Friday, 22 August 2014  -  26 Shawwal 1435 H

The difference between traffic laws in Saudi Arabia and the UAE

It is extremely rare to see police cars roaming the streets of Dubai. However, when you need them, you will find them at your side in only a few minutes time.

Who’s behind the Saudi salary hashtag?

Personally speaking, I did not pay much attention to this hashtag in the beginning because I thought it was just like other hashtags with people demanding different things, some exaggerated.

The brutal shooting of a horse

The video of two young Saudi men shooting a horse at point-blank range, which has gone viral on social media, has made me furious.

Protecting religious identity

WHEN youth worker Sumreen Farooq was abused in a London street, the 18-year-old decided it was time to take a stand — and she started to wear a headscarf.

Girls not brides: Ending child marriage

CHILD marriage is a phenomenon that has shaken Saudi society as story after story reveals how young girls all over the Kingdom are robbed of their innocence by being forced into marriage.

How the Prophet treated his help

Is that how Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to treat his domestic help? Did he ever punish (physically or otherwise) any of his servants for making a mistake? What does Islam say about the rights of domestic workers? The typical housemaid in the Kingdom has left her country, family, and children, to work in our homes, seeking a source of income to secure a better life for her family.

When family stands in the face of justice

MANY people find themselves in the predicament of being wronged by a relative.

Women in the early days of Islam

WOMEN in Islamic history gained strength from a legacy of strong and influential women in the founding years of the Islamic faith.

Network water leaks prove costly for Jeddah’s parks

THE Jeddah municipality budgets SR200 million every year.

The danger of putting pictures and video clips online

Technological advancements have enabled individuals to take pictures and video clips of their happy occasions very easily thanks to smartphones.

What Is M-E doing to combat Ebola?

AS the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus takes its toll in West Africa, killing more than 1,100 people this year.

Disquieting times for Malaysia’s ‘fish listener’

ONE hand clinging to his boat’s gunwale, Harun Muhammad submerges himself, eyes and ears wide open underwater as he “listens” for fish sounds emanating from the blue depths.

A lesson of clean politics

Outside the Sindh madrasa in Karachi, a few urchins were playing pebbles. One of their mates was watching them.

Woman in the mirror

The family is the basic unit of society. A woman is part and parcel of that society. She has to play different roles simultaneously.

The day I did not offer prayers at the Grand Mosque

It was a very hot Friday afternoon in Makkah during Ramadan. Everyone was moving quickly to the Grand Mosque for the congregational prayer.

Madinah citizens win revaluation

A number of citizens who objected to the valuations of their properties that were to make way for the Prophet’s Mosque expansion project will be able to get them reassessed after the Board of

Gitmo detainees talk to their families

The General Administration for the Saudi Red Crescent Authority in Riyadh region facilitated two video calls Wednesday between Saudi detainees in Guantanamo and their families in Riyadh.

Kingdom breaks infant mortality record

The rate of infant mortality in the Kingdom has dropped to eight infants for every 1,000 newborn babies during 2013 compared to 34 in 1990.

Contractor snaps communications

The contractor of a project accidentally caused a shutdown of telecommunication services in Najran province from 11 a.m.

Three-wheeled bike in Dubai police fleet

Dubai police have unveiled a three-wheeled motorcycle, the latest addition to its extravagant patrol fleet, The

Davutoglu named Turkey’s new PM

Recep Tayyip Erdogan nominated Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his successor as prime minister on Thursday.

Airstrike kills top Hamas trio

An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday.

Reformist journalist freed on bail

An Iranian journalist who covered parliament for pro-reform media has been released on bail almost three months after being detained, her lawyer said on Thursday.

Uncertain future

A family rests on the way to Mosul in northern Iraq, Thursday.

UAE toughens anti-terrorism laws

The United Arab Emirates has toughened anti-terrorism laws, local media reported Thursday, as concerns mount worldwide about increasing violence being committed by radical Islamist groups.

Calm largely holds in Missouri

Small crowds staged largely peaceful protests late on Wednesday over the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson.

Bangladesh charges 13 Islamists

A Bangladesh court on Thursday charged 13 Islamists with murder over a 2001 bomb blast at a political rally in Dhaka that left five people dead.

Pakistan holds talks with protesters

Pakistani officials held “initial” talks before dawn Thursday with representatives from two opposition groups whose supporters have been besieging the parliament.

Violence erupts in Liberia’s slum

Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia’s capital Wednesday when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on protesting crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family.

India troops patrol Assam state

Army troops patrolled border districts of India’s northeastern Assam state Thursday following sporadic violence that has left more than a dozen dead and over 10,000 displaced.

Philippine Muslim rebels take crucial step

The Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group has taken a crucial step in ending decades of conflict, formally submitting to the president a final proposal for self-rule that both it and the

Tunisia, Cairo shut Libya air routes

Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport have canceled all flights to Libya, officials in the three countries said on Thursday.

Host S. Korea, Saudi Arabia in Group A

Host South Korea has been drawn with Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Laos in the group stage of the Asian Games Soccer

Bouchard, Wozniacki upset

Third-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada and four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark both suffered

Isner sails smoothly

Top-seeded John Isner made short work of his third-round.

Balotelli says farewell to Milan, may be heading for Liverpool

Mario Balotelli’s rollercoaster career took another twist.

Ledecky wins 2 golds; Franklin misses out

Katie Ledecky started her opening night program with a gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the Pan Pacific

Serena does karaoke

Serena Williams replaced her tennis racket with a microphone at a karaoke event a week ahead of the US Open.

Italian teenager lights up pool

Italian teenager Gregorio Paltrinieri smashed the European 1500m freestyle record while Hungarian Laszlo Cseh

Chopra joins Tendulkar-owned team

Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra was picked by the Kerala Blasters, co-owned by cricketing great Sachin

Doubts over Argentina’s default strategy

Argentina’s plan to restructure its external debt to skirt a US ruling that prevented it paying its creditors boosts

Natural gas revolution

Cheap natural gas is starting to revolutionize traffic on US roads, cutting bills for some of the country’s heaviest

Air Berlin flies back to profit

Air Berlin, Germany’s second-biggest airline, said on Thursday it flew back into profit in the second quarter and promised a massive restructuring programme later this year.

Eurozone growing slowly: Survey

A survey of business activity indicates the economy in the 18-country eurozone slowed but still grew modestly in August.

Hackers target healthcare firms

The FBI has warned that healthcare industry companies are being targeted by hackers, publicizing the issue following an attack on US hospital group Community Health Systems Inc. that resulted in the

China manufacturing growth eases

China’s manufacturing growth slowed in August, indicating a recovery in the world’s second-largest economy has yet to fully take hold, HSBC said Thursday.

The latest in an extremely long line of Syrian tragedies is that it has taken the seizure of US hostages and the subsequent execution of the journalist James Foley to get the Obama administration involved in the conflict.