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Imams laud King’s firm, wise stance

The Imams and Khateebs of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah lauded the decision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to help the legitimate Yemeni government and Yemeni people by launching Operation Decisive Storm. The support for the King’s decision came in their Friday sermons.

Cover your eyes, woman!

It is both sad and shameful that the story of a poor Saudi woman selling goods from a stall on a street in Hail went viral on social media and in several newspapers.

Text messages asking for donations are dangerous

We call on officials, the Ministry of Interior and telecommunication companies to have mercy on us and stop organizations and individuals from sending out text messages asking for money.

King Salman holds phone talks with regional leaders

King Salman holds phone talks with regional leaders

CUSTODIAN of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman made a series of phone calls to regional leaders amid an ongoing military campaign against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

‘DECISIVE STORM’ SUPPORT SWELLS

‘DECISIVE STORM’ SUPPORT SWELLS

SUPPORT for the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi militia in Yemen widened Friday as several Western and other Arab and Muslim countries voiced their full backing to the airstrikes.

Yemenis in Taiz hail Saudi offensive, King Salman

Yemenis in Taiz hail Saudi offensive, King Salman

THOUSANDS of Yemenis in the city of Taiz have taken to the streets to express their support for the Saudi-led “Operation Decisive Storm” against the Houthi rebel group, reported the Saudi news agency SPA.Houthi rebels and supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh have captured much of the third largest city of Taiz last week, as well as its airport.

Operation decisive

Operation decisive

SAUDI Defense Minister Prince Muhammad bin Salman is leading the “Operation Decisive Storm” air campaign, launched against Houthi militants in Yemen.

‘Decisive Storm’ to save Yemen from Iran’s hegemony

‘Decisive Storm’ to save Yemen from Iran’s hegemony

SAUDI Arabia-led Operation “Decisive Storm” will help save Yemen from Iran’s hegemony, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has said.

Distrust clouds vision of Kurdish peace in Turkey

Distrust clouds vision of Kurdish peace in Turkey

KURDS applauded last weekend’s call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace.

DEADLY DISTRACTIONS

DEADLY DISTRACTIONS

especially talking with passengers and using cellphones — play a far greater role in car crashes involving teen drivers than has been previously understood, according to compelling new evidence cited by safety researchers.The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed nearly 1,700 videos that capture the actions of teen drivers in the moments before a crash.It found that distractions were a factor in nearly 6 of 10 moderate to severe crashes. That’s four times the rate in many previous official estimates that were based on police reports.

India’s long road to tougher law against killer drivers

India’s long road to tougher law against killer drivers

ONE month after Anita Rajput’s son was crushed to death by two buses as he walked home in the Indian capital, the distraught mother cannot bear to send her remaining child back to school.

Odd man out

Odd man out

US resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China’s frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power.South Korea, one of America’s closest friends in Asia, announced Thursday it will join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, or AIIB, which is intended to help finance construction of roads and other infrastructure. Beijing has pledged to put up most of the initial $50 billion in capital for the bank, which is expected to be set up by year’s end.

The spirit to serve

The spirit to serve

As part of Marriott International’s “Spirit to Serve”, Marriott Hotels in Riyadh, together with Marriott properties worldwide, will participate in the annual Earth Hour celebration.

Make a wish while at the Old Jeddah Festival

Make a wish while at the Old Jeddah Festival

Fatima Baazeem is an artist who often showcases her work at exhibitions in Jeddah. She recently participated in an exhibition entitled “Stick Wishes” at the recently held festival in the downtown area of Jeddah last month.Baazeem’s work was showcased at an exhibition—titled Stick Wishes—held at Matbouli’s House in the Balad area of the city.

Untimely tragedy

The heart-rending death of Lloyd Cheruvathur Samson from Al-Falah International School (DPS Jeddah) in a car accident has raised several questions for parents.

Lee Kuan Yew: A great statesman

With the passing away of former prime minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, the revered icon of Singapore and a towering figure of 20th/21st century politics, an era comes to an end.

Families discriminate against women prisoners

With regard to the article “Families refusing to accept women released from prison” (Mar. 26), if wonder if any families are refusing to take back convicted men? I am sure not.

Begging is a well-organized business

With regard to the article “The beautiful beggar” (Mar. 26), begging is a well-organized business.

Teach girls martial arts!

I am writing with regard to the article “Girl stabbed on Corniche still in ICU” (Mar. 26).

‘Only Saudis should work in the retail sector’ (Mar. 21)

If you think this is a good decision, then go ahead and wait for the results.

Are they street cleaners or beggars?’ (Mar. 20)

My dad used to give SR 5 to SR 10 to as many as 10 street cleaners daily. He always said that they never asked for money. He gave it voluntarily.

‘‘Sorry, I don’t talk to women’’ (Mar. 20)

Sometimes I ask myself: where did Muslims go wrong? This article reminds me of many things that I have come across in many places in Saudi Arabia.

‘Mother who dressed as man for 43 years to provide for family honored’ (Mar. 19)

A mother is the strongest woman in the world. She is the person who will do anything and everything for the sake of her child even if it means her life.

‘5-year prison, SR40,000 in fine proposed for joyriders’ (Mar. 18)

I’m so glad to see that they are “thinking” about penalties for these idiots who engage in dangerous driving.

How can we stop people from smoking?

Many people fall ill and die due to smoking. The number of people who die from smoking is higher than those who die from inhaling other poisonous materials.

130,000 contractors leave market

The first sectoral meeting for contractors held Wednesday in Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) revealed that 130,000 contractors have left the market during the past period following

85% occupancy in Al-Ahsa hotels

The tourist accommodation sector has registered high percentages of occupancy during the mid-second semester vacation, as occupancy in hotels and furnished apartments reached 85 percent.

Additional trips for SAPTCO buses

Saudi Arabian Public Transport Company (SAPTCO) station in Jazan received hundreds of travelers following the decision to suspend flights at King Abdullah Regional Airport after the launching of

Yemen president calls Houthis "Iran's puppet"

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called the Shi'ite Houthi militia "Iran's puppet" at an Arab League summit in Egypt on Saturday.

Heavy blasts at arms depot rock Yemen's Aden: witnesses

A series of heavy explosions at an arms depot rocked Yemen's second city Aden on Saturday, causing casualties, witnesses said.

Saudi Arabia decides to restore ambassador to Sweden - Al Arabiya TV

Saudi Arabia has decided to return its envoy to Sweden, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Friday, in a move that will ease a diplomatic row over the Arab country's human rights record.

Saudis and Yemenis show their support for ‘Decisive Storm’

OPERATION “Decisive Storm” aimed to halt the Houthi advance in Yemen, drew a strong and mixed reaction from Saudis and Yemeni expatriates.

Assad says ‘open’ to dialogue with US

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad says he would be “open” to a dialogue with the United States, but that it must be “based on mutual respect.”

Iran talks head toward critical weekend

Marathon Iran nuclear talks headed Friday toward a critical weekend as Britain said its foreign minister would join his US, Iranian and French counterparts in racing the clock to agree the contours

German pilot said to have suffered from depression

The German pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps killing 150 people broke off his training six years ago due to depression and spent over a year in psychiatric

FROZEN ARCHIVE

FROZEN ARCHIVE

IMAGINE you are Sherlock Holmes bent on solving a mystery but the evidence is starting to crumble and eventually you

Give Muslims self-rule: Aquino

Philippine President Benigno Aquino called on lawmakers Friday to pass a bill endorsing a pact aimed at ending a decades-long Muslim separatist rebellion, warning them they would otherwise start

Stampede in Bangladesh kills 10

At least 10 Hindu pilgrims were killed and dozens more were injured in a stampede outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Friday, police and witnesses said.

More than 50 injured in Thai train crash

More than 50 people were injured when two trains collided in central Thailand, a senior official said Friday. The collision occurred at 10:15 p.m .(1515 GMT) on Thursday evening in Ayutthaya

UK’s Cameron wins first TV encounter

Prime Minister David Cameron won the first TV encounter of a close national election in Britain, an opinion poll showed, but opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband leveraged a rare opportunity to

Netherlands hit by power cut

Power had been restored at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport after a major outage hit the Dutch capital and surroundings on Friday morning.

Turkey OKs bill increasing police powers

Turkey’s parliament has approved a contentious security bill giving police heightened powers to search, arrest and use firearms.

Kiwis ready for one more big push

Kiwis ready for one more big push

Fast bowler Tim Southee says that after reaching the Cricket World Cup final for the first time and with its most

Defeat to NZ galvanized Australia — Clarke

Defeat to NZ galvanized Australia — Clarke

Losing to New Zealand in the World Cup pool stage was the kick up the backside Australia needed and the subsequent

Hamilton fastest despite engine woes

Hamilton fastest despite engine woes

Lewis Hamilton recovered from a frustrating morning session to lay down a marker to his Formula One rivals with the

Wild-card Gavrilova stuns Sharapova

Wild-card Gavrilova stuns Sharapova

Maria Sharapova is 0-5 in Key Biscayne finals.

Brazil downs France 3-1

Brazil downs France 3-1

A fine finish from captain Neymar helped secure a come-from-behind 3-1 win for Brazil over France in a friendly in

Hotshots wallop Aces

Hotshots wallop Aces

The defending champion Purefoods Star Hotshots demolished the Alaska Aces, 120-86, in a masterful display of their

Hoffman leads at wind-swept Texas Open

Hoffman leads at wind-swept Texas Open

Charley Hoffman took advantage of calmer afternoon conditions to take the first-round lead in the wind-swept Texas

Bucks hold off Pacers

Bucks hold off Pacers

Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high 34 points as the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Indiana Pacers 111-107 Thursday.

Partners in leasing business

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB), and the Arab Investment Bank (AIB) have signed a

Confounding the doubters

Confounding the doubters

ChemChina, which could soon face the task of integrating Italian tire-maker Pirelli after its $7.7 billion bid, can

All set to fly high

All set to fly high

GEZE, the innovative window and door systems, will provide the new headquarters of state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil

UBP buys 'bank of the rich and famous'

Swiss bank UBP announced Friday it would acquire Coutts private bank, which counts Britain’s royal family among its rich and famous customers.

Google’s new CFO gets $70m for joining

Google’s new CFO gets $70m for joining

Google just found out that luring a top executive from Wall Street to Silicon Valley is expensive.

Japanese magnate fails to oust daughter

Japanese magnate fails to oust daughter

A bitter family feud at a leading Japanese furniture chain took a dramatic turn on Friday as its acid-tongued founder

It was an extraordinary sight: Egypt’s president addressing the Ethiopian parliament in Addis Ababa over a Nile water dispute that had Egypt openly talking about going to war.
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