Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed “abuses” against civilians during the offensive to oust ISIS insurgents from the More »

UAE Minister: Qatar must end politicization of Hajj after King Salman initiative

:: The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar al-Gargash, said on Thursday that Qatar’s politicization of Hajj must come to an end following the initiative taken by More »

Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

:: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, was hospitalized Thursday after going on hunger strike a day earlier to demand a trial More »

Who is Abdullah Al Thani, descendant of ruling family which built modern Qatar?

:: Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani is the second son of the late Emir Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani, the grandson of the Emir of Qatar, More »

De Mistura: October will be ‘decisive’ in Syrian crisis

:: The United Nations hopes for a “serious negotiation” between the government and a still-to-be-formed unified Syrian opposition in October or November, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said More »

 

Category Archives: Society

Classroom training in Saudi Arabia to mitigate cyber-attacks

Come 6-11 May and Riyadh will host instructor-led classroom training sessions in order to prevent and mitigate the impact of cyber-attacks. To be organized by SANS Institute, an information security training provider, the training session will feature

Saudi social media users break silence on violence against women

Saudi women found an innovative way to break their silence and expose stories of harassment, rape and physical abuse they face often on a daily basis. The hashtag #Break_Your_Silence_Speak_Up went viral among Saudi women who started sharing

E-link between general, appeal courts ordered

Walid Al-Samaani

Minister of Justice Walid Al-Samaani has ordered the electronic link between the criminal and family affairs and appeal courts on an experimental basis, according to a ministry statement. The step is meant to shorten times of cases,

Experts: Rising prices will hit middle-income group hard

Economists have warned that the effects of rising prices of fuel and a number of other services provided by the state will be felt in a period of six months and that middle-income group will be affected

Addiction to social networking ‘harming society’

Addictive use of mobile phones for social networking is causing serious problems in Saudi society including traffic accidents, divorce and behavioral problems, cutting across age, gender and income, according to experts. According to a recently published study,

When diversity breeds creativity

Members of the faculty and staff of Dar Al-Hekma University’s Visual Communication Department presented a weeklong research exhibition from Nov. 8. Titled “Diversity Breeds Creativity”, the exhibition was held at the university’s atrium. This was the first

SR20m in aid for 4,420 young men and women for marriage

Engr. Saad Al-Zahrani

The Charitable Society for Marriage and Family Guidance in Jeddah revealed that 4,420 men and women were provided with SR20 million to get married. Saad Al-Zahrani, financial supervisor at the organization and member of the board of

Generational transgression

Influenced by popular Western culture, many young men in the Kingdom today walk around with strange haircuts, jewelry and funky attire, Al-Riyadh newspaper reports. The question is to what extent these new trends influence the way young

Riyadh orphans face lack of social services

Ten percent of Riyadh’s population consists of families with orphans, with few having access to basic social services, according to a researcher from King Saud University (KSU). In a paper he presented recently on the status of

Unlicensed weapons found on 17 women

Saudi courts reviewed last year 17 cases involving possession of weapons by Saudi and resident women, including those who relied on such weapons for self-protection in some villages in Tabuk. A total of 395 cases involving possession

Hotel receives ‘special’ guests

Twenty youngsters at the Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) recently got first-hand experience about the hospitality industry and also a healthy break from the monotonies of life. The special guests and their teachers were accorded a rousing welcome

Al-Hogail: Solving housing problem needs joint effort

Majed Al-Hogail

Housing Minister Majed Al-Hogail has underscored the need for joint efforts between the government and private sector to solve the lack of housing facilities for citizens. “The lack of housing units is due to various factors which

Indian Islahi Center fetes 3 community members

All India Islahi Center

Three prominent figures from Jeddah’s Indian community were recipients of the first community services award instituted by the Jeddah chapter of All India Islahi Center. They are Syed Masood Ahmed, principal of International Indian School Jeddah, V.P.

Mobily signs agreement with Disabled Children’s Association

Mobily has signed an agreement with the Disabled Children’s Association to support DCA’s projects through Content Services provided by the company under the name “Mobily Customers Project”. Led by Ahmed Farroukh, CEO of Mobily, and other members

Role of family in thwarting extremism stressed

A number of experts have stressed the importance of the family’s pivotal role in preventing children from being exposed to deviant thoughts and attempts by terrorist groups to recruit them. All educational institutions, schools and universities have

Firms to be fined for stating incorrect reason for dismissal

The General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) has announced that it would fine employers SR10,000 for denying workers their entitlements under the system by not correctly stating the reasons for their dismissal. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Abduljabbar, GOSI’s

Ministry of Education lays down rain rules for schools

The Ministry of Education has introduced a new rule which provides for classes to be suspended in case of rain. The ministry explained in a circular to all departments that suspending classes would be dependent upon two

Woman invades male territory in Riyadh

The job of washing cars is generally considered a male profession. However, poverty has forced a woman in her twenties to invade this territory. Fatma, who lives in a neighborhood in southern Riyadh, washes cars in the

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