immoral activities.

Now pilgrims won’t have to wait at Haj Terminal for long

As the number of flights landing at the Haj Terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah is increasing, the authorities have implemented procedures to complete immigration and other formalities in 45 minutes.

Lama’s father and stepmother guilty of child abuse

The Court of Appeals sentenced the father of Lama to 400 lashes and three-year imprisonment for domestic violence.

11 Dead, 200 hurt in blaze through Saudi Aramco compound

11 Dead, 200 hurt in blaze through Saudi Aramco compound

At least two people were killed and 105 injured in Saudi Arabia Sunday when a fire broke out at a residential complex housing employees of oil giant Saudi Aramco, authorities said.

16 female voters in 3 Jazan governorates

16 female voters in 3 Jazan governorates

Female voter registration centers in the governorates of Farasan Island, Al-Darb and Dhamad in Jazan region registered only 16 voters for municipal council elections.

Leasing expats is permissible business, says top scholar

Leasing expats is permissible business, says top scholar

A top Saudi scholar has dismissed allegations that leasing of foreign workers by individual Saudi sponsors to work for other employers in return for money is a form of human trafficking.

Trade in currencies surges by 50 percent during Haj season

Trade in currencies surges by 50 percent during Haj season

The Kingdom's currency exchange market is expected to witness a 50 percent growth during the upcoming Haj season.

Egypt sentences Al-Jazeera journalists to 3 years in prison

Egypt sentences Al-Jazeera journalists to 3 years in prison

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison.

Mounting toll of Turkey’s soldiers stirs controversy

Mounting toll of Turkey’s soldiers stirs controversy

It has become a familiar scene in Turkey over the past month.

Thousands join rally to pile pressure on Malaysia’s PM

Thousands join rally to pile pressure on Malaysia’s PM

Thousands of protesters gathered in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday for a rally to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak, bringing to the streets a political crisis over a murky multimillion-dollar payment made to an account under his name.

As asylum-seekers flood in, Germany struggles to house them

As asylum-seekers flood in, Germany struggles to house them

Twenty-three-year-old Leila, her husband and two small children spent their first week in Germany in a temporary shelter.

Storm kills at least 20 in Dominica, menaces Haiti

Storm kills at least 20 in Dominica, menaces Haiti

Tropical Storm Erika left at least 20 people dead when it swept over the tiny island nation of Dominica.

Saudi Arabia online hiring activity grows 19% y-o-y

Saudi Arabia online hiring activity grows 19% y-o-y

Saudi Arabia is looking to hire software, hardware, telecom professionals, the Monster Employment Index for the month of July 2015 revealed.

Abu Dhabi launches tourism roadshow in key GCC cities

Abu Dhabi launches tourism roadshow in key GCC cities

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is touring a number of GCC cities.

Clock ticking as climate negotiators meet in Bonn

Diplomats gather in Bonn from Monday to thrash out the draft of a climate-rescue pact to be adopted at a year-end UN conference in Paris.

How will climate change affect your livelihood?

As the reality of global warming starts to hit home, people may ask: “How will it affect my livelihood?“

Movement of domestic pilgrims monitored, says official

Security officers all over the Kingdom have been given instructions to strictly monitor the movement of domestic pilgrims from all regions of the country toward Makkah.

Women on municipal councils

Women on municipal councils

The upcoming municipal elections will not be like the elections held in previous years.

7% jump in family pension beneficiaries

A total of 405,418 people benefit from 147,494 family pension accounts of deceased public servants.

Landmark in Muzdalifah

Landmark in Muzdalifah

One of the oldest monuments on the border of Muzdalifah as seen on Friday.

Drug awareness drive intensified

Al-Amal Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Jeddah receives an average of 13 drug addicts daily, according to the National Anti-Drugs Committee.

Tendering of civic projects in 80 cities and towns approved

Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Abdullateef Al-Asheikh has approved tendering of 182 civic projects worth a total of SR1.77 billion in 80 cities and towns all over the Kingdom.

270 contaminated water bottles seized

270 contaminated water bottles seized

Municipality inspectors here seized 270 bottles of water deemed harmful to consumers from a bottling plant.

71 illegal expats arrested in Qatif

71 illegal expats arrested in Qatif

Police arrested 71 illegal expatriates after police and the labor office ran an inspection campaign in the governorate.

High school student killed in accident

High school student killed in accident

A high school student died after crashing into a truck on a highway on Thursday.

Two women, man injured in shop fire

Two women and a man were taken to hospital due to smoke inhalation after a fire in a shopping center here.

Biographies of the 3 English journalists

Biographies of the 3 English journalists

Australian Greste had barely arrived in Cairo to work as a correspondent when he was arrested along with Fahmy.

Ceasefire breaks down in three areas in Syria

A ceasefire in a Syrian town near the Lebanese border and two villages to the north has broken down after renewed shelling.

Policeman killed, 7 hurt in Bahrain blast

A policeman was killed and seven people, including a child, injured in an explosion Friday evening in Bahrain’s capital Manama, authorities said.

Kurdish forces free 7 villages in Iraq

Western-backed Kurdish fighters freed seven villages from the clasps of the Daesh (the so-called IS) group in northern Iraq in recent days, the US-led coalition battling the militants said.

New Libya talks next week in Geneva

The United Nations plans a new round of talks between Libya’s warring factions next week in Geneva in an effort to form a unity government and end the country’s crisis, a UN spokesman said on Friday.

New school year for Arabs in Israel in doubt

Israel’s academic year starts Tuesday, but if tough financing talks with the government bear no fruit, the doors of the country’s 47 Christian schools will remain closed, a church official said.

5 killed, 24 injured in attacks in Turkey

Officials and media reports say three attacks or clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish rebels have killed five people and injured 24 others in southeast Turkey.

Police arrest foreigner in Bangkok bombing case

Thai authorities raided an apartment in suburban Bangkok and arrested a foreigner Saturday with a fake Turkish passport and bomb-making materials.

Gun battles between rival Taliban factions leave five dead

Gun battles between rival Taliban factions left at least five dead in southern Afghanistan, a top official with the insurgent group said Saturday as its members meet in Pakistan to resolve a

Obama to wage climate fight at Alaskan frontline

Alaska is often just a fuel stop for US presidents headed for Asia.

China passes new pollution law, sets sights on coal consumption cap

Legislators have approved amendments to China’s 15-year-old air pollution law that grant the state new powers to punish offenders and create a legal framework to cap coal consumption, the Asian

Tens of thousands take mass bath at India’s Kumbh Mela

Tens of thousands take mass bath at India’s Kumbh Mela

Tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims took a religious dip on the first main bathing day of India’s Kumbh Mela festival

One year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins

One year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins

Six people shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii on Friday, in the longest US isolation experiment aimed

Anguish of ‘disappearance’ continues across the world, say campaigners

For Ariel Dulitzky, the horror of the disappearance of his two cousins in 1970s Argentina remains a painful backdrop to his work to end a practice still used by many governments to silence critics.

Multiple solutions required to fight harassment

With regard to the article "Can the Pink Taxi solve Egypt’s harassment problem?" (Aug. 26), the Pink Taxi is a good idea. No solution can be expected to solve the problem of harassment 100 percent.

Arab families spend too much on showing off

With regard to the article "Why are Arab families unable to save?" (Aug. 28), I would like to add that some Arab families (especially GCC families), tend to spend a lot on showing off, which is

Indian census figures are intentionally manipulated

I am writing with regard to the article "India Hindu population drops below 80% as Muslim ratio rises" (Aug. 27). It is well known that Indian census figures are manipulated to suit the authorities.

The community must fight corruption

With regard to the article "How can we combat corruption in the public sector?" (Aug. 28), to combat any problem, much of the responsibility lies with the people who have to endure it.

Eaton wins decathlon with world record

Eaton wins decathlon with world record

American Ashton Eaton retained the decathlon world title Saturday and broke his own world record with a score of 9,045

City maintains perfect start, Chelsea slumps at home

City maintains perfect start, Chelsea slumps at home

Manchester City maintained its perfect start to the season.

Pujara holds firm for India

Pujara holds firm for India

Cheteshwar Pujara recorded his seventh hundred.

Kvitova to meet Safarova in final

Kvitova to meet Safarova in final

Second-seeded defending champion Petra Kvitova defeated four-time winner Caroline Wozniacki Friday.

Marquez claims pole for British MotoGP

Marquez claims pole for British MotoGP

Defending world champion Marc Marquez rode his Honda to pole position for Sunday's British MotoGP at Silverstone

Stuyven wins crash-hit Vuelta stage, Van Garderen out

Stuyven wins crash-hit Vuelta stage, Van Garderen out

Jasper Stuyven of Belgium claimed the biggest victory of his career when the Trek Factory Racing rider won a

Watson takes lead as Spieth misses cut

Watson takes lead as Spieth misses cut

Jordan Spieth lost out on a chance to play the weekend at The Barclays.

Tseng one ahead in Alabama

Tseng one ahead in Alabama

Taiwan’s Yani Tseng produced a stunning eagle-birdie finish to seize a one-stroke lead in the weather-disrupted second

Value of Islamic finance to jump 80% in 5 years

The value of assets in the Islamic finance sector is expected to increase by 80 percent over the next five years, reaching $3.24 trillion in value by 2020.

Emerging markets in Middle East present growth opportunities

Emerging markets in Middle East present growth opportunities

Human resource companies from the world’s developed economies can benefit enormously from the opportunities in fast

3rd Annual Saudi Trade Finance Summit 2015 set

Riyad Bank, Banque Saudi Fransi and Saudi Hollandi Bank, three of the Middle East’s leading banks, have been announced as Platinum Sponsors of the 3rd Annual Saudi Trade Finance Summit 2015.

Fitch affirms Qatar rating; outlook stable

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Qatar’s Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at ‘AA’ with a Stable Outlook.

Deyaar, Turkish developer explore new opportunities

Deyaar Development, a leading Dubai-based real estate development company, has signed a deal with Turkey's Asçioglu Group.

Medical charity MSF takes legal action against makers of Bollywood film ‘Phantom’

Medical charity MSF takes legal action against makers of Bollywood film ‘Phantom’

International charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is taking legal action against the producers of a new Bollywood

Send me your songs, asks Celine Dion eyeing new albums

Send me your songs, asks Celine Dion eyeing new albums

Celine Dion is looking for help for her next two albums.

Antonio Banderas swaps film for fashion with college stint

Antonio Banderas swaps film for fashion with college stint

Antonio Banderas has swapped film for fashion, at least temporarily.

African superstars, Bono in campaign to empower women

African superstars, Bono in campaign to empower women

African stars joined U2 frontman Bono.

Segway knocks Bolt off his stride at the Bird’s Nest

Segway knocks Bolt off his stride at the Bird’s Nest

A television cameraman and his Segway succeeded in doing what none of Usain Bolt’s rivals could in the 200 meters

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The discovery of the bodies of 71 migrants in a lorry in Austria and the 200 migrants who drowned after their boat sank off the Libyan coast are the latest tragedies in the huge, overwhelming exodus of refugees.
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