Wednesday, 20 August 2014  -  24 Shawwal 1435 H
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Firms get five days to appeal iqama transfer

The Ministry of Labor is now giving private sector companies five days to object to any proposed sponsorship transfer involving their employees before information is sent to the Ministry of Interior to finalize the process.

Kingdom opens new courts on family feuds

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday opened new courts focusing on family disputes, the first of a series of specialized tribunals aimed at making the Kingdom's legal system faster, more transparent and predictable.

Saudi tourists pick Germany as top future destination

A new research which looked at the past and future travel behavior of Muslims across the Middle East and Far East has claimed that Saudi tourists would like to visit Germany.

Grand Mufti: IS is Islam’s ‘enemy No. 1’

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Aal Alsheikh on Tuesday blasted Al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants as “enemy number one” of Islam.

Haj firms prefer tents to buildings in Mina

Local Haj companies said they prefer to set up tents in Mina for their pilgrims than rent buildings at high rates, Makkah daily reported.

Ahsa dry cleaners open doors to female workers

A group of young women here rolled up their sleeves and joined the dry cleaning industry, which had in the past remained restricted to men.

IS halts Iraq offensive to retake Tikrit

Iraqi forces halted a short-lived offensive on Tuesday.

As Missouri violence flares, fingers point to outsiders

As darkness fell on Ferguson, Missouri, the crowd of several hundred people protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen quickly and radically changed. The crowd shrunk as many of the older people slipped away.

Tanweer takes 20 orphans on education tour to Malaysia

Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI), the corporate social responsibility arm of ALJ Group, organized an educational trip for 20 orphan boys to Malaysia as part of its Tanweer cultural and recreational program this year.

Golf carts at train stations

The Saudi Railways Organization has launched a new service for elderly and disabled passengers.

Pak anti-govt protesters march on parliament

Thousands of anti-government protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes.

Sharjah hosts conference to protect refugee children

Sharjah will host the first Investing in the Future Conference to discuss ways of protecting refugee children.

Foreign investors face 20% ceiling on listed stocks

Overseas investors in the Saudi Arabian stock market will face restrictions including a 20 percent ceiling on combined foreign ownership of any listed stock.

Saudi Arabia does not welcome foreign investments

I am writing with regard to the article “SAGIA OK’s amendments to encourage investments” (Aug 18). When all countries in the world are welcoming foreign investments, we are closing doors to them

Some businesswomen think they are above the law

With regard to the report “Businesswoman jailed, whipped for abusing Haia men” (Aug 18), some businesswomen worldwide think they are above the law and religion. I am genuinely happy with this verdict.

King Abdullah’s Middle East peace plan should be adopted

The kindness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah is evident in his approval of $1 million in aid for needy Palestinians in the West Bank as reported in the article “King approves

Congratulations to the couple!

I am writing with regard to the article "Wedding of Jew, Muslim draws protesters amid war tensions" (Aug 19). It is wonderful that the bride and groom have ignored the stupid and inhumane approach

Plight of Saudi SMEs

There is more than one sword directly pointing at the necks of small companies and establishments. The sharpest of these swords, however, is that of the Ministry of Labor.

Saudi women’s expat husbands, sons granted driving exemptions

Expatriates married to Saudi women as well as their children are able to obtain general driving licenses.

Corruption monster attacks dialysis centers

ACCORDING to press reports, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) has submitted to acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih a file containing a number of corruption cases in his ministry.

Court saves woman from father who obstructed her marriage

A court in Jeddah has revoked the guardianship of a father over his daughter because he prevented her from getting married for more than 10 years.

Charity to deliver marital training to 4,000 people

The Al-Mawaddah Charitable Society for Social Reform in Jeddah has approved the implementation of training materials for young men and women looking to get married from Oct. 25.

3 militants sentenced to death, 26 jailed on terrorism charges

The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh has sentenced three men to death and 26 others to various prison terms, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Police disperse unruly Umm Al-Qura students

Police were called in to disperse more than 100 students who gathered in front of the office of Umm Al-Qura University’s president in Al-Abidiya district of Makkah Tuesday morning.

Arab League accuses Israel of 'blocking' Gaza peace efforts

Arab League chief Nabil Al-Arabi accused Israel on Wednesday of "blocking" all attempts to end the Gaza conflict, a day after the collapse of a ceasefire in the Palestinian territory.

Gaza ceasefire has 'collapsed': chief Palestinian negotiator

A temporary ceasefire in Gaza has 'collapsed' after a Tuesday midnight deadline passed with no agreement to extend a truce and Israel and Hamas resumed hostilities, a senior Palestinian official said.

Fighting erupts in Gaza, Israel orders truce team back home

Israel said Palestinian militants fired rockets from Gaza on Tuesday in violation of a truce, attacks that swiftly drew air strikes and the recall of Israeli negotiators from talks in Cairo on a

Unless blockade ends, Gaza faces years of misery — UN

Unless negotiations to end the Gaza war succeed in lifting a blockade of the territory, Gazans will not see any

Fugitive Iraqi VP seeks role for Saddam loyalists

Saddam Hussein's Baath party must play a role if a political solution.

New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

Armed groups in Syria have an estimated several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles that could easily be diverted to extremists and used to destroy low-flying commercial planes.

Israel claims rockets fired from Gaza puncture truce

Three rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel on Tuesday and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the military to strike back, Israeli officials said, hours before a truce with Palestinian militants

Indonesia tsunami family ‘find son’ after reunion with daughter

An Indonesian couple reunited with their daughter 10 years.

India court orders release of 14-year hunger striker

An Indian court Tuesday ordered the release of a woman.

Sri Lanka to refuse entry to UN investigators: Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island’s

China troops enter disputed Indian territory: Report

Chinese troops have advanced in recent days into disputed territory claimed by India.

UN says Ebola kills 84 in three days

The Ebola virus killed 84 people in just three days, bringing the global death toll to 1,229, the World Health

India’s death-row sisters seek last-ditch reprieve

Two Indian women on death row for murdering five children have lodged a last-ditch appeal after the president rejected their mercy plea, clearing the way for them to become the first women executed

Modi seeks ideas to replace Soviet-style planning

India’s prime minister on Monday sought suggestions from the public to help re-fashion the Soviet-inspired central

Goffin upsets Melzer

Belgian qualifier David Goffin extended his winning streak to 23 matches Monday when he beat defending champion Jurgen

Wozniacki bounces back in Connecticut

Caroline Wozniacki came back to defeat Timea Bacsinszky.

Suarez admits to seeking help after 3rd incident

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said he has received professional help.

Djokovic and Federer seeded 1-2 for US Open

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is seeded No. 1 for the US Open.

New PCB chief backs captain Misbah

The newly elected chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board thinks the national team may have too many coaches, but

Shastri director of Indian team for ODIs

India’s cricket chiefs Tuesday effectively sidelined head coach Duncan Fletcher for the one-day series against England

Hosszu, Stjepanovic sparkle in the pool

Katinka Hosszu and Velimir Stjepanovic were the first individual winners on the opening night at the European Swimming

Fabregas shines, Costa scores in Chelsea win

New signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas made an instant impact for Chelsea as it launched its Premier League title

Dubai's Nakheel to pay $2.1 billion in debt early

Dubai's developer Nakheel behind the famed man-made palm-shaped islands says it is repaying 7.9 billion dirhams, or roughly $2.1 billion, four years before the last installment is due.

Family tourism emerges as major growth area in Islamic economy

Family tourism has emerged as a major segment of the Islamic economy, accounting for as much as 12.5 percent of the $1.07 trillion global tourism market in 2012, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and

Comprehensive cybersecurity plan needed to keep information secure

Cyber threats, data breaches and high-risk vulnerabilities have continued to dominate the first half of 2014, Trend

Saudi Arabia still UAE’s top trading partner in region

UAE’s non-oil trade reached AED256 billion in the first quarter of this year, reflecting the continuous momentum of the UAE’s non-oil foreign trade in 2013, preliminary data from the Federal

Oil prices rebound as traders snap up bargain amid conflict

World oil prices rebounded on Tuesday on bargain-hunting, one day after tumbling on easing concerns about conflicts in Ukraine and Iraq, analysts said.

Five crucial ways of creating company culture

Entrepreneur – a fancy word, isn’t it? But what does it really mean? Developing a business model is not just it.

Nice neighbors ensure that you have a healthy heart

Ever felt like your neighbor’s antics could drive you to an early grave? Well, there may be reason for concern, said researchers who reported a link Tuesday between having good neighbors and a

Debbie Reynolds to receive SAG lifetime honor

Debbie Reynolds, the star of such enduring Hollywood films as “Singin’ in the Rain” and “How the West Was Won,” will

SRK, Kajol unite for Rohit’s film

Director Rohit Shetty is on a new high these days. According to sources close to Shetty, the director has roped in

Nelly’s ‘Sijn El Nisa’a’ is a hit

Nelly Karim is on top of the world after the success of her latest Ramadan TV series “Sijn El Nisa’a (Women’s Prison).”

Gisele Bundchen: World’s highest paid model

With estimated earnings of $47 million during the past year from lucrative contracts and other business ventures,

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Do your eyes ache? Do you feel tired all the time? Do you have trouble sleeping? Well, if you’re an office worker or stu
One day, India and Pakistan will finally settle their dispute over Kashmir and begin to live as mutually prosperous neighbors.