BRUSSELS: NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the alliance’s chief said Wednesday.Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO’s air policing aircraft will fly more sorties over the Baltic region and allied ships will deploy to the Baltic Sea, the eastern Mediterranean and elsewhere if needed.“We will have more planes in the air, mores ships on the water and more readiness on the land,” Fogh Rasmussen told reporters in Brussels, declining to give exact troop figures.Moscow must make clear “it doesn’t support the violent actions of well-armed militias or pro-Russian separatists” in eastern Ukraine, he added.NATO’s eastern members — including Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Poland — have been wary following Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, demanding a more robust military det...
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AMMAN: Jordanian air force fighter jets destroyed a number of combat vehicles Wednesday as they tried to enter the kingdom from war-hit Syria by crossing the border, the army said.“Royal air force jets fighters today at 10:30 a.m. (0730 GMT) destroyed a number of vehicles that attempted to cross into Jordan from Syria,” the Jordanian army said in a statement.“The camouflaged vehicles tried to enter from an area with rugge...
A 20-member Pakistan government and business delegation met here on Tuesday with Saudi officials to forge ties in energy, agriculture, banking and finance, science and technology, and human resources.Khurram Dastgir Khan, Pakistani minister of trade and commerce, who is leading the delegation, also met with Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense.The two sides are meeting for the 10th session of the tw...

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Saudi Arabia called on the international community on Tuesday to take “stern and decisive action” against Syria amid growing criticism over the Syrian regime’s announceme...
The Ministry of Health will seek the assistance of international pharmaceutical companies and research institutions to produce an effective drug to fight against the coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which has affected 194 people in the Kingdom including 69 fatalities.During a meeting with Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah in J...
Prince Bandar bin Sultan has been removed from his position as chief of general intelligence upon his request, a Royal Court statement issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah said. Gen. Yousuf bin Ali Al-Idrissi, who is deputy intelligence chief, will take over as acting intelligence chief, the statement a...
The Labor Ministry on Tuesday announced extra measures to stop illegal visa trade and streamline the labor market. A senior official said Saudi sponsors involved in the business would be asked to pay fees and fines for illegals under their sponsorship before they are deported.“Expats who were allowed by their sponsors to wo...

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BETHLEHEM: A Palestinian woman died after inhaling tear gas used by Israeli troo...

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LONDON: Thousands gathered at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium on Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 of their fans died during an FA...
The maiden event of the Marine Sports by the Saudi coastguards kicked off in Jeddah on Monday. The 10-day event includes the participation of the Saudi Coast Guard, the Royal Navy personnel and other teams from across the Kingdom.“The spectacular Marine Sport event is aimed to enhance the water gaming spirit which will posi...
MONTE CARLO: Novak Djokovic stormed into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters as the defending champion won his 11th straight match of the season 6-1, 6-0 over Albert Montanes on Tuesday.The second seed is bidding for a trophy at his fifth straight Masters 1000 after ending last season as winner at Shanghai and Paris...
MELBOURNE: Melbourne Victory stunned Guangzhou Evergrande 2-0 Tuesday to halt the title-holders' progress to the AFC Champions League knockout rounds and leave all four teams in their group level on points with one game left.Marcello Lippi's attractive side had swamped Victory 4-2 in their earlier meeting, but goals in the...

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When artist Wael Shawky attended the 10th Sharjah Biennal in 2011 he became aware of something a little unsettling. This was the unintentional disconnect between the words being spoken by the art curators at the press conferences and a large part of the ‘community’ which the organizers declared it was their intention to reach. He not...

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: Parts of the world saw a rare celestial event on Tuesday when the Earth’s shadow fell across the moon, turning it orange.
The lunar eclipse unfolded over three hours beginning at about 2 a.m. EDT, when the moon began moving into Earth’s shadow. A little more than an hour later, the moon could be seen e...

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In the latest event to rock J-town's fashion scene, 15 fashion designers came together with their collections of trendy skirts, especially designed for the trunk show held at Libra Boutique.
The event gathered 12 Saudi designers along with two Kuwaiti designers who were looking to test the Saudi market with their designs.
“The idea of...

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Saudi Arabia has recovered 9,139 antiquities from United States citizens who used to work for Saudi Aramco.
The pieces were reclaimed in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Saudi embassy in Washington.
Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), announced the re...

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Wearing a face mask can reduce the risk of being infected by the coronavirus by more than 80 percent, Dr. Hana Bakhash, a consultant in infectious diseases and viruses at Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH) in Jeddah, told Arab News.“Residents are advised to maintain personal hygiene and wash their hands regularly, as well as avoid large crowds, especially at hospitals, commercial centers, malls and markets,” she said.Pharmacy owners have reported a boom in mask sales, with a 300-percent increase in a single week, indicating fear among locals that has only been exacerbated by rampant rumors on social networking sites.“I hardly used to sell any face masks in the past, but have sold more than...
Ehnaini cakes, burgers made with traditional Bahraini kebabs, and fries made with ancient aromatic spices are only some of the dishes you can enjoy at the Baiz coffee shop and restaurant in Alkhobar. Everything in the restaurant, from its name (Baiz is an old local term meaning a piece of cloth used to clean surfaces) to the dishes on the menu and the antique interior design uniquely blended with modernity, end up giving a feel of the traditions of the Eastern Province. Eman Al-Bagawi is the co-founder of the restaurant together with her cousin Fai Al-Shammari. She is a marketing graduate whose study has helped her market her project, especially through Instagram and Twitter. She then...
The late United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan traveled 7,000 miles to get there for his kidney transplant. For decades the Cleveland Clinic has provided health care to the upper echelons of Middle Eastern society who fly halfway across the world for treatment at the Ohio-based private medical center. Soon, they can skip the trip. Early next year the Cleveland Clinic plans to open an ultra-modern, 364-bed specialty hospital on Al-Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, one of the most ambitious forays into the oil-rich country by a US health care brand. The expansion comes as the Cleveland Clinic slashes hundreds of millions of dollars off its US operations to prepare for...

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SEOUL: US pop diva Lady Gaga is slated to perform at a summer music festival in South Korea, where her first show two ye...
MUMBAI: Actor Hrithik Roshan, who underwent brain surgery last year, is again suffering from “shin splints.” The 40-year-old complained of pain in the lower part of the leg that is from knee to ankle. Shin splints are common among runners and dancers. He took to Twitter seeking advise from his followers. “Does anyone out there have a solution or cure for shin splints? Been battling it all my life. Maybe Twitter has the answer. Let me know,” the actor, known for his dancing skills, tweeted Tuesday. He earlier shared with his Twitter followers that he danced for long...
LOS ANGELES: Katy Perry thinks selfies are a disease. The Roar hitmaker was enjoying her weekend at Coachella music festival in California when she was asked by a fan to take part in the recent craze — which has people posing for their own pictures while taking the photo themselves — but refused until her admirer also agreed to appear in the photograph with her. The star later wrote on Twitter: “Dear festival friends remember, selfing is a disease. (sic)" Katy was joined by stylist Johnny Wujek at Harper Bazaar’s private Shop Bazaar party at The Parker Palm...

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