GENEVA: The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are now known, the World Health Organization said Thursday.A new plan released by the UN health agency to stop Ebola also assumes that the actual number of cases in many hard-hit areas may be two to four times higher than currently reported. If that’s accurate, it suggests there could be up to 12,000 cases already.Currently, about half of the people infected with Ebola have died, so in the worst case scenario outlined by the WHO, the death toll could reach 10,000.“This far outstrips any historic Ebola outbreak in numbers. The largest outbreak in the past was about 400 cases,” Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general for emergency operations, told reporters.He said the agency does not necessarily expect 20,000 cases, but a system must be put in place to handle a massiv...
Three top Saudi officials visited Doha and Manama on Wednesday and held talks with Qatari Emir Sheik...
JERUSALEM: Both Israel’s prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though...
UNITED NATIONS: A group of 43 UN peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have been detained by militants fighting the Syrian army and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.“During a period of increased fighting beginning yesterday between armed elements and Syrian Arab Armed Forces within the area of separation in the Golan Heights, 43 peacekeepers from the Unite...
KIEV/DONETSK: US and Ukrainian officials on Thursday accused Russia of being directly involved in the Ukraine conflict after pro-Kremlin rebels seized control of a key southeastern border town where fierce clashes had been raging.“Yesterday Russian soldiers took control of the town of Novoazovsk,” Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council wrote on Twitter, adding that a number of surrounding villages had also been s...

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Education Minister Prince Khaled Al-Faisal received an award of excellence from Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah at a huge gathering of princes, ministers, elite and dignitaries from both the government and private sectors at the Jeddah Hilton on Tuesday.The education minister had been nomina...
Labor disputes and amicable settlements will be among major topics that will be taken up at a social dialogue that will be held under the auspices of Labor Minister Adel Fakeih on Sept. 3.An official from the Labor Ministry told Arab News that this is the fourth social dialogue arranged by the ministry to bridge the gap bet...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has approved the creation of 600 new jobs of inspectors at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to strengthen its fight against trade fraud and illegal practices.“The creation of new jobs will help the ministry intensify its inspection of markets across the Kingdom to prevent...
Three Saudis were executed Wednesday after being convicted of murder in separate cases, the Interior Ministry announced, bringing to 41 the number of executions this year.Nawaf Al-Mutairi was executed in Madinah for the machine-gun killing of fellow Saudi Adel Al-Harbi in a dispute. Another Saudi, Naji Al-Mutleq, was behead...
New Zealand Ambassador to the Kingdom Hamish MacMaster said that Saudi Arabia will open its embassy in Wellington late this year. The establishment of the embassy will be a major move toward strengthening the ties between the Kingdom and New Zealand, the ambassador told newsmen.“At present, we have a Saudi consulate general...
The Kingdom’s Electricity and Co-Generation Regulatory Authority has approved imposing a SR50 fee to resume electricity services after bill payment.The authority also approved imposing a SR200 fee for reconnecting services that had been suspended by officials.A high-ranking official had amended the electric service guide, w...
Two babies have been handed back to their parents after accidentally being switched at birth at Dammam’s Maternity and Children’s Hospital.Conflicting stories have emerged about the incident, with one version of events claiming the hospital contacted the two families after they had been discharged and another claiming that...
Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan has extended support to the three Jordanian children who lost their parents in a road accident on Sunday.The children, who had also lost a sibling in the accident, were escorted and accompanied by Saudi officials up to the Durra border crossing between the Kingdom and Jordan on their way ba...
The first Haj flight from India arrived in Madinah on Wednesday.Air India flight AI 5001 transported 235 pilgrims from Kolkata to Prince Mohammed International Airport. More than 136,000 Indians are slated to perform Haj this year.Indian Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao, Consul-General B.S. Mubarak, Deputy Consul General Md Noor Ra...
There are more than 600 unsealed wells in Yanbu, said Salama Al-Refaie, chairman of a committee tasked with addressing opened and abandoned wells.“A committee consisting of several local officials, Civil Defense teams, policemen and water company, agriculture and municipality representatives are conducting field operations...
Labor Minister Adel Fakeeh has announced that his ministry is addressing the issue of high quitting rates among females working at women’s stores.The minister’s statement came on the sidelines of his visit to a women’s call center at Mobily in Jeddah.“The Ministry of Labor is in the process of conducting specialized studies...
Riyadh and Jeddah have topped the Kingdom’s cities for having the largest number of marriage annulment cases owing to the husbands’ failure to pay alimony and the wives’ dissatisfaction with their marriages in the first nine months of the current year, local media said quoting data released by the Ministry of Justice.Riyadh...
A special court on Tuesday sentenced five Saudis and one Omani to prison terms ranging between three and 20 years for plotting to murder a police officer, among other charges.Charges include branding others infidels, issuing religious rulings encouraging dissidence, traveling to Yemen or other conflict zones to joint milita...

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UNITED NATIONS: A group of 43 UN peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heig...

JERUSALEM: Both Israel’s prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in...

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Life in Gaza resumed some semblance of norma...

GAZA/JERUSALEM: An open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza war held on Wednesday as Pr...

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday pledged that th...

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CANBERRA: Just weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set t...

KIEV/DONETSK: US and Ukrainian officials on Thursday accused Russia of being dir...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he would not cave in to p...

ISLAMABAD: A new bloc of the Pakistani Taleban has vowed to carry on the movemen...

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday denied reports that...

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Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), awarded ea...

NEW YORK: Agnieszka Radwanska’s US Open woes continued Wednesday as China’s Peng...

HARARE, Zimbabwe: Former schoolmates AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis both hit...

CARDIFF, Wales: Suresh Raina’s dynamic century laid the platform for world champ...

PITTSBURGH: Pittsburgh pinch-hitter Ike Davis launched a tiebreaking, three-run...

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FRANKFURT/BERLIN: Lufthansa said talks with pilots over an early retirement scheme had ended without an agreement, leading to strike action on Friday that will affect tho...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines reported another financial loss and warned of poor second-half earnings, as passenger bookings tumbled in response to the loss of two aircraft in separate disasters this year.In a statement to the stock exchange, Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) said its second-quarter net loss grew to 307....
SYDNEY: Qantas Airways Ltd. is looking past its record annual loss and predicting blue skies ahead, as a landmark change in Australian laws opens the door to foreign investment in the airline’s international arm — its biggest headache.A funding injection into its international division would allow Qantas to better compete o...
The Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI), which has surged around 12 percent since regulators announced plans to liberalize the Saudi stock market for foreign investment, closed above the 11,000-point mark on Wednesday.“The market continues to attract fresh liquidity which is positive for the uptrend in the medium term,” commente...
Dun & Bradstreet South Asia Middle East Ltd (D&B) in association with the National Commercial Bank released the D&B Business Optimism Index (BOI) survey for Saudi Arabia for Q3, 2014. The BOI survey highlights the weakening of optimism levels of both the hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon sectors.The economic outlo...
Although the Kingdom has the largest oil reserves in the world and occupies the fifth place in terms of natural gas reserves, yet according to a report by oil specialist the Kingdom faces many challenges as a result of a number of different factors, including its need to meet the requirements of development.Oil and gas bein...
NEW YORK: Crude oil futures edged lower on Wednesday after a report showed declining US gasoline demand in the world's top oil consumer and a build at the key Cushing, Oklahoma storage hub.In its weekly report, the US Energy Information Administration said US crude oil stocks fell by a greater-than-expected 2.07 million bar...
NEW DELHI: The Asian Development Bank has urged India’s new government to cut stifling red-tape to draw foreign investment and get the country back on a high-growth track.ADB President Takehiko Nakao, speaking after holding talks with India’s new right-wing premier Narendra Modi, noted the country’s economy posted near doub...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s M3 money supply growth accelerated to a three-month high of 13.2 percent year-on-year in July from 12.3 percent in the previous month, central bank data showed on Wednesday.Bank lending growth to the private sector slowed to a three-month low of 11.8 percent in July from 12.3 percent in June.The Saudi...
PARIS: The cost of borrowing for euro zone countries fell to record low levels, despite gloom over the economic outlook and crisis over policy in France.Bond interest rates are falling on prospects that the European Central Bank may ramp up cash in the economy.And although it appeared to have little immediate effect on mark...
WELLINGTON: New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra said it’s forming a partnership with China’s Beingmate to help meet growing demand for infant formula in the world’s most populous nation.Fonterra, the world’s largest dairy exporter, said it plans to take a stake of up to 20 percent in Beingmate, an infant food company based in...
PARIS: Christine Lagarde smashed the glass ceiling at one of the world’s preeminent institutions when she was named three years ago to lead the International Monetary Fund, capping a shooting-star career.She then led the IMF’s tentatively successful efforts to halt the implosion of the euro zone and helped the Fund get past...
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will promise on Thursday to provide a bank account for every Indian household when he launches a major initiative that could save billions of dollars in welfare spending and help mend strained state finances.India has grown to become Asia’s third largest economy, but nearly two-fifths...

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JERUSALEM: Israel and Palestinians both boasted of victory in the Gaza war but a...
India’s Virat Kohli would have scored at least two centuries and three fifties i...
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As a response to requests from brands who use Instagram to build their online community, Instagram has announced yesterday that over the coming weeks and months they will be rolling out a new suite of analytical business tools that will help brands in evaluating the...

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As chic and pretty as her collection, Selina Farooqui is a new and promising designer in the Middle East.
Farooqui is a designer who imbibes the aesthetics of culture and luxury together in her collection.
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MADRID: Revellers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo in Spain’s Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for “the world’s biggest food fight.”
Locals and visitors from as far afield as the United States and Japan crammed into the eastern town of Bunol as mushy tomatoes rained from the backs of trucks and flew in...

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Although it has been a main element in the South American food scenario for many years, chia seeds gained popularity in the Western world only recently. It is also known as super food.Chia seeds are known as meramia in Arabic. The word chia is derived from the origin of these seeds, which is Mexico. It can be served with water, lemon and sugar as a traditional drink called “Chia Fresca”.Benefits of chia seeds:1. They suck up the water from the body, which is a perfect food for those who want to lose weight, especially in the stomach area.2. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants.3. Good source of calcium, phosphorus, manganese, copper iron, zinc, magnesium, molybdenum and niacin.4. They work...
Since I have begun writing about restaurants in Riyadh, I have always wondered why there are so few restaurants serving Saudi food. Expatriates often think that Kapsa is the only Saudi dish but this is not the case. A quick glance at Saudi cuisine highlights the importance of regional cooking as well as foreign influences namely Turkish, Indian, Syrian, Lebanese and Egyptian. The truth is that the best Saudi food is still cooked at home. But if you do not have access to genuine homemade Saudi food, I recommend you try the Najd Village. Established since 1996, this restaurant has been consistently serving good Saudi food in a typical Najdi environment. It specializes in the regional cuisine...
GENEVA: Governments should ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, the World Health Organization said, warning that they pose a "serious threat" to fetuses and young people.The UN health body also recommended that the cigarette-shaped electrical devices be banned from public indoor spaces "until exhaled vapour is proven to be not harmful to bystanders"."The existing evidence shows that (e-cigarette) aerosol is not 'merely vapour' as is often claimed in the marketing of these products," WHO said.The devices, which have grown in popularity in particular with youths, function by heating flavoured nicotine liquid into a vapour that is inhaled — much like traditional cigarettes, but without the...

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TOKYO: Hello Kitty is not a cat, the company behind Japan’s global icon of cute insisted Thursday, despite an uproar fro...
WASHINGTON: Spiders whose webs clog up fuel tank vents have forced Suzuki to recall some 19,000 2010-2013 Kizashi sedans in the United States.The Japanese automaker said Wednesday that the arachnids can weave webs in a vent hose running from a car’s gasoline tank, blocking it and causing the tank to build up negative pressure as fuel is used.The result could be a crack in the tank and leaking fuel that poses a fire hazard, the company said.In the recall it promises to replace tanks where spider web clogs are found, or replace the evaporative canister vent line on other cars with a safer model...
BUFFALO, New York: John Lennon’s imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he has caused.Mark David Chapman was denied release during his eighth appearance before a parole board last week.New York state corrections officials on Wednesday released the transcript from the hearing at the Wende Correctional Facility.Chapman told the parole board he’s sorry for “being such an idiot” and seeking notoriety the way he did.Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, striking the ex-Beatle four times....

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