3,652 husbands ordered by Saudi courts this year to pay alimony to wives

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ARAB NEWS
Wed, 2017-07-19 03:00
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RIYADH: The enforcement courts across the Kingdom have ordered 3,652 men to pay court-ordered alimony to their divorced or abandoned wives and children, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
The husbands have to fully comply with court rulings or face penalties including imprisonment and fines if they fail to pay the due alimony this year.
According to a circular issued by Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani, the Saudi courts consider that those abstaining from paying court-ordered alimony to wives and children is one form of torture; therefore, the courts should take necessary measures against those who are delinquent, the agency said.
For his part, the ministry’s undersecretary for enforcement, Hamad Al-Khudairi, said those who do not pay court-ordered alimony will receive a prison term not exceeding seven years. The same ruling applies to those who conceal money or deliberately disrupt the implementation of the ruling.

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3,652 husbands ordered by Saudi courts this year to pay alimony to wives

Author: 
ARAB NEWS
Wed, 2017-07-19 03:00
ID: 
1500419470245182300

RIYADH: The enforcement courts across the Kingdom have ordered 3,652 men to pay court-ordered alimony to their divorced or abandoned wives and children, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
The husbands have to fully comply with court rulings or face penalties including imprisonment and fines if they fail to pay the due alimony this year.
According to a circular issued by Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani, the Saudi courts consider that those abstaining from paying court-ordered alimony to wives and children is one form of torture; therefore, the courts should take necessary measures against those who are delinquent, the agency said.
For his part, the ministry’s undersecretary for enforcement, Hamad Al-Khudairi, said those who do not pay court-ordered alimony will receive a prison term not exceeding seven years. The same ruling applies to those who conceal money or deliberately disrupt the implementation of the ruling.

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Saudi Arabia issues Venezuela travel warning

Author: Arab NewsTue, 2017-07-18 23:27ID: 1500399051903855000JEDDAH: The Ministry of the Interior has warned Saudi citizens against travel to Venezuela due to the security situation.The director general of public relations and information at …

Saudi Shoura condemns Israeli violations in occupied Palestine

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SHARIF M. TAHA
Wed, 2017-07-19 03:00
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RIYADH: The Shoura Council has condemned Israeli authorities for the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque, saying it sets a serious precedent and violates the rights of Muslims.
In a statement issued during its 47th ordinary session on Tuesday, the Shoura Council expressed grave concern over the extreme escalation and absurd measures which, it said, aim to strangle the already precarious conditions of the Palestinian people and continue Israeli aggression.
The Council stressed the need for Arab and Islamic governments and parliaments to work with the international community and peace-loving countries to put an end to Israel’s provocative practices.
During the same session, the Shoura Council approved a number of amendments on income tax related to foreign companies operating in the Kingdom in the areas of oil and finance.
The Council’s decision, which came following deliberations on a report presented by the Financial Committee on the income tax system, said the amendments are in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision for 2030, which aims to find alternative sources of income for the Kingdom, aside from oil revenue.
On another issue, the Shoura Council approved amendments to the system for protection against Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and the rights and duties of those who are HIV-positive.
Council members also stressed the need to intensify media and cultural efforts to combat terrorism and to reflect the Kingdom’s efforts in this regard.
In their 46th ordinary session on Monday, the Shoura Council discussed a variety of topics.
The Council asked the Ministry of Health to provide facilities for the aged who may require long-term medical care, and to coordinate with all concerned parties to provide the required funds to apply a strategy of security and safety within its health facilities.
The Shoura called on the Ministry to intensify efforts to apply a national program for early tests of newborn babies in hospitals, and to improve performance indexes related to infant mortality rates and the mortality rate of mothers during childbirth.
The Council also stressed the need to coordinate with relevant bodies to secure the funds required for the operation of King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Tabuk.
On another issue, the Shoura Council requested that the Ministry of Energy and Industry work out a comprehensive plan for the promotion of local content in commodity and service procurement deals and for the localization of its companies’ workforce.
The Shoura also called on the Ministry to encourage and attract investment, and remove barriers to that investment, for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the area of mining, industry and gas, and to establish a unified window for the issuance and renewal of mining licenses.
The Shoura Council then called on King Fahd National Library (KFNL) to coordinate with other libraries, cultural centers and educational institutions in the Kingdom. It also urged KFNL to introduce services to assist people with special needs and to make all its facilities accessible to them.
Later, the Shoura members deliberated on the annual report of the General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection following a report presented by the Committee of Water and Agriculture on the Authority’s performance.
Members of the Council lashed out at the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME), saying it “neglected the environment” and instead focused on “predicting the weather for the next five days.”
Some members called for its abolition, or suggested merging it with the Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA). They said the PME failed to offer scientific explanations for marine animal deaths, did not monitor the deterioration of sea coral, and did not play a role in dealing with increasing emissions and waste from factories.
“This entity gained popularity among young people who subscribe to its social media accounts in order to be notified about weather-emergency holidays,” said member Muaddi Al-Madhab.
Member Khalifa Al-Duwsari said the PME is almost dysfunctional. “It implements the instructions of municipalities without studying the issues. There are companies that are destroying marine life within Saudi Arabia’s regional waters.”
Other members said the entity has taken no stand whatsoever against practices that damage the environment.
Members demanded strict control over companies working in marine environments. Companies working on King Fahd Causeway, for example, cause large losses of fish resources and the PME “lacks the personality to protest,” one member said, calling for the hire of private companies to monitor and preserve the environment.
Members said it is a shortcoming not to have an online system through which the public can report environmental violations.

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Saudi Shoura condemns Israeli violations in occupied Palestine

Author: 
SHARIF M. TAHA
Wed, 2017-07-19 03:00
ID: 
1500415611025073000

RIYADH: The Shoura Council has condemned Israeli authorities for the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque, saying it sets a serious precedent and violates the rights of Muslims.
In a statement issued during its 47th ordinary session on Tuesday, the Shoura Council expressed grave concern over the extreme escalation and absurd measures which, it said, aim to strangle the already precarious conditions of the Palestinian people and continue Israeli aggression.
The Council stressed the need for Arab and Islamic governments and parliaments to work with the international community and peace-loving countries to put an end to Israel’s provocative practices.
During the same session, the Shoura Council approved a number of amendments on income tax related to foreign companies operating in the Kingdom in the areas of oil and finance.
The Council’s decision, which came following deliberations on a report presented by the Financial Committee on the income tax system, said the amendments are in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision for 2030, which aims to find alternative sources of income for the Kingdom, aside from oil revenue.
On another issue, the Shoura Council approved amendments to the system for protection against Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and the rights and duties of those who are HIV-positive.
Council members also stressed the need to intensify media and cultural efforts to combat terrorism and to reflect the Kingdom’s efforts in this regard.
In their 46th ordinary session on Monday, the Shoura Council discussed a variety of topics.
The Council asked the Ministry of Health to provide facilities for the aged who may require long-term medical care, and to coordinate with all concerned parties to provide the required funds to apply a strategy of security and safety within its health facilities.
The Shoura called on the Ministry to intensify efforts to apply a national program for early tests of newborn babies in hospitals, and to improve performance indexes related to infant mortality rates and the mortality rate of mothers during childbirth.
The Council also stressed the need to coordinate with relevant bodies to secure the funds required for the operation of King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Tabuk.
On another issue, the Shoura Council requested that the Ministry of Energy and Industry work out a comprehensive plan for the promotion of local content in commodity and service procurement deals and for the localization of its companies’ workforce.
The Shoura also called on the Ministry to encourage and attract investment, and remove barriers to that investment, for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the area of mining, industry and gas, and to establish a unified window for the issuance and renewal of mining licenses.
The Shoura Council then called on King Fahd National Library (KFNL) to coordinate with other libraries, cultural centers and educational institutions in the Kingdom. It also urged KFNL to introduce services to assist people with special needs and to make all its facilities accessible to them.
Later, the Shoura members deliberated on the annual report of the General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection following a report presented by the Committee of Water and Agriculture on the Authority’s performance.
Members of the Council lashed out at the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME), saying it “neglected the environment” and instead focused on “predicting the weather for the next five days.”
Some members called for its abolition, or suggested merging it with the Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA). They said the PME failed to offer scientific explanations for marine animal deaths, did not monitor the deterioration of sea coral, and did not play a role in dealing with increasing emissions and waste from factories.
“This entity gained popularity among young people who subscribe to its social media accounts in order to be notified about weather-emergency holidays,” said member Muaddi Al-Madhab.
Member Khalifa Al-Duwsari said the PME is almost dysfunctional. “It implements the instructions of municipalities without studying the issues. There are companies that are destroying marine life within Saudi Arabia’s regional waters.”
Other members said the entity has taken no stand whatsoever against practices that damage the environment.
Members demanded strict control over companies working in marine environments. Companies working on King Fahd Causeway, for example, cause large losses of fish resources and the PME “lacks the personality to protest,” one member said, calling for the hire of private companies to monitor and preserve the environment.
Members said it is a shortcoming not to have an online system through which the public can report environmental violations.

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Jordan, Jerusalemites insist on Al-Aqsa status quo
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Palestinians boycott Israeli measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque

100-year-old Saudi student benefits from literacy campaign in Bisha

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ARAB NEWS
Wed, 2017-07-19 03:00
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JEDDAH: Yahya bin Fayie Al-Reethi, a 100-year-old resident of Bisha, returned to school this summer to benefit from a literacy campaign at Al-Sada Center.
Yahya is one of the 900 male and female beneficiaries of the campaign. Despite his health condition, he remains enthusiastic about learning. He confirmed that learning to read and write was his ultimate dream, and today, his dream came true when he started to read verses of the Holy Qur’an.
The summer campaign will continue its efforts for two months under the supervision of more than 30 teachers.
Yahya Al-Qahtani, another student, expressed his pleasure in attending the school and learning to read and write, hailing the efforts of the department of education for providing supplies and other programs of education.
His colleague, Ibrahim bin Ahmad Saeed Faraj, was seen carrying his books and heading to the classroom saying,“I left my farm and plow to take advantage of this valuable opportunity and join my brothers and colleagues in the classroom and learn how to read and write.”

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100-year-old Saudi student benefits from literary campaign in Bisha

Author: 
ARAB NEWS
Wed, 2017-07-19 03:00
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JEDDAH: Yahya bin Fayie Al-Reethi, a 100-year-old resident of Bisha, returned to school this summer to benefit from a literacy campaign at Al-Sada Center.
Yahya is one of the 900 male and female beneficiaries of the campaign. Despite his health condition, he remains enthusiastic about learning. He confirmed that learning to read and write was his ultimate dream, and today, his dream came true when he started to read verses of the Holy Qur’an.
The summer campaign will continue its efforts for two months under the supervision of more than 30 teachers.
Yahya Al-Qahtani, another student, expressed his pleasure in attending the school and learning to read and write, hailing the efforts of the department of education for providing supplies and other programs of education.
His colleague, Ibrahim bin Ahmad Saeed Faraj, was seen carrying his books and heading to the classroom saying,“I left my farm and plow to take advantage of this valuable opportunity and join my brothers and colleagues in the classroom and learn how to read and write.”

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Saudi social media divided over arrest of ‘abaya’-less model Kholoud

Author: 
ESSAM AL-GHALIB
Wed, 2017-07-19 04:00
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1500415611005072400

JEDDAH: A 27-year-old aspiring model from Saudi Arabia is in police custody after a video of her walking in the historic village of Ushayqir, east of the capital Riyadh, wearing clothing that contravenes the cultural norms of the Kingdom, surfaced on social media.
In the short video, the woman — identified only as Kholoud — appears in a black miniskirt and sleeveless crop top. Women residing in the country are expected to wear a loose, black, full-length garment known as an abaya whenever they are in a public place.
Within hours of the video going viral, a police investigation was initiated, and early on Tuesday the Riyadh Police issued a statement indicating that the woman had been identified and questioned. The story made international headlines after it was first reported in local daily Okaz.
“Investigators specializing in such matters found several videos circulating on social networking programs that included those of a woman wandering in the heritage village of Ushayqir dressed indecently,” the police statement said.
“According to the system of combating cybercrime, the woman’s identity has been ascertained. She has acknowledged that she visited the heritage village, and claims the videos were published by an unknown person without her consent.”
The case has been referred to the Public Prosecution Department to take the necessary action, the statement added.
Arab News spoke with Capt. Sattam Al-Huzaini of the Riyadh Police on Tuesday night, hours after the police statement was released. He gave no indication as to whether the woman remains in police custody or has been released, adding that he had no further comment on the case beyond what had already been published in the statement.
On social media however, many Saudis posted messages of support to the woman, saying that there was nothing wrong with what she had done, particularly since she had not offended anyone, since there was nobody at the site when she visited.
Others took a more conservative view, calling for the woman to be punished for promoting sin, stating that her actions violate the Kingdom’s cultural and religious traditions.

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Saudi social media divided over arrest of ‘abaya’-less model Kholoud

Author: 
ESSAM AL-GHALIB
Wed, 2017-07-19 04:00
ID: 
1500415611005072400

JEDDAH: A 27-year-old aspiring model from Saudi Arabia is in police custody after a video of her walking in the historic village of Ushayqir, east of the capital Riyadh, wearing clothing that contravenes the cultural norms of the Kingdom, surfaced on social media.
In the short video, the woman — identified only as Kholoud — appears in a black miniskirt and sleeveless crop top. Women residing in the country are expected to wear a loose, black, full-length garment known as an abaya whenever they are in a public place.
Within hours of the video going viral, a police investigation was initiated, and early on Tuesday the Riyadh Police issued a statement indicating that the woman had been identified and questioned. The story made international headlines after it was first reported in local daily Okaz.
“Investigators specializing in such matters found several videos circulating on social networking programs that included those of a woman wandering in the heritage village of Ushayqir dressed indecently,” the police statement said.
“According to the system of combating cybercrime, the woman’s identity has been ascertained. She has acknowledged that she visited the heritage village, and claims the videos were published by an unknown person without her consent.”
The case has been referred to the Public Prosecution Department to take the necessary action, the statement added.
Arab News spoke with Capt. Sattam Al-Huzaini of the Riyadh Police on Tuesday night, hours after the police statement was released. He gave no indication as to whether the woman remains in police custody or has been released, adding that he had no further comment on the case beyond what had already been published in the statement.
On social media however, many Saudis posted messages of support to the woman, saying that there was nothing wrong with what she had done, particularly since she had not offended anyone, since there was nobody at the site when she visited.
Others took a more conservative view, calling for the woman to be punished for promoting sin, stating that her actions violate the Kingdom’s cultural and religious traditions.

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Saudi Cabinet: Kingdom’s firm stand to combat terrorism stressed

Author: 
Arab News
Tue, 2017-07-18 03:00
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JEDDAH: King Salman has stressed the Kingdom’s firm stand with all its potentials to combat terrorism and dry up its sources.
Addressing the Cabinet session on Monday at Al-Salaam Palace in Jeddah, King Salman appreciated the role of the US in leading the global coalition to fight and eliminate the Daesh terrorist organization.
In this context, King Salman congratulated Iraqi Premier Haider Al-Abbadi on their victory over Daesh in Mosul.
The Cabinet then explored recent developments and, in this context, lauded the joint statement issued by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, and Bahrain and their continuation of their current measures until the Qatari authorities are committed to meeting all demands requested by the four countries that will achieve stability and security in the region.
The Cabinet welcomed the resolutions adopted by the 48th ordinary session of the Council of Arab Information Ministers in Cairo, and their emphasis on solidarity to confront terrorism and dry up its sources as well as the need to continue efforts and coordination at regional and global levels to defeat and stamp it out.
Also at the regional level, the Cabinet expressed deep concern over the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli occupation authorities which, the Cabinet said, constituted a flagrant offense to Muslim sentiments around the world. Such an act is a dangerous development that will further complicate the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, it said.
The Cabinet called on the international community to shoulder its responsibility and put an end to such practices.
The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s condemnation of the terror acts in Egypt and Pakistan.
On the local front, the Cabinet considered the granting of an honorary doctorate in the field of serving the Holy Qur’an by Imam Mohammed Islamic University to King Salman an appreciation for his efforts and ongoing support for the Holy Qur’an and his services to Islam.
The Cabinet praised the activities of the 11th session of Souq Okaz under the theme of “Okaz Renewable Creativity” and supervised by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.
Later, the Cabinet approved a series of decisions.
• The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the area of satellite and space communication between the Saudi Ministry of Defense and the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat).
• The Cabinet approved another memorandum of understanding for cooperation in tourism between Saudi Commission of Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and Malaysian Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
• The Cabinet approved a memo of understanding for industrial cooperation between the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Natural Resources and Jordanian Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supply.
• The Cabinet approved a memo of understanding for cooperation in labor and human resources between the Saudi and Malaysian governments.
• The Cabinet approved a memo of understanding for technical cooperation between the Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration (IOM).
• The Cabinet approved the financial regulations of the municipal councils.

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