Iran’s destabilizing role in focus at US talks

RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman is holding historic talks here with American President Barack Obama that would ensure significant headway in bringing peace to the troubled Middle East, the Royal Court said in a statement on Thursday.

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Saudi forum smooths way for US investors in Kingdom

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) in collaboration with the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) and the US-Saudi Business Council will host the high-profile US-Saudi Investment Forum in Washington on Friday to highlight the diverse and exciting investment opportunities in the Kingdom.

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MERS claims four more lives

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia reported Thursday four deaths and six new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The current surging number of cases is the largest since the peak of the last MERS outbreak in the summer of 2014.

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Saudis probed in India over ‘suspicious movement’

RIYADH: Senior Indian police and intelligence officials interrogated two Saudis after they were detained following their suspicious movement in Trichy, a southern city in India’s Tamil Nadu state.

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ALJ unveils new generation Toyota Hilux

RIYADH: Motor giant Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ) and Toyota launched here Wednesday night the eighth-generation Hilux, which goes on sale across the Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia this week.

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‘Congested Gulf air space causing delays’

RIYADH: The airspace above the Gulf region is becoming increasingly congested, resulting in regular flight delays, an expert said here Monday.

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Cisco official: Cyber attacks becoming more sophisticated

RIYADH: A top Cisco executive has called on companies and organizations to be more vigilant in developing integrated security solutions as cyber attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated.

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Eight Saudi students win scholarships in New Zealand

RIYADH: New Zealand Ambassador Hamish MacMaster has announced the names of Saudi scholarship winners to travel to New Zealand as part of a government social media competition.

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GCC-Iran talks report unfounded

RIYADH: The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council has denied reports of a planned meeting between the bloc and Iran on Sept. 22. The denial came on Saturday after some misleading reports about a scheduled Tehran-GCC meeting appeared in a section of Gulf and Iranian press.

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Favorite destination for medical tourism

RIYADH: Who could have guessed 25 years ago that India would grow into one of the world’s most important destinations for health travelers?

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Houthis responsible for bloodshed in Yemen

RIYADH: Gulf states have reiterated their criticism of Iran for supporting the Houthis in Yemen in violation of the UN arms embargo.

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NRI recalls his meeting with A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

RIYADH: “To say he was the former Indian president, or the first scientist to occupy Rashtrapati Bhavan, and a man with an inspiring life story would have all been true. But they would ultimately be incomplete descriptions of the enduring appeal of late APJ Abdul Kalam,” said a long-time Riyadh resident Syed Ahmed Ziauddin, who had the privilege of meeting Kalam in New Delhi way back in 2006.

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Zayani backs creation of united GCC police force

RIYADH: In a renewed move to strengthen intelligence functions and security information sharing to combat crime, Abdullatif Al-Zayani, secretary-general of the the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), has lent full support to speed up the creation of a common GCC police force.

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Services of pioneering Palestinian scientist recalled

RIYADH: A pioneering Palestinian scientist and great friend of Saudi Arabia Dr. Mujid Kazimi, who contributed to the design and safety of nuclear power plants, died at the age of 67 recently. Condoling the untimely death of Kazimi, Abdullatif Al-Othman, governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and president of the Saudi chapter of the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Alumni Club said “Kazimi’s had an inspiring life.”

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11 Indonesian pilgrims detained

RIYADH: Police have detained 11 Indonesian nationals, who arrived in the holy city of Makkah for Umrah a few days back.

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Tayma a treasure house of culture, antiquities

RIYADH: A number of recent archaeological discoveries show that Tayma in Saudi Arabia has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, around the 4th millennium BC.

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Death-row Indonesian maid ‘nearing release’

RIYADH: The much-publicized case of Satinah binti Jumadi Ahmad, 41, an Indonesian maid jailed in Saudi Arabia since 2009 for killing her employer’s wife and stealing money, could be nearing an end soon.

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Saudi, Emirati aid planes help Aden get back on feet

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE have stepped up aid delivery to Yemen with two planeloads of relief supplies — one Saudi and the other Emirati — landing at Aden’s airport Friday.

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EU diplomat to visit KSA for talks on Iran

RIYADH: Federica Mogherini, foreign policy chief of the European Union, will visit Saudi Arabia on Monday to discuss a range of regional issues, including the international nuclear deal with Tehran, which has been met with concern in the Middle East.

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Not just a checkered scarf Previous

Countries in the Middle East may be changing in terms of technology and development. However, when it comes to making a fashion statement, these countries including Saudi Arabia allude back to traditional and cultural trends, which are increasingly becoming popular today. Saudis and Arabs are proud and hospitable people, and they take due pride in maintaining their historical dress code.

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Technology: Cisco's key focus for growth in KSA

RIYADH: Sensor equipped objects and their networks — what Cisco calls the Internet of Everything (IoE) — will generate SR59.1 billion in value for the public sector of Saudi Arabia over the next decade, says Mohammed Alabbadi, the newly-appointed general manager of Cisco Systems Saudi Arabia.

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Coalition ‘not over’ until UN resolution takes effect: GCC

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition bombing Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen for more than two months will continue until a UN resolution calling for a rebel pullback takes effect, Qatar's foreign minister said on Thursday.

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Yuksel wins Riyadh’s SR2.29bn rapid bus transit system deal

RIYADH: Turkish construction giant Yuksel Insaat has won a SR2.29 billion ‘Riyadh Rapid Bus Transit System’ (BRT) project, which is part of the impressive King Abdulaziz Transport System plan.

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Saudi-Czech trade talks canceled over anti-Islam remarks

RIYADH: A major Saudi-Czech business meeting has been canceled by the Kingdom because of anti-Islam statements made by a Czech official targeting Islamic countries, Abdul Rahman Al-Zamil, president of the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC), confirmed on Wednesday.

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Maaden puts Saudi mining sector on the global map

RIYADH: Mining giant Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) has been rated as one of the best world-class companies on various operational, projects, training and skill development and financial parameters with its asset base recording 14-fold increase; now exceeding $22.5 billion in total.

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Ghazanfar Ali Khan