Low-cost Haj: Ministry begins accepting online applications

News Room : September 2, 2014 7:44 am
The Haj Ministry website has started accepting applications from Saudis and expatriates who wanted to make use of the low-cost Haj scheme. More than 40,000 pilgrims are expected to benefit from the low-cost Haj scheme this year, said Abdul Hameed Al-Sinani, secretary general of the Coordination Council for Domestic Haj Service Firms. Speaking to Arab more »
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IS terror tops agenda of Saudi-French talks

News Room : September 2, 2014 7:42 am
Threat posed by Islamic State (IS) militants, who have seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, tops the agenda of Saudi-French talks. Crown Prince Salman arrived in Paris Monday on a landmark visit for talks with President Francois Hollande and other French leaders. The visit aims to further strengthen relations between the two countries. more »
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Fuel tanker blast kills welder

News Room : September 2, 2014 7:39 am
A Bangladeshi expatriate died in a fuel tank blast that was caused by a spark from a welding machine in his workshop in north Jeddah on Sunday. The impact of the blast was so violent that the expat was blown onto the rooftop of a neighboring workshop eight meters away, said Col. Saeed Sarhan, Makkah more »
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Radicals in Iraq driving large-scale atrocities: UN

News Room : September 2, 2014 7:34 am
GENEVA: Radical fighters have carried out atrocities on “an unimaginable scale” in months of fighting with Iraqi forces, who have also killed detainees and shelled civilian areas, a UN official said on Monday. There is “strong evidence” Islamic State and allied groups have carried out targeted killings, forced conversions, sexual abuse and torture in Iraq, more »
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Indonesia’s first female governor jailed for corruption

News Room : September 2, 2014 7:30 am
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s first female provincial leader, and head of one of the country’s most powerful political dynasties, was jailed for four years on Monday for bribing a top judge over an election dispute. The case of Ratu Atut Chosiyah has transfixed even graft-weary Indonesia since her arrest last year for giving kickbacks to the constitutional more »
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Thunderstorms delay flights in America

News Room : September 2, 2014 7:27 am
PHILADELPHIA: Severe thunderstorms across the northeastern US delayed flights, halted outdoor sports events and concerts in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning. The men were injured at Orchard Beach in New York’s Bronx neighborhood Sunday evening as bad storms rolled through, the Fire more »
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Ukraine govt warns of ‘great war’ with Russia

News Room : September 2, 2014 7:24 am
KIEV/MOSCOW: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of “direct and undisguised aggression” which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev’s forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. Ukraine’s defense minister also warned that a “great war” had broken out with Russia over his country’s future that more »
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Haia chief orders probe into attack on Saudi-British couple

News Room : September 2, 2014 7:21 am
A YouTube video that shows a British couple allegedly being attacked by officials from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) at a shopping mall in Riyadh has gone viral on social media forums, prompting local officials and senior Haia functionaries to launch an investigation. About 300,000 viewers have more »
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