Thursday, 28 August 2014  -  02 Thul-Qedah 1435 H

5-day week plan stays

The Ministry of Labor has emphasized that there is no plan to scrap a 40 work-hour week and a two-day off for the private sector employees.

Contractors open to sue MOL after rise in worker transfers

Several contractors expressed discontent and concern about the increasing numbers of workers transferring without their approval or knowledge to other employers that have met Saudization targets, allegedly using illegal means.

Qatar ready to rebuild devastated Gaza Strip

Qatar, a key backer of Hamas, hailed the Gaza ceasefire accord and offered to help rebuild the Gaza Strip battered by seven weeks of Israeli bombardment.

Haj season 1435 begins

The first batches of a total of 235,000 pilgrims from India and Bangladesh arrived on Wednesday in the Kingdom for this year’s Haj. An Air India flight carrying 235 pilgrims from Kolkata arrived at Madinah’s Prince Muhammad International Airport at 12.00 p.m.

Father of murdered girl refuses to meet Indonesian envoy

The father of a little girl murdered by the family's house worker has refused to meet with the Indonesian ambassador.

World’s existing power plants on track to pour 300b tons of carbon dioxide into atmosphere

The drive to meet the world’s ever-growing energy demand means that global power sector commitments.

Cell of Eight recruits 34 Saudi young men to fight with IS

A cell of eight extremists apprehended in the town of Tamir.

New US Consul General Todd Holmstrom to further strengthen 'bridges of understanding'

The new US consul general, who arrived here on August 6, is a family man.

Committee discusses hot labor topics

The constituent committee of the Kingdom’s labor committees’ association organized a coordination meeting on Sunday to discuss topics such as settlement by negotiation and labor disputes.

Haj terminal back on full steam

The Haj terminal of Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport is back to full steam with pilgrims began streaming in from all over the world.

Davutoglu says Turkey needs new constitution

Incoming Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday that the country needed a new constitution with a liberal character as he set out his vision for Turkey ahead of his expected appointment on Thursday.

Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel

Syrian rebels, including fighters from an Al-Qaeda-linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights on Wednesday after heavy clashes with President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces, activists and rebel said.

Muslims are suffering because of the kafala system

I am writing with regard to the article "Expatriate without identification thanks to former sponsor" (Aug. 26). I pray for this man and for all Muslims who are suffering in sponsorship transfer cases.

Isn’t there another way to fight Israel?

With regard to the article “No let-up in Gaza war” (Aug. 26), I really question the tactics that Hamas is using. They are firing rockets that have no effect on Israel whatsoever and Israel is

Punish importers of faulty electrical equipment

With regard to the report "7 families evacuated after fire in compound" (Aug. 26), again a fire has jeopardized the lives of people because of a short circuit in electrical equipment.

Require permits for Umrah in Ramadan

I am writing with regard to the article "Haj Ministry proposes law to limit Umrah visas to 15 days" (Aug. 26). In my opinion there is a need to control the number of people traveling from within

Pakistani cleric says talks with government failed

A fiery Pakistani cleric who has been leading a mass rally outside parliament demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation says he has "shut the door" on further talks with the government.

Top court pressures Modi on ‘criminal’ ministers

India’s top court said on Wednesday lawmakers with criminal backgrounds should not serve in government, with 13

Pakistan PM defiant amid protest crisis

Pakistan’s embattled prime minister said Wednesday he would not cave in to protests demanding his resignation.

Iraqi planes target IS; citizens of besieged town face ‘massacre’

Iraqi warplanes have begun targeting militants besieging the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli amid growing fears for the safety of thousands of residents short of food and water and facing a “massacre”.

Rights groups slam killing of suspected Gaza ‘collaborators’

Twenty-five Palestinians were shot dead last week in Gaza, on allegations of transferring information on the whereabouts of Hamas military leaders, following what media reports called a “hasty”

American suspected of fighting with ISIS is killed

An American man suspected of fighting with Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria has been killed in the

Libyan raids could herald bolder Arab action

Air strikes against Libyan militants that US officials had said were staged by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates could mark an escalation of a regional struggle over the future of the Arab world.

15 Australian fighters slain in Iraq and Syria

Fifteen Australians, including two suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq, intelligence chief David Irvine said Wednesday, while warning espionage and foreign

Hadi urges Houthi rebels to quit Sanaa

Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi urged Shiite rebel leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi on Tuesday to withdraw his militant followers from the capital following the failure of negotiations on their

US transfers two Yemenis incarcerated in Bagram jail

Yemeni security officials say that two prisoners held at a US military prison in Afghanistan have been handed over to Yemen.

Cry beloved hospital

MANY ministers took over the reins of the Health Ministry.

Guardians prevent marriage of 622 women in two years

Courts in the Kingdom have received 622 cases of adhl (where a woman's guardian prevents her from marriage) over the past two years.

Bahrain's King receives Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, General Intelligence Chief, Interior Minister

Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa received at Gudaibiya Palace here today Prince Saud Al-Faisal; Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General

Recruitment companies demand protection

The owners of recruitment offices said they were “dissatisfied” the Ministry of Labor does not contact them prior to signing new agreements.

Saudi court jails 23 for plotting terrorist acts

The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh has sentenced 23 militants to up to 22 years in jail on charges that included plotting attacks in the Kingdom and embracing a deviant ideology, the Saudi Press

Medics travel 220 km to save patient

A medical team traveled 220 kilometers from Taif to Al-Khurmah near Makkah to remove a bullet from behind a patient’s liver after he was shot.

Buses to transport pilgrims in Makkah

Recommendations on how pilgrims are transported from their residences to the Grand Mosque will be submitted to Makkah Emir Prince Mishal Bin Abdullah.

IMF chief charged with ‘negligence’ over graft case

MF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world’s most powerful women.

Battle for key southeast coast heats up in Ukraine

The battle for Ukraine’s strategic coastline heated.

‘Suspects in India teen-hanging case may walk free, for now’

Indian federal investigators will not oppose applications for bail by five men arrested over the murder of two teenage girls hanged from a tree, a source familiar with the case said, paving the way

Afghan election in crisis as candidate pulls out of audit

Afghanistan’s fraud-hit election teetered on the brink of collapse on Wednesday as one of the two candidates boycotted

Seoul knocks out Steelers, Wanderers oust Guangzhou

Goalkeeper Yu Sang-hun saved three spot kicks as FC Seoul beat Pohang Steelers 3-0 in a dramatic penalty shootout to

Federer and Serena in cruise control

Five-time champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams reached the US Open second round.

MK Dons humiliate United

Manchester United’s early season problems were compounded by a humiliating 4-0 loss.

Raina ton helps India rout England

Suresh Raina struck a rapid 100 and off-spinner Ravindra Jadeja took 4-28 as India thrashed England.

SA chases down 327 to beat Aussies

Former schoolmates AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis both hit centuries in a game-changing 206-run partnership as

Celtic fails to take chance in Champs League

A late goal by Brazilian forward Tavares gave Maribor a 1-0 win in Glasgow Tuesday as the Slovenians progressed to the

Di Maria refutes Madrid claims he wanted to leave

Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria has claimed he never asked to leave Real Madrid after sealing his British transfer

Platini to make it clear today

European football chief Michel Platini Thursday will announce if he is to stand against Sepp Blatter in next year’s

Tadawul trajectory sends regional markets upward

Most markets in the region look bullish on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia quickly recovered from a profit-taking bout and Abu Dhabi hit a nearly three-month high, while Qatar prepares for a large

Saudi hydrocarbon sector outlook dim

The outlook for Saudi Arabia’s hydrocarbon sector turned bleak in the third quarter of this year, the National Commercial Bank said in its “Saudi Arabia Business Optimism Index – Q3 2014” report

China becomes Dubai’s top trade partner in H1

Dubai’s foreign trade in the first six months of 2014 fell 3.7 percent to AED654 billion from AED679 billion in the same last year. The emirate’s foreign trade in 2013 totaled AED1.392 trillion.

Barrick scraps corporate team as gold darkens

Barrick Gold Corp. is eliminating its entire corporate development team and more cuts are in the works as the world’s top gold miner looks to trim costs, three sources familiar with the situation

Kuwait corporate profits decline in first half of 2014

Aggregate profits of listed Kuwaiti companies during the first half of the year were unimpressive, despite the strong growth in bottom lines seen by banks, said a report published Wednesday by the

Oil drops on weak US demand

Crude oil futures edged lower on Wednesday after a report showed declining US gasoline demand in the world's top oil consumer and a build at the key Cushing, Oklahoma storage hub.

’Roofers’ get a thrill exploring St. Petersburg from up high

Saint Petersburg has long been a tourist favourite, but if this band of young Russian thrill-seekers is to be

Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD

At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital

Jumana returns to Cairo to resume acting

Jumana Murad is not quitting acting.

Taylor's 'Shake It Off' breaks record

Taylor Swift's new single,"Shake It Off," has become the highest debut on America's Adult Pop Songs chart, Hollywood

'Mohenjo Daro' set to go on floors

"Mohenjo Daro," starring Hrithik Roshan, will be released next year on January 22, just a few days ahead of the

Five weeks of brutality in Gaza have seen more than 2,200 people, many of them women and children, die in an orgy of slaughter that has appalled the outside world.