Saudi authorities are getting ready to launch a massive campaign next month against more than 17,000 firms that are in the "red zone" of the Nitaqat nationalization scheme for not employing a single Saudi, Labor Ministry sources said.“There are 17,314 red-zone firms in different parts of the Kingdom that employ 241,530 foreign workers,” one source said, adding that labor officials would allow these workers to transfer their services to companies in the green and platinum zones for having a more than sufficient Saudi-to-expat ratio.“Labor officials will ask the owners of these firms to show evidence that suggests that they did not allow their workers to look for jobs in the market because workers would not have valid resident permits,” the source said.Ibrahim Badawood, managing director of ALJ Community Services, emphasized the importance of the ongoing joint campaign waged by Interior an...
WASHINGTON: The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight with Islamic State (IS) group milita...
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: The armed wing of Hamas warned foreign airlines against flying i...
Many expat families in the Kingdom continue to express concern over the increasing price of housemaid services offered by labor recruitment agencies.Demand continues to soar as recruitment agencies in the Kingdom face a major shortage in the number of domestic maids.Riyadh-based labor recruitment agency Saudi Manpower Services (SMASCO), for instance, has raised prices in comparison with last year.Employers used to pay SR1...
CAIRO: Arab League chief Nabil Al-Arabi has accused Israel of “blocking” all attempts to end the Gaza conflict, a day after the collapse of a cease-fire in the Palestinian territory.“Israel is blocking any kind of agreement leading to calm” in the Gaza Strip, said Al-Arabi.“The Arab League wants to reach a permanent truce as soon as possible,” he said before flying off to Geneva for a meeting with the International Commit...

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With only three days left for submitting applications, around 77,000 Saudi men and women have enrolled for vocational training at the Colleges of Excellence (CoE) throughout the Kingdom, the Labor Ministry announced Wednesday. The CoE is a state education program that trains graduates for the labor...
The Saudi Railway Organization (SRO) is continuously working on developing stations, trains and railways, said SRO President Muhammad Al-Suwaiket.“We have completed blueprints for developing trains and squares in the Dammam and Riyadh stations and work on the first phase will commence after we receive the budget next year,”...
Maj. Gen. Awad bin Eid Al-Balawi has been appointed acting director-general of Border Guards following the death of Gen. Zamim Al-Sawat.Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif made the new appointment.Al-Balawi holds a bachelor’s degree from the Pakistani Naval Academy and master’s degree from the World Maritime Universi...
A leading Swiss scientific foundation has chosen a female Saudi Shoura Council member to speak alongside international personalities at a conference highlighting the role of science in finding solutions to contemporary global problems.Hayat Sindi, a biotechnologist, will speak at the TEDxCERN event, which will be held on Se...
Saudi families spent more than SR64 billion ($17 billion) on tourism abroad in 2012, making the Kingdom the second biggest family tourism exporter, local media said quoting data released by Dubai Chamber Of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).Iran ranked first, spending $18.2 billion, while travelers from the United Arab Emirates...
A court in Riyadh has ordered a woman to pay SR30,000 for her to be able to separate from her husband after he injected her with a narcotic substance, local media said.The man, in his 30s, injected his wife, in her twenties and suffering from diabetes, with the highly addictive drug while she was in a coma. The man later co...
Students of the Pakistan International School-Jeddah (English Section) (PISJ-ES) have shown outstanding academic performance this year.According to the school’s acting principal, Imran Raza Khan, the “tremendous success of the O and A level students is a reflection of their hard work, dedication and focused approach toward...
Some of the most-loved names in Urdu poetry will regale hundreds of expatriates with their couplets at the Indian Consulate’s annual mushaira to be held at the International Indian School of Jeddah (IISJ) on Thursday.Eighty-nine-year-old Anand Mohan Zutshi, popularly known as Gulzar Dehlawi, will be the center of attention....
Nonresident Indians (NRIs) from the Telangana region living in the Kingdom have launched the Telangana Business and Investment Forum (TBIF) to promote trade and investment in the newly formed south Indian state.Mir Mohsin Ali, secretary-general and media coordinator of TBIF, told Arab News here on Monday that Mir Mahmood Al...
Nine young women at Asir’s public orphanage, aged between 20 and 23, started a riot in the building on Sunday, burning records and assaulting the director of the orphanage after being barred from taking part in future trips for misbehavior.Asir police and security forces quickly intervened to take control of the situation.S...
A Pakistani national was beheaded by the sword in the Kingdom's southwest on Wednesday for the murder of an Afghan, the Interior Ministry announced.Mohammed Ayub Ajab Khan was convicted of having killed Khair Mohammed Saz by striking him with several blows from a metallic object, according to a ministry statement carried by...
Saudi employers, whose foreign workers want to transfer their sponsorship, will be given an opportunity to lodge their objections within five days from their date of application, a senior official from the Ministry of Labor has announced. Labor Ministry spokesman Tayseer Al-Mufarrej said that the new arrangement was aimed a...
RIYADH: A special criminal court court has sentenced one man to death and 30 others to prison terms of up to 30 years for their part in a series of militant attacks against government and foreign targets since 2003, the Saudi Press Agency reported.The men were part of a group of 50 being tried as a single militant cell and...

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CAIRO: Egyptian officials promised Wednesday to end rolling power blackouts that...

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s powerful army chief called Wednesday for the country’s civ...

LONDON: The distinct English accent of the militant seen beheading US journalist...

FERGUSON, United States: Police said Wednesday they had arrested 47 people as te...

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MILWAUKEE: Milwaukee pitcher Mike Fiers continued his superb form since being re...

NANJING, China: London Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte finished more than two se...

GOLD COAST, Australia: Michael Phelps got a reminder of just how challenging his...

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JEDDAH: Banks led Saudi Arabia’s stock index to a new six-year peak as trading volumes increased on Wednesday, while Egypt also extended gains. But other Gulf markets wer...
NEW YORK: New York state’s banking regulator hit Standard Chartered Bank with a $300 million fine and restrictions on its dollar-clearing business for failing to detect possible money-laundering.The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) said the British bank’s internal compliance systems had failed to detect or ac...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Dubai’s developer Nakheel behind the famed man-made palm-shaped islands said Wednesday it is repaying 7.9 billion dirhams, or roughly $2.15 billion this month — nearly four years before the last installment is due.The indebted state developer was scheduled to repay the credit over three installm...
The Saudi stock market continued its positive movement and managed a fourth straight rise on Wednesday, accumulating more than 56 points.The Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) set out with 5.6 points fall but subsequent trading sent it higher to close at 10,716.24 points, adding 0.53 percent for the entire day. Large cap remain...
BENGHAZI: Libya's Acting Oil Minister Omar Shakmak will resign and be replaced by the chairman of the state oil firm National Oil Corp. (NOC), Mustafa Sanallah.Shakmak, a technocrat, told Reuters Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni had informed him he would be replaced."I will abide by the decision because it is not a matter...
Saudi Arabia imported some 3.1 million tons of cement in the past nine months valued at SR 750 million, according to a financial report quoting data released by Customs Department.The rise in cement imports was attributed to the increased pace of project implementation and growing government spending on infrastructure proje...
HONG KONG: Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp. has posted a record first-half net profit thanks to improving margins in its global business and revenue from new contracts to build China’s next-generation telecom network.The Shenzhen-based company said its first-half net profit rose 263 percent year-on-year to 1.13 bil...
STOCKHOLM: Chinese-owned Volvo Car Group announced a return to profits in an upbeat half-yearly report that cited “solid” demand for the Swedish brand particularly in China.The Gothenburg-based manufacturer bucked dismal sales trends in the global auto industry with a 15-percent hike in turnover to 64.78 billion kronor ($9....
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia-based AirAsia has announced a sixfold increase in second-quarter net profit as Asia's budget travel leader increased revenue despite what it called a "challenging" aviation environment.Net profit was 367.2 million ringgit ($115 million), up from 58.3 million ringgit in the same quarter of 2013.AirAsia...
LOS ANGELES: Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant.Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, study and teaching business at Stanford in the fall and USC next spring...
Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange, which has gained nearly 25 percent so far this year, is likely to rise further in 2014, benefiting from the upcoming budget expectations in addition to annual dividend announcements, say economic experts.“The challenge ahead for the Capital Market Authority (CMA) will be to swiftly mold and ad...
CAIRO: Egypt has selected a Saudi consultancy to draw up the plan for the government's mega project to transform the Suez Canal waterway into a hub of international investment and free trade zones.Suez Canal Authority chief Moheeb Mamish announced in Cairo that Dar Al-Handasah Shair — a leading Mideast design, architecture...
DUBAI: Dubai is changing its financial rules in an effort to attract more asset managers — particularly those serving the richest and most risk-tolerant investors, such as hedge funds and private equity funds — to base themselves in the emirate.The rules create a new class of funds that can be domiciled in the Dubai Interna...

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Dr. Ibtesam Saeed Badhrees, a leading woman research scientist in experimental particle physics at the National Center for Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) Riyadh, has been selected as the first non-American woman for ‘Women Physicist of the Month’ award for August 2014 given by the American Physical Society...

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Designing alluring jewelry is an art that requires a great deal of understanding of various cultures. And Swiss-born London-based jewelry designer Sabine Ghanem’s pieces certainly have that feel. She balances the antique touch with the young, playful and refined attributes giving her jewelry a different look altogether. In an exclusive interview...

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LONDON: Melbourne tops the ranking as the world's most pleasant city to live in for the fourth year running, but an Economist Intelligence Unit poll also finds that turmoil in Ukraine and the Middle East have pushed other cities down the list.
Vienna, Vancouver and Toronto captured 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in the list of 140 cities released...

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Before consuming any of the chocolate drinks produced by Milchwerke Mittelelbe GMBH and listed below, check the expiry date first. If the product is packed in plastic containers and the expiry date is between 19/12/2014 and 11/4/2015, don’t buy or consume them.This warning comes from the Saudi food and Drug Authority (SFDA), which said in an advisory posted on its website on Monday that such products have been found to be contaminated with bacillus bacteria, which can cause food poisoning.The statement said the manufacturer itself, a German company, warned of the contamination last March and has withdrawn the affected products from markets in Britain and Ireland, where they were distributed...
What is the best way to burn fat? What kind of drug will help to burn fat? Is there any kind of activity that will help to burn fat? What is the effect of new technologies such as laser? What is the best diet to flush out all the fat? These question have been asked for many decades. To answer all of these questions, we must first talk about the fat inside our bodies. We spoke to nutritionist Shaymaa Saeed who explained the process of burning fat. We have two types of fat, one of which is the essential fat, which is the fat that holds the organs in its position. We need to maintain this fat and not to lose it. Also, we have the non-essential fat, which may appear as obesity in case of excess...
When I met the founder of the Nutrition and Diet Center Sawsan Wazzan Jabri in 1996 I was far from imagining the resounding success of this franchise which was originally established in 1990 in Beirut. Already then, Sawsan Wazzan was convinced there was a big market for high quality diet meals, diet snacks as well as diet Arabic and western pastries. Indeed, the need for nutritious and tasty food that helps you lose weight, has been steadily growing in Saudi Arabia. Today, seven out of 10 Saudis are overweight and obesity is becoming a major cause of concern in the Kingdom. The Nutrition and Diet Center helps you tackle successfully all your weight and nutrition related medical problems....

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LOS ANGELES: Marvel Entertainment’s chief emeritus Stan Lee may be in his ninth decade, but it hasn’t stopped him from a...
NEW YORK: Some costumed characters in Times Square ripped off their mammoth heads on Tuesday, showing their real faces to protest what they call a “hostile move” by police telling tourists they don’t have to tip for photos.The giant Elmos, Mickey Mouses, Statues of Liberty and other beloved children’s characters — mostly Spanish-speaking immigrants — held a news conference to proclaim their right to the meager survival cash.“Si se puede!” they chanted in Spanish, meaning “Yes we can!”One of their protest signs read: “We make the world smile,” and another, “Let us work.”Earlier this month, the...
PARIS: Ever felt like your neighbor’s antics could drive you to an early grave?Well, there may be reason for concern, said researchers who reported a link Tuesday between having good neighbors and a healthier heart.“Having good neighbors and feeling connected to others in the local community may help to curb an individual’s heart attack risk,” said a statement that accompanied a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.Heart and blood vessel diseases are the number one cause of death globally, claiming some 15 million lives in 2010, according to the latest Global...

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