Sunday, 26 October 2014  -  02 Muharram 1436 H

Expatriates in low green zone firms not allowed to switch sponsors

Companies in low green zone of the Saudization program will not be allowed to transfer sponsorship and obtain visas, according to the new Nitaqat updates which the Ministry of Labor started implementing Saturday.

Kingdom 28th best place for expats to live, finds poll

Saudi Arabia ranked 28 among 34 countries as the most suitable place for expatriates to live in, according to an opinion poll conducted by one of the world’s leading banking institutions.

Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000: WHO

More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola, according to figures released on Saturday by the World Health Organization (WHO).

‘GCC risks deficit as oil price falls’

Gulf states will face budget shortfalls if the recent decline in oil prices persists, International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde warned on Saturday.

Afghan president prays at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (right) praying at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Saturday.

Young abuse victim in hospital for second time in two years

Remas, 9, was a victim of abuse by her mother two years ago and, according to a report in Al-Watan daily, the child was abused again recently.

Grateful for US strikes, Syrian Kurds name baby ‘Obama’

Sultan Muslim, a Syrian Kurd, had no doubt what to name her seventh child when he was born, safely in Turkey, after a harrowing month-long flight from her home in Kobane: Obama.

Tunisians skeptical on eve of historic election

In a raucous cafe in a Tunis slum, men talked in loud voices and paid little attention to the politicians debating on the television mounted on the wall.

India ‘love jihad’ claims fuel Hindu-Muslim tensions

When a Hindu woman tearfully claimed to national media recently she had been kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted to Islam, India’s religious hard-liners seized the chance to hike their “love jihad” fears.

US police seek motive in fatal Washington school shooting

Authorities were seeking a motive as to why a high school student in the US's Washington state shot dead a female classmate.

Canada vows tougher laws as citizens worry in face of attacks

Canada vowed on Friday to toughen laws against terrorism.

Masdar first large-scale wind farm in the GCC set

Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, signed on Oct. 22 a joint development agreement with the Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO) to build the first large-scale wind farm in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Middle East, Africa air cargo fastest-growing market: IATA

International freight volumes are expected to increase.

Contractor demands high-level probe into theft at worksite

Owner of a contracting company has demanded the formation of a committee comprising representatives of the governorate and police to investigate the theft of cables and building materials from the site of one of his projects.

Family disowns lecturer who joined ‘Islamic State’

The parents of a Dammam University lecturer who said she had left her job to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State has publicly disowned their daughter.

Saher is not enough

Anyone tracking the number of car accidents and injuries resulting from these accidents will be shocked at the statistics.

As parking meters reject paper money black market thrives for loose change

When the automated payment system for parking was installed in downtown Jeddah by the municipality, drivers were told they would have to pay SR3 for every hour they parked their cars in the area.

Attitude of airport immigration officers has not changed

I am writing with regard to the article "Why is GACA so angry at Jeddah airport’s low rating?" (Oct. 23). According to this article, the attitude of immigration officers at the airport has changed

Saudis don't realize the dangers of other societies

With regard to the article "US man charged with killing Saudi" (Oct. 22), this is a very sad story. May his soul rest in peace. I think the Saudi embassies in foreign countries need to do more.

Long-term expats should have privileges

With regard to the article "Dependents of expats can work without transferring Iqama: MoL" (Oct. 24), I was extremely delighted to hear this. However, this will still not solve the main problem.

Malala's contribution to peace is 'zero'

I am writing with regard to the article "Does Malala really deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?" (Oct. 23). The great Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi was an icon of peace as his life, work, attitude and

Family of cocaine addicts baffles doctors

A consultant psychiatrist at Jeddah's Al-Amal Hospital said one of the most perplexing cases the rehabilitation facility received was that of a very wealthy couple and their two children who had

Saudi artist requests peaceful change in solo exhibition

It is hard to imagine that a shy, giggly woman like Ghada Al-Mohammedi is responsible for creating the colorful and

Korean Consulate holds reception to mark National Foundation Day

Korean Consul General Nak-young Oh and his wife held a reception to celebrate 4,347th Korean National Foundation Day

Syria regime air strikes kill 11 children: monitor

Syrian government air strikes on two rebel-held areas of the central province of Homs killed at least 25 civilians, 11 of them children, a monitoring group said on Sunday.

Iran hangs woman despite international campaign

Iran hanged a woman convicted of murdering a former intelligence officer she claimed had tried to sexually assault her, defying international appeals for a stay of execution.

Egypt imposes emergency rule in Sinai

A state of emergency came into force on Saturday across much of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula after 30 soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing by suspected militants.

Many hurt in Lebanon clashes

The Lebanese army says troops are battling militants in the northern city of Tripoli for a second day, with 12 people

Iran loses lawsuit in Taiwan over arms scam

Taiwan’s supreme court has reportedly rejected a bid by Iran to make a Taiwanese bank refund $15 million intended for an arms deal that disappeared three decades ago, after it was apparently claimed

Modi takes tea, but no questions, in first press event as PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took tea, but no questions.

Obama reassures Ebola-wary American public

President Barack Obama told Americans on Saturday that they must be “guided by the facts, not fear” when it comes to

UN climate talks shuffle to a close in Bonn

Concern was high at a perceived lack of urgency as UN climate negotiations shuffled toward a close in Bonn on Saturday

8,000 more Rohingya flee Myanmar: Expert

A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar.

16 killed in northwest China coal mine collapse

A coal mine shaft collapsed in northwestern China, killing 16 miners, an official said on Saturday.

Hong Kong protesters to vote on govt offers

Hong Kong democracy activists will hold a two-day referendum starting on Sunday to gauge protesters’ response to

War-scarred Ukraine set for key polls

Ukraine voters will go to the polls on Sunday in elections set to dramatically reshape parliament.

Firefighter injured in warehouse blaze

A Civil Defense firefighter in Makkah was injured as he battled a fire that broke out in a warehouse in Al-Moaisem

Wildfire brought under control

Civil Defense firefighters in Tanuma, Asir region, brought a wildfire under control after it destroyed a large number of trees.

Man killed in car accident

A Saudi man in his 30s was killed in a terrible car accident on Salwa road. According to eyewitnesses, the victim was speeding when he crashed into a large truck.

Brawl breaks out in Al-Asyah school

A number of students were wounded during a brawl that started inside a high school in Al-Asyah, Qassim province.

Palestinian teen killed by Israelis is US citizen

Washington confirmed on Friday that a Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli troops was a US citizen — the second time this week an American child has fallen victim to the ongoing conflict.

Wanderers take lead in ACL final

Australia’s Western Sydney Wanderers beat Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal 1-0 to seize the early advantage in the two-leg AFC

Real fights back to down Barca

Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point.

West Ham rocks City; Arsenal records win

West Ham United and Southampton maintained its unlikely but impressive starts to the season.

Serena to meet Halep in WTA Finals

Serena Williams, her insatiable will to win as strong as ever.

Kings crush Sorento to take solo lead

With the twin towers of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar once again at their deadliest form.

Pakistan eyes win after Younis, Shehzad hit tons

Pakistan took a huge step toward victory in the first Test by taking four key Australian wickets after hundreds from

Federer reaches Swiss final

Top-seeded Roger Federer beat big-serving Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (8), 3-6, 6-3 Saturday to reach a ninth consecutive Swiss

Shakib (6-59) skittles out Zimbabwe

Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan took six for 59 as Bangladesh dismissed Zimbabwe for 240 on the opening day of the

Yanbu seeks to attract investors from Houston

Executives for the Royal Commission at Yanbu (RCY), the master planner and managing authority for Saudi Arabia’s Yanbu Industrial City, are hosting an exclusive roundtable at the JW Marriott –

Middle East key player in global ethylene production

Sadara Chemical Company, now building the largest chemical complex in the world ever constructed in a single phase.

Islamic finance grows faster than conventional banking

“Islamic finance is growing at twice the rate of the traditional banking industry in its core markets, which include

ENOC reduces diesel retail price

Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) has reduced the price of diesel by 20 fils to AED3.50 per liter, effective Oct. 21, 2014.

Economic malaise weighs on Tunisian voters

In the western Tunisian city of Kasserine, campaign posters plastered on walls make plain what many voters want from Sunday's parliamentary election – jobs, whose scarcity has fuelled unrest and

Kingdom Tower turns blue

Riyadh’s iconic Kingdom Tower is lit in blue in celebration of the United Nations Day 69th anniversary.

Zellweger 'new face' highlights Hollywood aging taboo

The storm over Renee Zellweger's new-look face has thrown the spotlight on one of Hollywood's eternal questions: how

China to shut factories during APEC meeting to curb Beijing pollution

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli ordered a temporary shutdown of factories to ensure air quality during a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in Beijing next month.

Paraguay pocketless suit draws attention to corruption

A Paraguay clothing store is leaving the pockets out of the chain's latest line of suits as a protest against corruption.

In response to Ebola, the World Health Organization is accelerating the process of vaccine development.