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Expats in KSA may get 5-yr permit to stay

Saudi Arabia may extend the validity of work permits (iqamas) of foreigners to five years from one currently. Over 1.3 million expatriate Bangladeshis in the Gulf country will be benefited if the proposed extension takes effect, said officials at Bangladesh embassy in Saudi Arabia. “It is still in the proposal stage. When they adopt the system, our people will definitely enjoy advantages. They will be able to work freely for a longer time,” Mokammal Hossain, counsellor (labour) at Bangladesh Consulate in...

Ministers from anti-IS coalition to meet Dec 3

Ministers from anti-IS coalition to meet Dec 3

Foreign ministers from up to 60 countries forming the US-led coalition against Islamic State militants will hold their first meeting next week in Brussels, US officials said on Wednesday. The December 3 meeting, chaired by US Secretary of State John Kerry, is expected to review progress in the fight against Islamic State and to...

Gulf countries agree foreign maids’ weekly off, overtime

Gulf countries agree foreign maids’ weekly off, overtime

Gulf countries today agreed minimum facilities for domestic workers including weekly holiday, annual leave and overtime pay in view of the widely criticised working condition for over 2.4 million foreign maids living there including from Bangladesh. The move came during a meeting between Gulf labour ministers and their Asian counterparts in Kuwait city on...

Saudi man divorces wife for ignoring WhatsApp messages

Saudi man divorces wife for ignoring WhatsApp messages

A Saudi man has divorced his wife of two years after she ignored his Whatsapp messages despite being an avid smartphone user, reports a UAE based English daily. The husband, in his 30s, was frustrated by his wife’s seemingly endless interest in using her phone for chatting with friends and family, the Gulf News...

ISIS chief calls for attacks on Saudi Arabia

ISIS chief calls for attacks on Saudi Arabia

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the so called Islamic State (ISIS), has purportedly issued a defiant call for followers to “erupt volcanoes of jihad everywhere”, specially on Saudi Arabia. The 17-minute audio recording, in which he vowed to fight to the last man, was his first public statement since Iraqi officials reported he...

IS leader urges attacks in Saudi Arabia

IS leader urges attacks in Saudi Arabia

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks against the rulers of Saudi Arabia in a speech purported to be in his name on Thursday, saying his self-declared caliphate was expanding there and in four other Arab countries. Baghdadi also said a US-led military campaign against his group in Syria and Iraq was...

5 killed in Saudi shootout during Ashura

5 killed in Saudi shootout during Ashura

Gunmen shot dead at least five people in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province on Tuesday in an attack on Shia Muslims during one of their most important religious festivals, the state news agency SPA reported. Nine people were wounded by the unidentified attackers late on Monday night in al-Dalwah village in al-Ahsa district, a police...

5 Bangladeshi workers killed in KSA road crash

5 Bangladeshi workers killed in KSA road crash

At least five Bangladeshi workers were killed, two injured as two passenger vehicles collided head-on in Mecca city of Saudi Arabia today. The victims are initially identified as Faridul Alam, 45, Md Alam, 36, Ayub, 30, Mansur Alam, 30, and Najir Hossain, 35, Md Mokammal Hossain, a counsellor at Bangladesh Consulate in Jeddah told The Daily Star over phone this evening. All of them hailed from Edigaon unioin under Sadar upazila of Cox’s Bazar.

Yemen bombing death toll rises to 67

Yemen bombing death toll rises to 67

Suicide bombers targeting Yemen's powerful Shi'ite Houthi group and an army camp killed at least 67 people in two separate attacks on Thursday, hours after a political crisis forced the new prime minister to step down. At least 47 people were killed, including four children, when a suicide bomber detonated a belt packed with...

Hit extremists with 'iron hand': Top Saudi cleric

Hit extremists with 'iron hand': Top Saudi cleric

Muslim leaders must strike the enemies of Islam with "an iron hand", Saudi Arabia's top cleric said during Friday prayers, in apparent condemnation of the Islamic State jihadist group. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh's comments came after Saudi Arabia and four other Arab nations joined the United States in aerial bombardment of the ISIS militants in Syria. Speaking to Muslims from around the world in an address during the annual hajj pilgrimage, the mufti called on fellow Islamic leaders to "hit with an iron hand the enemies of Islam." The ISIS group has declared a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq where they have committed a spate of atrocities including crucifixions and...

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