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Lifting ban on Skype, WhatsApp calls, but will censor them: Saudi

Riyadh, Sept 21: The Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps on Thursday but will monitor and censor them, a government spokesman said.

All online voice and video call services - such as Microsoft's...

World Cup qualification national achievement, says Saudi King

Jeddah, Sept 21: King Salman on Wednesday received the chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA), Turki Al-Asheikh, accompanied by the president and members of Saudi Arabian Football Association (SAFA) and players of the Saudi Football First Team on the...

Saudi Arabia set to lift ban on internet calls

Riyadh, Sept 20: Saudi Arabia will remove its ban on internet phone calls on Thursday, a government spokesman said, in a bid to stimulate online business as the kingdom looks to boost non-oil revenue.

All online voice and video...

Saudi Shoura studying plan to merge religious police into Islamic Ministry

Riyadh, Sept 20: The Shoura Council is currently studying a major proposal to merge the religious police, officially known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, into the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

The plan...

Qatar's Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim Al-Thani joins calls for meeting to end Gulf crisis

Jeddah, Sept 19: A second member of Qatar’s ruling family has joined calls for a national meeting of Qataris to resolve the dispute with its Gulf neighbors.

In a televised address, Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim Al-Thani repeated the plea...

Makkah, Madinah and Riyadh harbor 60% of Saudi population

Riyadh, Sept 18: The Makkah, Madinah and Riyadh regions harbor about 60 percent of the population in the Kingdom which reached 32.6 million people as of the first half of 2017, a research study revealed.

According to preliminary data...

Proud to create partnerships with Muslims all over the world: Saudi

Sao Paulo, Sept 17: Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Saleh Al-Asheikh said the Saudi government and people are proud to communicate and create partnerships with Muslims all over the world, notably Latin America, in serving Islam and...

'Economic growth key to fight against extremism'

New York, Sept 16: Economic development is a key factor in deterring young people in the Middle East and elsewhere from becoming involved in violent extremism, a gathering of world leaders heard in New York.

A one-day youth forum...

Twin suicide attacks leave scores dead in southern Iraq

Iraq, Sept 15: At least 74 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in twin gun-and-car bomb attacks near the city of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq.

The attacks in the southern province of Thi Qar on Thursday started...

Saudi Public Prosecution receives intelligence files on suspected cell members

Jeddah, Sept 14: The Pubic Prosecution on Wednesday received intelligence files on suspected cell members who were arrested on Monday.

State security authorities will furnish the Public Prosecutor with all evidence and documents that were collected during...