CAIRO: Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Saturday that an assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 30 troops was a “foreign-funded operation” and vowed to take drastic action against militants.In thundering remarks delivered before cameras ahead of a military funeral for the slain troops, el-Sissi said there are foreign powers that want to “break the back of Egypt,” without elaborating. He vowed to take drastic measures to uproot the militants and said Egypt is engaged in an “extensive war” that will last a long time.“There is a big conspiracy against us,” he said while standing with army commanders ahead of the funeral.Militants launched a complex assault on the checkpoint Friday that involved a car bomb possibly detonated by a suicide attacker, rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs placed to target rescuers.Egypt declared a state of emergency a...
Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has issued a fatwa declaring the issuing and receiving of fraudule...
NEW YORK: New York went on alert Friday as authorities sought to calm fears among the city’s 8.4 mil...
VANCOUVER, British Columbia: The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada’s Parliament once complained that a Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, and was kicked out after he repeatedly spent the night there even though officials told him to stop, Muslim leaders said Friday.Aasim Rashid, spokesman for the British Columbia Muslim Association, said Michael Zehaf-Bibea...
YANGON, Myanmar: A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert.Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit Rohingya advocacy group Arakan Project, said an average of 900 people per day have been piling into cargo ships parked off Rakhin...

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The Makkah Mashaer Metro (MMM), developed by the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), recently disclosed to Arab News that 70 percent of its locally recruited staff are Saudi.According to CRCC’s Operational Department data, the number of local staff at MMM in 2010 was approximately 1,000,...
On the auspicious occasion of the 4,347th Anniversary of the National Foundation Day of the Republic of Korea, I am very honored to share the delightful moment of Korean people with citizens of Saudi Arabia and to shed light on the friendly relations between our two countries. Taking this opportunity, I would like to extend...
Following its miraculous development over the last 50 years, Korea is now a modernized vibrant nation that still maintains its traditional culture. International tourists typically enter the country through Incheon International Airport, near Seoul.Also international airports in Busan and Jeju are frequently used.Once known...
Kim Jin-soo, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Saudi Arabia, strongly believe that his country and the Kingdom are just about to enter into the threshold to the beginning of new chapter in bilateral relations.“South Korea and the Kingdom are furthermore focusing on enriching cultural and people-to-people exchanges, esp...
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has called on believers to help people with disabilities.In his Friday sermon at Imam Turki Mosque in Riyadh, the chairman of the Council of Senior Scholars said Muslims have a duty to respect and be kind to people with disabilities. He said Islam also warns against "despising and be...
The Ministry of Education plans to launch 1,000 fitness and social clubs for girls around the country by the end of 2015.Noura Al-Fayez, deputy minister of education for girls, said on Wednesday that the aim is to ensure these clubs are for members of the community, particularly young people, to develop a range of skills.Al...
Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, has said that he receives constructive criticism with an open mind.Speaking to media professionals on the occasion of a ceremony at the conclusion of this year's Haj and Umrah seasons, he said: “We are not afraid of the media but welcome them instead wi...
The Kingdom, one of the first countries in the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region to eradicate polio completely, observed the World Polio Day on Friday to create awareness about the hazards of the crippling disease.According to an official from the National Center for Media and Health Awareness of the Ministry of Health, th...
Residents living near the Prince Faisal bin Fahd (Malaz) stadium are becoming increasingly irked by football fans parking their cars outside their houses during matches.Hundreds of vehicles can be seen parked in these neighborhoods during games, blocking residents' entry to their own homes.Traffic police, meanwhile, are mos...
Spain’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Joaquin Perez-Villanueva said that the Kingdom’s leadership has played a major role in providing a stable regime by fighting terror and extremist ideology.“We are grateful to the government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for the stability he provides to the Kingdom and...
The King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) has approved 11 training programs designed for government employees.The training was approved by the Ministry of Civil Service to be implemented this year by the Dialogue Academy for Training and Public Opinion Survey under the umbrella of KACND. At a recent press con...
Newly appointed US Consul General Todd Holmstrom met with Vice President of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mazen Batterjee on Thursday at the JCCI’s headquarters in Jeddah.Batterjee received Holmstrom and highlighted the economic and construction boom in the Kingdom.He also explained to the consul general the impor...
Many Saudis and expatriates here claim that increasingly poor local medical services have forced them to seek treatment abroad.Sameer Khan, an Indian patient based in Jeddah, claimed his health deteriorated after being given the wrong prescription, forcing him to travel home for further medical assistance. “I was suffering...

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CAIRO: A state of emergency came into force Saturday across much of Egypt’s Sina...

CAIRO: Masked men set fire to two cars belonging to the consulate of Saudi Arabi...

WASHINGTON: The US is looking into reports that Islamic State militants used chl...

RAMALLAH: The Palestinians’ chief peace negotiator has laid out in the clearest...

TUNIS: A raid by Tunisian security forces on an armed group near the capital Fri...

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KABUL: Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Saturday made his first...

VANCOUVER, British Columbia: The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain d...

YANGON, Myanmar: A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohi...

ROME: Tens of thousands of Italians took to the streets of Rome Saturday for a d...

FERGUSON, Missouri: Police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and st...

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SAN FRANCISCO: Jeremy Guthrie outpitched fellow Series newcomer Tim Hudson and...

MANILA: It didn’t take long for Barangay Ginebra to pluck newcomer KIA Motors ou...

MACAU: Defending champion Scott Hend battled to a four-under-par 67 in the third...

HAINAN ISLAND, China: American Jessica Korda rebounded from an opening double bo...

LOS ANGELES: All eyes will be on Kobe Bryant as he enters his 19th NBA campaign...

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KUWAIT CITY: Oil-dependent Gulf states will face budget shortfalls if the recent decline in oil prices persists, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde warne...
DOHA: Qatar Fertiliser Co. (QAFCO) plans to launch niche production of environmentally friendly fertilizers to meet rising demand in Western markets, the firm's chief executive said on Thursday.The plan underlines a trend in several of the oil- and gas-rich economies of the Gulf: They are using their ample supplies of energ...
CAIRO: Egypt's tourism minister hopes to fully revive one of the country's most vital industries by next April but persuading the world that it is safe to visit the ancient pyramids or Red Sea resorts after three years of upheaval is a daunting task.Hisham Zaazou is mounting public relations campaigns, inviting foreign offi...
DEARBORN, Michigan: Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits.Ford's net income dropped 34 percent to $835 million in the third quarter, largely due to the cost of launching the pickup. The new F-150, which is 700...
NEW YORK: Amazon.com has long asked investors anxious for profits to be patient as it built its infrastructure and launched new services that it argued would position the e-commerce giant for long-term success. On Thursday, Amazon reported again that it has failed to turn a profit, this time posting a stunning loss of $437...
LONDON: Growth of the British economy slowed in the third quarter of this year, official data showed in a context of concerns over the uncertain global outlook.Gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.7 percent between July and September from output in the previous three months, the Office for National Statistics said in an init...
It is no longer a issue of whispering in the corridors of the oil industry. It is now part of public debate. Is Saudi Arabia launching an oil price war in tandem with the US to undermine or at least weaken energy dependent adversaries Russia and Iran?The latest to join this discussion is the notable New York Times columnist...
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's government has presented a relief budget that increases salaries and reduces water and electricity tariffs ahead of a possible presidential election in 2015.President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is also the finance minister, read the proposals in Parliament.Rajapaksa was at the peak of his popularity after h...
BEIJING: Twenty-one Asian nations have signed on to a China-driven initiative to create a new development bank for Asia that’s aimed at boosting infrastructure investment of all kinds. Beijing sees that as a way to raise its international standing, but Washington opposes the move as an unnecessary and potentially damaging r...
SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft has reported quarterly profits ahead of most expectations, as revenues got a boost from its Xbox consoles and Internet “cloud” services for enterprises.Net profit in the quarter dipped to $4.5 billion from $5.2 billion in the same period a year ago, but topped most analyst forecasts.Revenue rose abo...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s imports jumped an annual 19.6 percent in August, ending nine consecutive months of declines, while growth in nonoil exports accelerated to 22.2 percent, data from the Central Department of Statistics and Information showed.Nonoil exports account for around 12 percent of overall exports of Saudi Arabia...
RIYADH: Major Saudi Arabian construction firm Abdullah Abdul Mohsin Al-Khodari and Sons says it may double its capital spending in coming years to cope with the work it hopes to do on the country’s big infrastructure projects.Saudi Arabia’s SR855 billion state budget plan for 2014 slowed total spending growth to the lowest...
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia supplied less crude oil to the market in September than a month earlier, an industry source said on Thursday, at a time when some OPEC members are calling on the Kingdom to cut back output to lift prices.Brent rose above $85 a barrel on the news, though it was still trading not far from its lowest in fou...

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Last year’s feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors.
The center would be funded by Palestinian Americans who have pledged support, Mohammed Assaf, 24, said in an inter...

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SYDNEY: Australian surgeons said they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated.
Until now, doctors have relied on using the still-beating hearts of donors who have been declared brain dead, often placing the recovered organs on ice...

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It’s that time of the year again when women from around the world gather in Paris for the much awaited Paris Fashion Week.
The event never fails to amaze and reinvent fashion as it comprises the creme de la creme fashion houses and iconic designers.
Summer may have come to an end as Autumn leaves started to dot the streets of the chic...

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Following its miraculous development over the last 50 years, Korea is now a modernized vibrant nation that still maintains its traditional culture.
International tourists typically enter the country through Incheon International Airport, near Seoul.
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An alarming 150 to 200 percent increase in cancer rates is expected by 2030 within the GCC states. This is the highest expected increase in the world, according to medical expert, Dr. Ibtihal Fadil.Dr. Fadil, a consultant for the chronic diseases department at the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Countries Bureau in Cairo, made this prediction at the International Medical Conference on the Burden of Cancer in the Gulf Region organized by the GCC ministers for health, and in collaboration with the Gulf Center for Cancer at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. The conference was opened on Tuesday by Deputy Health Minister Dr. Mansoor Al-Hawasi. The event drew a large...
The meat company, MeatCo. is a high end, fine dining South African cuisine that serves great gourmet burgers and steaks. The restaurant looks over the calm and tranquil waterways of Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The experience begins as soon as you enter the restaurant. The reception desk is located right opposite the entrance where you will be greeted and taken to your table. A couple of steps lead you to a restaurant designed in an urban style with dark walls, dim lights and hardwood floors. Deep comfy brown leather chairs around square or round wooden tables make for the perfect homely experience. An open kitchen lets you see your food being prepared in full view.The outdoor terrace lined with...
More than 39 percent of Saudi women over fifty suffer from osteoporosis compared to 37.8 percent men of the same age group, local media said quoting an expert of spine surgery.Dr. Walid Awwad, Consultant of Spine Surgery at King Khalid University Hospital, said the majority of those prone to osteoporosis were not subjected to proper tests, nor treated with the best heath care.In a related development, the Health Directorate in Riyadh Region and the Osteoporosis Program at the Ministry of Health has jointly organized an awareness forum on osteoporosis to discuss ways women can protect themselves from the debilitating disease and how to deal with it.Organizers of the forum, held in Wadi...

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LOS ANGELES: The storm over Renee Zellweger’s new-look face has thrown the spotlight on one of Hollywood’s eternal quest...
LOS ANGELES: Reality TV star Kim Kardashian says she took inspiration from the Internet while designing her latest collection.The 34-year-old, who is launching her third Kardashian Kollection for high-street retailer Lipsy, with her sisters Khloe and Kourtney, enjoys “investigating” bloggers.“Now your everyday, average consumer can just be blogging and posting their own street style photos. So, it’s really fun, I do a lot of investigating,” telegraph.co.uk quoted her as saying.Kim, who turned 34 Tuesday, flew to Las Vegas to celebrate her birthday.Kardashian celebrated her birthday Saturday...
RICHMOND, Virginia: “Twelve Years a Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o is lending her star power to the opposition to a minor league baseball stadium in what was once the center of Richmond’s thriving slave-trading center.Nyong’o has been posting anti-stadium opinions on social media to her millions of followers, and has personally appealed to Mayor Dwight C. Jones to withdraw support of the stadium that is the centerpiece of an economic development project.“Evidence of America’s slave history simply must be preserved, as the legacy of slavery affects all American people,” she wrote in a letter...

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