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Saudi forces kill four militants in Awamiya

Saudi security forces killed four militants in a clash in Awamiya region on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said.The troops raided a militant hideout in Awamiya town and killed the four in an exchange of fire.

It’s time to put an end to unethical practices in the health sector

When you visit a private hospital or polyclinic, the receptionist will ask whether you have medical insurance.

Saudi Arabia must diversify its economy

It is high time for Saudi Arabia to diversify its sources of revenue and reduce its dependence on oil, especially with the fall in oil prices.

10 top Muslim women who made headlines in 2014

10 top Muslim women who made headlines in 2014

AS the final chapter of 2014 comes to a close, some Muslim women have risen to the forefront in their shredding of stereotypes by showing the world a courageous, unyielding side.

Falconry a passion for many in the Gulf

Falconry a passion for many in the Gulf

FALCONRY is a popular sport in the Gulf states, especially in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. It is an integral part of the Gulf region’s rich heritage.The United Nations has proclaimed falconry a World Heritage Sport. Falconry has been part of traditional life in the Arabian Peninsula for centuries.Bedouins have practiced it to hunt hare and houbara.

Palestine in 2014: The diplomatic dance to statehood

Palestine in 2014: The diplomatic dance to statehood

ALREADY recognized as a state by most of the developing world, 2014 is the year when Western nations began to express their growing frustration with Israeli policies, and signaling their intention to officially recognize Palestine as a UN member state.

Shopping splurge as ruble plunges

Shopping splurge as ruble plunges

RUSSIANS are feeling the pinch from the slumping ruble, but one somewhat paradoxical result has been to unleash a spending spree as consumers snap up electronics, furniture and cars before prices soar.

The aggressive crackdown on corruption in Brazil raises a big question: Is this the start of impunity’s end?

The aggressive crackdown on corruption in Brazil raises a big question: Is this the start of impunity’s end?

A federal investigation into a kickback scheme at Brazil’s state oil company has, so far, ensnared 30 executives.In Sao Paulo, prosecutors accuse 33 businessmen of running a “cartel” to profit from the city’s subway system.And in perhaps the most stunning turn of all, the oil and mining tycoon who once was Brazil’s richest billionaire is on trial for something that, until recently, was not even seen as a crime: profiting from inside information.The aggressive crackdown on corruption by Brazil’s rich and powerful suddenly raises a once unfathomable question: Is this the beginning of the end for the nation’s entrenched culture of impunity?

No re-vote; FIFA to publish report in ‘appropriate form’

No re-vote; FIFA to publish report in ‘appropriate form’

FIFA’s executive committee has unanimously agreed to publish an “appropriate” version of a report into the bidding process for the 2018-2022 World Cups but said Russia and Qatar would still stage the tournaments.“The decision which has been taken on Dec. 2, 2010, stands and there is no re-vote to take,” FIFA President Sepp Blatter told a news conference in a luxury Marrakech hotel.“We will go on by sticking to our decisions, both tournaments are in our calendar, and we also need to determine when 2022 will take place,” he added, referring to the controversy over the timing of the tournament in the Gulf state.

Saudis on the runway Introducing Reem Al-Kanhal

Saudis on the runway Introducing Reem Al-Kanhal

Behind the reticent smile hides an outspoken woman. An ambitious woman and the mother of two. A fashion designer.A designer whose RK fashion line is nostalgic and futuristic at the same time. Meet Reem Al Kanhal, one of the 20 international talents who was chosen by Vogue Italia to showcase her work at the Armani Hotel during the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience (VFDE) 2014.Al Kanhal grew up in Riyadh, but knew from a young age she was destined to work in the fashion industry.While friends read comic books, she devoured her mom’s fashion magazines, dreaming of all the creations she saw inside.

Football fanaticism - Saudi super fans accentuate positive aspects of game

Football fanaticism - Saudi super fans accentuate positive aspects of game

LIKE many other countries of the world, football is something that is very common in Saudi Arabia.

10 things that many regret in later life

According to psychological studies, humans display the utmost honesty and truthfulness about themselves and those around them at the time of their death.

Release Guantanamo Bay detainees

The role and characteristics of the CIA are described by Mark Mazzetti,

Revise taxi fares

I would like to bring a general issue to the kind attention of the public and of the Ministry of Transport.

Some Saudis are not able to walk the walk

I have deep respect for the realistic views of the author of the article “Saudization is detrimental” (Dec. 18).

Partition was a mistake

With regard to the article “Has Pakistan become a ‘dream gone sour’?” (Dec. 18).

Evaluate airline staff

I am writing with regard to the article “No promotion for airport staff in Riyadh if passengers dissatisfied” (Dec. 18).

‘Why do Saudi officials find it so difficult to discuss society’s problems?’ (Dec. 12)

Saudi Arabia’s issues on women’s rights are not based on religion; they originate from the country’s traditions.

‘The office is for work, not for chatting’ (Dec. 12)

Having working in the Middle East for five years, all I can say is that this article is true.

‘Recurrent errors underline need for vetting healthcare professionals’ (Dec. 12)

I would say that the government should provide the opportunity for foreign doctors to get trained in the Kingdom’s public universities.

‘Underground garbage bins installed in Kharj’ (Dec. 11)

This is great news and also the Ministry of Health must put more effort into educating not only Saudis but also expats

‘Ethiopian maid executed for stabbing little girl 30 times’ (Dec. 10)

It’s about time that people here stopped entrusting the care of their children to maids.

‘Govt agencies, car rentals benefit from status quo on women driving’ (Dec. 10)

You can see traffic blockage in Saudi Arabia when only men are driving.

‘707 firms penalized for violating wage rules’ (Dec. 10)

A penalty also needs to be slapped on those companies which are not paying the salaries of their employees on time or at all.

Prophet’s name misused on date packs

Members of the public have expressed extreme anger over packs of dates with the Prophet’s name on them being sold in the Kingdom.

Search continues for Syrian missing in sea

The Border Guard in Madinah has sought the help of more than 16 professional divers in the ongoing search for a Syrian who went missing in the sea off the Yanbu coast last week.

Public transport project on schedule

Almost 10 percent of the public transport project in Riyadh has been executed, said Prince Turki Bin Abdullah, emir of the region.

Essebsi favorite for presidency

For the third time in just two months, Tunisian voters will head to the polls this weekend, this time to elect a president in a runoff vote that presents a stark choice between the country's past

Iran urged to show more flexibility

Iran has not demonstrated sufficient flexibility in nuclear talks with six world powers aimed at ending a 12-year standoff with the Islamic Republic over its atomic ambitions, France and Britain

Pledged Gaza funds stay undelivered

Two months after donors pledged $5.4 billion to help rebuild Gaza after the war between Israel and Hamas, Palestinian, UN and other officials say barely 2 percent of the money has been transferred.

Qatari Emir in Ankara

Qatari Emir in Ankara

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani inspect a military

Kuwait jails three IS supporters

A Kuwaiti court has jailed three Arab supporters of the so-called Islamic State jihadist group, in a first for the Gulf emirate, newspapers reported Friday.

Gaza rocket hits Israel: Military

The Israeli military says a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel in the first such attack since September.

Iraqi man who lost five sons to AIDS holds pharmaceutical company responsible

Iraqi man who lost five sons to AIDS holds pharmaceutical company responsible

FIRST one of his sons died, then another and another. By 1996, Khalid Al-Jabor had lost five children to AIDS, all

Pakistan acts tough; starts hanging condemned terrorists

WITHIN days of ending moratorium on death penalty, authorities on Friday night executed convicted terrorists, Aqeel alias Dr. Usman and Arshad Mehmood, in Faisalabad.

In S. Sudan war, US Marine among thousands to vanish

In S. Sudan war, US Marine among thousands to vanish

HE survived civil war and fought in Iraq as a United States Marine, but when fighting erupted a year ago in his birth

Philippine crime lord enjoys jailhouse rock

Philippine crime lord enjoys jailhouse rock

CRIME lord “Herbert C” was enjoying national fame and growing iTunes success after reinventing himself as a lovelorn

Lakhvi’s bail to be challenged

A Pakistani government prosecutor said Friday he will challenge a court order granting bail to the alleged mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, which sparked strong condemnation from

Tycoon, ex-official guilty of graft

Property tycoon Thomas Kwok and the government’s former deputy leader Rafael Hui were found guilty of corruption Friday in a blockbuster trial that shocked a city known for clean governance.

Dutch coalition crisis fizzles out

A dispute over a health care bill that nearly caused the collapse of the Dutch government has been resolved with a compromise, though doubts remain about whether it will prove workable.

Pak strikes back after school massacre

Pakistani security forces killed more than 50 suspected militants Friday as operations against insurgents intensify in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that killed 149 people.

Abidal retires for personal reasons

Abidal retires for personal reasons

Former France international defender Eric Abidal announced his retirement Friday for “strictly personal reasons.”

Atletico sets up King’s Cup clash with Real

Atletico sets up King’s Cup clash with Real

Atletico Madrid set up a crosstown Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid despite drawing 2-2 with third-division

San Miguel demolishes TNT to take semis Game 1

San Miguel demolishes TNT to take semis Game 1

Reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo and former MVP Arwind Santos joined forces to lead top-seeded San Miguel Beermen to a

‘Cook removed as ODI captain’

‘Cook removed as ODI captain’

Alastair Cook has been removed as England one-day captain and replaced by fellow batsman Eoin Morgan, less than two

NZ beats Pakistan to take series 3-2

NZ beats Pakistan to take series 3-2

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 68 runs in the fifth and final day-night One-Day International in Abu Dhabi Friday,

Smith, Johnson spark Aussies

Smith, Johnson spark Aussies

Skipper Steve Smith scored a controlled 133, Mitchell Johnson a game-changing 88 and Australia’s tail wagged

Windies follow on, 76-2 in 2nd

Windies follow on, 76-2 in 2nd

Vernon Philander took five wickets as South Africa closed in on victory having reduced West Indies to 76 for two in

San Lorenzo dreams big

San Lorenzo dreams big

San Lorenzo, undeterred by the big gulf that separates them from Real Madrid, has vowed to play with “a knife between

Vietnam’s war on farm rodents

Vietnam’s war on farm rodents

Grinning widely, Tran Quang Thieu brandishes the day’s haul: 10 kilos of rats caught in rice paddies near Hanoi.

Stars align to boost hopes for modest French recovery

Stars align to boost hopes for modest French recovery

The euro has fallen, oil prices have tumbled, and borrowing rates are at record lows: French President Francois

Breathing a new life after tsunami, fishermen struggle against tide of tourism in Thailand

Breathing a new life after tsunami, fishermen struggle against tide of tourism in Thailand

A fter the tsunami pounded Thailand's Andaman Sea coast a decade ago, the ethnic Moklen fishing communities that have

Removal of trade barriers will make US farm products competitive in Cuba

Removal of trade barriers will make US farm products competitive in Cuba

US agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be

China revises up size of economy

China revised up the size of its economy in 2013 but sees that having little effect on economic growth this year, amid expectations that Beijing may roll out more stimulus to support the slowing

China auto firm recovers partially

China auto firm recovers partially

Shares in Chinese car maker BYD, which plunged almost 30 percent in the previous session amid speculation about its

Tel Aviv has now suffered back-to-back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in the UN and Europe, marking a strategic shift in the way these parties are dealing with Israel.
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