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No plan to set minimum age for marriage of girls: Grand Mufti

The Kingdom’s Grand Mufti has said the Board of Senior Scholars has no intention to set the minimum marriage age of women in the country to 15 years.

Jeddah to have 3 new cities

Jeddah Municipality announced on Sunday its plans to construct three new cities — a residential, a recreational, and an industrial — to balance the architectural landscape and demographics of the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Saudi stocks rise in pre-budget rally

Saudi Arabia’s stock market rose sharply on Sunday in anticipation that the Kingdom’s 2015 state budget, expected to be released as soon as Monday, will sustain heavy spending on economic development projects despite the drop in oil prices.

For stronger Saudi-Spanish ties

For stronger Saudi-Spanish ties

Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, deputy premier and minister of defense, received in Riyadh on Sunday Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenés and his accompanying delegation.

‘No conspiracy behind oil prices’

‘No conspiracy behind oil prices’

Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi dismissed claims of a “plot” to push prices down for political goals, insisting that the Kingdom’s policy is “based on pure economic principles.”

Okaz board approves 2015 budget

Okaz board approves 2015 budget

Okaz Organization for Press and Publication’s board of directors has approved the company’s report for the fiscal year 2015, updated the organization’s hierarchy, and reviewed proposed projects to develop its use of information technology.

TVTC to build 25 training centers for prisoners

TVTC to build 25 training centers for prisoners

The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) is planning to build 25 training centers for prison inmates at a total cost of SR150 million, the corporation’s deputy governor Rashid Al-Zahrani was quoted as saying by Makkah daily.

Tunisians vote in historic presidential run-off

Tunisians vote in historic presidential run-off

Tunisians voted on Sunday in a presidential run-off election that completes the country’s transition to full democracy.

Egypt allows in travelers from Gaza

Egypt allows in travelers from Gaza

Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Sunday for incoming passengers from the Gaza Strip for the first time in almost two months, Palestinian and Egyptian officials said.Rafah is the only major crossing between impoverished Gaza, home to 1.8 million Palestinians, and the outside world that does not border Israel, which blockades the strip and allows passage mainly on humanitarian grounds.

Pakistanis pray, resolve to fight terror at stricken school

Pakistanis pray, resolve to fight terror at stricken school

Thousands of Pakistanis flocked to a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Sunday to mourn the 149 people — mainly children — massacred by the Taliban and demand action against militants.

Immigration minister promoted in Australia cabinet reshuffle

Immigration minister promoted in Australia cabinet reshuffle

Australia’s Immigration Minister Scott Morrison was Sunday chosen to head up the social services ministry in a major cabinet reshuffle, a move widely seen as a promotion following his handling of controversial asylum-seeker policies.

Only a change of leadership could make a better Pakistan

This refers to the article "Has Pakistan become a dream gone sour" by Khaled Almaena (Dec. 18).

Economic benefits could not substitute for political rights

With reference to the article "India wins the Kashmir elections" by M. J. Akbar (Dec. 21)

Wronged by her doctor, husband, the law and society as a whole

With reference to the article "Medical error wrecks Hail woman’s life" (Dec. 21)

36 terrorists arrested in seven days

A total of 36 terror suspects, including 21 Saudis, have been arrested over the past week by security authorities.

Foreign investors: Differences with SAGIA simmer

Foreign investors who are members of the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry have expressed dissatisfaction with the Saudi Arabian Investment Authority (SAGIA) and asked it to honor incentives

Mystery woman who lives on street taken to hospital

A woman in her 70s, Zainab has been homeless for seven years and suffers from mental illnesses that causes her to be aggressive toward residents of Makkah’s Rai’ Al-Kahl district, Makkah daily

Saudi woman apologizes for attending soccer match

A young woman who was arrested for disguising herself as a man to attend a football match last week was released by Jeddah Police, Makkah daily reported.

Calls for canceling HIV test for job applicants

Calls for canceling HIV test for job applicants

The Saudi Charity Association for AIDS Patients (SACA) is coordinating with several authorities to cancel the

Integrated plan ready to deal with rains, floods

In collaboration with other concerned government departments, Jeddah Municipality has prepared an integrated plan to deal with heavy rains or floods in the city.

Egypt’s powerful intelligence chief replaced

Egypt’s powerful intelligence chief was removed and replaced by his deputy, security officials said on Saturday.

Egypt charges captain, officer of Kuwaiti ship with manslaughter

Egypt’s public prosecutor charged the captain and first officer of a Kuwaiti container ship with manslaughter in connection with a collision in the Red Sea this month that killed 25 Egyptian

Jordan hangs 11 after eight-year death penalty moratorium

Jordan executed 11 men convicted of murder by hanging on Sunday, the interior ministry said, as it ended an informal eight-year moratorium on the death penalty.

Egyptian jailed for 10 years for spying for Israel

An Egyptian court has jailed a Suez Canal shipping services manager for 10 years on charges of spying for Israel about naval movements through the strategic waterway, state media reported.

Israel police detain 8 anti-Arab extremists

Israel police rounded up eight Jewish extremists from a racist anti-Arab organization overnight, a spokeswoman said early Sunday, in the second such swoop targeting the group within a week.

Kurds push into Sinjar; Iraqis battle for airport

Iraqi Kurdish fighters, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes against the self-proclaimed Islamic State group, pushed their way Sunday into the town of Sinjar.

Mass conversion in Modi’s home state sparks anger

Hard-line Hindu groups came under fire on Sunday after some 200 Christians were converted in the Indian prime minister’s home state, amid increasing concern at the right-wing government’s perceived

India Hindu group to press ahead on conversions in challenge to PM

India Hindu group to press ahead on conversions in challenge to PM

The head of India’s most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians

Mother charged with murder of eight children in Australia

Mother charged with murder of eight children in Australia

The mother of seven of eight children killed in Australia was charged with their murder on Sunday, police said,

Castro hails US-Cuba thaw, but says won’t change political system

Castro hails US-Cuba thaw, but says won’t change political system

Cuban President Raul Castro said on Saturday he was ready to discuss any topic with Washington after the historic

Afghan Taliban decry ‘biased’ UN report on civilian casualties

Afghanistan’s Taliban on Sunday accused the United Nations of “enmity and political motives” in reporting that three-quarters of a record-high number of civilians killed and wounded this year were

Last children leave asylum-seeker detention center: Australia

The last remaining children held at an offshore asylum-seeker detention center have been transferred to the Australian mainland, the government said on Sunday, as part of a deal to gain lawmakers’

Afghan journalist wounded in French center attack dies

Afghan journalist wounded in French center attack dies

An Afghan journalist who was seriously injured during a suicide attack on a French cultural center died of his wounds

Bloodied Skrtel earns Reds point

Bloodied Skrtel earns Reds point

A bloodied and bandaged Martin Skrtel headed home a last-gasp 97th-minute equalizer to earn Liverpool a 2-2 draw

Real Madrid on top of the world

Real Madrid on top of the world

Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 Saturday to win the Club World Cup and secure their fourth trophy of

SMB prevails over TNT, takes 2-0 lead

SMB prevails over TNT, takes 2-0 lead

The San Miguel Beermen found tougher resistance from the Talk N Text Tropang Texters this time but were still able to

Afridi to retire from ODIs after World Cup

Afridi to retire from ODIs after World Cup

Pakistan’s experienced all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from one-day internationals after next

Tearful David captures 8th world title

Tearful David captures 8th world title

Nicol David regained the world title in her most exciting final, and with her most memorable performance yet, saving

Chen claims Superseries title

Chen claims Superseries title

China’s world champion Chen Long finished 2014 on a high by winning the World Superseries Finals title Sunday,

Australia and Ishant Sharma get fines

Australia and Ishant Sharma get fines

Australia has been fined for maintaining a slow over rate and India paceman Ishant Sharma has been found guilty of

No way back for Pietersen

England cricket chiefs have moved quickly to make it clear that Alastair Cook’s dismissal as one-day captain has not opened the door for a return to international cricket for batsman Kevin Pietersen.

Why the Sony hack isn’t big news in Japan

Japan’s biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn’t about hacking.

CPC sponsors FIKR 13 conference in Morocco

CPC sponsors FIKR 13 conference in Morocco

Construction Products Holding Company (CPC), the golden sponsor of the 13th Annual FIKR Conference, which was

A look at 2014 in the business world

No one said the recovery from the global financial crisis would be easy and 2014 provided that in spades.

‘Irresponsible’ non-OPEC output behind oil price plunge: UAE

‘Irresponsible’ non-OPEC output behind oil price plunge: UAE

“Irresponsible” levels of output by producers from outside the OPEC oil organization is among the main causes of the

Russia growls across the border as Lithuania readies for euro

Russia growls across the border as Lithuania readies for euro

Geopolitics plague Lithuanians at this frozen Russian border post, where a return trip by car can mean 48 hours of

As Ford closes, European rust belt seeks new ideas

As Ford closes, European rust belt seeks new ideas

In the heart of western Europe, the Belgian-Dutch-German rust belt has been dealt another blow.

Young Oscar-tipped director’s Hollywood dream comes true

Young Oscar-tipped director’s Hollywood dream comes true

Writer-director Damien Chazelle is only 29, but he is already living his dream of the Hollywood big-time.His second

PK opens to rave reviews

PK opens to rave reviews

After creating controversies with one if its bold posters, “PK” has again grabbed headlines for being an exceptionally

Tamer to soon return to big screen

Tamer to soon return to big screen

Tamer Hosny will soon be returning to the big screen after two years, during which he focused on making music and

Sweden’s Princess Madeleine expecting second child

Sweden’s Princess Madeleine expecting second child

Sweden’s Princess Madeleine, fourth in line to the throne, is expecting her second child, the royal court said on

European films dominate for foreign language Oscar

Six European, two Latin American and one African film have made the shortlist for the foreign language Oscar, announced in Los Angeles Friday.

ALTHOUGH talks aimed at ending the conflict in South Sudan have resumed in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, the “horror and tragedy” afflicting this African nation is unlikely to end anytime soon.
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