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A Saudi lesson in life for an Indian minister

Saudi and Indian media recently published a story regarding the appointment of Vijay Sampla as India’s Minister of Social Justice and the fact that he once worked as a plumber in Saudi Arabia.

It’s time to stop using plastic bags in Saudi Arabia

Famous British wildlife filmmaker Rebecca Hosking once visited Midway Island as part of her work on a documentary film about the effects of plastic waste on sea life around Hawaii.

Palestinians get backing from France

FRANCE said Friday it was working with partners on a “final” diplomatic push to overcome the impasse between Israelis and Palestinians, including by setting a two-year timeframe to end the conflict through a UN-backed resolution.

5 small life changes for a fitter and healthier you

5 small life changes for a fitter and healthier you

IF you’ve tried to diet over and over again but somehow always seem to fail, maybe it’s high time you tweak your weight loss strategy.

Obesity ops can be life saving

Obesity ops can be life saving

AMID the alarming rise in obesity and chronic diseases that accompany it, losing weight using conventional methods is no longer an effective solution. Instead, many Saudis who suffer from diseases caused by poor lifestyle choices such as diet are opting to have risky surgeries that promise fast results, Al-Riyadh daily reported.Vertical sleeve gastrectomy, a surgery in which a large portion of the patient’s stomach is removed.

Eastern Province crippled by wet weather

Eastern Province crippled by wet weather

Heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorms hit the Eastern Province in the early hours of Friday, bringing the area to a halt.

Storms bring fresh misery to the Gaza war homeless

Storms bring fresh misery to the Gaza war homeless

AS the wind whistles through gaping holes in her ruined house, 62-year-old Suad Al-Zaza and her daughter huddle together for warmth on a bed made of a wooden door laid on breeze blocks.“I wake up cold, I sleep on the bed, afraid that it will break. I’m covered with two blankets that we were given,” she says as rain drips through the ceiling inside the wreckage of her home in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighborhood.“Before the war, I was happy, safe, comfortable in my life and now we are living in the middle of this destruction.”

Myanmar’s story, told by one crumbling building

Myanmar’s story, told by one crumbling building

THE little apartment building was graceful once. Maybe even beautiful.

Oil price dive eases pressures on much of the world

Oil price dive eases pressures on much of the world

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses.The latest slide was triggered by OPEC’s decision this week to leave its production target at 30 million barrels a day. Member nations of the group are worried they’ll lose market share if they lower production.Partly because of the shale oil boom in the US, the world is awash in oil but demand from major economies is weak — so prices are falling.Brent crude, an international benchmark, was at $72.50 a barrel on Friday, down nearly 30 percent in the past three months and at its lowest in four years.

Spurs advance in Europa

Spurs advance in Europa

Tottenham was among nine teams to qualify for the knockout stage of the Europa League Thursday after beating Partizan Belgrade 1-0 in a match that was briefly suspended because of three separate pitch invasions.Inter Milan and Napoli also advanced to ensure there will be at least three Italian clubs in the last 32 of Europe’s secondary competition.Spurs’ victory, secured by Benjamin Stambouli’s 49th-minute winner, was overshadowed by a succession of pitch invasions that forced the referee to halt the game after 41 minutes. It appeared to be an orchestrated PR campaign, with the individuals entering the field of play wearing shirts with the logo of a Tottenham sponsor.Play resumed after a 10-minute delay but Tottenham faces punishment by organizing body UEFA.The club said on its Twitter page that the three pitch invaders were arrested and were assisting police with their inquiries.

Ferguson riots are also about poverty and unemployment

The Michael Brown case and the recent riots in Ferguson, Missouri have become a big challenge for the US justice system.

Recycling in Saudi Arabia is not commercially viable

I am writing with regard to the article “KSA produces 12m tons of solid waste a year” (Nov. 27).

Why wasn’t the sponsor punished for abusing his maid?

Reading the report on the maid who was abused and starved in Najran, “Sponsor accused of beating, starving maid for three days” (Nov. 27).

Certificates do not guarantee productivity

With regard to the article “‘Illiterate’ expat working as engineer for 25 years” (Nov. 26).

‘Commerce Ministry closes down several ‘eXtra’ shops’ (Nov. 21)

There are also several supermarkets which offer sales, but when you visit these stores, they will tell you to go to one of their other branches.

‘Why some Saudi female employees prefer male bosses’ (Nov. 21)

It is because in this part of the world some men will be lenient with women employees, and of course, the female employees will love that, especially the lazy ones.

‘Con man who got away with millions’ (Nov. 20)

It seems that no matter how strict a country’s laws are, they won’t deter people from committing serious crimes like fraud, murder and rape! Humans are the most dangerous of all species.?

‘Wrong vaccines send schoolgirl into coma’ (Nov. 19)

In the Gulf region and especially in Saudi Arabia there are a large number of doctors who have not been able to pass screening exams in their own country after getting medical degrees from other

‘It’s time to reintroduce corporal punishment in Saudi schools’ (Nov. 22)

Children assaulting teachers is totally unacceptable. They should be taught in the home to respect people. A lot of the problems here stem from the fact that a lot of parents play no part in raising

Is jealousy a sign of love?

Is jealousy a sign of love?

JEALOUSY is something that can negatively affect a marriage and often stems from a deep sense of love that a couple

Professor with fake doctorate jailed

A Jordanian university professor was imprisoned after being convicted by the Criminal Court of using a forged doctorate degree.

Child care centers should be set up at the Two Holy Mosques

Several writers have dealt with the issue of undesirable activities taking place inside the Prophet’s Mosque and its courtyards in Madinah, especially the area set aside for women.

Medicine smuggling attempt foiled

The customs officers at Al-Khafji border post foiled an attempt to smuggle medicines out of the country.

Keralite elected new IISJ chairman

Mohammed Raziq Abdul Vahid from Kerala has been elected new chairman of the managing committee of the International Indian School-Jeddah (IISJ).

Egypt court dismisses murder charge against Hosni Mubarak

An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed a murder charge against ousted president Hosni Mubarak over the killings of protesters in a 2011 uprising.

Arrogant Israeli policies put East Jerusalem at a crossroads

THE increase in Palestinian resistance to Israel’s attempts to change the status quo in occupied East Jerusalem and its holy sites has put the divided city of Jerusalem and the relationship between

Mubarak verdict due, but Egyptians’ interest wanes

AMAL SHAKER’s 25-year-old son Ahmed was fatally shot in the back on the “Friday of Rage,” one of the bloodiest days of Egypt’s 2011 uprising against longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.

War plummets earnings of merchants in Aleppo

War plummets earnings of merchants in Aleppo

ONCE proud shop owners in Aleppo’s picturesque old city market, the merchants of Syria’s former economic capital now

2 officers killed, 107 Islamists held

wo senior Egyptian army officers were killed early Friday morning as security forces arrested more than 100 Islamists ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations.

Haftar aide killed in east Libya

?A Libyan commander in the forces of prominent anti-Islamist Gen. Khalifa Haftar has been assassinated in the eastern city of Ajdabiya, military sources said Friday.

New party born amid snap poll talk

A popular former minister in Israel has announced a comeback at the head of a new party amid speculation Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about to call early elections. Moshe Kahlon, who

Pakistan frees 40 Indian prisoners

Pakistan on Friday announced the release of 40 Indian prisoners, including 35 fishermen held for violating territorial waters, a day after a major South Asian summit closed.

Bombs at Nigeria mosque kill 64

At least 64 people were killed and 126 injured when two bombs exploded during prayers at a mosque of one of Nigeria’s top Islamic leaders Friday.

‘Supercell storm’ batters Brisbane

Planes were flipped and roofs ripped off when hail and powerful winds tore through Australia’s east coast, leaving a damage bill of more than A$100 million ($85 million) as the army helped clear up

Indonesia aides told: Eat street food

?Indonesia has ordered officials to eat local street food at meetings instead of fancy foreign fare and stop holding lavish parties, the latest moves by the new government to crack down on

Calm comes to troubled Ferguson

Tensions eased in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson on Thursday after two nights of violence and looting sparked by racially charged anger over a grand jury’s decision not to charge a white police

India searching for 39 men held by IS

India has had no contact with 39 men missing in Iraq since June, but believes them to be alive, the foreign minister said on Friday.

Expanding waistlines weigh heavy on Malaysia

Expanding waistlines weigh heavy on Malaysia

MALAYSIANS have a passionate love affair with their lip-smacking cuisine — rich curries, succulent fried chicken,

First test against India postponed after death of Hughes

The first test between Australia and India, scheduled to start in Brisbane on Thursday, has been postponed until an as yet unspecified date after the death of batsman Phillip Hughes, Cricket

Huge outpouring for Australia’s tragic Hughes

Huge outpouring for Australia’s tragic Hughes

Flags flew at half-mast and thousands of fans and players paid tribute Friday as Australia and the world cricket

San Miguel shares lead with Alaska

San Miguel shares lead with Alaska

With June Mar Fajardo imposing his will in the paint, the streaking San Miguel Beermen roared to their eighth win in

McCullum blazes to 10th century

McCullum blazes to 10th century

Captain Brendon McCullum’s blazing century gave New Zealand a brisk start on the second day of the third and final

Chalmers one stroke ahead

Chalmers one stroke ahead

Two-time former champion Greg Chalmers took a one-stroke lead Friday at the Australian Open after a 5-under 66, while

Bangladesh downs Zimbabwe again

Bangladesh downs Zimbabwe again

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah each struck a fifty to set up a 21-run win for Bangladesh over Zimbabwe in the fourth

Bouncers here to stay

On the opening day of the last Ashes series, Mitchell Johnson set the tone for five matches of Australian domination by sending a series of 150km per hour missiles whistling past the ears of a

FIFA releases midfielders short-list

FIFA releases midfielders short-list

A short-list of 15 midfielders from whom three will be selected for a World XI was released by football’s World

SADECO opens new headquarters in Jeddah

SADECO opens new headquarters in Jeddah

Saudi Dutch Engineering Consultancy (SADECO) on Thursday opened its state-of-the-art office at the King Road Tower in

Saudi Arabia and Greece discuss the possibilities

Contract farming and increased trade ties between Greece and Saudi Arabia were the focus of discussions with Saudi government ministers during a recent visit by Greece’s vice minister for

Gold rush spells ecological disaster for Peruvian Amazon - Tropical Wild West

Gold rush spells ecological disaster for Peruvian Amazon - Tropical Wild West

A lush expanse of Amazon rainforest is steadily being destroyed in Peru, with the jungle giving way to mercury-filled

Staff fear the chop in annual reshuffle

Staff fear the chop in annual reshuffle

Insiders say staff at Samsung Electronics have never been so anxious ahead of the annual reshuffle, as a weak

New list of Shariah-complaint bourses bared

The Securities Commission of Malaysia released on Thursday an updated list of Shariah-compliant securities approved by its Shariah Advisory Council (SAC).

UK house price inflation slows

The annual rate of increase in British house prices fell to its lowest level in nearly a year this month as the property market continued to lose momentum, figures from mortgage lender Nationwide

The number of European countries which have taken legal political steps to recognize Palestine as a state continues to grow.
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