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Develop facilities at airports, GACA told

The Shoura Council on Tuesday asked the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to introduce an online facility for passengers to lodge their complaints and proposals as well as to receive replies from GACA within 15 days.

‘Illiterate’ expat working as engineer for 25 years

An Arab expatriate who worked as an engineer for an engineering consultation office falsified his diplomas and challenged the Saudi Engineering Council (SEC) to take action against him.

Qur’an copies with printing errors pulled from shops

Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Saleh Al-Asheikh disclosed on Tuesday that some copies of the Holy Qur’an have been pulled from shops in Makkah and Madinah after some printing errors were detected.

GCC states agree new contract for domestic helpers

GCC states agree new contract for domestic helpers

Gulf labor ministers on Tuesday agreed on minimum terms in the contracts of domestic staff to improve working conditions of over 2.4 million foreign maids, an official said.

Haramain Railway project work in full swing

Haramain Railway project work in full swing

Work is in full swing on the high-speed Haramain Railway project that will link the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah and Rabigh.

Holy Kaaba cloth weaver dies after 47 years of service

Holy Kaaba cloth weaver dies after 47 years of service

The oldest weaver of the black cloth covering the Holy Kaaba cloth died Monday at a private hospital aged 90.

Naimi ‘as happy as can be’ ahead of OPEC meeting

Naimi ‘as happy as can be’ ahead of OPEC meeting

Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister Ali Al Naimi said he is "as happy as can be" as he arrived in Vienna for an OPEC meeting this week, brushing off questions about tumbling oil prices and surplus supplies.

Ties with Uganda shaky after maid abuse video

Ties with Uganda shaky after maid abuse video

A video of a Ugandan maid abusing a child that was uploaded by a diplomat from the Saudi Embassy in Uganda has gone viral, Makkah daily reported.

Fashion and chocolate worlds collide to create unique dress

Fashion and chocolate worlds collide to create unique dress

A Saudi fashion designer and Belgian chocolatier joined forces to create what is probably the first (partly) edible couture dress in Saudi Arabia. To celebrate the grand opening of chocolate manufacturer and café Le Concheur in Jeddah’s Rawdah district on Monday night.

Together, apart and afraid: Living in Al-Quds

Together, apart and afraid: Living in Al-Quds

The two young Al-Quds shop assistants wear similar clothes and makeup. Only their names tell them apart as Israeli and Palestinian. But they know that talking about events outside might test their friendship.

New raid hits Libya capital’s only working airport

New raid hits Libya capital’s only working airport

A new air strike hit the Libyan capital’s sole operational airport on Tuesday.

Kashmiris vote; BJP eyes power

Kashmiris vote; BJP eyes power

Voters in Indian Kashmir turned out in droves under tight security Tuesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party made a serious bid for power in the tense Muslim-majority state.

Rioting after US jury fails to indict Ferguson policeman

Rioting after US jury fails to indict Ferguson policeman

The town of Ferguson erupted in violence.

Eliminate exit/re-entry visas

I am writing with regard to the article “Expats may get iqamas renewed for 5 years” (Nov. 25). This would be a good initiative as it will give peace of mind and security to both employers and

To end harassment: Place webcams in all taxis

I am writing with regard to the article “Expat drivers harass our women” (Nov. 24). The solution to the harassment issue, whether it be drivers misbehaving toward their passengers or vice-versa.

Are mothers held in high esteem?

With regard to the article “Women with a vicious cause” (Nov. 22), is motherhood really held in high esteem? The law seems to indicate otherwise.

Shoura to tackle racism through new committee

The Shoura Council has established an anti-racism committee in response to reported inhumane treatment toward eight Shiites in Al-Ahsa, Al-Hayat reported.

Saudia ‘unable to cope with the modern market’

The Shoura Council’s transport committee has recommended Saudi Arabian Airlines hire co-pilots who have the required training and retired military pilots specialized in aviation to lead internal

You are racist…you are ignorant

You are racist…you are ignorant

SOME people just like to categorize others according to race, social class, color, and financial status. They are

New legislation fails to curb domestic violence

There were 1,049 cases of domestic violence and child abuse last year despite new family protection laws that were implemented after they were approved by the Council of Ministers, according to the

Makkah entrances ‘should have multi-lingual signs’

Several citizens have called on local authorities to add signs in different languages at the entrance of the Makkah boundaries in the Al-Omrah neighborhood, Makkah daily reported.

Lawyer wants ban on female documentation license lifted

A female lawyer and legal consultant has demanded the Ministry of Justice reconsider a documentation authorization ban on women.

King Khalid Foundation to partner with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The King Khalid Foundation is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to initiate multiple programs between the two organizations aimed at building the capacity of the philanthropic

Egypt to reopen Gaza crossing Wednesday: officials

Egypt is to open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza Wednesday for the first time since its closure in late October after a bombing in the Sinai Peninsula, officials said.

Tunisia presidential poll ‘transparent’: EU observers

Tunisia presidential poll ‘transparent’: EU observers

Tunisia’s first presidential election since a 2011 revolution was “pluralist and transparent”

In razing homes, Israel revives tough punishment

In razing family homes of Palestinian attackers, Israel is reviving a draconian punishment it largely halted a decade ago.

Many killed in Egypt by building collapse

Many killed in Egypt by building collapse

At least 13 people were killed when a seven-storey building collapsed in the western Cairo suburb of Matariya early

UAE casts global net with ‘terror list’

When the United Arab Emirates released a blacklist of “terrorist groups” this month, many prominent Western charities were shocked to find themselves cited alongside Al-Qaeda and the self-proclaimed

Yemen frees 8 hostages, including foreigner

Yemeni troops on Tuesday freed eight hostages, including a foreigner, from a group of Al-Qaeda militants who were killed in a dawn raid, a security official said.

Ghani says won't allow Afghanistan to be used for proxy wars

Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani said Wednesday he would not allow anyone to conduct a proxy war in his country after warnings that the rivalry between India and Pakistan could spill across

Bangladesh ex-minister surrenders after Haj criticism

An influential Bangladesh ex-minister surrendered to police and was jailed.

Sri Lanka election monitors urge end to poll violence

Sri Lanka election monitors urge end to poll violence

Sri Lanka’s elections chief and pro-democracy activists on Tuesday.

Hong Kong protest area cleared, some arrested

Hong Kong protest area cleared, some arrested

Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday arrested pro-democracy demonstrators who refused to comply with a court order to

India, Nepal ink $1b hydropower deal

India, Nepal ink $1b hydropower deal

Nepal and India signed a deal Tuesday to build a $1-billion hydropower plant as Indian premier Narendra Modi began a

Vietnam warships visit Philippines amid South China Sea dispute

Vietnam warships visit Philippines amid South China Sea dispute

Vietnam on Tuesday showed off its two most powerful warships in the first-ever port call to the Philippines but an

Estranged wife of Indian PM unhappy over round-the-clock security

Estranged wife of Indian PM unhappy over round-the-clock security

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s estranged wife has questioned the government’s decision to provide her with

IS got up to $45m in ransoms: UN

A UN expert monitoring sanctions against Al-Qaeda says the self-proclaimed Islamic State group has received between $35 million and $45 million in ransom payments in the past year.

UAE beats Oman 1-0 in Gulf Cup

UAE beats Oman 1-0 in Gulf Cup

UAE player Mohammed Fawzi (R) tackles Oman’s Fahad Al-Jalabubi during their third place playoff of the 22nd Gulf Cup

Hughes critical after being hit by bouncer

Hughes critical after being hit by bouncer

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes is in critical condition in a Sydney hospital.

Clyne salvages point for Saints

Clyne salvages point for Saints

Nathaniel Clyne’s late equalizer earned high-flying Southampton a 1-1 draw.

Liverpool and Arsenal face Europe test

Liverpool and Arsenal face Europe test

Liverpool’s Champions League campaign is on the line as it travels to Ludogorets Wednesday.

Federer, Hewitt to launch fast tennis

Federer, Hewitt to launch fast tennis

Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt will clash in a new shortened, faster form of the game ahead of the Australian Open

Lee bails out Rain or Shine against NLEX

Lee bails out Rain or Shine against NLEX

Paul Lee bailed out Rain or Shine in the endgame, scoring eight of his game-high 27 points in the last two minutes.

Pacquiao would take less to fight Mayweather, says manager

Pacquiao would take less to fight Mayweather, says manager

Manny Pacquiao is open to taking a smaller purse in a dream match-up with undefeated American Floyd Mayweather, the

Vettori joins Kiwis for final Test

Vettori joins Kiwis for final Test

New Zealand strengthened its spin attack by including veteran left-armer Daniel Vettori in its squad for the third and

SABIC: Firms must innovate to compete, stay ahead of change

SABIC: Firms must innovate to compete, stay ahead of change

In the current economic environment, success is expected to come to only those companies that generate innovative

Winners of CSR Saudi Arabia ’14 Awards named

Winners of CSR Saudi Arabia ’14 Awards named

The opening day of the CSR Summit concluded with a gala evening event hosted by Saudi Arabian Airlines.

KSA masterbatch demand buoyant till ’19

High investments in petrochemical sector, easy availability.

Kingdom’s Islamic capital market gaining momentum

Kingdom’s Islamic capital market gaining momentum

AlKhair Capital Saudi, the leading Saudi-based financial institution, has announced its sponsorship and participation

Qatar’s strategic approach on track toward financial stability

Qatar’s strategic approach on track toward financial stability

The global economy is being pushed off-track by a rising range of pressures that require concerted action, and oil and

Five ways to motivate commitment at work

HIGH levels of employee engagement in an organization are often linked to superior business performance, including increased profitability, productivity, employee retention, customer metrics, and

‘Casablanca’ piano sold for $3.4 million at US auction

‘Casablanca’ piano sold for $3.4 million at US auction

The painted upright piano that adorned Rick’s Cafe in the classic movie “Casablanca” fetched $3.4 million at auction

Barack honors Meryl with ‘love’

Barack honors Meryl with ‘love’

President Barack Obama said he is in love, though he was not speaking about Michelle -- but he swears she understands.

Dilip Kumar is hale and hearty

Dilip Kumar is hale and hearty

The demise of veteran actor Dilip Kumar’s death took Twitter by storm.

Bob Dylan performs for audience of one

Bob Dylan performs for audience of one

Among the world’s exclusive concert tickets, this might be the ultimate. A show by rock legend Bob Dylan, with an

British TV wins big at International Emmy Awards

British TV wins big at International Emmy Awards

Britain led at the International Emmy Awards Monday, with three trophies going to British television series at the

Teach coding alongside the ABCs
Every few years in the Kingdom there are discussions about the age at which students should be taught English in governm
TARIQ A. AL-MAEENA
When is a deadline not a deadline? What is the point of having not one, not two, but now three deadlines on the same issue, that issue being Iran’s nuclear program and its attempt to enrich uranium to weapons grade?
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