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Arab media is in a coma, says expert

Dubai, May 15: Arab media is far from objective and is being torn apart by vested interests. It must be freed from corruption, nepotism and political, commercial and vested interests.

It must play a neutral...

Coronavirus is ‘not spreading’

Riyadh, May 14: The Ministry of Health said yesterday that it had stopped the spread of coronavirus from Al-Ahsa in the Eastern Province to other parts of the Kingdom. The virus had reached Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, but not further...

Legal expat workers eligible for GOSI

Riyadh, May 13: Expatriate workers can now become beneficiaries of the General Organization For Social Insurance (GOSI) under a new scheme introduced by the Ministry of Labor.

The announcement followed a...

No respite for teachers on family iqamas

Jeddah, May 12: A majority of teachers employed in international schools and other places are under the sponsorship of their fathers and husbands. But they say they are unwilling to transfer their iqamas under the sponsorship...

With new rules, many expats change their minds

Jeddah, May 12: Tens of thousands of illegal expatriate workers have registered with their consulates over the past 30 days in an effort to get an airline ticket home, consulates and embassy officials told Arab News.

An estimated...

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Oman

Qatar, May 11: A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck in the Gulf nation of Oman on Saturday near the northern city of Al Khasab, the US Geological Survey said. The quake had a depth of 21 miles (33 km) and was centered...

Zamzam springs prevent the demolition of Mt. Abu Qubais

Makkah, May 10: Experts participating in the 13th Scientific Forum for Haj and Umrah Research held at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah stressed that Mount Abu Qubais can’t be demolished near Al-Safa door at the Grand Mosque...

Israeli attacks opened door to all possibilities: Syria

Tehran, May 6: Syria has described the recent Israeli aggression against its territory as a "flagrant violation of international law," adding that the attacks have opened the door "to all possibilities."

Syrian Information Minister Omran...

In a stern warning, Riyadh police hold 3 Filipino protesters briefly

Riyadh, May 5: Three Filipino workers were detained by Riyadh police yesterday for protesting outside the Philippine Embassy. Later they were released.

The three workers were among a group of about 150 workers who...

Limits on expat bank transfers ‘under study’

Jeddah, May 3: Saudi banks are considering limiting the amount of money expatriates send home, a bank official told Arab News. This is to comply with Ministry of Labor regulations being phased in as part of...