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Fatwa: Divorce SMS sent in anger is invalid

Dubai, Mar 27: An SMS message sent by a husband to his wife containing the word ‘divorce’ is enough to make the divorce valid, according to a fatwa of Dubai’s Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities.

A report...

Foreign scholarship students will get spouse allowance in Saudi Arabia

Jeddah, Mar 26: The Cabinet yesterday passed a law that would allow spouses accompanying King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship students to receive special monthly allowances.

“If a scholarship student is accompanied by his Saudi wife at...

IDs a must for Saudi women

Jeddah, Mar 26: The Council of Ministers yesterday issued a new law making independent national identity cards mandatory for Saudi women within a period of seven years. Saudi males 15 years old and older should also obtain...

Burmese refugees to receive job training in Saudi Arabia

Jeddah, Mar 25: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal yesterday distributed free residency permits (iqamas) to the first applicants of the Burmese community in a historic move to legalize the status of nearly 500,000 refugees in the...

Nitaqat cleanup: 2 million face ax

Jeddah, Mar 24: At least 2 million expatriates may lose their jobs or leave the Kingdom shortly as about 250,000 small and medium enterprises will be listed in the Red category of the Labor Ministry’s Nitaqat...

Asian arrivals helping set new Umrah record

Jeddah, Mar 23: A large number of Umrah pilgrims arriving from Asian countries this week are about to set a new record.

The Ministry of Haj has indicated that more than 6 million pilgrims are...

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Kuwait to cut expats by 1 million

Kuwait City, Mar 21: Kuwait, where expats make up 68 percent of the population, plans to reduce the number of foreigners living in the Gulf state by 1 million over the next decade, a minister said....

18, including 16 Saudis, arrested for ‘espionage’

Riyadh, Mar 20: Saudi Arabia has arrested 16 Saudis, an Iranian and a Lebanese for espionage.

“The men were arrested in Makkah, Madinah, Riyadh and Eastern Province,” said Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the Interior Ministry.

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KSA goes tough on illegals

Riyadh, Mar 19: Saudi Arabia has announced new measures at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Crown Prince Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense. The Council of Ministers yesterday adopted a series of decisions to...

Labor Ministry launches initiatives to bolster Saudization in private sector

Jeddah, Mar 18: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman yesterday commended the Labor Ministry’s efforts to create more job opportunities for Saudis and eradicate the country’s unemployment problem.

He received Labor Minister Adel Fakeih who...