Thursday, 18 September 2014  -  23 Thul-Qedah 1435 H

Wrong to equate terrorism with jihad – Scholars

Terrorism is a heinous crime and its perpetrators deserve deterrent punishment, said the Saudi Scholars Commission and Ifta Council in a statement here on Wednesday.

Mother, 5 kids among scores killed in Syrian govt air strikes

Syrian government air strikes killed some 50 people in an opposition-held city this week in bombing, activists said on Wednesday.

18 helicopters to ensure Haj security

The aerial team of the General Security has already started implementing its plan for this year's Haj season.

More than 9,000 cars stolen last year

A total of 9,169 cars were stolen last year (2013) from various parts of the Kingdom, Makkah daily reported on Wednesday, quoting official traffic police statistics.

Newborn baby found on beach

Border Guards patrols found a newborn baby on Al-Musem beach, near Jazan.

Kingdom poultry industry eyes solar-diesel hybrids

Solar-diesel hybrid solutions may hold the answer to reducing fuel costs.

Kingdom Tower buys world’s largest crane

Kingdom Tower, the world's tallest tower, located in northern Jeddah, has reached an important milestone in the project.

Saudi return on buildings to rise sharply until 2022

The return on buildings as a proportion of GDP in Saudi Arabia is one of the lowest among major economies.

Cooperation of govt bodies ‘essential for public safety’

The Civil Defense needs the cooperation of different government agencies to ensure public safety, a senior official has said.

Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies

The 48-year-old Palestinian woman's husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza's Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy — her husband.

Bangladesh court commutes top Islamist’s death sentence

Bangladesh’s highest court on commuted the death sentence on a top preacher

Xi sees factory China and back office India as global engine

A combination the “world’s factory” and the “world’s back office” will drive global economic growth.

Pakistan’s PM threatens to clear protesters camped in capital

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, weakened by weeks of demonstrations calling for him to resign, threatened on Wednesday to clear a protest camp established more than a month ago outside government offices in Islamabad.

You are killing us, Mr. Loan

WE all know who Mr. Loan is? In the past, many of us did not need it. Our incomes were more than enough for us to buy our necessary and luxurious commodities.

Jawazat deports five pilgrims

The Passports Department (Jawazat) has deported five pilgrims for violating the Kingdom’s residency regulations, Makkah daily reported.

Govt to bear cost of treating kids with autism and Down syndrome

The Ministry of Social Affairs will bear the entire cost of treatment and rehabilitation of children with autism or Down syndrome at domestic care centers, an official source at the ministry has said.

Judge reunites daughter with mom after giving dad custody

A judge of Taif City Court has granted a mother custody over her 11-year-old daughter after previously ruling in the father’s favor, Al-Hayat daily reported.

Pilgrims get a clean bill of health from Fakieh

Acting Health Minister Adel Fakieh on Wednesday all pilgrims a clean bill of health maintaining that no epidemic or quarantine cases have been found among them till now.

Alwaleed receives UNHCR chief

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, chairman of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, discusses philanthropic projects and

One bad Haia apple...

With regard to the article “’Haia’ cool sheikh!” (Sep. 16), Islam teaches us to be lenient and well-mannered especially with those we believe have committed a wrong.

The children of Saudi mothers should be Saudi

With regard to the post “Undeserved trust” (Sep. 16), I sympathize with the woman who was left with the burden of raising her children herself, because she could not tell if the man she married was

Let women drive in Saudi Arabia

I am writing with regard to the article “Sick NSHR female member caught driving to hospital” (Sep. 16). Islam does not prohibit women from driving.

Parents are to blame

I am writing with regard to the article “Qur’an teacher who beat student says boy’s father authorized him to do so” (Sep. 16). This is insane! The man is teaching the Holy Qur’an and doing the

Egypt: Restoration of oldest pyramid on track

Egypt’s antiquities minister has brought journalists inside a 4,600-year old pyramid.

Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

About half of Iraq’s army is incapable of partnering effectively with the US to roll back the self-proclaimed Islamic

Iran’s current uranium enrichment not acceptable: US

Iran cannot convince the world that its current ability to enrich uranium is acceptable.

Tunisian forces and militants clash near border

Tunisian police killed a militant during clashes near the Algerian border, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday, after the government raised the security alert level before elections next month.

Celebrity rabbi takes plea bargain over bribery

A multimillionaire Israeli celebrity rabbi with a following in the US has accepted a plea bargain in a high-profile bribery case and could face a year in prison, an Israeli official said Wednesday,

UN brokers agreement to start Gaza rebuilding

The United Nations has brokered an agreement to enable the reconstruction the Gaza Strip, giving a lead role to the

UN envoy warns Libya on brink of prolonged strife

Rapidly deteriorating security and deepening political divisions have brought Libya “closer to the brink of protracted

New Al-Qaeda wing in South Asia claims major attack

Al-Qaeda’s South Asia wing has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and trying to use it to fire rockets at US vessels in the Arabian Sea.

Obama: Ebola crisis ‘spiraling out of control’

President Barack Obama issued a global call to action to fight West Africa’s Ebola epidemic.

Tycoon’s arrest sends shock wave through Russia

The arrest of a Russian telecoms and oil tycoon has sent shock waves through the country’s business community, with

Floating bodies, shallow graves in flood-hit Kashmir

Parminder Singh carefully lifted one of the bloated bodies from his boat as he described the horrors confronting

Weakened Odile heads toward US; tourists evacuated

Mexico’s government airlifted thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort of Los Cabos, as a

Campaigns race for votes on Scottish referendum eve

Campaigners for and against Scottish independence scrambled to win over voters on Wednesday on the final day of

Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills 2, wounds 3

Shelling in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk killed two people on Wednesday and wounded three others,

Seoul, Wanderers draw 0-0 in first leg

Western Sydney Wanderers held FC Seoul to a 0-0 draw Wednesday in the first leg of the Asian Champions League

Basketball body allows head coverings on trial basis

International basketball’s governing body said Tuesday that players will be allowed to wear religious head coverings.

Real starts Champs in style

Real Madrid started the defense of its Champions League crown with an emphatic 5-1 victory.

Ivanovic stalls Azarenka comeback

Ana Ivanovic stalled Victoria Azarenka’s comeback from a foot injury.

Misbah determined to win back Cup

Limited-overs captain Misbahul Haq says he is determined that Pakistan will “once again rule the world” by winning the

Hughes replaces injured Clarke in Pakistan series

Batsman Phil Hughes will replace injured captain Michael Clarke in next month’s one-day series against Pakistan,

Yes or No for Celtic in Europa League

Celtic faces a tough trip to Salzburg Thursday, the day of Scotland’s independence referendum, while Everton hosts

Benn guides WI to big win

Spinner Sulieman Benn took five wickets and Jerome Taylor reached the milestone of 100 Test wickets as Bangladesh

GCC economies remain resilient despite low oil prices: Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman

Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources for Petroleum

KSA to allow OTC trade of shares in delisted firms

Saudi Arabia’s securities market regulator said on Wednesday that it would permit off-market trading.

KSA injects $11b into aquaculture projects

The GCC’s rising per capita seafood consumption will come under the microscope at this year’s SEAFEX 2014.

Saudi policy body to consider taxing idle urban land

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Economic Council, a top policy body chaired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, will study whether to tax undeveloped urban land as part of efforts to end

Mobily unveils fund program for Ensan

Mobily, in collaboration with the Orphanage Society (Ensan), launched the new digital album (Orphans Love) in the

ICD, TAIB sign MOU on Islamic finance

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of the Islamic

Naqsh Short Film Festival to promote young film creators

The Naqsh Short Film Festival (NSFF 2014) will kick off on October 15 with an impressive line-up of regional and

Global fashion circus swings into Milan

Is the devil still wearing Prada? Has King Giorgio (Armani) still got the regal touch?

Ryan, Eva welcome baby girl

Hollywood hearthrob Ryan Gosling and his actress girlfriend Eva Mendes are proud parents of a baby daughter.

Whitney's live album due in November

Nearly three years after her death, an album and DVD of live performances by Whitney Houston.

Miss Uganda gets dirty in major rebranding

Miss Uganda organizers have unveiled a major rebranding of the annual beauty pageant, trading the glamour of the catwalk for an army-sponsored agricultural boot camp.

The problem with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was that while everyone in the outside world has appreciated its serious and, indeed, potentially catastrophic global consequences, no one seemed prepared to step up to the plate and do anything about it.