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Saudi Gazette Newspaper

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    Abdulaziz Kasem Al-Watan A friend sent me a video clip showing some people, whom we commonly call the Bidoun (without nationality), stranded along the borders with Qatar. The scene is heartbreaking, especially when you see their women and children sweating under the hot sun. Some of them spoke in the video asking Saudi offi

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    Mohammad  Al-Ghamdi Okaz/Saudi Gazette RIYADH — The Ministry of Civil Service has extended the Eid break from 10 days to 12 days this year. According to the ministry’s holidays and vacations charter, public sector employees will be off from July 10 to 21. This year the holida

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    Saudi Gazette report MAKKAH — The Ministry of Haj reported the number of pilgrims this season has reached over 4.5 million. Deputy Minister of Haj Essa Ruwas said the ministry issued 5.4 million Umrah visas this season. He said: “A total of 3.2 million pilgrims landed in King Abdulaziz I

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    Saudi Gazette report MADINAH — Cleaning and maintenance staff at Taibah University have gone on strike over three months’ unpaid wages, Al-Madina reported. One of the staff members said they tried filing official complaints to the university’s cleaning and maintenance contractor. She said: &ldquo

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    RIYADH — Minister of Education Azzam Al-Dakhil and Minister of Health Khaled Al-Falih recently signed a memorandum of understanding to boost cooperation in several strategic fields, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The MoU involves, among other aspects, strengthening cooperation to enhance the training capability in medical education taking

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    Saudi Gazette report RIYADH – The Shoura Council approved a proposal to grant the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques the right to select candidates to fill job vacancies at the presidency except positions that come under the Ministry of Civil Service, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

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    Saudi Gazette report JEDDAH — The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has fined and shut down hotels and furnished apartment for violating the authority’s rules and regulations during its most recent inspection campaign, Makkah daily reported. A source from the authority reported on Fri

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    Saudi Gazette report MAKKAH — The General Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques Affairs announced new regulations regarding Ramadan iftars (breaking of the fast meals) held in the Grand Mosque, Makkah daily reported. Director of cleaning at the presidency Maher Al-Zahrani said the new regulations were set to m

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    Saudi Gazette report JEDDAH — A number of real estate developers and investors have accused Jeddah Municipality of obstructing the development of skyscrapers. They believed such buildings were needed to boost the local economy and tourism. The developers told Makkah daily that their requests f

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    Saudi Gazette report RIYADH — The World Air Sports Federation (FAI) appointed Saudi Arabia's Mubarak Al-Suwalim a member of the higher committee in FAI World Games tournament to be held from Dec. 1 to 12 in Dubai. Al-Suwailim, general secretary of Saudi Air Sports Federation, will be responsible for organizi

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      Saudi Gazette Report   DAMMAM — They say laughter is best therapy to fight stress in this otherwise frenetic–paced society. At Kanoo Towers here it was laughter all the way last Friday as 12 Gaveliers, aged between 8 and 13 years, sent the audience into a fit of laughter with their humorous speeches

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      Muhammad Mujahid Syed Saudi Gazette   JEDDAH – “The pace of change is very fast. From the clash of civilizations to the principle of give and take, the cultures that have some powerful backer behind them are flourishing,” said famous Pakistani poet Mohsin Changezi in an interview to Sau

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  • 06/09/15--14:00: JSDF Day marked with pomp

  •    RIYADH — Japan Ambassador Norihiro Okuda hosted a reception to mark the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) Day at his residence. VIPs, Saudi officials and diplomats here attended the celebration. The guests appreciated the Self-Defense Forces’ efforts for international security. Okuda said: “This year marks the 60th

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  • 06/09/15--14:00: Felicitation

  •    Bangladeshi expatriate community in Jeddah organized a reception to honor Mahfouz Salem Ashmeel for his unique result in higher education. Photo shows consul labor of Bangladesh Consulate, Jeddah, Mohd. Mohammed Hossain, First Secretary Mohd. Altaf Hossain and Bangladeshi expatriates. — Courtesy photo by Rumi Sayeed

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       JEDDAH — Vadivel Balaji and Jayachandran, who have made a name for themselves with their stand-up comedy routines in Chennai, India, were the showstoppers in the Senthamil Nalamandram (SNM), special event here last weekend. They regaled the over 600-strong Tamil community crowd at the Indian Consulate premises with some unique

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       A university student died in a road accident in Abha on Sunday. Police said the victim lost control of his car, which swerved off the road and burst into flames, burning the student to death. — Okaz photo

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       RIYADH — Paramedics had to resuscitate a child whose heart stopped beating after he was rescued from a fire on Monday. Riyadh Red Crescent spokesman Abdullah Al-Muraibidh said the blaze struck a residential building in Al-Wizarat District. The child had inhaled so much smoke that he was not breathing when he was rescued.

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       JEDDAH — Police have seized a cache of suspected drug pills from a vehicle at a checkpoint near Rabigh. Jeddah Police officer Saeed Al-Zahrani said officers stopped the vehicle and searched it. They found pills that they suspected were drugs. They seized the pills as well as money and a number of mobile phones from the driver

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       JEDDAH — Four young men and women were sentenced to do community service instead of going to prison after being caught having unlawful relationships with each other. Jeddah Penal Court said the defendants, two males and two females, were caught partying at a resort on the beach. The judge ruled the women must

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       JEDDAH — Municipal inspectors seized 300 kg of meat from a farm in Al-Jumoom on Sunday after a citizen reported that a group of expatriates were selling the product. Al-Jumoom Municipality’s head health inspector Bar Al-Shuwaihi said the local authority found rotten meat that was being stored in bad conditions.

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