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Rejected by relatives, 400 stay in Taif mental hospital

Spokesman for Health Affairs Siraj Al-Hemaidan said there are 400 mental patients in the city’s mental hospital whose families have refused to accept them.

Saudis occupy 35 percent of hotel rooms in Dubai

Dubai is once again proving to be the choicest destination for Saudis this summer, with hotels in the city showing 35 percent occupancy by them during the Eid Al-Fitr holidays, Al-Riyadh daily reported.

Just 322 firms endorse new regulations for women’s workplace

The Ministry of Labor has said only 322 businesses approved the draft regulations for improving women's work environment when an opinion poll on its website closed on Monday, Al-Madinah newspaper reported.

Kerry says US 'excited' about India's new PM Modi

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he was "excited" about India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he wanted a "new relationship" with the new right-wing government.

Carnage at UN school in Gaza

Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded UN school sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting on Wednesday, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a UN aid agency and a health official said.

Fears grow of Ebola spreading to Europe

Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to Europe grew on Wednesday, with the EU allocating extra spending and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was out of control.

Fresh imports keep sheep prices stable

More than one million sheep have been imported during the past few weeks, according to a Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) official and this has contributed to the stabilizing of the livestock prices during Ramadan and Eid.

World oil demand in 2015 forecast to grow 1.2 mb/d

Despite some weakness in the first half of the year, the world economy continues to recover, OPEC Monthly Oil Market Report for July 2014 said.

‘Helping patients brings us special joy in Eid’

A number of doctors and nurses working at King Fahd Hospital here have said working at the hospital during Eid Al-Fitr is the most beautiful gift they could have.

Sharing joy

King Fahd International Airport in Dammam welcomed passengers with Arabian coffee, dates and sweets on the day of Eid Al-Fitr.

Child beggars deprived of Eid Al-Fitr bliss

Many children are forced by their parents to beg even during the Eid holidays, at a time other children are enjoying gifts and the company of their families.

Boeing: 533,000 new pilots needed in next 20 years

US planemaker Boeing said about 533,000 new commercial pilots would be needed worldwide in the next two decades to cater to a growing global fleet.

Woman, two kids disappear mysteriously in Makkah

Mohammad Eisa, a teacher, has spent a fortnight in despair and bafflement after his wife and two children went missing on July 15 (Ramadan 17).

Jet skis: The wavy ride lures adventure-seeking youth

Jet skiing is one of the most popular recreational sports in Jeddah, with countless residents and visitors enjoying this form of recreation throughout the year, especially during Eid Al-Fitr holidays.

Dubai’s confectionery business swells during Eid

Dubai’s confectionery business registered increase in sales during ‘Eid in Dubai’ celebrations Issued by the Media Centre of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment.

Water bribery case: BIP set to summon new suspects

The Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIP) will soon summon new suspects in the "water kickbacks" case, Al-Watan daily reported citing unnamed sources.

Militants seize key Benghazi army base

Militant groups seized the headquarters of the army's special forces in Libya's second city Benghazi after days of fighting, plunging the country further into lawlessness and uncertainty.

Shared border concern

The article “Crown Prince arrives in Rafha” (July 30) reminds me of the statement by Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif that Saudi Arabia’s security is Pakistan’s security. I believe it.

The truth slaps

I agree with the article “Extravagant shopper overseas stingy with worker at airport!” by Ali Al-Qarni (July 30).

That’s what politics is

With reference to the article “American double standards” by Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi (July 3), sad to say it’s what politics is. I’m not saying that I like it or that it’s right, but it’s the truth.

Words are not enough

After reading the article “Abha couple makes SR3,500 a day selling ‘prophetic food’” (July 30), I could not find words to express his fortune. Allah sufficle.

Time to unite

This refers to the article “Israel is a ‘rabid dog,’ says Khamenei” (July 30). It’s time for all Muslims in the Middle East to unite and cast away our differences. Stop fighting on petty issues.

Why do our youths join terrorist organizations?

FOLLOWING the events of 9/11, warning bells started to ring in our country. We woke up to realize that the majority of terrorists behind the attacks were Saudis.

Fireworks kill university student

A young man was killed on Tuesday when fireworks exploded in his hands, causing fatal injuries, Al-Madinah daily reported.

24 couples tie the knot at Ahsa group wedding

Twenty-four couples are to tie the knot in an "Eid group wedding" in the village of Al-Markaz, Al-Yaum newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Palestinians 'facing a precipice': UNRWA chief to UN Council

The top UN refugee official in Gaza told the Security Council on Thursday that Palestinians in Gaza were "facing a precipice" in a strongly-worded appeal for action.

India says U.S. snooping "completely unacceptable"

India has raised the issue of U.S. surveillance activities in the South Asian nation with Secretary of State John Kerry, the foreign minister said on Thursday.

Imam of China's biggest mosque killed in Xinjiang

The head of a China's largest mosque was murdered after conducting morning prayers, the local government in the far western region of Xinjiang said Thursday, amid intensifying violence in the

UN rights chief slams Israel's 'defiance' of international law

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Thursday slammed what she said was Israel's "deliberate defiance" of international law during the Gaza conflict.

France mulls ban on radical Jewish group

France is mulling disbanding a radical Jewish group whose members clashed with pro-Palestinian activists during

Turkish PM slams Israel for 'Hitler-like fascism'

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday launched one of his strongest attacks yet on Israel over its

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone declares state of emergency

Sierra Leone leader Ernest Bai Koroma declared a state of emergency on Thursday and cancelled a planned trip to the US-Africa summit as the country struggled to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic.

Bolivia to require visas for Israeli travelers

Bolivia's leftist president has declared Israel a "terrorist state" because of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, and his government will now require Israeli citizens to obtain a visa to visit the

EU condemns Israeli shelling of UN school and Gaza market

The European Union on Thursday condemned the shelling of a United Nations school and crowded Gaza market the previous

Terror threats at US chemical plants ‘underestimated’

The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers

Under fire and out of cash, UN overwhelmed by Gaza crisis

The United Nations in Gaza is struggling to withstand a flood of almost a quarter of a million refugees into shelters that have repeatedly come under Israeli fire.

Manila to evacuate 13,000 amid renewed Libya clashes

The Philippines was preparing Thursday to evacuate 13,000 citizens from Libya as violence raged and after a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse was gang-raped there.

Israel's military says 16,000 more reserves called up for Gaza fighting

Israel's military said Thursday it was calling up another 16,000 reserves, a move that allows it to substantially widen its 23-day campaign against militants in the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu says determined to destroy Gaza border tunnels before truce

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that Israel was determined, regardless of ceasefire efforts, to complete the destruction of tunnels that Palestinian militants have built under the

England stuns Australia in pool

England achieved a stunning victory over Australia in the men’s 4x100m relay on the final day of swimming at the

England tightens grip on Test

England was in sight of its first win in 11 Tests as it closed in on a series-leveling victory against India at

Argentine football president Grondona dies

Julio Grondona, the longtime head of the Argentine Football Association, has died. He was 82.

Gibson pitches Twins to win

Right-hander Kyle Gibson pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 2-1 win over the Kansas City

Kallis quits ODI format

South Africa’s Jacques Kallis has surprisingly decided to call time on his international limited overs career six

Roma beats Real as fans invade pitch

Roma beat Real Madrid 1-0 Tuesday in a friendly match disrupted by a pitch invasion, with a Palestinian flag being

Ivanovic tops Lisicki, Cibulkova bows out

Sabine Lisicki hit the fastest record serve on the WTA tour but it wasn’t enough against Ana Ivanovic in the first

Sabella quits as Argentina coach — reports

Alejandro Sabella, who steered Argentina to the World Cup final, has quit as national team coach with Gerardo Martino

Mobile money grows in Africa; hurdles remain

IT technician Mansour Diagne is one of the lucky few in Senegal to have a bank account, but when he needs to pay some bills or transfer cash to his sisters on the other side of the crowded capital

Saudi oil output to stay high

Saudi crude production will remain elevated by historical standards in 2014 and 2015, BMI said in its new report “Saudi Arabia Oil & Gas Report Q3 2014”.

Hyundai recalls 883K Sonatas to fix gear shifters

Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers.

Fiat net profit dips by 54.7%

Italian car maker Fiat, which is merging with US group Chrysler, said net profit more than halved in the second quarter, undermined by a higher tax charge in the United States.

Singapore Airlines net profit down 71 percent

Singapore Airlines Ltd. said Wednesday its first-quarter net profit fell 71 percent, as revenue weakened and it remains under pressure to sell seats at a discount due to stiff competition.

Nintendo posts $97m net loss in Q2

Japanese videogames giant Nintendo on Wednesday posted a $97 million quarterly net loss, as higher costs tied to sales of its Wii U console dug into its bottom line as sales weakened.

Charles Russell art fetches millions at auction

A total of 30 Charles M. Russell works fetched millions of dollars at a Western art auction in Reno, with one painting

Sniffer dog warning sends Australian jet passengers on a rush to flush

Australian budget airline Jetstar apologized on Wednesday after a crew member told passengers on a flight from the Gold Coast tourist strip, including some returning from a popular music festival,

Britain’s Prince Harry joins the 'photobomb' craze

Britain’s Prince Harry has followed his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II into the 'photobomb' craze, giving the thumbs up in an image of acclaimed New Zealand rugby sevens coach Gordon Tietjens at the

What’s a group selfie? Usie, of course!

What do you call a group selfie? An usie, of course! As in “us.”

Woman strips naked to hug Mandela statue in S. Africa

A woman stripped naked in Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg and caressed a huge statue of the liberation hero as astonished bystanders looked on, local media reported Wednesday.

This week, an old man ended his 93 years of life in a retirement home in the American state of Georgia.