Kingdom initiates moves to promote investment in Qassim

Saudi Arabia is working to stimulate and encourage investment in the Qassim Region, which will be connected by a regional railway network to be built at a cost of SR12 billion. This will be part of the north-south railway line, which is estimated to cover about 2,400 km, in addition to the side shunting tracks, yards, maintenance points, stations and administrative buildings.

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Turkey steps up efforts to nab killers of Saudi

nkara has stepped up efforts to bring the murderers of a Saudi citizen in Turkey to justice, said a top Turkish diplomat. Turkish Ambassador Yunus Demirer said here Saturday: “My government will do all it can to apprehend those involved in this heinous crime.”

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Bihar CM outlines steps to woo KSA investment

Bihar Chief Minister Manjhi spoke on various aspects that range from the possible cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Bihar, from where a substantial number of expatriates are working in the Kingdom. He also spoke at length about the step-motherly treatment being meted out to non-BJP ruled states like Bihar.

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Yemen chaos alarms GCC

The GCC bloc has said that it would not stand idle in the face of factional foreign intervention in Yemen and called for the restoration of government’s writ in Sanaa.

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GCC, South Korea sign pact to hold strategic dialogue

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and South Korea signed a major memorandum of understanding to hold regular “strategic dialogue” on foreign ministers’ level. “The pact was signed by GCC chief Abdullatif Al-Zayani and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se in New York on Friday,” said South Korean Ambassador Kim Jin-soo on Sunday in Riyadh.

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KSA throws full weight behind war on IS terror

The son of Crown Prince Salman, minister of defense, was among the eight Saudi airmen who took part in a US-led airstrike against Islamic State (IS) targets on Tuesday.

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‘Friends of Yemen’ to hold crucial meeting

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), including Saudi Arabia, will attend a high-profile ministerial conference held by the “Friends of Yemen” group in New York on Sept. 24.

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Thefts on the rise in Riyadh, say residents

Burglars are on the prowl again in the capital city despite intensified round-the-clock security patrols on the streets and in the residential areas. Several cases of thefts and snatchings were reported in the city, especially in the three notorious districts of Haiul Wazarat, Batha and Somaishi — where burglars either committed thefts or snatched cell phones and bags from women.

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PM quits; Houthis seize govt HQ

SANAA: Shiite rebels seized the Yemeni government headquarters Sunday and the premier resigned as violence raged despite a UN announcement of a power-sharing deal to end days of fighting, officials said.

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‘Deeper Saudi-US ties can counter Mideast volatility’

A senior American diplomat has called for a deepening of ties between Saudi Arabia and the United States to counter the continuing volatility in the Middle East, and for further mutual economic benefit from the two nations' longstanding trade relations.

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Yemen at a dangerous crossroads, says Al-Sallal

Yemen’s democratic transition is back on track, but the country faces “serious security challenges,” said Yemeni Foreign Minister Jamal Al-Sallal on Wednesday.

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Prince Saud Al-Faisal to take part in Paris anti-terror meeting

Senior officials of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), including Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, will attend an international conference on Iraq in Paris on Monday.

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Saudi Arabia to reopen embassy in Baghdad

Saudi Arabia has announced its plans to reopen its embassy in Iraq once the situation improves in the country. The announcement was made by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal after he held wide-ranging talks with his Iraqi counterpart, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, in Jeddah, confirmed Osama Nugali, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman, on Saturday.

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Terror, Mideast turmoil top Jeddah meet agenda today

The war on terrorism, with special reference to the turmoil in the Middle East region, will top the agenda of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s talks in Jeddah on Thursday with the foreign ministers of 11 countries, including GCC states.

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Jeddah meet to discuss ways to defeat terror

US Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in a high-profile regional meeting being hosted by the Kingdom on Thursday to discuss terrorism and security-related issues in the Middle East, including the threats posed by the Islamic State (IS).

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Arab ministers to discuss civil wars

A Saudi delegation led by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal will participate in the high-profile ministerial meeting to be held by the Arab League in Cairo on Sunday, Osama Nugali, Foreign Ministry spokesman, said here on Saturday. The meeting is crucial keeping in view of the fast-changing developments in the Arab world.

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Salman-Hollande talks to focus on Mideast turmoil

Turmoil across the Middle East, which has led to the death and displacement of millions of innocent people, will top the agenda of talks between Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, and top French officials in Paris on Monday.

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Belt glitch strands hundreds at Riyadh airport

Hundreds of outbound Saudia passengers were left stranded at King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) for several hours on Thursday because of a faulty conveyor belt.

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Unsafe Ukraine airspace forces many airlines to cancel flights

Several Gulf airlines, which have either suspended flights to Ukraine or reduced their frequency, have expressed serious concerns over the safety of passengers flying to destinations in and around Ukraine.

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Attacks on Muslims in Asian states denounced

The attack on Muslims in Sri Lanka, China and Myanmar by extremist Buddhists and religious fanatics backed by governments is a matter of “serious concern” for the Muslim world and international community, said Saleh S. Al-Wohaibi, chief of the Riyadh-based World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), here Wednesday.

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Miswak: Sticking with tradition...

Millions of Muslims across the world, especially in Arab countries, swear by the miswak as the ideal tooth cleanser, with no need for mouthwash, toothbrushes and visits to the dentist.

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US meddling in Gulf issues flayed by GCC

The US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor has been slammed by GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani, for his interference in Bahrain’s internal affairs.

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GCC tries to persuade UAE, Oman to join currency talks

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has opened dialogue with the UAE and Oman on a monetary union project as part of a major move to ensure the launch of a common currency, said a senior GCC official on Saturday.

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Visiting Indian Muslim leader says new PM favors dialogue

Sirajuddin Qureshi, who heads the New Delhi-based India Islamic Cultural Center (IICC), has launched a major initiative to ensure a fair trial for Muslims languishing in Indian prisons following his talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

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Retail giant Basicxx to roll out new fashion stores

New collections, new designs and a brand new season. Are shoppers in Saudi Arabia keeping up? Seems so as Basicxx fast-fashion brand has now topped other top apparel brands in the Kingdom, when it comes to average sales per store thanks to its “affordable, copycat versions” of the latest fashions and trends.

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Ghazanfar Ali Khan