Friday, 31 October 2014  -  07 Muharram 1436 H

Why don’t Saudis mind their own business?

One day I was on my way to Houston University-Victoria in Texas when my attention was caught by a billboard in the town of Sugar Land.

Let’s put a stop to non-Saudis operating businesses in the name of Saudis

The practice of non-Saudis operating businesses in the name of Saudis (to avoid paying permit fees and to benefit from government incentives) is a virus that is killing the national economy and illegally draining the Kingdom’s resources.

Why are young Saudis fighting in Syria and Iraq?

It is sad that in many global conflicts taking place today, Saudis are ever present, often being the largest group in these conflicts.

Families in the desert

The idea of a family living the traditional Bedouin life in the desert seems astonishing and admirable at the same time.

The environment is everyone’s responsibility

With the weather in the Kingdom turning refreshingly cool, many people will be heading for the outdoors to camp out in the coastal areas or in the desert.

Medical waste handlers need risk allowance

Medical waste handlers are engaged in a hazardous and risky job. Some of the materials used in medical care or treatment have the potential to cause infections and disease.

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state

SWEDEN on Thursday officially recognized the state of Palestine, becoming the first western EU member to do so, in a move the Palestinians hailed as “historic” and Israel denounced as “deplorable.”

Malala donates prize money of $50,000 to Gaza schools

PAKISTAN’s Malala Yousafzai has donated the entire sum she received from the World's Children's Prize to the reconstruction of schools in Gaza, UK’s The Guardian reported Wednesday.

The art of Arabic calligraphy

The Arabic language is very ancient, but it was not a written language until perhaps the third or fourth century. The Arabic language and its 28 letters, written from right to left, spread with the spread of Islam.

Each drop of water counts

Water is a precious gift to mankind on Earth, and if a collective global conscience does not awaken soon enough to the importance of preserving water, we risk seriously depleting our water supplies.

The solar future dims in Japan

Like other Japanese who were banking on this country’s sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry.

War reporter turned movie maker turns camera on Egyptian slums

After working as a war cameraman for 18 years, getting injured twice along the way, Egyptian journalist Ibrahim Al Batout decided to get away from the real-life violence and make movies.

Instagram: Big business for women in the Kingdom

According to the latest statistics, Instagram has over 200 million active users. Everyone posting on the social networking site could, at least in theory, reach all of these.

Five-year-olds learn coding as Britain eyes digital future

“Miss! We made it breathe out fire!” exclaimed 10-year-old Joe, pointing at the laptop on his desk, where he has programmed his animated dragon to belch flames into the face of the Greek hero Heracles.

Syrian refugees bunk down in converted Berlin school

SYRIAN refugees are bedding down in the converted classrooms of a former Berlin high school as Germany grapples with being Europe’s No. 1 destination for asylum seekers. Among the newcomers is Mohammed Nabil, 28, who after a perilous land and sea journey now shares a small and immaculate if improvized bedroom with his mother, brother and sister in a working class district of the German capital.

No ‘olive’ branch

ABBAS Yusef points wistfully towards his olive trees, which are bearing their annual fruit. Yet again, the 70-year-old Palestinian farmer will be unable to make the autumn harvest.

Chinese rich pay sky-high meteorite prices

ONE small check to a businessman, one giant leap for a meteorite: after journeys of millions of kilometers, rocks formed from the primordial soup of the solar system have landed on the walls of a Chinese showroom.

Saudi generosity in donations should be utilized to spread our ‘soft power’

The term “soft-power” was coined by international relations scholar Joseph Nye to describe the power that comes from

Kindness therapy

I believe kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the dumb can speak.

Nida Tunis take most seats in Tunisia poll

A liberal party with ties to the deposed regime took the most seats in Tunisia’s parliamentary elections, leaving the once dominant Islamists running a close second, the election commission

Israeli police kill Palestinian shooter

Israeli police on Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of an assassination attempt of a hard-line Jewish activist in Jerusalem, threatening to further inflame the already high

‘Hope waning’ for trapped Turkish miners

Hope is waning of saving 18 Turkish miners trapped by a flood in a mine in the south of the country, the energy minister acknowledged Thursday, as rescue efforts entered a third day.

Libya militias commit war crimes’

Pro-government and rebel militias vying for control of western Libya are committing war crimes including torturing detainees and targeting civilians, Amnesty International said Thursday.

Peshmerga reach Turkish border

A convoy of heavily armed Iraqi peshmerga fighters reached the Turkish-Syrian border Thursday to join fellow Kurds in the battle against the self-proclaimed Islamic State group for the besieged town

‘Dear mom, don’t cry,’ hanged Iranian woman says in last message

In her final will, 26-year-old Iranian woman Reyhaneh Jabbari, who was executed recently for killing her alleged

Australia bans travel to terror hotspots

Australia on Thursday passed a law criminalizing travel to terror hotspots, a tough counter-terrorism measure aimed at stopping people from going to Iraq and Syria to fight.

Drone strike kills 5 militants in Pakistan

A suspected US drone strike killed at least five militants in a Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Thursday, with local villagers saying the dead included of a senior Arab commander.

China ‘vulnerable’ to Ebola outbreak

China is “vulnerable” to the deadly Ebola outbreak due to the soaring number of Chinese working in Africa and poor infection control at home, a co-discoverer of the virus warned Thursday.

Islamists, police clash in Bangladesh

Islamists clashed with police in several Bangladesh cities on Thursday as part of a nationwide strike to protest against their leader being sentenced to death for war crimes, police said.

Protesters storm Burkina Faso parliament

Thousands of protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s parliament on Thursday and set fire to the building, ahead of a vote on a motion to allow the president to stand for re-election, Reuters witnesses said.

Zambian president dies after illness

Zambian President Michael Sata, dubbed “King Cobra” for his sharp-tongued remarks, has died in a London hospital after a long illness.

Riyadh traffic police ready for Asian Champions League final

The capital’s traffic department has completed its preparations for organizing traffic on the city’s streets before and after the second leg of the Asian Champions League final on Saturday evening

Interior minister full of praise for ‘effective’ Civil Defense Haj media plan

Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, minister of interior, expressed thanks and appreciation to the Civil Defense for effectively carrying out its media plan complementing its daily work during the just

Haramain train set to arrive in December

The general manager of the Haramain Railway has confirmed that the train set for the project will arrive at Jeddah Islamic Seaport in December.

Saudi passports to have 10-year expiry

The Passport Department is planning to extend Saudi passport expiration dates to 10 years under specified conditions, Makkah daily reported

Murray books ticket to London

Andy Murray guaranteed his place at the World Tour Finals in London with a 6-3, 6-3 third round victory over Bulgarian

Younis and Ali blast centuries

Younis Khan became the first batsman in 90 years to hit three hundreds in consecutive innings.

Newcastle knocks City out of Cup

Manchester City’s defense of the League Cup was ended by a 2-0 home loss to Newcastle in the last 16 Wednesday.

Rose fights back in Shanghai

European Ryder Cup stars Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson both endured an up-and-down day as the BMW Masters got under

Qahtani to give his all for ACL crown

Returning Al-Hilal striker Yasser Al-Qahtani has pledged to run himself into the ground to put his team over the line

Dramatic first defeat for Juve

A stoppage-time goal saw Juventus fall to its first defeat of the season as it lost 1-0 at Genoa Wednesday, allowing

Hornets rally to down Bucks

Guard Kemba Walker scored 26 points, including a three-pointer with 1.6 seconds in regulation to tie the score and the

Giants beat Royals to win World Series

The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday behind a stunning performance by Madison Bumgarner

Volkswagen eyes year targets after Q3

Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest car maker, said on Thursday it is sticking to its full-year profit targets following a strong rise in profits in the third quarter.

Shell names new head as oil price dips

Shell, Europe's largest oil company, reported Thursday a small fall in third quarter net profit against a backdrop of sliding oil prices, and named former DuPont Chief Executive Charles Holliday to

China eases credit card monopoly

          BEIJING — China says it will ease restrictions on credit cards in a move that might give Visa, Mastercard and other foreign competitors greater access

Wooing back tourists

Off this sleepy southern Haitian village, fishermen in weathered wooden boats slowly move across azure waters. Miles

Malabar Gold's 4th raffle draw winner

Shakeer Meera, the 4th raffle draw winner in the Kingdom and 32nd overall of “Win up to 25 kilos of Gold in 25 Days”

Samsung vows changes after profit dips

Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed Thursday to overhaul its handset lineup

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Abeer Ibrahim
          Age: 12 years   Birthday: 15 January    School: Al Fikr Inter
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