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Foundation stone for pilgrims city in Madinah laid

Prince Faisal Bin Salman, Emir of Madinah and Chairman of Madinah Development Commission, laid the foundation stone here Tuesday of the King Abdullah City for Pilgrims.

India MP seen force-feeding Muslim fasting worker in Delhi

India’s parliament erupted in anger on Wednesday after television footage showed a hardline Hindu nationalist lawmaker apparently trying to force-feed a Muslim man during the fasting month of Ramadan.

Syria raid kills 6 kids from same family

Six children from the same family were killed in an air strike by government forces on a village in the northern province of Aleppo.

UN Secretary General arrives in Jeddah

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon arrived in Jeddah Wednesday on a visit to the Kingdom, SPA said.

UN: Israel violating international laws

Israel may have committed war crimes by killing civilians and shelling houses and hospitals during its two-week-old offensive in the Gaza Strip, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday.

Prince Muqrin receives Pakistan Prime Minister Mohammed Nawaz Sharif

Prince Muqrin Bin Abdulaziz, deputy crown prince and second deputy premier, receives Pakistan Prime Minister Mohammed Nawaz Sharif in Jeddah Tuesday night.

Power handover agreed in Libya

The General National Congress, which has governed violence-wracked Libya in the wake of long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s ouster, said Wednesday it will hand over legislative power to a newly-elected parliament on Aug. 4.

Black boxes delivered to UK investigators

The black boxes from the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in eastern Ukraine have arrived in Britain for expert analysis, the government said on Wednesday.

Encephalitis outbreaks in India kill more than 150

Recent outbreaks of encephalitis in India have killed more than 150 people.

Saudi fertilizer industry set for era of growth, diversification

The Saudi fertilizer industry leads regional production and is set to usher in a period of strong growth and diversification, according to Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary-General of the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA).

OPEC exports more petroleum products to Asia-Pacific in 2013

OPEC member countries exported 4.5 mb/d of petroleum products in 2013.

SEDCO Holding’s ‘Riyali’ partners with Khawater 10

SEDCO Holding Group’s Riyali Financial Literacy Program entered into a partnership with the popular “Khawater 10” program.

India outsources chores as servant culture shifts

Need someone to pay your bills and pick up your shopping, take an elderly relative to hospital or deliver 26 presents to your girlfriend on her 26th birthday?

Food inspectors shut down filthy eatery, warehouse

The branch municipality of Makkah’s Al-Sharie district has closed down a large warehouse storing bottled water over a number of violations, including improper storage of goods.

When will we change our consumer habits?

A Big Saudi businessman who owns a chain of supermarkets once told me that the Saudis eat with their eyes, not with their mouth. He said about 40 percent of the food on the table will go to the garbage bin.

Asians grab bulk of work visas

The Labor Ministry said it issued 1.02 million work visas during 2013, including 708,290 for manpower from Asian countries, reported Makkah daily.

Iraq haggles over new president

Iraq's parliament, which had been due to elect the country's president on Wednesday, postponed the vote by a day, delaying the formation of a power-sharing government urgently needed to confront a Sunni Muslim uprising.

Gaza families plead for evacuation amid battle

Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as dozens of Palestinian families trapped by the fighting scrambled to flee the area.

US House moves to block Hezbollah funding

US lawmakers voted Tuesday to thwart efforts to fund Hezbollah by punishing banks and other financial organizations that help the funneling of money to the Lebanese Shiite militant group.

Three killed in Benghazi suicide bombing

Three members of Saiqa Special Forces were killed Tuesday evening and three others critically injured after a double suicide bombing at their camp in Buatni.

Govt, civil bodies assist fleeing Libyans

The government has set up a crisis committee to deal with residents from Gasr Ben Gashir who have been forced to flee their homes because of the fighting and missile strikes at Tripoli International

Hadi urges unity in visit to restive north

Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi called Wednesday for unity during a visit to the northern city of Amran, briefly seized by Shiite rebels in clashes with government forces and loyal tribes.

France announces 11 million euros in aid for Gaza

President Francois Hollande Thursday announced an 11-million-euro ($14.8 million) aid package for Gaza after meeting French non-governmental organizations working in the area.

Beijing detains five in expired meat scandal

Chinese police on Wednesday detained five people from a unit of US food supplier OSI Group.

Prabowo contests Indonesian poll defeat

Indonesia’s losing presidential candidate plans to file a legal challenge in the nation’s highest court.

S. Korea ferry fugitive hid in cabin, suitcases of cash at hand

South Korea’s most wanted man, whose heavily decomposed body was found in an orchard last month, had evaded arrest by hiding in an upstairs wall of a wooden cabin, with suitcases of cash at hand,

Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of stoking instability

The Afghan intelligence service accused Pakistan on Wednesday of stoking instability in the country by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan.

School head arrested in India after girl, 6, raped

The head of a school in southern India where a 6-year-old girl was raped earlier this month was arrested on Wednesday

Philippine Army warned against ‘meddling’ as coup rumors swirl

Philippine soldiers should keep clear of politics, the military’s new chief said on Wednesday, as rumors of a possible coup swirled in the capital after the Supreme Court declared President Benigno

Atrocities in Gaza

This refers to the article "No safe place for civilians in Gaza: UN" (July 23). Israeli army has time and again broken the fundamental fabric of ethics and committed war crimes.

Astronomy and sighting

With reference to the article "Astronomer: Eid will be Tuesday" (July 23), well, the last time they said it and they were proved wrong. Saudi Astronomers, do not confuse people.

Great work for Muslims

With reference to the article 'Islam and the West’ by Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi (July 23), we thank Dr. Ghamdi for highlighting the active role of Dr. Francis Lamand, the president of Islam and the West

He's the man

With reference to the article "Lanka’s militant monk rejects Dalai Lama as spiritual leader" (July 21), this man is truly a man in yellow robes, responsible for all attacks on Muslims, their homes,

The important last hour

I agree with the article "Pre-iftar is best time for exercise: Trainer" (July 23). It is also a good time for dua (supplication). From the fitness perspective, yes this article is right.

‘Sahab’ to guide ambulances

Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah, head of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority, has launched a project that will allow his organization to better locate callers in need of medical services by using mobile

Busy laundries using Eid run-up to increase prices

Laundries are exploiting the high demand for their services in the run-up to the Eid Al-Fitr vacation by increasing their prices, according to their customers.

Officers’ humanity

Security personnel posted in the Grand Mosque complex do not confine themselves to their responsibility of ensuring

Ramadan in Saudi Arabia unforgettable: Expats

At an Iftar gathering, organized by the Majlis-e-Ilm-o-Adab Friday, expatriate speakers were of the view that Ramadan

Traditional Ramadan snacks with a healthy twist

It is time to change from monotony to an exciting variety at Iftar time. For the millions of expatriates living in the

'Hand in Hand' volunteers distribute iftar meals in eco-friendly bags

A group of young volunteers has been distributing iftar (fast-breaking) meals packed in eco-friendly bags to motorists

Iftar hosted by Helping Hands

Chairman of Helping Hands Jeddah Raja Arshad Hussain, a charity organization, hosted an Iftar at Holiday Inn recently.

Monaco moves into quarters

Juan Monaco held his nerve in a tight final set to upset third seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 Wednesday for

Nibali gains more ground

Poland’s Rafal Majka took a big step toward winning the Tour de France polka dot jersey.

Queen’s Gold Cup winner fails test

A horse owned by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II which won one of England’s most prestigious races has failed a drugs test.

Loew to stay on as Germany coach

Germany coach Joachim Loew said Wednesday that he never considered leaving his post after winning the World Cup.

Police stop Sri Lanka cycling team on motorway: C’Games

Sri Lanka’s cycling team took to the open road for training at the Commonwealth Games but prompted a police response

Clippers would lose players if Sterling stays

The Los Angeles Clippers could face an exodus of players, sponsors, fans and their coach if embattled owner Donald

Man City walks off pitch over ‘racism’

Manchester City’s under-21 team walked off the pitch during a friendly against Croatian side HNK Rijeka after one of their players was racially abused, the club has claimed.

Jeddah United team corners glory

Jeddah United cornered glory by pulling off a stunning 75-71 overtime win over Alnomor Team in the Fitness Time

Blue chips send Tadawul higher

Saudi Arabia's stock market gained on Wednesday on the back of the blue chips.

How to catch ‘phish’

Their names may sound funny but their financial consequences are not.

Saudi state investment fund to set up new firms

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) aims to establish companies in areas including housing, petrochemicals and technology as it expands its investments locally and overseas, Finance Minister

Tadawul opening for direct foreign investments boosts MENA

The Saudi Cabinet’s approval on Tuesday to open the Saudi stock market for direct foreign investments after the issuance of guidelines from the country’s Capital Market Authority (CMA) drew positive

World steel output spirals 3.1% in June

Production of raw steel totaled 137 million mt in June in the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association,

First ever ‘Qatar Summer Festival’ set to take off

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) announced Wednesday it will host the first ever Qatar Summer Festival, which will commence immediately after Eid Al Fitr holiday (Aug. 4 to Sept. 27,2014).

Michael, Diane second chance at love in 'And So It Goes'

Michael Douglas is more accustomed to playing dashing leading men and corporate types.

Reese tops Toronto film fest line-up

The upcoming Toronto film festival will showcase a "big year" for Reese Witherspoon.

US man claims Africa land, makes daughter a 'princess'

Fathers often see their daughters as royalty. But a few months ago, when Emily Heaton said she wanted to be a princess.

Akshay, Tamannaah attends "It's Entertainment" promotional event

Indian film personalities Tamannaah and Akshay Kumar attend a promotional event for the upcoming Hindi film “It’s

'Downton Abbey,' Sherlock return next year

"Downton Abbey" will be back for its fifth season on Jan. 4.

The first challenge facing Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo is to handle his Obama Hour.