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Saudi opens first privatised airport for pilgrims

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd July 2015

Saudi opens first privatised airport for pilgrims RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday officially opens a billion-dollar aviation gateway aimed at Muslim pilgrims, in the kingdom’s first airport privatisation. Local media said King Salman would inaugurate the Prince Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in the holy city of Medina. About two million pilgrims annually visit the western cities of Mecca and Medina...


Saudi Prince donates entire property to charity this Ramzan

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd July 2015

Saudi Prince donates entire property to charity this Ramzan RIYADH:In the month of Ramzan when all charity works are at its peak, Saudi Prince AlWaleed bin Talal gave away his 32 Billion worth property to charitable works, Aaj News reported. Sixty-year Talal is listed among the 100 richest people in the world. According to Prince Talal, his decision is inspired by Bill Gates and...


One dead in suicide bomb in Syria Kurdish city

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st June 2015

One dead in suicide bomb in Syria Kurdish city DAMASCUS:  One person was killed and three wounded on Sunday in a suicide bomb attack on the Kurdish city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria, the official news agency SANA reported. “A terrorist detonated his explosive belt near the Hadaya hotel in the centre of Qamishli, killing one person and seriously injuring three others,” the news...


13 children among 16 killed in Syria regime raid: monitor

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 20th June 2015

13 children among 16 killed in Syria regime raid: monitor BEIRUT: At least 16 people, among them 13 children, were killed in Syrian government air strikes on a town in southern Daraa province on Tuesday, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit a centre for study of the Koran in the town of Eastern Ghariyah, adding that the toll...


Dh250,000 fine for swearing online

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th June 2015

Dh250,000 fine for swearing online WEB DESK: Anyone who posts a swear word online will be fined Dh 250,000, states a new law in United Arab Emirates. Expats will also risk deportation. The Federal Supreme Court, overturned the judgement of two lower court sentences which had fined a man Dh3,000 after he was convicted of swearing at another on Whatsapp....


UN aid chief makes final appeal to end Syria’s despair

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th May 2015

UN aid chief makes final appeal to end Syria’s despair UNITED NATIONS, United States: UN aid chief Valerie Amos made a final appeal Thursday to world powers to take action to end Syria’s four-year war, saying it had brought more despair than ever thought possible. In her final report to the Security Council, Amos presented a list of atrocities, from the bombing of a market...


Sun to be straight over Makkah

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th May 2015

Sun to be straight over Makkah RIYADH: The Sun will stand vertically above the holy city of Makkah on Saturday, Aaj News reported The sun will stand vertically above the holy city at 12:18 pm Saudi time. Muslims praying in Makkah will view the sun directly above them, said the Jeddah Astronomy Association. When this happens Muslims praying in the holy...


Suspects in Saudi suicide bombing to face justice: king

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th May 2015

Suspects in Saudi suicide bombing to face justice: king RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman pledged on Sunday that anyone linked to a deadly mosque bombing claiming 21 lives will face justice for the “heinous crime.” Salman made the vow in a telegram to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is also the interior minister. “Anyone taking part, planning, supporting, cooperating or sympathising with this...


IS suicide bomber attacks Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 21

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IS suicide bomber attacks Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 21 RIYADH: An Islamic State group suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia on Friday, killing 21 people and wounding 81 in an assault that threatens to fan sectarian tensions. The bomber struck during the main weekly prayers in Eastern Province, where assailants linked to the Sunni extremist IS killed seven members of...


Saudi advertises for swordsmen as execution rate soars

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th May 2015

Saudi advertises for swordsmen as execution rate soars Riyadh – Saudi Arabia advertised vacancies for eight executioners Tuesday after beheading nearly as many people since the start of the year as it did in the whole of 2014. The civil service ministry said that no qualifications were necessary and that applicants would be exempted from the usual entrance exams. It said that as...


Saudi Arabia orders cease fire in Yemen

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th May 2015

Saudi Arabia orders cease fire in Yemen Web Desk Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that it would cease bombing in war-torn Yemen for five days hinting that it is bowing to international pressure. Saudi foreign minister Adel-el Jubair said that the ceasefire will begin at 11pm on Tuesday, the New York Times reported. Jubeir was speaking at a conference in Paris which...


Makkah to `have world’s longest walkway’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th April 2015

Makkah to `have world’s longest walkway’ ISLAMABAD: The Makkah Municipality of Saudi Arabia has announced that new pedestrian road leading to Arafat from Makkah is nearing completion and will be opened before the next Haj season, a senior official said. Director of the municipality’s department of parks and public utilities told the Makkah newspaper that the first and second stages of...


95 percent of Grand Mosque expansion work completed

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th April 2015

95 percent of Grand Mosque expansion work completed ISLAMABAD: Ninety-five percent of a project to expand the circumambulation area around the Holy Kaaba (mataf) has been completed, thanks to 30 months of non-stop work ordered by the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. Work is proceeding according to schedule for the third phase of the scheme, which is supposed to...


US aircraft carrier heading away from Yemen: officials

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th April 2015

US aircraft carrier heading away from Yemen: officials Washington: A US aircraft carrier and a guided-missile cruiser are leaving the waters off Yemen and heading back to the Gulf after an Iranian naval convoy also turned back from the area, officials said Friday. The carrier and the cruiser, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Normandy, had deployed to the region this week...


Islamic State shoots and beheads 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya: video

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th April 2015

Islamic State shoots and beheads 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya: video CAIRO: A video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Reuters was unable to verify the authenticity of the video, but the killings resemble past violence carried out by Islamic State, an ultra-hardline group that has...


Clashes, air strikes kill 85 in Yemen

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th April 2015

Clashes, air strikes kill 85 in Yemen Aden: Clashes between rebels and pro-government forces and Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 85 people in Yemen, medics and military sources said Sunday, after Riyadh pledged to fund a UN aid appeal. The United Nations says hundreds of people have died and thousands of families have fled their homes since the coalition air war...


Iraqi forces retake most of Iraq’s largest refinery: officials

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th April 2015

Iraqi forces retake most of Iraq’s largest refinery: officials BAGHDAD: The insurgents attacked Iraq’s Baiji refinery a week ago by blasting through the security perimeter around it and taking over several installations, including storage tanks. A spokesman for Iraq’s counterterrorism forces told Reuters troops protecting the refinery had now retaken most facilities, although there were still small pockets of insurgents left on the site....


Al Shabaab militants kill regional Somali lawmaker in capital

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th April 2015

Al Shabaab militants kill regional Somali lawmaker in capital MOGADISHU :  Gunmen from Somali Islamist group al Shabaab killed a regional lawmaker on Saturday after he had taken his wife to hospital in the capital Mogadishu, the group and officials said. Aden Haji Hussein, a legislator from the semi-autonomous Puntland region, was sprayed with bullets when he returned to his parked car outside the...


New restrictions in Lebanon mean Syrian refugees live in fear

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th April 2015

New restrictions in Lebanon mean Syrian refugees live in fear BEIRUT: New rules in Lebanon, which has the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world, have left many thousands of them at risk of abuse from landlords and detention at any time, aid workers and a rights group say. Four years of civil war across the border in Syria means that one in...


At least 76 dead in Yemen air raids, fighting

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th April 2015

At least 76 dead in Yemen air raids, fighting Aden: At least 76 people were killed in Yemen Friday as Saudi-led warplanes pounded rebels heading to bolster an assault on loyalists in Aden and fighting raged in Taez, officials said. At least 20 rebels were killed, and two tanks and four armoured vehicles destroyed, in the overnight air strikes on a convoy headed out...


No breakthrough between Iran and U.N. nuclear watchdog

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th April 2015

No breakthrough between Iran and U.N. nuclear watchdog VIENNA: The U.N. nuclear watchdog said it had a “constructive exchange” with Iran this week but there was no sign of a breakthrough on aspects of its nuclear program that the agency says Tehran has failed to fully address. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is investigating Iran’s nuclear program in parallel to talks between...


New Yemen Vice President says he hopes to avert Saudi invasion

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th April 2015

New Yemen Vice President says he hopes to avert Saudi invasion ADEN: Yemen’s newly-appointed Vice President Khaled Bahah, a widely respected figure named this week to shore up the legitimacy of the exiled Saudi-backed government, said on Thursday he hoped to avert a Saudi-led invasion to restore unity to the country. Arab military exercises planned for Saudi Arabia have raised speculation that Riyadh is considering land...


Iran to name first woman ambassador since 1979: media

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th April 2015

Iran to name first woman ambassador since 1979: media TEHRAN: Iran is to appoint a woman ambassador for the first time since its 1979 Islamic Revolution, according to unconfirmed media reports Wednesday. The reports said foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham would be named ambassador to an Asian country. Afkham herself said she could not comment on “rumours”, quoted by state news agency IRNA. “Appointments...


Iran not negotiating nuclear deal with US Congress: Rouhani

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th April 2015

Iran not negotiating nuclear deal with US Congress: Rouhani TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani downplayed Wednesday the threat of US congressional action against an eventual nuclear deal, saying Tehran is not negotiating with the lawmakers but with world powers. The US Senate foreign relations committee gave the green light Tuesday to a bill that would give Congress the right to review a possible final...


Obama, Iraq’s Abadi to discuss Islamic State fight in White House meeting

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th April 2015

Obama, Iraq’s Abadi to discuss Islamic State fight in White House meeting WASHINGTON: Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and President Barack Obama will discuss the fight against Islamic State on Tuesday at a White House meeting likely to be dominated by Iraqi requests for U.S. arms and tension over Iran’s role on the battlefield. In his first U.S. trip since becoming prime minister, Abadi is expected to seek billions...


Iran puts forward Yemen peace plan as Houthis suffer battlefield setbacks

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th April 2015

Iran puts forward Yemen peace plan as Houthis suffer battlefield setbacks ADEN: Iran proposed a peace plan for Yemen on Tuesday and called for an end to Saudi-led air strikes against Houthi rebels allied to Tehran, but the move was likely to draw a cool response from Riyadh. On the battlefront, militiamen loyal to deposed President President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said they had pushed back Houthi fighters at several...


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