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KSA, Iran in ‘fruitful’ talks

The Kingdom and Iran on Tuesday held “fruitful” talks’ which centered on challenges facing the region.

8 arrested for inciting youths to join foreign outfits

Saudi security authorities have arrested eight people for inciting Saudi youths to join extremist groups abroad.

Education Ministry to scrap maternity leave for teachers

The Ministry of Education is planning to stop maternity leave that is granted to new mothers.

Investing to enlighten pilgrims

We talked the other day about the significance of investing in the Haj&Umrah seasons to enlighten the guests of God.

Haj permit must to enter Makkah

Authorities have restricted entry into the holy city of Makkah to those without Haj permit or those residing outside the city limits. The move comes as the first batch of pilgrims from South Africa arrived at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport on Tuesday.

Five die in Madinah gas tank blast

Five people — a Saudi and four foreigners — were killed in a massive explosion of cooking gas central tank at Prince Muhammad National Guard Hospital in Madinah, Tuesday.

Young Saudis take pride in doing humble work

A large number of young Saudis have joined jobs that were considered beneath them in the past and are proving that such negative traditions and norms are not an obstacle to their ambitions.

Kingdom’s economic reforms generate interest of investors

Saudi Arabia’s drive to create a more open business environment and broaden its economic base had generated a new audience of investors looking for information and data on the Kingdom.

SRO signs contract for renewing first phase of main freight route

The President of Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) Mohamed Khalid Al-Suwaiket has signed a contract for SR122,891,216.

The Kingdom’s population lives online

Singapore-based social media agency, We Are Social’s ( report, “Digital Landscape: Middle East, North Africa and Turkey” offers an in-depth review of statistics.

Flying the highest flag

Jeddah Municipality will formally inaugurate the world’s highest flag during National Day celebrations next month.

Truce agreed: Gaza erupts with gunfire

Israel and Hamas announced Tuesday that they agreed to an open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war after seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians.

Pakistan’s PM meets army chief amid political crisis

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met the country’s powerful army chief on Tuesday as a political deadlock over mass protests to demand the government’s resignation showed no signs of resolution.

It’s just the hot sun

An expatriate working on the Haramain Railway project takes shelter from the scorching sun under the makeshift shade he built with plastic blocks used for creating barriers to protect him.

Today's working women are not good wives

I am writing with regard to the article "Working women seek recognition" (Aug 23). The achievements of today's working woman can be appreciated if, and only if, she is also a good daughter, a good

All Saudi sponsors should be given behavioral training

I am writing with regard to the article "Saudi businessmen should endeavor to improve the Kingdom’s image abroad" (Aug 23). When it comes to paying adequate salaries to workers or paying them on

Only Allah can say who will go to Heaven

With regard to the article "Who goes to Paradise and who to Hell?" (Aug 23), one of the most dangerous things is judging someone to be in Heaven or Hell even if he was a non-Muslim.

Treat workers well and they will not run away

With regard to the article "Families claim rights against domestics" (Aug 23), treat your workers well and they will not run away. The labor rules should change and workers should have the right to

Qatar says ready to rebuild war-battered Gaza

Qatar, a key backer of Palestinian militant group Hamas, hailed the Gaza ceasefire accord and offered to help rebuild the enclave battered by seven weeks of Israeli bombardment.

Turkey’s moderate president bows out – for now

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul moves out of the presidential palace in Ankara on Thursday.

UAE planes bomb targets in Libya: US

UAE warplanes secretly bombed militia targets in Libya, apparently catching Washington off guard, as turmoil in the North African country deepened with the Islamists naming a rival premier.

Islamic State reshaping war politics, US at ‘tipping point’

Signs the United States may strike Islamic State militants in their Syrian stronghold reveal a shift in the politics of foreign war in Washington.

Grinning Britons leaving UK to join ISIS caught on tape

Five men who left Britain in October last year have been shown on CCTV footage leaving the UK to join the Islamic

US to track IS militants with spy planes

The United States is poised to send spy planes into Syria to track Islamic State militants whose advances have sparked international concern and American air strikes in neighboring Iraq.

UAE ruler OKs lengthy law against terror

The ruler of the United Arab Emirates approved a new counter-terrorism law that strengthens existing laws against money laundering.

Pakistan minister urges opposition to ease demands

A Cabinet minister has urged Pakistan's two key opposition figures leading mass rallies outside parliament to back off their demand for the prime minister's resignation in ongoing talks with the

Indian Snapdeal teams with Tata to sell homes online

Indian e-commerce site Snapdeal said on Tuesday it would sell real-estate online.

Michael Brown remembered in Missouri, march planned

Family and supporters of Michael Brown celebrated the life of the black teenager slain by a white officer.

Ukraine, Russia talks begin as Kiev holds ‘Russian’ soldiers

The leaders of Russia and Ukraine held key talks Tuesday.

WHO recommends banning e-cigarette sales to minors

Governments should ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that they pose a “serious threat” to fetuses and young people.

Abdullah threatens to pull out of disputed Afghan election

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah threatened Tuesday to withdraw from the disputed election, a move that

IMF chief grilled in French corruption case

The head of the International Monetary Fund faced a fourth round of questioning on Tuesday over a multimillion-euro

22,000 infiltrators detained each month, says ministry

The Ministry of Interior has issued a report revealing that an average of 22,000 illegal migrants were detained every month for the past six months, Al-Madinah daily reported. The report also shows

Expat unpaid for 10 years admitted to care home

The National Society for Human Rights is monitoring the case of an Arab expatriate who has not received his salary for the past 10 years, Al-Hayat newspaper reported.

Workshops take talented photographers on road to becoming pros

A series of workshops as part of the Art Jameel Photography Award is being held to develop the skills of entrants.

5% public parking for handicapped

The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has directed all municipalities to implement directives that will ensure 5 percent of public parking is set aside for the handicapped.

Hilal advances to AFC champs semis

Al-Hilal Club advanced to the semifinals of the AFC Champions League Tuesday when a 0-0 draw with former champion

Ivanovic, Nishikori make 2nd round

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and Kei Nishikori of Japan recorded straight set victories.

United signs Di Maria, breaks transfer record

Manchester United smashed the British transfer record.

Perera hits Pakistan with bat and ball

Thisara Perera smashed 65 off 36 balls and then grabbed three wickets as Sri Lanka thumped Pakistan.

Bolt to play cricket in India

Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt will make his first trip to India next week to play cricket against India’s World

My version is different: Rosberg

Nico Rosberg has questioned Lewis Hamilton’s version of events after the Mercedes teammates collided while contesting

Jovetic double helps City top Liverpool

Sitting in the executive seats high up at Etihad Stadium, Mario Balotelli began life at Liverpool by watching his new

Lampard retires from England duty

Frank Lampard retired from England’s national team Tuesday, two weeks before qualifying starts for the 2016 European

Contracts for new medical facilities in GCC to reach $9.53b

Contracts for new medical facilities across the GCC are expected to reach $9.53 billion by the end of 2014.

Tadawul hits new 6-year closing high

Saudi Arabia's bourse, encouraged by the prospect of opening up to direct foreign investment.

Forum to highlight Dubai as land of creativity, innovation

The World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) Foundation and Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Dubai Chamber) unveiled

Region’s Human Development Index rankings are good news

The performance of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar in the recently announced United Nations Human Development Index (UNHDI) is good news for learners in the region, Karim Daoud,

Upcoming Arab Beverage Industry Conference to spur Egypt’s economy

The kickoff of the 4th Arab Beverage and Juice Industry Conference and Exhibition this coming Sept. 2 will be held in

Dubai on list of ten most influential cities in world

Dubai has been ranked the seventh most influential city in the world, above global cities such as Los Angeles, Beijing and Sydney, according to a new list published by Forbes magazine.

‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family’ rule Emmys

Cult TV drama series “Breaking Bad” and comedy hit “Modern Family” were the big winners Monday at the annual Emmys,

Mohammad Assaf does #RubbleBucketChallenge

It’s a different kinda bucket challenge that’s sweeping the “sandy” Middle East this week!

Babymetal plot to conquer the world

Japanese pop-metal group Babymetal have toured with Lady Gaga.

Miley uses her ‘power’ to do good

Miley Cyrus said when she stole the night at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Alia cracks a joke on herself

Ever since Alia Bhatt called Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan the President of India, she has been the

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In an act of breathtaking effrontery, the Syrian regime has put itself forward to the Americans as the coordinator of an international coalition against the terrorist group ISIS.