The new appointments to the Cabinet announced by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman are aimed at ensuring a stable and secure country in the face of increasing threats in the region and elsewhere.This was the sentiment of ministers at their weekly Cabinet meeting chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday, said Adel Al-Toraifi, minister of culture and information. He said the king welcomed the new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, and Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy crown prince, second deputy premier and minister of defense, wishing them and the new ministers and officials every success in their new posts.The king also praised Prince Muqrin, former crown prince, and other princes and officials for their services to the nation, said Al-Toraifi.The Cabinet reiterated the importance of a fair price for both oil produ...
The Interior Ministry has said it has the right to revoke the visa of any expatriate and deport him...
US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for talks on regional conflict...
The coalition waging an air campaign against Houthi militia in Yemen is considering a truce to allow humanitarian relief, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said Monday.The Kingdom will consult members of the coalition on “finding specific areas inside Yemen... where all air operations will be paused at specific times to facilitate the delivery of aid,” Al-Jubeir said.The UN has repeatedly warned that Yemen faces a major hum...
The government plans to correct the status of Yemeni workers from May 10 until July 7, it was announced jointly by the Labor and Interior ministries on Monday.The announcement comes in the wake of a royal decree issued last week calling on the ministries to assist Yemenis living and working in the Kingdom, which includes a renewable six-month extension of their visit visas, permission to work, and an exemption from fines...

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, during the weekly Cabinet meeting on Monday, thanked the Interior Ministry for its efforts in “detecting and thwarting a number of terrorist plots” aimed at the country’s youth and other targets across the country.Such plots are set up by terrorist orga...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman met with French President Francois Hollande here on Monday and discussed the conflicts in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Libya besides other bilateral and regional issues. Later, the king hosted a banquet in honor of Hollande, who will attend the GCC consultative summit as guest of hon...
The Ministry of Haj has rejected as false reports claiming that the Kingdom now requires all Haj pilgrims to declare their sect before arriving in the country.The ministry said that it was the Pakistan Haj Ministry that has issued a form asking its pilgrims to declare their sect “for their own regulatory procedures,” accord...
Social networking sites were full of congratulatory remarks and farewells for the last three days, commenting on the royal decrees that resulted in crucial appointments.The remarks and comments commended the royal decisions and pledged allegiance to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman....
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) said most of the magicians it caught came from the African continent, adding that the number of Saudis who practice magic is small. This was revealed at a an awareness workshop held at Imam Mohammed bin Saud University in Riyadh last week. Ten gove...
The Madinah-based My Family Society (Osrati) has earmarked SR5 million for young men and women intending to marry in the first months of this year.In addition to cash, there were also awards in kind, it said.Osrati Chairman Abdul Bari Awadh Al-Thubaity said the subsides aimed to encourage marriage which is highly recommende...
Saudi Aramco’s largely young work force seeking new oil and gas sources around the country have been excelling in tough environments.In the desert of Khurais at 11:30 p.m. recently, Saudi Aramco’s work teams drilled to depths of between 7,000 and 13,000 feet. It was a major challenge that they completed successfully.Safety...
Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman will open the 5th International Enviro Cities Conference 2015 on Tuesday.The conference is being organized by the Madinah Municipality, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), Dubai Municipality, Taibah University and Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT) and A...
Manipulation by private sector companies have resulted in 2.5 million Saudi workers being covered by fake medical insurance policies, the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance has revealed. The council said some private companies ignore employment standards that guarantee workers’ rights. Mohammed bin Salman Al-Hussein, C...
The Indonesian government has now cited lower wages as the reason for not sending housemaids to the Middle East, but the fact remains that the country's leader is against Indonesian women working as domestic workers abroad. “The report about the decision to continue with blocking maids from traveling to the Middle East is t...
Ilias Andronikos Klouvatos, charge d’affaires at Greek Embassy, Riyadh— Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most? Its natural beauty and the warmth of its people. Your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word? Alhamdulillah and Insha’Allah. — Which book is by your bedside these days? Books by Mark Mazower. — Y...
Over 30 percent of workers providing food services to Haj and Umrah pilgrims in Makkah and Madinah do not have health certificates, a field study conducted by the Saudi Food and Drugs Authority (SFDA) has revealed.According to the study, 28 percent and 4 percent of eatery workers in Makkah and Madinah respectively do not po...
Acquiring a farm for raising cows and goats changed a Saudi woman’s life. She has become the proud owner of a factory which produces natural cheese, the first in the Kingdom. Today, she makes 16 different types of cheese in addition to low-calorie biscuits. She is also preparing to make natural jams in addition to special p...

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DOHA: France and Qatar signed a 6.3 billion euro ($7.02 billion) deal on Monday...

JERUSALEM: Israel inflicted “massive and unprecedented harm” to Palestinian civi...

JERUSALEM: Israel’s foreign minister dealt a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Net...

TEHRAN: Hairstyles of a spiky and unorthodox nature have reportedly been banned...

DAMASCUS: Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front claimed responsibility on M...

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GARLAND, Texas: Police and FBI on Monday searched the Arizona apartment of one o...

NAIROBI, Kenya: The United States said Monday it will give $45 million to help K...

LONDON: Britain’s deputy prime minister and leader of the centrist Liberal Democ...

DOHA: Taleban militants meeting Afghan officials in Qatar reiterated their hard-...

LAHORE: A Pakistani election tribunal on Monday unseated the country’s railways...

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MADRID: Carolina Wozniacki of Denmark powered her way past Christina McHale of t...

ATLANTA: The well-rested Washington Wizards shook off injury scares for Bradley...

MUNICH: Andy Murray won the first clay-court title of his career when he saw off...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: West Indies defied the odds and a wearing pitch to complet...

LAS VEGAS: Heading into the much hyped ‘Fight of the Century’, Floyd Mayweather...

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CAIRO: Canada’s Bombardier Inc. and Egypt’s Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors will build a $1.5 billion monorail near Cairo, Egypt’s housing minister said.The 52k...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) and an accompanying delegation, visited the Republic of Cyprus. During the visit, Prince Alwaleed met with President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus at the Presidential Palace. During the meeting, President Anastasiades and Prince Alwaleed discussed a number...
“We have always seen Saudi Arabia in our domain as a leader and our technology is meant specifically for our Saudi customers,” says the CEO of Belgian Newtec, a specialist in satellite communications system design and integration.Newtec’s CEO Serge Van Herk made the observation on the sidelines of the company’s 30th anniver...
LEDE: From the use of feathers in attempts to mimic avian flight, to the cutting edge composites used to build many of today’s sophisticated aircraft, the evolution of materials used to make manned flight a reality articulates the progression of aviation itself. One of aviation’s earliest pioneers, the great Arab polymath,...
NEW YORK: McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook says he’s stripping away layers of bureaucracy so the company can move faster to keep up with changing tastes.During a 23-minute video message posted online, Easterbrook said the company’s structure is too “cumbersome” and that it can no longer afford its “legacy structure.”“The re...
The Capital Market Authority (CMA) laid down final rules on Monday for the long-awaited opening of its SR2.16 trillion stock market to foreigners. The reforms have generated huge foreign interest with Saudi stock market’s Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) rising 17.44 percent so far this year, the best performer among seven ma...
DUBAI: Egypt will attract about 20 percent more visitors this year compared with 2014, the tourism minister said, as the holiday sector recovers after four years of political upheaval, violence and street protests.About 2.15 million tourists visited the country in the first quarter, up 6.9 percent from a year ago, Khaled Ra...
DUBAI: The number of visitors to Dubai rose 8.2 percent to 13.2 million in 2014, helped by easier entry rules, more business conferences and an expanding entertainment and retail sector, its tourism chief said.The emirate should achieve similar growth this year, and expects to hit its target of 20 million visitors a year by...
RIYADH: A regulatory drive to reduce the volatility around initial public offers of shares is bolstering the Saudi funds sector and also creating an opportunity for international investors to sidestep the Kingdom's foreign ownership restrictions.With Saudi Arabia about to open its $575 billion stock market to direct foreign...
NEW YORK: Dow Chemical said it would slash about 3 percent of its global work force as a result of its deal to hive off chlorine activities into a new company.The Dow Chemical Company said the layoffs will affect 1,500 to 1,750 jobs. It also announced “minor” adjustments to certain manufacturing facilities, including shutti...
Minister of Finance Ibrahim Al-Assaf will be the first in a series of distinguished speakers at the Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference this week, which takes place at the Al Faisaliah Hotel from May 5-6.In his keynote remarks, he will outline the policies and strategies that have supported Saudi Arabia’s significant growth o...
The third annual Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2015 opened in Jeddah on Sunday, to thousands of hospitality professionals from throughout the Kingdom and beyond.Being held with the support of Prince Abdullah bin Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saud, chairman of the Tourism Committee, at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events, the three-day...
WASHINGTON: Cisco Systems said that CEO John Chambers, who built the company into a global networking power, will become executive chairman and be replaced as CEO by Chuck Robbins.Chambers, CEO since 1995 and board chair since 2006, oversaw the company’s growth from a modest tech company to a global giant with nearly $50 bi...

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In November 1993, I was on a mission. At the age of 21, I wanted to change the w...
The Obama administration’s relationship with Iran has echoes of schizophrenia. U...
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Ziad Yamani is a young designer who studied art, painting and sculpture. His passion for design made him carve out a niche for himself in this field. His work is characterized by intimacy, courage, flexibility and tranquility, just like his personal nature.
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MUMBAI: Facebook Inc. opened up its Internet.org platform to new websites and applications from developers on Monday, a move the social media giant said would boost efforts to get people online in low-income and rural areas in emerging markets.
However, the decision drew criticism from some online activists in India who expressed concern ov...

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Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead cells from the surface of the skin to make it look healthier, radiant and younger looking.
It helps prevent and control acne breakouts and removes early abnormal cells that go on to form precancerous growths. It also helps other skincare ingredients penetrate better into your skin as well...

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The sea sports festival, entitled ‘Challenge & Fun’, has been kicked off at the Al-Fanateer waterfront in Jubail Industrial City.
The eight-day event has been organized by the Royal Commission for Jubail (RCJ) in coordination with the social services department. It includes over 20 aqua games for all age groups, as well as various compe...

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There are 120,000 autism cases in the Kingdom and efforts are on to establish a research center, Director General of Health Affairs in the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Shaibani, has said. In the research paper, presented by him on the occasion of International Autism Day, Al-Sheibani said the EP has 16.6 percent with 20,000 cases.He said the health affairs in the EP have prepared special mechanisms to discover autism in children aged between one year and three years to follow them up and subject them to specialized international treatment programs. Studies have proved that early discovery doubles chances of recovery, he said.Al-Shaibani said that coordination is under way with the King Fahad...
Seventy-five percent of Saudi population will be obese by 2020 if no preventive steps are taken, a study has warned.The research, conducted by Nasser Al-Salem Al-Qahtani, as a Ph.D. thesis at an Australian university, has focused on causes of obesity among intermediate and secondary school students in Riyadh.According to the findings, obesity has increased by 50.6 percent among teenagers in both rural and urban areas, with urban areas accounting for 59.4 percent and rural 36.9 percent.The researcher cited a number of factors linked to obesity and over-weight, including the presence of a driver with family, daily consumption of soft drinks, watching TV and using computers and other...
In the last episode, Part 4, I spoke about some of the effects of coconut oil as well as the controversy going around it. Because lauric acid is a saturated fatty acid in coconut oil, mainstream medicine claims it to be a harmful saturated fat to the cardiovascular system. On the other hand, its proponents attack the flawed research done in the 1990s on hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated coconut oil and not the virgin oil. Besides, not all saturated fats act the same way in the body, especially since coconut oil is of plant origin. Avocado oil (monounsaturated fatty acid) was maligned, too, for sometime, until scientific research exonerated it. Now, it is lauded for its heart healthy...

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LONDON: Prince William and his wife Kate have named their two-day-old baby Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and she will be kno...
LONDON: Comedian turned political activist Russell Brand has changed his mind and is no longer urging people not to vote in Thursday’s general election.Instead, Brand on Monday used his YouTube channel to urge his more than 1 million subscribers to back the Labour Party’s Ed Miliband.He said the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister David Cameron must be stopped. The last minute conversion may influence young voters who have read Brand’s recent best-selling book “Revolution” and embraced his YouTube complaints about big business.The long-haired comedian has campaigned for London tenants...
LOS ANGELES: Superhero sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron” scored the second biggest North American box office opening of all-time but failed to eclipse the record set by its 2012 predecessor, industry estimates showed Sunday.The latest big-screen offering based on the iconic Marvel comics characters raked in a staggering $187.7 million in its first weekend, figures from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations showed.However it fell short of surpassing the record $207.4 million opening posted by “The Avengers” three years ago.Analysts said Saturday’s crowded schedule of sports events — which...

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