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Recruitment firms face action for violations

The Ministry of Labor urged all citizens and expatriates to lodge their complaints or observations about the performance of recruitment companies and offices.

GCF: Youth participation needed in preserving heritage

Experts at the 8th Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF2015) called for supporting the participation of youth in the preservation of national heritage.

‘We’re not stopping Indian maids from coming’

A senior Indian Embassy official has denied reports published in a section of the Arabic press that India has “reservations” on sending housemaids and nannies to the Kingdom.

Carlos arrives in Riyadh to offer condolences

Carlos arrives in Riyadh to offer condolences

Crown Prince Muqrin Bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, receives King Juan Carlos, former King of Spain, at Riyadh Airbase on Wednesday.

Duped by recruiting agent, 24 Indian workers await exit

Duped by recruiting agent, 24 Indian workers await exit

Cramped in a dingy room in Al-Khobar’s Bayuoni area are 24 Indian workers who are prisoners of their dreams and ambitions which have turned into their worst nightmares.

Photo expo of modern Japanese architecture being held in Riyadh

Photo expo of modern Japanese architecture being held in Riyadh

Embassy of Japan in cooperation with SCTA opened the photo exhibition of Japanese modern architecture “Kumamoto Artpolis” at the National Museum here on January 21.

Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by IS

Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by IS

Jordan said it is willing to swap an Iraqi woman held on death row in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the self-proclaimed Islamic State group.

Palestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rocks

Palestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rocks

The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison.

US threatens tougher action against Russia over Ukraine

US threatens tougher action against Russia over Ukraine

US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday that Washington was ready to increase sanctions on Russia over its actions in war-torn Ukraine.

Google: YouTube is so overloaded staff cannot filter content

Google: YouTube is so overloaded staff cannot filter content

Internet giant Google said Wednesday that its video-sharing website YouTube is so inundated that staff cannot filter all terror related content, complicating the struggle to halt the publication of terrorist propaganda and hostage videos.

New York, meteorologists defend storm shutdown

New York, meteorologists defend storm shutdown

New York authorities and meteorologists on Tuesday defended a decision to shut down America’s biggest city.

Middle East print market set to reach $20 billion by 2016

Middle East print market set to reach $20 billion by 2016

Over 10,000 printing industry professionals are expected to descend on Dubai in April.

Mobily, SAP enter into a new training accord for employment of graduates

Mobily, SAP enter into a new training accord for employment of graduates

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), PSU, and SAP global company, signed a strategic partnership agreement to launch the second batch of the Mobily SAP training program for employment.

Maternity hospital in baby swap row

A Saudi citizen has accused the Maternity and Children Hospital of giving him a mentally and physically disabled baby girl instead of a healthy baby boy.

31 private health facilities closed for various violations

The Ministry of Health has closed down 31 private health institutions in various parts of the Kingdom during January for committing various violations, Al-Watan reported on Wednesday.

UN aid effort struggling to reach millions in Syria

UN relief efforts in war-torn Syria are struggling to reach 40 percent of civilians in need and face a major funding shortfall.

UAE to issue new rules to regulate drones

UAE’s aviation watchdog General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has announced that it will issue new regulations regarding the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones in the country’s civil airspace.

Indeed he was a true leader

This is in response to the article, “Graffiti artist’s mural tribute to the late King a massive hit.” To Allah we belong, to Allah shall we return.

It was really touching and nostalgic

This is in reference to the article “Tears flowing from the eyes.” Indeed it was very touching, I am also an ex-expatriate, I have had few sweet as well as few bitter memories during my stay.

Words that makes you think

This is in response to the article, “Performing Haj on horns.” That is no riddle but the wisdom of the desert sands of time. A great pleasure to read and see words that make you think.

Wishing all the best

This is in reference to the article, “King Abdullah: An extraordinary visionary leader.” Yes, the author is right in saying that the people in the Kingdom are pinning great hopes on King Salman.

Alternative for parking areas

This is in reference to the article, “Downtown Jeddah’s parking woes leave drivers in a bind.” In many west European cities the same problems occur. Jeddah is no exception.

Bangladesh is in flames due to Hasina

This is in reference to the article, “Bangladesh charges Khaleda in arson case.” The Khaleda-led alliance demand to restore democracy is supported by majority of Bangladeshis, who are against Awami

Transport minister cracks down on negligent contractors

Minister of Transport Abdullah Al-Muqbel has issued directives to withdraw delayed projects from the designated contractors and warn companies caught committing violations.

Giant screens outside Two Holy Mosques

Giant screens outside Two Holy Mosques

The Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has installed 14 huge electronic screens around the Prophet’s

Egyptians regard Abdullah as the ‘King of Humanity’

Many Egyptians were sad over the death of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

IIROSA chief recalls late King’s generosity

IIROSA chief recalls late King’s generosity

King Abdullah always endeavored to offer assistance to the poor and the needy and had the noble qualities of showing

Rights group raps Israel ‘policy’ of bombing Gaza homes

An Israeli rights group on Wednesday criticized the government.

Health clubs for young men and women

Current statistics indicate a large rise in obesity among our young men and women. They also indicate a frightening rise in diabetes among Saudi citizens.

First trial train arrives in Jeddah

The first trains to be launched on the tracks by Madinah railway station were set in motion to Jeddah on Tuesday.

New Wurood tributes Abdullah in a special assembly

New Wurood tributes Abdullah in a special assembly

Tributes were paid to the late King Abdullah during the special assembly on Republic Day conducted by the students of

Human smugglers turn to cargo ships to ferry fleeing Syrians

The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the “ghost ship”

Tourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese city

Tourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese city

As the tour group made its way through the narrow alleys of the seaside city of Tripoli, marveling at its medieval

Houthis free top presidential aide

Shiite militiamen freed Tuesday a top aide to Yemen’s president, whose kidnapping deepened the country’s crippling political crisis, said a person who helped mediate the release.

Iran to let foreign women watch male volleyball event

Iran will break with custom and allow foreign women to attend male volleyball matches when it hosts a major tournament this summer, but female Iranian nationals will remain barred.

Sri Lankan govt reinstates impeached chief justice

Sri Lankan govt reinstates impeached chief justice

The new Sri Lankan government has temporarily reinstated the chief justice.

ASEAN ministers express concern over Chinese actions at sea

Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Wednesday expressed concern at Chinese land reclamation.

India sends foreign minister to China after Obama visit

India’s foreign minister will travel to China this weekend, New Delhi said on Wednesday, a day after Barack Obama ended a visit aimed at renewing US ties with the South Asian country.

Parents of missing Mexican students reject official account

Parents of missing  Mexican students reject official account

Parents of 43 college students missing since last year angrily rejected the Mexican attorney general’s declaration

Mother makes emotional appeal to Japanese leader to save son

Mother makes emotional appeal to Japanese leader to save son

The mother of a Japanese hostage held by self-proclaimed Islamic State extremists appealed publicly on Wednesday to

Greece demands fair deal and will not ‘submit’ to EU

Greece demands fair deal and will not ‘submit’ to EU

Greece’s radical new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras warned on Wednesday that it would no longer blindly submit to the

Delhi court asks India to explain Greenpeace activist’s ‘offloading’

An Indian court on Wednesday asked the government to explain why it had barred a Greenpeace staff member who held a valid visa from flying out of New Delhi.

Israel shells border area in south Lebanon

Israeli tanks on Wednesday shelled areas of southeastern Lebanon.

Djokovic, Serena on fire

Djokovic, Serena on fire

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams lived up to their top billing Wednesday with the world No. 1s ripping apart Milos

Figo enters FIFA race vs. Blatter

Figo enters FIFA race vs. Blatter

Former Portugal and Real Madrid winger Luis Figo announced Wednesday that he is to challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter in

Castro lifts TNT to victory over ROS

Castro lifts TNT to victory over ROS

Jayson Castro drilled a tightly contested jump shot.

‘Coming in 2015?’

‘Coming in 2015?’

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have finally met.

Ivanovic puts Chelsea into Cup final

Ivanovic puts Chelsea into Cup final

Chelsea reached the League Cup final after Branislav Ivanovic’s towering extra-time header secured a 1-0 victory over

Ghana, Algeria advance to quarterfinals

Ghana, Algeria advance to quarterfinals

Ghana produced a storming comeback and Algeria ratified its top ranking as both advanced to the African Nations Cup

South Africa beats Windies by 131 runs

South Africa beats Windies by 131 runs

South Africa beat the West Indies by 131 runs in the fifth and final one-day international at SuperSport Park on

McIlroy tired of finishing runner-up

McIlroy tired of finishing runner-up

The familiar environs of the Emirates Golf Club is where Rory McIlroy hopes this week to end a streak of three

Saudi average oil output forecast at 9.6 mbpd in 2015

Saudi average oil output forecast at 9.6 mbpd in 2015

In a very competitive global oil market, with ample supply from non-OPEC sources, Saudi Arabia’s full year average

Garuda Indonesia joins club of five-star airlines

Garuda Indonesia joins club of five-star airlines

Garuda Indonesia on Tuesday became the newest member of the world’s exclusive group of five-star airlines.

KidZania plans expansion as it opens first Saudi ‘enclave’

KidZania plans expansion as it opens first Saudi ‘enclave’

"We believe KidZania Jeddah is an exceptional addition to the Saudi community.

Applebee’s: A name that defines quality

Applebee’s: A name that defines quality

Applebee’s started their operation in Saudi Arabia in 2003 and today it is one of the largest casual dining chains in

Sadara, Chemie-Cluster Bayern seal joint cooperation agreement

Sadara, Chemie-Cluster Bayern seal joint cooperation agreement

Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara) and Chemie-Cluster Bayern GmbH (CCB) have signed recently an agreement .

Gulf Craft shows Superyacht credential with triple launch

Gulf Craft shows Superyacht credential with triple launch

Gulf Craft, one of the leading superyacht shipyards in the world, has launched three of its Majesty superyachts into

After setting iPhone record, what does Apple do next?

After setting iPhone record, what does Apple do next?

Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped

'Umrika' only Indian film at Sundance

'Umrika' only Indian film at Sundance

"Umrika" is the only Indian entry at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Taylor Swift: Twitter, Instagram accounts were hacked

Taylor Swift: Twitter, Instagram accounts were hacked

Pop star Taylor Swift said her Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked.

Katie Holmes to guest on 'Ray Donovan'

Katie Holmes to guest on 'Ray Donovan'

Actress Katie Holmes is joining the Showtime drama "Ray Donovan"

Fox's 'Empire' moving up the charts

Fox's 'Empire' moving up the charts

Fox's music business soap "Empire" is moving up the charts.

The only surviving five-star hotel in Libya’s capital Tripoli became a scene of carnage on Tuesday when it was stormed by gunmen who shot dead at least ten people. The victims included a US security expert and a Frenchman.
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