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November 7, 2011

A Saudi woman cashier waits for customers at a supermarket in the coastal city of Jeddah. Picture source- 'Sionisme'
05:00 GMT
A decade of embarrassing discussions with salesmen about undergarment sizes and styles is coming to an end as Saudi Arabia implements the first phase of the Labor Ministry’s directives on hiring more women as shopkeepers.

November 5, 2011

The number of animals for slaughter rises during the holiday period. Vets are educating the public on the risk of slaughtering
infected animals. Slaughterhouse does not equate to slaughtering in-house or at home.
05:00 GMT
Slaughter 'house' does not mean conducting slaughter at home. The UAE has warned people against unsupervised butchering of Eid animals, as they may subject themselves to diseases as well as a fine.

November 3, 2011

A clumsy attempt at smuggling class A drugs on bandages wrapped around the traveler's legs was foiled at Dubai airport.
13:33 GMT
Dubai's airport thwarts a heroin drug trafficking attempt. The suspect was called for a personal search, which revealed four compression bandages around his thighs
A rescue operation was launched after a Jordanian ferry bound for an Egyptian port, departing from Aqaba, and carrying mostly Egyptian passengers, caught fire in the Red Sea.
13:17 GMT
Rescue services evacuated 1,230 passengers onto life rafts from a burning ferry in the Red Sea on Thursday, with one Jordanian dying after jumping into the sea, Jordan’s civil defense spokesman announced.
Saudi Arabia provide a vigilant security watch over the the pilgrims that descend upon their Holy Sites in the next few days, including air surveillance.
06:06 GMT
Many of the 2.5 million pilgrims, who are expected for Haj this year, will leave for the Mina valley, on Thursday evening at the start of the annual pilgrimage. The Kingdom of Saudi is on standby, completing with running Mashair Railway that links the holy sites.

November 2, 2011

"Sukeen": have taken on the tall order of keeping Lebanon 'quite' clean, and have more than earnt the right to some respect.
17:00 GMT
Every day hundreds of Sukleen staff work to clean the streets of Beirut, emptying rubbish bins and picking up trash from the sidewalks. Most people don’t give them a second thought, worse still snub them. But one activist believes they aren’t getting the respect they deserve, and has flyposted invitations for individuals to acknowledge them.
India, like our Middle Easter region, can still be unwelcoming of baby girls. The problem in the Middle East pales in comparison to the 
Sub-Continent.
13:02 GMT
A man in Bihar Tuesday imposed a fine of Rs25,000 (Dh1,864) on his wife for giving birth to a female child, forcing the local administration to intervene.
When a Muslim devotee has a sheep slaughtered, they usually give the meat to charity or distribute it among family and community.
09:39 GMT
As Eid al Adha approaches, Arab Muslims have been expressing alarm at the rising cost in slaughtering sheep. Some are complaining that they could get an iPhone 4S for the same price as having an animal sacrificed in their name

November 1, 2011

The US at Halloween: Tricks not Treats the UN by withdrawing its funding from UNESCO cause they didn't play ball 
or give them the candy they demanded.
15:25 GMT
The US shows no spirit of 'treats' this Halloween for Palestine or UNESCO, the heritage agency of the UN. Instead so soon after its long-promised but recent 'pull-out' confirmation from Iraq this December, the US in an out-and-out Halloween 'trick' withdraws armies of dollars-- to the tune of 60 million-- from the 'audacious' UNESCO, the cultural (foolhardy) agency.
Mothers everywhere are contesting claims to the 7-billionth baby.
09:16 GMT
As India, Philippines and two cities in Russia claimed the 7-billionth baby born yesterday, a Jordanian expatriate in Dubai gave birth to a 3.27-kg baby girl who was named Mariam.

October 31, 2011

Unless they start issuing family pack Hajj holidays, the cost adds up, say Saudi men surveyed on why they'd rather go alone then take their wives or families with them.
14:00 GMT
Do husbands use Hajj as 'alone' time, some clear head-space, away from wifely nagging? Or are there other reasons Saudi's menfolk are choosing to go the pilgrimage solo?
Young girls in the UAE are being vaccinated against the killer cervical cancer, often transmitted sexually. Image used for 
illustrative purposes
13:00 GMT
Up to 750 women die of cervical cancer each day across the world and the disease is among the leading causes of death amongst women in the UAE, according to Jala’ Taha, head of the Department of Oncology at the Abu Dhabi Health Authority.
Hosni Mubarak.
09:41 GMT
An Egyptian court yesterday adjourned the trial of former president Hosni Mubarak to December 28 owing to a lawsuit accusing the court panel of bias, state television reported.

October 30, 2011

This is the face of the next in line to the Saudi throne and the esteemed position of  Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Crown Prince Naif.
13:00 GMT
Crown Prince Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, on Saturday, the week of Hajj, showing his loyalty and appreciation to the Throne and Kingdom, commended the important role played by King Abdullah in steering Saudi Arabia to greater progress, prosperity and stability at a time when the whole region is going through crises and political disturbances.
Gaddafi’s son, Saif Al Islam, is believed to have escaped across Libya’s southern border into Niger. Ever-defiant, he now pleads his innocence
to the international courts and forces-that-be.
11:11 GMT
What has become of the outlaw son and heir to father, the late Muammar Gaddafi, Saif Al Islam - the most outspoken of his boys since the onset of conflict?