Sunday, 21 September 2014  -  26 Thul-Qedah 1435 H
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2-year condition for expat sponsorship transfer waived

The Ministry of Labor has waived the two-year condition for sponsorship transfer.

5% of Saudi youth fail to plan for future

A recent study carried out by Prince Salman Youth Center showed that 5 percent of Saudi youth have not planned for their future.

Husband kills unborn child

An abusive husband has killed his six-month baby inside his wife’s womb, according to the wife’s brother, Makkah daily reported.

New Smart phone app gives sight to the blind

Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth.

All set for the inauguration of world’s biggest flag on the tallest flagpole

The pre-launch preparations for the world’s tallest flagpole were conducted for the second time on Friday, Jeddah Mayor Dr. Hani Abu Ras wrote on his Twitter page.

Indian donates stem cell to save life of Saudi boy

An Indian man has set an example of generosity when he responded to the request of a Saudi boy who was in dire need of stem cell, Al-Sharq daily reported on Saturday.

‘Exercise for all’ walking initiative launched in Al-Ahsa by a woman

Saudi citizen Mona Al-Halimi launched a unique campaign aimed at achieving two goals — first, is to set up a walkway in the center of the district and convince people to walk and, second, to improve and develop the current walkways and encourage people to use them.

Savola Group CEO wins ‘Visionary Leadership’ Award

DR. Abdulraouf Mohammad A. Mannaa, CEO & Managing Director of the Savola Group, a Saudi-listed company operating in the food and retail sector, has been presented with the Visionary Leadership Award at its annual awards ceremony.

SPC launches smart tissue with maximum softness

SAUDI Paper Converting Company (SPC), a leading paper manufacturing organization in the Arab world, launched its new smart tissue product called "Ly Ly" with augmented reality (AR) technology at a local hotel in Riyadh recently.

GCC producers set sights on nutrition-packed fertilizers

Fertilizers that can combat nutrition deficiencies will be a major opportunity for GCC producers, according to industry experts at the 5th annual Fertilizer Convention, organized by the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA).

Mobily, SCSB launch Firnas to inspire Saudi innovators

The Saudi Credit and Savings Bank (SCSB) and Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) signed a strategic partnership agreement to launch “Firnas” platform for innovation, which provides the necessary support and encourage for innovators in Saudi community.

149 kg of hashish seized in Jazan

Border Guard personnel in Al-Dayer sector in Jazan region foiled an attempt to smuggle 149.3 kilograms of hashish into the Kingdom, said Interior Ministry Spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki.

Letting women drive will harm the reputation of the country

With regard to the post "Let women drive in Saudi Arabia" (Sep. 18), allowing women to drive will harm our reputation.

Unspeakable filth on the highways in Saudi Arabia

I am writing with regard to the article "2016: New law will lead to drastic improvement in highway service facilities" (Sep. 19). I used to regularly commute to the Emirates from Jeddah, and the

Copy of Saudi labor laws should be attached to all employment contracts

I am writing with regard to the article "Labor awareness website, but in Arabic only" (Sep 17). We all really welcome this step taken by the Ministry of Labor because the majority of expatriates

Loans involve interest

With regard to the article "You are killing us, Mr. Loan" (Sep. 18), giving and taking loans is nothing more than another way of engaging in the use of interest which every Muslim should avoid.

Turkish president says no ransom paid for release of hostages held by IS

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that no ransom was paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by Islamic State in Iraq and that it was a result of diplomatic and political negotiation.

Egypt to host post-Gaza war talks this week

A Palestinian negotiator says Egypt will host indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians on a sustained Gaza cease-fire deal, and negotiations between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah on who

Bomb kills four near Egypt foreign ministry: police

A bomb blast killed two Egyptian policemen and two civilians near the foreign ministry in central Cairo on Sunday, a security official said.

70,000 Syrian Kurds flee into Turkey in 24 hours: UN

As many as 70,000 Syrian Kurds have poured into Turkey since Friday fleeing an offensive by Islamic State extremists

Turkish hostages freed, militants advance in Syria

Forty-nine Turks were freed on Saturday.

Israel drone crashes inside Lebanon

An Israeli drone crashed inside Lebanon on Saturday, coming down close to the demarcation line with the Jewish state, a military source.

University removes books with deviant ideologies

Imam Muhammad Bin Saud University here has begun reviewing the books in its library to eliminate books that spew deviant and extremist ideologies, Makkah daily reported.

Can a father let his son’s torturer walk free?

The news of the father who forgave a Qur’an teacher for beating his son was a shock in the full sense of the word. How could the father let the person who tortured his son walk free like that?

1,400 Haj flights arrive at Madinah airport

A total of 1,400 Haj flights have landed at Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah as of Wednesday at the rate of 70 flights a day, the airport’s director Abdul Fattah Bin

TNTJ holds blood donation drive for pilgrims

King Fahd Medical City (KFMC) teamed up again with Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath (TNTJ) — Riyadh province in a major

Makkah Civil Defense extinguishes Al-Husseiniyah fire

Seven firefighting and three rescue teams used four water tanker trucks to battle a fire that broke out in a walled

Wife of Alan Henning, Briton held by Islamic State, pleads for his release

Alan Henning, a volunteer British aid worker being held by Islamic State (IS) militants, should be released unharmed,

India and China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean

At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest.

Taiwan braces for tropical storm Fung-Wong

Taiwan on Saturday readied nearly 50,000 troops in preparation for tropical storm Fung-Wong as it churns toward the island with threats of downpours and powerful winds after claiming five lives in

Sarkozy announces political comeback

Nicolas Sarkozy may want his old job back.

Indonesia names four foreigners as terror suspects

Four foreign men detained in Indonesia for allegedly planning to take part in militant training were officially named suspects for breaking counterterrorism and immigration laws, police said on

India a model of religious harmony, says Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama brought religious leaders together on Saturday to mull some of India’s most pressing problems, from

India court sends 13 men to jail over gang rape of tribal woman

An Indian court on Saturday sentenced 13 people, including a village headman, to 20 years in jail for gang-raping a

Yemen TV building on fire as clashes continue in capital

Yemen’s state-run television building caught fire after a three-day mortar attack by Shiite rebels who are protesting against the government, residents and a TV employee said on Saturday,

Host shares limelight with China, N. Korea

Host South Korea was the Asian Games’ surprise first-day medal leader Saturday but it had to share the limelight with

Ozil inspires Arsenal

Arsenal responded to midweek criticism with a 3-0 thrashing of Aston Villa.

Hamilton snatches pole

A remarkably cool Lewis Hamilton snatched a dramatic last-gasp pole position.

Wozniacki to meet Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia ousted top seed Angelique Kerber in straight sets Saturday to reach the final.

Gallacher misses cut before 1st Ryder Cup

Shane Lowry shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Wales Open Friday, while Stephen

Rookie Reto leads at Yokohama Classic

South Africa’s Paula Reto fired a six-under 66 to take a three-shot lead over Hur Mi-jung after 36 holes of the LPGA

ICC World Cup in Dubai

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 trophy will be showcased in Dubai this week as part of the official launch of Victoria

Kershaw keeps winning

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw became the first 20-game winner of the season in the major leagues and helped Los Angeles

As sanctions bite, Russia eases stance

GROWING sanctions regimen, faltering economy and falling crude prices may have finally pushed Moscow to seek some sort of cooperation and coordination with OPEC.

Saudi firms need strong Wi-Fi foundation

Smartphones and tablets have become an integral part of our lives. With smartphone penetration exceeding 60 percent, Saudi Arabia ranks high in global reports of smart device usage.

GCC audit committee OK’s 2015 training plan

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Audit Bureaus Undersecretaries Committee has seconded the 2015 training plan, and recommended submitting it to the heads of the bloc's audit chiefs for endorsement

Mongolian developments woo Middle East investors

Leading Japanese architect Nikken Sekkei, has signed contracts with major Mongolian development companies Mon Uran LLC

Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman promote cruise industry

Cruise Arabia, the collaborative initiative formed by Oman’s Ministry of Tourism, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture

G20 firmly committed to sustain GDP target

Finance chiefs from G20 nations held talks Saturday, confident they can “change the destiny of the global economy” despite rising world political tensions and mounting fears of financial instability.

Ancient Indian sport gains popularity

An ancient Indian sport that looks like a mixture of tag, dodgeball and wrestling has barreled back into the Indian

Charity kazoo chorus sets record at New York arena

The sound of thousands of kazoos may not win points for harmony, but the record-setting performance in New York landed money for charity.

Bolivia's president plans to open restaurant after politics

Bolivian President Evo Morales said he plans to open a barbeque restaurant after retiring from politics, a local newspaper reported Friday.

'Tipsy' Australian hunter fights off crocodile with an eye-poke

A tipsy goose hunter said Saturday he lived to tell the tale of being attacked by a two-meter-long crocodile in northern Australia after poking the beast in the eye.

Angelina Jolie to direct film about Kenya conservationist

Angelina Jolie is to direct a "sweeping epic" film about veteran Kenyan conservationist Richard Leakey's fight with

The threat of a breakup of a centuries-old union is over.