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125 Grand Mosque gates opened

The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques has opened 125 gates at the Grand Mosque to facilitate the entry and exit of Umrah pilgrims, who started arriving on Nov. 23 (Safar 1) with the beginning of the Umrah season.

One-session password for MOI services from today

The Ministry of Interior will introduce an one-time password (OTP) system for taking advantage of its online services.

Oil market stabilizing itself, says Al-Naimi

Saudi Arabia signaled on Wednesday it was unlikely to push for a major change in oil.

India’s state-owned bank to launch Islamic fund

India’s largest state-owned bank will launch an Islamic equity fund next month.

Car wash cleaning for camel

Car wash cleaning for camel

A farmer seeking to present a clean image of his camel had it washed at a car wash in the hope the animal could be sold for a higher price.

MERS death toll rises to 348 in Kingdom

MERS death toll rises to 348 in Kingdom

The Health Ministry says that a total of 348 people have died in the Kingdom after contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS.

Prince Miteb back in Riyadh

Prince Miteb back in Riyadh

Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah, minister of National Guard, arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday after an official visit to the United States.

Sponsor accused of beating, starving maid for three days

Sponsor accused of beating, starving maid for three days

A 45-year-old maid sought help from neighbors on Monday after she was allegedly beaten and deprived of food by her sponsor in Najran, Makkah daily reported.

Agony of a man falsely diagnosed with AIDS

Agony of a man falsely diagnosed with AIDS

Hasan Omar Baismail received a false medical report from King Abdulaziz Hospital in August this year stating that he is inflicted with three fatal diseases including AIDS, hepatitis and pneumonitis.

GCC petrochem industry urged to leverage boon period amid challenges

GCC petrochem industry urged to leverage boon period amid challenges

GCC petrochemicals sector is entering a promising phase in its development and has to leverage opportunities in order to overcome challenges from global competition.

Rain evokes memories of brave Pakistani

Rain evokes memories of brave Pakistani

A weekend of heavy rains has brought not only the memory of the lives of 123 residents who were swept away during the devastating floods of November 2009.

Need for legislation to organize broadcasting in Arab region underlined

Need for legislation to organize broadcasting in Arab region underlined

The absence of a body to issue licenses and monitor broadcasting content has resulted in the launch of hundreds of channels in the Arab region.

Saudi cosmetics market valued at SR60 billion

Saudi cosmetics market valued at SR60 billion

The first edition of Saudi Arabia’s Health & Beauty Show 2014 was inaugurated on Tuesday.

Erdogan attacks US ‘impertinence’

Erdogan attacks US ‘impertinence’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday slammed US "impertinence" on the Syrian conflict, exposing the extent of strains between Washington and Ankara days after his key meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden.

Ferguson protests spread across US

Ferguson protests spread across US

Some 2,000 National Guard troops dispatched to the St. Louis area helped police stave off a second night of rioting and arson after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, as sympathy protests spread to several US cities.

Israel pushes to outlaw Muslim guards in Al-Aqsa

Israeli security officials are pushing a bill that would outlaw the presence of Muslim guards that patrol the Al-Aqsa mosque, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported.

KSA produces 12m tons of solid waste a year

Experts at a scientific forum said over 170 cities and villages in the Kingdom produce more than 12 million tons of solid waste annually.

Expats monopolizing charitable society jobs, says Labor Ministry

The Ministry of Labor has rejected requests from charitable societies in the Kingdom to exempt them from labor fees and issuance of work permits to expatriate workers, Al-Watan daily reported.

Prince Khaled receives Indian ambassador

Prince Khaled receives Indian ambassador

Minister of Education Prince Khaled Al-Faisal receives Indian Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao at his office in Riyadh on

Kingdom keen to apply scientific methodology in dealing with Alzheimer's

Kingdom keen to apply scientific methodology in dealing with Alzheimer's

The Second International Conference of Alzheimer's disease aims to stress the Kingdom's keenness to apply

Haram, haram, haram!

Haram, haram, haram!

EVERY Friday, I go to Al-Milah Cemetery in Makkah to visit my mother’s grave. Afterward, I go to the Grand Mosque to

How many hours do our officials work?

How many hours do our officials work?

THE other day I read a report that said thousands of government officials only work two hours every day and the

Smart IDs for all Saudi women by 2019

According to Civil Affairs spokesman Mohammad Al-Jasser, all Saudi women will be entitled to have the new electronic and smart national ID card with biometric fingerprint technology by 2019, Makkah

Disaster-prone Philippines wants simpler weather warnings

The Philippines will simplify its weather warnings to make them easier to understand in order to prevent the annual loss of hundreds of lives from natural calamities, officials said on Wednesday.

Drone strike kills eight in NW Pakistan

A US drone strike killed at least eight suspected militants in Pakistan’s restive tribal belt on Wednesday, security officials said.

Language is a barrier to Saudi-expat friendship

I am writing with regard to the article “How many expatriates have you invited to your home?” (Nov. 25). One reason why Saudis and expats do not mix easily is the language barrier.

Why must abayas be black?

With regard to the article “Dammam University bans colored abayas on campus” (Nov. 25), nowhere is it said that abayas must be black. However, most women choose that color.

Kingdom must develop alternative energy sources

With regard to the article “Electricity regulator chief calls for hike in power tariff” (Nov. 25), maybe one day we will see that in combination with higher energy prices, alternative energy sources

Coal mine fire kills 26 in China

A fire at a Chinese coal mine killed 26 workers early Wednesday, state media reported, the latest fatal incident to hit the accident-prone industry.

India-Pakistan friction at summit slows South Asia integration

India-Pakistan friction at summit slows South Asia integration

South Asian leaders from Afghanistan to the Maldives met in Katmandu on Wednesday for a summit that was undermined by

Gunmen kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan

Gunmen kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan

Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team on Wednesday, killing four health workers, while a suspected US drone strike

Hong Kong police arrest key protesters, clear site

Hong Kong police arrest key protesters, clear site

Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests on Wednesday as they cleared barricades in

China drafts first domestic violence law

China has drafted its first national law against domestic violence, with activists hailing it on Wednesday as a step forward in a country where abuse has long been sidelined as a private matter.

New Russia push on Syria may not bear fruit

Fresh Russian efforts to encourage Syrian peace talks are unlikely to make progress because Moscow rejects opposition and Western calls for the swift departure of President Bashar Al-Assad.

Egypt opens Rafah border crossing for stranded Palestinians

Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Wednesday to allow thousands of stranded Palestinians to return to Gaza but the frontier will remain closed to traffic going the other way, Palestinian and

IS ‘prince’ killed in attack on Anbar’s city of Hit

An air strike in west Iraq Wednesday reportedly killed a senior figure in the so-called Islamic State (IS) group, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported.

Art Jameel Program kicks off new creative course in Egypt

Art Jameel Program kicks  off new creative course in Egypt

Students in the Art Jameel Program for Traditional Arts and Crafts will now get more creative as a new course has been

UN wants more assistance for Syria as violence rages

The UN Security Council will move to allow cross-border deliveries of relief supplies to Syria for another year, the president of the council said Tuesday, as new figures showed more Syrians were in

Sisi talks Libya in French trip

Egypt's president Wednesday began a two-day trip to France, the second leg of a first European tour aimed at bringing Egypt out of the diplomatic cold after he oversaw a crackdown that damaged

Scent of deceit: Turkey seizes 118,000 fake perfume bottles

Scent of deceit: Turkey seizes 118,000 fake perfume bottles

Keen-nosed Turkish police have seized more than 118,000 bottles of fake perfume in the biggest such haul in recent

Qatar clinches Gulf Cup

Qatar clinches Gulf Cup

Qatar defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 in the final to claim the Gulf Cup at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh

More history for Messi

More history for Messi

Lionel Messi netted a hat trick to shatter the Champions League goalscoring record.

Purefoods survives scare against Pacquiao-led Kia

Purefoods survives scare against Pacquiao-led Kia

The defending and Grand Slam champion Purefoods Star Hotshots survived.

Hafeez nears double ton

Hafeez nears double ton

Mohammad Hafeez continued his rich vein of form and closed in on his maiden double hundred.

Lanka wins opener

Sri Lanka overcame a brilliant century by Moeen Ali and a late cameo from Ravi Bopara to defeat England by 25 runs in the first One-Day International Wednesday.

Bangladesh wraps up ODI series

Opening batsman Anamul Haque top-scored with 95 as Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 124 runs in the third One-Day International to wrap up the five-match series here Wednesday.

Hughes fighting for his life

Hughes fighting for his life

Australia cricketer Phil Hughes was still fighting for his life Wednesday as family and friends kept vigil at his

British trio on brink of knockout phase

British trio on brink of knockout phase

Everton, Tottenham and Celtic can wrap up their places in the Europa League knockout stage in Thursday’s penultimate

Austrian firms look for niche markets in Saudi Arabia

Austrian firms look for niche markets in Saudi Arabia

Austrian companies are focusing on market niches in the Saudi.

ICD to raise $1.2b in Islamic financing

ICD to raise $1.2b in Islamic financing

The private sector arm of the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank plans to tap Islamic capital markets.

Prince Andrew graces ‘KAEC Startups’ launch

Prince Andrew graces ‘KAEC Startups’ launch

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, made a special visit to King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) to participate in the

CSC chief urges boosting Pak-Saudi trade relations

CSC chief urges boosting Pak-Saudi trade relations

Envoys from the Embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh held an important meeting with Dr. Abdurrahman A. Al-Zamil – the

US Catalog Show spurs trade ties with Kingdom

US Catalog Show spurs trade ties with Kingdom

The commercial service section of US Consulate Jeddah held their first USA Catalog Show last Wednesday at the Jeddah

PAMP appoints Gold Holding as its distributor for gold in Kingdom

Gold Holding Ltd., the first integrated gold investment company headquartered in the UAE to ensure the delivery of the highest quality services from mining to refining to trading and distribution.

Ugandan designers seek cut of Africa fashion market

Ugandan designers seek cut of Africa fashion market

Mention African style and the fashion crowd thinks Lagos, or Johannesburg.

'Birdman' soars ahead in Spirit Award nods

'Birdman' soars ahead in Spirit Award nods

Existential black comedy "Birdman" led the Independent Spirit Awards nominees.

Fake Japanese "Beethoven" faces damage lawsuit

The fraudulent composer once dubbed "Japan's Beethoven" is facing a lawsuit.

Lebanese diva Sabah dies at 87

Lebanese diva Sabah dies at 87

Famed Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, whose seven-decade career made her one of the Arab world's best-known

Prince vanishes from social media

Prince vanishes from social media

Prince, whose distaste for the music industry's conventions is well known, has abruptly disappeared from social media

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