The Council of Ministers on Monday urged warring factions in neighboring Yemen to reconcile for the good of the country.The Cabinet said it was concerned about events taking place in the troubled nation, and called on political groupings to seek consensus on national issues, rather than play into the hands of those seeking to destabilize the country.Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, chaired the meeting in Jeddah on Monday.The meeting also praised the country's leadership for organizing a successful Haj this year. It underlined the recent public message of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, who called on Hajis to adhere to the Islamic principles of moderation and tolerance, and reject bloodshed, extremism and violence.At the outset of the meeting, the ministers were briefed on the outcome of talks between King Abdullah and Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim b...
CANBERRA: Australia’s Parliament House on Monday lifted a short-lived ban on facial coverings includ...
The National Commercial Bank’s (NCB) SR22.5 billion share sale is coming at an opportune time as the...
JEDDAH: The Education Ministry in coordination with the Labor Ministry has moved to facilitate the legalizing of the statuses of expatriate teachers working in international schools. It will be done through registration with the “Ajeer Service” of the Labor Ministry. All international schools were sent a notice to the effect by Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Murshid, director general of education and training, Riyadh region on...
The Ministry of Civil Services said that insufficient numbers of Saudis were available to replace expatriates in the public sector, with 74,000 foreigners currently employed with the government.The ministry said in a report that there was lack of cooperation by some government bodies to nationalize jobs in some specialties such as health and university jobs.The report revealed that some government agencies were tampering...

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The Ministry of Health launched an immunization campaign against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) throughout the Kingdom on Sunday in coordination with the Ministry of Education.MMR vaccines are being given to students in grade one. Following the launch, Abdullah Asiri, assistant deputy minister for...
A Saudi teacher has crossed regional borders to reach the United States to start her own program of spreading the culture and traditions of Saudi society. Bushar Abu Saleh, a teacher at Al-Jubail Intermediate School, has started implementing a program to spread Saudi culture among Americans. She launched her program a few d...
A group of women attacked some teachers at a primary school for girls in the Baqaa province of the Hail region, Monday morning.They assaulted the teachers by beating and cursing them before leaving the school.The media spokesman of the Hail police, Col. Abdulaziz Al-Zenaidi, told Arab News that at about 10:45 a.m. Monday, t...
• Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most? The Two Holy Mosques and the Saudi people’s devotion to Islam and their hospitality.• What is your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word? InshaAllah.• Which book is by your bedside? A number of books on good governance and contemporary world politics.• Your favo...
The Jeddah traffic department says it will fine drivers SR300 for writing their phone numbers, poetry or personal messages on their cars.Zaid Al-Hamzi, spokesman of the department, said that it is against the law for motorists to have any form of writing on their cars. Motorists would be fined SR300 and have to remove the m...
The Jeddah municipality plans to construct five new intersections on Prince Majed Road at a cost of SR1 billion to ease traffic congestion, a senior official said recently.Mohamed Al-Buqami, spokesman of the municipality, said the intersections would extend down to the corniche. There would also be other projects carried ou...
In an unprecedented event, a second-year female university student has defended her clients at the Shariah court in Alkhobar, local media said.Fatima Al-Amoudi, who is studying law at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, says she received support from the teaching staff at the university to practice her skills through inten...
Experts participating in the 4th International Conference on Disability & Rehabilitation (ICDR-2014) confirmed that Saudi Arabia was the first country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of People with Special Needs following the UN Convention.They said that Saudi Arabia respects the dignity and independence of the d...
Following the debacle of the delayed flight from Islamabad to Riyadh a short while ago, another story regarding delayed flights has emerged from neighboring India.The Air India Express flight IX386 scheduled to depart from Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport for Mangalore on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. was unable to...
Ebola, the word that has come to signify death worldwide, was a health issue during this year’s Haj because of the presence of some thousands of African pilgrims from Nigeria, where the disease surfaced some months ago. However, the Saudi Ministry of Health confirmed that there were no case of Ebola or any disease among the...
The Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) launched its conference on women’s empowerment in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Monday.In a statement, the Azerbaijan Embassy stated that the country’s President Ilham Aliyev addressed the event. It is being held under the aegis of Azerbaijan’s first lady, Mehriban Aliyeva,...
A United Nations Development Program expert visited the Royal Commission in Yanbu on Sunday. Craig Simmons, the expert was received by the acting Chief Executive of the Royal Commission in Yanbu Tawfiq bin Yousef Rashid. The visit came in the framework of the cooperation agreement signed by the Chief Executive of the Royal...
The Pakistani community living in the Kingdom has come forward to donate generously for the flood-hit families back home, responding to their embassy’s call seeking assistance on humanitarian grounds.Underlining the need for enormous efforts to bring back the flood-affected people to normalcy, charge d’ affaires at Pakistan...

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MURSITPINAR: Kurds battling militants for the Syrian border town of Kobane welco...

DAMASCUS: The Syrian regime Army has reportedly advanced in the rebel-held areas...

SANAA: Al-Qaeda-affiliated insurgents killed 18 Shiite Houthi rebels and seized...

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CAIRO: An Egyptian hospital director was suspended on Monday after a video purpo...

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JAKARTA: Joko Widodo completed a journey from riverside shack to presidential pa...

NEW DELHI: The Mizoram Football Association says a 23-year-old Indian soccer pla...

MAIDUGURI: At least 25 suspected Boko Haram insurgents were killed in clashes be...

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LAS VEGAS: Ben Martin made a 45-foot eagle putt to regain the lead and finished...

DENVER: Peyton Manning became the NFL's new leader in career touchdown passes as...

KANSAS CITY: A San Francisco Giants dynasty seeking its third crown in five seas...

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LOS ANGELES: Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and Carlos Boozer added 19, leading th...

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DUBAI: Saudi crude exports fell in August for the fourth month in a row to their lowest levels in three years, official data showed on Monday, as the top oil exporter fig...
Having plunged the depths in the middle of last week sterling ended the week on a positive note especially against the euro which could be down to an improved long-term outlook following Bank of England member Haldane saying that a mid-2015 rate hike is not out of the question.A mixture of UK data is to be released in the s...
The benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) marked another handsome gain of 1.1 percent, closing the Monday’s session at 9,882.36. Trading in a range of 129 points, it added 107 points for the entire day.Large cap with 1.2 percent upward jump remained prominent among market cap indices. Most of large caps finished to the u...
Eastern Province Deputy Gov. Prince Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Mosa’aad, announced the commencement of Asharqia Resta Tex Expo and Forum 2014 events for real estate, housing and urban development on Monday morning. He did this on behalf of Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif. Senior officials from ministries, governmen...
National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) reported net profits of $708 million (KD203.9 million) for the first nine months of 2014 compared to $689.4 million (KD198.6 million) for the same period in 2013, growing 2.7 percent year-on-year. As of end of September 2014, NBK Group’s total assets reached $75.4 billion (KD21.7 billion) up 14...
Dubai Investments Park (DIP), the largest integrated commercial, industrial and residential community in the Middle East and wholly-owned by Dubai Investments PJSC (DI), has continued to play a pivotal role in the UAE’s industrial and manufacturing boom by attracting over 3,500 companies across a wide array of sectors over...
The Saudi Credit Bureau (SIMAH) has launched a new mobile smartphone and tablet app to mark its decade anniversary, as the 9th World Consumer Credit Reporting Conference (WCCRC) opens its doors in Dubai for the first time.With smartphones increasingly becoming an integral part of modern life, the new mobile service from SIM...
BRUSSELS: The European Union has ended a long-running telecoms row with China, the EU's trade chief said on Monday, dropping a threat to levy punitive tariffs on Chinese telecoms exports and easing tensions between two of the world's top trading powers.As Reuters reported exclusively on Oct. 8, the deal struck between Bruss...
TAIPEI: Booming shipments of the iPhone 6 helped Taiwan's export orders jump 12.7 percent in September year-on-year to a record $43.3 billion, the government said Monday.It marked an eighth straight month of growth in export orders for tech-rich Taiwan, the economic ministry said in a statement.Orders for information and mo...
RIYADH: National Commercial Bank (NCB) has responded to criticism of its operations from Islamic scholars by pledging to convert itself into a full-fledged Islamic bank within about five years.The decision came as the bank launched a $6 billion (SR22.5 billion) initial public offer of its shares, the largest-ever equity sal...
Total revenues of the Kingdom are expected to reach SR1.1 trillion in the current year, or a surplus of SR147 billion over the projected SR855 billion budget estimated earlier in the year, a financial report said.The expected surplus is based on the average price of oil at $90 per barrel for the remaining period of the year...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), met Tom Wolber, president of Euro Disney S.A.S, Paris and Mark Stead, CFO of Disneyland Paris. Nahla Nasser Alanbar, private executive assistant to the chairman, and Fahad bin Saad bin Nafel, executive assistant to the chairman, attended the meeting.Durin...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabian retailer Jarir Marketing Co. plans to invest SR1.1 billion ($293 million) over the next five years to roughly double the number of its stores in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, its chairman said.The Kingdom’s largest listed retailer aims to open six new stores on average each year, seeking to increase its b...

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NEW YORK: Some big-name politicians are joining Jewish protesters in a growing firestorm against an opera they say glorifies Palestinian terrorists.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Gov. George Pataki and two US congressmen are among hundreds expected outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday to protest the Met premiere of “The De...

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Your bundle of joy can now take their selfie without your help. Two new baby-selfie apps for Android and iPhone/iPad will make it possible to get those cute pictures with your baby. Baby Selfie provides baby entertainment for your kid so that he or she is looking at the camera smiling if not laughing so hard, hopefully with you in the background...

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A bright future awaits the fashion design industry in the Kingdom as authorities discuss plans to develop this field.
Umaymah Azzouz, chief of the Fashion Designers Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), told Arab News that this sector could help employ more women. She explained that the fashion industry could open...

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The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has slammed a website claiming that King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah is the world's second-worst facility.
Khalid Al-Khaibari, GACA's spokesman, said the rating was done by a Canadian woman on her blog, The Guide to Sleeping in Airports, and was unscientific.
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Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi, founder and CEO of the Sheikh Mohammad Al-Amoudi Center of Excellence in Breast Cancer, said that early detection of breast cancer increases recovery chances by 90 percent and controls it from spreading.Speaking to Arab News, Dr. Al-Amoudi said that breast cancer is one of the most prevalent and dangerous types of cancer affecting women and the most widespread among them as well, adding: “It is also one of the most significant causes of death among women which is why its early detection is crucial to control it from spreading.” She pointed out that one woman out of eight is prone to be affected by breast cancer during her lifetime. “The threat in the Kingdom is that a...
Residents in the city are complaining about the shortage of the BCG vaccine that is given to newborn babies for prevention against Tuberculosis (TB). Government health centers, hospitals and clinics in the private sector are unable to provide children with the life-saving vaccine due to its scarcity. Parents have been repeatedly informed about the shortage of the BCG vaccine by the health centers over the last few months.Ajaz Qazi, a resident complained that he could not have his newborn baby vaccinated. “After waiting for an hour in a private hospital for the vaccine we were informed that it was not available and they asked us to visit after two days. It was only after several visits to...
The Gulf countries marks an alarming rise in the number of cancer patients, according to a recent report.The number of cancer patients in the GCC countries stood at 119,288 cases during 1998-2009 and the number is on the rise, said Executive Director of the Gulf Center for Cancer Prevention, Dr. Ali Al-Zahrani In his statement released prior to the GCC’s upcoming conference on “Burden of Cancer in the Gulf Region” to be held on Tuesday, Dr. Al-Zahrani said the conference aims to highlight health complications related to cancer that have stricken both developed and underdeveloped countries.According to him, cancer is the second biggest cause of death in the world. The GCC Ministers of Health...

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MOSCOW: No bacon for breakfast, a room for prayers and a Qur’an on your bedside table: a hotel in Moscow has launched a...
LONDON: Prince William and his wife Kate’s second child, who will be fourth in line to the British throne, is due in April, an official statement said on Monday.“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015,” said a statement from the couple’s official residence, Kensington Palace.It also said the 32-year-old pregnant duchess will make her first public appearance in more than two months on Tuesday at a ceremony in honor of Singaporean President Tony Tan.The duchess was last seen at a ceremony at the Tower of London...
BEIJING: Has China found its own “Gangnam Style“? From Beijing parks to Shanghai skyscrapers and in Guangzhou factories to karaoke rooms in Macau, people are singing “Little Apple” — a song apparently so catchy it has even won over the army and police.Calling themselves the “Chopsticks Brothers,” Xiao Yang and Wang Taili are neither brothers nor composers, but are responsible for a hit that has become a nationwide phenomenon.“Xiao Pingguo” (Little Apple) was originally intended to promote their latest film when it was released in July, but has proven to be an earworm — the kind of song so...

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