JEDDAH/KARACHI: Major Pakistan airports remained crippled by industrial action Friday as a strike by employees of the national flag carrier against plans to privatize the airline entered its fourth day.All of Pakistan International Airlines’ foreign and domestic flights were suspended Friday with thousands of passengers, including Pakistani expat workers trying to fly to the Middle East, stranded at Karachi’s international airport and other key hubs.“My visa is about to expire in the next three days and I have to reach Dubai before that but here I am stuck at the airport,” Sualma Jia, who works at a hotel in Dubai, told AFP in Karachi.She said she was not even able to retrieve her luggage from the airline. “My future is at stake here, I tried a few private airlines but they have raised their fares by almost three times,” she said.PIA spokesman Danial Hassan Gillani said agreements had be...
RIYADH: The Labor Ministry has banned workers transferring their sponsorship after completing housin...
WASHINGTON/JEDDAH: Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has slammed reports alleging that Saudi Arabia su...
WASHINGTON: The White House welcomed on Friday Saudi Arabia’s announcement that it was prepared to ramp up its commitment to fighting Daesh in Syria.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Saudi announcement on Thursday was a response to US Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s plea for coalition partners to step up contributions to the fight against Daesh.“So we certainly welcome the announcement from our partners in Saudi...
JEDDAH: There was tight security at mosques throughout the Kingdom on Friday, particularly in the Eastern Province, a week after the deadly attack on a mosque in Al-Ahsa that saw several people killed and injured.There was a heavy presence of security teams assigned by the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, with officers outlining the new measures to worshipers.This in...

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DAMMAM: A study by the National Family Safety Program with 18,000 teenagers has revealed that 13 percent have been sexually abused, 53 percent neglected, and 80 percent faced various forms of physical and psychological abuse.The study also showed there was poor public awareness of domestic violence,...
LUCKY SURVIVOR: An 11-year-old boy was rescued from a 30-meter unused well on Thursday night in the Um Doha region. The Civil Defense received a report of the child’s predicament at 2:15 a.m. and immediately sent two rescue teams to the site. Ropes and ladders were used to recover the child, who was reported to be in good...
RIYADH: Some good news for less fortunate women in society. According to a survey, 77. 3 percent of young men are willing to marry divorced women, 67. 2 percent are ready to tie the knot with widows, while 74. 6 percent of them have no problem marrying spinsters older than them. The survey was conducted by the Jeddah-based...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is ready to join any ground operation against Daesh in Syria if required by the US-led coalition, said Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, on Thursday.“The Kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against Daesh) may agree to car...
RIYADH: Iranian Haj and Umrah pilgrims are welcome to enter the Kingdom and would receive all hospitality and courtesy afforded to Muslims from other countries, said Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir here Thursday.He reiterated that the Kingdom’s decision to sever diplomatic ties with Tehran because of the attacks on Saudi mi...
RIYADH: A 78-year-old Saudi man has been infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) by a camel in Taif, according to a senior official in the Ministry of Health.“This is a sporadic case that happens due to humans' interacting with infected camels,” the official said. He added that this was only th...
JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH), has announced plans to develop the Kingdom’s islands in the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf into tourist destinations.This would be done after the establishment of the Investment and Development Tourist Company, which is...
RIYADH: A medical team at a hospital in Sakaka successfully conducted the first laparoscopic procedure of its kind in the region by using this modern technique.The medical team, headed by Dr. Sami Al-Asari at the King Abdul Aziz Specialist Hospital, operated on a 60-year-old Saudi woman to remove a 40cm long stone in her sm...
AL-AHSA: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs to revamp, protect and document 900 ancient mosques in the Kingdom.Representatives from the SCTNH and the ministry held a meeting recently in Riyadh to outline details of the program. Mashari...
JEDDAH: Military items including uniforms, fabrics, belts and hats accounted for 19 percent of customs seizures during 2013 and 2014, with about 8,620 pieces seized in 98 operations at various border crossings.The spokesman for Saudi Customs, Issa Al-Issa, told Al-Watan newspaper that the department seized military items, w...
RIYADH: Dr. Hazzaa Al-Zahrani, director of hematology and fellowship training programs at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, has warned against the increasing risk of hemophilia in the Gulf region.He said about 75 percent of the people suffering from the bleeding disorder in developing countries...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Health has asked its various departments to review current inventories to ensure the availability of medicine and medical devices.The move was made after Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih ordered the reduction of medicines and medical device purchases by 50 percent. Medical industry sources said they b...
JEDDAH: A local charity has raised SR2 million to help pay for treatment needed by disadvantaged people in the country.The Charitable Health Society For Patient Care (Enayah), which ran its fund raising campaign under the slogan “Ensure my Treatment,” is led by Princesses Norah bint Mohammad bin Saud, an online publication...

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JEDDAH: Most of the victims of a fire that struck a hotel in Iraq on Friday were...

IRBIL: A fire at a hotel in the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region killed 17 peo...

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s top Shiite cleric will no longer provide weekly Friday political...

ISTANBUL. Turkey: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Russia must be held acco...

BEIRUT, Lebanon: Tens of thousands of Syrians fled an intensifying Russian assau...

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UNITED NATIONS: A human rights group alleged Thursday that at least eight women...

LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Friday urged Britain and Sweden to let...

SYDNEY: Meet young Australian Muslim teen Stephanie Kurlow who hopes to become f...

WARSAW: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday appeared to have come a s...

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KIGALI: The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said Friday it was backing S...

DUBAI: Spain’s Juan Jose Lobato clinched a summit finish victory in the key stag...

DUBAI: Ernie Els proved that his brilliant opening-round was not a fluke when he...

NEW DELHI: The hosts India Friday recalled strike bowler Mohammed Shami and name...

VANCOUVER, British Columbia: Alex Wennberg scored the only goal in a shootout an...

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LONDON: Oil steadied on Friday in a volatile session, as bearish fundamentals pressured prices despite bullish indications earlier in the week.International benchmark Bre...
WASHINGTON: US employment gains slowed more than expected in January as the boost to hiring from unseasonably mild weather faded, but surging wages and an unemployment rate at an eight-year low suggested the labor market recovery remains firm.Nonfarm payrolls increased by 151,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate wa...
NEW YORK: On May 2, Ed Bastian takes over as the new CEO of Delta Air Lines, replacing the retiring Richard Anderson. Bastian has been Anderson’s close deputy, helping to turn around the airline from bankrupt carrier to one of the world’s leading airlines, one whose playbook is often copied by others.Bastian has been with D...
SAN FRANCISCO: LinkedIn shares plunged as much as 28 percent in after-hours trading Thursday after the company reported better-than-expected results for the fourth quarter but provided a weak forecast for 2016.The professional networking service’s adjusted earnings and revenue beat Wall Street’s estimates for the last three...
TOYOTA: Toyota said nine-month net profit jumped nearly 10 percent to 1.9 trillion yen ($16 billion), despite falling sales in most regions, with the world’s top automaker focused on squeezing more productivity out of its plants.The Corolla and Prius maker also slightly raised its fiscal year profit forecast to 2.27 trillio...
PARIS: ArcelorMittal said it would ask shareholders for fresh funds, sell assets and slash costs after falling commodity prices pummelled its performance last year, leaving a gaping hole in its accounts.The world’s largest steelmaker reported a net loss of $7.95 billion for 2015, more than four times the previous year’s net...
FRANKFURT: Embattled German auto giant Volkswagen said it would postpone publishing its 2015 annual results, as well as its shareholder meeting due to an ongoing probe into a global emissions-cheating scandal.The annual earnings news conference had been scheduled for March 10 and the shareholders’ annual general meeting (AG...
JAKARTA: There is Samsung of South Korea, Sony of Japan, BMW of Germany and IKEA of Indonesia. Wait! IKEA of Indonesia? Yes, at least in Indonesia, if not worldwide.The furniture giant, founded in Sweden in 1943, has lost a trademark dispute in Indonesia after the country’s highest court agreed the IKEA name was owned by a...
OUARZAZATE, Morocco: King Mohammed VI has inaugurated Morocco’s first solar power plant, a massive project that the country sees as part of its goal of boosting its clean energy output.Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane and French Environment Minister Segolene Royal were among local and foreign officials who attended the op...
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s economy grew at its slowest pace for six years in 2015, data showed, as it was hit by plunging commodity prices and falling exports to key markets including China.Southeast Asia’s largest economy grew 4.79 percent last year, the first time it has fallen below five percent since 2009 at the height of the...
 

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Article 5 of NATO was first invoked following the horrifying 9/11 terror attacks...
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United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon was not the first to call for a settlement betw...
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People are sitting in a little room watching some films; for many of the viewers what they are seeing is quite a revelation. The highly creative short videos show a picture of the Gulf from a thought-provoking, fantastical and often very funny perspective. A message that shines through from a film called Pixels is how prejudice is universal and...

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WASHINGTON: The Firefox smartphone operating system is being shut down, three years after a launch aimed at challenging the dominant platforms powered by Apple and Google, developers said Thursday.
The operating system created by the Mozilla developer community as an open-source system failed to gain traction in mobile devices, according to...

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I love a beauty trend just as much as the next girl does, growing up playing with mom’s makeup and trying on her Chanel lipsticks can do that to a person, sorry mummy! The year 2015 came and went with beauty trends that were quite weird, a bit over the top, time consuming and sometimes downright stupid. Trends come and go, it’s an evolving indus...

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Residents of Jacksonville, the charmingly chic seaport on Florida’s northeasten coast, often refer to their hometown in affectionate terms. “J-Ville” and “The River City” are two of them; “JAX” is another. But after a few days here, we had a few words of our own: Charismatic, energetic, undiscovered.
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NEW DELHI: An Indian drugmaker on Wednesday said it was developing the world’s first vaccine against Zika after the World Health Organization declared an global emergency over the rapidly spreading virus.Bharat Biotech, a vaccine manufacturer based in the southern city of Hyderabad, said two vaccines had been in development for a year and were ready for pre-clinical testing in animals.There is currently no proven vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has spread throughout Latin America where it has been blamed for a surge in brain-damaged babies.“We are the first in the world to file for a global patent for a Zika virus vaccine,” Rajarshi Dasgupta, head of company’s legal and...
RIYADH: In a travel advisory issued on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health urged citizens who want to travel to countries affected by the Zika virus to exercise extreme caution.The WHO has declared the mosquito-borne virus a public health emergency of international concern.Health Ministry spokesman Faisal Al- Zahrani told Arab News on Tuesday that the ministry has listed virus-hit countries which are — Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Suriname, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Venezuela, Panama, Martinique, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, Guyana, Haiti, Bolivia and French Guiana.Al-Zahrani said the carrier of the disease, the Aedes aegypti...
Whether it is balancing the taste of unsweetened cocoa or the sourness of a lemon, cream is the most essential ingredient in most desserts, especially in cakes and pastries, where it is used as a binding agent as well as for decoration. A good product of cream enriches flavor in both savory and sweet dishes.Since cream plays multiple roles in improving the taste, texture, binding and presentation of food, an umbrella organization of France’s dairy industry — CNIEL and the European Union — has embarked on a three-year global campaign to raise awareness of French dairy cream. Under the theme “Cream of Europe”, the campaign will allow top chefs and professionals a chance to learn a variety of...

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NEW YORK: Grammy-award winning pop star Taylor Swift is making her first foray into the world of mobile gaming by partne...
TAIPEI: Pop diva Madonna has waded into the war of words over Taiwanese identity after draping herself in the island’s flag, sparking ire in China, where any suggestion of independence is scorned.Taiwan’s Apple Daily and Liberty Times newspapers ran photos of Madonna with the flag over her shoulders as she sang an encore Thursday on the Taipei leg of her global Rebel Heart Tour.The move was greeted enthusiastically by many on Taiwanese Internet forums, who saw it as a boost to their quest to protect the island’s sovereignty in the face of increased influence from Beijing.“Madonna supports...
NEW DELHI: India’s Jet Airways has grounded five crew members for allowing a Bollywood singer to perform over the in-flight announcement system, an airline spokesman said Friday, prompting a social media backlash against the decision.The temporary suspension of the crew comes after a video showing singer Sonu Nigam’s impromptu performance last month went viral, prompting an investigation by authorities.“All cabin crew on the flight have been taken off from flight duty for enquiry and corrective training to reinforce strict adherence to operating procedures,” a Jet Airways spokesman said in a...

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