RIYADH: Troops from around 20 countries were gathering in northern Saudi Arabia Sunday for “the most important” military maneuver ever staged in the region, the official news agency SPA reported.The “Thunder of the North” exercise involving ground, air, and naval forces sends a “clear message” that Saudi Arabia and its allies “stand united in confronting all challenges and preserving peace and stability in the region,” SPA said.Saudi Arabia is currently leading a military campaign against Iran-backed rebels in its southern neighbor Yemen. Last December, it also formed a new 35-member coalition to fight “terrorism” in Islamic countries.Sunday’s announcement also comes as the kingdom, a member of the US-led coalition targeting the jihadist Daesh group, said it has deployed warplanes to a Turkish air base in order to “intensify” its operations against Daesh in Syria.SPA did not specify when...
RIYADH: Switzerland has agreed to handle Saudi Arabia’s consular affairs in Iran, Foreign Minister A...
LONDON: Saudi-bashing has become the norm in British print media, with most newspapers indulging in...
RIYADH: Secretary-General Houlin Zhao of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Sunday presented the ICTs in Sustainable Development Award to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in Riyadh.The citation read that the award was in recognition of the king’s outstanding contribution to the field. Among those who attended the awards ceremonies were Minister of State and Cabinet member Musaed bin Al-Ai...
RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said Sunday that Russia’s efforts to support Syrian President Bashar Assad will not succeed in keeping him in power.Jubeir told a press conference in Riyadh that previous efforts to prop up Assad, including by Iran, had “failed.”“Now, (Assad) has sought the help of Russia, which will fail to save him,” he said, urging Moscow to “end its air operations against the moderate Syri...

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JEDDAH: Employees of the Education Office in Al-Daer governorate, Jazan, where seven people were gunned down on Thursday are in a state of shock and perplexed as to what prompted the attacker — a teacher — to take such an extreme step.The teacher, identified as Abdullah Al-Malki, has been arrested a...
RIYADH: No date has been set so far for the visit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to Moscow, the Saudi Press Agency said on Sunday, quoting a source at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Russia’s RIA news agency reported on Thursday that King Salman’s visit had been set in mid-March, citing Kremlin aide...
JEDDAH: Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir says if the Syrian political process fails, Bashar Assad will have to be removed “by force.”“I believe Assad is weak and I believe Assad is finished,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview in Munich, Germany.“Assad will leave — have no doubt about it. He will eit...
JAZAN: Saudi defense forces at the southern border shot down on Saturday a Scud missile that originated from Yemen and targeted Khamis Mushait where a major airbase is located, Al-Arabiya reported.Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told a security conference in Munich that the Kingdom “acted in Yemen to prevent a le...
RIYADH: Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh inaugurated this week a campaign tosafeguard Saudi society against bad influences.“The campaign seeks to immunize society in the Kingdom from deviant ideas as well as utter lies and heresies that could lead people off track,” the Grand Mufti said. The six-month campaign is bei...
MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman recently visited a number of ongoing developmental project sites in the Holy City, as part of his efforts to ensure that they meet the set standards and deadlines.During the visit, he said that all the sectors and companies involved in the projects have to abide by the time fra...
JEDDAH: The campaign to support Syrian refugees with all their needs is being carried out effectively, as per the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.The statement was made by Bader Al-Samhan, director of the Amman-based Saud...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Municipalities and Rural Affairs has ordered the allocation of separate sections for female members of municipal councils.This was announced by Jedaie Al-Qahtani of the ministry. “This is in implementation of Clause 107 of the 108 clauses of municipal council bylaws approved by the minister which req...
DAMMAM: The 9th Saudi Student Conference which is being held on Feb. 13-14 is sponsored by Umm Al-Qura University and hosted by the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. It was organized by the Scientific Society for Saudi Students in the UK (SSSSUK) with the collaboration of the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in...
RIYADH: Over the past 10 years, begging in the Kingdom has increased substantially, with the number of organized gangs of expatriate beggars increasing to 85 percent of the total number of beggars, according to Social Affairs Ministry Majed Al-Qassabi. The number of Saudi beggars decreased by 13 percent during 2015. Accordi...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Health said it expects its blood donation drive will received 450,000 milliliters (ml) of blood when the Janadriyah festival ends on Feb. 19.Khalid Ibrahim Zobaie, who supervises the blood donation project, said the drive is important since the Kingdom had earlier banned the importation of blood from...
JEDDAH: The Shoura Council’s decision to reduce working hours in the private sector from 48 hours to 40 hours per week would result in additional operational costs in the sector due to 30 percent higher wages for expat workers, according to Mansour bin Abdullah Al-Shathri, the head of the Saudi Committee for Labor Market Af...
RIYADH: The National Guard Ministry is studying the possibility of having two countries as guests of honor each year instead of one at the Janadriyah festival for culture and heritage, the Kingdom’s most prestigious annual festival.This was revealed by National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah in an exclusive interv...

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RIYADH: The Kingdom will not be affected economically by the ongoing regional problems due to its strong economy with large financial reserves, Said Al-Shaikh, group chie...
ALKHOBAR: Saudi Arabia’s government-owned fund Sanabil Investments has acquired a 20 percent stake in Ebrahim Mohammed Almana & Brothers Co, the owner of the Almana General Hospitals (AGH), a statement from one of the advisers said.No financial terms were disclosed in the statement from GIB Capital, the financial advise...
SINGAPORE: Southeast Asian airlines are likely to see “thin” profits for some time to come as competition from budget carriers and Middle East rivals squeezes earnings, the IATA chief said.The recent global stock market turmoil is also expected to take a toll on air travel, particularly in business class where full-service...
JEDDAH: Stock markets in the Middle East diverged to an unusual degree on Sunday, with Saudi Arabia and Egypt falling close to multi-year lows while other major Gulf bourses edged up.Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All-Share Index rose in early trade but closed 1.8 percent lower at 5,558 points in extremely volatile trade. It has im...
NEW YORK: Iran remains essentially off limits to US banks, despite the lifting of some US sanctions following the landmark Iranian nuclear deal.The Obama administration in mid-January eased several restrictions on doing business with Iran, including former “secondary” sanctions that had threatened to penalize companies outs...
DUBAI: The MENA region is expected to witness a 3.8 percent growth in GDP in 2016, revealed an Al-Masah Capital Limited Report titled ‘MENA Yearbook – 2016’. In contrast, the global economic growth prospects are somewhat modest with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organization for Economic Co-opera...
It is not the most exciting of times, economically speaking. Crude prices are spiraling down, hitting the lowest ‘per barrel’ price since 2003. Last year ended with clocking a deficit of $96 billion. This year too is set to match it, with an estimated $85 billion deficit. However, like our ministers and experts rightly say,...
ABU DHABI: Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI) said on Saturday oil prices could reach a range of $50 to $60 a barrel by mid-2017, the official state news agency and Reuters reported.The agency quoted the company’s top executive Bakheet Al-Rashidi as saying prices could reach the range of $60 to $80 a barrel in three years...
AMSTERDAM: Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem rejected calls for banking union regulations to be loosened after weeks of falling bank shares, saying new European bail-in rules had caused investors to look “more critically” at risks born by banks.Speaking on Dutch radio on Saturday, Dijsselbloem, who is also the Dutch fi...
LONDON: The prospect that US oil refiners might respond to rising stockpiles of refined fuels and weakening margins by cutting the amount of crude they process has roiled oil markets in recent days.There are already more than 500 million barrels of crude in storage at refineries, tank farms, pipelines and oilfields across t...
 

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People are sitting in a little room watching some films; for many of the viewers what they are seeing is quite a revelation. The highly creative short videos show a picture of the Gulf from a thought-provoking, fantastical and often very funny perspective. A message that shines through from a film called Pixels is how prejudice is universal and...

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NEW YORK: Apple Inc. is on target to introduce its next iPhone and iPad models on March 15, and aims to start selling the devices in the same week, technology blog 9to5Mac reported, citing sources.
Apple, which will introduce a new 4-inch iPhone, dubbed the “iPhone 5se,” and a new iPad Air at a launch event, is unlikely to take pre-orders f...

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The Middle East is now home to a number of world class accessories designers who are intuitively blurring the line between East and West and offering something unique that one can’t help but feel totally attached to. To put it mildly, their luxe creations are one-of-a-kind from all ends worthy of being put on display in a museum.
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For the fourth year in a row, Abu Dhabi organized it’s annual Qasr Al-Hosn Festival to celebrate the past and present glories of the UAE. It is truly a celebration of Emirati culture and heritage. The festival provides visitors and tourists an opportunity to learn more about the Emirati identity in a fun and informative way.
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RIYADH: Several government departments participating in a campaign to fight breast cancer in the Eastern Province will offer their recommendations to the Ministry of the Interior to include breast cancer checks for women aged 40 and above as part of the services covered by the civil affairs offices.The services usually offered by these offices across the Kingdom include issuing of national identity cards and their renewal, registration of new born babies, death registration, obtaining Haj permits, fingerprinting and re-issuance of lost documents for Saudi citizens.Dr. Salih Al Solouk, the general director of health affairs in the Eastern Province, said that the recommendation is expected to...
There are millions in this world today who suffer from insomnia. When sleeplessness moves beyond the normal range of a few days into weeks and months, you have a really serious problem afflicting you that requires express treatment. However, first you must have a basic understanding of insomnia and its different aspects. Insomnia is a common sleep complaint that occurs when you have one or more of these problems; You have a hard time initiating sleep, struggle to maintain sleep, waking up frequently during the night, tend to wake up too early and are unable to go back to sleep. Or your sleep is no restorative or has poor quality. These symptoms of insomnia can be caused by a variety of...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia joined the rest of the world in intensifying public awareness on cancer with activities spread over the week supporting the global cause that aims to save millions of lives every year by raising awareness and education about the disease, urging governments and individuals across the world to take action.Being a truly global event observed annually on Feb. 4th, World Cancer Day unites the whole world in the fight against cancer. The Kingdom joined the massive awareness campaign with the Ministry of Health observing cancer awareness week, ending on Wednesday.Under the auspices of Health Ministry, King Saud University (KSU), which is leading the vanguard in the Kingdom for...

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BERLIN: ‘Barakah yoqabil Barakah’ (Barakah Meets Barakah), a quirky Saudi comedy made by young independent filmmakers fr...
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky: Actress Jennifer Lawrence is donating $2 million to a Kentucky hospital where she visited sick youngsters during a recent holiday trip home.The Oscar winner, a Louisville native, announced by video Friday that she’s giving the money to establish the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Kosair Children’s Hospital in her hometown, The Courier-Journal newspaper reported.Lawrence says she and her family have met wonderful children at the hospital, and says their “strength and courage is inspiring.”She is urging others to match her gift.Hospital...
JERUSALEM: Palestinians are urging Oscar nominees to decline a free trip to Israel sponsored by the Israeli government.Tourism Ministry spokeswoman Lydia Weitzman says Israel is offering gratis ten-day luxury vacations to 26 stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon. Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said Sunday “their visit will have enormous resonance among millions of fans.”Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti says Israel is fighting “its increasing international isolation through bribes,” rather than by changing its policies.“There are no Hunger Games in Gaza but there...

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