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Saudia avoids troubled spots

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has been avoiding flying over troubled areas as a precautionary measure.

Inhuman shelling on Gaza shatters short-lived truce

Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday and killed more than 60 Palestinians in renewed barbaric and inhuman shelling, saying militants had breached the truce shortly after it began and apparently captured an Israeli soldier.

Europe in push to stop violence against women

The Council of Europe is taking new steps to combat violence against women under a newly ratified convention that came into force Friday. Fourteen European states are committing themselves to better fight violence against women following the signature of the so-called “Istanbul Convention.”

King: World silence on Israeli ‘war crimes’ is inexcusable

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah said Friday that world silence over Israeli “war crimes” in the Gaza Strip was “inexcusable”.

Crown Prince on private vacation

Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, deputy premier and minister of defense, Friday left the Kingdom on a private vacation abroad, the Royal Court said.

Reforms will continue: Haia chief

Responding to criticism he has received from certain quarters of society, Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, chief of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia), said no one can stop or regress the reforms that are already under way in the organization.

Expats hold 60% travel sector jobs

Expatriates occupy 60 percent of jobs in the travel and tourism sector and estimates point to the availability of around 4,000 jobs in this sector in various parts of the Kingdom.

Premarital tests ‘don’t stop genetic blood diseases’

According to the latest statistics published by the Ministry of Health, the number of sickle cell anemia patients in the Kingdom has declined by 0.3 percent.

Integrated system secures borders

The Ministry of Interior has implemented a system using advanced technology to monitor the country's land, air and sea borders against any infiltrator attempts to breach the Kingdom’s borders.

Is fixing a minimum wage answer to high living costs?

The increasing cost of living in the Kingdom has affected nearly every member of society and caused financial, social and perhaps even security problems.

Masjid Al-Mustarah, a witness to history

Masjid Al-Mustarah, located 2.5 kilometers northwest of the Prophet's Mosque, has acquired its name because the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) rested and prayed at this place after her returned from the Battle of Uhud.

Embassy on Wheels serves 437 Filipinos in Hail

Officials from the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh visited the northwestern Saudi city of Hail on July 25-26 as part of the Embassy on Wheels (EOW) consular outreach program.

Obama says after Sept 11, U.S. ‘tortured some folks’

President Barack Obama says in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States did things that were

West African leaders launch $100m Ebola battle strategy

The head of the World Health Organization and presidents of the west African countries suffering the world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak on Friday launched a $100 million emergency response plan.

Fatal Taiwan flight black boxes showed no distress call: Official

Taiwanese authorities said Friday that black boxes from the TransAsia Airways flight that crashed last week, killing 48 people.

US residents sue over immigration denials said to target Muslims

Five long-time US residents who are Muslim or from Muslim-majority countries sued the federal government on Thursday.

Ebola ‘moving faster than efforts to control it’: WHO

The World Health Organization warned west Africa’s Ebola-hit nations on Friday that the epidemic was spiraling out of

CIA spied on US Senate, internal review finds

The CIA’s insistence that it did not spy on its US Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark

Pakistan widows, 'second' wives flee fighting but are denied aid

Thousands of women displaced by fighting in Pakistan are struggling to get food and other aid because they lack

Status quo on divorce

With reference to the article “SR1.7 a day alimony for divorcees suggested” (Aug. 1), why does the government need to support divorced women? She had a job or was living with her parents or guardian

The bail for Maya Kodnani

I had an inkling that Maya Kodnani and others who were convicted and given life imprisonment for their involvement in Gujarat carnage of 2002 would be released or bailed out one day. Alas, that

Banks sleep on cushions stuffed with money

SAUDI banks are fortunate enough to sleep and get up on a cushion of money, which is being poured in mainly from current accounts and deposits that customers are hesitant to invest in anything else.

Baha hospital without air conditioning for more than 3 months

For the 100th day in a row, air-conditioning units at King Fahd Hospital here are out of order, resulting in various inconveniences to patients.

Morocco king deplores 'social inequality'

Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Wednesday deplored the persistence of serious "social inequalities" in the kingdom in a

Baghdad blasts kill 10: Police

At least 10 people were killed and 29 wounded Friday in bomb blasts that struck two districts of Baghdad, police and hospital sources said.

Quake sparks panic in Algiers

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook Algiers on Friday, causing panic in a suburb of the capital, Algerian radio reported. The epicentre was 19 km off the coast of Bologhine, a northern suburb, said the

Libya hospitals face collapse if Asian staff flee

Libya has warned of a “total collapse” of its health care system as the chaos plaguing the country threatens to send into flight many of the Filipino and Indian staff on whom its hospitals depend.

Tunisia closes Libya borders

Tunisia closed its main border crossing with Libya on Friday after thousands of stranded Egyptian and foreigners, fleeing militias’ fighting and violence in Libya, tried to break through the

Amos stuns Rudisha, double for Okagbare

Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha was beaten by Nijel Amos in the Commonwealth Games 800m final

Teen weightlifter stripped of gold

A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter was stripped of her Commonwealth Games gold medal Friday because of a positive

Pospisil eliminates Berdych

Vasek Pospisil eliminated top seed Tomas Berdych at the Citi Open Thursday, winning 6-2, 6-4 to progress to the

Anderson, Jadeja cleared over Test spat

England’s James Anderson and India’s Ravindra Jadeja were both found not guilty Friday of breaching the International

Venus bundles out b’day girl Azarenka

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams ousted fourth-seeded birthday girl Victoria Azarenka in straight sets

Leishman ahead, Woods 4 adrift

Australia’s Marc Leishman fired a six-under par 64 Thursday to seize a one-stroke lead in the Bridgestone Invitational

Reimold lifts Blue Jays

Nolan Reimold hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the ninth, and the streaking Toronto Blue Jays

Waratahs wary of Crusaders back row in Super final

The New South Wales Waratahs will not be able to unleash their trademark running game if they allow the Canterbury Crusaders to dominate them at breakdown in Saturday’s Super Rugby final, skipper

Oil nears $105 on oversupply, weak demand

Brent crude oil fell to a two-week low on Friday, slipping towards $105 a barrel as oversupply in the Atlantic basin and low demand outweighed worries over political tensions in the Middle East,

Chevron net profit rises on asset sales

Chevron Corp., the world’s third-largest oil producer by market value, said second-quarter profit rose after it sold assets and crude prices climbed.

BG Group profits rise, but Egypt woes weigh

BG Group beat forecasts with a rise in second-quarter profits on Thursday driven by stronger gas prices and sales but warned of dipping production later this year and risks to its operations in Egypt.

Delhi shoppers more e-commerce savvy

Shoppers in Delhi are more e-commerce savvy compared to peers in other metros including Mumbai, Bangalore and

Gold extends bounce off 6-week low

Gold futures extended a modest bounce off a six-week low, rebounding as the US dollar lost ground after data showed

Turkey’s exports slow on Russia, Iraq issues

Turkey’s exports were $12.54 billion in July, remaining flat compared to the same month of last year, the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly has said, as political fallout and the Iraq conflict have taken

Startup offers elderly an Internet key to family links

Two grandmothers mystified by computer tablets have inspired a French-Romanian startup to develop an application and

Drones thrill Martha Stewart... and US prison convicts

Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is singing the praises of personal drones and marveling at their untapped potential — although smuggling contraband into a prison might not be what she has in mind.

Masked monkey men to combat macaque menace

India has hired a group of monkey impersonators to scare the real marauding animals away from parliament and other key buildings in the nation’s capital, officials said Thursday.

Polish ‘#eatapples’ Twitter campaign bites back

Poles launched a Twitter campaign on Thursday urging countrymen to “#eatapples to spite Putin” a day after Russia slapped an embargo on Polish produce in retaliation against Western sanctions.

US gourmet burger spot puts donut in its place

It’s a marriage made in gourmet burger heaven: a five-ounce, all-beef patty dripping with cheddar cheese and fried onions — served between a glazed donut.

The findings of a leaked copy of a secret US government guidebook are disconcerting, to say the least. It reveals the Obama administration has expanded the national terrorist watchlist system by approving guidelines too broad over who can be targeted.