Monday, 01 September 2014  -  06 Thul-Qedah 1435 H

British man and his Saudi wife attacked by Haia members outside Riyadh mall

A British man and his Saudi wife were attacked by members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) outside one of the premier malls in Riyadh on Saturday, Al-Hayat daily said.

Labor Ministry slaps SR10m in fines in 9 months

The Ministry of Labor has collected more than SR10.12 million in fines from businesses for various violations over the past nine months.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives telephone call from Yemeni President

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah received today a telephone call from Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi.

5.5 million pupils go back to school

Schools in the Kingdom received 5.55 million students on the first day of the school year on Sunday, said the Ministry of Education.

Value of Saudi construction contracts awarded in Q2 ’14 rebounds to SR84.9 billion

The value of awarded contracts in Saudi Arabia during Q2’14 has regained the momentum that has been witnessed over the last few years, the National Commercial Bank said in its latest quarterly review of contract awards in the Saudi construction sector.

Some 300,000 disgruntled applicants claim Saudi Housing Ministry rules ‘are not clear’

The Saudi Ministry of Housing has rejected more than 300,000 applications for housing, while accepting more than 620,000 applications deemed eligible for the housing aid.

IS slogan found on school walls in Riyadh

The residents of Al-Naseem neighborhood, east Riyadh, were shocked when they saw the slogans of Islamic State (IS) on the walls of some schools, Al-Hayat daily reported.

Dhahran hotel employees donate blood for use during emergencies in Haj

About 50 hotel employees volunteered to donate blood in support of a corporate responsibility initiative by DoubleTree by Hilton in Dhahran on Thursday.

Iraq breaks months-long Amerli siege

Iraqi forces broke through to the extremist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli Sunday, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies.

Iceland cuts aviation alert to orange

Picture shows magma along a 1-km-long fissure in a lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier, which covers part of Bardarbunga volcano system. Iceland cut its ash warning level for aviation to orange from red on Sunday, saying a fresh fissure eruption in Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano system was not creating ash.

Fire destroys workers’ lodgings

Negligence was blamed for a fire that erupted among a number of portable cabins used as housing for workers of a contracting company.

First official Haj flight from Pakistan arrives in Jeddah

A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Peshawar, the first Haj flight carrying pilgrims of the Pakistani government’s scheme, arrived at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah Saturday afternoon.

WHO: Senegal Ebola case ‘a top priority emergency’

The World Health Organization says it is treating Senegal’s first confirmed Ebola case “as a top priority emergency.”

Israel grabs 988 acres of land in WB

Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war.

Wasting food is un-Islamic

With reference to the post “Saudis must learn not to waste food” by James (Aug. 31). That Saudis are wasting cooked food in such a huge quantity (1.5 Kg per day per person) is alarming in a country

Education is better

I am responding to the article “Are we an unethical people?” (Aug. 31). It says: “It is the responsibility of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) to deter

Hijab is worship

With reference to the article “What type of abaya do they wear?” by Muhammad Al-Osaimi (Aug. 31), for a woman, hijab is worship.

Fix manners at home first

This refers to the article “Punish Saudis who misbehave abroad” by Khaled Almaeena (Aug. 31). If there is no good behavior at home, how can you expect it abroad?

The unlucky applicants for the ministry’s houses

The Ministry of Housing announced that it had accepted 600,000 out of more than 900,000 applications for its housing units.

No foreign investment in Makkah projects

Foreigners will still not be able to invest in three companies despite measures to open up Saudi markets to overseas investors, according to a study by the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Outrage over exorbitant blood money demands

A number of tribal heads here denounced the exorbitant blood money amounts some families demand before they pardon the convicted killer of their relatives, adding that such a practice was unknown in

Five men arrested for shop burglary

Search and investigation teams were successful in arresting five men who allegedly burgled a shop inside a mall.

Fiji says no word on UN peacekeepers

The head of the Fijian army said on Sunday negotiations for the release of 44 soldiers seized by an Al Qaeda-linked

Tunisia renews search for victims

Tunisian coastguards on Sunday resumed the search for more bodies of drowned migrants, thought to be mainly Syrians, after finding a 42nd shipwreck victim, officials said.

Babacan to maintain oversight of economy

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan will retain overall responsibility for the economy in the new government, senior officials told Reuters late on Saturday, a move likely to ease concerns of

IS militants behead a Lebanese soldier

Islamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hard-line Syrian militants when they seized a Lebanese border town for a few days this month, a video posted on

Teenager sustains injuries in accident

A teenager was injured when his car overturned on the international road connecting Rijal Almaa and Al-Darb. Security forces and rescue teams attended the accident and transported the victim to

Civil Defense ‘not responsible for growing fire incidents’

The deputy head of the Society of Saudi Fire Protection Engineers (SPFE) has cleared the Civil Defense of any responsibility for the increasing number of fire incidents.

42 children killed in string of Syria attacks: NGO

At least 42 children have been killed in government air strikes and shelling across Syria in the last 36 hours, the

US cyber-warriors battling Islamic State on Twitter

The United States has launched a social media offensive against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, setting out to win the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a mixture of blunt language and

Impatience grows in Turkey over Syrian ‘guests’

Cengiz, a street seller who plies his trade selling bread rings in the center of Istanbul, is usually a fervent supporter of Turkey’s newly-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Pakistani protesters break into national TV headquarters

Pakistani protesters broke into the PTV national television station's headquarters in central Islamabad on Monday, the channel reported.

Ukraine talks should discuss immediate, unconditional ceasefire: Russia

A meeting of the Ukraine Contact Group in Minsk on Monday should discuss an immediate and unconditional ceasefire, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Pakistani protesters push closer to PM House amid clashes

Pakistani protesters wielding sticks and throwing stones marched on government buildings in the capital Islamabad on Monday after weeks of demonstrations demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's

Pakistan’s Khan vows to fight on despite deadly clashes

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan vowed Sunday to protest “until the last breath” as ongoing clashes between his

Afghan defense minister may attend NATO summit

Afghanistan may have to send only its defense minister to a crucial NATO summit that will decide on future support because of an impasse over the presidential election, officials said Sunday.

Police, tribespeople clash in northeast India; 2 dead

A group of tribespeople in northeastern India are enforcing a general strike to protest the killing by police of two of its members.

Mozambique election campaign kicks off after ceasefire

Mozambique’s three presidential hopefuls kicked off campaigning ahead of October polls on Sunday, following a ceasefire deal between the government and revived rebel group Renamo, whose leader

Simon sends ailing Ferrer crashing

Fourth-seeded David Ferrer became the first top-10 seed to fall in the men’s draw of the US Open, losing to Gilles

Liverpool shows champion stuff

Liverpool had the look of Premier League title challengers again during an electrifying win at Tottenham Sunday.

Zimbabwe shocks Australia in ODI

Captain Elton Chigumbura hit a fluent half-century as Zimbabwe secured a shock three-wicket win over Australia.

Marquez takes 11th race of the season

Runaway world championship leader Marc Marquez made it 11 wins from 12 races this season Sunday.

Day, Palmer share halfway lead

Australian Jason Day continued his sizzling form to tie American Ryan Palmer for the lead after the second round of

Marin, Chen singles champions

Spain’s Carolina Marin pulled off a monumental upset as she beat Chinese world No. 1 Li Xuerui to win the women’s

Giants win 5th straight

Right-hander Jake Peavy took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and then combined with the San Francisco Giants’

Teary-eyed Power claims first IndyCar crown

Australian driver Will Power won his first IndyCar Series championship Saturday, finishing ninth in the final race and

GFH long-term rating increased

CAPITAL Intelligence (CI), the international credit rating agency, has raised the Gulf Finance House (GFH) long-term rating to ‘BB’ from ‘BB-’ and affirmed the short-term rating at ‘B’. The Outlook

Middle East funds see value in popular Saudi stock market

Middle East funds are bullish on Saudi Arabia’s stock market despite concern it is getting richly valued, while they think the UAE has bottomed out after a volatile few months, a Reuters survey

China set to become Gulf biggest importer

The relationship between China and the Gulf countries can only go one way.

Summit to tackle role of CIOs in technology transformation

UNDER the patronage of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, IDC Saudi Arabia CIO

Zain KSA introduces new offer on prepaid

Zain KSA launched its latest offer on all prepaid packages, providing subscribers with additional balance and data with every recharge operation on SR 20 or more.

Kellogg eyes stake in Egyptian Bisco Misr

Kellogg Co., the maker of breakfast cereals, Pop Tarts and other packaged food, is seeking to buy a majority stake in Egypt’s Bisco Misr, a confectionery-maker in the most populous Arab country.

‘Sensation’ unveils star-studded line up

The 2014 Sensation Dubai lineup is out, and in a headline-grabbing news EDM’s wonder boy Martin Garrix will perform in

N. Korea slams UK TV show on its nukes as ‘hideous farce’

North Korea Sunday slammed a new British TV drama series featuring its nuclear weapons programme, urging the British government to scrap the “slanderous farce” if it wants to maintain diplomatic ties.

Using ‘knee defender’ to fight the ‘legroom war’

To recline or not to recline? Airplane “legroom wars” are prompting growing rage in the United States, with two recent seat battles sparking a heated debate about the knee-bumping practice.

French ex-pastry chef pursued for welfare debt of 22 cents

A former pastry chef from the south of France has been threatened with debt recovery proceedings by the body that pays his social benefits over 22 cents.

Al Pacino’s ‘Manglehorn’ competes for ‘Golden Lion’

In director David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn,” Al Pacino is a Texas locksmith who has never gotten over the love of

A British newspaper “The Telegraph” has published the names of all 504 children who were killed in Gaza over the last 50 days.