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Medical teams ready to prevent epidemics during Haj

The Ministry of Health has provided medical teams for pilgrims to prevent the potential spread of any epidemic disease, said Dr. Abdulsalam Noorwali, director of Makkah Health Affairs.

107 pilgrims evacuated after fire in Makkah hotel

Three pilgrims were rushed to the hospital suffering from suffocation after a fire erupted at the upper floor of a 10-storey hotel in Makkah occupied by Asian pilgrims coming from Britain, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

25% of new Jerusalem homes built in occupied east

About 25 percent of new Israeli houses being built in Jerusalem in the first half of 2014 were in the city’s annexed east, an Israeli NGO said on Sunday.

Here I am, O Lord!

Their backs hunched, elderly Muslim pilgrims lean on walking sticks as others in wheelchairs nudge their way into Makkah’s Grand Mosque where scores of people are encircling the holy Kaaba.

Respect sanctity of holy sites: Grand Mufti

Doing any harm to other pilgrims or disturbing serenity of the holy mosques and holy sites tantamount to dishonoring the Haj rites, it was stated at the 39th grand annual Haj symposium which began in Makkah on Monday.

54 buses carrying pilgrims impounded

Traffic police officers have so far impounded 54 buses transporting pilgrims for various violations including worn-out tires, reckless overtaking and changing lanes without signaling, said director of the department in Makkah Col. Salman Al-Jumayee.

4,900 scouts ready to serve pilgrims

Around 4,900 scouts will serve pilgrims in the Holy Sites and Madinah, according to the Saudi Arabian Scouts Association (SASA) secretary general.

For Arabs, a Canadian passport and a GCC job may no longer mix

Gone are the days when you could benefit from Canada and the Gulf at the same time. Nima and her husband—a Jordanian couple with two children—arrived in Ontario last year with an unequivocal goal after staying nearly ten years in Qatar.

Turkey refugee crisis deepens

All that separates Mohammed Muslim from his village in Syria is a barbed wire fence running along the Turkish border.

Modi, in rock star US debut, vows to make India proud

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi basked in a rock star US welcome as he vowed to build a strong, confident country ahead of his first White House summit on Monday.

New Afghan President Ghani takes oath, seeks peace talks

Ashraf Ghani, a one-time US-based academic, was sworn in as new president of Afghanistan.

Saudi Arabia ranks 19th globally in creating a competitive ICT market

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ranks 19th in terms of creating a competitive market, affordable services and excellent quality of service.

Saudi Arabia, UAE sustain economic growth

There is sustained economic growth in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, as compared to other countries in the MENA region, the latest Crédit Agricole Private Banking research report ‘Macro Comment – Eastern Promises: MENA Update’ revealed.

Over 22,000 medics to take care of pilgrims

More than 22,000 doctors, nurses, pharmacists, technicians and administrators from the Ministry of Health will be providing health care to pilgrims.

Israel’s shadowy Mossad looks to recruit online

It used to be that if you wanted to join one of the world’s most secretive espionage organizations you had to sneak into a foreign embassy.

Bangladesh arrests Briton for suspected IS recruitment

A 24-year-old British citizen has been arrested in Bangladesh on suspicion of recruiting people to fight alongside Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria.

Myanmar, Sri Lanka Buddhist hard-liners join hands

A hard-line Buddhist monk from Myanmar known for his anti-Muslim stance said his movement would join hands with a like-minded Sri Lankan group to “protect” Buddhists.

India police arrest over 200 for religious violence in Gujarat

Indian police in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat have arrested more than 200 people after violence between majority Hindus and minority Muslims, a senior officer said Monday.

China sentences two to death for mosque attack

A court in China’s far west has sentenced to death two teenagers for the killing of the head of the country’s biggest mosque, state media reported, in a case that highlighted divisions in the violence-wracked Xinjiang region.

Pakistan arrests 25 Indian fishermen

Pakistan has arrested 25 Indian fisherman for violating the territorial waters of the country, its maritime security agency said Monday.

Going to bed partying and waking up to war

The National Day holiday was replete with pictures and video clips showing citizens celebrating the big event.

The crisis of a pearl color train

On Aug. 18, I wrote an article titled the “Pearl Train”. I was commenting on the data and the pictures of the Haramain

Bangladesh mission all set to give ‘best services to pilgrims’

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali will arrive in the Kingdom on Wednesday

Thai CG welcomes Amirul Haj

Thai Consul General Thanis Na Songkhla and Thai officials welcomed Thai Amirul Hajj Aziz Phitakkumphol and the

Telangana will soon form an NRI ministry, says Indian politician

Telangana state of India will soon form an NRI ministry on the lines of the Kerala model to look after the NRI affairs.

Filipino pilgrim dies of brain hemorrhage in Makkah

A Filipino pilgrim who arrived recently in the Kingdom to perform Haj died on Saturday, officials from the National Commission of Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) said Monday.

International schools mark Saudi National Day

Al-Majal International School - Jeddah marked the Saudi National Day with great zest and zeal.

Car bomb targets Houthi base in Yemen; 15 killed

A suicide bomber linked to Al-Qaeda drove a car laden with explosives into a hospital used as a base by Houthi rebels

UN gathers Libya rivals for reconciliation dialogue

Opposing factions in the Libyan parliament were to meet on Monday for UN-brokered talks on ending a split that has left the country with rival governments, a UN official said.

Turkey bans tattoos, piercings in schools

Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government has banned pupils from wearing tattoos or body piercings in schools, a measure denounced by opponents as oppressive and unenforceable, reports said on Sunday.

Barricading against marauders

Civilians, with the help of rebel fighters, position buses as barricades to provide better protection from snipers

Israeli fire wounds Gaza teenager

Israeli troops shot and wounded a 14-year-old boy in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday in the second such incident in 24 hours, medics said.

Hundreds of Turkish workers trapped in Ghat Airport

Over 450 Turkish workers have reportedly been stranded for five days at Ghat airport.

Iran nuclear talks to resume by mid-Oct

Difficult talks between Iran and world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program will resume in Europe before mid-October, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying on Monday.

Living with both good and odd neighbors

With reference to the article “Strangers in one building” by Mahmoud Ahmad (Sept. 29), I would like you to come and see my neighbors. You will change your article.

It is man who has changed the laws

This refers to the article “Flight chaos as ultra-Orthodox Jews refuse to sit near women” (Sept. 29).

Miscarried justice for an Indian man

It is sad to read the article “Death row Indian leaves for home after 9 years in jail” by Hassan Cheruppa (Sept. 29).

Hong Kong protesters defiant after tear gas chaos

Thousands of defiant Hong Kong protesters stood their ground.

Afghan ‘first lady’ edges toward a public life

In Afghanistan’s strictly patriarchal society women are generally hidden from public view, but Rula Ghani could be the exception.

Karadzic ‘drove’ Bosnia’s ethnic cleansing, UN court told

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic “drove” ethnic cleansing during Bosnia’s bloody civil war, including some

Powerful Indian politician launches appeal on graft case

Indian politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram launched a flurry of appeals on Monday against a four-year jail sentence.

India, Israel PMs pledge stronger ties in rare meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to boost cooperation on Sunday in the most substantive interaction between the two countries’ leaders

Jaitley in isolation ward, may skip US trip

India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may have to cancel a trip to the United States in October.

5 more bodies found at Japan volcano; toll now 36

Five more bodies were found near the summit of a Japanese volcano on Monday, bringing the total presumed dead to 36,

Discontent grows over African-born stars

Discontent grew over African-born athletes at the Asian Games Monday as two-time world champion Maryam Yusuf Jamal led

Hilal coach wary of Gyan threat

Asamoah Gyan could ruin Al-Hilal’s hopes of making the Asian Champions League final.

Pacquiao ‘pities Mayweather’

Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao Monday brushed off Floyd Mayweather’s latest taunts, saying he pitied his

Paul McGinley: the man with the Ryder Cup formula

If there is a formula for Ryder Cup success, Paul McGinley is a mastermind who makes it work.

Pressure on City and Chelsea

Manchester City will look to bounce back from an opening defeat at Bayern Munich when it hosts Roma in the Champions

Serena fights back

Serena Williams narrowly avoided a bagel against Spanish qualifier Silvia Soler-Espinosa, then won 13 of the next 15

17-year-old Verstappen to drive Formula One car

Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver to take part in a Formula One weekend when he drives a Toro Rosso in

Valencia slips to 2nd

Valencia drew 1-1 at Real Sociedad in an entertaining match featuring a series of great saves to remain undefeated

Saudi economy to expand 4.3 % in 2015

Gulf Arab economies are likely to grow slightly faster in 2015.

Sedco Capital launches in-house managed fund

Jeddah-based Islamic investment firm Sedco Capital has launched the first fund managed by its own in-house team, looking to bulk up its asset management capabilities, the firm said on Monday.

Sipchem affiliate restarts butanediol production plant

An affiliate of Saudi International Petrochemical Co (Sipchem) restarted butanediol production on Monday after scheduled maintenance, Sipchem said.

Rawabi Holding, HRDF in partnership to develop career skills of Saudi youth

The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) has signed a partnership agreement with Rawabi Holding to implement five

Gold falls on strong dollar

Gold fell on Monday as downward pressure from a strong dollar outweighed support from unrest in Hong Kong, which hit global shares and led to some demand for the metal.

G-Shock Maharishi launched in Jeddah

IN collaboration with Mahmood Saleh Abbar Co., the authorized & distributor of Casio in the Kingdom with lifestore,

Walking is the superfood of fitness, experts say

Walking may never become as trendy as CrossFit, as sexy as mud runs or as ego-boosting as Ironman races but for

Metallica, Taylor to headline 'Rock in Rio USA'

Crowd-pleasers Metallica and Taylor Swift will headline the US debut of "Rock in Rio" as the Brazilian festival

'Haider' best film of Shahid's career

Shahid Kapoor has all his hopes pinned on "Haider." The film, which is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play

Jane Fonda talks about sexual assault at Rape Foundation brunch

Jane Fonda told an audience of activists and philanthropists that her mother had been sexually abused as a child

'Bang Bang' tops Brit's singles chart

"Bang Bang", a collaboration between pop artists Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, took the top spot in

DR. KHALED M. BATARFI
The inexorable decline of France’s lackluster socialist president Francois Hollande was accelerated at the weekend, when center-right politicians won control of the Senate, the upper house of the National Assembly.