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Bangladeshi expats can now change work status

Bangladeshi expatriates who are 18 years of age or above can now transfer sponsorship and change their residency and work status, Minister of Labor Adel Fakeih said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency on Sunday.

Expats using fake degrees to be banned from entering Kingdom

The Ministry of Interior has announced that it will apply statutory penalties against people found to be involved in counterfeiting academic degrees.

Heritage buildings to be converted into hotels

Prince Sultan Bin Salman, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), said here on Sunday that heritage buildings will be converted into hotels.

Serve your religion, country, people well King Salman tells emirs and ministers

Serve your religion, country, people well King Salman tells emirs and ministers

The newly appointed emirs and ministers took the oath of office before Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman here on Sunday.

First group of 20 prisoners freed in Makkah under amnesty

First group of 20 prisoners freed in Makkah under amnesty

The first group of 20 public rights prisoners in Makkah were released on Saturday evening, the Makkah daily reported on Sunday.

Jailed Al Jazeera journalist leaves Egypt for Australia

Jailed Al Jazeera journalist leaves Egypt for Australia

Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was released from a Cairo jail on Sunday and left Egypt for his native Australia after 400 days in prison on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, security officials said.

Alwaleed, Schmidt discuss potential business partnership

Alwaleed, Schmidt discuss potential business partnership

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), met with Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google and his accompanying delegation.

Disabled man’s death in Taif hospital stirs suspicions

Disabled man’s death in Taif hospital stirs suspicions

The family of a mentally and physically impaired Saudi who died at a Taif hospital.

Street art expo captivates Jeddah

Street art expo captivates Jeddah

An open exhibition that took place in the old Balad area in Jeddah on Friday attracted a number of talented artists who showcased art focusing on many issues affecting Saudi society such as the death of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

Nigeria military repels Boko Haram assault on Maiduguri

Nigeria military repels Boko Haram assault on Maiduguri

Nigeria’s military on Sunday repelled a Boko Haram assault on the key northeastern city of Maiduguri, as violence raged across the region just two weeks before national elections. The hours-long attack on the strategic capital of Borno state was the Islamists’ second attempt to take Maiduguri in a week.

Jordan vows to do ‘everything’ to save life of IS-held pilot

Jordan vows to do ‘everything’ to save life of IS-held pilot

Jordan vowed on Sunday to do all it could to save an airman held by the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Japan outraged as video purportedly shows hostage beheaded

Japan outraged as video purportedly shows hostage beheaded

Japan and other nations condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday the beheading.

Indonesia resumes search for AirAsia crash victims

Indonesia resumes search for AirAsia crash victims

Indonesian rescuers on Sunday resumed their search for 86 victims still missing from the AirAsia plane that crashed on Dec. 28 with 162 people on board, an official said.

Market-opening plan on track: New CMA chief

The new head of Saudi Arabia’s securities regulator said the Kingdom remained on track to open its $510 billion stock market to direct foreign investment in the first half of this year.

Sterling example for other leaders to follow

This refers to the article “‘You deserve more’ Keep me in your prayers: King Salman” (Jan. 31). This is a good example for leaders of other countries. Do good to your people and God will grant mercy

Looks like it’s 1933 all over again

The article “Iraqi libraries ransacked by militants in Mosul” (Feb. 1) makes me wonder if it’s 1933 all over again.

Praise for a group that helps Pakistani pilgrims during Haj

With reference to the article “PHVG annual awards ceremony on Thursday” by Syed Mussarat Khalil (Feb. 1), the members and officials of PHVG would like to thank Saudi Gazette for the good coverage.

Proud history of tolerance made awry by extremists

With reference to the article “Pakistan’s Shiites mourn 61 killed in mosque bombing” (Feb. 1), the Pakistan and Indian subcontinent had a proud history of religious tolerance until infected by

Employers who abuse workers must be fined

It is depressing to read the article “17,000 Egyptians left in the lurch” (Feb. 1). It’s another example of how some employers in the Kingdom exploit helpless workers.

Iraqi Kurdistan tourism in tatters as IS war drags on

Iraqi Kurdistan tourism in tatters as IS war drags on

Billboards still read “Welcome to Arbil, 2014 Arab Tourism Capital.”

Prince Charles to visit Gulf region

Prince Charles to visit Gulf region

Prince Charles of the United Kingdom will start an official tour to Gulf countries.

IS militants admit defeat in Kobane

The self-proclaimed Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated.

Seven dead, 20 hurt in Damascus blast

At least seven people were killed and 20 wounded when a blast ripped through a bus in a central district of the Syrian capital on Sunday, a monitoring group said.

Emirati sisters attacked by London intruder return home

The United Arab Emirates’ state news agency says the Gulf nation dispatched a medical plane to bring three sisters home nearly 10 months after they were attacked by a hammer-wielding intruder in

Blacklist importers of counterfeit goods, say economists

Economists have called on the authorities to blacklist importers of counterfeit Chinese goods.

What is required of the new Cabinet?

What is required of the new Cabinet?

THROUGH recent royal decrees, the Council of Ministers has been reshuffled.

Gas company shoots down crisis rumors

When residents of Jeddah experienced gas supply shortages from the Gas and Manufacturing Company, rumors regarding an approaching gas crisis began to spread.

Private sector sees opportunity in drug rehab

The private sector recently began conducting a feasibility study into the possibility of establishing three new hospitals in Riyadh and Taif that would treat drug addicts, Al-Watan daily reported.

Nationals of 42 countries caught smuggling drugs

The General Department for Combating Narcotics and other concerned authorities have apprehended nationals of 42 countries who attempted to smuggle drugs into the Kingdom.

Americans shot at in Ahsa work for Vinnell

A US defense contractor said Sunday that two of its American employees came under fire in the latest attack against Westerners in Saudi Arabia.

Fire in communication tower

Fire in communication tower

Security officers investigate a fire that erupted in a communication tower belonging to a local operator on Areesh

Thousands march for democracy in Hong Kong

Thousands march for democracy in Hong Kong

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday for the first time since mass

India probes discovery of bodies found in police morgue

A forensic team has submitted a report on the gruesome discovery.

Probe ordered into deadly new Bangladesh factory fire

Probe ordered into deadly new Bangladesh factory fire

Bangladesh on Sunday ordered an enquiry into a plastics factory fire.

Philippine minister says not told in advance of raid

The Philippine interior minister said Sunday he did not know in advance of plans for an anti-terror raid that triggered a bloodbath in which 44 police commandos were killed.

Rebels, govt say 8 killed in east Ukraine fighting

Rebels, govt say 8 killed in east Ukraine fighting

At least six civilians and two government soldiers have been killed in fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine over the

African leaders ask ICC to drop cases against Bashir, Ruto

African leaders ask ICC to drop cases against Bashir, Ruto

The International Criminal Court should drop or suspend charges against Sudanese President Omar Bashir and Kenyan

Modi to visit China in May, says Swaraj

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China in May, the foreign minister said on Sunday during her own three-day visit to Beijing.

Violence in Iraq killed at least 1,375 in January: UN

The United Nations mission to Iraq said Sunday that violence in the country amid the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State group killed at least 1,375 people in January.

Djokovic wins fifth Australian Open

Djokovic wins fifth Australian Open

Novak Djokovic reasserted his rule over the hard-courts of Melbourne Park Sunday, grinding down Andy Murray 7-6 (5),

Arsenal closes on top four

Arsenal closes on top four

Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla sparkled as Arsenal closed.

McIlroy wins again in Dubai

McIlroy wins again in Dubai

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy matched the lowest winning score in the history.

Teenager Ko becomes youngest world No. 1

Teenager Ko becomes youngest world No. 1

Seventeen-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand became the youngest golfer to hold top spot.

Barako Bull edges past Ginebra

Barako Bull edges past Ginebra

The underrated Barako Bull Energy roared to its second straight victory, ambushing the Barangay Ginebra Kings, 69-68,

Vettel fastest on 1st day of F1 testing

Vettel fastest on 1st day of F1 testing

Sebastian Vettel posted the fastest lap for Ferrari on the first day of pre-season Formula One testing, while last

Australia thumps England

Australia thumps England

Glenn Maxwell produced a stellar all-round performance and Mitchell Johnson returned to terrorize England as Australia

Drama and chaos as host, DR Congo advance

Drama and chaos as host, DR Congo advance

African football hit dizzying heights before descending into violent farce Saturday with the referee attacked after

Saudi stocks jump on payout

Stock prices in Saudi Arabia climbed the most in six weeks after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman announced bonuses for civil servants worth billions of dollars, a week after succeeding

KSA remains largest market in MENA for enterprise software

The top three enterprise application software ( EAS ) vendors hold a dominating market share of 81.8 percent in the Arab Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, according to the latest insights

Wearables, millennials, consumers ‘caught in the act’ in 2015: Expert

Wearables, millennials, consumers ‘caught in the act’ in 2015: Expert

IN tech, we like nothing better than a new trend – and we all know that fashion matters, so we get onboard with it.

US dollar peg to continue to benefit GCC countries

Given the current market trends, winners in the short-term will be the Asia’s less developed economies, such as the ASEAN countries, who will take advantage of the lower oil prices.

Kingdom resumes hiring of manpower from Bangladesh

The manpower market of Saudi Arabia is open again for Bangladeshi workers starting Sunday (Feb. 1), a statement issued by the Embassy of Bangladesh in Riyadh yesterday said.

TAQA, Halliburton sign joint venture deal on chemical plant in Jubail City

The Industrialization & Energy Services Company (TAQA) and Halliburton Multi-Chem recently signed a joint venture agreement held in the offices of TAQA in Al-Khobar.

Gaza music school shines in ‘Arabs Got Talent’ spotlight

On the hugely popular "Arabs Got Talent" TV show in Beirut last month, five young musicians in chequered black-and-white scarves brought the house down with a traditional Arabic song that left the

Gautam Gulati wins ‘Bigg Boss’ 8

Gautam Gulati wins ‘Bigg Boss’ 8

The eighth season of the reality show "Bigg Boss" ended Saturday night after crowning TV star Gautam Gulati as the

Shahid, Kangana best actors: Filmfare

Shahid, Kangana best actors: Filmfare

At the 60th Filmfare Awards, held on Saturday, comic drama "Queen" and tragic Shakespearean drama "Haider" won

Justin shares baby news on Instagram

Justin shares baby news on Instagram

It's Justin Timberlake's birthday, but it's another birth date that's on his mind — that of his future son or daughter.

Miranda leads ACM Awards with 8 nods

Miranda leads ACM Awards with 8 nods

Miranda Lambert is continuing her reign as contemporary country queen with eight nominations at this year's Academy of

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