Fire in Al-Jouf farm doused

SAKAKA — A fire broke out at a farm in Al-Buhairait District on Tuesday, according to local Civil Defense officers. Al-Jouf Civil Defense spokesman Lt. Gen. Atallah Al-Ruwaili said the fire began in some trees in the farm. Civil Defense of [Read story...]

Expat's body found in Yanbu well

YANBU — The body of an Asian expatriate was found in a well on Tuesday. Madinah Civil Defense spokesman Capt. Naif Al-Jehanis said the man in his 30s fell, and later died, in the well. The well is almost 25 meters deep but was only filled [Read story...]

Man dies, 2 injured in road accident

RIYADH — A man died and two others were injured in an accident on Al-Zilfy Road on Tuesday. Riyadh Red Crescent spokesman Abdullah Al-Muraibidh said the accident happened around noon on Tuesday, and the victims were taken to a local hospit [Read story...]

4 executed for murder, drugs

RIYADH — Two Ethiopians, a Pakistani and a Saudi were executed in the Kingdom on Wednesday, the Interior Ministry announced in separate statements carried by the Saudi Press Agency. Ethiopians Argawi Aldo Heilan Meriam and Hadish Zel Alam [Read story...]

Two guests hurt in Dammam hotel fire

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DAMMAM — Two guests were treated for smoke inhalation after a hotel in Al-Mubarkiyah District of Dammam caught fire on Tuesday. Eastern Province Civil Defense spokesman Col. Mansour Al-Dowsary said the fire began in a room on the fifth flo [Read story...]

Saudi jailed for joining Al-Nusra Front

Mishal Al-Otaibi Saudi Gazette RIYADH – Saudi Arabia on Wednesday jailed a citizen who was convicted of joining the Al-Nusra Front, a Syrian terrorist organization allied with the Al-Qaeda network. A special criminal court in Jeddah found [Read story...]

Four lost in Makkah mountain rescued

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MAKKAH — Civil Defense officers rescued four telecommunications employees after they lost their way on a mountain in Makkah Province while installing a tower. Makkah Civil Defense reported the men were two Asian expatriates, an Arab expatr [Read story...]

Indian consular teams to visit Tabuk, Abha

JEDDAH — A team from the Consulate General of India, Jeddah, will visit Tabuk and Asir on Friday and Saturday to provide consular services to Indian nationals living in the regions. In Tabuk, the team can be met at VFS Passport and Visa Ap [Read story...]

Taif harassment: Five suspects granted bail

Majed Al-Nifaie Okaz/Saudi Gazette TAIF — The Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIP) has released on bail five of the seven suspects detained over the harassment of a girl outside a mall in Taif last week. A BIP source said p [Read story...]

Pastry products seized and destroyed

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Badea Abu Al-Naja Saudi Gazette MAKKAH — The Al-Umrah branch municipality in Makkah has confiscated and destroyed about 4,500 pieces of cake and croissants loaded in a truck, which was parked in front of a big supplies store. The pastry pr [Read story...]

Sorry ladies, you’re not yet ready

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Saeed Al-Suraihi Okaz SOME women intent on running or voting in the municipal elections in December have said the condition of presenting the new national identity card for candidacy or polling is an impediment for them. We will be entirely excused [Read story...]

Five talented girls allowed to skip grades

Khalid Al-Himaidi Okaz/Saudi Gazette MAKKAH — The Ministry of Education has allowed five students at Al-Bushra Private Girls School to skip grades after they showed remarkable capabilities at the Mawhiba Program for Excellence. The school& [Read story...]

Man falls from building under construction, dies

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Badea Abu Al-Naja Saudi Gazette MAKKAH — A man died after falling into the elevator well from the 10th floor of a 15-story building under construction in Makkah’s Al-Zaher District on Wednesday, the Civil Defense said. Maj. Naif [Read story...]

Light at the end of the tunnel

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Maintenance crew from the municipality improve lighting inside King Khalid Tunnel in the holy city of Makkah as part of preparations to welcome the pilgrimage season. — Courtesy Makkah [Read story...]

Asir cable cars attracting thousands

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Saudi Gazette report ABHA — Cable cars that move at great heights over Asir region’s summer resorts are attracting high numbers of visitors and holidaymakers, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Chairman of the National Tourism Comp [Read story...]