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King Salman, Sisi reaffirm significance of Cairo Declaration

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi emphasized the significance of the recently announced Cairo Declaration and its ultimate and important implications for the Islamic and Arab nations.

KSA blasts heinous crime by settlers

The Kingdom denounced, in the strongest terms, here today the heinous terrorist crime carried out by Israeli settlers, on Friday dawn, resulting in the death of a Palestinian infant, at Duma Village, near Nablus, and severely burning of a number of the infant's family members, SPA said.

Muslims in CAR driven to abandon religion: Amnesty

Many Muslims returning to western areas of the Central African Republic after last year's inter-communal massacres are being threatened and "forced to abandon their religion," Amnesty International said Friday

New steps for transfer of sponsorship lauded

New steps for transfer of sponsorship lauded

Mustafa Al-Nafyawi, deputy chairman of the Saudi branch of the Union for Overseas Egyptians, praised the new decisions that have streamlined the movement of expatriate workers, Ayn Al-Yom website said.

Asir summer festival attracts  vendors from across border

Asir summer festival attracts vendors from across border

Cultural festivals have attracted Omani and Emirati street sellers to Asir for decades. With sweets and perfumes proving to be a big hit among Saudis, the street vendors say the festivals provide them with a major source of income and encourage cross-border trade, Al-Sharq daily reports.

1.2m in Saudi Arabia download new free messaging app SOMA

1.2m in Saudi Arabia download new free messaging app SOMA

Silicon Valley in California is the world’s capital for social media invention. Hot new products like Apple watches, and Google Glasses, and apps, which become a way of life for the consumer to use all originate here.

Dust storm envelops Riyadh, flights from KKIA diverted

Dust storm envelops Riyadh, flights from KKIA diverted

A severe dust storm is sweeping the northern and eastern parts of Riyadh, causing disruption of life in the capital.

STC operating profit logs 13% growth in H1 2015

STC operating profit logs 13% growth in H1 2015

SAUDI Telecom Company (STC) reported net income of over SR5 billion in the first half of 2015 ending June 30, with 13% growth in operating profit.

Lack of understanding

Don’t the authorities realize that the city of Jeddah is the gateway for the Kingdom’s and the Muslim world’s holiest shrines and therefore should reflect a world class image and conditions.

The friend is on the dot

This is in response to the report “A city in search of records,” in Saudi Gazette (July 29). The writer’s friend is on the dot with his many observations. Many times I feel the same frustration when

Rewards for the stranded Pakistanis

Thank you Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi for your kind feedback and update on this very important issue. What I wanted to say is that the IRC did not declare refugee status for those Biharis displaced from homes

Raisin the stranded Pakistanis issue

Thank you Saudi Gazette for raising the issue of the most ignored humanitarian issue since 1971. I acknowledge with thanks the learned writer and diplomat Dr. Al-Ghamdi for writing the article after

Issue of stranded Pakistanis revisited

This is in response to the report “Stranded Pakistanis revisited,” in Saudi Gazette (July 29). Thank you Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi for making a detailed analysis of the issue of patriotic Pakistanis

Discipline in traffic

This is in response to the report “90 percent drivers in Saher net are Saudis,” in Saudi Gazette (July 28). Some remarks in addition to the ones in the article. First place, Saudi drivers are not

Women playwrights upset over gender discrimination

Members of Madinah Women Writers Association expressed frustration after they were excluded from participating at the King Fahd Park Theatrical Competition because they are women, Al-Watan daily

Social Affairs redefines role; heavy emphasis on e-services

The Ministry of Social Affairs announced it will shift from its role as a service provider to a more developmental role according to its strategic development plan, Al-Sharq daily reported.

Technology to send fraudulent pilgrim firms into oblivion

The Ministry of Haj will soon launch an electronic gate that will eliminate fake Haj service providers and decide the fees to be paid by the domestic pilgrims on the basis of the services provided

168 municipal contracts worth over SR1b approved

Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Abdullateef Al-Asheikh has approved contracts worth SR1.059 billion to implement 168 municipal projects in 14 governorates, the Saudi Press Agency reported on

13-year jail sentence, 2,000 lashes for man who raped daughter

The General Court in Jeddah sentenced a father to 13 years in jail and 2,000 lashes of the whip for raping his daughter over a five-year period.

Jeddah tops Saudi cities in number of crimes in 2015

Jeddah has seen the highest number of crimes in the Kingdom so far in 2015, according to a report from the Ministry of Justice carried by Makkah daily.

Angry protests over poor services spread across Iraq

Angry protests over poor services spread across Iraq

Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated Saturday over the poor quality of water in the southern city of Basra, as protests

Yemeni vice president arrives in Aden

Yemeni Vice President Khaled Bahah arrived in the southern port city of Aden on Saturday, airport officials said, the most senior official to visit the city since local fighters drove an Iran-backed

7 Libyan soldiers killed in clashes

Seven Libyan soldiers were killed on Friday when Daesh (so-called IS) militants stormed a checkpoint manned by forces loyal to the official government.

Iran's working moms get the sack after taking maternity leave

Tens of thousands of working mothers have been sacked in Iran since the start of 2014 because employers found cheaper staff, an official said Friday, warning that a new maternity pay policy remains

260 PKK members killed in Turkey airstrikes

260 PKK members killed in Turkey airstrikes

Around 260 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have been killed and hundreds more wounded in

Kerry sets off on Mideast trip to Egypt, Doha

Kerry sets off on Mideast trip to Egypt, Doha

US Secretary of State John Kerry departed late Friday to Egypt for cooperation talks and to Qatar, where he hopes to

Taliban deny reports of death of Haqqani network founder

Taliban deny reports of death of Haqqani network founder

The Taliban on Saturday denied reports of the death of the founder of Haqqani network, its allied militant group

UN says: Philippines Haiyan rebuilding is ‘inadequate’

The Philippines has not done enough to rebuild after Super Typhoon Haiyan, as thousands remain in shanties without power or water for nearly two years, a United Nations representative said Saturday.

New Taliban leader calls for unity in ranks in first audio message

New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor called for unity in the movement in his first audio message released on Saturday amid reports of rifts in their ranks following the announcement of the death

Police seek help to track Lanka gunmen

Sri Lankan police appealed for information on Saturday to track down four gunmen who opened fire at a ruling party rally in the capital, killing a woman and wounding 12 other people.

Crowds cheer as Bangladesh-India make ‘fences’ after 70 years

Crowds cheer as Bangladesh-India make ‘fences’ after 70 years

Jubilant crowds celebrated on Saturday as Bangladesh and India swapped tiny islands of land, ending one of the world’s

Pacific trade ministers fail to reach deal in Hawaii talks

Pacific trade ministers fail to reach deal in Hawaii talks

Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations failed to reach a deal on a new trade agreement that would cover

Sein goes to disaster zones as floods batter countryside

Myanmar's president headed to devastated rural regions where a state of emergency was declared after deadly monsoon rains displaced tens of thousands of people, flooded swathes of rice paddy and

Arsenal seeks title proof in Chelsea tie

Arsenal seeks title proof in Chelsea tie

Arsenal’s readiness to mount a sustained title challenge in 2015-16 will be tested at Wembley Sunday when it faces

Ko, Lu share lead at British Open

Ko, Lu share lead at British Open

Ko Jin-young of South Korea and Teresa Lu of Taiwan shot 3-under 69s Saturday.

Pakistan clinches a T20 thriller against Sri Lanka

Pakistan clinches a T20 thriller against Sri Lanka

Shahid Afridi and Anwar Ali played key roles as Pakistan ended.

Nadal sets up Fognini rematch

Nadal sets up Fognini rematch

Top seed Rafael Nadal won through to the final of the claycourt tournament in Hamburg.

Rudisha beaten in world trials but makes Kenyan team

Rudisha beaten in world trials but makes Kenyan team

Kenya's Olympic 800 meters champion David Rudisha suffered his first loss on home soil as a senior runner, but his

Akram: Politics should not stop Pakistan-India series

Akram: Politics should not stop Pakistan-India series

Pakistan great Wasim Akram insisted Saturday that politics should not affect his country's cricketing ties with India.

Ishikawa ahead as Tiger roars

Ishikawa ahead as Tiger roars

Ryo Ishikawa sank a 30-footer at the last for a third consecutive birdie to edge a stroke in front after the second

Australia admits: We need to talk about Clarke

Australia admits: We need to talk about Clarke

Another insipid display by a once great cricketer as his side slumped to an embarrassing defeat to go 2-1 down in the

Lebanon’s weak environment to weigh on banks

Lebanon’s weak environment to weigh on banks

Despite signs of stabilization in the economy – including a slight rebound in tourism and a net positive impact from

Microsoft to invest $100m in Uber Tech

Microsoft has agreed to invest about $100 million in Uber Technologies at a valuation of approximately $50 billion, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

Egypt to import 7.79m tons of LNG this fiscal year

Egypt expects to import 28.6 million tons of crude oil, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other oil products worth a total of almost $16 billion in 2015-16, the planning ministry said on Saturday.

Abu Dhabi residential rentals rise by over 1%

Since Q2 2013, average residential rentals in Abu Dhabi have seen sustained growth and during the quarter this trend continued with just over 1% increase, according to the Q2 2015 Abu Dhabi

GCC’s $86b infrastructure investments augur well for materials handling sector

Multi-billion dollar investments in GCC-wide commercial and civil infrastructure projects is having a positive impact on the materials handling sector, as the region’s dedicated logistics and

Investments hurt amid uncertain energy horizon

DISTRESS signals are being emitted - and - all around!

Disputed German Michael Jackson memorial may have to beat it

Disputed German Michael Jackson memorial may have to beat it

A memorial set up in Germany by some of Michael Jackson's most ardent fans the day after his sudden 2009 death has

Air India plane forced to turn back after ‘rat sighting’

An Air India plane was forced to return to New Delhi two hours into a flight to Milan on Thursday after a “suspected rat sighting” in the cabin. The airline said no rodent had been found, but it had

Woman sues credit reporting firms for declaring her dead

A 40-year-old St. Louis woman isn’t dead, but she said she spent months trying to convince credit reporting agencies that she’s alive.

School closes after venomous spiders found for a 3rd time

A Pennsylvania school district has closed one of its elementary schools due to an infestation of venomous spiders. WHTM-TV reports this is the third time brown recluse spiders were found at

Texas man shoots armadillo, gets hit in face by bullet ricochet

An East Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said on Friday.

There will be much pomp and circumstance when hundreds of dignitaries flock to the banks of the new Suez Canal to mark the inauguration of this record-setting construction feat that crowns one year of non-stop work, generous national donations.
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