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SR300m deal for Jeddah metro inked

The third basic contract for the Jeddah public transport metro system was signed on Monday in the presence of Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah region and adviser to the King.

Saudi-led forces block Yemen ports

Naval forces of the Saudi-led coalition imposed a total blockade on all ports in Yemen, according to Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Asiri, adviser at the office of the minister of defense.

Probe ordered into drive-by shooting of policemen

Security authorities are conducting an investigation into a drive-by shooting in the capital late Sunday in which two Saudi police officers were injured, a police spokesman said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency on Monday.

KSA open to meeting of all Yemeni parties: King

KSA open to meeting of all Yemeni parties: King

Saudi Arabia is open to a meeting of all Yemeni political parties willing to preserve Yemen’s security and stability, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman said on Monday.

Bold and brave

Bold and brave

Royal Saudi Land Forces and units of Special Forces of Pakistani army started the joint exercise “Al-Samsam 5” in Shamrakh field, north of Baha region.

Southern borders ‘safe and secure’

Southern borders ‘safe and secure’

Emir of Asir Prince Faisal Bin Khaled and Emir of Jazan Prince Muhammad Bin Nasser have confirmed that the Kingdom’s southern borders are safe and secure and the situation there was peaceful and calm. They said Houthi rebels pose no immediate danger to the Kingdom from the south.Emir of Asir on Sunday inspected the border region from the closest city to Yemen from the south which is Dhahran Al-Janoub.

Ambassador leads evacuation of Saudi diplomats from Yemen

Ambassador leads evacuation of Saudi diplomats from Yemen

Media reports confirmed the success of the evacuation of dozens of diplomats from Yemen.

Land Day

Land Day

A Palestinian protester argues with Israeli border police during clashes following a protest marking Land Day in the West Bank town of Hawara near Nablus on Monday.

How Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen prevented a disaster

How Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen prevented a disaster

Yemen’s rapidly unfolding crisis hit a turning point for Saudi Arabia last week once Houthi militants overran the city of Taiz, the country’s third largest, leaving the Shiite group in striking distance to take the southern city of Aden where President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi has taken refuge since being ousted in January.

Landslides bury 15 in flood-hit Indian Kashmir

Landslides bury 15 in flood-hit Indian Kashmir

Landslides buried at least 15 people in Indian Kashmir on Monday as hundreds fled their homes after heavy rain triggered flooding around the mountainous region.

Modi govt says to push for cow slaughter ban in India

Modi govt says to push for cow slaughter ban in India

India will use all its “might” to ban cow slaughter across the country, interior minister Rajnath Singh said in a speech to spiritual leaders, as the Hindu nationalist government moves to fulfil a poll promise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

SAGIA steps up call to global investors on sector priorities

SAGIA steps up call to global investors on sector priorities

Saudi Arabia stepped up its engagement with the global investor community on Monday with the visit to Dubai and keynote address of Prince Saud Bin Khalid Al-Faisal, Deputy Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), setting out Saudi Arabia’s new strategic direction, investment fast-track program and key sector priorities.In his speech at the fifth Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), Prince Saud honored the event’s patron and host, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, as a visionary man of true leadership who has brought prosperity to his neighbors in the region and beyond.

Qatar Rail kicks off UIC RAME confab

Qatar Rail kicks off UIC RAME confab

Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) kicked off Monday (30 March) the 1st International Conference on Railway Interoperability, Standardization and Harmonization in the Middle East with a vision to develop a coherent, integrated, and competitive rail transport system to serve the region’s economy and society.

Yemenis in US voice support for ‘Decisive Storm’

Members of the Yemeni community in the US held a demonstration on Monday outside the United Nations headquarters in New York where they voiced their support for a Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

OIC humanitarian delegation calls for close cooperation in Pakistan relief work

An Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) humanitarian delegation recently visited Pakistan and highlighted the need for close cooperation between the OIC and Pakistan’s National Disaster

IIROSA inks vocational training deal

IIROSA inks vocational training deal

The International Islamic Relief Organization, Saudi Arabia (IIROSA) signed an agreement at its headquarters with the

Weaam forum to project the future of Saudi family

Weaam Organization for marriage and family care will hold the 7th Marriage and Family Forum on April 5-6 in Dammam.

Nurseries to be established in girl schools, kindergartens

The decision of Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil to establish nurseries in kindergartens and government, private and international girl schools will be implemented from next year, a spokesman of

Coronavirus claims 2 lives, infects 3

Two Saudi men died of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) during the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health announced on Monday.

Book fair in the Eastern Province

Book fair in the Eastern Province

DURING a recent television interview, I said the Riyadh International Book Fair is no longer sufficient to create a

MCCI reports increase in real estate deals

There has been a total rise in the value of residential and commercial real estate deals during the period Feb. 20 to March 20, 2015 (Jamad Al-Awwal 1436H) in Makkah compared to the period between

Saudi gets honorary UNARTS degree

The United Nations Arts Initiative (UNARTS) has granted Aisha Zaher an honorary degree for her Ph.D. research on the role of art in preventing social violence and for being an anti-terrorism social

Happy about Arabs' stand against Houthis in Yeman

This refers to the article "No safe haven for Houthis as sorties continue" by Mishal Al-Otaibi (March 30).

Salute to brave Saudi pilot for downing enemy planes

The article "Saudi pilot who made history by downing two fighters in 30 secs" by Ibrahim Alawi (March 30) was an inspiring story.

Indeed, Iran's policy makers are not thinking properly

With reference to the article "Iran should wake up" by Mahmoud Ahmad (March 30), I like the line "I would like to look inside the minds of policymakers in Iran to see if they are thinking straight".

Daesh executes at least 30 civilians in central Syria: monitor

The Daesh (so-called IS) Tuesday executed at least 30 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a village in Syria's central province of Hama, a monitor said.

Nationwide power cut paralyses Turkey

Nationwide power cut paralyses Turkey

A massive power cut caused chaos and shut down public transport across Turkey on Tuesday, with the government refusing

Iraq forces retake government HQ in Tikrit: officials

Iraqi forces have retaken the Salaheddin provincial government headquarters in Tikrit from the Islamic State jihadist group, a significant advance in the battle to recapture the city, officials said

Four out of five Syrians live in poverty: UN chief

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that four out of five Syrians were living in poverty, describing the situation as "the worst humanitarian crisis of our time".

Many killed in car crash in Egypt’s southern Sohag province

A senior Egyptian security official says 14 people have been killed and seven injured in a car crash involving three vehicles in the southern province of Sohag.

Olmert convicted in graft case

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was found guilty on Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a US supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man

Erdogan still plans Iran visit despite row

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said he still planned to visit Iran this month despite a war of words with Tehran over the Yemen crisis and his claims that Turkey was trying to

Final day of Iran nuclear talks begins

Foreign ministers from major powers kicked off early Tuesday a final scheduled day of talks aimed at securing the outlines of a potentially historic nuclear deal with Iran by a midnight deadline,

Sri Lanka minister warns Tamil Tiger rebels could regroup

Sri Lanka’s new government warned Monday that defeated Tamil Tiger rebels could regroup and orchestrate another conflict, six years after their defeat in the island’s separatist war.

Clashes with Taliban halt supply of power in south Afghanistan

Clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban have cut off the main supply of power to Afghanistan’s Helmand and Kandahar provinces, according to residents and the chief of the national power company.

Afghanistan’s Ghani walks tightrope over US, Pakistan ties

Afghanistan’s Ghani  walks tightrope over  US, Pakistan ties

In pursuing rapprochement with Pakistan and the United States, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is the very antithesis of

Britain election kicks off with parties neck and neck

Britain election kicks off with parties neck and neck

British Prime Minister David Cameron will on Monday ask Queen Elizabeth II to dissolve parliament, kicking off formal

Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Another blogger was hacked to death in the Bangladesh capital on Monday, with police arresting two suspects after the latest attack targeting independent writers.

Challenging Rally Jeddah route unveiled

Challenging Rally Jeddah route unveiled

Officials in Saudi Arabia have announced Rally Jeddah 2015, a three-day cross-country rally for cars, motorcycles and

Venus upsets Wozniacki

Venus upsets Wozniacki

Venus Williams booked the first women’s quarterfinal spot at the ATP and WTA tournament in Miami Monday as she beat

Germany, Portugal boost Euro hopes

Germany, Portugal boost Euro hopes

Traditional heavyweights Germany and Portugal earned important wins to boost their hopes of qualifying for the 2016

McCullum named captain of World Cup team

McCullum named captain of World Cup team

New Zealand may have been thrashed by Australia in the World Cup final but it dominate the International Cricket

Qatar 2022 World Cup may not need cooling systems

Qatar 2022 World Cup may not need cooling systems

A winter World Cup in Qatar may not require cooling systems to lower temperatures in the stadiums as proposed in the

Azhar is new Pakistan ODI captain

Azhar is new Pakistan ODI captain

Pakistan has named Azhar Ali as captain for limited-overs cricket after ignoring the middle-order batsman for the

NZ reacts to World Cup loss: 'You've done us proud'

NZ reacts to World Cup loss: 'You've done us proud'

The front-page headline of New Zealand's largest newspaper reads "You've done us proud," and that seems to sum up the

11th World Cup Where 400 became the new 300

11th World Cup Where 400 became the new 300

The ICC hailed the 11th cricket World Cup the “most popular ever” and although most neutrals would have preferred New

GCC banks double-digit growth stays

GCC banks double-digit growth stays

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) banking revenues continued to grow and reach double-digit rates in 2014 with a 10

Saudia strict safety procedures ensure safety

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) plans to update its safety policy regarding crewmembers in European airlines’ cockpits after the deliberate downing of Germanwings flight 4U 9525.

Prudence needed in purchasing a house

Prudence needed in purchasing a house

Ahead of the 6th edition Cityscape Jeddah that is slated on April 5-7, 2015 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and

Income diversification plan underpins growth

Income diversification plan underpins growth

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman underscored the importance of economic diversification to reduce

Avaya’s SDN Networking program to spur expertise

Avaya’s SDN Networking program to spur expertise

Avaya, a leading provider of solutions to enable customer and team engagement everywhere, has announced Monday that it

Kuwait to showcase $2 billion cultural & tourism investment at upcoming ATM ’15

Kuwait’s goal of welcoming one million tourists will be the country’s focus at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2015 as the government’s current five-year plan for travel and tourism sector development

From new logos to New Coke: when corporations make mistakes

From new logos to New Coke: when corporations make mistakes

It was a tempest in a coffee cup.Mega coffee chain Starbucks wanted to spark a conversation about race when it asked

Pensioner given $16mn Picasso ‘for act of kindness’

Italian police are trying to establish the true owner of a Picasso painting worth 15 million euros ($16 million) after confiscating it from a pensioner who says he was given it for free.

Crete's mystery croc killed by cold snap

A man-eating crocodile that became an attraction on the Greek island of Crete last year after its mysterious appearance in a lake has died, probably of cold, an official said Monday.

Oregon farmers agree slugs are a problem — but what to do

Farmers in Oregon's Willamette Valley hate slugs, slimy mollusks that munch their way through crops.

Veteran's prosthetic eye stolen from his car in New York

Police say a veteran's prosthetic eye has been stolen from his car in New York.

Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi
The sight of world leaders, with the notable exception of US President Barack Obama, arm-in-arm leading a March through Paris to protest the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks was striking.
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