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Four terrorists killed in Awamiya

Security forces killed four militants in a clash in Awamiya on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said.The troops raided a militant hideout in Awamiya town, west of Dammam city, and killed the four in an exchange of fire.

Shortage of qualified Saudi doctors ails health sector

With the implementation of various expansion projects in the health sector, the Ministry of Health’s 2012-2013 report shows that there is a shortage of qualified Saudi doctors, nurses and other medical and health staff, Makkah daily reported on Saturday.

Medical error wrecks Hail woman’s life

A 27-year-old woman has been added to the list of medical error victims after a gynecologist at Hail General Hospital accidentally removed her ovaries, prompting her husband to divorce her, Alsharq daily reported on Saturday.

Egypt and Qatar accept King Abdullah's reconciliation initiative

Egypt and Qatar accept King Abdullah's reconciliation initiative

Egypt and Qatar have responded positively to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah's initiative to end their rifts and normalize their bilateral relations.

Back to school ... but the trauma lingers

Back to school ... but the trauma lingers

Pakistani children arrive at their school in Peshawar on Saturday after three days of mourning

Cat sightings at public hospital irk patients

Cat sightings at public hospital irk patients

Visitors and patients at King Saud Hospital here have complained about the common sight of cats roaming inside the corridors of the hospital, Al-Hayat newspaper reported.

Contributions of Imam Abu Hanifa in focus

Contributions of Imam Abu Hanifa in focus

Speakers at an international seminar here Friday described Imam Abu Hanifa, founder of the Hanafi school of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), as a great scholar, reformer and interpreter of Islamic law.

Israel shatters truce with airstrikes on Gaza

Israel shatters truce with airstrikes on Gaza

Israel’s military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer’s blitzkrieg.

Mother arrested for murder of 8 children in Australia

Mother arrested for murder of 8 children in Australia

Australian police said on Saturday they had arrested the mother of all but one of eight children reportedly stabbed to death in the northern city of Cairns, as vigils were held to mourn the tragedy.

Indian diplomat in US row stripped of duty

Indian diplomat in US row stripped of duty

An Indian diplomat at the center of a bitter row with the United States has been stripped of her duties over unauthorized statements to media, a government source and reports said on Saturday.

Saudi Motor Show attracts 100,000 visitors

Saudi Motor Show attracts 100,000 visitors

The doors of Jeddah Center for Forums & Events were closed on Friday as the Saudi International Motor Show 2014(SIMS) concluded its activities on its 36th edition.The show organized by Al Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE), and inaugurated By Eng. Mohammed Tawfiq Madani, director general of the Transport Department in Makkah .

Silva brace puts City on level with Chelsea

Silva brace puts City on level with Chelsea

David Silva sparkled for Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace that wiped out Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table and added festive spice to the Premier League title race Saturday.Manchester United’s pursuit of the table-topper stalled with a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa, its first dropped points in seven games, as local rival City came through an encounter with Palace that threatened to turn into a frustrating occasion.

Three-day work week for female teachers in remote areas

Female teachers, who will have to travel long distances to reach their schools, will be working for only three days in a week according to a decision issued by Education Minister Prince Khaled

Sharp rise in Adhl cases, says ministry

The Ministry of Justice has said there has been a sharp increase in Adhl cases (male guardians prohibiting marriage of women under their custody), Al-Yaum daily reported.

Violated rights

Violated rights

I HOPE readers view me today as a preacher and not a columnist. I feel pain every time I hear that the rights of the

Huge plots of land regained from encroachers in Makkah

The municipality was able to regain land covering more than 220 million square meters from land sharks and encroachers in the past five years, according to Mayor Osama Al-Bar.

Municipality turns compass toward hotel eateries

After the temporary closure of at least 110 violating restaurants in Jeddah over the past few days, the municipality has now focused its attention on hotel eateries.

Housemaid stabs sponsor’s child

A housemaid has stabbed her sponsor’s child several times but luckily he survived the attempted murder.

UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850m for oil spill

The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday asking Israel to pay Lebanon over $850 million in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage

Turkey court issues warrant for Erdogan foe Gulen

Turkey court issues warrant for Erdogan foe Gulen

An Istanbul court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen who President Recep

Bombings kill 10 in Iraq

Iraqi authorities say bombs targeting commercial streets and an army patrol have killed 10 people around Baghdad.

Three policemen hurt in Bahrain blast

A bomb blast in a village in Bahrain late on Friday injured three policemen, the Interior Ministry said.

Egypt to reopen Gaza crossing Sunday

Egypt is to reopen the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Sunday for the second time in two months to allow those stranded in Egypt to enter the Palestinian territory, officials said.

Don't jeopardize the safety of children

The tragedy at the school in Peshawar, Pakistan has received widespread international condemnation.

Improve the taxi service

With regard to the article "It’s time to improve the taxi service in Saudi Arabia" (Dec. 19)?

MoL work visa policy is illogical

I am writing with regard to the article "No visas for jobs with Saudi applicants" (Dec. 19).

Lying is cheating others and also oneself

The article "The Root of All Sin" (Dec. 19) is a very interesting article and is about a fundamental topic.

Pakistan school attack mastermind a father of three

The most hated man in Pakistan is a 36-year-old father of three and volleyball enthusiast nicknamed “Slim.”

Boxing great Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

Boxing great Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with pneumonia and is expected to recover because the illness was

Activists slam Pakistan for resuming executions after school massacre

Activists slam Pakistan for resuming executions after school massacre

Rights groups Saturday condemned Pakistan’s decision to hang two convicted militants in its first executions for six

Philippines orders crackdown on privileged jailbirds

Philippines orders crackdown on privileged jailbirds

Philippine authorities have given privileged inmates in the country’s main prison until Christmas Eve to turn over

N. Korea wants joint probe over Sony hack

North Korea called Saturday for a joint investigation with the US into a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures, denouncing Washington’s “slandering” after President Barack Obama warned Pyongyang

Xi warns HK and Macau in ‘one China’ message

Xi warns HK and Macau in ‘one China’ message

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Hong Kong and Macau on Saturday to remember they are part of “one China,” as

‘Montagnard’ refugees emerge from Cambodia jungle hideout

Eight hill tribe ‘Montagnards’ have emerged from hiding in a remote Cambodian border area where they crossed from Vietnam to flee persecution, the United Nations Refugee Agency said on Saturday.

ROS halts Alaska rally, ties series

ROS halts Alaska rally, ties series

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters once again built a huge lead only to allow the Alaska Aces to whittle it down.

Johnson inspires Aussies to 2nd win

Johnson inspires Aussies to 2nd win

Mitchell Johnson’s brilliance with both bat and ball inspired Australia to a four-wicket second Test victory over

Ganguly’s Atletico claims inaugural India league

Ganguly’s Atletico claims inaugural India league

Cricket star Sourav Ganguly earned bragging rights over former teammate Sachin Tendulkar as his Atletico de Kolkata

Steyn rips through West Indies

Steyn rips through West Indies

Dale Steyn ripped through the West Indies top order to claim his 25th five-wicket haul in Test cricket and give South

Cook pays price for team’s downward spiral

Cook pays price for team’s downward spiral

Alastair Cook will turn 30 on Christmas Day, but having been dropped as England’s one-day captain Saturday, he may not

David struggles into 8th world final

David struggles into 8th world final

World No. 1 Nicol David reached her eighth world final after a rare ordeal Friday, coming back from two games to one

Waqar seeks improvement, Williamson hails achievement

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis warned his team needed to improve before the World Cup, while Kane Williamson hailed a “great achievement” after New Zealand win the one-day series 3-2 Friday.

Vonn wins World Cup downhill in France

American skier Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup downhill race Saturday on the same course where she re-injured her troublesome right knee one year ago, clinching a 61st career victory to continue her

China offers $3b in aid and loans to neighbors

China has offered more than $3 billion in loans and aid to neighbors Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos to improve infrastructure and production, and to fight poverty, state media

Reform or ‘miss the bus’ – Indian FM

Reform or ‘miss the bus’ – Indian FM

India's finance minister urged opposition parties Saturday to cooperate in passage of economic reform legislation,

In US, drones take off as holiday gifts

In US, drones take off as holiday gifts

Andrew Steele, 15, chose a drone as a Christmas present. And he’s not alone.

Oil impact: Who’s hurt and happy

Oil’s plunge is spreading both pain and gain across the globe. The price of a barrel has fallen by about half since June, punishing the economies of some major exporters.

Lives of poverty on Samar island

Lives of poverty on Samar island

Life is a constant throw of the dice for farmer Nilo Dilao and other residents of the Philippine island of Samar, the

Cuba not returning to capitalism despite US deal: Castro’s daughter

Cuba will defend its socialist principles and will not return to capitalism just because it has agreed a detente with the United States, the daughter of President Raul Castro said, dispelling any

Hero’s welcome for S. Africa’s first Miss World in 40 years

Hero’s welcome for S. Africa’s first Miss World in 40 years

South Africa on Saturday welcomed back home its first Miss World winner in 40 years, Rolene Strauss, with wild cheers

Ashanti ‘shocked’ by prospect of stalker retrial

Ashanti ‘shocked’ by prospect of stalker retrial

Ashanti is appalled by the prospect of facing her accused stalker again in court, but the Grammy-winning R&B singer

Beyonce, Jay Z lose bid for Beverly Hills estate

Beyonce, Jay Z lose bid  for Beverly Hills estate

They may be R&B’s king and queen, but even a Hollywood royalty to the magnitude of Beyonce and Jay Z’s fame and

Madonna surprises with six new song release

Madonna surprises with six new song release

Even after more than three decades in the game, Madonna is still full of surprises.

School takes away blind boy’s cane as punishment for acting up

A school took away an 8-year-old blind boy’s cane as punishment for acting up and replaced it with a pool noodle, his father told ABC News today.

PRESIDENT Obama has made it clear that he is now committed to reversing course and opening up with Cuba in a meaningful way.
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