Saudi Arabia, which has been fighting Houthi militias in Yemen since March 26, on Saturday announced $274 million in humanitarian aid for the embattled country. The pledge, which the SPA said was ordered by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, came following a UN appeal on Friday for almost $275 million to provide emergency assistance to 7.5 million people in Yemen over the next three months, as fighting intensified in the south. “In response to the humanitarian needs of the brotherly Yemeni people included in the UN appeal, King Salman has issued an order to allocate an amount of $274 million for humanitarian relief work in Yemen through the UN,” said SPA. The Kingdom “stands with its Yemeni brothers” and hopes for “the restoration of security and stability,” the SPA said. Meanwhile, King Salman on Friday called US President Barack Obama to discuss the latest developments in Y...
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has slammed Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah for maintai...
NEW YORK: Several Gulf Arab states are unhappy about UN chief Ban Ki-moon's call for an immediate c...
ROME: A boat crowded with migrants capsized in the sea north of Libya overnight, leaving at least 24 confirmed dead with the death toll expected to rise into the hundreds, Italy’s Coast Guard said Sunday.The Coast Guard said in a statement that the migrants’ 20-meter (66-foot) vessel was reported to be sinking as a Portuguese-registered merchant ship, the King Jacob, approached to attempt a rescue. It picked up 28 passeng...
Houthis are obstructing the flow of aid to the needy in Yemen, said Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, a consultant in the office of the defense minister, on Saturday.The coalition spokesman said a Red Cross plane was forced to land on Friday in Jazan, as it was not allowed to enter Yemeni skies by the Houthis and their allies who were making “false air clearances.”Despite the challenges, Al-Assiri said relief operations were co...

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More than 77,000 visitors attended the exhibition and conference on the life of the late King Fahd.The event, which concluded on Saturday, was opened by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman at the Riyadh International Exhibition and Conference Center.The show, originally scheduled to run fo...
Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan, who is also the chairman of the Tourist Development Council in the region, will be honored as the Personality of the Year at the upcoming Saudi Cultural Heritage Forum in the region.Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) will honor Pr...
Three Border Guard soldiers — two from South Dhahran and one from Abha — died fighting for the nation on the Saudi-Yemen border on Saturday. The martyrs have been identified as Ali bin Misfer Al-Abbas Al-Asiri from Abha, Mohammed Ali Al-Hamoud and Jamaan Mohammed Al-Habbabi, both from South Dhahran. The three were killed wh...
Yemenis who have escaped the clutches of the Houthis have horror stories to tell.Their hopes rested on a thin line between life and death.The story of Zamzam, a young Yemeni girl, is an example of what ordinary citizens are enduring because of the reign of terror unleashed by the Houthis.Zamzam was forced by her mother to c...
The Shoura Council has approved the addition of a defamation penalty on violators of the wildlife protected areas regulations.The decision was taken at the 30th ordinary session of the Shoura Council held under the chairmanship of Deputy Speaker Amin Jaafri. According to the approval, it was revealed that in addition to th...
Academics and political scientists have acknowledged the skill of Gulf Cooperation Council countries in chalking out the most appropriate political strategies especially after the Arab coalition’s success with the UN Security Council's recent adoption of Resolution 2216 supporting the return of the legitimate President Abed...
Noura Balsharaf started out small at the Balsharaf Group with newly qualified graduates to manage research and marketing, but has now set up her own independent company called Golden Research.The company is now a member of the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research.In the beginning, the team included young wome...
The General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) has reported that most work-related injuries in the Kingdom involve Saudis covered by social insurance. Their injuries are mostly in industrial sectors while expat injuries are concentrated in building and construction.The GOSI report showed some 70,000 work accidents rec...
Andalusian Arabs and Africans from Mali were among the first travelers to discover the Americas, some 180 years before Columbus arrived there, according to a new documentary film.Madinah’s Taibah University screened the film at the Sixth International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education on Wednesday. The conferenc...
A video clip of a child being sexually harassed by a driver in Dammam and posted on social networking sites helped the police in tracing the car in which the crime happened and nabbing the culprit.The 50-second video was taken by a woman from the window of her residence in Aljamiian neighborhood. Shocked by the incident, s...
Australia is the second-best country in the world in higher education in terms of quality, commitment and rigor after Britain, and as many as 16,000 Saudis are studying there, said Australian Minister of Trade and Investment Andrew Robb.Speaking on the sidelines of the International Exhibition & Conference on Higher Edu...
Saudi leadership is enabling women to take on central positions in the labor market through education, thereby enriching Saudi society with their talent, said Danish Ambassador Ole Frijs-Madsen.The envoy made his observation on the occasion of Denmark’s National Day, which is also the birthday of Queen Margrethe of Denmark....
The Ministry of Education has decided to set examinations for those who apply for leadership positions in the future, including all general managers, managers of education and their assistants in the ministry.Additionally, the ministry called on all educational supervisors, both male and female, and school leaders including...

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BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces retook most of the country’s largest refinery from Islamic...

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TUNIS: Tunisian authorities have prevented more than 12,000 would-be terrorists...

LONDON: New evidence has shown that early Britons engaged in cannibalism, eating...

BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s spokesman Rafid Jaboori has resi...

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LONDON: British opposition leader Ed Miliband said on Saturday that he would set...

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BAMAKO, Mali: Two assailants attacked a United Nations convoy of civilian worker...

MOGADISHU: Gunmen from Somali militant group Al-Shabab killed a regional lawmake...

SYDNEY: Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plottin...

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LONDON: Alexis Sanchez sent holders Arsenal back to the FA Cup final as the Chil...

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Saudi Arabia’s benchmark stock index sustained its upward trend for the second consecutive week, adding more than 300 points further. Oil price stability is the main reas...
Saudi Arabia is capable of facing the current volatility in oil prices, said Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf. He made these remarks at the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the International Monetary Fund.The minister was leading the Kingdom delegation to the spring meetings of the International Monetary F...
WASHINGTON: French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said that Europeans seek “stability over the long term” with the euro “at its current level.”“If we would like to, or we would let known that we would like to, let the euro’s value fall further, we would enter a dangerous zone,” he said.Sapin was speaking to journalists after...
The seventh edition of Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF 2015), which attracted a huge turnout of visitors estimated to be more than 15,000, concluded successfully on Friday.The total recorded number of visitors at RTF2014 was 13,678.Around 500 exhibitors from 50 countries displayed their products and services at the show.Tourism min...
Hamriyah Free Zone took part in the “Global Business & Markets” showcase at Hannover Fair that ran through April 13 to 17.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi jointly opened the “Hannover Messe” — the world’s biggest industrial trade fair that brought 6,500 companies from around 70 cou...
Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC) and Bunge, a leading global agribusiness and food company, have formed a Canadian joint venture, investing C$250 million (around SR750 million) in Canadian wheat and barley marketing organization CWB.   G3 Global Grain Group (G3), the new joint venture, is bas...
Jordan’s Ministry of Finance signed an advisory agreement with the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of IDB Group. The ministry has mandated ICD as a Transaction Technical Support in the proposed debut domestic sukuk offering. The mandate Letter was signed between Um...
NEW YORK: Investors attempting to determine whether US equities will rebound from Friday’s selloff or continue to sink will look to a deluge of earnings next week for a clearer picture of the economy.The S&P dropped 1.1 percent on Friday, its biggest decline since March 25. Equities lost ground after industrials Honeywe...
The volume of investments injected into Jubail, Yanbu and Ras Al-Khair industrial cities reached SR1 trillion, said Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayyan Al-Saud, president of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY).He was addressing a forum at RCJY head office in Riyadh on investment prospects in Yanbu industrial...
WASHINGTON: The current head of the Group of 20 wealthy and emerging nations says governments need to do more to jolt the global economy out of the rut it fell into after the 2008 financial crisis.Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, who is responsible for his country’s economy, said the worst may be over but recent e...
A 30-member Saudi trade delegation visited the world’s largest industrial fair Hannover Messe in Germany recently, to seek more knowledge about setting up manufacturing industries in the Kingdom. The fair included a business forum, which featured the National Industrial Development Program’s project to find outstanding busi...
NEW YORK: Oil-services giant Schlumberger said it would cut 11,000 more jobs as its first-quarter earnings tumbled after low crude prices forced it to cut drilling.Schlumberger CEO Paal Kibsgaard said the latest round of cuts was caused by a severe decline in North American land drilling and by reduced investment by oil com...
MUMBAI: India’s Reliance Industries reported a small profit increase for the year as a slump in oil prices hurt its major revenue streams of petrochemicals and refining.The Mumbai-based firm said in a statement that consolidated net profit for the year, which ended March, rose 4.8 percent to 235.66 billion rupees ($3.78 bil...

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French President Francois Hollande on Friday stepped 36,000 years back in time into a darkened, cool cave to admire the earliest known figurative paintings of hands, bears, rhinos and panthers.
But he was actually above ground, inaugurating a giant, millimeter-by-millimeter exact replica of the closely guarded Grotte Chauvet in southern Fra...

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A Saudi scholarship student in Britain, Nuha Al-Rayess, has discovered a new genetic mutation that leads to muscle atrophy, weakened limbs and, finally, total paralysis in some cases. The tests she conducted showed that the principal cause for this condition is intermarriage and reproduction among family members.
Al-Rayess noted that this d...

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Tap water is one obstacle that stands in the way of women in the Middle East and their desire to achieve healthy, beautiful hair. It is said that one of the solutions for the damage caused by tap water is to rinse the hair with bottled or filtered water right before leaving the shower. However, a new hair product in the market promises to solves...

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Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan, who is also the chairman of the Tourist Development Council in the region, will be honored as the Personality of the Year at the upcoming Saudi Cultural Heritage Forum in the region.
Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) will honor Prince Fahd on Mon...

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All of us dream to eat as much as we can and yet stay skinny. This dream may come true after all. Superfoods are foods that make it possible for you to eat and lose the spare fat around your belly.We spoke to nutritionist Raneem Abdulmajeed who listed for our readers the best foods that burn stomach fat. “You need to boost your metabolism, some foods have a very high thermogenic effect, this helps you burn calories as you chew,” Raneem said. “Other foods contain nutrients and compounds that stoke your metabolic fire,” she added. Green tea:According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports, drinking three to four cups of green tea a day can help you lose more than three kilos in...
In the first couple of years, infants and toddlers mainly interact with humans and their interactions with objects such as toys are always in the framework of people’s interaction. Toddlers are very curious, they feel the need to explore, test and control everything around them. In this age and time, this includes the exploration of technology tools and interactive media. Children of this age are drawn to push-button switches and controls. Technology tools that infants and toddlers might use must be safe, sturdy, and not easily damaged. If technology is used, it must be in the context of conversation and interactions with an adult.According to pediatrician Dr. Sultan Al-Juhani, technology...
Paris: Researchers said Wednesday a lab-manufactured antibody “significantly” reduced HIV blood levels in a small but promising human trial, and caused no harmful side effectsThe virus-suppressing action did not appear to last, however, and some patients developed resistance to the agent, said the authors of the research published by Nature.This meant the designer molecule dubbed 3BNC117 may be best used in combination with other drugs, said the team — while highlighting the promise of a new, immunotherapy-based approach to fighting HIV.“This represents potentially a new class of drugs with activity against HIV,” study co-author Marina Caskey of New York’s Rockefeller University told AFP.“...

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BEIRUT: Most people would probably be distressed by the sight of their car plunging out of a skyscraper, but for Ralph D...
LOS ANGELES: Four days proved too much for Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow when she tried to get by on a $29 food-stamp budget, only to give up when chicken and black licorice beckoned.The “Iron Man” and “Shakespeare in Love” star was challenged by celebrity chef Mario Batali to live on the equivalent of the average US government food stipend for low-income families.The goal was to raise funds and public awareness for the Food Bank For New York City, which provides millions of free meals to New Yorkers in need.With $29, Paltrow filled her grocery basket with a healthy-looking mix of eggs,...
MUMBAI: Cult Bollywood classic “Sholay,” starring megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra, hit theaters in Pakistan for the first time on Friday, 40 years after its India release.However, the classic has left local distributors and exhibitors sighing over a “slow” Friday opening.The Ramesh Sippy-directed action film, considered as an all-time blockbuster of Indian cinema, was released across the country by Geo films and Mandviwalla entertainment with a grand premiere in Karachi at the Neuplex, which was attended by several celebrities.“’Sholay’ has its legion of fans in Pakistan including...

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