RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Three Canadians, a Pakistani and a Nigerian were among those killed in a fire that engulfed parts of a residential compound in Alkhobar, a Saudi official said.The blaze began early Sunday in a sprawling, multistory Radium housing complex that accommodates workers for state oil giant Saudi Aramco.Col. Ali bin Saad Al-Qahtani, a civil defense spokesman for the Eastern Province, provided the update in comments carried by the official Saudi Press Agency early Monday.He said a total of 10 people died and 259 were injured in the blaze. The civil defense directorate previously said 11 people were killed.Al-Qahtani did not provide the nationalities of the other five people killed.Of those injured, 179 have left the hospital after receiving treatment.A preliminary investigation suggests a short circuit in an electrical transformer in the building’s basement sparked the blaze...
RIYADH: The Kingdom is ready with all necessary arrangements to serve the Haj pilgrims this year, bu...
JEDDAH: The Saudi Consulate in Istanbul has swung into action following reports that a Saudi woman a...
JEDDAH: The Royal Court has ordered the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center to provide medical care to a four-year-old Yemeni girl who is suffering from a rare cancer in the shoulder.The directive from the court came in response an appeal by Saudi actor Faiz Al-Malki. The child, Retaj’ needs intensive medical treatment and surgery, in addition to chemotherapy and radiation.The girl’s father, Abdul Malek...
JEDDAH: The Criminal Court in Jeddah released a businessman on bail after 25 days of detention in connection with a raid on a place around Jeddah where a mixed party was in progress.The well-known businessman was accused of participating in the preparation of the location, purported to be a chalet, where some immoral acts took place.Meanwhile, the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution ordered the arrest of the re...

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JEDDAH: Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani has launched a series of electronic projects and facilities provided to the private sector companies, the SPA reported on Sunday.The projects and facilities include electronic visa issuance for the distinguished firms, which achieved the required Saudization...
RIYADH: As many as 200 students have enrolled into different courses at the Riyadh-based Saudi Aviation Flight Academy (SAFA) with 70 percent of them being Saudi nationals, said Saleem Bava, head of marketing and admission at SAFA.SAFA offers a mix of technically advanced training aircraft and simulators ensuring that stude...
MAKKAH: Civil Defense teams in Makkah recovered the body of a man and rescued several people in flooded areas after heavy rain here on Sunday.Naif Al-Shareef, spokesman for the Civil Defense, said officers found the body of the missing man in Wadi Al-Miqreh in Al-Omrah neighborhood. The man had been there with his friends....
JEDDAH: Delays in the arrival of books to schools for the second week in a row has resulted in an investigation by different government bodies. Bookstores have taken advantage of the situation by photocopying books and selling them to students. Schools have had to recommend the stores to parents in order to continue for the...
JEDDAH: Teachers contributed from their personal funds to repair certain damaged facilities on the campus of one of the government middle schools in Riyadh.They were left with no other option as the Ministry of Education did not respond to three complaints sent by the school’s management, said an online newspaper.Parents an...
JEDDAH: The high hopes of potential employers and young people lacking the required skills is creating a gap between them, and to some extent, driving regional youth unemployment in the Kingdom. Companies and organizations to bridge this gap have urged youths to undertake vocational training programs to be an essential part...
RIYADH: Thirty-three of the 34 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus cases in the Kingdom were reported from Riyadh and one from Najran, the weekly report released here by the Ministry of Health said on Monday. The report, which covered a period of seven days between August 23 and 29, said 15 such patients w...
• Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most? Its warm hearted people and the unique Saudi humor.• Can you tell us your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word? Hala wallah!• Which book is now on your bedside? “Socialdemokratiske Taenkere” (Social Democratic Thinkers); it’s a book about the history and ideas b...
RIYADH: The father of the Saudis who were allegedly assaulted by Turkish authorities at Istanbul airport intends to take legal action against the officials.Abdullah Al-Monaiser said the brutal encounter resulted in a broken nose and various bruises on the Saudi boys. The assault ended with the family being led away in handc...
DAMMAM: The Kingdom needs to lay stress on buildings that are earthquake resistant, especially in regions like Dammam and Alkhobar which are more vulnerable, a study has said.The country is close to areas that have significant seismic activity, like in the east of the Gulf and the Zagros Mountains in Iran, said the study.Ab...

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TOKYO: Japan’s Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped de...

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban published a biography of their new leader Monday as hu...

NEW DELHI: India should “move toward” abolishing the death penalty and immediate...

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NEW YORK: Former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic was the first major casualty of the US...

CASTELLON, Spain: Italian Kristian Sbaragli claimed his first Grand Tour victory...

TAIPEI: Up against another arch-enemy for the second straight night, Gilas Pilip...

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NEW YORK: The National Football League and its players union failed to reach a s...

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DUBAI: Most Gulf stock markets fell on Monday, tracking volatile oil prices, while Egypt's bourse jumped after energy major Eni announced a potentially huge natural gas d...
DUBAI: Most Gulf stock markets fell on Monday, tracking volatile oil prices, while Egypt's bourse jumped after energy major Eni announced a potentially huge natural gas discovery off the country's coast.The main Saudi Tadawul All-Share Index dropped 2.2 percent to 7,522 points, closing August with a 17.3 percent loss, its b...
Why would a company buy a multimillion-dollar airplane? To get more than that in results. The question is "how?" According to one study, the use of business aircraft can increase the time available to business travelers by at least 40 percent. That doesn't sound like much until you realise that 40 percent can:• Add two week...
NEW YORK: World stock indexes edged lower on Monday amid persistent investor concerns about slowing growth in China and the prospect of higher US interest rates, while oil prices rallied.Oil was up more than $2 a barrel, rebounding from early losses, as data showed contracting US production and OPEC willingness to talk with...
SHANGHAI: Chinese state media announced a slew of confessions on Monday following investigations into dramatic stock market fluctuations, including from a reporter who said he had spread false information that had caused "panic and disorder".An official from China's securities regulator, and four senior executives from Chin...
NEW DELHI: India's economy grew by a slower than expected 7.0 percent in the first quarter, official figures showed Monday, adding to pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speed up efforts to boost growth.Growth in the three months through June slowed to 7.0 percent year-on-year from 7.5 percent in the previous quarte...
RIYADH: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), received former Australian PM Bob Hawke, at his office in Riyadh.The meeting was attended by Heba Fatani, senior executive manager, corporate communications department; Hassna Alturki, executive manager for international relations to the chairman;...
SAN FRANCISCO: The waves of cash surfed relentlessly by some of Silicon Valley's largest venture-backed businesses are showing signs of receding amid concern the companies may already worth more than they're likely to be valued once they finally go public.Investors have created 132 privately held companies valued at $1 bill...
DUBAI: Most Middle East stock markets rose but closed well off their intra-day highs on Sunday and some edged lower as investors started selling into the region's rally, indicating sentiment was still shaky even after oil prices rebounded.Saudi Arabia's main Tadawul All-Share Index, which surged as much as 4.6 percent early...
DUBAI: The value of assets in the Islamic finance sector is expected to increase by 80 percent over the next five years, reaching $3.24 trillion in value by 2020, according to initial findings garnered from the upcoming State of the Global Islamic Economy (SGIE) report.The report, which is commissioned and supported by Duba...
 
 

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JEDDAH: The King Abdul Aziz Foundation will put on display next week a 500-year-old miniature manuscript, according to the SPA.
The manuscript is one of the oldest documents owned by the foundation.
The miniature, a decorative painting on a manuscript, will be displayed at an exhibition in Madinah along with many other local, Ottoman...

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What have you done with your social media accounts recently? Followed some news, exchanged jokes, or went through some gossip? Do not get upset, that is what most social media users do anyway, but there is another side of the coin — one can use social media in some creative ways as well.
Gissur Simonarson, an activist from Oslo, Norway, uni...

FASHION »

Does Hijab become an obstacle for a Muslim woman to express herself through fashion? Ask Saudi designer Nabila Nazer and she will whip out some of the trendiest and coolest looks for a modest, modern woman. She says the purpose of her fashion venture is to revive modest yet fashionable clothing among the young generations of Muslim women. Her po...

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When visiting London it’s natural to try and see all the iconic sights that are associated with the city. But it’s all too easy to miss out on the wonderful aspects of the capital that are not so widely known but which form part of its rich fabric. Towns outside the capital are also often over-looked.
So here is a guide to London and a near...

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Hot flashes are a sudden feeling of feverish heat, typically a symptom of menopause. Women who have hot flashes might experience some difficulty in sleeping because hot flashes, called night sweats, also occur in deep sleep.It’s not precisely clear what causes hot flashes. However, they’re most likely due to hormonal changes in the body. Some women barely notice hot flashes or consider them a minor annoyance. For others, the intensity may affect their quality of life in a rather negative way.“Hot flashes are a quick feeling of heat and sometimes a red, flushed face and sweating. It is not yet known what is the exact cause of hot flashes, but it might be related to changes in the female body...
Nothing says I love meat like a good burger. What’s not to love? A good grilled, well seasoned, fresh ground beef patty with perfect accommodating condiments and the perfectly rounded bun to finish off … perfect, right? Jeddah has seen its share of gourmet burger restaurants in the past few years, some are well within the limits of “acceptable”, others “not so much” and a handful of “superb” tasting burger joints. Forget the American franchises that are scattered all over the city, the newest burger joint to hit the restaurant scene has to be “Section B” burger. The creation of six young Saudis all sharing one love, obviously a really good burger! Men and their meat, right? Ironically, this...
RIYADH: A voluntary youth outreach group has issued a warning against the publication of any study that intends to promote smoking tobacco. The warning comes on the heels of a study published by a well-known wire agency and a foreign health agency saying that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco by 95 percent and should be promoted as a tool to help smokers quit smoking.But the volunteer youth group said that electronic cigarettes are very harmful and detrimental to health. It added that it is also the easy way to tobacco smoking.“Marketing of this and similar studies is alarming and must be addressed accordingly.Professionals must educate young people regarding such a study...

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LOS ANGELES: Taylor Swift was crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards as rapper Kanye West announced an improbable r...
MUMBAI: First it was Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan who was reportedly learning Urdu diction for his upcoming movie ‘Dishoom’. Now reports state that Aishwarya Rai will also be learning Arabic.Aishwarya-starrer ‘Jazbaa’ will be released internationally which is why director Sanjay Gupta wants to dub the film in various languages. Ash has taken up the challenge of learning Arabic and dubbing her own lines.“There are cuts of the film being readied, dubbed and released widely all across the UAE. It’s been dubbed in Arabic. We’re also dubbing it in other South American languages (Spanish and...
CAIRO: A respected news organization has come under fire after referring to human rights lawyer Amal Clooney as an “actor’s wife” in their coverage of a court case.The Associated Press tweeted an article about three Al-Jazeera journalists convicted of “spreading false news” and sentenced to prison in Egypt. They wrote: “Amal Clooney, actor’s wife, representing Al-Jazeera journalist accused in Egypt of ties to extremists.” Clooney is a barrister with Doughty Street Chambers, specializing in human rights law. She read law at the University of Oxford, before obtaining a postgraduate degree from...

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