OTTAWA, Ontario: A gunman shot and wounded a Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country’s capital Wednesday, then entered Parliament, where numerous shots rang out, police and witnesses said.People fled Parliament by scrambling down scaffolding erected for renovations, witnesses said. Others were in lockdown. Police with rifles and body armor stood guard outside and blocked the normally bustling streets leading to Parliament.Ottawa police Constable Marc Soucy said it was unclear whether there was more than one shooter.The attack came two days after a recent convert to Islam killed one Canadian soldier and injured another in a hit-and-run before being shot to death by police. The killer had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey.Canada had raised its domestic terror th...
Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh says that the enemies of Islam are using soc...
An alarming 150 to 200 percent increase in cancer rates is expected by 2030 within the GCC states. T...
MURSITPINAR, Turkey: Kurdish fighters defending Syria’s border town of Kobani held out against the Islamic State group Wednesday, anxious for relief as Iraq’s Kurdish parliament was set to vote on sending reinforcements.Backed by air strikes from a US-led coalition, the Kurds have been defending the town on the Turkish border against a fierce IS offensive for more than a month.After initially losing ground to the jihadist...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah gets a warm welcome on arrival in Riyadh from Jeddah on Tuesday in the presence of Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and defense minister; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, state minister and commander of the National Guard; and Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. (SPA)

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The government has announced that it would soon make it mandatory for buildings to have thermal insulation in 24 major cities to save on rising energy costs.Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb made the announcement on Tuesday at the opening of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Fo...
A Saudi teacher has crossed regional borders to reach the United States to start her own program of spreading the culture and traditions of Saudi society. Bushar Abu Saleh, a teacher at Al-Jubail Intermediate School, has started implementing a program to spread Saudi culture among Americans. She launched her program a few d...
A Syrian woman academic who taught jurisprudence and Islamic economics at Dammam University has joined the IS radical group, which is also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to recent local media reports.Eman Mustafa Al-Bugga reportedly stated on Twitter that she had left behind a comfortable life an...
An Indian expat was killed by a fellow worker in the Northern Borders region in a dispute over the grazing of sheep.According to the victim’s family, Naushad Fakaria came to work as a driver but discovered that he would have to work as a shepherd in the arid desert near the regional capital, Arar.They allege he was duped in...
A recent survey conducted by the Public Opinion Survey Unit in King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue found that 66.7 percent of the 1,000 participants from the Kingdom had house-maids.The survey also found that 87.2 percent of the Saudi families participating in the polls said that they had private chauffeurs.In anoth...
Saudis have not shown an affinity to having their holidays on cruise ships, according to government tourism operators from Oman, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.The representatives are from Oman’s Ministry of Tourism, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA-Abu Dhabi) and Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)...
The Ministry of Labor, in a nation-wide operation, has booked 197 irregularities in retail shops and arrested 223 workers who were working illegally in these outlets.Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labor for Inspection and Developing Work Environment Abdullah Abu Thunaiyan said that the operations were carried out in seve...
During the Shoura Council’s session on Monday, members of the council accused those in charge of the “Hadaf” program under the Ministry of Labor of wasting millions of riyals on systematic errors in Saudi Aramco’s sales saying that these errors had been proven by the performance indicators of the Human Resources Development...
Authorities in Jeddah began repairing over 300 potholes, ditches and cracks across the city last month, said a spokesman for the city’s municipality.Mohammed Al-Baqmi, spokesman for Jeddah Municipality, said work is being carried out to repair roads in districts across Jeddah, including the Al-Marwa, Al-Mahmadia, Al-Rawda a...
Mervat Tashkandi, adviser to the Labor Minister, revealed that the ministry is working in collaboration with several ministries to issue special labor cards for people with disabilities through the “Tawafok” program. The move has come to counter the phenomenon of major construction companies hiring able-bodied persons false...
A US prosecutor in Cookeville, Tennessee, has leveled murder charges against a Saudi scholarship student, Marwan Hinnawi, 20, for deliberately knocking down his fellow scholarship student Mohamed Badi, 22, Sabq.com online paper said.Badi reportedly died early last Saturday as a result of injuries sustained from being knocke...
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has seized more than 15,000 fake consumer products from various stores in Jeddah in a major crackdown to ensure that consumers were getting the genuine item. The fake items included handbags, watches, perfumes and cosmetics. Officials have been called in for investigations and legal act...
Agricultural researchers and experts interested in the Saudi date industry have recommended that Madinah dates be stamped with a logo to differentiate them from other dates and curb the phenomenon of fraud and sale of dates claimed to be from the Prophet’s city.This came in an introductory meeting held recently by the Cente...

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ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticized as “wrong...

CAIRO: A bomb exploded outside Egypt’s largest and most prominent university in...

BAGHDAD: Classes started a month behind schedule Wednesday in many areas of Iraq...

JERUSALEM: Attackers on Egypt’s Sinai peninsula opened fire on Israeli soldiers...

SANAA: Al-Qaeda militants and Shiite rebels have fought a bloody battle in centr...

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WASHINGTON: A TV news cameraman treated for Ebola was ready to go home Wednesday...

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio: A US man detained for nearly half a year...

BERLIN: Germany called on Wednesday for closer examination of allegations that U...

STRASBOURG: European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Cong...

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Days after Nigeria’s military raised hopes with the announce...

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri: Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudd...

MANILA: Everything was going well for debuting reigning Grand Slam champion Pure...

Lifebuoy bowling team made an impressive start to the Thursday League 12th Conf...

Talented Filipino young golfer Christer Rem Sibug was back in winning mode after...

FRANKFURT, Germany: The Champions League returned on Tuesday with a 40-goal bona...

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SEATTLE: Microsoft Corp looks set to ditch the Nokia name from its Lumia range of smartphones just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business.According to...
The Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC) is taking part in the industrial investment forum in Al-Qassim.The forum, being held with the support of Al-Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, was organized by GOIC in collaboration with the Unaizah Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and MISC Group of Advisor...
Abdulla Fouad Group (AFG) has announced the acquisition of a number of oil and gas joint ventures, agencies and facilities from the Shoaibi Group (SG) to expand its presence in serving the Saudi Arabian energy market. AFG has successfully reached an agreement with the SG to acquire, subject to certain consents and regulato...
NEW YORK: US aerospace giant Boeing reported higher quarterly earnings and raised its full-year profit forecast for the third quarter in a row on increased commercial aircraft deliveries.Earnings for the third quarter came in at $1.36 billion, up 17.6 percent from the year-ago period.Key drivers included a jump to 186 comme...
Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara), now building the largest chemical complex in the world constructed in a single phase, recently headlined the Gulf region’s first forum focused on ethylene: The Ethylene Middle East Technology 2014 (EMET) Forum.The forum, which was held in Bahrain between Oct. 19-21, with the support of Shai...
JEDDAH: The Umm Wual phosphate project in northern Saudi Arabia, concerned with the conveyance of the country’s rich deposits of phosphates, is currently being implemented on behalf of Maaden (Saudi Arabian Mining Company).The deposits will, among other things, be processed to produce NPK and DAP fertilizers. To this end, M...
ZURICH: Swiss engineering group ABB reported a surge in orders from the energy industry in the third quarter, but warned of headwinds from the slowing global economy.The volume of new orders surged almost a quarter over the period, helped by large contracts in the energy infrastructure, oil and gas industries.But net profit...
DUBAI: Abu Dhabi's Aldar Properties will launch a few new projects in the next three to four months, the real estate developer's chief financial officer said.Aldar, Abu Dhabi's largest property company and majority-owned by the emirate's government, was rescued by a $10 billion state bailout in 2010 following a market crash...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) attended a dinner at the French presidential palace, The Elysee on Monday Oct. 20 on the occasion of the inauguration of the Institutional Investor Roundtable (IIR) headquarters with an official invitation from French President François Hollande.During the...
ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi energy company Masdar said it will build a 50-megawatt wind farm in Oman that will provide 16,000 homes with clean energy.The $125-million project, the first large-scale wind farm in the GCC nations, would be constructed in the southwestern region of Dhofar, Masdar said in a statement.Masdar signed a jo...
JEDDAH: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been awarded a two-year framework agreement from Saudi Industry Property Authority (MODON) for design services to support the development of various industrial cities throughout Saudi Arabia.Under the terms of this contract, Jacobs is providing concept and detailed design services f...
BEIJING: Apple CEO Tim Cook has met a senior Chinese official, days after hackers targeted the company’s iCloud service in an attack which an anti-censorship group claims originated in China.Cook and Vice Premier Ma Kai “exchanged views on protection of users’ information” during a meeting at the ruling Communist Party’s Zh...
TOKYO: Japan’s shaky economy was dealt another blow Wednesday, as official data showed a widening September trade deficit that puts the world’s number-three economy on track to log a record annual shortfall.The worse-than-expected deficit of 958.3 billion yen ($8.96 billion) adds to a string of weak figures and follows a sh...

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The recent killing of young Saudi student Abdullah Alkadi is a grim reminder tha...
The “recognition” of a Palestinian state by the UK Parliament on Oct .13 has bee...
When Ukraine’s voters go to the polls on Oct. 26, not only the fate of their cou...
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NEW YORK: US documentary maker Laura Poitras has found herself in many a risky situation in Iraq and Yemen. But she never felt in as much danger as when she was filming Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel while he prepared to blow the whistle on massive secret surveillance programs run by the US government.
Those tense eight days form the c...

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The government has announced that it would soon make it mandatory for buildings to have thermal insulation in 24 major cities to save on rising energy costs.
Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb made the announcement on Tuesday at the opening of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Forum and Exhibition 2014, being held at th...

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It’s that time of the year again when women from around the world gather in Paris for the much awaited Paris Fashion Week.
The event never fails to amaze and reinvent fashion as it comprises the creme de la creme fashion houses and iconic designers.
Summer may have come to an end as Autumn leaves started to dot the streets of the chic...

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The hot days of summer are over and fall is here, it’s a wonderful season to escape for a while and experience any location in the world. The busy tourist-filled streets have since returned to their home countries and show ways for those searching for some serenity away from all things touristy. One of those likely places would have to be Tokyo,...

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An alarming 150 to 200 percent increase in cancer rates is expected by 2030 within the GCC states. This is the highest expected increase in the world, according to medical expert, Dr. Ibtihal Fadil.Dr. Fadil, a consultant for the chronic diseases department at the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Countries Bureau in Cairo, made this prediction at the International Medical Conference on the Burden of Cancer in the Gulf Region organized by the GCC ministers for health, and in collaboration with the Gulf Center for Cancer at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. The conference was opened on Tuesday by Deputy Health Minister Dr. Mansoor Al-Hawasi. The event drew a large...
The meat company, MeatCo. is a high end, fine dining South African cuisine that serves great gourmet burgers and steaks. The restaurant looks over the calm and tranquil waterways of Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The experience begins as soon as you enter the restaurant. The reception desk is located right opposite the entrance where you will be greeted and taken to your table. A couple of steps lead you to a restaurant designed in an urban style with dark walls, dim lights and hardwood floors. Deep comfy brown leather chairs around square or round wooden tables make for the perfect homely experience. An open kitchen lets you see your food being prepared in full view.The outdoor terrace lined with...
More than 39 percent of Saudi women over fifty suffer from osteoporosis compared to 37.8 percent men of the same age group, local media said quoting an expert of spine surgery.Dr. Walid Awwad, Consultant of Spine Surgery at King Khalid University Hospital, said the majority of those prone to osteoporosis were not subjected to proper tests, nor treated with the best heath care.In a related development, the Health Directorate in Riyadh Region and the Osteoporosis Program at the Ministry of Health has jointly organized an awareness forum on osteoporosis to discuss ways women can protect themselves from the debilitating disease and how to deal with it.Organizers of the forum, held in Wadi...

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LOS ANGELES: An oversized personal health-care robot assistant might seem out of place next to the princesses and furry...
Iftah Ya Simsim, the Arabic television series targeting children, is calling on talented, funny and classical Arabic speaking actors to put their entertaining skills to a test for a chance to be part of the upcoming show’s cast list. Open to 18-28-year-old male and female adults who enjoy interacting with children, singing, dancing and storytelling, the quest will see two entrants earn the opportunity to join the show’s most popular characters, No’man and Melsoon, alongside a cast of furry and feathered friends.Cairo Arafat, Managing Director of Bidaya Media — a children’s education content...
LOS ANGELES: Katy Perry has pressed delete on her extravagant plans to celebrate her 30th birthday in Egypt.The superstar singer, who enters a new decade on Oct. 25 while on a three-week break from her smash hit Prismatic World Tour, was prepping to take her entourage to Egypt for a string of parties, tourist stops and even a cruise down the Nile River.But word leaked of her itinerary, forcing Perry and her team to nix the entire Egypt excursion due to “safety reasons,” confirmed a source.No word on where she’ll go instead, but fans eager to see a Cleopatra-esque Perry can still check her out...

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