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King urges extra efforts to serve pilgrims better

The concerned government and private agencies have been asked to redouble their efforts to provide all available facilities to the millions of faithfuls thronging the Two Holy Mosques during the last ten days of Ramadan.

2 Saudis carried explosives into Kuwait for blast

Two of the three Saudi brothers arrested in connection with the bombing of a Kuwaiti mosque were born in Kuwait and had links to a fourth sibling present in Syria as a member of Daesh.

Interior ministry warns against giving alms to beggars

The Ministry of Interior warned citizens and expatriates against showing any sympathy to beggars and against extending any sort of help to them.

Souk Okaz Prizes announced

Souk Okaz Prizes announced

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah and adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, announced here on Tuesday the winners of the 9th edition of the annual Souk Okaz Prizes for the year 2015.

Hadi thanks coalition for supporting legitimacy

Hadi thanks coalition for supporting legitimacy

Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi visited late Monday night the Center for National Defense at Saudi Ministry of Defense.

Obama: US ‘intensifying’ anti-Daesh efforts in Syria

Obama: US ‘intensifying’ anti-Daesh efforts in Syria

President Barack Obama has said the US-led coalition battling the Daesh (the so-called IS) terrorists was “intensifying” its campaign against the group’s base in Syria.

Saudia operates additional flights between Jeddah and Al-Qassim

Saudia operates additional flights between Jeddah and Al-Qassim

The Saudi Arabian Airlines has made extra arrangements to cope with the rush of Umrah pilgrims in both the international and domestic sectors.

Christian volunteer distributes iftar meals

Christian volunteer distributes iftar meals

Sami B. Marquez, a Christian Filipino expatriate, came to the Kingdom seven months ago and was amazed by the caring spirit of Muslims and the people here.

Young Saudis getting JOY in feeding the poor this Ramadan

Young Saudis getting JOY in feeding the poor this Ramadan

A group of young Saudis choose to spend their late afternoons during Ramadan handing out food to the poor.

Saudi construction sector ‘one of fastest growing sectors’ for years

Saudi construction sector ‘one of fastest growing sectors’ for years

Saudi Arabia’s oil sector grew by 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2015, reversing its declining trend in the previous two quarters, Jadwa Investment said in its latest “Quarterly GDP Update”.

Gaza children emotionally shattered

Gaza children emotionally shattered

The majority of children living in areas of Gaza hardest-hit during last year’s Israeli blitzkrieg are showing signs of severe emotional distress and trauma.

Iran says ‘major step’ taken to resolve UN concerns

Iran says ‘major step’ taken to resolve UN concerns

Iran and UN nuclear monitors took a “major step” toward resolving remaining issues regarding the disputed atomic program, an Iranian spokesman said Tuesday.

Bangladeshi Buddhist monks feed fasting Muslims over Ramadan

Bangladeshi Buddhist monks feed fasting Muslims over Ramadan

A Buddhist monastery in Bangladesh is serving food to hundreds of poor Muslims during Ramadan, in a rare example of social harmony between the religions in the South Asian nation.

Choppers monitor visitors’ movement in Makkah

Choppers monitor visitors’ movement in Makkah

A Civil Defense chopper hovers over the central area of the Grand Mosque in Makkah to monitor the movement of pilgrims and visitors during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

Spurned by kin, 400 stay in Taif's mental hospital

Some families of those incarcerated in Taif mental hospital have changed their contact numbers so as not to be pursued.

Our desert and Europe’s meadows

Our desert and Europe’s  meadows

Unemployment is no longer the most volatile or the much talked about issue.

Arabs can't even do atheism right

Arabs can't even do atheism right

An Arab atheist is usually a parasite — someone who claims to be knowledgeable but is not and will probably eventually commit suicide.

Indian Haj mission goes further high tech

Indian Haj mission goes further high tech

With the introduction of WhatsApp service and a toll free number for the coming Haj, the Indian Haj Mission has upgraded the high tech services to facilitate a smooth and hassle-free Haj.

Indians must have patience with Modi government

With regard to the post "Modi is the most confused Indian PM ever" (July 4), every country has to work on many schemes of development at the same time and what is wrong with that?

Municipality and public responsible for Jeddah's dirty parks

I am writing with regard to the article "With trees dying out, Jeddah’s parks are drying up" (July 4). The problem is twofold: corruption and the lack of interest by the municipality is one reason.

Are exit visas really necessary?

With regard to the article "Over 280,000 Yemenis rectify status" (July 4), I am glad that such a large number of Yemenis have rectified their residential status in the Kingdom.

Every home is a university

With regard to the article "Why do students leave school without basic educational skills?" (July 4), it is not right to place all of the blame on the educational curricula used in the Kingdom's

Expat victims of assault should report crime to the police

With regard to the article "Gang arrested for beating up expatriate" (July 4), the apprehension of those criminals is indeed good news.

US to increase support for Syria opposition: Obama

President Barack Obama pledged to increase US support for the moderate opposition in Syria’s civil war on Monday and said the United States needed to do more at home to prevent attacks and combat

Pakistan kills three sectarian militants

Pakistani paramilitary forces killed three suspected Sunni militants.

Deforestation drives worsening flooding in Kashmir

Deforestation drives worsening flooding in Kashmir

In April, scores of hillside homes in Fraswad and Shalnand villages in Jammu and Kashmir collapsed in a landslide amid

Pakistan mechanic says blindness no roadblock to success

Pakistan mechanic says blindness no roadblock to success

Patel, 44, makes his way over to an older Toyota, pops open the bonnet and places his hands inside, feeling the

On nervous border, Turks welcome army but fear Syria incursion

On nervous border, Turks welcome army but fear Syria incursion

From his fields in Turkey, farmer Huseyin Ozdemir can see militants digging trenches and planting mines as they ready

Malaysian authorities freeze six bank accounts linked to PM graft scandal

Malaysian authorities freeze six bank accounts linked to PM graft scandal

A task force investigating Malaysia’s troubled state investment fund 1MDB said on Tuesday.

Daesh’s carrot-and-stick policy for Sunni tribes fails

Daesh’s carrot-and-stick policy for Sunni tribes fails

Using a combination of promises and threats, Daesh (the so-called IS) is working hard to win over Sunni tribes,

Syrian Kurds retake northern villages from Daesh

Syrian Kurds retake northern villages from Daesh

Syrian Kurdish fighters have recaptured more than 10 villages seized by Daesh (the so-called IS) north of its de facto

South Carolina senate votes to take down Confederate flag

South Carolina senate votes to take down Confederate flag

Lawmakers in South Carolina voted 37-3 on Monday to remove from the grounds of the state legislature the Confederate

Philippines ramps up military spending in face of China threat

Philippines ramps up military spending in face of China threat

The Philippines plans to ramp up military spending over the next 13 years.

Turkish Airlines jet diverts to Delhi over bomb threat

A Turkish Airlines flight from Bangkok to Istanbul made an emergency landing in India on Tuesday after the crew found a bomb threat written on a bathroom mirror, an airport official said.

IDCC campaign against diabetics targets children

IDCC campaign against diabetics targets children

IDCC at Prince Sultan Road is hosting a Ramadan campaign for children aged between 9 to 12 years to educate them on

Global Village spruces up for the 30-day Jeddah Festival

The Global Village is getting ready for the activities of 30-day Jeddah Festival with expectations of receiving over a million visitors.

Fire breaks out in high-voltage Makkah transformer

Fire breaks out in high-voltage Makkah transformer

The Civil Defense was able to put off a fire that broke out Tuesday in a transformer in Al-Sharaie District in the

Derecognition of madrasas will not be tolerated: Azmi

Derecognition of madrasas will not be tolerated: Azmi

There are more than 1,800 madrasas (school for Islamic instructions) in Maharashtra.

JETWA event highlights why Muslims fast in Ramadan

JETWA event highlights why Muslims fast in Ramadan

Tamil Islamic scholar Ibrahim Madani, while delivering an insight into “Why Do Muslims Fast During the Month of

30 new Huffaz awarded at a Riyadh ceremony

30 new Huffaz awarded at a Riyadh ceremony

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan offers lots of blessings and increases religious zeal among Muslims.

Serena books Sharapova semifinal showdown

Serena books Sharapova semifinal showdown

Serena Williams survived a scare to book a Wimbledon semifinal showdown with old rival Maria Sharapova as the world

Djokovic pulls off great escape

Djokovic pulls off great escape

Top seed and reigning champion Novak Djokovic pulled off the great escape.

Pakistan climbs to No. 3 in Tests

Pakistan climbs to No. 3 in Tests

Younis Khan hit a brilliant unbeaten 171 as Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the third Test.

Froome retains his grip as Martin claims yellow

Froome retains his grip as Martin claims yellow

Chris Froome lost his yellow jersey but retained his grip on his rivals.

Mayweather no longer WBO champ

Mayweather no longer WBO champ

Floyd Mayweather was Monday stripped by the World Boxing Organization of the welterweight world title he won by

India summons Modi in graft probe

India summons Modi in graft probe

Indian financial investigators have ordered exiled former cricket chief Lalit Modi to return home to be interrogated

Former tour physio says McIlroy is ‘up against it’

Former tour physio says McIlroy is ‘up against it’

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is facing a real struggle to be fit for next week’s British Open at St Andrews after

Proteas beat Tigers to win series

Proteas beat Tigers to win series

Eddie Leie made a memorable international debut as he and his spin partner Aaron Phangsio bowled South Africa to a

Optimized networks to improve Saudi business productivity, says expert

Optimized networks to improve Saudi business productivity, says expert

Choosing the right applications can make the difference between increased margin or missed goals.

Sukuk issuance to drop sharply in 2015 — S&P

The Islamic sukuk or bond market is set to drop sharply this year.

Oil jumps from losses

Oil rebounded Tuesday on bargain-hunting after prices plunged a day earlier.

Alwaleed Philanthropies donates $300,000 to Georgia’s floods victims

Alwaleed Philanthropies donates $300,000 to Georgia’s floods victims

Alwaleed Philanthropies believes in providing vital relief to ease the suffering of victims when disaster strikes.

Abdullah Al Ghurair launches philanthropic education fund with seed budget of AED4.2b

Abdullah Al Ghurair launches philanthropic education fund with seed budget of AED4.2b

Reflecting his commitment, dedication and on the occasion of UAE Humanitarian Work Day 2015, one of the UAE’s most

Turkish GDP growth seen at 2.5% in 2015, missing govt target

The Turkish economy is expected to expand between 2 and 2.5 percent this year, falling far short of a government target of 4 percent, after a June election failed to produce a single-party

Amid social media backlash, Pakistani singer Komal Rizvi defends controversial hospital bed selfie

Amid social media backlash, Pakistani singer Komal Rizvi defends controversial hospital bed selfie

There’s a time and place for everything, even selfies. At least, that’s what people are saying after famous Pakistani

'Jurassic World' stomps rivals at box office

'Jurassic World' stomps rivals at box office

Dinosaur blockbuster "Jurassic World" showed no signs of extinction.

Car dashboards that act like smart phones raise safety issues

Car dashboards that act like smart phones raise safety issues

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones.

‘Indecent’ Vice Ganda billboards taken down in Cebu City

Cebu City Administrator Lucelle Mercado has ordered the removal of billboards.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett ‘cheek-to-cheek’ at Montreux jazz fest

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett ‘cheek-to-cheek’ at Montreux jazz fest

Pop star Lady Gaga and crooner Tony Bennett brought a mix of Cole Porter.

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The Hydra-headed monster that is Daesh (the self-proclaimed IS) has retaken the northern Syrian town of Ain Issa from which it was driven out only two weeks ago by Kurdish militia.
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