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Three Saudi students in US held over male rape

Three Saudi scholarship students in the US are facing charges of raping a young American man.

Four Saudi women among 5 jailed for terror links

Five women (four Saudis and a Yemeni) have been sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison for joining Al-Qaeda to support terrorism and finance it.

Saudi students abroad concerned over killings

The murder of two students from the Kingdom who were currently studying in the United States has sent shock waves.

Many expats struggle under impact of unpaid wages

One of the main problems facing expatriates working in the private sector.

Army ready to defend the nation

The Armed Forces have a huge responsibility to serve the religion, the King and the nation, Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, deputy premier and minister of defense, said here on Wednesday.

Jail, fines await Saudi beggars

The Ministry of Social Affairs will send Saudis caught begging more than once to the Sharia court where they could be fined, imprisoned or both, Alsharq newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Tourism & Umrah Forum opens new mart opportunities

The two-day 16th International Forum for Tourism and Umrah at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai,that winds up today (Oct. 23) strengthens relations and opens new opportunities for potential Emirati clients.

Israelis quietly expanding enclave

Israeli guards quietly occupied two purchased residential buildings in a Palestinian district of East Jerusalem on Monday, expanding a Jewish settler project in defiance of US criticism.

A divorce party in Iran

Weddings in Iran have long been an over-the-top affair with families spending thousands of dollars to celebrate a union.

Fears for tough penalties grow as India cleans up business

An unprecedented ban on India’s largest property developer from tapping capital markets has fueled expectations of tougher penalties ahead, as the country’s regulators feel emboldened to take on even companies long sheltered by political connections.

Gunfire in Canadian parliament, soldier shot

Gunfire echoed through the Gothic halls of the Canadian parliament Wednesday.

Saudi robotic colon surgeon out of work after 17 years of study

Despite the 17 years he has spent studying medicine and regardless of his rare medical specialization and Korean fellowship, a Saudi doctor is still jobless in his own country.

Move afoot to employ women in jewelry shops

The Ministry of Labor is working on a new regulation to employ Saudi women at jewelry shops, according to Fahd Al-Tekhaifi, deputy minister for special programs.

Jeddah family court receives 15 new divorce cases each day

The family affairs court in Jeddah registers 15 new divorce cases every day, Makkah daily reported on Wednesday.

Why is GACA so angry at Jeddah airport’s low rating?

I DO not know why the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) is so angry that Jeddah airport was graded the

Trash from holy sites

Garbage skips used in the holy ritual sites this Haj season are seen dumped alongside King Khalid Road in Al-Aziziyah

Competition Protection Council launches toll-free number

The Competition Protection Council has officially launched a new toll-free number 8004400033 to receive enquiries, complaints, observations and suggestions.

JCCI's programs for 2015 to benefit 4,000 small businesses

The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has announced programs and events for the year 2015 targeting some 4,000 small-scale investors.

Relatives ‘behind most child abuse cases’

Relatives are behind most child abuse cases in the Kingdom and children should not be allowed to spend the night outside their homes, whether at a relative's or a neighbor’s house, according to a

A good article but off mark suggestion

I applaud Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi, the writer of the article “Nobel Peace Prize and peace in Pakistan and India” (Oct. 22) for figuring out the respective religions of peace prize winners Pakistan’s

TV channels must not forget Ummah’s image

With reference to the article “Pakistan pulls anti-govt TV channel off air” (Oct. 22), TV channels and anchors should not forget the image of the Muslim Ummah. One single wrong act of a channel or

The right way to handle mistakes

This refers to the article “Jeddah airport services not up to standard, admits GACA” by Fatima Muhammad (Oct. 22). Bravo GACA!That’s the way to handle it. You can only improve if you admit that

By hook or by crook, settlers rack up E. Jerusalem gains

By fair means or foul, Jewish settlers are notching up property gains in the heart of Arab east Jerusalem.

Israel police plan new unit to fight unrest

Israel’s top police officer on Tuesday pledged a new task force to combat Jerusalem unrest.

Libya’s parliament allies with renegade general

Libya’s beleaguered elected parliament has declared a formal alliance with a renegade former general, as it struggles to assert some authority in a country many fear is sliding into outright civil

Iraqis return to school after delay from unrest

Iraqi students went back to school on Wednesday amid tightened security.

Jordan king says world faces fight against extremism

Jordan’s King Abdullah has said the world was engaged in a battle against extremism as his country takes part in

Benghazi docs struggle to keep up as 75 bodies arrive in 5 days

High casualties over the course of nearly a week of fighting has left Benghazi’s largest medical facility struggling

Turkey envoy meets Libya’s rival leader

A Turkish envoy has met the leader of a parallel government set up in Libya’s militia-held capital in a first for the rival administration, his Cabinet said on Wednesday.

Pakistani Taliban sack spokesman over support for IS militants

The influential spokesman of the Pakistani Taliban has been sacked for pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group and for feuding with his leader Maulana Fazlullah.

Top Pakistan clerics call for harmony ahead of Muharram

Pakistan’s top religious body on Wednesday called for a ban on religious hate speech and greater harmony between sects ahead of a holy month usually marred by anti-Shiite violence.

‘We don’t want revenge’ against Pistorius: Steenkamp’s mother

The mother of Oscar Pistorius’s girlfriend insisted she did not want “revenge,” the day after the disgraced South

No end in sight for HK protests after talks

Hong Kong student leaders on Wednesday said they may not take part in further talks with the government.

Editor who guided Watergate coverage dies at 93

Ben Bradlee, the hard-driving editor, died on Tuesday aged 93.

Marine suspect guarded by US in Philippine camp

A US Marine suspected in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino was flown on Wednesday from his warship to the

Thailand tourist murder suspects retract confessions

Two Myanmar men accused of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island have retracted their confessions.

Halep trounces Serena

Simona Halep stunned Serena Williams 6-0, 6-2 at the WTA Finals Wednesday, dealing the world No. 1 her heaviest defeat

Goals rain down in Champs League

Bayern Munich produced a stunning display to demolish Roma.

Hugnatan powers Meralco to win over Barako Bull

Undersized center Reynel Hugnatan exploded with a career-high.

Younis leads Pakistan fightback

Younis Khan led Pakistan’s fightback.

West Indies seeks talks with BCCI

West Indies Cricket Board directors are seeking a meeting with their Indian counterparts in a bid to minimize the

Sevilla set to continue Europa defense

Defending champion Sevilla will seek to strengthen its position as the Group G leader when the Europa League returns

Tour de France unveils sparkling 2015 route

Wind, cobbles, punchy climbs, a handful of grueling mountain-top finishes, almost no individual time trial — Tour de

Positive Lee test shocks Malaysia

Malaysians expressed shock and disbelief Wednesday after reports claimed national icon and badminton world No. 1 Lee

Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2014 to tackle trending issues impacting sector

The 2014 edition of the biennial Seatrade Middle East Maritime will be the host event for the second annual one-day

Saudi firm takes stake in French poultry producer

The Saudi-Arabian food group Almunajem has taken a stake of 25 percent in the French poultry producer Groupe Doux.

Middle Eastern debt issuance plunges 68% to $6.3 billion in Q3

The value of Middle Eastern mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity reached $11.8 billion during the third quarter of 2014.

GCC govts urged to pursue more holistic housing plans amid imminent big shortage

With the GCC region set to face a massive shortage of housing, governments need to pursue more holistic policies in

New bridge to boost KSA-Bahrain trade

As part of plans to tackle delays on the King Fahd causeway, Bahrain is taking steps to reduce waiting times and ease congestion on its road link with Saudi Arabia while larger measures are under

Dar Al Arkan to spend over SR1b on projects in ’15

Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Co, Saudi Arabia’s largest listed developer, plans to spend over SR1 billion ($267 million) on projects in 2015 and aims for 10 percent growth of its business

Iftah Ya Simsim making childhood dreams a reality

Iftah Ya Simsim, the Arabic television series targeting children aged 4-6, is calling on talented, funny and classical

Kenny G visit out of tune with China

Smooth jazz star Kenny G stopped in at Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests.

Famed Elvis photographer Wertheimer dies

Alfred Wertheimer, the photographer whose portraits of Elvis Presley.

’Django’ actress charged with lewd act

“Django Unchained” star Daniele Watts was charged Tuesday.

China to send orbiter to moon and back

China will launch its latest lunar orbiter in the coming days, state media said Wednesday, in its first attempt to send a spacecraft around the moon and back to Earth.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s setting up of an independent enquiry into Israeli targeting of UN buildings during their savage assault of Gaza this July is a case of better late than never.