RIYADH: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holdings, has announced that his entire $32 billion fortune would be donated to charity after his death.The prince told reporters at his offices in Riyadh on Wednesday that he would move his assets to the Alwaleed Philanthropic Foundation over the coming years.The prince said the money would help “build bridges to foster cultural understanding, develop communities, empower women, enable the youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more tolerant and accepting world.”He added: “It is a commitment without boundaries. A commitment to all humankind.”His son Prince Khalid and daughter Princess Reem were also present at the event. They would run the foundation after his death.Prince Alwaleed is the 20th richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He said the decision was modeled on the work of the Bill and Melind...
MADINAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman arrived in Madinah on Tuesday accompanied by...
JEDDAH: The Council of Ministers has condemned the terrorist attacks in Kuwait, France, Tunisia and...
BEIRUT: Fighters from a Syrian insurgent group appear to have killed more than a dozen Daesh captives with gunshots to the head, according to a video posted online on Wednesday, which evoked a similar style to the extremist group’s own footage.The insurgents from a group known as Islam Army are shown wearing orange jumpsuits and leading a group of alleged Daesh (Arabic acronym for Islamic State) fighters dressed in black...
EL-ARISH, Egypt: Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, security and military officials said.The coordinated morning assaults in Sinai came a day after Egypt’s president pledged to step up the battle against Islamic militants and two days after the country’s...

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JEDDAH: Unofficial marriage is a refuge for a divorced mother to lead a married life while keeping her children in her custody but without the knowledge of the former husband who could demand the custody of the children if he learned about the ex-wife’s marriage.Rehab. M, said that since her divorce...
JEDDAH: The Saudi Traffic Department has denied that it is introducing new license plates for cars.It said hackers posted pictures of the supposedly new license plates on its Twitter account on Sunday. The department said the news, which went viral, was not true. In a statement posted on several social media sites on Monday...
JEDDAH: The father of the suicide bomber who blew himself up in a mosque in Kuwait has blamed “evil” forces for his son’s behavior.Sounding confused and sad, Sulaiman Al-Gabbaa, the father of Fahad Al-Gabbaa, said: “An evil hand has sent my son to his death.” Al-Gabbaa said he was shocked to hear on television that his son...
JEDDAH: The Al-Haramain Train project is described as the largest public transportation project in the Middle East. This vital and strategic project is one of the implementation schemes of the mass expansion of the Saudi railway across the country.The project’s importance stems from many considerations, primarily the increa...
JEDDAH: The number of marriages between expatriates and Saudis has dropped 84 percent to 1,928 since the start of this Islamic year that began on Oct. 24, compared to the same period the previous year.The Ministry of Justice said that there were 12,000 marriage contracts between Saudi nationals and foreigners in the Kingdom...
JEDDAH: The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) launched the idea of a project called Watani to link all parts of the Kingdom by air by beefing up activities at important provincial airports.Capt. Abdul Hakim Badar, assistant vice president at GACA, said the project aims to link airports by providing more seats for...
JEDDAH: Makkah’s health department has set up a committee to verify the sick leave certificates of employees.The department stated it would apply government regulations on sick leave, which includes people providing the address of the facilities where they received their certificates.If employees do not abide by these rules...
RIYADH: The directorate of roads and transport has registered 20 cases of violations worth SR24,500 in Al-Qassim, where the transport ministry continued its surveillance drive against the companies in the transport business.According to the directorate, the action was being taken to ensure that these companies abide by the...
RIYADH: The implementation of an integrated health plan to combat MERS has resulted in a sharp drop in cases, with only one out of 736 samples testing positive for the contagion in the Kingdom in the last six days. Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Khalid Al-Mirghalani said that a Rapid Response Team has been deployed to atten...
RIYADH: Muslims must cut traditionally high electricity use during Ramadan in line with the principles of austerity and self-control they are supposed to adopt in this month, economists say.Economist Al-Sadeq Idris said energy use increases during Ramadan because people use air-conditioning more during the day and light bul...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry will begin next Tuesday to check whether companies are complying with new laws requiring them to place proper price labels on all their products.It is mandatory for companies to stop using phrases such as “Prices starting from ...” There are fines of up to SR100,000 for each tim...
RIYADH: Minister of Islamic Affairs Saleh Al-Asheikh chaired the first meeting with Yemeni scholars to exchange ideas on how to strengthen their role in restoring peace in their country.The first Saudi-Yemen scholars meeting, dubbed the “outreach scholars program,” at the ministry’s headquarters here, discussed the tragic e...
RIYADH: To cope with the growing number of applicants (boys and girls) at technical colleges that reached 126,023 last year, a state-run organization launched an online unified portal to ease the enrolment procedures.According to the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) spokesman Fahd Al-Otaibi , there was...

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KUWAIT: Kuwait has arrested two police officers as part of a security crackdown...

BEIRUT: Daesh terrorists have threatened to turn the Gaza Strip into another of...

CAIRO: An Egyptian police raid on an apartment in Cairo killed nine wanted men i...

BEIRUT: Fighters from a Syrian insurgent group appear to have killed more than a...

EL-ARISH, Egypt: Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous...

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GENEVA: A record 137,000 people made the perilous journey across the Mediterrane...

TUAL, Indonesia: All he did was ask to go home. The last time the Burmese slave...

GENEVA: The United Nations rights chief on Wednesday urged Nigeria to show compa...

KABUL: An Afghan Army general has been arrested by police for trafficking around...

MONROVIA: Liberia said Wednesday a teenager who died of Ebola fever had spread t...

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NEW YORK: NBA free agency opened with Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard agreeing t...

LONDON: Porto agreed to sell their Colombia striker Jackson Martinez to Atletico...

MUMBAI: Ajinkya Rahane admits he was stunned to be named India captain for their...

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WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department said it is investigating some airlines over “possible unlawful coordination.”There was no mention of which airlines were covered in...
JEDDAH: Saudi bank credit to the private sector recorded a monthly acceleration in May following a slowdown in each of the previous four months, according to a report.The government also maintained support for development with an elevated level of spending in May, stated the Saudi Chartbook for July 2015 from Jadwa Investme...
BRUSSELS: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has vowed to push ahead with a controversial bailout referendum despite pressure from European leaders, and urged creditors to accept a fresh reform offer by Athens.Hours after Greece became the first advanced economy to default on the IMF, the leftist leader used a televised ad...
NEW YORK: Oil prices slumped, with US crude headed for its sharpest daily loss since late May, after the first rise in crude stockpiles in the US in more than two months.The dollar’s rally on Greece’s debt default, Iran’s renewed efforts to reach a nuclear deal with the West to freely resume its crude exports, and signs of...
SINGAPORE: Financial markets around the world will open on Wednesday with a tinge of apprehension, not just because of developments in Greece or China, but because of an extra second.A “leap second” is being added to the world’s clocks at midnight GMT on Tuesday, which could test the extremely sensitive trading systems of t...
JEDDAH: Net foreign assets at Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency fell to SR2.521 trillion ($672.2 billion) in May, down by $6.6 billion or 1.0 percent from the previous month as the kingdom continued to draw down reserves to cover a budget gap caused by cheap oil.Assets dropped by 8.1 percent from a year earlier to their lowest...
BRUSSELS: The European Union said it had struck a deal to abolish mobile phone roaming charges in 2017, ending fees that are loathed by millions of holidaymakers and business travelers across Europe.The agreement will end the frustration of EU citizens on holiday or abroad for business who face steep charges for using their...
LONDON: Oil prices are likely to be stable for the rest of this year and climb in 2016 and 2017 as global demand picks up, shrugging off setbacks from the Greek debt crisis and the possible lifting of sanctions on Iran, a Reuters poll forecast on Tuesday.The monthly survey of 31 analysts showed North Sea Brent crude is expe...
TOKYO: Suzuki Motor Corp’s 85-year-old CEO Osamu Suzuki named his eldest son as the new president of Japan’s fourth-biggest automaker, easing investor concerns over the firm’s succession plan and boosting the company’s shares by more than 5 percent.Executive Vice President Toshihiro Suzuki took over the role from his father...
TOKYO: Troubled Japanese electronics maker Sharp is in “selective default” ratings agency S&P said, the latest blow to the one-time giant as it struggles to repair a tattered balance sheet.The move comes after Sharp announced that it was issuing preferred securities to its main lenders, instead of repaying loans that we...
BRUSSELS: Shale output in the US will prove resilient to low oil prices likely to be prolonged by the prospect of half a million barrels per day of Iranian crude making its way back to the market, BP’s chief economist said.Talks in Vienna between world powers trying to end sanctions on Tehran in return for limits on Iran’s...
TOKYO: Shares in Sony plunged 8.25 percent on dilution fears after the Japanese electronics giant announced plans to raise $3.6 billion through stock and bond sales.The stock closed at 3,461.5 yen on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, down 8.25 percent from the previous day, while the benchmark index ended up 0.63 percent.The compan...
DUBAI: Abu Dhabi’s new financial free zone, which aims to become a top banking center for the region, took a step toward opening for business by issuing draft laws covering fund management, market operations, information disclosure and enforcement of its rules.The drafts will be available for public comment over a six-week...
 
 

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In a vast basement area of the University of Westminster in Central London is a small piece of Saudi Arabia. The underground space houses AmbikaP3 art gallery which recently showcased the degree work of final year art students. Among the graduates was Wejdan Reda, who curated an exhibit called ‘Exclusion’ featuring the work of four contemporary...

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PARIS: After billions of years of solitary travel through cold, dark outer space, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has recently yielded many secrets, often surprising ones, to the prodding of Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft.
As the probe drew closer and got a better view, ground teams were amazed to discover their target had a weird rubber-ducky...

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Countries in the Middle East may be changing in terms of technology and development. However, when it comes to making a fashion statement, these countries including Saudi Arabia allude back to traditional and cultural trends, which are increasingly becoming popular today. Saudis and Arabs are proud and hospitable people, and they take due pride...

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A cultural melting pot, a dynamic metropolis, a history hub, an edgy cosmopolitan zone, an architect’s dream and a foodie’s delight; these descriptions feature in almost every ‘traveler’s guide to Melbourne’ in existence. And that’s not even the half of it! Located in the state of Victoria in the southeast corner of Australia, Melbourne is a cit...

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Ramadan is that time of the year when most people go back to their roots in terms of their traditions, clothing, culture and food. You find long queues in front of small, local restaurants that sell ful (mashed fava beans) and tameez (Afghani flatbread) before iftar as well as suhoor.AlAyoubi Restaurant, which opened recently, celebrates authentic Hijazi cuisine with recipes that go back to the older generations. The restaurant provides a traditional iftar experience and an extensive range of Arabic delicacies, including Arabic coffee, dates, ful, balilah, and international offerings along with Ramadan beverages and Hijazi culinary masterpieces.The restaurant is located in north Jeddah,...
Last week, I described to you our 24-hour daily cycle, which regulates our biological clock. I also explained the two phases of sleep (the slow-wave sleep and REM sleep) and how each type impacts the body and brain. Slow-wave sleep, which is the profound sleep, occurs around midnight and lasts for about two hours. This type of deep sleep is critical for rebuilding the body from wear and tear; boosting the immune system; repairing cells, neurons, tissues, bones, muscles, wounds, and breaks; and does whatever else is needed for repair. This short sleep is vital for the regeneration and restoration of the body physiologically. New-borns, children, adolescents, athletes, and active people...
RIYADH: Medical studies and research for new methods in the treatment of chronic diseases suggests that fasting could help combat cancer and boost effectiveness of treatment.Scientists doing research on the positive aspects of fasting discovered that it triggers stem cell regeneration and combats cancer.Dr. Mashhor Al-Hantoushi, who heads the health and therapeutic affairs department at the Ministry of Health, told Arab News on Monday: “Medical research studies found that fasting could slow the growth of breast cancer, melanoma skin cancers, glioma brain cancer and neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in the nerve tissue.”Replying to a question on whether fasting could make chemotherapy more...

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LOS ANGELES: As regulars at a local farmer’s market, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and their three young children looked...
SAN FRANCISCO: Kim Kardashian says the large number of selfies she posts on social media empowers her to control her public image, but also contributes to her being viewed by some as an object.The reality TV star talked briefly about how women are portrayed in the media during a Tuesday night appearance in San Francisco hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California.Kardashian allowed that while other people might regard her constant posing in front of a camera as degrading, it doesn’t matter as long as she is happy with the results.During an hour-long Q&A before an adoring audience that...
KARACHI: Renowned Pakistani TV host Shaista Lodhi has entered into wedlock for the second time, which she disclosed on Tuesday on her official Twitter handle, ARY News reported.Shaista who after enjoying years of celebrity-status had stirred a controversy during the morning show she hosted on May 15, 2014.The episode drew public wrath and the anchorperson was charged with blasphemy, forcing her to leave the country.Shaista since then kept herself away from public.However, the 43-year-old diva today took to Twitter and disclosed her second marriage.She shared a translated verse from the Holy...

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