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How to spend the days of Haj for non-pilgrims


Amal Al-Sibai Of all the days of the year, worship is most beloved to Allah during these first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah and during the month of Ramadan. It is easy to feel like we missed the bandwagon of worship if we are not planning to go for Haj this year. We see video clips of the Indonesian ... Read More »

Thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar for Bangladesh


DHAKA: Thousands of Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since Myanmar announced a military build-up in Rakhine state earlier this month, community leaders said Wednesday. Rakhine in northern Myanmar has been gripped by violence since October, when militants attacked police posts. That sparked a bloody military crackdown that the UN believes may amount to ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, a mainly ... Read More »

‘Hajj Riders’ reach Madinah after five weeks in the saddle


JEDDAH: Cyclists in Madinah are a rare sight. It is even rarer to see eight of them arriving from the UK after a five-week journey in the saddle to take part in the Hajj pilgrimage. The “Hajj Riders” started from the East London Mosque in the British capital and cycled across France, Germany, Austria, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Egypt and ... Read More »

The History of Haj


Samar Yahya : Makkah has always been the spiritual center for all Muslims. All Muslims in the world turn to the Kaaba five times every day to perform prayers. Moreover, Makkah receives over 3 million pilgrims worldwide every year to perform Haj, the fifth pillar of Islam. Haj is a unique journey that has illustrious acts of worship that every ... Read More »

What will we do when the expats leave from Saudi Arabia?


Tariq A. Al-Maeena : What will happen when all the expats leave? Will we lose all our colorful diversity? Are we Saudis up to the task? Will we ever be? Very demanding questions on an untried national society that has long been accustomed to let foreigners do all the work. With the dependent tax increasing annually, it is sure to challenge the ... Read More »

Philippine police kill 21 in overnight anti-drug raids


MANILA: Philippine police killed at least 21 people in a series of raids near the capital Manila, in the bloodiest night of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, official records showed on Tuesday. Duterte won a landslide victory in presidential elections last year after promising an unprecedented war on drugs in which tens of thousands of people would be killed. ... Read More »

Flooding kills more than 160 people across South Asia


Katmandu/DHAKA: Heavy monsoon rains in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have killed more than 160 people in the last week, officials said on Tuesday, as authorities rushed to rescue those missing or stranded in flooded areas. In Nepal, the death toll rose to 115 amid more flash floods and landslides, with 38 people missing. Relief workers said 26 of Nepal’s 75 ... Read More »

Bangladesh separates conjoined twins in rare surgery


DHAKA — Ten-month-old Bangladeshi Siamese twins were recovering in hospital on Wednesday after what surgeons hailed as the country’s “groundbreaking” first successful separation operation on conjoined siblings. Sisters Tofa and Tahura, who were born conjoined at the spine and rectum, underwent a grueling nine hours in surgery under the care of two dozen doctors. “It is the first time we have ... Read More »

Expats in last-minute rush as amnesty ends today


Irfan Mohammed Fatima Muhammad Saudi Gazette Jeddah — Thousands of undocumented expatriate workers intensified their efforts to benefit from an amnesty which is coming to an end on Monday. Expatriate affairs departments at deportation centers across the Kingdom from Arar in north to Asir in south witnessed huge crowds on Sunday. The Shumaisy deportation center on Harmain express road in ... Read More »

Bangladesh clears execution for top extremist leader


DHAKA — Bangladesh’s highest court on Sunday rejected the final appeal by a top extremist leader to overturn his death sentence, all but paving the way for his execution within weeks. The Supreme Court upheld a 2008 order to execute Mufti Abdul Hannan and two associates for an attack on a shrine that left three dead and injured the British ... Read More »

‘90-day amnesty for violators’ in Saudi Arabia


RIYADH — Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, has revealed an amnesty period of 90 days beginning March 29, for violators of the residency (iqama), labor and border security regulations, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said Sunday. This announcement by Crown Prince Muhammad came during the inauguration of the “Nation Free of Violators” Campaign at his ... Read More »

Chinese firm in preliminary deal to buy Chevron’s Bangladesh gas fields


BEIJING/DHAKA: China’s state-run Zhenhua Oil has signed a preliminary deal with Chevron to buy the US oil major’s natural gas fields in Bangladesh that are worth about $2 billion, two Beijing-based Chinese oil executives said. Zhenhua is a subsidiary of China’s defense industry conglomerate NORINCO. A completed deal would mark China’s first major energy investment in the South Asian country. ... Read More »

Romania president rejects first female, Muslim PM ‘without any reason’

BUCHAREST: Romania’s president sparked fresh political turmoil on Tuesday after rejecting a proposal by the election-winning leftist party to name the EU country’s first female and first Muslim prime minister. Klaus Iohannis gave no reasons for his rejection of Sevil Shhaideh, put forward by the Social Democrats (PSD), but there was speculation that it may be due to her Syrian ... Read More »

Erdogan accuses US-led coalition of backing Daesh; Washington rejects charge as ‘ludicrous’


ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he has evidence that US-led coalition forces give support to terrorist groups including Daesh and Kurdish militant groups YPG and PYD, he said on Tuesday. “They were accusing us of supporting Daesh,” he told a press conference in Ankara. “Now they give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It’s very clear. We ... Read More »

Dependents’ fees to be taken at the time of Iqama renewal


By Adnan Al-Shabrawi JEDDAH — The fees to be paid by expatriates for their dependents will be effective from July 2017 and will be collected along with the fees for Iqama (residence permit) renewal, according to sources at the department of passports (Jawazat). The sources, however, said the Jawazat is still waiting to receive instructions on the mechanism to collect ... Read More »

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