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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GENEVA: The United Nations called on Israel and the Palestinians on Friday to pr...

BEIRUT: A new fighter alliance, including Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, was locke...

VIENNA: A year and half of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers were cree...

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...

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PARIS: The French government rejected an asylum request from WikiLeaks founder J...

BERLIN: Germany’s foreign minister said Friday that new allegations of US eavesd...

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina: Day after day, Ramiz Nukic goes into the woods a...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry says it summoned the Afghan envoy to Isla...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military said on Friday the death toll from an accident to...

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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...

SANTIAGO: The prospect of leading his country to a first major title in 22 years...

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

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SEOUL: The South Korean government on Friday agreed to inject $20 billion into the flagging economy, which has been hit by the MERS virus outbreak and sluggish consumptio...
LONDON: Marks & Spencer is expected to report that underlying sales in its non-food business fell in its latest quarter, dashing investor optimism that a corner had finally been turned when it delivered growth in the previous three months.However, CEO Marc Bolland is likely to stress again that his strategy is to primar...
LONDON: Britain is reducing the maximum bank deposit it will protect if a lender fails by 10,000 pounds to 75,000 pounds ($117,255) from the end of this year, the Bank of England said.European Union law requires member states to protect no more and no less than 100,000 euros ($111,130) of deposits. Countries such as Britain...
LUANDA: France and Angola have signed business agreements covering a wide range of economic sectors from oil to hotels, which are potentially worth several hundred million dollars, French officials said.At the head of a delegation of about 50 French company executives visiting the southern African country, President Francoi...
RIYADH: With Saudi Arabia being a predominantly oil-based economy, major changes in the price of oil are likely to be followed by sentimental as well as real changes in the stock market. While sentimental changes often impact the stock market immediately, real changes will take effect over the longer term. If oil prices rem...
LONDON: Oil prices fell on Friday with the focus on high US output as traders looked ahead to Greece's weekend referendum that could determine whether it remains in the euro zone.West Texas Intermediate for August delivery fell 35 cents to $56.58 a barrel compared with Thursday's close.Brent North Sea crude for August dropp...
ATHENS: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has rejected European warnings that Greeks will be deciding on their future in the euro zone in a referendum, saying negotiations would continue for a better deal with international creditors after the vote.In a televised address, Tsipras said a report by the International Monetary Fund...
SHANGHAI: Chinese stocks tumbled again, taking the week’s losses to more than 10 percent, as the securities regulator said it was investigating suspected market manipulation and announced a slew of measures aimed at heading off a full-blown crash.After a slump of nearly 30 percent in Chinese stocks since mid-June, the China...
SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook has confirmed that it is dabbling in video ads and sharing revenue with content creators, in a move that would compete with Google-owned YouTube.An advertising model being tested by the leading online social network is part of a “Suggested Videos” feature designed to recommend clips for people based...
NEW YORK: Aetna will spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.The proposed cash-and-stock deal would make Aetna a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business, which off...
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 environmental damage and human casualties caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.It could be the largest settlement with a single entity in US history, t...
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...
 
 

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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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KAPOLEI: The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed an historic flight in its quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, touching down gracefully in Hawaii on Friday after the most arduous leg of its journey.

The sun-powered plane, piloted by veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, took five days to make the historic voya...

FASHION »

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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MUMBAI; Actress Nargis Fakhri will play the role of former Indian cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin’s actress-wife Sangeeta...
SYDNEY: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin were spotted walking through Sydney’s Olympic Park in Homebush recently.And it didn’t take long for Bieber, who was on his way to the Hillsong Conference at Allphones Arena, to ensure all the attention was on him. Pulling a bold move that Hailey undoubtedly wouldn’t have missed, the 21-year-old Canadian singer was seen fearless climbing a tree, Daily Mail reported.The pop star was seen wearing a red and black checkered hooded jacket for the fourth day of the five-day conference. He teamed it was a black top and matching skinny jeans, while making a...
TOKYO: Japanese consumers are used to paying through the nose for fruit, and now the summer’s here there’s another way for them to empty their wallets: Cube and heart-shaped watermelons.But this pricey produce is not intended to tempt your taste buds — it’s more ornament than the perfect picnic food.Over at the Shibuya Nishimura luxury fruit shop in downtown Tokyo, a cube-shaped watermelon, about the size of a baby’s head, sells for 12,960 yen ($105).Not to your liking? Well, how about a heart- or pyramid-shaped melon to sit on that chic coffee table in your living room.“This fruit is meant...

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