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Saudi Arabia rebuffs calls to abolish the death penalty

Saudi Arabia reiterated on Wednesday its commitment to hold fast to the Shariah principles in all walks of life especially in applying the law for death penalty, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Scholars deride trend to post execution videos online

The Kingdom has a history of being internationally criticized for its death penalties and more so when videos of executions have been recorded and uploaded on YouTube or other social media.

Keralites jittery over planned closure of airport

The Airports Authority of India’s decision to partially close Calicut International Airport in Karipur for six months from May 1.

Kingdom, S. Korea  ties strengthened

Kingdom, S. Korea ties strengthened

Saudi Arabia and South Korea signed two more memoranda of understanding here on Wednesday as South Korean President Park Geun-hye stressed the importance of her country’s relations with the Kingdom.

Sharif arrives in Riyadh on a 3-day visit

Sharif arrives in Riyadh on a 3-day visit

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived here on Wednesday on a three-day visit at the invitation of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.

Naimi expects oil market to balance, prices to stabilize

Naimi expects oil market to balance, prices to stabilize

Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi said on Wednesday he expected oil prices, which hit a near six-year low in January, to stabilize, signaling cautious optimism about the market outlook.

Insurance mooted to revive region’s sagging tourism sector

Insurance mooted to revive region’s sagging tourism sector

Officials at the Arab Tourism Organization (ATO) have said there is a need to provide insurance to businessmen willing to invest in tourism in the Arab region.

Israel is a gangster, says Abbas

Israel is a gangster, says Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of “gangsterism”.

Pakistanis should respect and abide by local laws, says Pak envoy

Pakistanis should respect and abide by local laws, says Pak envoy

Pakistan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Manzur Ul Haq advised Pakistanis to respect and abide by the local laws.

Concern grows for civilians as Iraq tightens noose on Tikrit

Concern grows for civilians as Iraq tightens noose on Tikrit

Concern mounted Wednesday over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces were trying to trap the self-declared Islamic State group fighters on the third day of a huge offensive to retake the militant stronghold.

Australian convicts transferred to Indonesian island for execution

Australian convicts transferred to Indonesian island for execution

Two convicted Australian drug smugglers were transferred on Wednesday from a Bali prison to an island for execution along with other foreigners.

Clinton asks if women want to see a female president

Clinton asks if women want to see a female president

Hillary Rodham Clinton credited women with making a difference at all levels of government.

Putin says Nemtsov assassination a ‘disgrace’

Putin says Nemtsov assassination a ‘disgrace’

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday described the killing of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov as a tragedy that had brought disgrace on Russia.

Contractor accused of tearing down cemetery

Citizens have called on Makkah Municipality to review its project to renovate Al-Hudaibiyah Cemetery walls after a construction company began demolishing the premises’ walls without giving any prior

Respect people with special needs

Respect people with special needs

IT is a shameful thing to see the parking areas allotted to people with special needs in malls and establishments

SABIC’s environmental contest attracts 6,000 children

SABIC’s environmental contest attracts 6,000 children

Sixty-two students have won prizes at the Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation’s (SABIC) huge environment

Patients complain about bad services at Makkah hospitals

Patients visiting Makkah hospitals are demanding more doctors and a better system that will ensure they receive treatment quicker.

‎‏Algosaibi family launches website on the late minister’s birth anniversary

‎‏Algosaibi family launches website on the late minister’s birth anniversary

The family of the late Dr. Ghazi Algosaibi have marked his 75th birthday — which would have fallen on Monday — by

Don't treat illegal expats like criminals

The article "No entry for illegals – Ministry" (Mar. 4) states that illegal workers will be deported and banned from returning to the Kingdom.

Name and shame companies selling expired food

With regard to the article "Over 10,000 kg of expired food seized" (Mar. 3), as a consumer in Saudi Arabia, it scares me to read such news.

How accurate are crime statistics?

I am writing with regard to the article "Expats commit a crime every 24 minutes" (Mar. 2). Just for the record, I had a bag snatched from my arm and a friend of mine was the victim of an attempted

Illegal expats are hired by Saudis

The article "Residents urged to help nab illegal expatriates" (Mar. 3) states that government officials have asked Saudis and expatriates to help them catch those who have violated residency and

Jordanian cabinet reshuffle solidifies PM Ensour’s mandate

Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour announced a cabinet reshuffle this week that will solidify his mandate to accelerate economic reforms seen as crucial to meet the US-allied country's

Defeat of Syria rebels deals blow to US hopes against IS

The apparent disintegration of a key Syrian rebel group has dealt a major blow to US efforts to build up a force of moderate fighters to take on the Islamic State group.

Israel and US in furious clash over Iran talks

Israel and the United States clashed furiously over the Iran nuclear talks Tuesday.

Israel must probe civilian killings in Gaza war: UN envoy

A United Nations envoy called on Israel on Tuesday to investigate the killing of more than 1,500 Palestinian civilians.

Archeologists find ancient tomb in Egypt’s Luxor

Archeologists find ancient tomb in Egypt’s Luxor

An ancient tomb belonging to Amenhotep, guard of the temple of Egyptian deity Amun, has been discovered in the

Turkish court blocks atheist group’s website

A Turkish court has blocked access to a website for the country’s first atheist association.

British former marine reported killed in Syria

A former Royal Marine has become the first British fighter to be killed battling with Kurdish forces against the self-proclaimed Islamic State militants in Syria, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

After beef ban, Hindu groups force Indian abattoirs to close

Members of a Hindu nationalist group have forced several abattoirs in the Indian state of Maharashtra to shut after a law was passed banning the beef trade there.

Diplomats seek end to Bangladesh unrest as Khaleda Zia misses court

Diplomats seek end to Bangladesh unrest as Khaleda Zia misses court

Diplomats called for an end to the violent unrest in Bangladesh as tensions rose further on Wednesday.

Turkish Airlines plane skids off Nepal runway

Turkish Airlines plane skids off Nepal runway

A Turkish Airlines plane carrying 224 passengers had to be evacuated after it missed the runway on landing at Katmandu

More than 30 killed in coal mine blast in east Ukraine

More than 30 killed in coal mine blast in east Ukraine

A blast at a coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed more than 30 people.

US report faults Ferguson police for racial bias

US report faults Ferguson police for racial bias

A Justice Department report says blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, are disproportionately subject to excessive police force.

Boehner escapes jam on Homeland vote, but more battles loom

Boehner escapes jam on Homeland vote, but more battles loom

House Speaker John Boehner’s job is safe despite passing yet another big bill that most of his Republican colleagues

Prince William calls for end to ivory trade on China visit

Prince William calls for end to ivory trade on China visit

Britain’s Prince William urged an end to the ivory trade on Wednesday, visiting a Chinese elephant sanctuary in the

Pakistan top order fires at last

Pakistan top order fires at last

Pakistan finally joined the 300 club at the Cricket World Cup Wednesday, scoring 339-6 and holding the United Arab

Aussies on a record breaking spree

Aussies on a record breaking spree

Australia hit the highest World Cup score in tournament history Wednesday.

Kohli faces media backlash

Kohli faces media backlash

Virat Kohli has delighted Indian fans with his exploits in the middle but reports of an ugly spat with a journalist.

Ahli beats Nasaf 2-1

Ahli beats Nasaf 2-1

Substitute Saleh Al Amari’s goal 11 minutes from time delivered Al Ahli a 2-1 victory over Uzbekistan’s Nasaf in the

Goulart treble lifts Guangzhou

Goulart treble lifts Guangzhou

A hat trick from record signing Ricardo Goulart held off strong-finishing defending champion Western Sydney Wanderers

Southampton, Villa grab late winners

Southampton, Villa grab late winners

Southampton and Aston Villa scored late winners in matches affecting opposite ends of the Premier League Tuesday.

Ivanovic and Errani through at Monterrey

Ivanovic and Errani through at Monterrey

Ana Ivanovic made a comfortable start to her Monterrey Open title defense Tuesday, on what was a good day for the

Gulf markets soft, Saudi investors book profits

Most Gulf stock markets edged down in slow trade on Wednesday.

GCC rail completion deadline seen at 2020

GCC rail completion deadline seen at 2020

The completion date of the GCC rail, which will connect all six Gulf.

Kingdom Holding inks MoU with Korean Investment Corporation

Kingdom Holding inks MoU with Korean Investment Corporation

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), signed an MoU with Hank Ahn, Chairman and CEO of

ICD, Afreximbank to cooperate in private sector development

ICD, Afreximbank to cooperate in private sector development

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of the Islamic

SABB named ‘Best Trade Finance Bank for 7th year

SABB named ‘Best Trade Finance Bank for 7th year

The Saudi British Bank (SABB) has been named by Global Finance magazine as the “Best Trade Finance Bank” in Saudi

Bahri plans $1 billion sukuk to repay loan

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) plans to sell 10-year sukuk worth SR3.9 billion ($1.04 billion) by the end of March, a company executive said.

India bans broadcast of film showing gang-rapist

India bans broadcast of film showing gang-rapist

India has banned the broadcast of a controversial documentary in which one of the men who gang-raped and murdered a

Raveena to play Benazir Bhutto

Raveena to play Benazir Bhutto

Raveena Tandon may impersonate slain Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in an upcoming biopic.

Oprah's Harpo Studios to close in December

Oprah's Harpo Studios to close in December

Oprah Winfrey will close Harpo Studios in Chicago.

World’s oldest person celebrates a day before turning 117

World’s oldest person celebrates a day before turning 117

The world's oldest person says 117 years doesn't seem like such a long time.

Bridge jumper says sea lion saved him

A man who jumped off San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to try to take his own life and was kept afloat by a sea lion said Wednesday suicide prevention was now his life's work.

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Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu descended on Washington Tuesday full of rebuke for an errant American president.
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