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It’s snowing ... in Saudi Arabia!

Tabuk, Jan 10: Residents of this northwestern region went picnicking yesterday in scenic mountains and other spots that were covered in a sheet of white as Tabuk received its annual snowfall since Tuesday.

Visitors from...

Detailed plans for Jeddah, Makkah public transport networks unveiled

Jeddah, Jan 10: The ministerial committee for transport in Makkah province met here on Wednesday to review the progress of a plan to beef up the public transport system in the province, including the cities of...

New rules for divorce, custody to take effect on Feb. 26

Jeddah, Jan 6: New personal status regulations for divorce, custody and alimony cases will come into effect Feb. 26, Al-Watan daily reported Saturday quoting Ministry of Justice sources.

The regulations will be enforced by all courts in the...

Making visitors aware of fragile environment of Jeddah’s corniche

Jeddah, Jan 5: The massive campaign launched by the Saudi Environment Society to protect the Jeddah corniche environment was a big success with the participation of a large number of people.

As part of the...

Migration to Saudi Arabia has a social cost: Study

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 4: A study on migration of Indians to Saudi Arabia says that despite various economic advantages, there is also a social cost that migrants are forced to pay over time for staying away from...

Indian amnesty seeker dies of heart attack in Dubai

Dubai, Jan 4: An Indian man, who worked illegally for six years in the UAE, died of heart attack when he went for applying for amnesty to return home.

Chakali Pentaiah died on December 16,...

Saudi women outraged at US TV host

Jeddah, Jan 2: Saudi women expressed outrage at Chelsea Handler, the American host of the TV show “Chelsea Lately,” when she swore at Saudi men for being able to receive notification by SMS of their wives’...

2012 saw flurry of controversial fatwas in Arab world

Riyadh, Jan 1: The Arab world witnessed issuance of a flurry of religious edicts (fatwas) during 2012, most of which became controversial due to their strange nature and political dimensions.

These included a fatwa forbidding non-Palestinian Muslims from visiting...

Israel erects barrier on Lebanon border

Metulla, May 1: Israel began building a wall yesterday along a 1-km-stretch of its border with Lebanon, saying the barrier was necessary to boost security for an Israeli frontier...

Saudi king discusses key issues with Lieberman

Riyadh, May 1: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah held wide-ranging talks with US Sen. Joseph Lieberman, chairman of the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...