EDINBURGH, Scotland: The future of Scotland and the United Kingdom looked uncertain on Sunday, five days before a historic referendum on independence, as polls showed the rival campaigns running desperately close.Out of four new polls, three showed those in favor of maintaining the union with a lead of between 2 and 8 percentage points. But an ICM poll conducted over the Internet showed supporters of independence in the lead with 54 percent and unionists on 46 percent.The final weekend of campaigning before Thursday’s vote brought thousands of people on to the streets of the capital Edinburgh and of Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Rival leaders worked across the country to convince undecided voters.Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond, who has spearheaded the drive for independence, said he was confident the “Yes” campaign would win. The priority after the referendum would be wo...
MONROVIA, Liberia: Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sacked 10 senior officials because...
JAKARTA : Indonesia’s anti-terrorism police have arrested four Turks suspected of being linked to th...
MANILA: A strong typhoon slammed into the rice-producing Philippine northern region on Sunday, cutting power and communications lines and forcing people to flee to higher ground, national disaster agency officials said.Packing central winds of 130 kph (81 mph) and gusts of up to 160 kph, Typhoon Kalmaegi made landfall early evening Sunday in Isabela province, dumping heavy rains that soaked farms, said Alexander Pama, exe...
DHAKA: Bangladesh’s highest court on Sunday rejected appeals by opposition leader Khaleda Zia, clearing the way for her to stand trial on embezzlement charges that could see her jailed for life.Zia, a two times former prime minister and leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), went to the Supreme Court seeking suspension of the proceedings, saying the lower court judge who has been hearing her cases was appointed...

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Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar said his ministry will reduce occupancy rates of camps at the holy sites from 85 percent to 75 percent with the aim to reduce the cost of the annual pilgrimage. Hajar revealed that the ministry is considering the re-evaluation of Haj companies and allowing them to reduce t...
Saudi Arabia has announced its plans to reopen its embassy in Iraq once the situation improves in the country.The announcement was made by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal after he held wide-ranging talks with his Iraqi counterpart, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, in Jeddah, confirmed Osama Nugali, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokes...
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) signed an agreement with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASc) in Beijing to promote cooperation in scientific research, knowledge exchange and personnel training.The agreement was signed by Ernesto Occhiello, SABIC executive vice president (technology and innovation) and Ding Zho...
The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) will organize a series of informative seminars to draft the national strategy and quality programs in Jeddah, Riyadh and the Eastern Province. The program will start from Sunday in Jeddah, Monday in the Eastern Province and Tuesday in Riyadh.The national strategy program wi...
A Saudi man was arrested in a village in Jazan for torturing his eight-year-old son using chemicals, local media said.Local media reported that the boy, named Ali, rushed to his Yemeni mother’s house in a popular district in Sabya screaming in agony from his burning scalp. The woman, who was divorced from the boy’s father,...
A Red Sea fisherman was rescued from a boat that was attacked by a dangerous type of wild fish on Saturday.The boat, which began sinking from the impact, was traveling along the coast of Dahban, a popular fishing spot, when the incident occurred, according to officials.“We were able to spot the incident from afar and sent r...
The King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) will focus on extremism in the country at its upcoming forum and dialogue with prominent Saudi scholars and intellectuals.KACND Secretary-General Faisal Muammar made this announcement recently while inviting elite educators, professionals and scholars to take part in t...
The Kingdom has 15,000 kidney-failure patients, compared with only 50 donors a year, said a high-ranking official at a prominent organ donation organization.“This is why it is vital to educate citizens on the importance of organ donation,” said Abdul Aziz Al-Turki, chairman of Ethar.“The society speaks with the relatives of...
Riyadh’s Special Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced four Saudis and one Ethiopian to prison terms ranging from one to five years on terror-related charges.The convicts were found guilty of several offenses, including being in the presence of extremists who brand others infidels, inciting protests at the Prince Mohammed B...
Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah has expressed his condolences on the death of Dr. Soliman Fakeeh, a renowned Saudi physician and founder of Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, who died at the age of 85 on Wednesday. Prince Mishaal, who visited the family’s residence in Jeddah on Friday, conveyed his condolences to Fakeeh’s...
The Ministry of Health issued an advisory on Saturday reminding the public to be cautious when dealing with camels because of the risk of contracting MERS Coronavirus.The advisory comes as part of the ministry’s awareness campaign of the deadly virus ahead of the Haj pilgrimage when millions of people converge on the Kingdo...
The Association of Space Explorers (ASE) awarded Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), ASE’s Order and Award in recognition of his extensive efforts made in the field of space.The award was conferred on the prince on Wednesday in Beijing during its 27th Assembly.A sta...
The hospitality sector in Saudi Arabia is witnessing rapid growth in investments and this growth is further expected to continue with 149 new hotels in the pipeline in different parts of the Kingdom.According to Omar Al-Mubarak, director general of licensing at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), the ho...

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BAGHDAD: Islamic State militants publicly executed eight Sunni men in a small no...

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LONDON: The beheading of a British hostage by Islamic State militants was an "ac...

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TEHRAN: The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council accused the Un...

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DONETSK: Heavy fighting erupted around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in easter...

HONG KONG: Thousands of pro-democracy activists clad in black marched silently t...

SEOUL: North Korea sentenced US citizen Matthew Todd Miller to six years hard la...

FREETOWN: A fourth Sierra Leonean doctor, a woman, died Sunday after contracting...

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PARIS: While other riders, including his great rival Chris Froome, use some rac...

EVIAN, France: In a dramatic finale, South Korean teenager Kim Hyo-Joo held off...

ATLANTA: Rory McIlroy spectacularly eagled the par-five 15th to join Billy Horsc...

MISANO ADRIATICO, Italy: Italian great Valentino Rossi led a Yamaha one-two to c...

ZANDVOORT, Netherlands: England’s Paul Casey won the KLM Open title at Zandvoort...

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Although Saudi Arabia is the Middle East’s largest goods exporter, accounting for a third of total goods exported in 2013, only 5.3 percent of these were destined for oth...
Companies across Saudi Arabia are predicting an average salary increase of 5.4 percent in 2015 according to the latest figures from Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc.The figure is slightly down from forecasts made in 2014 and 2013, which was 6 percent and 5.8 percent respecti...
King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) has signed two contracts with Rezaik Abdallah Al-Gedrawi Company for the construction of 1,340 residential apartments and associated infrastructure in the first phase of Al-Shurooq District worth SR400 million, and for the infrastructure works at Al-Talah Gardens 3 worth SR135 million.The...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Rotana Holding, chaired Rotana's board of directors meeting. The meeting was attended by Walid Arab Hashem, vice chairman; Fahad Alsukait, CEO Rotana Holding; and Nada Alsugair, board member and executive director, finance and administration, the prince’s private office. The board memb...
DUBAI: Dubai’s Emaar Properties is seeking to raise as much as 5.8 billion dirhams ($1.58 billion) from an initial public offer of shares in its shopping malls unit that is expected to be the Gulf’s biggest stock sale since 2008.The planned listing of Emaar Malls Group (EMG) underlines Dubai’s recovery from its financial cr...
China’s trade surplus reached a record high in August for the second consecutive month. The surplus widened to $49.8 billion in August, from $47.3 billion in July. So far this year, the trade surplus is 30 percent larger than during the same period last year. The combination of rising exports and steady imports has contribu...
King Abdallah of Jordan on Tuesday stressed the important role of investors and businessmen in supporting the country’s economy and providing solutions to mitigate the problems of poverty and unemployment.During a visit to Hikma Pharmaceuticals, the king stressed the importance of focusing on developing the capabilities of...
SEOUL: Samsung said Sunday it had requested a state investigation of senior executives from its South Korean rival LG for allegedly destroying its products at stores in Berlin, renewing a bitter feud between the electronics giants.Samsung said it had asked Seoul prosecutors to investigate “a president and other executives o...
The market capitalization of shares owned and invested by the Pubic Investments Fund (PIF) in Saudi stock market grew by 26.5 percent to SR459 billion by the end of August (2014) compared to SR363 billion by the end of 2013, according to a financial report.PIF’s shares in the Saudi stock market yielded profits of SR96.1 bil...
BEIJING: China's factory output grew at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August while growth in other key sectors also cooled, raising fears the world's second-largest economy may be at risk of a sharp slowdown unless Beijing takes fresh stimulus measures.The output data, combined with weaker readings in retail sales...
LONDON: Commodity prices dropped this week as the dollar strengthened, with Brent oil sinking to its lowest level in more than two years against a backdrop of solid supplies and sluggish demand.Sugar futures meanwhile touched multi-year lows, weighed down by expectations of a large surplus of supplies.OIL: Brent oil prices...
WARSAW/MOSCOW: Polish Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said on Saturday that recent disruptions in gas supplies from Russia were an attempt by state-controlled Gazprom to test Polish resolve.Poland, at odds with Russia over a pro-Russian rebellion in eastern Ukraine, was forced to suspend gas flows to Ukraine for t...
Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Nasser, director of international trade at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and supervisor of the SR75 billion Jazan Industrial City project, has welcomed prominent Indian companies to invest in the city.“The new industrial city, which is being developed by Gammon Group, offers a lot of bu...

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PARIS: Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” are losing their yellow cheer and the unsettling apricot horizon in Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” is turning a dull ivory.
Some of our most treasured paintings are fading, warn experts who would like more money for the use of sophisticated technology to capture the masters’ original palettes before the w...

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Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) signed an agreement with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASc) in Beijing to promote cooperation in scientific research, knowledge exchange and personnel training.
The agreement was signed by Ernesto Occhiello, SABIC executive vice president (technology and innovation) and Ding Zhongli, vice presi...

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Pregnancy is a beautiful yet difficult stage in the lives of mothers-to-be. One of the downsides of this period is skin problems, mostly acne.
Although some women don’t face any skin troubles, others must deal with painful and uncomfortable breakouts.
To learn more about this issue, we interviewed Dr. Treva Abdullah Aspir, a master deg...

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The hospitality sector in Saudi Arabia is witnessing rapid growth in investments and this growth is further expected to continue with 149 new hotels in the pipeline in different parts of the Kingdom.
According to Omar Al-Mubarak, director general of licensing at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), the hospitality sector...

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The Kingdom has 15,000 kidney-failure patients, compared with only 50 donors a year, said a high-ranking official at a prominent organ donation organization.“This is why it is vital to educate citizens on the importance of organ donation,” said Abdul Aziz Al-Turki, chairman of Ethar.“The society speaks with the relatives of clinically dead patients through a committee in a bid to increase the number of donors,” he said.“A single brain-dead patient can save the lives of nine other patients who are in dire need of different vital organs, such as the heart, liver, kidney, lungs and cornea.”Al-Turki was speaking during an open seminar that was recently held in Alkhobar ahead of a major regional...
First and foremost, we will talk about breastfeeding, its advantages and disadvantages. Human milk is unquestionably the best source of nutrition for infants during the first months of life.Q: What are the advantages of breastfeeding?A: Evidence concerning the prevention of infection by breastfeeding continues to accumulate. Of all infections, those that cause gastroenteritis are the most common. Babies will have fewer respiratory infections.Cow’s milk protein, especially beta-lactoglobulin, is the commonest food allergen in infancy. This allergen is not present in human milk. Incidence of eczema in breast-fed babies is very rare. Even one complementary feed per day increases the risk of...
Breast cancer in women and leukemia in men accounted for the highest proportion of tumors afflicting patients at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC) in Jeddah and Riyadh in 2012, local media said.More than a third of all malignant tumors in women that year were breast cancer, while 8.5 percent of men suffered from leukemia, the local report said. Tawfiq Khoja, director general of the executive office of the GCC Health Ministers’ Council, said the biggest challenge in treating cancer in the region is the severe shortage of qualified cadres in the fields of medicine, nursing, diagnosis and treatment.He stressed the need for optimal use of resources, not only in...

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TORONTO: Kate Winslet stole the spotlight at the final Toronto International Film Festival’s red carpet for the premiere...
TORONTO: A trio of films stepped beyond Bollywood song-and-dance to show South Asian women grappling with male-dominated sport, child marriage, and desire of people with disability in their premieres at the Toronto Film Festival.While the stories told vastly different tales, all sought to challenge their home audiences and provoke change. Two of them used established Indian stars to do it.In “Mary Kom,” former Miss World Priyanka Chopra plays the real-life title role of a five-time world champion boxer taking on bullying boys and then corrupt officials while also juggling marriage and...
MUMBAI: Pakistani actor Imran Abbas, who made his Bollywood debut with ‘Creature 3D’, says he hopes the film will silence people back home, who think he is just good looking and cannot act.“People have the wrong conception that I am only about looks and can’t act. I want to tell them that only good looks will never let you survive in the Pakistan television industry. You have to perform. I hope ‘Creature’ will be a fitting response to them,” Abbas said.The 31-year-old actor, who is a qualified architect, is best known for his performance as Hammad/Maddy in TV show Khuda Aur Muhabbat. After...

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