A policeman was killed in an anti-terror operation on Friday in the western city of Taif, according to the interior ministry. An exchange of fire resulted in the death of the policeman after a raid to arrest a wanted person, state news agency SPA quoted an interior ministry spokesman as saying.The agency said three suspects were detained and flags of the militant Daesh group were seized, along with gun silencers and computers.
RIYADH: Customs authorities at Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah have f...
RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ordered that two men face trial for allege...
BERLIN: The UN’s top human rights body has backed calls for accountability in last year’s conflict in Gaza.Members of the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council voted in favor of a resolution Friday citing a recent report that concluded both Israel and Palestinian militant groups may have committed war crimes during the conflict.Forty-one countries voted in favor of the resolution. Five countries abstained while the United Sta...
MANAMA: Security has been tightened across Bahrain after flyers featuring the Daesh flag were found near a Shiite mosque this week.The unsettling discovery at Ain Al-Dar Al-Shamali Mosque was an additional test of mettle for the Gulf region following three bombings of Shiite mosques by the militant group in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait since May 22.With the extremist group choosing to strike at Friday prayers, nerves are stret...

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman prays inside the historic Quba Mosque in Madinah. The king was accompanied by Prince Muqrin, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques and Prince Sultan bin Salman, chief of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Nation...
JEDDAH: Demand for housemaids is so high in the holy month that illegal domestics, working in violation of residence and labor laws, can easily draw a salary of SR3,000 during Ramadan.Due to difficulties in the recruitment process, Saudis are left with no choice but to hire them.According to manpower recruitment experts, Ra...
JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has condemned the terror attack on several military checkpoints in Egypt’s North Sinai and expressed his condolences to President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi, SPA reported. In a cable to El-Sissi, the king said: “We have learned with deep pain and sadness the news of the terro...
JEDDAH: Shop rentals at certain malls have risen by 200 percent, with this cost likely to be passed on to the consumer, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) said here recently. Muhammad Al-Shehri, chairman of the JCCI’s textiles and garments committee, has appealed to consumer protection officials at the Minis...
JEDDAH: People with special needs can now visit a park that has dedicated services for them.Jeddah Mayor Hani Abu Ras opened Al-Erada Park in Al-Salama district on Prince Sultan Street on Thursday.“The Kingdom provides special care for people with disabilities. Just recently Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman app...
JEDDAH: Is involvement in social media the right thing or wrong, particularly in the month of Ramadan? There is a difference of opinion with some arguing that it eats into the time that should be spent praying while some backing it for its religious benefits.Ahmad Al-Bassam has been quoted by local media as saying that it’s...
RIYADH: The Argentine government has thanked the Kingdom for previously hosting its Umrah pilgrims for free.“They were part of a group invited by then Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah,” said Ambassador Jaime Sergio Cerda on Thursday.“The invitation was a gift. All expenses were paid and the pilgrims stayed fo...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Education’s counseling department has approved the Rifq Program for the physical and psychological well-being of students.Nabil Mohammad Al-Budair, director of counseling for boys, said the program aims to reduce violence in public schools, such as beatings, forms of humiliation and sexual violence....
RIYADH: Sales of fireworks at public markets and main roads in Riyadh have increased during Ramadan, despite the Ministry of Commerce and Industry announcing a SR5,000 reward for anyone providing information about warehouses storing these dangerous incendiaries, a local publication reported recently.Some illegal street vend...
RIYADH: The General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) has reported that there were 69,241 work-related accidents in 2014, with expatriates making up 65,509 or 94.6 percent and Saudis 3,732.The accidents were in nine sectors with building and construction at the top with 35,552 or over 51 percent, of which 35,552 invo...
JEDDAH: The Health Ministry’s expenditures over the past five years increased from SR29.29 billion to SR53.73 billion, an increase of about 83 percent.According to a study detailing the ministry’s expenditures between 2008 and 2012 issued by the ministry on Wednesday, total spending during the period amounted to SR207.228 b...
RIYADH: Five people from the southern Indian state of Kerala were killed in a road accident at Salwa near Dammam in the Eastern Province early Thursday morning.Manoj Kumar, community welfare attache at the Indian Embassy, told Arab News that the victims were Santosh Kumar, Iqbal Noman, Tulsi Krishnan, Ravindra Nair and Shiv...
MAKKAH: The government has deployed eight helicopters over Makkah to track the movement of vehicles and people, and assist in security tasks and medical evacuations.Maj. Gen. Mohammad Al-Harbi, commander of the Interior Ministry’s aviation security department, said the aircraft have been fitted with the latest technology in...

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TUNIS, Tunisia: Flags have been lowered to half-staff at Buckingham Palace and U...

ISMAILIA: Egypt launched airstrikes on extremist militant targets in the Sinai p...

VIENNA: Iran has met a key commitment under a preliminary nuclear deal setting u...

ADEN: At least 22 people were killed Thursday in Yemen as fighting raged in the...

TUNIS: Tunisian authorities were on Thursday hunting further suspects in the Sou...

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ATHENS, Greece: The brief but intense campaign in Greece’s critical bailout refe...

PARIS: France on Friday rejected a request for asylum by Wikileaks founder Julia...

Srinagar, India: India’s army killed three suspected rebels on Friday in Kashmir...

WASHINGTON: The Navy Yard in Washington was put on lockdown Thursday amid unconf...

MIAMI: A man suffered multiple injuries in a shark attack off the North Carolina...

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LONDON: Defending champion Novak Djokovic and 2004 winner Maria Sharapova swept...

VANCOUVER: England and Germany wipe away the tears as they play for pride and th...

LONDON: Colombian international striker Radamel Falcao said Friday he is raring...

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SILVERSTONE: Nico Rosberg stamped his authority on Friday’s preparations for thi...

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LONDON: BP Plc has reached a comprehensive $18.7 billion settlement with the US government and five states, a landmark deal that effectively ends years of litigation over...
RIYADH: “Philanthropy is a personal responsibility, which I embarked upon more than three decades ago and is an intrinsic part of my Islamic faith,” says Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC).Prince Alwaleed made these remarks on Wednesday when he pledged his entire fortune to the tune of $32...
LONDON: Benchmark crude oil prices have barely moved for more than two months, implying the market has found a temporary equilibrium after the enormous price shock in the second half of 2014 and early 2015.Over the last 30 trading days, the range between the highest and lowest closing prices for front-month Brent futures ha...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s economy accelerated in the first quarter of 2015, showing the world’s top oil exporter can cope with low energy prices, but growth may slow as the government faces pressure to rein in spending.Gross domestic product, adjusted for inflation, grew 2.4 percent from a year earlier in the first quarter, ag...
JEDDAH: The Saudi stock index rose 0.4 percent on Thursday. PetroRabigh climbed 2.2 percent after saying it would pay a cash dividend of SR0.5 per share for 2014. It is the first time that PetroRabigh, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, is paying a dividend since at least 2010, according to Thomson...
ATHENS: Greece’s dive into financial uncertainty is forcing struggling businesses to take unusual steps to survive, including hoarding euros in cash.The government’s announcement it was closing banks this week to stem a panicked rush to withdraw money, left many ordinary Greeks high and dry.“I put aside as much cash as poss...
RIYADH: Foreign investors bought 2.33 percent of all shares purchased on Saudi Arabia’s stock market in June, the first month since new rules allowed more overseas investment in the Arab world’s largest bourse, data showed.Overseas investors, including residents and holders of swaps and qualified foreign investment licenses...
NEW DELHI: India’s $100 billion push into solar energy over the next decade will be driven by foreign players as uncompetitive local manufacturers fall by the wayside, no longer protected by government restrictions on the sector.The money pouring into India’s solar industry is likely to be soaked up by foreign-organized pro...
WASHINGTON: The US Department of Justice said it is investigating whether US airlines worked together illegally to keep airfares high by signaling plans to limit flights.The Justice Department wrote to major US air carriers demanding that they detail decisions to limit the number of seats they offer, and what they’ve said a...
MADRID: Spanish technology company Amadeus, the world’s biggest processor of travel transactions, said it will buy airline technology firm Navitaire for $830 million (750 million euros) to boost its position in the low-cost segment.Amadeus, which provides technology to travel companies, expects to complete its purchase of N...
SEOUL: A South Korean court has ruled in favor of a proposed merger of two Samsung Group subsidiaries, rejecting a US hedge fund’s motion to stop the eight-billion-dollar acquisition.US hedge fund Elliott had asked for a court injunction to stop Cheil Industries acquiring Samsung C&T Corp. through an all-stock deal, a m...
FRANKFURT: Siemens is starting an energy project to convert wind power into hydrogen for re-use as a general fuel or in natural gas pipelines.Siemens’ electrolysis plant in Mainz is based on Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology, which allows the capture and storage of electricity into hydrogen.It said the plant can pro...
WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department said it is investigating some airlines over “possible unlawful coordination.”There was no mention of which airlines were covered in the probe, but reports of it sent the shares of major US carriers tumbling on Wall Street by more than two percent.News of the probe came two weeks after a...
 
 

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In a vast basement area of the University of Westminster in Central London is a small piece of Saudi Arabia. The underground space houses AmbikaP3 art gallery which recently showcased the degree work of final year art students. Among the graduates was Wejdan Reda, who curated an exhibit called ‘Exclusion’ featuring the work of four contemporary...

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PARIS: After billions of years of solitary travel through cold, dark outer space, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has recently yielded many secrets, often surprising ones, to the prodding of Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft.
As the probe drew closer and got a better view, ground teams were amazed to discover their target had a weird rubber-ducky...

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Countries in the Middle East may be changing in terms of technology and development. However, when it comes to making a fashion statement, these countries including Saudi Arabia allude back to traditional and cultural trends, which are increasingly becoming popular today. Saudis and Arabs are proud and hospitable people, and they take due pride...

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RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has encouraged businessmen to invest in tourism villages in Asir region.
“Tourism villages are considered to be one of the most attractive options in the province,” said Mohammad Al-Amra, SCTNH branch director in Asir.
He made the statement in the wake of Bin Hussai...

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Ramadan is that time of the year when most people go back to their roots in terms of their traditions, clothing, culture and food. You find long queues in front of small, local restaurants that sell ful (mashed fava beans) and tameez (Afghani flatbread) before iftar as well as suhoor.AlAyoubi Restaurant, which opened recently, celebrates authentic Hijazi cuisine with recipes that go back to the older generations. The restaurant provides a traditional iftar experience and an extensive range of Arabic delicacies, including Arabic coffee, dates, ful, balilah, and international offerings along with Ramadan beverages and Hijazi culinary masterpieces.The restaurant is located in north Jeddah,...
Last week, I described to you our 24-hour daily cycle, which regulates our biological clock. I also explained the two phases of sleep (the slow-wave sleep and REM sleep) and how each type impacts the body and brain. Slow-wave sleep, which is the profound sleep, occurs around midnight and lasts for about two hours. This type of deep sleep is critical for rebuilding the body from wear and tear; boosting the immune system; repairing cells, neurons, tissues, bones, muscles, wounds, and breaks; and does whatever else is needed for repair. This short sleep is vital for the regeneration and restoration of the body physiologically. New-borns, children, adolescents, athletes, and active people...
RIYADH: Medical studies and research for new methods in the treatment of chronic diseases suggests that fasting could help combat cancer and boost effectiveness of treatment.Scientists doing research on the positive aspects of fasting discovered that it triggers stem cell regeneration and combats cancer.Dr. Mashhor Al-Hantoushi, who heads the health and therapeutic affairs department at the Ministry of Health, told Arab News on Monday: “Medical research studies found that fasting could slow the growth of breast cancer, melanoma skin cancers, glioma brain cancer and neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in the nerve tissue.”Replying to a question on whether fasting could make chemotherapy more...

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DUBAI: Jaden and Willow Smith, Nancy Ajram and Arab teen star Hala Turk are among the celebrities who will join in this...
To sulk and get put off seems to be ‘in’ these days. Ready to blow a fuse is Shraddha Kapoor. She is angry with Vishal Bhardwaj. Why? The reason is Kangana Ranaut. Sources say that she was expecting Vishal to cast her once again in ‘Rangoon’. She expected it, especially after working with Vishal in last year’s critically acclaimed film ‘Haider’. However, that did not happen, and that got her ruffled, even though the ‘ABCD 2’ actress was basking in the glory of her latest release. But when asked, Shraddha shrugged it off very politely. As per a leading portal she said, I love Kangana. I felt...
NEW YORK: Pop icon Prince has opened a new chapter in his fraught relationship with the Internet as he suddenly pulled his music from most streaming services.A message that appeared on sector-leader Spotify said that Prince’s publisher “has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog.”“We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible,” it said.The sole streaming service that still carried the “Purple Rain” legend’s music as of early Thursday was Tidal, which was re-launched this year by rap mogul Jay Z. Tidal has tried with mixed success to win...

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