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Health Ministry warns of fatal illness spreading from Yemen
JEDDAH/SANAA: Many people who live on the Saudi-Yemen border fear that a fatal disease that has been responsible for dozens of deaths in Yemen’s western coastal area could cross into the Kingdom. At least 65 deaths have been reported in Yemen’s western coastal province of Hodeidah. The disease is thought to be chikungunya, though some medical officers dispute it. Symptoms of chikungunya include kidney failure, high temperature, diarrhea and vomiting.
Outage as fire hits Makkah clock tower
MAKKAH: A massive fire that broke out in one of the towers of the King Abdul Aziz Endowment building — home to the tallest clock tower — in Makkah on Tuesday frightened pilgrims at the Grand Mosque.
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German scholarships for health officials
RIYADH: Germany will grant 130 scholarships to officials working in the Ministry of Health to study in universities in Berlin.
Kingdom, Qatar sign four agreements
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Qatar signed four agreements on Tuesday to strengthen cooperation in the areas of fighting drugs and protection of environment, during a meeting of the Saudi-Qatari Coordination Council in Riyadh.
KEC would help Saudi youth to master modern science and technology
MADINAH: Amr Al-Dabbagh, governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, has emphasized the government’s plan to make Madinah an integrated knowledge economic city with advanced infrastructure facilities that would attract investments and encourage innovations and inventions.
Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company Prince Alwaleed bin Talal meets with Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Talmiz Ahmed. During the meeting, the ambassador expressed his government’s desire for the prince to further invest in India. (AN photo)
Insanity defense needs a closer look
ALKHOBAR: Defendants in criminal cases are increasingly trying to prove they are not mentally sound to escape prison sentences, according to a report in Al-Riyadh newspaper.
Municipality urged to name and shame unhygienic restaurants
JEDDAH: Residents in the city are urging the municipality to use the social networking site Facebook to name and shame restaurants that are unhygienic.
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Cultural awareness growing, says Khoja
RIYADH: A major book fair opened here Tuesday, prodding people to seek knowledge, taste different cultures and understand the views of others.
Suspect in custody after pregnant maid strangled in desert
RIYADH: A youth in his early 20s allegedly killed a housemaid with whom he had an affair in Dawadmi, 340 km away from Riyadh.
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Stranded Filipinos blast OWWA officials for asking air fare
RIYADH: Stranded Filipino workers are complaining that two officials from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Jeddah are asking for money for their plane tickets so they can be repatriated.
Kingdom denies offering $150bn to buy Facebook
JEDDAH: A Saudi official denied on Monday that the Kingdom had offered to give SR562.5 billion ($150 billion) to purchase Facebook.
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Rampant benefits fraud unearthed; GOSI taking action
ABHA: Following revelations that a significant number of people are committing benefits fraud, the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) has announced that it is taking action by scrapping the names of such people from the list of social security beneficiaries.
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Civil servants ‘lacking in overall performance’
RIYADH: The overall performance of government employees is not at all satisfactory and should be improved at any cost, according to legislators and academics. They say much improvement can be made in their levels of productivity, discipline, professionalism and ability to embrace change.
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Ministry: No one is authorized to pull out books from fair
RIYADH: The Riyadh International Book Fair 2011 is to be launched Tuesday with more than 700 publishing houses from 30 countries and over 280,000 books featuring.
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Libyan diplomats in Kingdom back Qaddafi
JEDDAH: Unlike the growing number of Libyan diplomats around the world who have come out in favor of the Libyan uprising, the country's ambassador in Riyadh and its consul general in Jeddah continue to support the Qaddafi regime.
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OFWs voice disappointment at cancellation of VP visit
RIYADH: Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia on Monday expressed severe disappointment after hearing that Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay had canceled a planned visit to the Kingdom.
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Tabuk police arrest suspect in gun attack
JEDDAH: Tabuk police arrested a Saudi man who reportedly killed another Saudi with a gun on Sunday. The shooting happened following a dispute between the two.
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NSHR confronts Jazan father over girl’s right to marry
JEDDAH: The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) in Jazan is trying to convince a man to allow his 30-year-old daughter to marry.
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Local Press: Let grievances court rule on Saher
AS a citizen who believes in the safety of drivers and others on the road, I am an admirer of the Saher traffic surveillance system, notwithstanding the huge dent it is making on my bank balance.
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A month on, sufferings continue in flood-hit areas
JEDDAH: Although a month has passed since the Jeddah floods, many of the streets in southern and eastern parts of the city remain full of potholes and with debris strewn everywhere. The residents of some districts also complain of sewage and rodents entering their homes.
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Pay hike for Saudis in private firms urged
JEDDAH: Employees in the private sector have appealed to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to take steps to raise their salaries along with a 15-percent pay hike for government employees.
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Rising groundwater threatening Jeddah buildings
JEDDAH: Several engineers and architects warned that a large number of buildings in Jeddah could collapse due to rising groundwater.
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Terror trials to be transparent
JEDDAH: The media will be allowed to cover the trial of suspects held for terrorism and state security-related cases, Justice Minister Muhammad Al-Eissa announced Sunday while opening a forum on justice and the media.
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Street cleaners arrested over Yanbu break-in
JEDDAH: Yanbu police on Sunday arrested three municipality street cleaners for breaking into a private rest house in the Sharm district of the city to steal valuables.
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Local Press: Aren’t you sick of passing the blame?
EARLIER this year before the latest flood in Jeddah, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal said the districts of the south and east of Jeddah were more important to him than the district in which he lived. This comment indicated that the prince was very much concerned about these districts.
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King discusses regional issues with UN chief
JEDDAH:  Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah held talks on Saturday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on regional and international developments.
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Govt plans to provide cheap land for housing
JEDDAH: Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour bin Miteb said the government is striving to make affordable housing plots available for citizens. The prince said the housing authority, which has many plots of land left over from older allocations, will strive to provide houses to as many citizens as possible in all provinces.
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Saudi scholars support Libyan uprising
JEDDAH: Saudi scholars have declared their support for the ongoing people’s struggle against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and expressed their concern at the violence unleashed by forces loyal to the embattled administration. The scholars made their position clear while responding to a recent statement by Qaddafi’s son Seif Al-Islam that before “the rebellion started, some religious preachers and scholars used to visit Libya to lick the boots of the Libyan leader.”
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Career fair attracts Saudi, international students
ALKHOBAR: Thousands of Eastern Province students will get to explore 25 different career paths during the Rawabi Talent Exhibit being held at Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Science and Technology Center (SciTech) through March 10.
Saudia aims to become regional market leader
JEDDAH: Improve on customer care was the final message of Saudi Arabian Airlines' annual conference that ended here Monday. Abdul Aziz Hazmi, deputy director general of the airline, emphasized this point further, saying: "We consider our passengers not just as our customers but as our guests."
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Clampdown on beggars intensified
JEDDAH: A massive campaign to clamp down on street beggars in Makkah province netted a large number of beggars across the region. Those arrested included men and women, many of whom have already been deported.
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Asharq Al-Awsat reader says prize ‘a pleasant surprise’
RIYADH: Anwar Muhammad Ibrahim has won the first prize of a new discounted subscription campaign of Asharq Al-Awsat, a sister publication of Arab News. He received a Volvo 2011 car.
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King’s order to benefit 180,000 temporary employees
RIYADH/JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Tuesday received princes, Islamic scholars and a group of citizens who came to greet him following his safe return after a three-month-long medical trip abroad.
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Nationwide blood donation campaign launched
RIYADH: Officials at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Riyadh donated 450 pints of blood on Wednesday to commemorate the return of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
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Saudia aims to become customer-oriented airline
JEDDAH: Khaled Al-Molhem, director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, has emphasized his organization's strategic plans to become a customer-oriented airline, by improving its services in all operation areas matching SkyTeam alliance standards. 
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Tired of waiting, residents of Jeddah district repairing roads on their own
JEDDAH: Gulail is one of the worst flood-hit districts in southern Jeddah. The Jan. 26 floods caused severe damage on this old district, with many of the roads and streets still in bad shape. Residents of the area have lost patience with municipal authorities, who are yet to fulfill their promises to repair the roads, even after three weeks. They have decided to act and fix the roads themselves.
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Site lets public air grievances about services
JEDDAH: A website has been launched for members of the public to lodge complaints about the services offered by different government departments and private companies and suggest solutions to resolve them.
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  1. Chelsea comes from behind to beat Man United 2-1
  2. Kingdom, Qatar sign four agreements
  3. Interest-free finance will boost development: Kerala minister
  4. US ships move toward Libya amid fears of chaos
  5. Qaddafi trying to replace UN ambassadors
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Saudi scholars support Libyan uprising
Saudi Scholars????? well I did not find any in spite of my 10 years stay in the fiefdom, thanks
Sraboni Pal Ali Admanya at Mar 2, 2011 03:31
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Saudi scholars support Libyan uprising
Dear Mr. Muhammed, <br/>assalamualykum, before you blame scholars, you have to learn Manhaj Ass
INZU at Mar 2, 2011 03:31
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Riyadh decked up to welcome king
Honourable Majesty king, i am pakistani banker very pleased to know and thank God that you reac
abbas ali at Mar 2, 2011 03:31
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