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Assassination attempt against Saudi ambassador in Lebanon foiled

Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Asiri said on Monday that Lebanese security forces did not provide him with any details about a foiled attempt on his life.

GCC to hold Riyadh summit on Yemen crisis

The six-state Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states will meet in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Monday to discuss regional developments, most significantly the ongoing crisis in Yemen.

No ground operation in Aden: Asiri

The Saudi-led coalition has not started any major ground offensive in Yemen’s port city of Aden, its spokesman said on Sunday after a Yemeni newspaper reported that an Arab force had landed in the city and was battling Houthi fighters.

King Salman receives GCC Secretary General

King Salman receives GCC Secretary General

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at Al-Yamamah Palace here today the Secretary General of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani.

Citizens pledge loyalty

Citizens pledge loyalty

As per the directive of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, emirs of various regions received on Sunday pledges of allegiance from citizens on behalf of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, and Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense.

Ottoman-era domes being restored in mataf

Ottoman-era domes being restored in mataf

The Ottoman-era domes, which were removed two years ago to expand the mataf (circumambulation area), are being restored.

Moroccan king leaves Riyadh after talks with King Salman

Moroccan king leaves Riyadh after talks with King Salman

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held talks with King Mohammed VI of Morocco in Riyadh on Sunday.

Filipinos groan in disbelief as Pacquiao loses to Mayweather

Filipinos groan in disbelief as Pacquiao loses to Mayweather

Boxing fans in the Philippines cried foul and groaned in bitter disappointment on Sunday as national hero Manny Pacquiao lost to American rival Floyd Mayweather in the “fight of the century”.

Saudi citizens flock to various missions to pledge allegiance

Saudi citizens flock to various missions to pledge allegiance

Saudi students and citizens living abroad have crowded the Kingdom's embassies and consulates to give an oath of allegiance to Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and interior minister, and Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and defense minister, following their appointments.

Baltimore mayor lifts curfew 6 days after riots

Baltimore mayor lifts curfew 6 days after riots

The city’s mayor lifted a citywide curfew on Sunday morning.

Last overland route closure chokes off Lebanon exports

Last overland route closure chokes off Lebanon exports

Lebanon’s land exports to Gulf markets have been choked off, leaving millions of dollars.

101-year-old rescued after Nepal quake as fears grow in rural areas

101-year-old rescued after Nepal quake as fears grow in rural areas

Rescuers have pulled a 101-year-old man alive.

Kerry assures Lankan Tamils of US support for ‘true reconciliation’

Kerry assures Lankan Tamils of US support for ‘true reconciliation’

US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Sri Lanka’s top Tamil leaders.

$10,000 for hurting the feelings of more than a billion people

The New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative announced that it will award $10,000 for the best blasphemous cartoon, hurting the feelings of more than a billion people.

Kerry to visit Saudi Arabia, France for security talks: spokeswoman

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to visit Saudi Arabia and France for talks on regional security, a White House spokeswoman said Monday.

International airport planned in Taif city

The proposed new airport in Taif will now serve as an international airport. An approval to this effect was given on Sunday by the board of directors of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).

Low-cost Haj begins from SR3,000: Ministry

The Haj Ministry has decided that the low-cost Haj this year will range between SR3,000 and SR5,000. The ministry has informed all 72 local companies providing low-cost Haj packages.

Qatar inks deal for 24 French Rafale jets

Qatar signed a multi-billion-euro deal with French defence group Dassault on Monday to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets, in a ceremony attended by the leaders of both countries in Doha.

2 UN soldiers hurt as Syria fire hits Israeli-held Golan: army

Two UN peacekeepers were wounded on Monday when mortar shells fired from Syria hit their base in the Israeli-held sector of the Golan Heights, an army spokesman said.

Suicide bomber blows himself up in heart of Damascus — army

A suicide bomber blew himself up on Monday in a central neighborhood of the Syrian capital where major security compounds are housed, according to a Syrian army source.

France's Hollande in Qatar for warplane deal

France's Hollande in Qatar for warplane deal

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Qatar on Monday to oversee the signing of a multi-billion-euro deal to

Flight to UAE diverted to air base after bomb threat

A commercial plane was diverted to a military air base in Dubai after a passenger said the plane would explode.

Former deputy’s graft sentence casts shadow on Ahmadinejad

Former deputy’s graft sentence casts shadow on Ahmadinejad

In late January, a former deputy of conservative ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who has been jailed.

Battered women have been failed by a flawed society

With regard to the article "Battered women: Prison better than life with our cruel fathers" (May 1), the women mentioned in this article did not make "mistakes," as was suggested by the spokesman of

Emergency cases should not be turned away from hospitals

I am writing with regard to the article "Why are Saudis being turned away from government hospitals?" (May 2). The difficulties that the patient in this article experienced are quite common.

People in the West want to live in peace

With regard to the Facebook post "‘Saudi students: Anti-Islam rallies in Australia a minority view’ " (May 2), people in the West, in common with people everywhere in the world, want to be left in

My golden moments in Jeddah

With regard to the article "Kingdom is second home for many expatriates" (May 2), I lived in Jeddah from 2000 to 2013 and experienced that time as the spring of my life.

Saudi-US Healthcare Forum calls for more sector partnerships

The C3 Saudi-US Healthcare Forum that concluded last week resulted in a series of recommendations for both regions.

Health…a never-ending story

Health…a never-ending story

LAST December, local newspapers published the story of 3-year-old girl Solaf who went to the maternity and children

Two-fifths of Jeddah children ‘at risk of obesity’

About 40 percent of children in Jeddah are overweight and at risk of becoming obese, according to a medical survey.

Al-Amal has not enough facilities for drug addicts

The Al-Amal hospital for mental rehabilitation here receives an average of 60 drug addicts every week but is unable to accommodate them all, its director said.

Saudia again gets IATA’s safety certificate

Saudia again gets IATA’s safety certificate

International Air Transport Association’s vice president for the Middle East and Africa Hussein Dabbas (right)

IIROSA honors consuls general of African countries

IIROSA honors consuls general of African countries

The International Islamic Relief Organization-Saudi Arabia (IIROSA) honored consuls general of African countries at a

Coronavirus recedes by 97 percent in April

There were only eight confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus in April, a drop of about 97 percent compared to the same period last year that witnessed 279 cases.

Several shot in Burundi protests: witnesses

Several protesters in Burundi were shot and wounded Monday in violent clashes with police during demonstrations against a bid by President Pierre Nkurunziza to extend his rule, witnesses said.

Around 6,800 migrants rescued, baby girl born on Italian navy ship

Around 6,800 migrants were rescued from overcrowded boats crossing to Europe over the weekend, including a mother who gave birth to a baby girl on an Italian navy ship, the coast guard said.

Two Ukrainian servicemen killed in eastern Ukraine - Kiev military

Two Ukrainian servicemen were killed and five wounded in continued clashes with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine despite a two-month ceasefire, Kiev's military said on Monday.

Al-Qaeda wing claims murder of Bangladesh-born US blogger

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has claimed responsibility for the murder of an American atheist blogger in Bangladesh over two months ago, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

Ensure press freedom during polls, UN tells Myanmar

The United Nations on Sunday urged Myanmar to ensure that journalists can report “without fear” during crucial general elections later this year as the former junta-ruled nation marked World Press

President of Cyprus meets Prince Alwaleed

President of Cyprus meets Prince Alwaleed

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), met President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus at

Maldives detains 175 supporters of ex-president Nasheed

Maldives authorities have detained 175 supporters of jailed former president Mohamed Nasheed for two weeks.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards ‘captured’ in Aden

Iranian Revolutionary Guards ‘captured’ in Aden

The deputy governor of Aden’s governorate said on Saturday that Iranian Revolutionary Guards are fighting alongside

Chelsea emerges champion with three games to spare

Chelsea emerges champion with three games to spare

Eden Hazard scored the only goal as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at a festive, sun-soaked Stamford Bridge Sunday to

Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn split

Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn split

Former world number one Tiger Woods and his skiing star girlfriend of three years Lindsey Vonn have separated.

Mayweather cements legacy

Mayweather cements legacy

The pressure of a $180 million payday never got to Floyd Mayweather Jr., even if the richest fight ever wasn’t the best.

Federer bags 85th title

Federer bags 85th title

Top-seeded Roger Federer claimed his 85th title Sunday.

Pharoah rallies to win Kentucky Derby

Pharoah rallies to win Kentucky Derby

American Pharoah, using a sweeping move from the outside, won a thrilling duel.

US spoils Bolt’s parade at World Relays

US spoils Bolt’s parade at World Relays

A US team led by Justin Gatlin rained on Usain Bolt’s parade in the 4x100m at the World Relays Saturday as the US team

‘Shoulder injury let me down’

‘Shoulder injury let me down’

Manny Pacquiao said a right shoulder injury prevented him from fighting at his best in his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

McIlroy moves into Match Play semis

McIlroy moves into Match Play semis

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy moved on to a WCG Match Play semifinal showdown with world number five Jim Furyk after

Saudi energy sector poised for unprecedented growth, diversification, profitability

Saudi energy sector poised for unprecedented growth, diversification, profitability

The Oil & Gas Year (TOGY) – a series of annual, country-specific energy reports on petroleum provinces worldwide –

GCC’s P&C sector needs gender diversity for advancement: GPCA

GCC’s P&C sector needs gender diversity for advancement: GPCA

Improving the levels of female representation in the Arabian Gulf’s petrochemicals and chemicals (P&C) sector.

Lower oil prices may spur the Gulf to diversify

Excluding the global financial crisis, oil prices are now at their lowest level in a decade, roughly 50% below last year’s peak of $115.

Etihad Etisalat provides business cloud solutions

In response to the unprecedented demand for Business Cloud, Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and its partner Virtustream provide their first Business Cloud Services targeting customers across all segments.

SR120m MAMEE TGU snack food plant to be built in KAEC

SR120m MAMEE TGU snack food plant to be built in KAEC

Supporting its role as a hub for international investments and facilitating local production of the Kingdom’s food

Mammoth machines for Rabigh 2 power project pass at KAP

Mammoth machines for Rabigh 2 power project pass at KAP

King Abdullah Port (KAP), owned and developed by Ports Development Co., recently received large equipment constructed

Ian McShane to Voice the Villain in the Animated Feature ‘Bilal’

Ian McShane to Voice the Villain in the Animated Feature ‘Bilal’

Barajoun Entertainment, a Dubai-based animation and visual effects studio, today announced award-winning British

William and Kate spend first day at home with Britain’s new princess

William and Kate spend first day at home with Britain’s new princess

Prince William and his wife Kate were on Sunday spending their first day back at home with their baby daughter.

Aamir Khan in Nepal appeal

Aamir Khan in Nepal appeal

The toll has crossed the 7,000 mark.

Eric Clapton celebrates 70th birthday by rocking the Garden

Eric Clapton celebrates 70th birthday by rocking the Garden

It was Eric Clapton’s birthday celebration.

Tennis: Not very Andy! Murray sees pregnancy funny side

Andy Murray saw the funny side Sunday when a US celebrity magazine accidentally captioned the tennis star as a proud new father instead of former world number one Andy Roddick.

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As Nepal struggles to come to grips with the aftermath of last week's earthquake and its many aftershocks, questions are once again being raised about the safety of buildings and the practice of unauthorized construction in some Asian countries.
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