Saturday, 25 October 2014  -  01 Muharram 1436 H

When will Saudi women be allowed in sports stadiums?

Newspapers and electronic news websites highlighted the statement of the official spokesman of the Saudi Football Federation.

How many pilgrims performed Haj?

I was with some Muslim friends in an Islamic country monitoring a number of Arab TV satellite channels which were transmitting live the movements of pilgrims between Makkah, Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah.

Australian doctors transplant ‘dead’ hearts in surgical breakthrough

Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated.

Botox, anyone?

DUBAI, the emirate known for its celebration of over-the-top glamor and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the Middle East’s plastic surgery market with plans to attract half a million medical tourists in six years.

Working mothers: Babysitting should be a registered profession

Working mothers have called on concerned officials to register babysitting as a profession recognized by the Ministry of Labor in order for prospective babysitters can obtain licenses that certify they are qualified to take care of children. As an increasing number of women are starting to work, the demand for babysitters and private nurseries has skyrocketed though the latter is too expensive for many mothers to afford. Moreover, the majority of nurseries close at 12 noon, well before the average work day ends.

The great mailbox tragedy

IN the 1970s and 80s, the Ministry of Post, Telegraphs and Telephones (MOPTT) was in charge of telecommunication services in the country.

Blaze guts Makkah warehouse

Civil Defense firefighters battled a blaze that swept through a warehouse at the scrap souk in Makkah’s Al-Muaisem on Friday.

Fossil treasures at risk in Morocco desert town

IN the middle of a sprawling palm grove in Morocco’s remote eastern desert, inhabitants of an oasis town watch over a rare and vanishing treasure. At the entrance of a traditional townhouse visitors are welcomed by a piece of Erfoud’s unusual bounty: the petrified skeleton of a prehistoric creature.This huge ammonite is one of hundreds of archeological jewels in and around the town of 30,000 people, which geologists and archeologists have called “the largest open air fossil museum in the world.”During the Palaeozoic era — about 540 million to 250 million years ago — the southeast of Morocco lay under the sea, according to Abdelmajid Messoudi, who runs a gift shop in the town.

WWII memories take flight in surviving B-17 bombers

WITH a steady hand, pilot John Bode pushes the big red throttles forward.

Beijing’s new challenge to the West

China and 20 other countries moved forward on Friday toward setting up an Asian infrastructure lender seen as a counterweight to Western-backed international development banks. The signatories put their names to a memorandum of understanding to establish the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Wozniacki storms into semis

Serena Williams made the semifinals of the WTA Finals and earned the year-end No. 1 ranking without hitting a ball Friday.Williams’ fortune was at the expense of Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova. Both won dramatic three-setters, but they needed to win in two, and were eliminated.By the end of the final day of group games, Saturday’s semifinals were set: Williams will meet Caroline Wozniacki, and Simona Halep will take on Agnieszka Radwanska.Besides Sharapova and Ivanovic, Petra Kvitova also had her destiny in her own hands and failed to take the opportunity to progress.

Is a Gluten-Free Diet Right For Me?

The trends in diets and weight loss regimens seem to be as fast changing as fashion trends these days, which can be a little confusing. You may have heard of a friend on a strict gluten-free diet or you saw a product in the store with a bright label written on it: No Gluten. What is gluten and who should be avoiding it? Could going on a gluten-free diet help me lose weight?

Hunting rifle ban(e)

Between hunting for sport and catching the next meal, citizens in Asir region have a propensity toward hunting

Prioritize government innovation

I am writing with regard to the article “Let’s make government innovation a high priority” (Sep. 28)

Planned obsolescence is un-Islamic

I am writing with regard to the article “Let us decide warranty of products — Businessmen” (Oct. 19).

Do Saudi mothers want their children to be obese?

With regard to the article “Mothers assault teachers in soft drink row” (Oct. 22),

Salary delays are due to government projects not being paid on time

I am writing with regard to the article “Many expats struggle under impact of unpaid wages” (Oct. 23).

‘Pakistan army chief warns India against ‘aggression’’ (Oct. 19)

This is pathetic. Have India and Pakistan nothing better to do than engage in pointless disputes?

‘‘Jeddah airport world’s second worst’’ (Oct. 19)

Services at Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport are nothing as compared to international standards.

‘Jeddawis have had enough of false promises’ (Oct. 19)

Billboards telling people not to litter the streets should be placed at some strategic locations in the city. Anyone caught littering should be fined heavily.

‘Shoppers frustrated by prayer time closures’ (Oct. 19)

We are not frustrated by shops closing for prayer because that’s the time we are praying anyway.

‘Corniche struggling with cleanliness’ (Oct. 19)

Families should clean up after themselves. We should help cleaners to keep Jeddah clean. They do not have high salaries and they are relying on people who are giving them some tips.

Supporting Saudi women entrepreneurs

Bureaucratic bottlenecks and difficulties in raising working capital are the major difficulties faced by Saudi women entrepreneurs. This was the major finding of a recent scientific study titled

Delays in transferring criminal cases

Sheikh Muhammad Ameen Merdad, a member of the Supreme Judicial Council, said the transfer of criminal cases from the Board of Grievances to the Ministry of Justice has been delayed by six months.

Central AC linked to Taif MERS spread

Sources have revealed that they suspect the central air conditioning at the Taif Dialysis Center for spreading the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the center.

180 public parks in Makkah

The municipality here has prepared 180 public parks for residents to use during holidays and weekends.

With Syria at war, can Turkey and Ocalan bring Kurds peace?

AS southeast Turkey’s Kurds rioted recently in fury at Ankara’s refusal to rescue the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani

Three years after Libya revolt, ‘Dubai dream’ still far off

When longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s regime collapsed in a 2011 revolution, many Libyans looked to affluent and

Disabled lensman turns focus on Palestine

When Palestinian Osama Silwadi was crippled by gunfire it ended his career as a war correspondent.

Cash aid for refugees succeeds

For decades, aid groups have assumed they know what’s best for refugees and the poor; a growing body of evidence suggests they’re wrong.

Police on alert after Jerusalem clashes

Israel deployed police in force in Jerusalem Friday for weekly Muslim prayers and restricted access to a flashpoint mosque, after a deadly attack by a Palestinian sent tensions soaring.

Erekat issues statehood ultimatum

The Palestinians’ chief peace negotiator has laid out in the clearest terms yet plans to establish an independent Palestinian state within three years, even if it means ignoring pleas from the

IS push on Syria’s Kobane stalls

An attack by the selff-proclaimed Islamic State group on the Syrian town of Kobane has stalled but, in neighboring Iraq, government troops are months from mounting a major fightback, US officials

Emerging from the shadows

The scion of Pakistan’s leading political dynasty, emerging from the shadow of his mother and former prime minister

Paris’s Picasso museum reopens after renovation

A top-level sacking, harsh words from the artist’s son, delays and a huge budget overrun — Paris’s Picasso museum

New York confirms first Ebola case

A doctor who recently returned to New York after treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive on Thursday for the deadly virus, the first confirmed case in the city, officials said.

Kerry marks Hindu festival of lights

Secretary of State John Kerry marked the first ever celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali at the State Department Thursday,

Malaysian crawls for 3 days after crash

Authorities in Malaysia say a man seriously injured in a car accident crawled through jungle for three days before happening upon an isolated village.

HK protesters vote on staying in streets

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps.

Queen’s first tweet, signed ‘Elizabeth R’

Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — and she’s signed it “Elizabeth R.” The 88-year-old monarch tried her hand at Twitter as she opened a new gallery in central London’s Science Museum

Pedigree means nothing in final: Hilal coach

Al-Hilal’s long history of success will mean nothing when it takes on upstarts Western Sydney Wanderers in the Asian

Lamela lights up Europa League

Erik Lamela’s outrageous goal in a big win for Tottenham illuminated the third round of Europa League group-stage

Washington, Williams lift TNT over NLEX

The Talk N Text Tropang Texters bounced back from an opening day humiliation against the Barangay Ginebra Kings.

Pakistan on top vs. Australia

Pakistan’s spin bowlers shared six wickets between them to take control of the first Test against Australia despite a

Amla ton hands South Africa series

Hashim Amla’s composed century helped South Africa to within a sniff of reclaiming the one-day top ranking after it

Messi targets record as Suarez debuts in El Clasico

Luis Suarez is free to make his long-awaited debut for Barcelona when the La Liga leader travels to face Real Madrid

PGA chief gets personal

The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening

Whiteford eagles way to Perth lead

Scotland’s Peter Whiteford edged out overnight co-leader Thorbjorn Olesen with an eagle to take the outright lead after the second round of the Perth International Friday.

A step to cut inequality

The Islamic Development Bank and the World Bank have announced a joint initiative to coordinate efforts on education as an important step to reduce poverty and inequality.

Housing nightmare

Last year Madrid’s city and regional governments sold almost 5,000 rent-controlled flats to private equity investors

Still hurting from strike

Mamsi Ngobeni sat alongside the main road of the South African platinum belt town of Marikana, hunched over a table

Amazon stock plunges as loss widens

Amazon said Thursday its loss in the last quarter widened to $437 million after a series of product launches including new phones, tablets and television programs.

2-day seminar on Islamic finance

  Participants in the two-day seminar on Islamic finance held in Casablanca on October 22-23. The training was

Stronger won hits Kia 3Q profit

South Korea’s second-largest car maker Kia Motors Corp. said Friday its third-quarter income plunged 27 percent from a year earlier as a stronger won dented profit.

Iconic Art Basel And the growing trend towards crowd funding systems
Art Basel is one of the few most esteemed international art shows that provide a platform for artists and galleries from
The two separate killings of soldiers in Canada have shocked the nation and beyond. The country is not used to events like these.