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Emirates re-routes flights to avoid Iraq

Emirates will stop flying over Iraq due to concerns over missile attacks following the MH17 air disaster in Ukraine, the airline’s president Tim Clark told The Times on Monday.

Rocket ignites fuel storage blaze near Tripoli airport

A rocket hit a fuel storage tank in a chaotic battle for Tripoli airport that has all but closed off international flights to Libya, leaving fire-fighters struggling to extinguish a giant conflagration.

Eid festivities marred by Gaza carnage, MH17 crash

Muslims in Mideast and Asia Asia on Monday marked a grim Eid Al-Fitr, overshadowed by several air tragedies, including the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, and conflicts in Gaza and Pakistan.

Crown Prince offers Eid prayers

Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, deputy premier and minister of defense; Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, education minister; and others performing Eid Al-Fitr prayers in the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Monday.

Documenting death: The man who counts the bodies in Gaza

Inside Ashraf Al-Qudra's cramped office in Shifa Hospital, the phone never stops ringing, with news flooding in of the latest victims of Israel's devastating 21-day military operation.

Israel kills 8 kids playing near Gaza refugee camp

At least eight children were among 10 people killed at a Gaza City refugee camp, medics said, with witnesses saying several missiles were fired from an F16.

Sheikh Ali Al-Hudhaifi: A life devoted to piety

Sheikh Ali Abdulrahman Al-Hudhaifi is one of the imams of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.

‎‏Nationals celebrate Eid with traditional fervor

Minister of National Guard Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah receives Eid greetings from National Guard officers in Jeddah.

How was Eid in Gaza?

One of the most joyous days in the Muslim calendar, the holiday of Eid Al-Fitr was marked on Monday by tears and sorrow in the Gaza Strip, left battered by three weeks of merciless fighting between Israel and Hamas.

GCC equities shed $21b in Q2

GCC equity markets experienced a strong correction in the second quarter of 2014, triggered primarily by the deteriorating situation in Iraq, according to a report by National Bank of Kuwait (NBK).

Riyadh to get some knowledge enrichment over Eid

Saudi Aramco will launch its “Knowledge Enrichment” program in the capital on the second day of Eid Al-Fitr, Al-Riyadh daily reported.

Fire rips through Jeddah paper factory

A massive fire ripped through a paper factory in the warehouse area of south Jeddah early Monday morning, Civil Defense spokesman Col. Saeed Sarhan said.

Noted media figure Fouziya Salamah dies

Noted Egyptian media personality, novelist and sociologist Fouziya Salamah died on Monday after a protracted battle with cancer, according to MBC's Sabah Al-Khair Ya Arab (Good Morning program).

Prayer for her soul

With reference to the article “Expat doc dies after a 105-day battle with coronavirus” by Adel Babkair (July 28), our condolences to the family of Dr. Dr. Hajir Muhammad Ali. May Almighty Allah

Saving a life

I agree with the article “Don’t misuse Islam for terrorism: King Eid Al-Fitr message” (July 28). One of the first messages of Islam is to feed the hungry and free an innocent’s neck.

Spare the civilians

With reference to our editorial “Eid Al-Fitr: Occasion for introspection” (July 28), I don’t see any indignation against the Hamas which provoked Israel’s extremely violent response.

A wise decision but ...

This refers to the article “A democratic imam” by Raja Al-Otaibi (July 28). The imam used good judgement and timing when he asked worshippers to decide the time of the Tahajjud (predawn voluntary

Turkish PM Erdogan returning Jewish American award

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says

When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe President Obama is on to something with his fondness for fist

MH17 downing may be war crime: UN

The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 "may amount to a war crime", the UN said Monday, adding that fighting in east Ukraine has claimed over 1,100 lives with both government and rebel forces

Afghans need new president: Karzai

Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai said on Monday that his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor.

Female bomber kills many in Kano

A female suicide bomber killed several people in northern Nigeria's Kano city on Monday, witnesses said, after weekend violence blamed on Boko Haram forced authorities to cancel Eid festivities.

Toll from Boko Haram raids rises to 15

At least 15 people were killed in two attacks blamed on Boko Haram in northern Cameroon, with the wife of the country's deputy prime minister among a dozen people reportedly kidnapped, a security

Anti-government march in Manila

Anti-government march toward the Congress building in Manila during a protest on Monday, to coincide with President

Kerry to woo India’s Modi, but quick progress unlikely

US Secretary of State John Kerry visits India this week as Washington tries to revitalize ties it sees as a counterbalance to China's rising power, but rapid progress is unlikely, despite the

21 libraries to open during Eid holidays

The supervisor of Public Libraries, Abdullah Al-Kanani, said 21 public libraries all over the Kingdom would be open during Eid Al-Fitr holidays.

Madinah resorts inflate prices, cite high demand

Private resort rates here have skyrocketed and reached unprecedented levels due to the high demand from families who want to spend the Eid Al-Fitr holidays in a private resort away from the city.

Eid abroad ‘cheaper and nicer’

Many citizens prefer to spend the Eid Al-Fitr holidays abroad because it is a cheaper alternative to the high costs of private resorts in the country, Al-Riyadh daily reported.

A Saudi 911 Rescue Team?

The other day I was traveling from Madinah to Al-Qassim by car when I saw on the other side of the road a Saudi Red Crescent ambulance driving at a high speed.

Misuse of firecrackers ‘could cause blindness’

An ophthalmology and retina consultant at Dhahran's Eye Specialist Hospital has warned of using firecrackers during the Eid Al-Fitr holidays, saying they could cause eye damage and even blindness.

Iraq army kills 17 in anti-militant raid

An Iraqi government raid on militant targets in a flashpoint town southwest of Baghdad killed 17 people on Monday, including at least three civilians, medical and tribal sources said.

Gaza's sole power plant down after Israel attack: authority

The only power plant supplying electricity to the Gaza Strip was knocked out of commission by Israeli shelling, deputy

S. Africa shines in Glasgow

South Africa took the first gold medal on the fifth day of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

S. Africa draws Test, reclaims top ranking

South Africa reclaimed top spot in cricket’s Test rankings after grimly hanging on for a draw in the second and final.

Bell blasts century, England dec at 569-7

Ian Bell returned to form in spectacular fashion with a superb 167 and debutant Jos Buttler.

Spain lifts LPGA Crown

Spain swept four singles matches Sunday to capture the inaugural LPGA International Crown team match-play.

Clark clinches Canadian Open

South African Tim Clark clinched his second PGA Tour title when he sank a six-foot par putt to beat American Jim Furyk

A journey from Sicily to Paris

Thirteen years ago, Vincenzo Nibali packed his bags and left his home in Sicily to start the journey that led him to a

Isner claims second straight Atlanta title

Top-seeded John Isner overpowered Dudi Sela Sunday to successfully defend his Atlanta Open title, blowing serve after

Wainwright shuts out Cubs

St Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright tossed seven shutout innings to win a pitcher’s duel against Chicago Cubs

Tadawul opening may dampen IPOs

Saudi Arabia's decision to open its stock market to direct foreign investment could slow down initial public offerings (IPOs) in the country by making local companies wary of giving up stakes in

Gold slips on steady dollar

Gold fell on Monday, as the dollar approached multi-month highs, but prices held above $1,300 an ounce on heightened tensions between the West and Russia, and violence in the Middle East.

Oil prices decline despite geopolitical jitters

World oil prices sank on Monday as traders appeared to shrug off geopolitical worries over key crude producing regions, dealers said. Brent North Sea crude for delivery in September dropped 94 cents

Joe Fresh stores expand in KSA

Loblaw, owner of the Joe Fresh brand, in partnership with Fawaz A. Alhokair & Co., has announced the opening of the first three Joe Fresh stores in Saudi Arabia.

Oil prices abnormally high and due for a fall

"The world of energy may have changed forever," according to Professor James Hamilton of the University of California.

Many US firms look overseas for growth

Major US companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home.

Ten days ago they elected their speaker.