ABU DHABI: Gulf countries on Sunday blamed “irresponsible” non-OPEC producers for a plunge in global crude prices, but voiced confidence that markets would rebound.World prices have fallen almost 50 percent since June, mainly due to a supply glut, the weak global economy and a strong US dollar.UAE energy minister Suhail Al-Mazrouei, in a clear reference to shale and sand oil output from North America and other emerging energy markets, attributed the price dive to “newcomers.”“One of the main causes is irresponsible production by some producers from outside the (OPEC) organization,” he told an energy forum in Abu Dhabi.The global oil market has become increasingly competitive in recent years with the surge in shale and sand oil production from countries outside the decades-old OPEC alliance.Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi also lashed out at non-OPEC members, claiming the global price fall...
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: A new video from Boko Haram extremists shows gunmen mowing down civilians lying...
The Kingdom has backed the ongoing talks between Qatar and Egypt, including a meeting between Qatar'...
AHMEDABAD, India: Hard-line Hindu groups came under fire Sunday after some 200 Christians were converted in the Indian prime minister’s home state, amid increasing concern at the right-wing government’s perceived pro-Hindu tilt.The radical Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP or World Hindu Council) said it converted Christian tribal people to their original Hindu faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s western home state of Gujara...
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Al-Qaeda’s regional branch on Sunday said its hearts were “bursting with pain” over the Taleban’s massacre at a Pakistan school and urged the militants to target only security forces.The attack on Tuesday killed 149 people — mostly children — in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar.“Our hearts are bursting with pain and grief over this incident,” Osama Mehmood, spokesman for Al-Qaeda South Asia...

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Minister of Social Affairs Sulaiman bin Saad Al-Hamid has ordered the establishment of four protection centers for children and called for the implementation of the regulations of the Child Protection System which were approved by the government. Spokesman for the ministry Khalid Al-Thubaiti said th...
The tourism sector in the Kingdom has high expectations for a big boost in the market next year, after the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) approved provisions to issue tourism visas and regulate the system, in order to revive local tourism. If the proposals are finally approved, the SCTA would issue visa...
The Jeddah municipality closed down this month more than 100 restaurants and eateries across the city due to poor hygienic conditions as part of a campaign to ensure compliance with hygiene and safety specifications, Assistant Mayor for Branch Municipalities Nasser Al-Miteb said.“The most common violations noticed were the...
The Shoura Council will vote on Monday on a delicate subject, the reduction of the birth rate in the Kingdom. During the session, the council will hear the point of view of the committee that was tasked with researching the subject.In its report, the committee supported encouraging breastfeeding among Saudi women, but expre...
The health care sector in the Kingdom will register strong growth in the coming years due to an overall increase in spending on specialized treatment, said a health expert.Speaking at a health conference here recently, Abdulrahman Al-Nuaim, senior health care consultant and adviser at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital, sa...
Many Saudi families have resorted to hiring illegal housemaids, since the legal recruitment of domestic workers has become more challenging. Some expat women who have entered the Kingdom illegally are offering their services to families who need them urgently, creating a flourishing black market for this kind of services.Sa...
Minister of Transport and Chairman of the Board of the Saudi Railways Organization Abdullah Al-Muqbel has called on the contractors of the Al-Haramain train project to complete the remaining phases of the project as soon as possible and to submit within two months an emergency plan to avoid delays in the implementation oper...
Labor Ministry inspectors rounded up 158 foreigners working in various restaurants in Jeddah during the past two days. According to an official source from the ministry, those arrested included workers without residency permits and those working for different sponsors. Some of them were runaway workers and most of them work...
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs will honor 20 outstanding khateebs (those who give Friday sermons at mosques) from different parts of the Kingdom every six months, said the newly appointed minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, Sulaiman Abalkhail, on Sunday.“These khateebs will be honored at a special c...
As a country working hard to counter terrorism, Saudi Arabia has an important experience to share with the world. Somalia has been suffering from the influence of terror groups and has subsequently turned to Saudi Arabia for help. One Somali official recently noted that his country has signed a contract with a Saudi company...
Islam is a religion of peace, love, respect and kindness toward others and does not discriminate against other religions. This important message persuaded 18 people to revert and embrace Islam. They were accorded a warm reception by Maulana Hifzur Rahman Seoharvi Academy, an organization that aims to preach and spread Islam...
The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah is bustling with pilgrims and visitors of different nationalities all year round. Everyone is delighted to make their dream of a lifetime come true and this is proved by the beatific smiles on the faces of the visitors.Aatif Shahzad, a Pakistani pilgrim, is very happy to be here to perform Um...
Popular outsourcing agency VFS Global will open three centers in Jeddah, Abha and Tabuk to provide better services to the Indian nationals.This was announced by the Indian Consulate in a press release issued on Sunday. “We are pleased to announce the commencement of our new passport/visa/consular outsourcing services from J...

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SINJAR, Iraq: Backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters pushed int...

AMMAN: Human rights groups took Jordan to task on Sunday as the country ended an...

TUNIS: Tunisians voted on Sunday for a new president in a runoff between an offi...

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday accused the European Un...

CAIRO: Egypt’s intelligence chief, who took office in mid-2013 after the overthr...

WORLD »

NEW YORK: An African American gunman who vowed online to shoot two “pigs” in ret...

JAKARTA: Indonesian rescuers Sunday ended their search for victims of a landslid...

TAIPEI: The sole leadership candidate for Taiwan’s ruling party said Sunday he w...

KABUL: An Afghan journalist who was seriously injured during a suicide attack on...

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Thousands of Pakistanis flocked to a school in the northwest...

SPORTS »

LIVERPOOL: A bloodied and bandaged Martin Skrtel headed home a last-gasp 97th-mi...

DUBAI: China’s world champion Chen Long finished 2014 on a high by winning the W...

GENOA: Sampdoria and Genoa missed the chance to end the year in third spot as bo...

BRISBANE: Beaten India were distracted by their gripes over the state of practic...

BADAL, Bathinda: The Pakistan team has announced it will never return to India a...

ECONOMY »

ABU DHABI: Gulf countries on Sunday blamed “irresponsible” non-OPEC producers for a plunge in global crude prices, but voiced confidence that markets would rebound.World...
ABU DHABI: Falling oil prices will not affect the development of oil and gas infrastructure in Bahrain, including an import terminal for natural gas and expansion of a major pipeline and refinery, the country’s energy minister said.Global oil prices have slumped by about half since June because of oversupply fears, a move e...
The technical transformation witnessed by Mobily has contributed to the innovation of new and efficient services provided by the company to the business sector in the Kingdom.Mobily’s flexible business continuity solutions are considered the most important services provided to the corporate sector.There is an urgent need fo...
ABU DHABI: The Saudi and Kuwaiti oil ministers said that their countries would not cut oil production even if non-OPEC members reduce their output to shore up sagging oil prices.“No... I think it’s too late now,” Petroleum and Mineral Resource Minister Ali Al-Naimi told reporters when asked whether OPEC would cut its output...
NEW YORK: Wall Street in 2014 enjoyed its best year for initial public offerings since 2000, thanks to the record-setting flotation of Chinese Internet giant Alibaba and a barrage of biotech deals.Activity was “uninterrupted” and proved largely immune to forces that at times rattled equity markets, Renaissance Capital said...
MOSCOW: Deep recession, skyrocketing prices and a fragile banking system: Although the ruble seems to have stabilized after its abysmal drop this past week, Russia still faces the heavy consequences of the turbulence.For most Russians, the week ended with relief: after trading at unbelievable levels of 80 to the dollar and...
ABU DHABI: Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi said he was confident world prices would improve after a slide he blamed partly on “lack of cooperation” by producers outside OPEC.“I am confident that oil markets will recover... and that oil prices will improve,” Al-Naimi told an energy forum in Abu Dhabi.He...
Net profits of the listed retail firms grew by 11.2 percent to SR 803 million in the third quarter of the current year compared to SR722.5 million in the same period last year, according to a financial report.However, sales of the retail sector marginally dropped by 1.05 percent to SR7.57 billion in Q3 compared to SR7.65 bi...
LONDON: How low can it go — and how long will it last? The 50 percent slump in oil prices raises both those questions and while nobody can confidently answer the first question (I will try to in a moment), the second is pretty easy.Low oil prices will last long enough for one of two events to happen. The first possibility,...
CHICAGO: Crude oil production from US wells is poised to approach a 42-year record next year as drillers ignore the recent decline in price pointing them in the opposite direction.US energy producers plan to pump more crude in 2015 as declining equipment costs and enhanced drilling techniques more than offset the collapse i...
ALGIERS: With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch.Though its problems are dwarfed by the impact on Russia for example, Algeria may have to rein back many of the policies it has held dear over many years. Generous subsidies, for one, may have to be sc...
NEW DELHI: India’s finance minister has urged opposition parties to cooperate in passage of economic reform legislation, warning otherwise Asia’s third-largest economy “will miss the bus” again.The traditionally fractious parliament has been stalled yet again by political rows that have hindered efforts by the new governmen...
BERLIN: European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio said in a magazine interview he expected the euro zone inflation rate to turn negative in the coming months but that if this was just a temporary phenomenon, he did not see a risk of deflation.Annual inflation in the euro zone slowed to 0.3 percent in November as...

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Since the first economic boom of the early 1970s, the Kingdom had seen many mega...
There is only one fact in life and that is: Change. And if there is any fact abo...
Once noted writer George Bernard Shaw happened to pass by a cemetery and saw the...
On and off, hue and cry is raised over the issue of women driving in the Kingdom...

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One of the highlights of this year's “Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum 2014,” an annual exhibition held in Riyadh to showcase the Kingdom's heritage, was the award given to a Filipino national, Herbert Bagolbagol in the smartphone category. The Filipino worker won the first prize in the smartphone photography category.
The expo drew large crowd...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

Scientists in Japan have developed a sticky sheet of tiny sensors that can be put directly on moving joints, beating hearts or other living tissues.
The invention opens up the possibility of implanting almost unnoticeable sensors inside the body, letting doctors keep a close eye on a dodgy heart, for example.
“Just by applying to the b...

FASHION »

LONDON: Singer Jennifer Lopez and real-life princess Kate Middleton have been voted the top trendsetters of 2014.
Following closely behind them was Beyoncé, who placed third on the list, but surprisingly selfie queen Kim Kardashian was featured last on the top ten list, which was based on a survey conducted on 1,000 American women by online...

TRAVEL »

The great variety of dramatic natural phenomena proves that Mother Nature can surprise even the most seasoned traveler.
Some destinations are made especially for those who love to relax, explore and appreciate nature. Arab News lists some of the prettiest places that are works of nature around the world:

Cave of Crystals, Naica,...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Authentic Lebanese food can be hard to find at times, especially as one roams through the maze of restaurants in Jeddah. Look no further, Shababik is one of the top authentic Lebanese restaurants in town, with its name meaning the woodwork covering windows as it was in the old Dey’aah. Each household would have its own personalized woodwork different from the other households around as it was a sign of beauty and sophistication. Having trained Lebanese chefs and sous chefs in the homeland, the restaurant presents its dishes just as it would be if one was visiting any area in Lebanon.The luxury restaurant is located on the top floor of Ana Ghair Mall on Sultan Street close to Tahlia Street....
The subject of chemicals is very long and complicated. I would like you to bear with me and read on to the end of this series of articles. It is important to become aware in order to protect your children and yourself. In Part 5, I wrote about the dangers of the misuse and abuse of antibiotics by humans as well as its indirect use through cattle and chicken in order to fatten them. But, the story about drugs did not end there. I will briefly tell you more about other harmful drugs in order to complete the topic.Painkillers and anti-inflammatory and antipyretic drugs produce their own share of harmful effects. Long-term use can inflict damage on the liver, our vital organ that is our body’s...
This explosive title 'The Obesity Paradox: When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier' keeps all its promises from the very first pages. Right from the introduction, we are told things we have wanted to hear for a long time.Whether we are slim or overweight, we have all at one point wondered why fat no longer means what it used to. In the past, fat has often been associated with the idea of affluence and wealth meaning that overweight people had a good life and didn’t suffer from hunger. Women were also loved for their curvaceous body whereas nowadays fat is considered ugly and unhealthy. We live now in a world where we are conditioned to lose weight, eat low-fat food and fit in...

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LOS ANGELES: Actor Johnny Depp is set to spend New Year’s Eve in the Bahamas with friends and family. This has sparked r...
ISTANBUL: Turkey’s television regulator has handed a record fine to a popular game show for a segment where husbands were filmed dancing with other women as their wives looked on, reports said Sunday.The game show, “I Don’t Know, My Spouse Knows” was fined 410,000 Turkish lira ($177,000, 145,000 euros) by the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) which has come under fire in recent months for a number of stern rulings.The regulator said in its ruling that the episode was “contrary to public morality and the Turkish family structure,” the Hurriyet daily reported.In the offending show,...
LOS ANGELES: Kim Kardashian was spotted wearing a grey crop top with a ruched skirt as she stepped out with sisters Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner.This look has become a trademark Kim K look of sorts as it puts her curves on display in the best possible manner. However when Kim shared a picture of hers from the previous day while she was getting ready with baby North in the closet then one can easily make out the difference between the two pictures. While the paparazzi shot shows Kim the way she is, her Instagram post hints at defined abs and a slimmer thigh region.Kim seems to have...

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