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Absenteeism plagues govt offices on Thursdays

Abdulmohsen Al-Sabti Okaz/Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — A large number of absences continue to plague government departments in Jeddah on Thursdays, delaying processes for frustrated citizens. With...

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Mentally ill talked out of suicide bid

TAIF – Police officers succeeded in convincing a mental health patient not to jump off the third floor of the building he lived in. The young patient had stood on the roof for four hours...

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Boy drowns in drainage canal

MAKKAH – A 12-year-old boy drowned canal in Laith governorate while swimming with his friends near a man-made canal in Al-Ghala town. His friends said the boy suddenly disappeared from sight....

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Old man found dead in his house

UHUD AL-MASAREHA – A man in his 60s was found dead inside his home at Khalab Valley, Uhud Al-Masareha governorate. Fingerprints were lifted and the entire house was inspected while the old...

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6 pilgrims sustain burns in accident

MADINAH – Six Umrah performers were rushed to several hospitals in Madinah for treatment from severe burns after the car they were riding during their trip from Makkah to Madinah caught fire....

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4-yr-old playing with gun shoots himself

JAZAN – A four-year-old child shot himself in the stomach while playing with his father’s gun. The father, who lives in a remote village in Al-Harth governorate, Jazan, rushed to...

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Pak minister to discuss Haj preparations

JEDDAH — Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Mohammed Yousaf arrived in the Kingdom to discuss arrangements for Pakistani pilgrims during...

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Snake scares off family in village

REJAL AL-MAA – A two-meter-long snake scared off a family from their dwelling after they discovered it inside one of their rooms at Haswah village. The head of the family spent two hours...

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Firefighter suffers severe burns

TAIF – A Civil Defense firefighter sustained severe burns while dousing a large blaze that broke out and spread to several repair shops in the industrial area, according to spokesman Col....

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Bisha accident claims 7 lives

BISHA — Seven people died on the spot in a tragic accident at Bisha-Raniya road Saturday morning. Two cars collided head-on, killing all passengers on board, who were burned completely. Their...

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Gang uses maids to steal from houses

RIYADH — Police have nabbed members of a gang who stole gold and jewelry from houses. The gang was run by a Saudi  with his Indian accomplice as well as a group of housemaids. An old...

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Cab driver arrested for rape attempt

MADINAH — Police arrested a man after he allegedly stabbed an Arab woman inside her house in Madinah, according to spokesman Col. Fahd Al-Ghannam. The man, who is a cabdriver, tried to rape...

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12 tons of rotten food destroyed in Makkah

RIYADH – The Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Makkah has destroyed 12 tons of rotten foodstuffs, including olives and pickles, during raids on stores and warehouses in the holy city, the...

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Amnesty and extension a unique humanitarian gesture, says Khokher

Hassan Cheruppa Saudi Gazette JEDDAH – Pakistan’s Consul General Aftab Ahmad Khokher said that declaration of an amnesty and its extension are a unique humanitarian gesture from...

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Recycle for noble cause

Amal Al-Sibai Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — Although the environmental condition of most neighborhoods here are deplorable, the idea of recycling is not completely new. The best solution...

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Inspection of Yanbu stores intensified

Saudi Gazette report YANBU — The Royal Commission of Yanbu's department of consumer and environmental protection has intensified their inspection visits to food stores in Ramadan. From the...

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A sane voice as crazy rent increases cripple tenants

Some landlords refuse to put extra burden on people Joud Al-Amri Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — Rent prices are rising throughout the Kingdom, especially in Jeddah, but surprisingly there are a few...

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Many citizens still out of sync with e-government concept

Saudi Gazette report RIYADH — Most government bodies have adopted the electronic government system to provide services to private companies and the public in a transparent manner. However, a...

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Correction drive gives Saudis a chance to step in

Laura Bashraheel Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — A number of stores have closed down and been offered for sub-let (taqbeel) after an ongoing campaign to correct the status of illegal workers forced...

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Red meat prices expected to fall

Amal Al-Sibai Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — Just one glance at the price of food in the supermarkets at the start of Ramadan shows a stark increase in the cost of fresh produce, meats and poultry....

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