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Special Criminal Court sentences 14 terrorists to prison

The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced Sunday 14 terrorists (13 Saudi nationals and one Bahraini) out of a group of 32 defendants to prison for periods between a year and a half and 30 years. They were also banned from traveling abroad for periods similar to their jail term, SPA said.

414,542 pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia

The General Directorate for Passports said in a statement today that 414,542 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where 411,193 arrived by air, 3,334 by sea and 15 by land.

First all-female business process service center opens in Riyadh

Saudi Aramco, GE and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) inaugurated Saudi Arabia’s first all-female business process service center in Riyadh on Sunday, the companies announced in a joint statement.

27 Saudis on Forbes 200 Most Powerful Arab Women list

Forbes Middle East has unveiled its coveted 2014 ranking of The 200 Most Powerful Arab Women. Published in the September issue of the renowned business publication, this year’s impressive lineup includes inspirational and accomplished women from family business and government, as well as top C-level executives in the corporate sphere.

Coins in demand for Jeddah parking

Visitors to the historic Balad area in downtown Jeddah expressed dismay over the paid parking system that came into effect on Tuesday because it only accepts either electronic payments or uncommon 50 halala coins.

Woman ‘beaten up by municipality employees’ being probed

A Saudi woman in Makkah was forced to stop selling goods near the Grand Mosque, her family’s only source of income, after she was beaten up by members of Makkah Municipality.

Victims of concrete block collapse recall horrific accident

The six victims who died during the collapse of concrete blocks at Jabal Kaaba District recently were ceramic tile installers and carpenters and they were asked to do construction work by their companies, Makkah daily reported.

Torturers of animals to be punished: NCWCD

The cases of torturing wild animals are on the rise, such that there were two cases in less than 10 days, the Dammam-based Alsharq newspaper reported on Sunday.

Mutual respect

With reference to the article "Be polite to public, police officers told" (Sept. 14), when police or Haia ask for an ID, men should not argue, resist, walk or drive away, but answer the questions.

Education in manners

This is in response to the post “Easy Taxi is a fantastic idea” by Ashref (Sept. 14). It is, indeed, a good idea. But first we need to teach illiterate expatriate drivers some manners.

Investigation needed

I have been following the case mentioned in the article "The battle against domestic abuse in Saudi Arabia" by Khaled Almaeena (Sept. 14) since it was carried by the local media and it is really

How long are we going to neglect our autistic children?

The other day we were talking about our thousands of autistic children and young men and women. We agreed that many Saudi families tend to take their autistic children to special rehabilitation

120 rehab addicts to perform Haj

Following instructions by Interior Minister Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, as many as 120 young Saudi men who have overcome drug addictions will be performing Haj this year, the National Committee to

Road users complain about traffic jams

A number of road users here have stressed traffic congestion as the main problem in negotiating the roads here. Traffic congestion has become a prevalent feature of not only the main roads in the

Motorist held for writing slogans on vehicle

The Taif governorate police referred on Saturday night a motorist to the concerned authorities for brandishing slogans supporting a militant group on his vehicle.

Municipality closes down cafeteria, 30 scrap shops

Briman branch municipality has closed down a well-known cafeteria during a field tour of health facilities in the area.

Gaza children return to school after Israeli blitz

Some half million Gaza children made a delayed return to school on Sunday after a devastating 50-day Israeli

Abbas to meet Hollande ahead of key UN speech

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris on Friday, ahead of a key address to the United Nations, his spokesman said.

Turkey seeks behind-scene role in NATO coalition

Turkey is the big Muslim power that sits atop raging conflicts in Iraq and Syria, so it might be expected to take a leading role in the NATO coalition announced this month to take on the

Israel intelligence hits back over refuseniks’ letter

Scores of veterans of elite Israeli intelligence unit 8200 rallied to its defense on Sunday after 43 comrades said they would no longer take part in its “injustices” against millions of Palestinians.

Tunisia now has more women than men

For the first time there are more women than men in Tunisia, a country of nearly 11 million, preliminary census results released on Friday showed.

Abadi renounces British citizenship

Iraq’s new Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has renounced his British citizenship since assuming office last week, three

Fire safety conference to kick off today

The Saudi Society for Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) will hold its fifth international conference today (Monday) in

Fresh rain disrupts rescue in flooded Indian Kashmir

Fresh rain in Indian Kashmir disrupted rescue operations Sunday, a week after deadly floods struck the Himalayan

Kiev accuses rebels of threatening peace as fighting flares

The Ukrainian government accused pro-Russian separatists on Sunday of threatening a tenuous push for peace as booming rounds of heavy artillery fire echoed across the insurgent stronghold of Donetsk.

Uganda arrests Shabab bombers

Ugandan police said on Sunday that suspected Shabab insurgents arrested in weekend raids had planned to carry out bomb attacks, as the US embassy said the immediate threat had been “countered.”

Pilot turns Malaysia Airlines flight around after defect

A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to turn around due to an auto-pilot defect, landing safely early Sunday, said the carrier already reeling from the loss of two planes this year.

Bangladesh ex-PM loses court battle on corruption charges

Bangladesh’s highest court on Sunday rejected appeals by opposition leader Khaleda Zia, clearing the way for her to

N. Korea sentences American man to 6 years of hard labor

North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced Matthew Miller, a US citizen, to six years of hard labor for entering

Pro-democracy protesters stage ‘black cloth’ march in Hong Kong

Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters wearing small yellow ribbons marched silently through Hong Kong on Sunday, with

United tastes victory at last

Manchester United ended its winless start to the Premier League season in emphatic fashion Sunday, beating Queens Park

Switzerland sets up final with France

France will host Switzerland in the Davis Cup final in November after Roger Federer gave the Swiss the winning point

Rossi wins at home as Marquez falls

Italian great Valentino Rossi led a Yamaha one-two to claim his maiden win of the season.

Lisicki fights back to win HK Open

Sabine Lisicki justified her top seeding by winning the inaugural WTA Hong Kong Open.

Cubs snap losing streak

Felix Doubront pitched six scoreless innings and rookies Javier Baez and Matt Szczur homered as the Chicago Cubs held

Merritt romps to win in IAAF Continental

LaShawn Merritt romped to victory in the 400 metres at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech Saturday as the Americas

France makes 1st world podium finish

France claimed its first-ever podium finish at the Basketball World Cup Saturday beating Lithuania 95-93 in a

Ogier triumphs at Rally Australia

World champion Sebastien Ogier of France won Rally Australia Sunday by 6.8 seconds over teammate Jari-Matti Latvala of

Conventional banks plan Islamic finance expansion

Islamic bond programs from a trio of big conventional banks are set to expand the boundaries of Islamic finance,

Arab structural reforms needed to drive growth

More concentration on structural reforms is needed to boost economic growth and contribute to achieving aspired economic recovery by means of adopting deeper reform policies to support all-out growth.

KSA leads global insurance market in opportunity index

The property and casualty (P&C) industry achieved a global underwriting profit last year.

MENA reinsurance markets remain attractive despite intense competition

The Middle Eastern and North African reinsurance markets continue to benefit from the region’s robust economic expansion.

Prince Alwaleed heads Rotana Board meeting

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Chairman of Rotana Holding, chaired Rotana's Board of Directors meeting. It was attended by

Samsung seeks state probe of LG execs for vandalism

Samsung said Sunday it had requested a state investigation of senior executives from its South Korean rival LG for allegedly destroying its products at stores in Berlin, renewing a bitter feud

Swiss watchmakers not watching out for Apple Watch

Apple may be known for revolutionising the world of music and mobile phones, but Switzerland’s centuries-old luxury

Runners in Czech race attacked by hornets

Runners taking part in an orienteering race in the central Czech Republic faced an unexpected obstacle on Saturday when they were attacked by a swarm of hornets.

When life gives you tomatoes - throw them

Amsterdam’s central Dam square is set to be the scene of a red pulpy mess Sunday.

4.1 million USD jewelry wrist watch

An employee of Japan’s Mitsukoshi department store holds a 410 million yen (4.1 million USD) jewelry wrist watch,

South Asian actresses step into serious roles

A trio of films stepped beyond Bollywood song-and-dance to show South Asian women grappling with male-dominated sport,

Mahmoud Ahmad
HUSSEIN SHOBOKSHI
India’s partition to create the new nation of Pakistan was accompanied by a bloodbath and a two-way refugee traffic on a scale unprecedented in history.