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A 10-month Umrah season proposed

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The expansion of the holy mosques takes into account the expected surge in Muslim population worldwide by 2030. (AN photo by Ahmed Hashad) RIYADH: A government proposal to extend the Umrah season from the current eight months to 10 is being considered, local media said quoting informed sources. The proposal, according to which Moharram and […]

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Saudi Railways Organization orders 238 passenger trips per week

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The SRO has increased the number of passenger trips as it caters to a growing public demand. DAMMAM: The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) has increased the frequency of trains between Riyadh, Dammam, and Hufuf to 238 trips per week starting from Sept. 18, coinciding with the start of the new academic year. The trips between […]

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UN must stop Indian violence in Kashmir, says Pakistan

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Pakistan has called on the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council to press India to halt more than two months of violence in Kashmir . The appeal comes a day after suspected rebels attacked an Indian army base in Kashmir, killing 17 soldiers. The Foreign Office said Monday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has […]

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Sterling bounces back above $1.30

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Sterling staged a modest recovery on Monday after its worst week in 10, as traders bought back the currency after it fell below $1.30 for the first time in a month on Friday. The pound skidded more than 2 percent against the dollar last week after the Bank of England left the door open to […]

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Stability secured in Russia as Putin’s party dominates Duma election

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Russia’s ruling United Russia party secured more than 50 percent of the vote in Russia’s parliamentary election held on Sunday, paving the way for President Putin to glide in to a fourth term in 2018 elections The United Russia party backed by President Vladimir Putin has won 54.2 percent of the vote in a parliamentary […]

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Bank Islam launches Asia Pacific’s first shariah-compliant business credit card

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Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd has launched Asia Pacific’s first shariah-compliant business credit card, targeted at large corporations and small medium enterprises. Its managing director Datuk Seri Zukri Samat said the new initiative, with support from Visa, is aimed at increasing its portfolio and product mix to better serve the needs of its clients. “We believe […]

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Tourism scores over Islamophobia in Paris

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IBRAHIM NAFFEE: If you visit Champs-Élysées boulevard in Paris, you will feel you are in one of the major Arab cities due to the high number of Arab residents and tourists there. Paris is one of the best cities blended with different civilizations.People from different countries and religions visit Paris and play a pivotal role […]

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Saudi economy to generate 5.7m jobs by 2020

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The Saudi economy is poised to generate 5.7 million jobs by 2020, but the Saudi work force is expected to get less rates of the available jobs compared to foreigners at 45 percent and 55 percent, respectively, according to a study.The study titled “Assessment of the ability of Saudi economy to generate suitable and sustainable […]

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Global markets firm after volatile period

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Global stock markets stabilized Wednesday after a volatile few days when investors around the world fretted over the likelihood of an imminent rate hike from the US Federal Reserve.ope, Germany’s DAX was up 0.4 percent at 10,427 while the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares rose 0.6 percent to 6,704. The CAC-40 in France […]

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British ambassador to Saudi Arabia embraces Islam

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Paul Collis and his wife Huda Mujarkech The report says the UK diplomat spent almost entire career serving in Arab countries.AdTech AdBritish Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Simon Paul Collis and his wife Huda Mujarkech performed Haj this year after embracing Islam, according to a report on arabnews.com.This fact came into public domain when Saudi writer […]

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Dh30,000 for a white crow in Dubai

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The animal kingdom is usually a riot of colour, but sometimes mother nature’s paint palette comes in very neutral hues. The result – pure white animals that look as if they have been lifted from the pages of a mythical book. Albinism – a congenital disorder that robs the skin, hair and eyes of colour […]

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Obama creates first marine national monument in Atlantic

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President Barack Obama on Thursday established the first national marine monument in the Atlantic, a move that’s designed to permanently protect nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the coast of New England. The White House said the designation will lead to a ban on commercial fishing, mining and drilling, though a […]

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US, Israel ink $38-billion military aid package

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U.S. Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon (R) and Israeli Acting National Security Advisor Jacob Nagel (L) participate in a signing ceremony for a new ten year pact on security assistance between the two nations at the State Department in Washington, U.S., September 14, 2016. REUTERS photo U.S. Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon (R) and Israeli […]

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75,000 refugees trapped on Syria-Jordan border

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Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees remain stranded in worsening humanitarian conditions at the border with Jordan, where “food is running out and disease is rife”, according to Amnesty International. In a new report published on Thursday, the rights group said about 75,000 Syrian refugees have been cut off from humanitarian aid for two months […]

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US seeks $14 bln from Deutsche Bank over mortgage bonds

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The US Department of Justice is asking Deutsche Bank to pay $14 billion to settle an investigation into its selling of mortgage-backed securities, Germany’s flagship lender said on Friday. The claim against Deutsche, which is likely to be negotiated in several months of talks, far outstrips the bank’s and investors’ expectations for such costs. While […]

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Muslim World League expresses concerns over US congress bill

The Muslim World League and its affiliate World Organization of Muslim Scholars have expressed deep concerns regarding the US Congress issuing of legislation known as the “Justice law against sponsors of terrorism” bill. “It clearly and frankly contravenes with the UN Charter and the principles of international law and as such act is contrary to […]

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Open heart surgery patient performs Haj successfully

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A pilgrim who had underwent open heart surgery in Madinah just before Haj has successfully completed his pilgrimage. Mohammed Mirza, 58, from Bangladesh, complained of heart pain while he was going to the Prophet’s Mosque from his accommodation before Haj. He was taken to a medical clinic near the Prophet’s Mosque, which then transferred him […]

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The tawafa profession: Hosting pilgrims from all over the world

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Haj Security Force Commander Gen. Khalid Al-Harbi poses for a group photo with officials of tawafa service company for Asian pilgrims, in Makkah on Thursday. (SPA) MAKKAH: The tawafa profession in Makkah was never restricted to welcoming Hajis and Umrah pilgrims from all over the world. It is one of the most important jobs affiliated […]

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Kaaba gets new Kiswa, embroidered with 120kg of gold threads

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Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba, was dressed in its new Kiswa (the cloth that covers the Kaaba) after Fajr prayer on Sunday by as many as 86 technicians and weavers. The Kaaba is dressed in its new Kiswa on the Day of Arafat every year. During the same daym, the Grand Mosque is usually empty […]

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First baby born during Hajj 2016, and her name is Mina!

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first child to be born in the hospitals of the holy sites during the Hajj season this year has been named Mina, Saud Ministry of Health announced on Monday morning. The ministry made the announcement on its official Twitter page. According to al-Youm newspaper, the baby girl is from Afghanistan and was born at the […]

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