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Shoura to grill education minister

The Shoura Council has called for a meeting with the Minister of Education to discuss the performance of his ministry during the past year, Al-Madinah reported.

3 Canadians, Pakistani, Nigerian among dead in Al-Khobar blaze

Saudi authorities said Monday that three Canadians, one Pakistani and a Nigerian woman were among 10 people killed in a fire at a residential complex rented by Saudi Aramco.

Rising oil output accelerates Saudi economic growth

Rising oil output boosted Saudi Arabia’s economic growth to its fastest pace in over a year in the second quarter of 2015, data showed on Monday.

Program to support projects OK’d

Program to support projects OK’d

The Council of Ministers approved a national program to support the management of public sector projects so as to improve their efficiency and ensure quality.

Kiswa folded up by three meters to avoid damage

Kiswa folded up by three meters to avoid damage

As is the custom every year during the Haj season, the Kiswa (the black cloth covering the Kaaba) has been folded up by three meters from the ground and a piece of white cloth has been placed to cover the folded portion.

Jeddah water woes to be over by next year

Jeddah water woes to be over by next year

The third stage of strategic water storage comprising four tanks worth SR452 million will add one million cubic meters of water to Jeddah by the 3rd quarter of 2016, a statement issued by National Water Company (NWC) said here on Monday.

Indian Hajis arrive in Jeddah

Indian Hajis arrive in Jeddah

Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak, Deputy Consul General and Haj Consul Mohammed Noor Rahman Sheikh, Khaled M. Al-Harbi

Heavy rains lash Makkah; one drowns

Heavy rains lash Makkah; one drowns

A man was found dead after drowning in a water pool following heavy rains in Makkah late Sunday while the Civil Defense rescued eight others tangled in the rainwater.

Funeral prayers

Funeral prayers

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, offers funeral prayer for Princess Nawf Bint Abdulaziz after Asr prayers at Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh on Monday.

Video documents Israeli brutality

Video documents Israeli brutality

A video showing an Israeli soldier scuffling with Palestinian women and youth at a West Bank protest has been viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook.

Israel has failed to reform Jewish radicals

Israel has failed to reform Jewish radicals

The Israeli government initiative has a soothing biblical name, the Hebrew Shepherd, and a serious aim: to keep ultranationalist Jewish settler youths from turning to violence and attacking Palestinians and their property.

Sword-wielding Patel crusader threatens Modi’s ‘model’ in India

Sword-wielding Patel crusader threatens Modi’s ‘model’ in India

A sword-wielding 22-year-old activist has emerged overnight as the most pressing political threat to Narendra Modi, accusing the Indian prime minister of breaking a promise to provide jobs that helped him win last year’s general election.Hardik Patel, by his own admission, scraped through college and failed to land a steady job. But he has proven to be a talented organizer and rabble-rousing orator, creating a mass movement in a matter of weeks.

India’s top court suspends ban on Jains fasting to death

India’s top court suspends ban on Jains fasting to death

India’s Jain community scored a legal victory on Monday when the Supreme Court temporarily lifted a ban on the traditional ritual of Santhara, or fasting to death.

Al Tayyar founder to maintain stake despite resignation

Al Tayyar founder to maintain stake despite resignation

The founder of Saudi Arabia's Al Tayyar Travel Group will retain his stake in the company despite his resignation, he was quoted as saying Monday by Al Arabiya television's website.

KSA emerges as leading exporter of agri & dairy products

KSA emerges as leading exporter of agri & dairy products

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has witnessed remarkable agricultural development over the last three decades, successfully turning large areas of desert into agricultural fields.

Implement ministry directives

This is in response to the report “Put them under the sun,” in Saudi Gazette (Aug. 31).

It is with deep regret that I read this news

This is in response to the report “11 killed, 200 hurt in Saudi Aramco residential compound blaze,” in Saudi Gazette (Aud. 31).

Civil Defense action heroic indeed

It is very sad to know that this horrible incident took 11 lives and has left so many injured.

Very sad and a tragic accident

Very sad and a tragic accident, my heart goes out to the affected — and may Almighty Allah save and protect us all. My prayers for all those affected.

Unfortunate and tragic

It is indeed very unfortunate and tragic that the blaze in a residential compound caused death and injury.

How does this practice differ in KSA?

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

Health insurance for Iqama

This is in response to the report “New expat IDs tough to forge,” in Saudi Gazette (Aug. 27).

Hospitals in Taif suffer poor services and hygiene

Taif Health Directorate has not hired any cleaners for its hospitals in Al-Kharmah, Turbah and Rinyah governorates since a contract for hiring cleaners expired weeks ago.

Recruiters stop hiring maids from Bangladesh

Saudi recruitment offices have stopped recruiting housemaids from Bangladesh because they are not happy with the recruitment fee of SR7,000 per head decided by the Labor Ministry, according to local

Ministry: Enough seats still available for local pilgrims

Enough seats are still available with the local Haj companies for domestic pilgrims, said Hussein Al-Sharif, undersecretary of the Haj Ministry refuting the companies' claims that they can no longer

First group of Egyptian Hajis arrives in Madinah

The first group of Egyptian pilgrims for this year’s Haj arrived at Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz airport in Madinah on Sunday on an Egyptair flight from Alexandria’s Burj Al Arab airport.

Brawl at girls’ orphanage in Makkah

Two girls at Dar Al-Zuhour Orphanage were involved in a fight using makeshift weapons, with one of them requiring hospitalization, Makkah daily reported.

Ministers and lessons from MERS

 Ministers and lessons from MERS

ONE of the most important lessons learned from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS), and other

Daesh burns four Iraqi fighters alive

The Daesh (the so-called IS) group strung up four Iraqi fighters with chains and burned them alive, according to footage posted online, the latest gruesome execution video from the terrorists.

Iran jails two for 10 years on espionage charges

A Revolutionary Court in Iran has sentenced two people to 10 years each in jail on charges of spying for the United States and Israel.

2 charged in Moroccan king blackmail claim trap

Two French journalists facing extortion charges on accusations that they tried to blackmail Moroccan King Mohammed VI say they were trapped into the agreement.

A year on, Yazidis so close yet so far from Iraq hub

A year on, Yazidis so close yet so far from Iraq hub

Militants occupying the Iraqi town of Sinjar are so close that Kurdish fighters can watch them without binoculars and

Amount of damage at Palmyra temple unclear

Amount of damage at Palmyra temple unclear

A Syrian official in charge of antiquities said Monday his government has not been able to determine how much damage

I want to help other Syrians: Pen-selling refugee

I want to help other Syrians: Pen-selling refugee

A Palestinian-Syrian refugee pictured selling pens wants to help other Syrian refugees with the money raised for him.

Turkey to offer rewards for ‘denouncing terrorists’

Turkish authorities will offer up to 4 million lira ($1.37 million) in rewards for those who help a crackdown on “terrorists,” according to a new ruling published Monday.

Indian scholar’s murder sparks anger

Indian scholars on Monday condemned the execution-style killing of a leading scholar who had spoken out against idol worship and angered hard-line Hindu groups in the run-up to his death.

Afghan airfields built for war seen as economic hubs

Afghan airfields built for war seen as economic hubs

It is a striking vision for a country torn to pieces by war and jihadi insurrection: a series of airports, built by

Afghan Taliban offer leader’s biography amid power struggle

The Afghan Taliban published a biography of their new leader on Monday as hundreds of insurgents met to resolve a dispute over his appointment following the death of figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Philippine Christian group ends protest blocking Manila highway

Philippine Christian group ends protest blocking Manila highway

An influential Christian group in the Philippines ended a protest on Monday over the prosecution of its leaders,

Najib vows not to quit as Malaysia marks National Day

Najib vows not to quit as Malaysia marks National Day

Malaysia’s prime minister vowed he would not quit over a $700-million financial scandal, and accused protesters of

Gunmen kidnap journalist in Nigerian oil city

Gunmen in Nigeria’s southern oil city Port Harcourt have kidnapped a senior journalist working for a private national newspaper, police and the daily announced on Monday.

Bangkok bomb hunt narrows, police flag new suspects

Bangkok bomb hunt narrows, police flag new suspects

The hunt for those behind the Bangkok shrine blast narrowed on Monday as police revealed they have two new suspects

Cibulkova ousts Ivanovic in US Open first round

Cibulkova ousts Ivanovic in US Open first round

Ana Ivanovic crashed out of the US Open first round Monday, losing 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova and

Bitter end to Sharapova’s summer

Bitter end to Sharapova’s summer

Maria Sharapova pulled out of the US Open for the second time in three years Sunday, withdrawing on the eve of the

Tempers flare as India eyes victory

Tempers flare as India eyes victory

Fired-up India sighted its first series win in Sri Lanka for 22 years when the home team’s top order collapsed during

Morgan and Moeen lead England to dramatic T20 win over Australia

Morgan and Moeen lead England to dramatic T20 win over Australia

England held its nerve to beat Australia by five runs in a thrilling finish to a one-off Twenty20 international Monday.

Atletico Madrid shows title credentials with win at Sevilla

Atletico Madrid shows title credentials with win at Sevilla

Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion, Gabi Fernandez and substitute forward Jackson Martinez scored a goal each as Atletico

Sbaragli wins Vuelta stage as Dumoulin retains lead

Sbaragli wins Vuelta stage as Dumoulin retains lead

Italian Kristian Sbaragli claimed his first Grand Tour victory in a sprint finish to Monday's 10th stage of Spain's

Saudi champ Al-Nasr signs Maiga from West Ham

Saudi champ Al-Nasr signs Maiga from West Ham

West Ham United forward Modibo Maiga has joined Al-Nasr, the Saudi Arabian champion said Monday.

Day runs away with 6-shot win at Barclays

Day runs away with 6-shot win at Barclays

Red-hot PGA Championship winner Jason Day of Australia romped to victory at The Barclays Sunday, winning the opening

Leading investment firms to raise Saudi equity allocations

Middle East fund managers have turned more positive toward equities in the region after a plunge in markets reduced valuations and oil prices rebounded, a monthly Reuters survey showed.

SEC gets nod for $2.3 billion Islamic loan

Saudi Electricity Co (SEC) has received approval from its executive committee to negotiate for loan financing worth $2.3 billion and to set up a sukuk program worth as much as $1.5 billion, the

Kuwait’s banks continue strong momentum: CBK

With growth in the Kuwaiti banking sector hitting double-digit figures in 2014 ? reaching its highest rate in the last seven years – momentum is set to continue this year, despite uncertainty

Saudi stocks slide on oil, Egypt jumps after gas find

Saudi Arabia's bourse dropped on Monday, tracking volatile oil prices, while Egypt's stock market jumped after energy major Eni announced a potentially huge natural gas discovery off the country's

Steelcase-Jeraisy to build Node chair

Steelcase-Jeraisy to build Node chair

To support the growth of the Saudi Arabian education sector, Steelcase and local partner Jeraisy Group will be

GACA Board seeks investment, eyes civil aviation privatization

GACA Board seeks investment, eyes civil aviation privatization

The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) Board of Directors approved the new air transportation strategy aimed

Prolific horror filmmaker Wes Craven dead at 76

Prolific horror filmmaker Wes Craven dead at 76

Prolific horror filmmaker Wes Craven, who directed the slasher classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street," died on Sunday

Britain hosts battle for bog snorkeling world championship

Britain hosts battle for bog snorkeling world championship

Competitors dressed as goldfish and sharks were among over 100 people vying to become the world bog snorkeling

Beijing deploys monkeys and falcons for war parade

China’s air force has called monkeys and falcons into service to ensure safe skies for a huge military parade this week to mark Japan’s defeat in World War II, reports said.

’Fire hazard’ home burns as couple signs deed to buy it

A western Pennsylvania couple who bought a neighboring vacant house because they feared it was a fire hazard was right: It caught fire while they were at the county courthouse signing the deed.

Taylor Swift queen of MTV awards, Kanye eyes presidency

Taylor Swift queen of MTV awards, Kanye eyes presidency

Taylor Swift was crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards as rapper Kanye West announced an improbable run for

IT is hard not to feel considerable sympathy for Greek voters. In January they elected a government that promised to bring an end to five years of agonizing austerity, by facing down Greece’s international creditors.
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