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Daesh responsible for mosque bombing: Interior Ministry

The Interior Ministry said Daesh (the so-called IS) was responsible for the suicide bombing of a Qatif mosque that killed at least 21 people and injured 101 more on Friday, SPA reported.

King threatens to punish all those involved in mosque bombing

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has said all planners, supporters, collaborators and sympathizers involved in the “cowardly” suicide bombing of a mosque in Al-Qudaih would be “brought to justice and severely punished”.

King Salman Center, UNICEF sign pact to provide relief to Yemeni refugees in Djibouti

The Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Work and UNICEF signed a memorandum of understanding here on Saturday to provide relief aid to Yemeni refugees stationed in Djibouti.

King Salman orders urgent treatment for Qatif  attack victims

King Salman orders urgent treatment for Qatif attack victims

Prince Saud Bin Naif, emir of the Eastern Province, said that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ordered to extend urgent treatment to all those injured in Friday’s Qatif mosque attack.

Redeveloping underdeveloped districts in Makkah not impossible: Prince Khaled

Redeveloping underdeveloped districts in Makkah not impossible: Prince Khaled

Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, emphasized on Saturday that redeveloping the underdeveloped districts of major cities in Makkah province is not an impossible thing in view of the massive support being extended from the higher authorities.

15,000 Saudi graduates pack job fair in US

15,000 Saudi graduates pack job fair in US

As people in the United States began a long holiday weekend to celebrate Memorial Day, which marks the official start of summer, one area outside of Washington DC was in full work mode.

Health minister visits blast victims

Health minister visits blast victims

Minister of Health Khaled Al-Falih visits those injured in terror attack on Al-Qudaih’s Ali Bin Abi Talib Mosque at Qatif Central Hospital.

Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks

Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks

With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby.

Militants in Palmyra’s museum

Militants in Palmyra’s museum

A Syrian official in charge of antiquities says the Daesh (the so-called IS) terrorists have broken into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra which they have captured days earlier, but have not harmed its contents.

India Tamil leader returns as state CM after court respite

India Tamil leader returns as state CM after court respite

One of India’s most powerful politicians returned on Saturday as chief minister of southern Tamil Nadu state, less than a fortnight after a court acquitted her of corruption.Former film star Jayalalithaa Jayaram was forced to stand down as chief minister of prosperous Tamil Nadu after being found guilty last September of amassing illegal wealth while in office.

Dozens die in Mexico drug war shootout

Dozens die in Mexico drug war shootout

Mexican federal forces killed at least 42 suspected cartel members on Friday during a three-hour gunfight.

‘Preserving oil market share top priority for Gulf’: Pundits

‘Preserving oil market share top priority for Gulf’: Pundits

Gulf oil producers will resist attempts to cut output at an OPEC meeting next month as preserving market share remains their top priority, industry analysts said.A decision by the 12-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries not to cut production in November sent prices crashing 60 percent before a partial recovery in recent weeks.Gulf and other OPEC members said they wanted to safeguard their share of a market that has faced a supply glut as a result of sharp increases in the production of shale and sand crudes.

Omani and Saudi businessmen seal deals as OPEX ’15 comes to a close

Omani and Saudi businessmen seal deals as OPEX ’15 comes to a close

The 4th Omani Products Exhibition (OPEX 2015) held in Jeddah came to an end with a number of trade deals and agreements signed between Omani manufactures, Saudi investors and businessmen.

e-bracelets on the way for pilgrims

The Ministry of Haj will soon ask all pilgrims to wear electronic bracelets containing important information, Al-Watan Arabic daily reported on Saturday.

In India, good cars on bad roads

I am writing with regard to the article "Tale of two Indias" (May 22).

Drivers in Saudi Arabia: Dictators on the roads

With regard to the article "Why do drivers in Saudi Arabia honk their horns unnecessarily?" (May 22),

Saudization prevents Saudis from learning from expats

With great respect to the author of "Expatriates: Convenient scapegoats for Saudi social problems" (May 21),

The liberty and honor of both genders must be respected

With regard to the article "Courting women by force" (May 21),

7 injured by shells from Yemen

Two children, four women and a man were injured after military shells from Yemeni territories struck residential neighborhoods in border villages in the Al-Tuwal Governorate.

‘Need to tighten screws on greedy landlords, investors’

Several citizens have sought the intervention of the ministries of housing and commerce and industry to rein in hikes in the selling and rental prices of residential apartments in the city.

Construction debris in Makkah angers citizens

Current projects in Makkah to establish a new water network, roads and flyovers have created the problem of debris constantly being left near construction sites and other nearby empty spaces,

Peddlers thrive near Yemeni Consulate

Many people are making good business from the current crowds around the Yemeni Consulate during the ongoing amnesty allowing illegal Yemenis to correct their status.

Citizens bitter at new health center timings

Saudi citizens have criticized the new timings of health centers and demanded that they operate in two shifts.

200 citizens aim to get literate

More than 200 citizens have enrolled in an anti-illiteracy campaign in Al-Lith, Al-Watan reported. Director of Al-Lith Education Department Miri Barakati said the directorate launched the campaign

Safety outside school

Safety outside school

THE same thing happens every year around this time before examinations. The periods before and during the examinations

One year on, still no president for Lebanon

Every few weeks for the past year, Lebanon’s parliament has met, exchanged pleasantries, and made the same announcement: that it has again been unable to elect a president.

Iraq forces attack Daesh east of Ramadi

Iraqi forces retook territory from the Daesh terrorsit group east of Ramadi Saturday.

Morsi, secular camp in dock for ‘insulting’ Egypt judiciary

Ousted president Mohamed Morsi along with several secular figures behind Egypt’s 2011 uprising were on trial Saturday, as the authorities press on with a crackdown on all forms of opposition.

Five Tunisian migrants die in shipwreck

At least five Tunisian migrants died on Saturday when their boat sailing to Italy capsized off the Tunisian coast, officials said.

Egypt court acquits 17 who took part in fatal protest

An Egyptian court has acquitted 17 people over taking part in an unsanctioned demonstration earlier this year that saw a young mother shot to death in downtown Cairo.

Turkey deports French national heading for Syria

An official says Turkish authorities have deported a French national who was detained at an Istanbul airport on suspicion that he planned to join militants fighting in Syria.

Malaysia home minister says mass graves found: report

Malaysia's home minister has announced that mass graves have been found in the country's north near detention camps run by human traffickers, a report said Sunday.

Indonesia begins search for migrant boats

Indonesia has begun search and rescue operations for stranded migrant boats carrying Bangladeshis and ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, an official said Sunday, after it dropped a hardline policy of

At least 10 Afghan police officers killed in Taliban assault

Officials in Afghanistan say at least 10 police officers have been killed in an ongoing Taliban assault in the country's volatile south.

US South China Sea actions ‘irresponsible, dangerous’ — China

China said on Friday it was “strongly dissatisfied” after a US spy plane flew over part of the South China Sea this week near where China is building artificial islands.

Japan, S. Korea financial chiefs resume talks amid diplomatic row

Japan, S. Korea financial chiefs resume talks amid diplomatic row

Japan and South Korea on Saturday held the first dialogue of their financial chiefs in two and a half years.

Sri Lanka police slammed over gang rape in ex-war zone

Sri Lankan police came under fire on Saturday for their failure to act after the gang rape and murder of a teenage girl in the district of Jaffna, as tensions heightened in the former war zone

Roadside bomb kills 2, including Afghan district chief

An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has killed that two people, including a district administrative chief, in the country’s south.

Fire extinguished at Makkah power station

The Civil Defense teams were successful in extinguishing fire that broke out at a power station that feed parts of Rei Bakhsh district in Makkah on Saturday.

Masterminds of Qatif attack will be arrested soon

The Interior Ministry has vowed that the masterminds behind a “cowardly” mosque attack that left 21 people dead in eastern Saudi Arabia will be arrested soon.

Djokovic on brink of Grand Slam history

Djokovic on brink of Grand Slam history

Novak Djokovic can become just the eighth man to complete the career Grand Slam with a maiden French Open victory, but

Hamilton secures Monaco pole

Hamilton secures Monaco pole

Defending world champion and current series leader Lewis Hamilton secured his maiden pole position at the Monaco Grand

Kings wallop Painters as Aguilar returns

Kings wallop Painters as Aguilar returns

The Barangay Ginebra Kings blew a 20-point lead in the first half but came back strong in the endgame to demolish the

Na leads Poulter by two

Na leads Poulter by two

As Masters champion Jordan Spieth imploded late, Kevin Na withstood tough, rainy conditions to hold a two-shot lead

Champ Bayern signs off with win over Mainz

Champ Bayern signs off with win over Mainz

Champions Bayern Munich ended their three-match losing streak in the Bundesliga with a season-ending 2-0 win over

Bellucci bags Geneva Open title

Bellucci bags Geneva Open title

Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil won the revived Geneva Open title Saturday, beating sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-6

Contador regains pink jersey

Contador regains pink jersey

Spaniard Alberto Contador bounced back from a crash to retake the overall lead in the Giro d’Italia as rivals Fabio

Ace for Jimenez at Wentworth

Miguel Angel Jimenez struck a superb hole in one to get his third round off to a flying start in the European PGA Championship here Saturday.

Stature of fossil fuel challenged

Stature of fossil fuel challenged

OIL era will end! It will, admits none else than the industry veteran – Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi.

Creating shared value vital for sustainable growth of business & community in region

While corporate social responsibility and its CSR acronym have become generally familiar terms, the more novel and fundamentally different practice of Creating Shared Value, or CSV.

RCN launches high-capacity terrestrial fibre network

RCN launches high-capacity terrestrial fibre network

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) announced that the Regional Cable Network (RCN) has commercially launched a high-capacity

Public-private partnerships key to sustainable growth in MENA

Public-private partnerships key to sustainable growth in MENA

Education, youth employment, women’s empowerment and public-private partnerships are key to ensuring sustainable

Zain KSA reduces call rates for all networks

Following the decision of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) to reduce mobile termination rates (MTRs) between telecom companies by 40%; Zain KSA has introduced a new

Lenovo Group revenue rises 21% to $11.3b

Lenovo Group registered an increase of 21 percent in revenue to $11.3 billion year-over-year. If excluding the exchange rate impact, the growth rate would be 28 percent.

Cannes race wide open on awards eve

The competition for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival wrapped up Saturday with a clutch of favorites jockeying for one of global cinema’s most coveted prizes.

German woman, 65 and mother of 13, has quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman, who is already a mother of 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, RTL television reported early on

Sold! to the man with $12,400: A pair of Japanese melons

A single pair of premium melons fetched an eye-watering 1.5 million yen ($12,400) at an auction in Japan on Saturday.

Man pronounced dead, then moves and breathes

First responders preparing to take the body of a Milwaukee man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing, authorities said on Saturday.

Could another English king be buried under a car park?

Just three years after the extraordinary discovery of King Richard III under a car park, researchers think another medieval English monarch might be found buried beneath a parking lot and are hoping

THERE is one articulate politician who knows more than he might be likely to admit about corporate influence on political power.
Neither Israel nor Palestine is on the world map of football, but their football has been making headlines, at least off the field.
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