Friday, 25 July 2014  -  27 Ramadan 1435 H

Sheikh Sudais launches Qur’an recitation website

Sheikh Abdulrahman Abdulaziz Al-Sudais, chief of the Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, on Thursday launched a website to teach Muslims how to recite the Qur’an correctly.

Big screen for Prophet’s Mosque visitor

The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques has set up huge electronic screen in the Prophet’s Mosque courtyards to display educational messages in English and Arabic to visitors.

Please have mercy on the cleaners

Please have mercy on these simple people. Help them. Be kind to them. Show them that you are equally human. Give them anything that may make them happy.

King Abdullah receives Pakistani Prime Minister

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at his palace here today Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The Tadawul juggernaut

The opening of Saudi Arabia’s bourse (Tadawul) to international investors may double the amount of foreign money flowing into the Gulf’s securities markets, making it more attractive to invest in the region but also bringing new risks.

The teenager with about 260 teeth

Surgeons in Mumbai in western India have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of a teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation, the hospital said Thursday.

Humans and pigeons in the Grand Mosque: A peaceful coexistence

Visitors to the Grand Mosque enjoy the safety and security the Kingdom is blessed with, but they are not alone, as pigeons that are spread out in practically all of Makkah’s neighborhoods roam around the Grand Mosque’s yards in complete tranquility.

Politicized Art?

During the recent on-going Israeli-Palestinian escalation, there has been unprecedented levels of imagery, from photographs captured on cell phones, pouring directly onto social media news feeds by both journalists and local Gazans under bombardment.

Why Sisi declined President Obama’s invitation

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s decline of President Obama’s invitation to attend a summit next week in Washington D.C. is the most recent skirmish in US-Egypt relations.

Is Iraq’s Kurdish region outside of ISIS calculus?

Iraqi Kurds have remained unscathed so far from any major assault by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Air Algerie flight ‘probably crashed’ in Mali

An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday.

An overhaul to create jobs

Narendra Modi has set in motion the first major revamp in decades of India’s archaic labor laws.

Charity in Islam

Charity means willingness to help others. Helping those in need is a noble quality. Charity is preached by all religions.

Our financial institutions and social responsibility

At the end of every three months, we read quarterly reports about the astronomical profits achieved by our banks and financial institutions.

Parents get killed by their children

A 26-year-old man confessed to killing his 64-year-old father by bludgeoning him with a sharp tool and then setting his corpse on fire. The reason for the murder: the father refused to give his son money to study abroad.

Volume of tasattur trade hits SR1 billion

The value of textile and ready-made clothes businesses solely run by expatriates, known as tasattur, reached SR1 billion in Ramadan, according to Muhammad Al-Shehri, chairman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s textile and ready-made clothes committee.

Follow Ramadan discipline all through the year

As we look back we see that the holy month of Ramadan is almost over in the blink of an eye. Before we know it, we’ll be saying this too about our entire life.

The perils of social networking

O, what a blessed month is this! Yea, of course, I mean ‘Ramadan’—the month of sublime patience, repentance, forgiveness and generous spending.

Taiwan crash kills 48; black boxes found

Rescuers said Thursday they had recovered black boxes from the Taiwanese aircraft which crashed in torrential rain killing 48 people, as angry relatives blamed authorities for the worst air disaster in a decade.

More than 2.2 billion people ‘poor’: UN

More than 2.2 billion people are “poor or near-poor,” with financial crises, natural disasters, soaring food prices and violent conflicts.

When will the nightmare on Tabuk-Haql Road end?

So many traffic accidents occur on the Tabuk-Haql Road that drivers themselves are advising each other to avoid the

The melodious nature of Madinah adhan

The adhan or call to prayer in the Prophet’s Mosque has always been known for its unique melody.

The muezzins of the Grand Mosque

Melodious voices chant the adhan six times a day from the Grand Mosque.

Prisons chief tours Historic District

Maj. Gen. Misfer Al-Sewatt, director general of prisons in the Makkah province, toured the Historic District of Balad

Amsterdam: When do we meet again?

Amsterdam was the first European city I had ever visited. Since my first visit to this fabulous city, I have been

Plus-sized parking spaces for Chinese women drivers

The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, signposted “Respectfully

Planes with MH17 bodies leave Ukraine

Two military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster departed for the Netherlands Thursday.

European court rules against Poland

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that the CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil.

Norway on alert over ‘terrorist’ attack

Norway has taken exceptional security measures after being informed of a possible imminent “terrorist attack” by militants who have fought in Syria, the country’s intelligence chief said Thursday.

19 die in train-bus crash in India

Eighteen children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said.

Truce efforts on; Gaza toll tops 740

Washington’s top diplomat John Kerry Thursday pressed efforts to end bloodshed in Gaza.

Syria chemicals being destroyed

Around 700 tons of Syria’s chemical agents have been delivered to specialised destruction facilities.

Kurdish leader eyes independence

Massoud Barzani, president of the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Iraq’s north.

Iraq prison convoy ambush kills 60

An onslaught on a convoy transferring inmates north of Baghdad left dozens dead Thursday, as visiting UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Iraq’s survival hinged on a more inclusive government.

Libya sees fiercest post-Gaddafi clashes

At least nine people were killed and 19 wounded, mostly civilians, in heavy clashes overnight in Benghazi as government forces tried to oust militants holed up in Libya’s eastern port city, medical

Stimpson claims first gold

Australian cycling star Anna Meares won a fifth Commonwealth Games gold medal Thursday while Bradley Wiggins had to

Suarez could make Barca debut against Madrid

Luis Suarez could make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Oct. 26.

Nibali all but seals Tour with stage win

Vincenzo Nibali proved once again he has no serious rivals in the Tour de France when he powered to victory.

Jayawardene unbeaten on 140

Former captain Mahela Jayawardene hit a classy unbeaten century.

Best yet to come: Bolt

Six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt and his coach Glen Mills believe the Jamaican sprinter can run even faster

Roma beats Liverpool 1-0 in friendly

Marco Borriello scored in the 90th minute to give Roma a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in a preseason friendly Wednesday

Youzhny eases through

Top seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia began his title defense at the Swiss Open Thursday with a 6-3, 6-4 opening defeat

Koreans out to win global Crown

Americans have seen a women’s golf resurgence this season after years of South Korean domination, but four-time major

Argentine default in balance as government refuses to capitulate

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez’s unflinching poker face in the battle against “holdout” investors suing the

Puerto Rico debt crisis headed for US-style bankruptcy resolution

Momentum is building toward a deal that would make painful losses .

European Central Bank hit by data theft

The European Central Bank said Thursday that email addresses and other contact information have been stolen from a database that serves its public website, though it stressed that no internal

Seoul offers $11b in stimulus spending

South Korea offered billions of dollars in stimulus spending and property market-boosting steps on Thursday to shore up demand after reporting its weakest economic growth in more than a year.

Nokia reports renaissance, shares jump

Finnish telecom equipment group Nokia jumped back into profit in the second quarter, it reported on Thursday, boosted by restructuring after it lost its leading position in handsets and sold its

BASF: Oil, gas business drives Q2 profits

BASF, the world’s biggest chemicals maker, said on Thursday that profits rose in the second quarter, driven by its oil and gas business.

In some ways, it may be that the shutdown of Tel Aviv airport to all US and most other international flights is one of Hamas’ significant achievements in the present fighting with the overwhelmingly more powerful Israeli military machine.