Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ordered the National Guard to participate in the Operation Decisive Storm aimed at restoring legitimacy in Yemen, National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah announced Tuesday.“All sectors of the National Guard are well-prepared to take part in the operation along with the Kingdom’s army,” the prince said while inspecting the Prince Saad bin Abdul Rahman Brigade in Riyadh.Prince Miteb also commended the good performance of Saudi armed forces in the ongoing Saudi-led operation to crush the Houthis.
Sayidaty magazine has recognized the outstanding contribution of 37 Saudi women in different walks o...
Saudi Arabia has put security forces on alert for a possible militant attack on vital energy install...
LAHORE: Pakistan hanged 15 people on Tuesday, officials said, the largest number of people executed on the same day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a de facto moratorium on capital punishment on Dec. 17, a day after Pakistani Taleban gunmen attacked a school and killed 153 people, most of them children. The killings put pressure on the governme...
CAIRO: An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Muhammad Mursi to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012, the first verdict to be issued against the country’s first freely elected leader.The ruling, which can be appealed, reflects the dramatic downfall of Mursi and the drastic challenges facing Egypt since its 2011 uprising that forced longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak fro...

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The Shoura Council approved a study on a scheme for martyrs which would help the families of those who have sacrificed their lives for the sake of the country.The house gave the approval to the scheme at the 30th session of council presided over by Council President Abdullah Al-Asheikh on Monday. Th...
NASHVILLE, Tennessee: A Saudi engineer taking up advanced studies in Tennessee has been awarded a medal of honor by the Phi Kappa Phi, one of the oldest academic organizations in the United States.Samer bin Saeed Al-Qahtani, who finished his masters degree in the University of Tennessee, was also admitted as member of the P...
The intake of foreign medical consultants increased by 77 percent to close to 6,000 in Saudi Arabia in the year 2014, the Ministry of Health (MoH) announced on Monday.Dr. Abdulla Al-Waadi, supervisor of the Visiting Doctors’ Program, said that during this period, the MoH recruited 1,820 doctors from various countries for va...
Slowly but steadily, Saudi Arabia is becoming less vulnerable to cybertattacks as compared to a couple of years ago, but figures show that a lot still needs be done.Among the vulnerable countries in the world for overall cyber security, the Kingdom was at the 36th position in 2013, but it climbed down to the 42nd position i...
Extensive arrangements are being made by the King Abdul Aziz City For Science and Technology (KACST) for the Science and Technology week that begins in Riyadh Sunday.The event, aimed at communicating with society and promoting interest in science, will be opened by Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad, KACST president, at it...
• Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most?Introduction of high technology in the country.• What is your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word?Alhamdulillah and Bismillah.• Which book is by your bedside these days?The Great Faisal.• What is your favorite holiday destination?Dubai, Muscat.• What is your dre...
Many Saudis are now leaving the big cities and heading back to their small towns and villages because of lower rents, available jobs and adequate health and education services.In addition, they say that these rural areas offer a better standard of living than crowded and congested cities. They are much less stressed, their...
Realizing the decades-old dream of expat parents, a Saudi business group led by Prince Saud bin Musaed has taken the initiative to open an international university in Jeddah, offering degrees in engineering, automobile mechanics and business management.The new university is a joint venture between Gammon Saudi Arabia and th...
Iranian and Lebanese military officers belonging to Hezbollah have been found in the operation room of the Houthis, a Yemeni official said Monday. “These foreign officers manage the operation room of the Houthis and followers of the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh,” he added.The official said the fighters who have been...
A prominent Saudi scholar, author and television host has written a play on the Saudi-led coalition’s campaign to restore the legitimate government in Yemen.“The play is for the elementary pupils of Al-Khaleej School in Riyadh,” said Mohsin Shaikh Al-Hassan. “I hope it will help enlighten the children that their government...
Houthi militants have violated all norms and traditions held dear by generations of Yemeni people. They ignore Yemeni pride and integrity as they target women and girls, despite the fact that the latter are not involved in combat or even in demonstrations against the insurgents.Yemeni traditions and norms criminalize any in...
The incendiary statements of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah have invited derision from Yemenis who say the isolated Houthis have no one to speak for them inside Yemen.Nasrallah spewed venom for the third time since the launch of Operation Decisive Storm and attacked the Kingdom and the Gulf states. He defended Iran and it...
A total of 12,407 devices, including 9,824 air-conditioners and 2,583 washing machines, have failed the Saudi standard and specifications test. The commission of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) and Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Org. (SASO) did not find the equipment energy efficient.The commission inspe...

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CAIRO: An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President...

BEIRUT: Lebanon on Monday received the first French weapons in a $3 billion Saud...

CAIRO: An Egyptian criminal court on Monday sentenced 22 people to death after c...

TEHRAN: The detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian faces trial for es...

DOHA: Qatar plans to accommodate some 12,000 football fans on cruise ships durin...

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JOHANNESBURG: South African soldiers will be deployed to tackle gangs hunting do...

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s opposition accused pro-government supporters Tuesday of tryi...

ISLAMABAD: Chinese President Xi Jinping Tuesday hailed a $46 billion economic co...

CATANIA, Italy: Prosecutors blamed the Tunisian captain of a fishing boat for ca...

NEW DELHI: India seized 200 kg of heroin from Pakistani drug traffickers aboard...

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CHICAGO: Melky Cabrera capped Chicago’s four-run ninth inning with an RBI single...

The Pakistani pair of Rana Irfan and Amin Rashid won a three-way battle for the...

CHICAGO: Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career high of 31 points as the Chicago B...

SYDNEY: Guangzhou Evergrande led a trio of teams into the AFC Champions League l...

MANILA: Manny Pacquiao's face is on shirts, dolls and postage stamps, his life s...

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HOUSTON: Halliburton Co. has cut 9,000 jobs — more than 10 percent of its workforce — in about six months and is considering more cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices...
SHENZHEN, China: China can only ensure its information security in the long run if it keeps its market open to the best technology products, be they foreign or domestic, Huawei’s rotating CEO Eric Xu said.Xu’s remarks are a rare example of a top Chinese CEO openly questioning the direction of Beijing’s information security...
Dubai Investments PJSC, a leading investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is showcasing a wide-ranging portfolio of innovative and energy-efficient products and solutions at the water, energy, technology and environment exhibition (WETEX) 2015, currently under way at Dubai World Trade Center.In line with it...
DUBAI: Dubai’s drive to develop its Islamic finance sector is fueling growth of Shariah-compliant banking but the benefits are unevenly distributed, with some lenders struggling to compete against burgeoning competition.In 2013, Dubai’s government announced plans to turn the emirate into a center for an “Islamic economy” wi...
ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi plans to invest over $25 billion in the next five years on boosting its oil production capacity from offshore fields, a senior official of Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. said.The plan is part of the UAE’ strategy of increasing its crude oil output potential to 3.5 million barrels per day by 2017-18. The UAE...
DETROIT: Volkswagen Group edged out General Motors again to take at least second place in the race to be the world’s top-selling automaker.The German automaker said it sold 2.49 million Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and other brand vehicles from January through March. That was up 1.8 percent from a year ago.GM said it sold 2.42 m...
Specialized Automotive Company (SAC), a member of Arabian Hala Group that was founded in 1977 with its main activity of renting automobiles, has drawn up a Saudization-based expansion plan.The new move is aimed at strengthening SAC’s “deeply rooted and distinguished” relations with its clients across the Kingdom, Husam Al-S...
SEOUL: Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi says Saudi Arabia is producing near record levels of crude in April, underscoring the kingdom’s willingness to defend market share at a time when oil markets have staged a fragile recovery.There are worries that growing production from Saudi Arabia and other membe...
Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman has launched an educational endowment initiative, the SR200 million Madinah International Academy, and the Madinah educational endowment worth SR500 million.The governor launched the two projects while opening an educational forum that aims at improving the quality of private and foreig...
Huawei’s Consumer Business Group has unveiled the Huawei P8 and P8 Max smartphones, a perfect blend of technology, sleek styling, usability and revolutionary low light camera features. The Huawei P8 is the culmination of the P series’ rich heritage of style and functionality while the P8 Max also features a larger 6.8-inch...
Mobily provides a special discount through “Wajid” packages for new subscribers for a period of three consecutive months. The discount on “Wajid Extra” was 60 percent while the discounts on “Wajid Smart” and “Wajid +” packages reached 40 percent and 20 percent respectively. The limited-period offer is still available, Mobil...
Emirates SkyCargo continues to witness increased demand for freight capacity from the Philippines, having exported 500,000 kg of tuna to Europe and the Middle East in 2014.The freight division of Emirates transported the fish from Manila to various cities including Geneva, Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Milan, Rome, Zurich,...
A ministerial delegation from Greece led by tourism minister Elena Kountoura is in the Kingdom to bolster bilateral cooperation in various sectors as the minister met her counterpart and other higher authorities in Riyadh.Kountoura met Prince Sultan bin Salman, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA...

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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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Slowly but steadily, Saudi Arabia is becoming less vulnerable to cybertattacks as compared to a couple of years ago, but figures show that a lot still needs be done.
Among the vulnerable countries in the world for overall cyber security, the Kingdom was at the 36th position in 2013, but it climbed down to the 42nd position in the following...

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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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NEW YORK: The New York Times won two prestigious Pulitzer prizes late Monday for coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West...
LAHORE: Pakistani actress Sarwat Gilani feels blessed. Her recent project 'Baat Cheet' is the talk of the town as it is soon to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, this year, while Sarwat is preparing back home to welcome her first child.Discussing her latest enterprise, the television actress has taken a leap from the small screen to short films. Conferring how she got approached by the writer and director of the film, she told Express Tribune, “Rayika, the writer-director of the film is a family friend and after returning from her studies abroad, she had Baat Cheet in mind.”...
LONDON: Stars of stage and screen have paid tribute to Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey at a special gala event as his 11-year tenure at London’s The Old Vic theater comes to an end.The two-times Academy Award winner took over as artistic director in 2003 and is widely credited with helping turn around the once struggling theater.Sunday night’s gala was hosted by “Downton Abbey” actor Hugh Bonneville who praised Spacey’s work at the theater.“Not only has he brought his own stage talent as an actor to The Old Vic and given it that bit of Hollywood glamor, if you like, because he is such an amazing...

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