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Labor Ministry goes electronic

The Ministry of Labor launched on Sunday a set of electronic projects and facilities for private sector firms for e-visas, electronic recruitment and government support.

Scholarship uncertainty keeps Saudi students in doldrums

The fate of hundreds of freshmen hangs in the balance as they have been asked by many private colleges and universities to pay tuition fees since there is uncertainty about domestic scholarships this academic year.

Over 200 Haram doors to be left open during Haj

More than 200 doors of the Grand Mosque, including the King Abdulaziz Gate, will be thrown open to facilitate the movement of pilgrims as the Haj season peaks.

11 killed, over 200 hurt in Saudi Aramco residential compound blaze

11 killed, over 200 hurt in Saudi Aramco residential compound blaze

An investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of a huge fire in a residential complex here which killed at least 11 people and injured more than 200, officials said.

Murder of Indian youth in Jazan being investigated

Murder of Indian youth in Jazan being investigated

An Indian consulate official has been sent to Jazan to get more details about the murder of an Indian youth in Sabia, some 80 km from Jazan city, Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak told Saudi Gazette on Sunday.

Fighting Houthis to stop Iran expansion: Hadi

Fighting Houthis to stop Iran expansion: Hadi

Yemen’s President Abdrabbu Mansur Hadi has said that his forces were battling Shiite Houthi rebels across the country to check “Iranian expansion” in the region.

Municipality readies Haj plan

Municipality readies Haj plan

The Makkah Municipality has approved operational plans and work programs for this year’s Haj. According to the municipality, all workers and equipment are ready, and arrangements have been made to ensure things run smoothly during the season.

Textbooks are on their way to schools

Textbooks are on their way to schools

The Directorate of Education in Jeddah has announced that textbooks will be delivered to all schools in the region shortly.

Sisi pardon sought for Al-Jazeera journalists

Sisi pardon sought for Al-Jazeera journalists

Australian Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste called Sunday for Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to pardon him and two colleagues handed prison sentences.The Cairo court said Greste, along with Canadian Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed, had broadcast “false” news that had harmed Egypt and sentenced them to three years in jail.

Picture of Syrian refugee selling pens prompts flood of donations

Picture of Syrian refugee selling pens prompts flood of donations

A crowdfunding account raised thousands in just three hours after a picture of a refugee trying to sell pens on a street in Beirut went viral, The Independent reported on Friday.

Modi backtracks on land reform ahead of key state election

Modi backtracks on land reform ahead of key state election

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will let an executive order making it easier for businesses to buy land lapse on Monday after failing to win support from opposition parties in a major blow to his economic reform agenda.Modi said on Sunday the government was ready to amend the proposed law and criticized the spreading of false rumors that made farmers afraid of the changes.

Huge protest in Tokyo rails against Abe’s security bills

Huge protest in Tokyo rails against Abe’s security bills

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered near Japan’s Parliament building on Sunday to oppose legislation allowing the military to fight overseas, the latest sign of public mistrust in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s security policy.

Al Mathaaq launches program to educate, employ Saudi youth

Al Mathaaq launches program to educate, employ Saudi youth

Within the framework of its corporate social responsibility, and to strengthen its position as an effective and responsible member of the community, Al Mathaaq Hospitality, the leading casual dining company in Jeddah, has launched a CSR program in partnership with Ektefaa, a charitable organization in the Makkah region, with the aim of tackling three major social issues in the Kingdom; education, training and Saudi youth employment.

Just making an observation

This is in response to the report “Leasing expats is permissible business, says top scholar,” in Saudi Gazette (Aug. 30).

This is another form of slavery

The renting of one human to another for money is nothing short of slavery, a practice that has been abolished in all civilized countries.

Interesting and fantastic article ever!

This is in response to the report “Hell on earth,” in Saudi Gazette (Aug. 30).

What about an expose on Gujarat?

Dear MJ what about an expose on the lies of Gujarat story.

Rare example on the contrary

This is in response to the report “Stuck in a cruel wage trap: School canteens pay Saudi women SR300 a month,” in Saudi Gazette (Aug. 28).

Do not keep whingeing

This is in response to the report “‘End the suffering of Saudis on scholarships abroad’,” in Saudi Gazette (Aug. 21).

Candidates registration begins all over Kingdom

Candidates registration begins all over Kingdom

The registration of candidates for the third municipal council elections scheduled for Dec. 12 started all over the

Patient in Jazan dies from coronavirus

The Ministry of Health has said a patient who had contracted the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has died and two new cases of infection have been recorded in the past 48

An e-govt with no fingerprints

An e-govt with no fingerprints

LAST Ramadan, we recruited a private driver from Sir Lanka. After going through medical checkups, he got his visa

What school year do you talk about?

What school year do you talk about?

IT is ironic that for weeks we hear from administrative employees in the education sector about the full-fledged

Princess Noaf Bint Abdulaziz passes away

Princess Noaf Bint Abdulaziz passed away Saturday evening while she was abroad, the royal court announced on Sunday.

Saudi woman, kids ‘physically assaulted at Turkish airport’

A Saudi father has accused security officers at Istanbul international airport of physically assaulting his wife and children.

Talks would secure Kurdish truce: Demirtas

The joint leader of Turkey’s opposition People’s Democracy Party (HDP) said on Saturday he expected the militant Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) to lay down its arms if Turkey resumed negotiations with

Car bomb explodes in rebel-held Sanaa

A car bomb exploded Saturday in Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sanaa, not far from the vacated US Embassy complex and close to a position of the Shiite insurgents, witnesses said.

In first, hijab-wearing woman named minister in Turkey

In first, hijab-wearing woman named minister in Turkey

For the first time in the history of Turkey, a Muslim but secular country, a woman who wears an Islamic headscarf has

Call for Tunisian-Libyan investment conference in Sfax

The Council for Joint Libyan-Tunisian Affairs has called on the Tunisian government to organise an investment conference later this year for Libyan and Tunisian businesses.

A new Libyan plane flies in as an old one flies out

A new Libyan plane flies in as an old one flies out

Two Libyan Airlines aircraft traveled in opposite directions this past couple of days in a demonstration of Libyan

Afghan forces regain control of a symbolic district in south

Afghan government forces, backed by NATO airstrikes, have regained control of a key district in volatile Helmand province after days of fierce fighting with Taliban insurgents, provincial officials

US national security adviser discusses militant attacks in Pakistan talks

US national security adviser discusses militant attacks in Pakistan talks

US National Security Adviser Susan Rice met Pakistan’s prime minister on Sunday to press concerns over attacks

Gunmen attack SW Pakistan airport, kill 1, abduct 1

Authorities say gunmen have attacked a small airport in restive southwestern Pakistan, killing one official there and kidnapping another.

Thai police issue 2 new arrest warrants after raid finds bomb-making materials

Thai police issue 2 new arrest warrants after raid finds bomb-making materials

Thai police probing a deadly bombing two weeks ago issued arrest warrants on Monday for two new suspects after a raid

Families seek justice on ‘lawless’ Bangladesh-India border

Families seek justice on ‘lawless’ Bangladesh-India border

As thousands of Bangladeshis and Indians celebrated the end of one of the world’s most intractable border disputes,

Malaysia’s Mahathir calls for ‘people power’ movement to oust PM

Malaysia’s Mahathir calls for ‘people power’ movement to oust PM

Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad, joining anti-government protesters for a second day on Sunday, called for a

Dutch plan tougher asylum policy as migrants flock to Europe

Dutch plan tougher asylum policy as migrants flock to Europe

As Europe grapples with its biggest wave of migration since World War II, the Netherlands is about to toughen its

Kenya, Jamaica steal show; US 3rd

Kenya, Jamaica steal show; US 3rd

Even with its sixth straight title in the men’s 4x400-meter relay, the United States still finished behind Jamaica and

Swansea ends United’s unbeaten run, Southampton wins

Swansea ends United’s unbeaten run, Southampton wins

Swansea City came from behind to end Manchester United's unbeaten start to the Premier League season with an

Serena, Djokovic, Nadal start today

Serena, Djokovic, Nadal start today

World number ones Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic will launch their bids for the US Open title Monday’s first day

Lanka fights back after Ishant’s 5-54

Lanka fights back after Ishant’s 5-54

Fast bowler Ishant Sharma’s seventh five-wicket haul helped India bundle out Sri Lanka for 201 but the host fought

Kvitova bags Connecticut Open

Kvitova bags Connecticut Open

Defending champion Petra Kvitova used a dominant serve to beat Lucie Safarova 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2 in their all-Czech

Real Madrid routs Betis, Barcelona edges Malaga

Real Madrid routs Betis, Barcelona edges Malaga

Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez scored two goals each to fuel Real Madrid’ 5-0 rout of Real Betis in its home opener

Man City sign Belgian De Bruyne

Man City sign Belgian De Bruyne

Manchester City have bolstered their midfield ranks with the signing of highly-rated Belgian Kevin de Bruyne from VfL

Dumoulin pips Froome to Vuelta stage nine, takes overall lead

Dumoulin pips Froome to Vuelta stage nine, takes overall lead

Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin edged out Chris Froome in a frantic finale to claim victory and the overall race lead on the

Middle East economies need to focus on IPOs

Middle East economies need to focus on IPOs

Experts from the region had claimed at the start of this year that 2015 will see increased stock market activity in

Saudi Arabia stocks rise, bolstered by stronger oil

Saudi Arabia stocks rise, bolstered by stronger oil

Saudi Arabia's stock market continued its sharp rebound Sunday as stronger oil prices lifted shares in the

MEA’s PC market suffers sharpest ever drop in Q2

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) PC market suffered a sharp year-on-year decline of 25.6% in Q2 2015, marking it as steepest decline ever recorded in the region for a single quarter.

Saudi credit default swaps fall steeply

The cost of insuring against a Saudi Arabian sovereign debt default has dropped sharply in the past few days because of the rebound of global oil prices, market data showed on Sunday.

Philippines, UAE enter into enhanced air services deal

The Philippines and United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) on air services that enhanced the exchange of traffic rights between the two countries and raised the

Mobily Ventures invests in Fetchr to revolutionize Mideast shipping

Mobily Ventures, the venture capital arm of Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), announced that it is investing in Fetchr, a promising shipping & logistics startup using cutting edge technology to overcome

Dutch must end “Black Pete” racial stereotypes: UN body

Dutch must end “Black Pete” racial stereotypes: UN body

A UN body called on the Netherlands to revamp its “Black Pete” Christmas tradition, where white performers black up to

London Zoo

London Zoo

A young penguin is weighed at London Zoo to promote the zoo’s annual weigh-in event.

‘Manspreading’ spreads to Oxford’s online dictionary

Manspreading is so widespread it’s now a word. The term, coined by commuters, refers to men on public transport who splay their legs wide apart and encroach on neighboring seats.

Glastonbury sends abandoned rubber boots to Calais migrants

Hundreds of pairs of rubber boots left behind by music fans who attended Britain’s Glastonbury music festival have been donated to migrants in Calais, organizers said Friday.

Cricket: Taylor’s car antics leave owner stumped

Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor was discovered asleep in someone else’s car after Nottinghamshire’s victory over Durham in English county cricket’s One-Day Cup.

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SCIENTIFIC studies about how people act or think can rarely be replicated by outside experts, said a study that raised new questions
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