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Labor visas for nations hit by Ebola suspended

The Kingdom on Monday stopped granting visas to workers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries worst-hit by the deadly Ebola virus.

Kingdom underscores joint GCC work

The Council of Ministers on Monday emphasized the firm position of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states with regard to a number of regional and international political issues, including ongoing terrorist activities in the region.

Education Ministry spokesman dismissed

The spokesman for the Ministry of Education has been sacked after he attributed a “damaging” statement to the education minister just before schools restarted this week.

Saudi-French cooperation level at its best: Salman

The level of bilateral cooperation and coordination between Saudi Arabia and France is at its best, Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, deputy premier and minister of defense, has said.

British man attacked by Haia lauds police, Saudi reaction

A British man who was assaulted by members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) in Riyadh on Friday night has paid tribute to local police who helped him in the aftermath of the incident and also praised the support he received from Saudis on social media.

Patient’s relatives beat up nurse at Makkah hospital

A Saudi nurse at Hera General Hospital had her leg broken by six women, Makkah daily reported.

Israeli rockets kill Saudi

A Saudi young man who joined Islamic State (IS) earlier this year then defected and joined fighters in Gaza has been killed by Israeli rockets in a recent attack on the city, Al-Hayat daily reported.

First Indonesian Haj flights arrive in Jeddah, Madinah

The first official Haj flight from Indonesia, carrying 455 pilgrims, arrived at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah Monday afternoon.

Iraqi troops press fightback after breaking Amerli siege

Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen backed by American strikes pressed a fightback against Islamic State militants Monday, buoyed by breaking the 11-week siege of a Shiite town.

India, Japan will shape 21st century, says Modi

Conservative soulmates Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe declared on Monday ties between India and Japan.

Pak govt considers decisive action against protesters

Pakistan is preparing to launch a selective crackdown.

British terror suspects may be stripped of passports

David Cameron on Monday announced plans to strip suspected militants of their passports temporarily.

SEC awards Siemens largest SVC contract

Siemens, the global powerhouse which innovates the electrical world and operates in the fields of energy, infrastructure, industry and healthcare, signed two contracts with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) for the construction of SVCs at Madinah East, Hail-2 and Al Jouf-2 380kV substations.

Pakistan protest leaders charged with terrorism

Protest leaders Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have been charged under anti-terror laws as political crisis in Pakistan deepened on Monday.

SR50,000 fine for flying in female pilgrim with no male guardian

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) warned airlines against transporting female pilgrims under the age of 45 without a legal guardian.

Riyadh court jails imam who used Eid sermon to glorify violence

A court in Riyadh sentenced an imam to five years in prison after he was convicted of glorifying takfirist (accusing others of apostasy) organizations in a sermon he delivered more than a year ago, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.

44,000 visas for Indian domestic helpers in one month

Saudi authorities have granted more than 220,000 visas to Indian domestic helpers and laborers in one month, according to a senior official at the Labor Ministry.

Over 60,000 security officers to be deployed in Holy Sites

More than 60,000 security officers will be deployed in the Holy Sites during this year's Haj season to ensure the pilgrims are able to perform their rituals in peace and comfort, Maj. Gen. Osman Al-Mahraj, director of general security, has said.

Reduce the number of workers, raise salaries

Anyone who reads the title of this piece will probably criticize the writer and not try to understand the point he is trying to get across.

Syrian rebels, troops clash in Golan Heights

Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents abducted UN peacekeepers last week, activist said.

Despite battlefield losses, Hamas gets political boost

Gaza's Hamas movement may have suffered heavy military losses during 50 days of conflict with Israel but it emerged with its political standing enhanced, analysts say.

Pakistan protest leader to meet political figures to discuss crisis

Pakistani protest leader Imran Khan said on Tuesday he would hold talks with a conservative Islamist politician who

An echo of his experience

I am a Saudi and had a similar experience with some members of the Haia (Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice). Once they held me for a whole night with my friend because he

Absolutely accurate

There is much truth in the article "Sorry, you’ll not get your salary!" by Mahmoud Ahmad (Sept. 1) that most of those I have previously read. Absolutely accurate, sir!

Care should be taken

With reference to the article "Fire destroys workers’ lodgings" (Sept. 1), more care should be taken in future. May Allah Save us all.

Officials say Yemeni President dismisses Cabinet

Yemeni officials say the country's President has dismissed the Cabinet and partially reversed an earlier decision to lift fuel subsidies in a bid to end a standoff with Shiite rebels holding

Gaza wounded struggle to find long-term care

Still in shock weeks after an Israel shell blast shredded his arm and killed four members of his family, Ahmed Ayyad

Militias control Tripoli as Libya chaos deepens

Libya’s toothless outgoing government admitted Monday from its safe refuge in the east of the country that it has in effect lost control of Tripoli to armed militias.

Dozens of police held in new raids on Erdogan rivals

Turkish authorities on Monday detained some two dozen police officers in new nationwide raids over an alleged plot to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Houthis escalate standoff with govt

Defying calls by the UN Security Council to end hostilities against the Yemeni government, a Houthi tribal leader on

Former Iran VP convicted

Iran's former vice president has been convicted of a charge that includes a prison term and a cash fine, a spokesman for the republic's judiciary said Monday, though details about the case were not

Over 1,400 killed in Iraq violence last month: UN

At least 1,420 people were killed in Iraq in August, the United Nations said on Monday, as sectarian violence raged in the center and north of the country.

Saudi Arabia arrests 88 suspects in alleged Al-Qaeda cell

Saudi Arabia says it has arrested 88 men who are suspected of being part of an Al-Qaeda cell that was plotting attacks inside and outside of the kingdom.

Saudi court jails 17 on terrorism charges

The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced on Monday 16 Saudis and a Senegalese national convicted of terrorism charges to prison terms ranging from two-and-a-half to 26 years, the Saudi Press

Do we really have a regulatory body?

We should first explain what we mean by a regulatory body and shed light on its function.

Eid Al-Adha holiday begins on Sept. 26

The Ministry of Civil Service said the Eid Al-Adha holiday for government employees will start on Friday, Sept. 26. Abdulaziz Al-Khunain, the ministry’s spokesman, dismissed rumors that the holiday

ICJ welcomes new Indian Consul General B.S Mubarak

A cross section of Indian community representing various associations gathered under the banner of Indian Communities

Malaysia marks 57th Independence Day

The Consul General of Malaysia, Mohammed Khalid Abbasi Abdul Razak and his spouse, Aniza Khalid, hosted the flag

Kiev warns of ‘great war’ with Russia as its forces retreat

Ukrainian forces ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents.

Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official’s speech on Monday as he sought to explain a decision

Philippines foils car-bomb plot at airport, shopping mall

The Philippines on Monday foiled a bid to plant car-bombs at its main airport and a nearby shopping mall, authorities

Lesotho prime minister calls for regional peace force after ‘coup’

Lesotho’s prime minister has asked southern African states to send peacekeepers into his mountain kingdom to restore

Americans detained in N. Korea call for US help

North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to

Afghan talks for unity government collapse; crisis deepens

Talks on a power sharing deal between Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah,

Serena into US Open quarters

World No. 1 and two-time defending champion Serena Williams reached the US Open quarterfinals Monday with a 6-3, 6-3

Falcao heading to Man United on loan

Manchester United swooped from nowhere Monday to make striker Radamel Falcao.

FIFA to open talks on 2022 Cup dates

FIFA will step up the search for new dates to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at talks with football officials next

Srinivasan in limbo as IPL probe extended

India’s Supreme Court Monday gave investigators another two months to probe allegations of corruption in cricket.

Sociedad stuns ‘horrible’ Madrid 4-2

Real Madrid collapsed after leading by two goals to lose 4-2 at Real Sociedad in the Spanish league Sunday, with the

Injured Clarke returns home after loss

Captain Michael Clarke will return home Tuesday after aggravating a hamstring injury during Australia’s embarrassing

Ernst wins first title

American Austin Ernst sank a short par putt on the 18th hole to defeat Kim In-kyung in a playoff to capture the LPGA

Henley leads a large pack

American Russell Henley took the lead but Rory McIlroy loomed large, just two strokes behind after the third round at

Economic guides point to Kingdom’s sustained growth

Saudi Arabia’s economic indicators last July point toward a sustained developmental growth in the Kingdom.

SAMA unveils new rules for consumer lending

Saudi Arabia’s central bank has published new consumer lending regulations.

Rise in US shale oil output seen to continue until 2020

The rise in US shale oil production is currently expected to continue up until 2020, the US Energy Information

West Africa economic growth to accelerate above 7% yearly

In the last decade, the size of the African economy has more than trebled, with West Africa now the fastest growing region on the continent.

Saudi stock trajectory slows down

Saudi Arabia’s stock benchmark, the Tadawul All Share Index, which has been in an uptrend since the Kingdom’s regulator said in July it would open the market to direct foreign investment early next

Ma’aden, Alcoa joint aluminum plant starts commercial operations

Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Ma’aden) said on Monday its joint aluminum smelter with US-based Alcoa has started commercial operations.

Renowned rock art in Utah is younger than believed

Life-sized figures sketched into red rock cliffs in Canyonlands National Park were drawn 1,000 years more recently

Nigeria turns to beauty spots to revive tourism

Birdwatchers often go to extreme lengths to spot a rare species.

Ecuador women turn to boxing to fight sexual violence

After surviving a harrowing rape attempt, Any Hurtado took up boxing.

Samira's new album eyes December release

Samira Saeed is currently working on the last three songs of her new album.

Googling yourself hurts, says Miley

Pop diva Miley Cyrus has opened up to Australian television about her life, saying Googling yourself is bad for your

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is under siege, politically and actually, in the capital Islamabad.