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Vaccine for MERS under process: Health Ministry

Representatives of a specialist international company are scheduled to arrive in the Kingdom shortly to discuss the manufacturing of a vaccine against MERS-coronavirus.

Labor Ministry set to launch hotline for domestic workers

The Ministry of Labor proposes launching a hotline on which domestic workers, more often expatriates, can lodge complaints. The helpline facility will be available in eight languages.

5 terrorists given death sentences

The Special Court sentenced to death five terrorists from one of the biggest terrorist cells known as the cell of 85 (Turki Al-Dandani) that was behind the three blasts in Riyadh in 2003 (1424H).

King Abdullah arrives in Jeddah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah arrives in Jeddah from Riyadh on Sunday.

Labor law violators

Labor Department officials arrest expat workers found working in violation of labor regulations in Al-Khobar on Sunday.

Female candidates fight for rights in Iraq campaign

With fears that women’s rights are being eroded in Iraq, prospective female lawmakers are determined to push women’s issues to the fore of campaigning for this month’s elections.

Ukraine rebels call for Russian troops after deadly gunfight

Pro-Kremlin rebels in east Ukraine appealed Sunday for Russian “peacekeepers” to sweep in after a deadly gunfight killed at least two of their militants, shattering an Easter truce and sparking “outrage” in Moscow.

Bangladesh opposition chief forced to wait for trial decision

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia was given a short reprieve on Sunday.

Technology event to roll out in Riyadh this week

Cisco is hosting its premier flagship technology event Cisco Connect Saudi Arabia 2014 on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh.

Paris: Piece of Kiswa on display in Haj expo

A piece of Kiswa, thick black cloth with intricate embroidery of Qur'anic verses in gold, that covers the door of the Kaaba will be on display at the second Saudi Haj Exhibition in Paris.

King’s pioneering role in promoting peaceful coexistence recognized

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award announced on Sunday that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has been named the Cultural Personality of the year 2014 in the Award’s eighth session.

Assad regime still using chemical weapons: Hollande

France has “information” but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday.

Qaradawi’s bid to soothe Gulf rift

An influential Qatar-based cleric whose fiery sermons strained ties between Doha and its neighbors sent a conciliatory message to countries he has criticized in an apparent attempt to help end a rift between the Gulf Arab allies.

Kingdom firm against terrorism, says Saud

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal has reiterated that Saudi Arabia is "steady and firm" in its stance against terrorism.

‘No cause for panic’ — Experts, teachers dispel fears of MERS outbreak

A number of experts and schoolteachers have been trying to dispel fears about the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which they said has been blown out of proportion by rumors and social networking sites.

Saudi disappears in Syria, family stuck in Beirut

A Saudi family has been stuck in Beirut for a year after the father disappeared in Syria in mysterious circumstances, Alsharq daily reported.

KSA taps the sun to meet a third of its energy needs

Saudi Arabia plans to invest $109 billion to produce 41 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy by 2032, which is almost 30 percent of its total energy requirement by that time.

Technology spurs small businesses to become key players in economy

Software company SAP has underlined the growing importance of technology in helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) shape Saudi Arabia’s future.

Walk the walk

This is in response to the opinion piece “Why don’t Saudis project a better image of their country?” in Saudi Gazette on April 20. To understand Saudi Arabia one has to walk the walk.

Foreign mothers

This is in response to the article “Saudi woman responsible for half a citizen?” in Saudi Gazette on April 20. Why are people trying to bring up the issue of expats getting citizenship when talking

Take precautions

This is in response to the article “Latest coronavirus victim: Bonhomie at Saudi weddings” in Saudi Gazette on April 20. There’s nothing great to worry... Just take precautions as ordered by WHO.

Wise to tolerate stupidities

This is in response to the article “Wife beater fined” in Saudi Gazette on April 20. Serious bad treatment should be complained of course, but otherwise women (and men) should refrain from

Young graduates: No job security in the private sector

A large number of young college graduates said they prefer to be employed in the government sector as it provides them with job security, something they cannot find in the private sector.

Poverty line and adequacy line: What is the difference?

A recent study that defined the line of adequacy has stirred a lot of debate in society to the point that people have almost forgotten all about the poverty line.

Prison, heavy fines possible for sexual harassers

The social affairs committee of the Shoura Council has finalized its draft paper for a project to fight sexual harassment and will present it to the council’s plenary session this week to decide if

School fires 6 teachers for speaking to media

The management of a private school in Arar in northern Saudi Arabia sacked six female teachers after they took their complaints against salary deductions to the media.

Haia to question ‘blasphemous’ Saudi

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) will question a Saudi arrested for allegedly insulting God, the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions, Alsharq daily

Shortage of public health specialists raises concern

Statistics show the number of public health specialists working for the Ministry of Health is 50 percent lower than those working in non-ministry hospitals, Makkah daily reported.

Bangladeshi Ambassador visits Saudi Gazette

Bangladeshi Ambassador Mohammed Shahidul Islam holds talks with Saudi Gazette Editor-in-Chief Somayya Jabarti during a

Syria presidential vote on June 3: parliament speaker

Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3, despite a raging civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people, the country's parliamentary speaker said on Monday.

Israeli police detains 16 Palestinians

Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians at one of Jerusalem’s most revered and politically sensitive holy sites on Sunday as they dispersed protesters opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there.

Militants kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush

Militants have killed at least 11 Algerian soldiers in an ambush on a patrol in mountains east of the capital Algiers, a security source said on Sunday.

Bomber hits university; many killed in Iraq attacks

Attacks in Iraq, including a suicide bombing at a university in north Baghdad, killed at least 12 people on Sunday, security and medical officials said.

UAE firm to send citizen into space

One lucky citizen of the United Arab Emirates could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space.

Rally calling for release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails

Palestinian girls stand behind mock jail bars during a rally calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners from

Somali lawmaker killed in car bomb in Mogadishu: prime minister

Somali lawmaker Isak Mohamed was assassinated and another wounded on Monday by a car bomb in Mogadishu, the prime minister said, the latest in a series of bomb attacks in the conflict-ravaged capital.

Myanmar Army says 22 dead in clashes with rebels

Fighting between the military and ethnic minority rebels in northern Myanmar has left at least 22 people dead this month.

Philippine troops, rebels to fight kidnappings

The Philippine government will work with the largest Muslim rebel group, with which it signed a peace deal last month, to curb an alarming number of kidnappings in the south, officials and the

Prosecutors extend Korea ferry captain’s detention as death toll mounts

South Korean prosecutors investigating last week’s ferry disaster said on Sunday they wanted to extend the detention

Queen Elizabeth portrait released to mark 88th birthday

A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, taken by David Bailey, has been released to mark her 88th birthday on Monday.

MH370: Malaysia Airlines to provide financial aid to families

A Malaysian official met on Sunday with relatives of passengers who were aboard the missing jetliner and discussed

Researchers use Twitter to predict crime

Hidden in the Twittersphere are nuggets of information that could prove useful to crime fighters — even before a crime has been committed.

Yemen: Air strike kills militants

A number of Al-Qaeda militants were killed when an air strike hit their training camps in a remote mountainous region of southern Yemen on Sunday.

Liverpool goes 5 clear at top

Liverpool’s dream of a first title in 24 years moved closer to reality after a 3-2 win at lowly Norwich City Sunday

Hamilton wins 3rd straight

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease Sunday.

Wawrinka subdues Federer for title

Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time.

Painters nail crucial win over Kings in OT

Underrated import Wayne Chism finally showed menacing form.

Hopkins oldest to unify world titles

Bernard Hopkins, the oldest world champion in boxing history at age 49, became the eldest fighter to unify world

Germans to take on Czechs in Fed Cup final

Germany reached its first Fed Cup final since 1992 Sunday where it will face the Czech Republic which has featured in

Westwood bags Malaysian Open

Lee Westwood ended a two-year winless drought with a seven-shot victory at the Malaysian Open Sunday.

Cavani brace hands PSG League Cup

Paris St Germain collected its first trophy of the season when Edinson Cavani’s double secured a 2-1 victory against

AUS team in Jeddah to orient students

The American University of Sharjah (AUS), ranked as one of the top 440 universities of the world by QS World University Ranking, is hosting an open session for high school graduates who want to

Airport Show opens in Dubai next month

NEC Dispaly Solution Europe will showcase its 6th generation intelligent airport display systems at the Airport Show 2014 in Dubai on May 11-13.

Al-Mutlaq seeks to balance work, family life

Al-Mutlaq Holding conducted a three-day training session for managers working in sales, marketing, and human resources

Al-Khaliji launches premium banking in the UAE

Al-Khaliji France SA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Al-KhalijI Commercial Bank QSC has launched its award-winning

Kyoto opens first tourism office in UAE

Kyoto City has opened a promotional office in Dubai to encourage Gulf nationals and residents to visit Japan’s ancient capital for holidays and leisure.

Emirates brings world’s largest passenger plane to Forth Worth

Emirates, a global connector of people and places, announced it will bring its iconic Airbus A380 to Dallas/Fort Worth

Danish website: Home food is just a click away

A Danish website is turning private homes into take-away restaurants by letting users advertise what they are cooking,

Peaceful coexistence

Artist Husain Alsmail has captured an idiomatic expressive scene to promote peaceful coexistence.

Cameron Diaz loves getting old

Cameron Diaz fails to understand why society gives so much emphasis to youthful looks.

Top Egypt censor quits after Haifa's film pulled

The head of Egypt's censorship board has resigned in protest at a decision to pull Lebanese star Haifa Wehbe's latest

Big B feels nostalgic in Goa

Amitabh Bachchan is in Goa shooting for R Balakrishnan's next untitled film, and the veteran actor being is nostalgic

HUSSEIN SHOBOKSHI
Rescuing hostages or kidnap victims is a risky business, especially when your adversary is a terrorist outfit with a reputation for indisputable lethality.