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Saudi Gazette Newspaper

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       MINA — A sexual harasser of Asian origin was nabbed, investigated and tried in a matter of 180 minutes only, local daily Al-Madina reported on Saturday. The harasser, who was not identified by name, was caught by the undercover police touching women while they were throwing stones at the Satan. The secret police took him to the station where

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       MINA — Dr. Meshari Al-Otaibi, head executive for Haj services at the general administration for medical services, revealed that 41 officers were injured during the Mina stampede. He said that all but seven officers were treated and discharged from hospitals. Most of the officers had broken bones, trouble in breathing and other heart problems

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  • 09/26/15--14:00: SMS to return lost items
  •    MAKKAH — Police in holy sites are using SMS services to return missing items to pilgrims and visitors. They are using the SMS service to notify people on finding their missing and stolen items. This is limited to cell phones, wallets and bags. Through the ID of the person, police send an SMS message if wallets and bags are found and notify t

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       MADINAH — The Saudi Red Crescent in Madinah provided 53 ambulance teams to cover the Eid prayer. All teams were stationed near the Prophet’s Mosque. The task to cover Eid prayer started way before midnight and all units were in position.

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      Saudi Gazette report  JUBAIL — Through a Twitter hashtag “let it rot,” locals here are protesting against the recent steep rise in the prices of fish. Mufrih Al-Malki, a local resident, said the fish market has increased the prices for no reason. “We re

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  • 09/26/15--14:00: Holiday extension

  •   Khaled Al-Suleiman Okaz   THE official decision extending Eid Al-Adha holidays has made students and government employees happy but the move has made many others unhappy, especially those who were awaiting their turn at various government departments. People who were having court cases said the holiday ext

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  • 09/26/15--14:00: Computers damaging education

  •   Fahd Bin Jleid Al-Jazirah   THERE is no official study to show us how many hours the Saudi children stay in front of the computer screens every day whether at home or in school. However, in Australia, for instance, the maximum time a child is allowed to use the computer in school every day is 58 minutes. I

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      Jizaa Al-Namasi Okaz/Saudi Gazette  RAFHA — Ingenuity of two young Saudi brothers who substituted their night dress with the two-piece white Ihram helped them board a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Riyadh to Rafha, their hometown in the north of the Kingdom, to spend the Eid

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       RIYADH — A senior Saudi officer and another border guard were killed in a gun battle after a landmine blast along the frontier with Yemen, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday. Col. Hassan Ghasoum Aquili and Deputy Sergeant Abdulrahman Mohammed Al-Hazazi died late Friday in Al-Harth sector of Jazan region and four other guar

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      Saudi Gazette report  MAKKAH — Aziziyah District, which decades ago was euphemistically called “Valley of Cows,” is now considered the most developed area in Makkah. In the not too distant past, the area was full of cows but now multi-storied buildings have come up in every nook and corner of the d

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      Saudi Gazette report  MINA — After miraculously escaping death in Thursday's stampede in Mina, two Sudanese pilgrims returned to the deadly site and embarked on the noble task of saving those who were seriously injured in the accident. They told Al-Hayat newspaper that t

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      Hassan Cheruppa Saudi Gazette    MAKKAH – An Indian expatriate engineer died in Thursday’s stampede in Mina while serving the pilgrims. Niyazul Haq Mansoori, from the northern Indian state of Jharkhand, came from Yanbu to join the 950-member volunteer team of India Fr

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       AL-RASS — A medical team at Al-Rass general hospital saved the life of an expatraite woman who had swallowed a spoon. The woman arrived at the hospital in a critical condition and was finding it difficult to breath. After an x-ray, medical teams discovered a spoon blocking the woman’s windpipe. She immediately underwent surgery and the

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       JAZAN — Three men were killed when their small car collided with a truck on Al-Hussaini road in Jazan’s Sabya province. Witnesses said the car immediately burst into flames, killing all the three occupants before they could escape. Civil Defense teams and the Saudi Red Crescent rushed to the scene, but arrived too late to rescue the vi

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       JEDDAH — Teams from Jeddah Municipality foiled an attempt to smuggle more than 700 sacrificed goats and other rotten meat from Makkah to Jeddah following Eid Al-Adha. Police officers seized 62 vehicles that were used to smuggle the meat to Jeddah. The police and the municipality say they have put a plan in place to prevent sacrificed meat fr

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  • 09/27/15--14:00: Police warn against speeding
  •    MADINAH — Madinah police have warned drivers against speeding on Al-Khalel Road that leads to Al-Baida natural park. Many precious lives have been lost recently due to reckless driving on the road leading to the only for Madinah residents. The road cuts through many farms. There have been many accidents on the road, which is very narrow with

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       JEDDAH – Amal, 17 (pictured), a student of class 12 at the International Indian School-Jeddah (IISJ), drowned while taking a bath in Obhur beach of the Red Sea on Saturday. Funeral prayer for Amal was held after Asr (evening) prayers and the body was buried at the Rowais Cemetery. Hundreds of people, including students and staff of IISJ as w

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       MAKKAH — Two pilgrims of African descent died, and nine others injured, when their car overturned on the side of the road traveling from Mina to Makkah. Saudi Red Crescent teams arrived quickly at the scene, along with police. The two pilgrims were pronounced dead at the scene, while the other victims suffered a range of injuries. They were

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  • 09/27/15--14:00: Abattoirs unusually crowded

  •    MADINAH — Madinah slaughterhouses witnessed unusual overcrowding this year because of their small size. People called on authorities to build new, larger slaughterhouses to serve the public. One person using a slaughterhouse told Saudi Gazette: “I have never seen such overcrowding compared with last years. I thought that when I come he

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  • 09/27/15--14:00: Pilgrims flock to Jeddah

  •    JEDDAH — Thousands of pilgrims who arrived early in Jeddah could be seen taking photographs and enjoying Jeddah’s Corniche. Most of the pilgrims seen were from Indonesia, the Philippines, Morocco, India and Egypt. One Indonesian translator told Saudi Gazette that he’d perform Haj every year because he is the head of a Haj delegat

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