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Villager in his 80s hangs himself

JAZAN — A man in his 80s committed suicide by hanging himself in his house in a village in Samtah governorate. A neighbor said the victim did not have any children and lived with a relative...

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Cross-dresser caught at Prophet's Mosque

MADINAH — Security officers in Madinah detained an Arab expatriate for entering the female section in the Prophet’s Mosque. A female security personnel at the mosque became...

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Embassy makes final push to get Indian illegals out

Saudi Gazette report RIYADH — With the deadline for illegal foreign workers to correct their residency status or leave the country gracefully coming close, the Indian embassy has issued a...

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Police to investigate girl with burns

TURAIF — Police are investigating circumstances surrounding a child who was brought to a hospital in Turaif with burns covering most of her body. Northern Border police spokesman Brig. Bandar...

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3 killed, 11 injured in road accidents

ABQAIQ — Three people were killed in a head-on collision on Al-Eqair road in Abqaiq. Police and Civil Defense teams attended to the accident, removed the bodies from the wreck and transported...

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Drug smuggling attempts foiled

RIYADH – Border Guard patrol units foiled two major drug smuggling attempts early Friday, the Saudi Press Agency reported Saturday quoting a spokesman for the force. He said two Iraqi...

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Spending three days in Madinah

Abdulazizi Al-Meairfi Okaz/Saudi Gazette MADINAH — Visitors flocked to Madinah following the Royal Decree that announced a three-day weekend — Thursday, Friday and...

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Harmful side effects of loud, blaring music

 Dr. Walid A. Fitaihi JEDDAH — The human body and each of its cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems have a certain resonance and they function optimally within a specific range...

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Percentage of Pakistanis traveling back home declines

Saman Ali Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — Saudi Arabia hosts the largest Pakistani community in the world. According to a report published by the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment, a...

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Three months are not enough

Saleh Al-Karim Al-Madinah The punishments to be applied on illegal foreigners and employers harboring them after the three-month amnesty that will end on July 3 are extremely harsh. Companies and...

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As Ramadan closes in, cost of hiring housemaids jumps

Saudi Gazette report RIYADH — With Ramadan around the corner, the unofficial fees for the sponsorship transfer of housemaids have reached astronomical figures, Al-Riyadh daily reported. The...

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Calls mount for easing of ‘mahram’ curbs

 Mariam Nihal Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — Many women living in the Kingdom who spoke to Saudi Gazette said they felt traveling laws should be flexible enough to take account of...

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Keralite community leaders brainstorm on pressing expat issues

Hassan Cheruppa Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — A seminar and panel discussion on the status of expatriate workers held at Jeddah Golden Tulip Hotel Friday evening have turned into a brainstorming...

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Work permit fee: Contractors likely to get compensation

Saudi Gazette report RIYADH — A committee comprising representatives of a number of government departments is studying a mechanism for compensating government contractors for the annual...

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Licensure tests for Filipino professionals in October

JEDDAH — The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in the Philippines has given the green signal to hold special licensure examinations for six professions in Saudi Arabia and two other...

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Foul play suspected in fuel truck fire

JEDDAH — Civil Defense officials have opened an investigation after three fuel trucks at Al-Jawharah neighborhood caught fire Saturday morning. A piece of cloth was found inside each truck....

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Domestic helper sent to jail for forging ID

 Abdulrahman Al-Ali Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — An Asian domestic helper has been sentenced by Jeddah Administrative Court to one year in prison and a fine of SR1,000 for forging her...

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Pakistan Job fair

More than 50 companies took part in a job fair at Pakistan International School in Aziziyah, Jeddah, on Friday. Consul General Aftab Khokher said this was the third job fair organized by his mission...

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Car falls into valley

A Toyota sedan careened off Al-Soudah Road and fell into a valley after the driver lost control of the vehicle, killing one of the passengers and injuring three others, outside Abha on Saturday. Civil...

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Probe sought into Saudi who weaved kidnap story

Saudi Gazette report ARAR — The Saudi embassy in Lebanon has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to open an investigation into a Saudi citizen who had spun a kidnapping tale to get the...

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