Thursday, 21 August 2014  -  25 Shawwal 1435 H

Madinah drive nets 24,000 traffic violators in 20 days

Over 24,000 motorists were issued tickets for various violations during extensive traffic police campaigns that began in the city on Aug. 1.

Oil prices leap on signs of strong US demand

Global oil prices rebounded Wednesday from the previous day’s multi-month lows, as dealers digested signs of strengthening crude demand in top consumer, the United States.

Woman gets divorce after husband injects her with drug

A general court here allowed a wife whose husband injected her with a drug to divorce him, Al-Watan daily reported.

King gets Al-Azhar’s honorary doctorate

Egypt’s top Muslim institute Al-Azhar has granted an international honorary doctorate to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

Global outrage over IS video on beheading of US journalist

Extremists released a video apparently showing the beheading of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria, in the most direct retaliation yet to US air strikes against them in Iraq.

Gazans vow revenge as Israel steps up air raids

Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza Wednesday as furious mourners buried the wife and child of Hamas’s top military commander, braying for revenge as eight days of calm exploded into bloodshed.

Survey digs up 18 Red Sea shipwrecks

The wreckage of 18 ships have recently been found in the Red Sea, local daily Al-Madinah reported quoting a senior official of the Saudi General Authority for Survey (SGAS).

GCC Cloud market to post seven-fold growth by 2020

As cloud computing moves from hype to the business mainstream, facilitating regional adoption of cloud technologies and virtual storage solutions will come to the fore at this year’s Cloud Confex.

Young women form volunteer group to spread good deeds

A number of young women here have formed a volunteer team to perform good deeds for all members of society regardless of their age or race, Alsharq daily reported.

Pakistan shows mix reaction toward Imran Khan's call for Civil Disobedience

A smooth transition of government took place through electoral process last year when Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) handed over the government to Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) that won by majority.

Ferguson police arrest 47 as protest continues

Police said on Wednesday they had arrested 47 people as tensions rose.

Blow for Rohani as parliament impeaches moderate minister

In a move led by hard-line lawmakers, Iran’s parliament dismissed the country’s science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rohani.

Grandiose Mosul Dam always beset with problems

The Mosul Dam was always meant to be a symbol of Iraq’s grandiose ambition to escape poverty and underdevelopment.

Saudis account for 68% of Kingdom’s population

There were 20.27 million Saudi citizens at the end of 2013, accounting for about 68 percent of the Kingdom's total population of 29.99 million, local daily Al-Madinah reported Wednesday.

Gaza war tests relations between US, Israel anew

When Israel completes its damage assessment from its latest war with Hamas, it may conclude that one of the biggest casualties was its all-important relationship with the United States.

Arab League rejects Libyan call for foreign intervention

A senior Arab League official has criticized the call by the House of Representatives for foreign intervention to stem fighting between Libyan militias.

IS fighters worse than Saddam: Kurd commander

Jihadists targeting minorities are “worse than Saddam”, a Kurdish commander says, standing near a sand barrier at a front line in north Iraq.

Instant trial for Haj violators

Security and monitoring bodies have finished their preparations for the Haj season by manning entrances to Makkah with the necessary employees and equipment.

Our inhumane hospitals

MY son suddenly fell sick while I was spending my vacation in a European country. I took him to a hospital where he was kept for many days.

Cigalah Group to train 50 young Saudis in Riyadh for marketing jobs

A major Saudi company has launched a program to train more than 50 young Saudis to work in the group's sales and

Companies needed to transport 782,000 school students

The School Transportation Services Development Company has put out a tender to implement the second phase of the transport scheme for government school students.

Terrorism court sends 18 more to prison

The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh on Wednesday sentenced 18 people to prison terms ranging from 10 months to 25 years after they were convicted of participating in terrorist attacks in the

Strategic storage ‘to end water problems’

A senior official at the National Water Company (NWC) has said water shortages in Jeddah will end by the end of 2016 when the strategic water storage facility in the city will be completed.

Pak govt, protesters begin talks to end political crisis

Pakistani ministers and opposition politicians met anti-government protesters.

Will Ramallah change the course of history?

The five-day temporary truce in Gaza has ended with no apparent sign of a breakthrough. It is obvious that Israel is not ready to offer any concession on Gaza which is why the peace talks in Cairo

America only cares about its own interests

Everything stated in the Oped “Iraq: The ‘Made-in-USA’ mess!” (Aug 20) is sad but true and there is no doubt about it. However, it is my opinion that we cannot blame America for everything. The

Ministry of Labor must implement its regulations

With regard to the article, “Workers wilt under the hot sun” (Aug 20), the Ministry of Labor always issues laws but no one implements them and also no strict action is taken against the companies

Erdogan allies likely to take major chunk of new Cabinet posts

Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan looks set to maintain his influence on daily politics after being sworn in next week, with close allies likely to take on cabinet posts in a new government and

Libya shuts TV stations taken over by militias

Libyan authorities have decided to shut down two public television stations taken over by militias embroiled in clashes in Tripoli, a government official said Tuesday.

Extremists attack major air base in eastern Syria

Extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a

Yemen deadline nears

Yemeni protesters on Wednesday march during a demonstration asking the government to rescind a decision to curb fuel

Ocalan reassured on Kurdish peace plan

Turkey’s spy chief assured the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in a secret meeting last week that the state will press ahead with the peace process to end 30 years

Liberia imposes curfew as Ebola crisis grows

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf imposed a nighttime curfew from Wednesday.

NRI's launch Telangana Business and Investment Forum

The Deputy Chief Minister of the newly formed Telangana state Mir Mahmood Ali assured prospective NRI investors.

Chinese and Russian media turn criticisms back on US

Chinese and Russian state media have seized on the US police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old and ensuing protests to fire back at Washington’s criticisms of their own governments,

Pakistani envoy defends meeting Kashmiri leaders

Pakistan’s ambassador to India defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists on Wednesday, saying that including

36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris on Wednesday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing

Pakistan crisis puts army back in the driving seat

Besieged Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been assured by the country’s military there will be no coup, but in return he must “share space with the army,” according to a government source

Nine-man Guangzhou crashes to Wanderers

Nine-man Guangzhou Evergrande crashed 1-0 to Western Sydney Wanderers Wednesday in a stormy AFC Champions League

Serena No. 1 seed at US Open

Top-ranked Serena Williams is seeded No. 1 as she seeks her third straight US Open title.

Isner sparkles, Robredo loses

Top-seeded John Isner shook off a slow start to beat fellow American.

Real draws with Atletico in Super Cup

James Rodriguez scored in his Spanish debut as Real Madrid earned a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid.

Peaty takes European breaststroke crown

When Adam Peaty was a child, his fear of water led to tears at bathtime. Now he is the European 100m breaststroke

Pakistan stuns India, levels series

Pakistan pulled off a surprise 2-0 win over India Wednesday, with a late goal from Saddam Hussain ensuring it a share

Barca appeal against transfer ban rejected

Barcelona has lost an appeal against a decision to ban them from the transfer market for two consecutive windows, soccer’s world governing body FIFA said in a statement Wednesday.

Lack of options leave India struggling

Beleaguered India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni appears set to retain his Test captaincy role — if he has the desire to continue — due to a sheer lack of alternative options to take on the job after

Saudi Arabia debuting at World Travel Market

World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, is delighted to welcome representation from Saudi Arabia onto the exhibition floor for the first time this year.

Kuwait’s credit growth hit five-year high: NBK

Credit was strong in June, with year-on-year (y/y) growth accelerating to its fastest pace since 2009 and putting two months of weakness behind it, a specialized economic report said Wednesday.

Saudi biometrics mart to reach $1.5b by 2019

The market for biometrics in Saudi Arabia is incrementing on the back of increasing IT spending, growth registered in biometric based access control systems.

Banks lift Saudi stock index to 6-year high

Banks led the Saudi main stock index to a new six-year peak as trading volumes increased on Wednesday. The Tadawul All Share Index measure rose 0.53 percent to close at 10,716.24 points, its highest

Applications for 2014 Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature on

The Uae Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) has announced that it will receive entry applications for

Suez Canal project study to start soon

Consultancy firm Dar Al-Handasah, which won the bid for the Suez Canal Project on Tuesday, will start studies on the project within days, said operations director of the company’s Cairo branch Yehia

Grand Hyatt’s Damai spa: Singapore’s harmony wrapped in a treat

Paradoxically, in between the sightseeing, shopping, tasting the local delicacies, and visiting parks and reserves

US parents to keep kids off Facebook, avoid posting photos

Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook.

Young Indian shakes up fashion with prints and pret

She's already a leading name in Indian fashion, with customers ranging from top Bollywood stars to teenage girls on

Johnny teams with daughter for comic movie

Johnny Depp will team up with his 15-year-old daughter Lily-Rose.

'The Strain' gets second season

Gory paranormal television thriller "The Strain," one of the top new series on US cable television, has been renewed

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made a grave miscalculation in insisting that only his own country is competent to investigate allegations of war crimes in the final days of the Tamil Tiger insurrection in May 2009, when it is estimated that some 40,000 civilians died.