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Electronic reader to quicken the pace of Haj permit checking ISLAMABAD: The Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia has warned prospective pilgrims to obtain a Haj permit as security forces were on high alert to avert any attempt to sneak into the holy sites without a permit."The interior minister has issued an order that people without a Haj permit will not be allowed to enter the Haj premises," Director of Public Security Maj. Gen, Arab News Reported.Uthman Al-Muhrej said while launching the Electronic Haj permit teader service at the Public Security Club in Riyadh.Establishments and individuals who had ignored the permit regulation last year incurred penalties including suspension of all government services.They were also referred to the Prosecution and Investigation Commission for legal action, Al-Muhrej said.He added that security checks at entry points and roads leading to the holy sites have been tightened with the posting of more officers.He put the number of security officers whose task is to regulate pilgrim ...

Ireland demands review of UN Golan Heights mandate DUBLIN: Ireland may not replace its 130-person rapid response force in the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants, until the United Nations reviews its mandate for its forces there, the defence minsiter said on Monday. Islamist fighters involved in Syria's three-year-old civil last week overran a crossing point in the line that has separated Israelis from Syrians in the Golan Heights since the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. Ireland's contingent, which ...
Lebanon expects 1.5-2pc GDP growth BEIRUT: Lebanon economy is expected to grow 1.5 to 2 percent and inflation is not expected to exceed 4 percent in the year 2014, despite the fall-out from the war in neighbouring Syria, the central bank governor said on Monday. Lebanon's economy has been hard hit by the war in Syria, which started in 2011 and has repeatedly spilled over into the small Mediterranean country. "Despite the circumstances that Lebanon is passing through on the ...
UN to send investigators in Iraq GENEVA: The United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday condemned violations committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq that may amount to international crimes and agreed to send a mission to investigate them. The forum adopted a resolution presented by France and Iraq without a vote, but South Africa's delegation said it disassociated itself from the text as it lacked balance."We are facing a terrorist monster," Iraq's human rights minister, Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani, told ...
Iraq breaks months-long militants siege KIRKUK: Iraqi forces, aided by US air strikes, have broken through to the militants-besieged Shia town of Amerli where thousands have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water supplies.It is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the militant group Islamic State (IS) overran large areas of five provinces in June, sweeping security forces aside.The breakthrough came on Sunday as the United States carried out limited ...
Iraq breaks months-long siege KIRKUK: Iraqi forces broke through to the militants besieged town of Amerli on Sunday, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies.It is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the Islamic State (IS) militants group overran large areas of five provinces in June, sweeping security forces aside.The breakthrough came as America carried out limited strikes in the area, the ...
Israel downs drone from Syria over occupied Golan: army JERUSALEM: Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, the army said, amid mounting tension on the UN-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau.Air defences "successfully intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that breached Israel airspace above the border with Syria," an army statement said."We have said several times that we shall respond to any violation of our sovereignty," it added.Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon meanwhile toured the region, as the ...


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