Tuesday, 16 September 2014  -  21 Thul-Qedah 1435 H
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Stiff penalties for firms trading in Umrah visas

Saudi Arabia will block computer system of Umrah service companies and establishments in case any of their pilgrims overstayed their visas, according to the amendments made in the regulations for Umrah pilgrims.

Housing problems of pilgrims ‘still unsolved’

Haj foreign missions controlling the rent of pilgrims’ accommodation and the locations of these buildings that are often far away from the Grand Mosque are just two of the problems facing this particular sector during the pilgrimage season.

Authorities accused of withholding planning data

The Ministry of Economy and Planning has accused some government authorities of withholding information and data necessary to prepare economic studies.

Joint efforts needed to defeat IS: Prince Saud

The threats posed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) has transcended the borders of Iraq and the Levant to reach every country, said Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Foreign Affairs Minister, during the Iraq Peace and Security Conference in Paris on Monday.

Qur’an teacher who beat student says boy’s father authorized him to do so

People have expressed anger at a teacher at a Qur’an memorization center who was recorded on Sunday beating a student with a stick and kicking him with his feet.

VIDEO : Passengers off load Pakistan politicians for delay of Flight

After facing what they said was a delay of two and a half hours, passengers of an Islamabad-bound PIA flight from Karachi, barred Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Rehman Malik and Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) Member of National Assembly Dr Ramesh Kumar Wakwani from boarding the aircraft. The two were accused of holding the plane back while other passengers waited for hours.

Sick NSHR female member caught driving to hospital

A female member of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) was pulled over by police officers while driving to hospital, Al-Hayat daily reported.

Million animals imported to maintain local market prices

The Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP) is set to receive more than a million animals before the end of this month to meet the needs of the local market during the Haj season.

Egypt boosting security at tourist locations

Egypt’s tourism minister says the country is boosting security procedures at tourist destinations in an attempt to buoy the flagging tourism sector following three years of political turmoil.

Iraq honors its first anti-IS female tribal leader

In Arabic, “sheikh” is the title given to a tribal leader.

Queen of Scots, but for how long?

Scottish separatists say they will keep Queen Elizabeth II if the country votes Thursday to leave the United Kingdom.

Ukraine rivals trade blame after bloodiest day since truce

Warring rivals in Ukraine traded blame on Monday over the bloodiest day in the restive east since a shaky ceasefire was drawn up 10 days ago.

China’s president wins Maldives backing for ‘maritime silk route’

China’s President Xi Jinping secured Maldivian support for a “21st century maritime silk road” as he began a South Asian tour in the strategically located Indian Ocean atoll nation.

Saudi Arabia’s non-oil producing private sector gains momentum

The SABB/HSBC Emerging Markets Index (EMI), a monthly indicator derived from the PMI surveys, rose to a 17-month high of 52.5 in August, from 51.7 in July.

Al-Imam University grants King Abdullah honorary doctorate

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has accepted an honorary doctorate awarded by Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in recognition of his work in international relations and achieving the principles of security and peace.

Barbaric IS earning $3m a day: Experts

Militants of the barbaric and self-proclaimed Islamic State have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day.

Sharjah hosts forum on refugee kids

United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in collaboration with The Big Heart, under the patronage of Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, will host the IIFMENA “Youth Forum”.

Turkish military weighs "buffer zone" against Iraq, Syria threats-media

Turkey's military is drawing up plans for a possible "buffer zone" on the country's southern border, where it faces a threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Turkish media quoted President Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Monday.

Bangladesh sets 2-year jail term for child marriage

Bangladesh on Monday approved a law setting a two-year jail term for anyone involved in marrying a girl aged under 18.

Kashmir militants suspend militancy to help flood efforts

An alliance of pro-Pakistani militant groups fighting in Indian Kashmir announced on Monday it was suspending militant activities to carry out rescue and relief work for flood victims.

Undeserved trust

May Allah help the women featured in the article "18 years on, Saudi woman discovers she married ‘wrong guy’" (Sept. 14). I hope that parents would not entrust their daughters to any man if they are


Congratulations to the Forbes-listed 200 most powerful Arab women, specially the 27 from Saudi Arabia. (27 Saudis on Forbes 200 most powerful Arab women, Sept. 15). All of them successfully stand

A man's right

With reference to the article "More justice to women" by Mahmoud Ahmad (Sept. 15). I could not be forced to do anything unless and until the woman proved that the child or children belong to me

Oranges and apples

With reference to your editorial "Scotland: For or against independence?" (Sept. 15), it is mistake to compare Ethiopians and Eritreans to the Czechs and Slovaks.

Traffic woes

With reference to the article "Road users complain about traffic jams" (Sept. 15), I would like to draw attention of the road authorities and the Municipality Ministry that at the Sulaimania

Syrian opposition to reorganize forces

The head of the main Syrian opposition movement was in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday seeking support for the

The world is watching, Libyans told

United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) chief Bernardino Leon has warned that the “world is watching”.

Israelis fight over defense spending

Demands for billions of dollars of extra funding for Israel’s military have set the scene for a bruising political battle over the budget, as the country tries to balance the needs of a weakening

UN nuclear chief suggests little headway in Iran probe

The UN nuclear watchdog sought to put pressure on Iran on Monday to address suspicions it may have carried out atomic bomb research, three weeks after Tehran failed to meet a deadline for providing

UAE Mars 2021 probe to benefit humanity: Dubai ruler

The UAE’s historic bid to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021 will result in new scientific contributions to

Egypt’s ‘Panama Canal’ blunder goes viral

Egyptians on social media have derided a stamp that was supposed to depict the nation’s famous Suez Canal but instead

Back to school

Children walk to their classes in rows next to their parents during the first day of school on Monday at a primary

Salman receives Gen. Austin

Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, deputy premier and minister of defense, receives Gen. Lloyd J. Austin, commander of

Boy flees to Yemen to escape brutal father

A 9-year-old boy has fled to Yemen to escape the physical abuse of his father after the latter poured corrosive bleach

Fighters cannot bomb ideas

President of the United States Barack Obama hopes to destroy Islamic State (IS) without losing a single soldier on the ground.

Demand for organ donors on the rise

There is a low rate of organ donors in the Kingdom, according to the chairman of the Organ Donation Society (Ithaar) in the Eastern Province.

Shoura wants CMA steps to prevent stock market crash

The Shoura Council has urged the Capital Market Authority (CMA) to take all effective measures to rein in the risks that may produce adverse effect on the Kingdom’s stock market, the largest bourse

Sweden left rules out deal with far-right

The winner of Sweden’s election, Social Democrat leader Stefan Loefven, on the difficult task of forming a government.

Obama to ask for $88m to boost anti-Ebola effort

President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress to approve his request for $88 million to fund a major Ebola offensive in

India’s spacecraft ‘on target’ to reach Mars

An Indian spacecraft is on course to reach Mars, an official said on Monday.

Disease threatens as Kashmir floodwaters turn fetid

Indian emergency workers battled on Monday to prevent waterborne diseases from spreading.

Typhoon Kalmaegi heads out of Philippines, cuts power, damages farms

A strong typhoon was moving out of the Philippines on Monday, after plunging into darkness wide northern swathes of

Afghan court sentences five to death for gang rape

An Afghan appeals court on Monday sentenced five men to death for armed robbery and sexual assault for an attack on an

Snowden: NSA collects mass data on New Zealanders

Former National Security Agency systems analyst turned leaker Edward Snowden said on Monday that the NSA is collecting

Real out to break holder’s jinx in 60th European Cup

It was Alex Ferguson who once noted famously that watching the World Cup was as excruciating as visiting the dentist

Lin stuns Vinci in China

Lin Zhu of China advanced to the second round of the Guangzhou Open by beating sixth-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy.

Hilal faces Al-Ain for place in Asian Champs final

The Gulf’s deadliest striker comes up against one of its most miserly defenses.

Doosra not illegal, says Saqlain

Retired spin king Saqlain Mushtaq defended the controversial “doosra” delivery.

Valencia, Sevilla going strong

Valencia and Sevilla continued their unbeaten starts to the Spanish season to move within two points of leader

Double joy for Horschel

Billy Horschel took the limelight from world No. 1 Rory McIlroy to win the biggest title of his career at the Tour

Games ticket sales dragging with opening ceremony just days away

South Korean fans have snapped up tickets to see high-profile athletes such as Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan

Contador delighted at Vuelta treble

Alberto Contador said he was “delighted” after winning his third Vuelta a Espana as Italian Adriano Malori took

‘Operational excellence is a journey, not an end’

Today, having a comprehensive operational excellence management system (OEMS) is increasingly important.

Japanese architect to design projects in Dubai, Kingdom

Leading Japanese architect Nikken Sekkei, will showcase projects from, among others, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Mongolia at this year’s Cityscape Global exhibition.

SEC in strategic partnership with Wipro

Wipro Arabia Ltd., a subsidiary of Wipro Ltd., a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, announced Monday that it has entered into a strategic

‘Stars of Science’ returns for young Arab innovators

Qatar Foundation’s “edutainment reality” TV program Stars of Science is returning for a sixth season on MBC4, with a

Saudi, UAE and Egypt in focus at investment talks

The 4th EFG Hermes London MENA Conference began Monday, bringing together a cross-section of the MENA region’s leading companies and investors to discuss the challenges and opportunities prevalent

Gulf telcos firms eye new growth markets

Gulf telecom operators are investing in infrastructure to cater to more sophisticated consumers, but, as penetration

Happy red cup leads to happy new Miss America

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup.

YO-Kai Watch: Japan's monster craze set to go international

Move over Pokemon, a legion of new cutesy monsters is haunting Japan and set to break out all over the world.

Venezuela’s newest shortage: breast implants

Venezuela’s chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: breast implants.

China creates its first no-cellphone sidewalk lane

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane.

‘No Good Deed’ defeats ‘Guardians’ at theaters

It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat "Guardians of the Galaxy" at movie theaters.

Europe’s move to the right, with its underlying opposition to foreign migrants is also gaining from its Euroskeptic policies.