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Pilgrims’ safety our prime focus: Security Forces

The Command of the Haj Security Forces is fully geared up to meet any security eventuality in Makkah and the holy sites for Haj.

Pvt. hospitals to display service charges

The Council of Ministers on Monday approved an amendment in Article V II of the Law of Private Health Institutions under which all private health institutions in the Kingdom shall display charges for their services at their premises prominently.

Seven terrorists sentenced to death

Seven Saudi men have been sentenced to death for their role in one of the Kingdom's largest terror cells, which consisted of 94 persons and aimed to target oil facilities and assassinate security officers, scholars, senior officials and journalists.

A proud day

The leaders of the Kingdom said on Monday the National Day is a day of pride and its 84th anniversary comes at a time when the country has been witnessing impressive developments.

Welcome to a refreshed Saudi Gazette!

This one’s been coming for quite some time now, dear readers, and we’re proud to launch the latest look of Saudi Gazette today.

Jeddah’s new flag all set to enter Guinness

Rising 170 meters high in the air, the world’s tallest flagpole in Jeddah will enter the Guinness Book of World Records on Tuesday, just in time for Saudi Arabia’s National Day.

Turkey border influx grows

More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have fled across the border into Turkey, escaping an advance by Islamic State militants, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

Khaleda goes on trial for corruption charges

Bangladesh’s main opposition leader Khaleda Zia went on trial on Monday charged with embezzling $650,000 in two corruption cases that could see her jailed for life if found guilty.

Blasts in China’s Xinjiang kill two, injure ‘many’, says govt

Two people were killed and “many” injured as explosions erupted in multiple locations in China’s Xinjiang on Sunday.

Kashmir’s famed carpets ruined in $5bn flood losses

Caked with mud and soaked in putrid water, Qazi Mohammad Yahya’s ruined handmade carpets and Pashmina shawls.

ACHEMA: A platform for transfer of German tech know-how to Kingdom

Ahead of the upcoming world’s leading show for the chemical engineering and process industry “ACHEMA” which will take place in Frankfurt on June 15-19, 2015, Dr. Thomas Scheuring, Chief Executive Officer of ACHEMA Trade Fair.

SABIC potential leader in emerging markets

A total of six global challengers from the Middle East are part of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) 2014 list of 100 Global Challengers.

‘Change your life, not your climate’

Activists mobilized in cities across the globe Sunday for marches against climate change, with one of the biggest planned for New York, where celebrities, political leaders and tens of thousands of people were expected.

Jeddah to get many new health projects

A SR2 billion medical city is the only one of the new health projects to be built in Jeddah, said the head of Jeddah Health Affairs.

The making of a terrorist

I would be exaggerating if I say I was surprised by the video clip showing a teacher tearing a school textbook in front of his students because it contained pictures of girls.

Grand Mufti: Foil attempts to tarnish Islam's image

Grand Mufti and head of the Board of Senior Scholars Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh has urged Islamic scholars to shoulder their responsibility in explaining truth and removing ambiguities with regard to the basic tenets of the religion.

Call to sight new crescent

The Supreme Court on Monday asked all Muslims in Saudi Arabia to sight the Dhul Hijja crescent on Wednesday, Dhul Qada 29 corresponding to Sept. 24.

967 iqama violators arrested in Madinah

The police arrested 967 violators of residency laws during the past week.

Kuwait donates $1m to help Palestinian children

Kuwait has donated $1 million to fund American Near East Refugee Aid’s (ANERA) work with Palestinian communities, announced ANERA in a press release on Monday.

New Afghan leader promises equal rights for women

Afghanistan's new president-elect pledged in his victory speech on Monday to give women prominent roles in his government.

Myanmar gives citizenship to 209 displaced Muslims, including Rohingya

Myanmar gave citizenship on Monday to 209 Muslims displaced by sectarian violence, after the first phase of a project aimed at determining the status of about a million Rohingya whose claims to nationality have been rejected in the past.

Pakistani Kashmiris want India border opened for flood relief

Pakistan-controlled Kashmir's parliament on Monday called upon India to open the de facto border separating the two sides of the disputed territory to allow rescue officials to reach residents hit by devastating floods.

Greetings and best wishes on the 84th National Day

I wish to extend my best wishes and congratulations to King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Premier, and the Saudi people on the

Ordinary people can't afford Haj anymore

This refers to the article "Is Haj becoming for the rich only?" by Mahmoud Ahmad (Sept. 22). Good question posed by Mahmoud as usual. As things are, the answer is yes.

Hollow words of a seasoned politician

With reference to your editorial "Modi: A change of heart?" (Sept. 22), what Indian Prime Minister Narendar Modi declared in front of the CNN camera can only be considered as hollow words of a

Priceless gift for a dying patient

The man in the article "Indian donates stem cell to save life of Saudi boy" (Sept. 22) made a good example of a highly civilized humanity which has no comparison. His deed in a priceless gift for a

Palestinian prisoners plan hunger strike as talks resume

Scores of Palestinians who were rearrested by Israel after being freed in a prisoner exchange are to stage a hunger strike Tuesday as truce talks resume in Cairo, officials said.

GCC throws its weight behind Hadi

The Ministerial Council of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) expressed deep regret and grave concern at the recent events in Yemen.

‘... what branches grow out of this stony rubbish?’

The dried cracked bed of the Qaraoun artificial lake is seen in West Bekaa.

Turkey: We’ll keep secret behind hostage release

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his government will not reveal details of a covert operation that ensured

UN aims to convene Libya talks Sept 29

The UN mission in Libya is hoping to convene a political dialogue next week aimed at resolving months of crisis in the

India PM Modi to fast during maiden US visit

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to observe a nine-day religious fast during his upcoming visit to the United States, during which he will make his maiden speech to the UN General

PM promises jail for returning Australian militants

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday warned Australians fighting with extremists in the Middle East.

EU boosts security after militant threat report

The European Union boosted security at its Brussels headquarters on Monday.

US hails Afghan power deal, seeks quick security pact

The United States has welcomed a power-sharing deal that saw former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani declared

Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities

Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw

NASA’s Maven explorer arrives at Mars after year

NASA’s Maven spacecraft arrived at Mars late Sunday after a 711 million kilometer journey that began nearly a year ago.

Pakistan appoints new spy chief

Pakistan appointed a close ally of the army chief to head the powerful and controversial intelligence agency on Monday, cementing the military’s dominance following weeks of anti-government protests.

Civil Defense ready for any emergency in Haj: Official

The commander of the Civil Defense forces in Haj has said his forces are ready to deal with any emergency situation during the Haj.

Shoura Council favors scientific research law

The Shoura Council underscored the need for a law for scientific research in the Kingdom.

Prince Alwaleed receives Greek PM’s message

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) receives at his office Ioannis Christofilis,

New US consul general gets warm welcome

Todd Holmstrom, the new US consul general who arrived in this city about a month ago, on Sunday was accorded a warm

'My Country in My Eyes'

A good drawing or picture can express emotions and get a message across far more eloquently and effectively than lines

Hagino completes golden treble

Japan’s Kosuke Hagino starred in the Asian Games swimming with his second and third gold medals Monday as Chinese

Qatar will not host World Cup, says FIFA’s Zwanziger

The 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar.

Europe wary of US threat: McGinley

Paul McGinley rates his Ryder Cup team as one of the strongest.

Radwanska crashes, Sharapova survives

World No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska was dumped out.

Neymar and Messi on target

Barcelona overcame a missed penalty from Lionel Messi to return to the top of La Liga with a 5-0 win away to 10-man

Seahawks win again

The Seattle Seahawks needed overtime this time, but the Super Bowl champions defeated the Denver Broncos again Sunday

Hur pulls away for Classic win

Hur Mi-jung fired a six-under par 66 to win the LPGA Yokohama Tire Classic Sunday, holding off a final-round charge

Logano wins at New Hampshire, advances in Chase

Joey Logano pulled away on the restart to win a green-white-checkered finish Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Air passenger traffic expands 2.6%: IATA

The expansion in the number of international air passengers was weak for a second consecutive month with a 2.6 percent

Saudi Cement kilns closed on weak demand

Saudi Cement Co, the Kingdom's largest listed cement producer by market value.

CITC governor visits Mobily in Al Mashaer Area

The Governor of Communications and Information Technology Commission Engineer Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Darrab

Samsung mobile trucks at Red Sea Mall to mark Saudi National Day

Samsung Electronics, the global leader in technology and consumer electronics, joins Saudis in their celebration of

Giordano observes Saudi National Day with Special Edition patriotic shirts

Showing the national colors with pride, Giordano, one of the world's leading international apparel retailers, is

3M expands its presence in Kingdom

3M has been servicing Saudi Arabia for quite some time, but over the past few years, it has rapidly expanded its

Fashion-fearless Heidi takes on Milan

Milan designers wrapped up five days of previews for next summer's womenswear looks on Sunday.

Emma speaks against gender inequality

Emma Watson was at the launch of the HeForShe campaign in New York.

Upen enters 'Big Boss' to gain 'experience'

Upen Patel is part of the 15-member sqaud who have participated in the highly controversial celebrity game.

'The Maze Runner' reaches top of box office

Science-fiction action film "The Maze Runner" weaved its way to the top of the North American box office this weekend,

Egyptian band releases 'Safha Gedida'

The Egyptian band Eskenderella has released its first album, called "Safha Gedida (A New Page)," in the form of a

DR. KHALED M. BATARFI
While it is important to wish the new Afghan government well, it is hard to feel optimistic about the power-sharing deal hammered out between two rival presidential candidates almost six months after the election appeared to give a clear win to one of them.