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Shaikha Aisha becomes first Bahraini woman to fly military plane in history of RBAF


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Nigerian national executed in Saudi for drug smuggling

A Nigerian national has been executed in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of smuggling narcotic drugs into the country.
Abu Duraimi Oyida Ajibula was executed in Madinah on Tuesday for smuggling cocaine in his intestines, Saudi MOI reported.
The kingdom’s interior ministry said the court convicted the smuggler and that the sentence was endorsed by the appeal and supreme courts. A royal order was also issued to execute the sentence.
The ministry reiterated that the Saudi government is “keen on combating narcotics due to their great harm to individuals and the society”, and warned violators of punishment according to Sharia law.
Rape, murder, apostasy and armed robbery are punishable by death under #Saudi Sharia law.

Maid stabs 12-year-old girl to death, brother wounded

5b3bf5cdea9afRiyadh: An Ethiopian maid stabbed a 12-year-old girl to death in Riyadh area yesterday, The woman reportedly attacked the girl and stabbed her several times at her family’s house in Laban neighbourhood in the Saudi capital, The suspect is also accused of attacking the girl’s 14-year-old brother and attempting to stab him to death too.

The boy who sustained serious injuries was admitted to the intensive care unit, Civil defence personnel who were alerted by passers-by after hearing the children’s screams, had to break the door open and rescue the brother, They arrested the Ethiopian woman who reportedly locked herself in a bathroom. She was referred to competent authorities for investigation.





Autopsies to be conducted to rule out foul play in reported suicides of 2 Filipino maids in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia


Manila: The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said today autopsies will be conducted to rule out foul play in the reported suicides of two Filipino household service workers in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, the DFA said the Philippine Embassies in Beirut and Riyadh are coordinating closely with investigating authorities to ensure that there was no foul play in the deaths of the two Filipino workers.

“We know their loved ones are asking why our two kababayan would even think of taking their own lives and we assure them that our embassies in Beirut and Riyadh will try to get those answers for them before we bring them home,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said.

The Secretary said he has been informed by the Philippine Embassy in Beirut that it has already requested an autopsy on the remains of the household service worker who supposedly jumped from her employer’s 6th-floor apartment on 11 June.

In her report, Ambassador Bernardita Catalla informed Secretary Cayetano that the autopsy will be conducted by a court-appointed forensic doctor at the St. George Hospital on Friday.

Ambassador Catalla said she was assured by the doctor that he will conduct a very thorough investigation to see if there is evidence to support the possibility that foul play was involved in the death of the 35-year-old mother of three from Cagayan Province who came to Lebanon only in October.

In its report to the Secretary, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh said it is waiting for the results of the investigation and autopsy on another household service worker who was earlier reported to have killed herself.

Ambassador Adnan Alonto said authorities will conduct an autopsy next week on the remains of the 40-year-old mother of two from Agusan del Sur who allegedly hanged herself with an electric cord at her employer’s residence in Al Hasa, outside Riyadh.

Ambassador Adnan Alonto said the victim has been working for her employer for the past three years.

UAE announces new visa rules for residents, jobseekers and tourists


The cabinet of the United Arab Emirates, chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the U.A.E. and ruler of Dubai, adopted a number of strategic decisions over foreign workers’ insurance in the private sector, as well as a legislative package of visa facilitation.

= UAE Cabinet announces decision to abolish mandatory bank guarantee for labour recruitment and replace it with a low-cost insurance system.

= New visa facilitation procedures for visitors, residents, families & people overstaying their visa also adopted.

= UAE exemption of transit passengers from all entry fees for first 48 hours approved. Transit visa extension for up to 96 hours for a fee of Dh50.

= Cabinet decision grants people overstaying their visa a chance to leave the country voluntarily without a “no entry” stamp on their passport.

= New 6-month visa to be introduced for job seekers who overstayed their visa but wish to work in the country. Temporary visa to enhance the UAE’s position as a land of opportunities, a destination for talents and professionals.

= UAE grants those who entered country illegally a chance to leave voluntarily with a ‘no entry’ stamp for 2 years, if they present return ticket. 

= UAE Cabinet allows individuals wishing to adjust or renew their visa to do so for a fee, without having to leave and re-enter the country.  

= UAE Cabinet adopts resolution on empowering ‘People of Determination’, enabling them to equal access the job market.  

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Jordan to hold summit


Saudi Arabia will host a four-states Arab meeting in Makkah this Sunday to address the issue of economically supporting the Kingdom of Jordan, said a source Saturday.
The Saudi Royal Court said that King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud is following the economic crisis in Jordan and discussed the issue with Jordanian King Abdullah II, His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, in addition to Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
They agreed to hold a meeting to discuss means of supporting Jordan to overcome its current crisis, added the statement.

Nipah Outbreak: Saudi Arabia Bans Fresh Fruits, Vegetables From India



A deadly virus that spreads to humans from contact with infected bats, pigs or other people has in its latest outbreak killed 17 of 18 people confirmed to be infected and has led to the quarantine of 1,400 people in their homes, The new outbreak of the Nipah Virus in the state of Kerala in southern India began just a few weeks ago, Saudi Arabia has banned imports of fresh vegetables and fruits from southern India.