Wednesday, 03 September 2014  -  08 Thul-Qedah 1435 H

SR5b airport projects OK’d

Prince Fahd Bin Abdullah, president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), has approved a number of airport development projects worth a total of more than SR5 billion, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Attack on police sets oil pipeline on fire

A small fire broke out in an oil pipeline in Awamiyah, Qatif in the Eastern Province on Monday night, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

Moro peace process set to clear key hurdle

A self-rule bill for the Philippines' Muslim minority will likely reach Congress next week, the government said Tuesday, clearing a key hurdle in efforts to end one of Asia's longest rebellions.

88 arrested for plotting terror attacks: Al-Turki

Security authorities arrested 88 people who are suspected of being part of an Al-Qaeda cell that was plotting attacks inside and outside of the Kingdom.

Fingerprinting is a must for re-entry visa

The chief of the Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) has said expatriates who have not registered their fingerprints yet will not be granted exit/re-entry visas starting early next year.

Haia apologizes to British man

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) has formally apologized to the British man and his Saudi wife for the troubles caused to them by some of its staffers last Friday.

Saudi who took kids to fight with IS ‘chosen for suicide mission’

Reports have circulated that a Saudi citizen who joined Islamic State (IS) has been chosen for a suicide mission, Al-Hayat daily reported.

IS extremists resort to graffiti to demonstrate ‘large support’

In an apparent attempt to show that it has a large number of supporters in the Kingdom, members of Islamic State (IS) has started writing its slogans on the walls of schools and other buildings in some Saudi cities and towns.

$1.5m counterfeit notes confiscated

Security patrols have confiscated $1.5 million worth of counterfeit notes from a house in the Manfouhah neighborhood on Sunday.

Crown Prince Salman hold talks with French Prime Minister

Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, deputy premier and minister of defense, holds talks with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls in Paris on Tuesday.

Kingdom ‘eradicating inefficiency’ as SAGIA attracts French investors

Amid Saudi Arabia’s strong economic growth, development diversification programs and attractive investment policies, the governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) has urged French investors to come and “succeed in their second home.”

15-year-old Ala spends all her life in a hospital bed

Ala was born with a swollen head caused by an accumulation of fluid in the skull and she has spent all her life in a hospital bed, mostly in intensive care.

Yemen govt axed; rebels adamant

The Yemeni president on Tuesday dismissed the Cabinet, firing the prime minister for the first time in two years, while partially reversing an earlier decision to lift fuel subsidies in a bid to end a standoff with Shiite rebels holding anti-government protests across the country.

Kafala system exploits expats

With regard to the post "Kafala system is human trafficking" (Aug. 30), the kafala (sponsorship) system is nothing more than a way to control and exploit expats.

Long-term expats are not 'foreigners'

With regard to the article "The Ministry of Labor has failed to meet its goals"(Aug. 30), the ministry also needs to look at who an "expat" really is. How can a business just simply replace

Democracy is the enslavement of people

With regard to the article "Are people who live in a democracy ‘sheep’?" (Aug. 30), democracy is definitely the enslavement of people, where 51 percent of the people can hold the other 49 percent to

Inmates complain about harsh prison conditions

The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) has received a total of 1,328 complaints from prisoners against the Directorate General of Prisons in the last three years, the society said in its

Why can’t we be a tourist country?

ACCORDING to statistics, more than 200,000 Saudis visited the United States this summer and more than 132,000 visited Dubai during the Eid Al-Fitr holidays.

OFWs want Philippines to reinstate the death penalty

The majority of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom have called on the Philippine government to restore the death penalty due to an alarming increase of reported serious crimes such as

Saudi business delegation meets Telangana deputy chief minister

In order to tap the business and trade opportunities in the newly formed state of Telangana and the residual state of

Illegals on the run

Illegal vendors flee from a local market in Jeddah on hearing the siren of a police vehicle.

Court upholds 10-year term for blogger who insulted Islam

A Saudi court on Monday upheld a 10-year jail sentence and 1,000 lashes against a citizen who was accused of insulting Islam.

Land grab erodes support for Israel, warns finance minister

Finance Minister Yair Lapid warned Tuesday that Israel was eroding its international support after Washington joined a chorus of criticism of its biggest grab of Palestinian land since the 1980s.

Iraqi forces advance as IS accused of ‘ethnic cleansing’

Iraqi forces regained control on Tuesday of part of a key highway linking Baghdad to the north where Amnesty

31 killed as militiamen, rivals clash in Benghazi

Fierce clashes in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi between Islamist militiamen and rival forces loyal to a renegade

Tunisian politician survives bid on life

A secular Tunisian parliamentarian narrowly escaped assassination by six masked gunmen who surrounded his home early Tuesday in a city near the Algerian border, the Interior Ministry said.

Hamas’ support rises, says poll

A Palestinian opinion poll suggests Hamas' popularity in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has risen dramatically following its war against Israel.

Iran unveils new radars, surface-to-air missile

Iran unveiled a new surface-to-air missile Tuesday and two radar systems it said would improve its defenses against "enemies".

Show of might

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian (PFLP) fighters take part in a military show in Gaza City, Tuesday.

Modi promises red carpet for Japan firms in India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is wooing Japanese businesses with a promise of “red carpet” treatment rather than

Pakistan lawmakers back PM amid mass protests

Pakistan’s lawmakers rallied behind the country’s embattled prime minister.

Russia and NATO square off over Ukraine

Russia vowed on Tuesday to adopt a beefed up new military.

Hollande affair actress wins privacy suit against French glossy

French actress Julie Gayet, whose affair with President Francois Hollande.

Philippine House rejects Aquino impeachment

The Philippine House of Representatives’ justice committee on Tuesday rejected three impeachment complaints against

Anti-China group nabbed for planned Manila attacks

Philippine authorities said Tuesday that they arrested three men linked to a group that was planning to set off

Hong Kong pro-democracy group admits likely defeat

Organizers of a pro-democracy group who vowed to take over Hong Kong’s streets admitted on Tuesday they were powerless

Rahane seals India rout of England

India’s Shikhar Dhawan smashed a six to seal a crushing nine-wicket victory over hapless England in the fourth One-Day

Murray runs into Djokovic

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams kept their time in blazing conditions.

English spending dwarfs rivals in Europe

English Premier League clubs spent a record 835 million pounds.

Germany, Argentina set for final rematch

Fifty days after winning the World Cup for the fourth time.

Schweinsteiger named Germany captain

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been named Germany captain to replace the retired Philipp Lahm.

Marsh sends Australia into final

Australia beat South Africa by 62 runs in their triangular series One-Day International Tuesday as Mitchell Marsh

Westwood, Poulter, Gallacher picked for Ryder Cup

Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher were named as Europe’s wildcard picks for this month’s Ryder Cup

Misbah going back to basics to solve slump

Pakistan Test and one-day captain Misbahul Haq says he is prepared to go back to the drawing board to try to recover

SAMA unveils new rules for consumer lending

Saudi Arabia’s central bank has published new consumer lending regulations which give it the power to cap retail lending at individual banks and limit the fees that banks can charge.

GCC e-Govt portal to be launched next year

GCC e-Government Portal is set for the launch in early 2015, said Mohammed Ali Al-Qaed, CEO of Bahrain’s e-Government Authority (EGA).

Middle East airfreight market expands 9.4%

Global airfreight markets accelerated in July this year as the freight ton kilometers (FTKs) increased 5.8 percent compared to July 2013.

Largest cargo ship docks in King Abdullah Port in Rabigh

King Abdullah Port received the largest cargo ship mooring Saudi Arabia’s docks coming from Greece, the giant MSC

Consumer prices in OECD ease again

Consumer prices rose at a slower pace across most of the world's largest economies in July as energy prices eased, reflecting sluggish growth during the first half of the year, the Organization for

Oil sinks to 15-month low on demand fears

Brent crude oil futures fell to the lowest level in 15 months on Tuesday, pressured by the prospect of slowing oil demand growth in China and Europe, while a strong dollar and ample supplies weighed

Kanye, Juanes enliven ‘Made in America’ fest

A new outdoor music festival in downtown Los Angeles reflected the city’s diversity with a lineup that included rap,

David Muir takes over at ABC’s ‘World News’

Among the stories David Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC’s “World News”

Jennifer: Mickey’s character was awesome

After playing sitcom sweetheart Rachel Green in long-running television comedy “Friends”

Modern Art!

Artist Subodh Gupta from New Delhi, India, stands behind his installation “Geheri Neend” (2008) at the Museum for

Fawad to concentrate only on films

Fawad Khan is making his debut opposite Sonam Kapoor in “Khoobsurat.” enhanced to better serve pilgrims
The first pilgrims have arrived in Jeddah from abroad to perform Haj this year. Samy Baaghil and the volunteers at The I
The United Nations and international donors have allowed themselves to become party to a dangerous fraud in Burma.