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‘Iranian film on Prophet un-Islamic’

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti has described the Iranian film Muhammad Messenger of God as un-Islamic, and said that its production is not permitted under Shariah.

Mataf expansion work to complete within 10 days

As many as 14,000 workers are racing against time round the clock to complete the third and final phase of the expansion of mataf (area for circumambulation around the Holy Kaaba) before the start of the annual pilgrimage of Haj, which is expected to begin on Sept. 21

Qatar to implement wage reform from Nov.

Football World Cup 2022 host Qatar will begin enforcing a law that ensures migrant workers get paid on time from early November, Labor Ministry officials said on Wednesday.

Twins, 86, set to meet King Salman

Twins, 86, set to meet King Salman

During his official visit to Washington, D.C., this week, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman will be celebrated at a gala on Saturday evening, and among his guests will be 86-year-old North County twins Jackie Voskamp and Joyce Kriesmer, reports The San Diego Union Tribune.

Saudi support for Syrian refugees wins appreciation

Saudi support for Syrian refugees wins appreciation

Saudi Arabia’s support for Syrian brethren through convoys of relief and aid provided by the campaign for the affected and needy Syrian people has been appreciated by International Organization for Migration (IOM).

No squatters in Prophet’s Mosque: Haj Ministry

No squatters in Prophet’s Mosque: Haj Ministry

Squatting in the Prophet’s Mosque is a rare phenomenon and an isolated act usually by local pilgrims and visitors who wait for the prayer inside the mosque, according to the Ministry of Haj.

‘Unpopulated flights’ to carry 500,000 Zamzam water bottles

‘Unpopulated flights’ to carry 500,000 Zamzam water bottles

The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Zamzam Water Project produced 100 million Zamzam water bottles until the end of August to meet the increasing demand during the Haj season, National Water Company (NWC), official operator of the project, announced on Wednesday.

KSA, Korea sign SMART nuclear reactor deal

KSA, Korea sign SMART nuclear reactor deal

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday signed a cooperation agreement with South Korea for building SMART nuclear reactors and developing human resources capability to run them.

BMC’s Al-Fursan scholarship program concluded

BMC’s Al-Fursan scholarship program concluded

Within the framework of achieving the college’s mission by supporting outstanding students, Batterjee Medical College has just concluded Al-Fursan Scholarship Program for the Academic year 2015-2016.

200 children with special needs enjoy daily at Italian Bellucci Circus

200 children with special needs enjoy daily at Italian Bellucci Circus

The famous Italian Bellucci Circus here receives 200 special needs children daily along with 40,000 visitors of all ages till date, and the performers have impressed by displaying great collective and individual skills on show by the most skilled exhibitors in a tent here, which is at a height of seven floors and has an area of 9,000 m2.

Bulwark against heat

Bulwark against heat

When temperatures peaked in Makkah and the rest of the Kingdom to unprecedented levels, a group of janitors were seen at mid noon taking shelter under a tree in the holy site of Muzdalifah. — Courtesy Makkah

Clip of Israeli soldier arresting boy latest in war of perception

Clip of Israeli soldier arresting boy latest in war of perception

A soldier pins a boy down and is assaulted by his family: The scene might have gone unnoticed if not for footage that has turned it into another weapon in the Israel-Palestinian war of perception.

Masked gunmen kidnap 18 Turkish workers in Baghdad

Masked gunmen kidnap 18 Turkish workers in Baghdad

Masked gunmen in military uniforms kidnapped 18 Turkish employees of an Ankara-based construction company in Baghdad early Wednesday, bundling them into several SUVs and speeding away, Iraqi and Turkish officials said.

Normal life hit as millions strike in India over ‘anti-labor’ reforms

Normal life hit as millions strike in India over ‘anti-labor’ reforms

Millions of workers across India went on strike Wednesday in protest at Narendra Modi’s economic policies, the biggest show of strength by trade unions since the right-wing prime minister took office.

India SUV maker rides into US market ... on a scooter

India SUV maker rides into US market ... on a scooter

India’s largest SUV maker is ready to make its debut on US roads. But it’s starting with two wheels, not four.

Saudi fertilizer industry earns $2.7b in ’14

Saudi fertilizer industry earns $2.7b in ’14

With sales revenues estimated at $2.7 billion, earnings from Saudi Arabia’s fertilizer industry prove that the Kingdom is well on its way to diversifying its economy, according to the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA).

S&P reaffirms IDB ‘AAA’ rating

S&P reaffirms IDB ‘AAA’ rating

Standard & Poor’s, one of the world’s leading credit rating agencies, reaffirmed the Islamic Development Bank’s (IDB) ‘AAA’ credit rating with a “Stable Outlook” for the 14th consecutive year. The ratings and the stable outlook are driven by the extremely strong financial and business profiles of the IDB.

Housemaids will not come from Bangladesh for SR 700 per month

I am writing with regard to the article "Recruiters stop hiring maids from Bangladesh" (Sep. 1).

We have no one to blame but ourselves

With regard to the article "Nostalgic now of the good old days" (Sep. 1), why blame anyone other than ourselves? It is we the people who deserve the blame.

Are sponsors' earnings halal?

I am writing with regard to the post "This is another form of slavery" (Aug. 31).

Pakistan gunfight kills three police, one gunman

At least three police were killed and eight wounded early Wednesday in a gunfight with armed men holed up in a house on the outskirts of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan.

Afghan migrant hopes to complete father’s flight from war

Afghan migrant hopes to complete father’s flight from war

Three decades after his father fled war in Afghanistan to seek safety in Iran, Abdullah Bakhshi is now on the next leg

Australia alarmed by strategic rivalry in South China Sea

Australia expressed alarm on Wednesday at escalating strategic rivalry in the South China Sea, saying it puts Asia at the risk of a military blunder with potentially serious consequences.

‘Terminator’ warlord terrorized D.R. Congo, court told

‘Terminator’ warlord terrorized D.R. Congo, court told

Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda gave “orders to attack and kill” hundreds of victims in a decade-long campaign of

Suspected US drone strike kills 6 in northwest Pakistan

Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected US drone strike targeting a militant hideout killed six men in a northwestern tribal region along Afghan border.

Pakistan says ‘almost all’ Uighur militants eliminated

Pakistan says ‘almost all’ Uighur militants eliminated

Pakistan has eliminated “almost all” militants from China’s Uighur ethnic minority on its territory, the country’s

Obama visit puts spotlight on rough plight in rural Alaska

Obama visit puts spotlight on rough plight in rural Alaska

It’s a good bet that President Barack Obama will never use a honey bucket. The five-gallon drums serve as makeshift

12 Syrians drown heading from Turkey to Greek island

An image of a drowned toddler washed up on the beach in one of Turkey's prime tourist resorts swept across social media on Wednesday, after at least 12 presumed Syrian refugees died trying to reach

Turkey sends UK reporters, translator to new prison

Turkey has transferred two British journalists and their Iraqi translator who were arrested this week on terror charges to a new jail in the southern city of Adana, legal sources said Wednesday.

Lebanon govt powerless as anti-trash protests grow

Lebanon's divided government appeared powerless on Wednesday to address a growing protest campaign that began over a trash crisis and escalated with activists occupying the environment ministry.

Netanyahu vows to be tough on Palestinian stone-throwers

Israel is considering giving its security forces a freer hand to shoot at young Palestinian stone-throwers, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said on Wednesday.

Syria’s heritage treasures victim of intractable war

Syria’s heritage treasures victim of intractable war

Syria's conflict has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions, but it has also seen the country's irreplaceable

Turkish planes hit PKK bases after soldier killed in attack

Turkish F-16 warplanes bombed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) firing positions in southeast Turkey on Wednesday after the militants killed a soldier in the area, Turkey's armed forces said.

Social media campaign tackles Egypt’s meat crisis

OVER the past few weeks, soaring meat prices in Egypt have triggered calls on social media for a boycott.

Probe sought into abuse of Saudi family at Turkish airport

The Saudi Embassy in Turkey has called for a thorough investigation into reports that a Saudi family was beaten up and abused at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul last week, Al-Hayat daily

Hotels jack up rents as Haj season peaks

The rents in five-star hotels in the central area around the Grand Mosque in Makkah have gone up as far as SR70,000 for the Haj period, according to hoteliers in the holy city.

Prosecutor demands death penalty for businesswoman who killed maid

The public prosecutor has demanded the death sentence for a businesswoman who allegedly tortured her maid to death.

80,000 ineligible social security recipients correct discrepancies

Around 80,000 out of 107,000 ineligible social security recipients have corrected their status, according to a source in the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI).

School evacuated for second time in a week

A primary school for girls here evacuated 500 students for the second time this week after the authorities suspected a fire. Al-Thaminah Primary School in Alfaisaliyah District reported the students

Stop traveling to Turkey

Stop traveling to Turkey

Turkey is a beautiful country and suitable for family tourism. But Turkey’s old, and new, problem is that some

Keys makes 3rd round for 1st time

Keys makes 3rd round for 1st time

Young American Madison Keys reached the third round at the US Open Tennis Championship for the first time.

Aru surges into Vuelta lead, Froome's challenge ended

Aru surges into Vuelta lead,  Froome's challenge ended

Astana rider Fabio Aru emerged as the new leader after a punishing 11th Vuelta stage.

EPL breaks spending record

EPL breaks spending record

There was the usual frenzy of last-minute deals as the Premier League brought the curtain down.

2022 C’Games: Durban makes history

2022 C’Games: Durban makes history

Durban was officially named as host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Wednesday.

Pak trio restricted at home

Pak trio restricted at home

The International Cricket Council’s five-year bans on former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and pace bowler Mohammad

Smooth sailing for Federer, Murray

Smooth sailing for Federer, Murray

Roger Federer glided into the second round on a hot, steamy day at Flushing Meadows, while Andy Murray ushered

Kaushal reported for suspect action

Kaushal reported for suspect  action

Sri Lanka off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during the third and

Focused Berto ignoring Mayweather ‘hoopla’

Focused Berto ignoring Mayweather ‘hoopla’

Andre Berto said Tuesday he is blocking out the hype for his welterweight world title bout against Floyd Mayweather

Compliance with ethical norms key to Islamic finance branding

The Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF) far exceeded global expectations after the first day of the 2-day gathering engaged the responsible investments industry from across Europe, East Asia, the

Saudi stocks retreat again

Saudi Arabia stocks were lower at close on Wednesday with the stock benchmark Tadawul All Share Index losing 0.95% at 7,367.55 points as losses in the Media & Publishing, Insurance and

UAE real estate market safe haven for foreign investors

British investors are showing no signs of slowing down after pumping more than AED4.7 billion into the UAE real estate market in the first half of 2015.

Mobily readies plan to serve pilgrims

Mobily has started its exclusive preparations to continue its process to for this pilgrimage season 1436.

Raj & Baseel in partnership to build new shopping destination in Riyadh

Raj & Baseel in partnership to build new shopping destination in Riyadh

Raj Real Estate company – a subsidiary of Al Rajhi United – and Baseel Properties Company, have signed on Tuesday

Caveats on going all-digital

Caveats on going all-digital

DIGITAL ad spend is increasing. Digital ad formats are proliferating. Digital ad targeting is automating. Digital

London’s ‘Walkie Scorchie’ awarded Carbuncle Cup

London’s ‘Walkie Scorchie’ awarded Carbuncle Cup

A London skyscraper that made headlines for reflecting sunlight at an intensity that melted parts of a Jaguar car in

Giant Australian sheep baa-dly in need of shearing

Australian animal welfare officers Wednesday put out an urgent appeal for shearers after finding a huge sheep with wool so overgrown its life was in danger, with a national champion set to take on

Peru cops pose as priests to nail drug dealer

Peruvian police disguised as priests and toting bibles arrested a female drug dealer in a bustling area of Lima, a police official said Wednesday.

Brazilian woman catches stray bullet in handbag

A Brazilian woman really almost did shop till she dropped — when a stray bullet lodged in her handbag at a swanky mall in Rio de Janeiro.

Aishwarya Rai learns Arabic for a new movie role

Aishwarya Rai learns Arabic  for a new movie role

It seems like Bollywood celebrities can go to any lengths to make their films look realistic as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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