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Work permit issuance, renewal linked to house rent contracts

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — The issuance or renewal of work permits has been linked with the authentication of house rent contracts in the Ejar network, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Ministry of Housing announced on Monday. This is in implementation of the Council of Ministers’ decision issued in February 2017 that made it mandatory for the Labor ... Read More »

Profession change allowed in Saudi Arabia

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — Employers can now change expat workers’ job titles mentioned on their iqamas (residence permits). The Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) on Sunday (July 22) lifted an year-old ban on the change of professions. The move is believed to pave the way for applying a new occupation matrix and allowing profession change based on the ... Read More »

Bad air day: Indian city chokes on world’s worst pollution

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KANPUR: Soot turned the white handkerchief around Abhash Kumar Sharma’s face to black as the police officer tried to direct gridlocked traffic in the Indian city with the world’s dirtiest air. It was all he had to ward off the pollution blamed for filling Kanpur’s hospital beds with growing numbers of chronic lung and cancer cases. “It is the same ... Read More »

Rohingya say Myanmar targeted the educated in genocide

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Soldiers targeted the educated, they said, so there would be no community leaders left willing to speak up against the pervasive abuse An Amnesty International report from November documented a system of institutionalized discrimination and segregation of the Rohingya that was meant to erase their identity BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh: The last time Mohammed Hashim saw his brother alive, he ... Read More »

Philippines’ mayor survives ambush after Duterte threat

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sent a message with special envoy Mama-o to Kuwait. (AP) MANILA — A Philippine mayor accused of involvement in narcotics trafficking survived an ambush on Sunday, police said, four months after President Rodrigo Duterte publicly threatened to kill him. Retired police chief superintendent Vicente Loot, a mayor in the central province of Cebu, had been repeatedly ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia to build churches for christian citizens

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In wake of wide Saudi Arabian cultural and social global openness, for the first time in the country’s history it has signed a cooperative agreement with the Vatican to build churches for Christian citizens to advocate the important role of religions and cultures in renouncing violence, extremism, terrorism and achieving security and stability in the world.   The agreement was signed by ... Read More »

Chinese baby born four years after parents’ death

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A baby has been born in China to a surrogate mother four years after his parents died in a car crash, Chinese media reported. The couple, who died in 2013, had frozen several embryos hoping to have a child through IVF. After the accident, their parents fought a protracted legal battle to be allowed to use the embryos. The boy ... Read More »

1,500 expats leaving Saudi Arabia on a daily basis

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RIYADH — As many as 811,000 expatriates have left the Kingdom on final exit visa in the past 18 months, Al-Hayat Arabic newspaper reported on Wednesday quoting the Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat). According to the Jawazat, an average of more than 1,500 expatriates left the Kingdom on a daily basis on final exit visa during this period. During the ... Read More »

Pakistani arrested over rape of Egyptian child in Kuwait

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KUWAIT: Kuwaiti authorities said they have captured one of six Pakistani men accused of kidnapping and raping a 9-year-old Egyptian child, Al-Rai newspaper has reported. Criminal investigation officers in the Khaitan, a suburb of Kuwait City, said they immediately launched investigations after the father of the child victim reported the incident. They said they arrested a suspect who confessed to ... Read More »

Myanmar not ready for return of Rohingya refugees: UN official

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YANGON: Myanmar is not ready for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, said the most senior United Nations official to visit the country this year, after Myanmar was accused of instigating ethnic cleansing and driving nearly 700,000 Muslims to Bangladesh. “From what I’ve seen and heard from people – no access to health services, concerns about protection, continued displacements – conditions ... Read More »

Adviser to Bangladesh PM urges re-sanctioning of Myanmar

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DHAKA: The international community should re-impose sanctions on Myanmar for its “mass killing, genocide and ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims, the Bangladeshi prime minister’s foreign affairs adviser, Gowher Rizvy, said on Wednesday. Speaking at an international conference on “The Rohingya Refugee Crisis: Toward Sustainable Solutions” at Dhaka University, he said: “We have to re-impose sanctions because they were removed as ... Read More »

‘A dream come true’: British woman, 87, finally gets Bangladeshi citizenship

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DHAKA: An 87-year-old British woman has been awarded Bangladeshi citizenship for her humanitarian work in the country over almost five decades. “It is a long-cherished dream. I love this land and the people of this country,” Lucy Holt told Arab News after the citizenship ceremony. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina praised Holt as “a true friend of Bangladesh” at a ceremony ... Read More »

It’s International Women’s Day!

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WOMAN ● changes her name ● changes her home ● leaves her family ● moves in with you ● builds a home with you ● gets pregnant for you ● pregnancy changes her body ● she gets fat ● almost gives up in the labour room due to the unbearable pain of child birth ● even the kids she delivers ... Read More »

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