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20 near misses in Kingdom’s airspace in a year

Incidents of aircraft passing too close to each other in Saudi airspace have increased to reach at least seven times the international rate, around 20 incidents annually.

Two held in death of Saudi student in California

Two people have been arrested in the death of a college student from Saudi Arabia whose remains were found alongside a freeway in a Southern California desert city.

Woman lecturer ditches university job to join IS

A lecturer at Dammam University informed her students recently that she had left her job to join Islamic State.

NCB to become full-fledged Islamic bank

Saudi Arabia’s biggest bank has pledged to convert itself into a full-fledged Islamic bank within about five years.

Cabinet okays food law

The Council of Ministers on Monday approved the food law that tasked Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) to introduce and operate a rapid alert system to report any direct or indirect health risk involving food.

Accident point

With the opening of the third ring road in Makkah, accidents involving vehicles trying to access the freeway have become frequent.

Saudia to raise SR10b in IPOs of three units

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) plans to raise at least SR10 billion ($2.7 billion) through the sale of shares in its ground-handling, cargo and maintenance units.

Deportation of a million illegals

THE Interior Ministry officially announced the deportation of over 1 million foreigners living in the Kingdom illegally.

Gangs of smugglers arrested in border region

Border Guards in Jazan arrested three gangs of smugglers comprising 10 people while they were trying to infiltrate the Kingdom with a total of 100 packets of hashish.

Maskan Arabia urges use of thermal insulation in houses to rationalize power consumption

Amid heavy electrical energy consumption by residential and commercial buildings in Saudi Arabia, the chief executive officer of a leading Saudi real estate development company has strongly called for the institutionalization of using thermal insulation in the construction of new houses and buildings.

STC and Huawei in partnership to raise value for customers

Saudi Telecommunication Company (STC) and Huawei signed Monday a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as part of STC’s strategic drive to enhance its networks and operations management capabilities while developing new business models for future growth.

DIP fuels UAE industrial boom, pulls 3,500 firms

Dubai Investments Park (DIP), the largest integrated commercial, industrial & residential community in the Middle East and wholly-owned by Dubai Investments PJSC (DI), has continued to play a pivotal role in UAE’s industrial and manufacturing boom by attracting over 3,500 companies across a wide array of sectors over the last 17 years.

Jews buy homes in Arab area

Residents in a contested neighborhood of east Jerusalem say Jewish settlers have moved into two buildings — a step

EU to expand Syria sanctions

European Union foreign ministers have agreed to expand sanctions against Syria, adding 16 names and two entities to the blacklist, EU sources said Monday.

Leading Benghazi social worker slain

The director of the National Commission for Relief and Support for Displaced People in Libya, Omar Musaib Almsheeti, was found dead this morning in Benghazi’s Hawari district five days after he had

Happy 2015: Salaries across GCC on the rise

Salaries across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are on the rise, according to the latest pay forecast data from global management consultancy, Hay Group.

One house, 5 families and multiple tales of loss on Turkey-Syria border

The stone house has just two rooms but is now home to five Syrian families who fled the besieged town of Kobane to the

US makes first arms drop to Syria Kurds battling for Kobane

Washington made a first weapons drop to Kurdish fighters battling militants in the Syrian town of Kobane Monday that

Lock, stock and barrel

A roaming vendor carries marchandise on his scooter.

Young Saudi, policeman honored for bravery

Makkah Emir Prince Mishal Bin Abdullah on Monday honored Sultan Jamal, a young Saudi, and policeman Yasir Al-Ghamdi

Saudi student killed in ‘accident’ in US

A Saudi student at Tennessee Tech University was killed when he was run over by his friend in the US city of Coalfield, Tennessee, Al-Hayat newspaper reported.

Awareness drive on bone disease launched

On the occasion of World Osteoporosis Day on Oct. 20, a medical technology giant has launched an awareness campaign about the risks of osteoporosis on sufferers’ health and quality of life, as well

Coronavirus ‘still a lingering threat’

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus is still very much a threat, acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih has said.

NSHR identifies areas for improvement in Haj

The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) has noted five areas of improvement in the management of the recently concluded Haj pilgrimage, including pilgrims squatting on the road and under

Hong Kong protest leaders ridicule ‘external forces’ claim

Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders Monday angrily rejected claims by the city’s chief executive that “external forces”

13 workers die in fire at Indian fireworks factory

A blaze engulfed a fireworks factory in southern India on Monday, killing at least 13 workers and seriously burning seven others, police said.

Nigeria officially Ebola free, says WHO

The World Health Organization on Monday declared Nigeria officially Ebola-free, after 42 days — or two incubation periods — without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus.

Australia lawmakers lift face veil ban

Australia’s parliament House on Monday lifted a short-lived ban on facial coverings including burqas and niqabs after the prime minister intervened.

Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesia’s new president

Joko Widodo completed a journey from riverside shack to presidential palace on Monday, cheered through the streets

Three more bodies pulled from Nepal disaster zone

Emergency workers in Nepal pulled three more bodies from the snow on Monday.

Obama hits campaign trail, attacks Republicans

President Barack Obama marched on the campaign trail for the first time this year, accusing Republicans of peddling

There can be no compromise on prayer time closures

With regard to the post “Shoppers frustrated by prayer time closures” (Oct. 19),

Change the mentality of litterbugs

With regard to the article “Corniche struggling with cleanliness” (Oct. 19),

Serena, Halep record victories

Serena Williams shook off the rust and a feisty challenge from Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic to open the defense of her WTA

Martin wins 1st PGA Tour title

Ben Martin made a 45-foot eagle putt to regain the lead and finished with a 20-foot birdie putt.

Sound of silence no boost to Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said playing in an empty stadium won’t help his side when they travel to

Manning breaks Favre’s record

Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s all-time record for touchdown passes.

Pakistan hopes to beat Australia

Pakistan hopes to end a 20-year drought against Australia when it meets in the first of two Tests here from Wednesday

Wild postseason produces magical World Series

One of Major League Baseball’s wildest postseasons heads into its final chapter as the Kansas City Royals and San

Ducks post 5th straight win

The Anaheim Ducks earned their fifth successive victory when they beat the St. Louis Blues 3-0 here Sunday.

Keselowski keeps title hopes alive

Brad Keselowski pulled away in overtime Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway to earn an automatic berth into the third

Saudi oil exports fall to lowest in 3 years

Saudi crude exports fell in August for the fourth month in a row to their lowest levels in three years, official data showed on Monday.

Tadawul recovers on strong earnings

Most Gulf stock markets fell on Monday as a rebound by global equities turned out to be short-lived, but Saudi Arabia's bourse rose after a string of strong quarterly earnings.

Egypt signs deal with 6 firms to dredge new Suez Canal

Egypt signed contracts with six international firms on Saturday to carry out dredging of the new Suez Canal, the flagship project in President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s program to revive the economy.

Expat Group, Wyndham in partnership to develop resorts in key Indian cities

Bangalore-based real estate major, Expat Group, has announced a partnership with Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with over 7,540 hotels and a part of Wyndham Worldwide

flynas official aviation carrier for disability & rehabilitation forum

flynas, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, sponsored the three-day 4th International Conference on

DAMAC opens 2nd luxury serviced hotel in Burj Area

LEADING real estate developer DAMAC Properties has opened a 211 deluxe hotel suites tower in the Burj Area of Dubai.

Comet Siding Spring whizzes past Mars

A comet the size of a small mountain whizzed past Mars on Sunday.

1,400kg bull is a cash cow; owner turns down Rs 7 crore offer

A big crowd of gawkers gathered around Yuvraj, a giant 1400kg Murrah bull.

Singer James Blunt calls 'You're Beautiful' annoying

British singer-songwriter James Blunt has described the multimillion selling song that made his name.

Chaos as India marathon leaders miss turn, take the bus

A marathon ended in farce in India after the pilot car overshot a turn.

Iconic ‘Easy Rider’ bike for $1.35 million

The iconic Harley-Davidson chopper-style motorbike ridden by Peter Fonda in the 1969 classic “Easy Rider” film sold

The international community is wringing its hands over the rising chaos in Libya.