Friday, 18 April 2014  -  18 Jumada Al-Akhir 1435 H

The gloomy future of the Saudi economy

Officials in the Kingdom believe we are witnessing a golden economic era which many people envy. When I view this golden era from the perspective of sustainability, the picture tends to turn gray and gloomy.

The growing prominence of Saudi women

Saudi Arabia often comes in for severe criticism whenever the topic of women’s rights is discussed. Much of the criticism is raised without genuine reasons and hence it is unfounded.

Immigration officials greet the Kingdom’s guests with scorn

When receiving guests, people normally put forth their best manner. Displaying good manners, an important trait of a true Muslim, isn’t just about being nice to people, it is also pleasing to Allah.

Coronavirus causes long lasting psychological ailment: Specialist

The absence of accurate data about coronavirus has resulted in increased spread of rumors, which in turn has caused a number of psychological issues among people, stated a consultant psychiatric at a psychiatry conference here.

Dawn of a new era?

FRAMED by her blue shawl, the solemn, bespectacled face of Serena Faizi peers out from an election campaign poster at a Kandahar city roundabout, while Afghanistan approaches its own crossroads as Western troops prepare to go home.

What to see and what not to see

THE majority of Arabs want tighter censorship of films and TV shows, according to a six-nation poll.

To Wear or Not to Wear

The niqab or the face veil that some Muslim women wear is widely misunderstood and is seen by some as a form of oppression and backwardness. It is a politically charged issue, and in response, a group of women from a wide range of backgrounds living in the West decided to tell the world why they wear the niqab.

Women-only theater carving a cultural niche

THE term ‘women’s theater’ at first glance seems to explain what it stands for.

Teach children safe surfing habits: Experts

FAMILIES are fighting a moral battle with technology, specifically social networking sites, because of sexually-explicit content that their children can be exposed to. The explicit content on many popular social networking sites can negatively affect the behavior of children.

Why Saudis are working hard to improve Arabic Wiki content

A depletion of Arabic content on the Internet and specifically on Wikipedia.

The Big 10 for Muslim Pro

MUSLIM PRO announced that it has reached more than 10 million downloads across 216 countries worldwide since its launch less than four years ago.

Egypt’s tourism revenue drops 43%

EGYPT’s tourism revenues dropped 43 percent in the first quarter of 2014 to $1.3 billion, Adela Ragab, the country’s economic adviser to the Minister of Tourism, told Reuters.

Unseen & unsold — Rosa Parks archives remain in New York warehouse

AT a time when interest in American civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime’s worth of Rosa Parks’ belongings — among them her Presidential Medal of Freedom — sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.

Algerians trickle to the polls

Algerians are trickling into the polls to elect a new president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be won by the ailing incumbent.

Prisoners first, say Palestinians

Palestinians gathered across the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday for rallies of solidarity with Israeli-held prisoners,

Pilot killed in Jordanian jet crash

A Jordanian military official says one of its fighter jets has crashed during a training flight, killing the pilot.

Militants kill 12 Iraqi soldiers

Militants armed with automatic weapons attacked a military position in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing 12 soldiers, police and a morgue employee said.

Israel arrests Arab journalist

Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence service says it has detained a young Israeli Arab journalist for traveling to Lebanon, which Israel considers an enemy country.

Terrible treatment of expats at SFHH Exhibition

My friends and I are part of a large group of foodies who enjoy shopping in local markets, dining out and cooking at home with all the wonderful produce and spices that are made available to us here

E-reading gives more freedom, less censorship

TECHNOLOGICAL changes have brought about immense changes in the reading styles.

Ministry denies plan to fine wife-beaters

The Social Affairs Ministry on Thursday denied reports that it would punish abusive husbands and said this is the concern of the judiciary.

MERS scare creates chaos at hospital

Chaos prevailed at Jeddah’s King Fahd Hospital on Wednesday with patients staying away from the hospital’s emergency ward following a MERS scare.

Haia to grill two members over violations

Chairman of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Alsheikh has ordered quick investigations into allegations two Haia members committed

Two violating carpentries busted

The branch municipality of the Prophet’s Mosque has caught two carpentries that were manufacturing trollies for the use of peddlers selling fruit and vegetables.

Hundreds still missing in S. Korea

Rescuers worked frantically Thursday to find around 300 people — mostly schoolchildren — missing after a South Korean ferry capsized.

Ukraine: 3 killed after base attack

Three pro-Russian protesters were killed and 13 injured during an attempted overnight raid on a Ukrainian National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine’s authorities said.

Jet search refocuses on drone scans

A deep-sea drone completed its much-anticipated first full scan of the seabed in the remote Indian Ocean, the team looking for a missing Malaysian jetliner said on Thursday.

Nilekani issues warning as India votes

IT billionaire turned political hopeful Nandan Nilekani said Thursday the “idea of India” was at stake as millions of voters headed to the ballot box in the latest phase of the mammoth elections.

Many Nigerian schoolgirls still missing

Authorities in Nigeria’s northeast Borno state denied on Thursday a statement by the armed forces which had said most of the more than 100 schoolgirls abducted by rebels had been freed in a military

Journalists hit with defamation charge

Thai authorities have charged two journalists with defaming Thailand’s navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar.

Forensic expert faulted at Pistorius trial

The prosecutor at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympian, cross-examined one of the defense’s forensic experts Thursday.

Tunisian diplomat abducted in Libya

A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped Thursday in Tripoli in unknown circumstances, a Libyan security source told AFP, just two days after armed men seized Jordan’s ambassador.

Turkey approves spy agency bill

Turkey’s parliament Thursday approved a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country’s spy agency.

Bale bolt hands Real Cup

Gareth Bale scored a stunning individual goal five minutes from time to win the Copa del Rey for Real Madrid as it

WWE wrestlers arrive in Kingdom

Pro wrestlers with the WWE, including John Cena and champion Randy Orton.

Nadal seals 300th victory on clay

Rafael Nadal racked up his 300th career claycourt win to reach the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals.

Bangalore punishes Delhi: IPL

In what was a complete performance, the Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Delhi Daredevils.

Man City title hopes in tatters

Manchester City’s Premier League title hopes were dealt a crushing blow when it was held to a 2-2 draw by bottom club

Westwood shows grit

Lee Westwood fired eight birdies to surge to the first-round lead of the Malaysian Open Thursday with a seven-under

Yankees honor Mandela

The New York Yankees honored Nelson Mandela Wednesday during their rain-delayed celebration of the legacy of Jackie

F1 still has a license to thrill

Those who feared the wheels were about to fall off Formula One had better think again.

Global firms face calls to crack open war chests

IMPATIENT shareholders are calling on the world’s top firms to start spending some of the eye-popping $2.8 trillion in

18,000 visitors attend food fair

THE nineteenth edition of The Saudi Food, Hotel & Hospitality Arabia Fair concluded on Wednesday.

Cisco tech event returns to Riyadh

CISCO announced that it will be hosting its premier flagship technology event Cisco Connect Saudi Arabia 2014 on April 29-30.

Alibaba steals Yahoo’s thunder ahead of IPO

IF Yahoo appears back in favor, it can thank Alibaba, the Chinese Web giant in which it holds a big stake and which is

PlayStation 4 sales top seven million

Sony says it has sold seven million PlayStation 4 worldwide since its launch last year and admitted it can’t make them fast enough, in a welcome change of fortune for the Japanese consumer

IBM posts lower 1Q earnings

IBM’s first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street’s expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exacerbated by weaker demand in China and

American commanders in Afghanistan are starting to predict that the outcome of the presidential election, held at the start of this month, means that after most of the rest of NATO forces have withdrawn, Washington will be keeping at least 10,000 troops in the country.