Thursday, 24 April 2014  -  24 Jumada Al-Akhir 1435 H

King in Jeddah to reassure people about coronavirus

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has arrived in Jeddah to reassure the public and to prove that the exaggerated and false rumors about coronavirus are not true, said Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah, Minister of National Guard, in an address to the students of King Abdulaziz University here on Wednesday.

First MERS case found in Makkah

The Ministry of Health said on Wednesday it had discovered 11 more cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, including what appeared to be the first case in Makkah.

Illiteracy leaves 42% of Saudi women poor

Illiteracy, lack of education, absence of job opportunities and lack of breadwinners are the major causes of poverty among Saudi women.

In the service of the Guests of Allah

Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, deputy premier and minister of defense, views a model of the Grand Mosque minarets after inaugurating the 14th Scientific Forum for Haj Research at Umm Al-Qura University.

Beating the heat

This woman, trying to make a living by selling sundry items from her makeshift stall on Qurban Road in Madinah, could only find primitive means to protect herself from the hot sun.

Foundation for world’s tallest building completed – owners

The Jeddah Economic Company (JEC), owner and developer of the Kingdom Tower and City in Obhor north of Jeddah, has completed the raft piling works.

Demand for hotel rooms to grow next year

Saudi Arabia will continue to see a healthy demand for hotel rooms.

Palestinians in new unity push as Israel talks teeter

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to implement a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference.

In India’s vote, Varanasi is battleground

For tens of millions of Hindus, Varanasi is a place of pilgrimage. Crowded with ancient temples and shrines, its streets jammed with believers and tourists, this city on the banks of the holy Ganges River is where the devout believe they attain instant salvation. But in recent weeks Varanasi also has become the noisy battleground for India’s most-watched contest in its national elections.

Pakistan ministry seeks closure of TV channel in shooting row

Pakistan’s Defense Ministry has asked for the country’s top-rating television channel to be shut down.

Malaysia OK’s international investigation into missing jet

Malaysia’s Cabinet approved on Wednesday the appointment of an international team to investigate the disappearance of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Another Emirati family targeted in London

Several armed men targeted a family from the United Arab Emirates by forcing their way into the family's London apartment weeks after a similar attack in the British capital, state media in the Gulf nation reported Wednesday.

150,000 ACs confiscated for violating specifications

About 150,000 air-conditioners violating specifications and energy efficiency standards were seized from different regions of the Kingdom by inspection teams of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry after the expiry of the grace period, which ended on Tuesday.

E-revolution is hurting 40,000 general service offices

As many as 40,000 general service offices in the Kingdom will either have to go out of business or change activities, Makkah daily reported on Wednesday quoting sources at the committee of public

Madinah conference outlines strategy to tackle terrorism

The Second International Conference on Terrorism concluded here on Wednesday with a call to set up a research center for intellectual studies and first-care centers to tackle terrorism.

Prisoner pulls Shoura scam on female professor

A convict is being investigated for managing to convince a woman teacher at Makkah’s Umm Al-Qura university that he could get her Shoura Council membership if she made a SR70,000 charity donation.

Prince Mishal Bin Majed receives Egyptian Consul General

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishal Bin Majed receives Egyptian Consul General Adel Hassan Al-Alfi at his office on Wednesday.

Housing Ministry to start land distribution in three months

The Housing Ministry will start distributing plots of land among eligible citizens in two months starting with Jazan province, Housing Minister Shuwaish Al-Duwaihi announced.

Campaign planned to raise MERS awareness

The Indian Social Forum (ISF) will spearhead an intensive awareness campaign to enlighten the public on ways to protect themselves from a possible outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

Automatic machines to sell Zamzam water

The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz project for Zamzam has invented an automatic machine for the sale of Zamzam bottles to visitors and the public.

Don’t distort the image of expat drivers so that Saudi women can drive

I am writing with regard to the article “Allowing women to drive less evil than depending on foreign drivers” (Apr. 22). If drivers do something wrong, this can be reported.

We need a nationwide campaign for healthy living

With regard to the article “Over 400 needy Saudi patients turn to organs black market in Asia” (Apr. 22), I do agree that there is a pressing need to increase public awareness of the importance of

Let’s put MERS fight on a war footing

With regard to the article “Rabeeah relieved of his post” (Apr. 22), apart from saying he did not find sufficient scientific evidence to take stronger action against MERS, the former minister did

Fight MERS with cleanliness

With regard to the article “MERS claims 3 more lives in Kingdom” (Apr. 22), I would like to emphasize the importance of cleanliness in fighting this disease.

Court orders Khaleda’s trial go ahead

A top Bangladesh court ruled on Wednesday opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s trial over embezzlement charges should go ahead in a case that could see her jailed for life.

Violence erupts in Rio slum near Olympic venues

A Rio de Janeiro slum erupted in violence late Tuesday following the killing of a popular local figure, with angry

S. Korea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher

The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official

Pak envoy: ‘Encouraged’ by Modi’s remarks on ties

Pakistan said Wednesday it was “encouraged” by comments from arch-rival India’s election frontrunner Narendra Modi who stressed cooperation with foreign governments if he was elected prime minister.

Mumbai slum-dwellers wary of India election promises

After four decades in the same Mumbai slum, Vimal Gaikwad is well used to politicians’ tall promises at election time,

Philippine hostage row over, says Hong Kong

The Hong Kong government said on Wednesday a long-running dispute with the Philippines over a deadly hostage crisis had ended following a deal on an apology and compensation.

Korea ferry survivors are also victims

The desperate, tragically fruitless search for survivors of South Korea's ferry disaster has so far overshadowed the damaging psychological legacy inflicted on those who managed to escape the

UN aid chiefs appeal for Syria access

The heads of five UN agencies on Wednesday made an impassioned call to both sides in Syria’s conflict to allow aid deliveries countrywide.

Lawmaker becomes first Assad challenger

A Syrian lawmaker has registered as the first-ever challenger for the presidency in an upcoming election expected to return incumbent Bashar Al-Assad to power.

Syrians on treacherous trek to safety

As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate

Morsi trial hears Hamas, Hezbollah raided Egypt jails

Prosecution witnesses in the jailbreak trial of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday accused members of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah of attacking

Frustrated Egyptian workers pose a grave challenge to new president

Egypt’s next president will have to contend with frustrated workers who have threatened a new wave of nationwide

US lifts freeze, will deliver Apache choppers to Egypt

The United States will lift a suspension on the delivery of Apache helicopters to Egypt after concluding Cairo has upheld its peace treaty with Israel, US officials said Tuesday.

Erdogan: WWI Armenian killings a ‘shared pain’

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered an unprecedented, conciliatory message to Armenians on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre of Armenians almost a century ago.

Forlan takes Cerezo into ACL knockouts

Uruguay star Diego Forlan struck a precious winner to take his new club Cerezo Osaka into the AFC Champions League

Chelsea suffers double blow

Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech will miss the rest of the season delivering a huge blow.

Pingris keeps San Mig alive

Ignoring the pain radiating from his bruised left rib, Marc Pingris fought like a wounded beast.

Gabashvili ousts Ferrer in Barcelona

Second-seeded David Ferrer was ousted from the Barcelona Open by a Russian opponent.

Benfica, Juve meet after 21-year wait

Benfica and Juventus, two great clubs hoping to end long waits for a European trophy, meet for the first time in more

Malinga named Twenty20 captain

Sri Lanka’s cricket selectors Wednesday sacked Dinesh Chandimal as Twenty20 captain and replaced him with Lasith

Jadeja helps Chennai top Rajasthan

Fine all-round performance by Ravindra Jadeja helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) register a narrow seven-run win over

Scholes to assist Giggs

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes returned to the club’s training ground Wednesday to help caretaker

GCC investors keen on buying high-value overseas properties

Best Choice Real Estate Development, a leading Saudi Arabian real estate investment and development firm based in

ASUS participates in ARAMCO Week

ASUS recently participated in Aramco Week.

Govt invests SR350m for 11 hospitals in KSA

China International Development and Investment Corporation Limited (CIDIC), a Hong Kong based investment company, has

Samsung S5 launched in Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah

PARALLEL to the launch in the Saudi market of Galaxy S5, the latest smartphone created by Samsung, the world-leader in technologies and electronics, Future for Modern Products (FMP) has organized

Etihad to recruit new cabin crew from S. Africa

Etihad Airways is recruiting South African professionals who are interested in taking their career high into the sky.

Samsung updates ChatON with more messaging features

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. updated ChatON, the global mobile instant messenger service, to version 3.5.

When waste becomes art

What to do with the metal leftovers in construction companies? Where they usually go to waste, Louis Romero has found

George smitten by Lebanese girlfriend

George Clooney is ready to settle down with his new girlfriend Amal Alamuddin, according to pals.

Lupita Nyong’o named “World’s Most Beautiful”

People magazine has named Lupita Nyong’o as the “World’s Most Beautiful” for 2014.

Angelina Jolie is 'Mistress of All Evil'

Angelina Jolie's forthcoming Disney film "Maleficent" may have new twists, but it will respect the 1959 classic

Make 'Bhootnath Returns' tax free

Amitabh Bachchan's film "Bhootnath Returns" stresses on the importance of voting.

The images of citizens celebrating the 2011 creation of the new independent state of South Sudan were compelling and even now stay fresh in the mind.