Saudi Arabia and other GCC states have reportedly reached a major breakthrough toward ending their dispute with Qatar, also a member of the six-member group, having agreed on principles to overcome differences.Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah, who presided over a key GCC meeting in Jeddah on Saturday, gave the good news, but insisted that Doha implement the Riyadh Agreement to reach a final settlement.The move comes following a major diplomatic blitz launched by Saudi Arabia under the leadership of Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal when he visited Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE prior to the GCC meeting in Jeddah.“We have agreed on principles and criteria to overcome obstacles as soon as possible,” said Sheikh Sabah, the current president of the GCC Ministerial Council. The Kuwaiti foreign minister did not give a time frame for a final agreement and said: “Do not be...
ISLAMABAD: The much-vaunted Pakistan Army declared on Sunday that it was committed to protecting dem...
JERUSALEM: Israel announced Sunday it will expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land...
Turmoil across the Middle East, which has led to the death and displacement of millions of innocent people, will top the agenda of talks between Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, and top French officials in Paris on Monday.“The talks will be followed by a state dinner hosted by French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee palace,” Eric Giraud-Telme, French embassy spokesman, said here Sunday...
The Labor Ministry has slapped fines worth more than SR10 million on companies after its inspectors found 62,762 labor rule violations during raids carried out over the past nine months. In a report published Sunday, the ministry said its officials conducted more than 200,000 raids to nab violators of labor regulations.The ministry caught 9,597 people working with employers other than their sponsors, 3,427 violations rela...

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The holy city of Madinah has found a special place in World Economic Forum’s report of the global agenda council on competitiveness.The report, titled “The Competitiveness of Cities,” was released this month. It answers key questions, such as: Can an ancient religious city as sacred and unique as Ma...
Riyadh’s special criminal court has sentenced a Saudi preacher to five years in prison for praising and supporting terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State (IS), during an Eid sermon at a local mosque in Riyadh in August 2013. The defendant was also slapped with a five-year travel ban. The defendant was convicted of usin...
Political disturbances in Pakistan will not affect the country’s preparations for the coming Haj season, said Khayyam Akbar, charge d’affaires at Pakistani embassy, here Sunday. Akbar said arrangements to ensure the smooth travel of about 143,368 Pakistani pilgrims to Makkah and Madinah are on track.“All flights carrying pi...
Commerce Minister Tawfik Al-Rabiah refuted rumors via Twitter that there would be a hike in tobacco prices in the Kingdom.The Kingdom will, however, increase the specifications of tobacco products to minimize its harmful effects on smokers, the minister said on Saturday.The Kingdom joined the anti-tobacco agreement in May 2...
As many as 100,000 trainees took part in a training program organized by the Saudi Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) this year, a top official said on Sunday.The trainees, both boys and girls, enrolled in technical colleges and secondary industrial institutes, including Colleges of Excellence (CoE) and in...
Jeddah’s schools achieved a cent percent attendance rate on the first day of school, said Abdullah Al-Thaqafi, Jeddah education director.Perfect attendance was recorded at both girls and boys schools at the elementary, secondary and high school levels. Al-Thaqafi told Arab News that students showed up serious and ready for...
A group of journalists from Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries had a 30-minute familiarization tour and overview of Dubai aboard a Cessna 10-seater passenger seaplane on Aug. 27.“The flight on a bright day was exciting, enabling us to see the city below,” said Haitham Hashem, editor-in-chief of Saudi Shopper, a monthly Ar...
Local banks have not been given directives to freeze the accounts of foreign workers whose bank transactions are not proportionate to their wages, local media reported.The Ministry of Interior, the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution and courts are the only authorities that have the right to request the seizure o...
The Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) will hold a meeting this week with the chairmen of foreign engineers and architects’ groups at its headquarters in the Saudi capital.The meeting will serve as a venue for the chairmen of foreign groups to become acquainted and establish closer cooperation while working in the Kingdom.The...
Several residents in areas south of Jeddah have complained of the frequent power outages in their districts which are adding to their woes with the scorching summer temperatures where it is impossible to bear the heat without air conditioning.They said that they have suffered power cuts in their area from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00...
A leading member of the Indian community has called on the new consul general to help expedite the process of expanding the International Indian School-Jeddah (IISJ) to accommodate nearly 5,000 children who have nowhere else to go for education.Dr. M.S. Karimuddin, a well-known pediatrician and former chairman of the school...
The Indian Embassy has asked citizens living in the Kingdom to have machine-readable passports issued as soon as possible.The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will phase out non-machine-readable passports by Nov. 24, 2015, Surinder Bhagat, Indian Embassy spokesman, told Arab News on Saturday.“Foreign governm...
The Nazria Pakistan Trust (Pakistan Perspective Trust) organized a program to celebrate the Istehkam-I-Pakistan (Continuity of Pakistan) and paid tribute to its founder, Dr. Majeed Nizami, at a local restaurant in Jeddah on Thursday.The program was held with a lot of enthusiasm and participation from the Pakistani community...

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TEHRAN, Iran: Iran’s foreign minister said Sunday he is ready to meet his Saudi...

DUBAI: A Bahraini appeals court on Sunday upheld a controversial 10-year-jail te...

TRIPOLI: Libyan coast guards on Sunday found 15 bodies of sub-Saharan African mi...

ADEN: Suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed five Yemeni soldiers in two separate a...

MANILA, Philippines: Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a da...

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MOSCOW/ MARIUPOL, Ukraine: President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dramatically raise...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan vowed Sunday to protest “until...

KYOTO: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi toured the ancient Japanese city of K...

YANGON: Following an incomplete count due to ethnic conflicts in parts of the co...

DAKAR/PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria: The World Health Organization says it is treating...

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MADRID: A sluggish United States needed a strong final quarter to overpower Turk...

LONDON: Liverpool produce an irresistible performance to dismantle a toothless T...

NEW YORK: Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray stayed on course for a mouth-watering U...

BILBAO, Spain: A second-string US team started their basketball World Cup title...

ROME: Filippo Inzaghi got his tenure as AC Milan coach off to the best possible...

ECONOMY »

Saudi Arabia recorded a significant upswing in the value of awarded contracts during the second quarter of 2014 as it reached SR84.9 billion. It marked a strong rebound f...
Saudi Arabia’s benchmark the Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) closed at 11,112.12 and ended its Sunday’s trading up over seventy points or 0.63 percent. Its year-to-date return exceeded thirty percent.Micro cap index remained prominent, growing by 1.3 percent. Sectoral performance was tremendous, as all 15 sectors closed in t...
MOSCOW: The latest models gleam at the Moscow car show, but Russian sales have dropped because of the Ukraine crisis and the shine has gone off a key growth market.Hostesses in cocktail dresses and high heels fawn over the cars as they do every year, and sober-suited executives boast about the newest features, but the smile...
NEW DELHI: India is now better prepared to handle the impact of any US interest rate increase because of signs its economy is improving, the central bank chief said in an interview.Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said foreign funds were less likely to flow out of the Indian markets due to indications Asia’s th...
JEDDAH: Middle East funds are bullish on Saudi Arabia’s stock market despite concern it is getting richly valued, while they think the UAE has bottomed out after a volatile few months, a Reuters survey showed.The Saudi stock market index has jumped 13 percent since authorities announced in late July that they would open the...
FRANKFURT: Financial markets are looking to the European Central Bank to open the cash floodgates next week after consumer price data showed the 18-country eurozone is flirting with deflation, analysts said.Speculation is rising that the ECB’s decision-making governing council could signal plans for what is known as “quanti...
The relationship between China and the Gulf countries can only go one way. China’s future depends on the capacity of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to provide a steady flow of oil for the next decades, and the Gulf countries will not find an similar source of rising demand in the years to come. The deal announced in mid...
The economic environment is favorable for local businesses and the depreciation of currencies against the dollar will support a healthier trade balance, a local bank says in its report.The newly opened Letters of Credit (LC) represent consumer spending prospects as businesses import goods for future demand, the National Com...
NEW YORK: Is it time to cash out of stocks?The US market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed above 2,000 for the first time on Tuesday. With each record, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee.Plenty of experts think stocks are about to drop. But many o...
Mobily continues to foster its position of innovation and market leadership by the launch of Mobily Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Mobily. Mobily Ventures invests in high-tech startup companies in the telecommunication, IT, media and entertainment industries.The focus will be on early stage and growth stage...
NEW DELHI: India's fastest growth in over two years shows the economy is recovering, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Saturday, adding the robust expansion would help the government meet its ambitious fiscal deficit target.India's economy grew by a forecast-beating 5.7 percent in the first financial quarter, its best pace...
Qatar’s real estate prices continue to reach record highs. According to the Real Estate Price Index (REPI) published by the Qatar Central Bank (QCB) in Doha, average prices for land, commercial and residential properties in June 2014 stood 20 percent above their peak in September 2008. This could suggest a potential overhea...
QUITO: Ecuador is planning to create the world’s first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country’s existing currency, the US dollar, which the government cannot control.The virtual currency, which Central Bank officials say they expect will start circ...

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Norway has oil and gas. It is their bread and butter and so is the case with Sau...
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And So To Bed is an English lifestyle brand that is famous for their beautiful, luxury bedrooms that indulge, inspire, delight and excite and that offer a stylish quality investment with reassurance on value for money.
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As chic and pretty as her collection, Selina Farooqui is a new and promising designer in the Middle East.
Farooqui is a designer who imbibes the aesthetics of culture and luxury together in her collection.
It is a combination of royal colors, traditional embroidery and sophisticated designs that set her clothes aside from the competiti...

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MADRID: Revellers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo in Spain’s Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for “the world’s biggest food fight.”
Locals and visitors from as far afield as the United States and Japan crammed into the eastern town of Bunol as mushy tomatoes rained from the backs of trucks and flew in...

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Commerce Minister Tawfik Al-Rabiah refuted rumors via Twitter that there would be a hike in tobacco prices in the Kingdom.The Kingdom will, however, increase the specifications of tobacco products to minimize its harmful effects on smokers, the minister said on Saturday.The Kingdom joined the anti-tobacco agreement in May 2005.Saudi Arabia ranks fourth in the world for tobacco imports and consumption. More than 15 billion cigarettes, worth $168 million, are smoked by Saudis each year, according to figures released by the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Health Ministers Council.The minister stressed that decisions on price increases are taken by the GCC Finance Ministers Council.“The Kingdom has...
Patients and families have expressed outrage over the lack of resources available at Qatif Central Hospital to handle seizures arising from sickle cell anemia, a hereditary blood disorder that has killed 470 people at the hospital in a single year.Families have demanded that authorities intervene to make the disease more manageable.The issue has propelled patients, their families and doctors to launch online campaigns and establish groups on networking sites to discuss treatment, dosage and ways to reduce the frequency of seizures, in addition to holding awareness lectures on the disease.Qatif Central Hospital registered 443 deaths as a result of seizures, while 27 succumbed to the disease...
Although it has been a main element in the South American food scenario for many years, chia seeds gained popularity in the Western world only recently. It is also known as super food.Chia seeds are known as meramia in Arabic. The word chia is derived from the origin of these seeds, which is Mexico. It can be served with water, lemon and sugar as a traditional drink called “Chia Fresca”.Benefits of chia seeds:1. They suck up the water from the body, which is a perfect food for those who want to lose weight, especially in the stomach area.2. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants.3. Good source of calcium, phosphorus, manganese, copper iron, zinc, magnesium, molybdenum and niacin.4. They work...

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NEW DELHI: “Wizard of Oz” heroine Dorothy only had to click her ruby red slippers together and they would spirit her hom...
POCANTICO HILLS, New York: President Barack Obama on Saturday temporarily set aside the pressures of trying to calm the world’s trouble spots and assumed the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of his family’s longtime chef and friend.Chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner were tying the knot at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a farm-to-table restaurant, just north of New York City.Obama and Kass have a close relationship, which Obama highlighted earlier this month by spending several hours at dinner at Kass’ apartment amid the turmoil in Iraq, Ukraine and Ferguson, Missouri....
VENICE, Italy: Al Pacino made two trips up the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, with a pair of movies about aging, regret, giving up and letting go.But fear not — the actor says he’s not about to lower the curtain on his own career.Pacino plays a small-town Texas locksmith with a key for everything except his own unhappiness in David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn,” one of 20 films competing for the festival’s Golden Lion prize. And he’s an aging actor who has lost his mojo, and his grip on reality, in Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling,” screening out-of-competition at the...

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