ZAGREB, Croatia: The US-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday.“We want them to wake up every day realizing that they are being squeezed from multiple directions,” Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters, referring to the Islamic State group, which also is known by the acronyms ISIL and ISIS.“If we can get ISIL looking in about five different directions, that’s the desired end state,” he added in an interview with reporters traveling with him to Croatia from Lithuania, where he discussed Iraq and other issues with his NATO counterparts.Dempsey stressed the importance of gaining more Arab participation in the US-led effort, suggesting...
TIRANA, Albania: Pope Francis on Sunday said Albania’s interreligious harmony was an “inspiring exam...
More than 24,000 illegal pilgrims bound for Makkah have been stopped at security checkpoints in Taif...
MOSCOW: Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia’s alleged complicity in the conflict.An Associated Press reporter estimated the crowd at about 20,000, although the city police department put the number at about 5,000.The demonstrators chanted slogans including “No to war” and “The junta is in the Kremlin, not Kiev.” The latter refers to...
SANAA: Shiite rebels seized the Yemeni government headquarters Sunday and the premier resigned as violence raged despite a UN announcement of a power-sharing deal to end days of fighting, officials said.Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa stepped aside, accusing President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi of being “autocratic,” senior officials said.State news agency Saba reported Basindawa’s resignation, but without giving the reason.Mo...

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Jeddah is gradually turning green as enthusiastic youth and kids are doing some brisk shopping for flags and other paraphernalia for the occasion.A wide range of activities have been planned to celebrate the day, including distribution of decorative items, literary events and the hoisting of the Sau...
Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has warned people against defaming their spouses or in-laws on social networking sites, saying such publicity could destroy families, complicate court cases and create scandals.Electronic daily sabq.org has published the harrowing story of one divorcee. “My husband divorced me after 20 year...
A Saudi citizen who recently returned from Syria after fighting with the “Islamic” State (IS) terror organization has posted an online video urging fellow youth not to fall victim to the group’s rhetoric.Fahad Al-Zaidi stressed that he had been brainwashed and deluded into thinking this was a legitimate form of “qital” (fig...
A top scholar told a forum here on Thursday that young people have a great responsibility toward enhancing the security of the country.Addressing the forum on “Responsibility of the youth in upholding security,” Dean of the Shariah Faculty at Imam University Fahd Al-Daoud said that maintaining national security is not only...
Authorities are investigating the abuse of an autistic girl on her first day of school at an autism center in Jeddah.Majid Al-Harbi, five-year-old Ghanad’s father, said he had dropped his daughter off at the center before heading off to work early in the morning, only to find her legs and back bruised when he came back to p...
The Ministry of Labor has warned it would punish companies hiring "ghost" women workers to boost their Saudization quotas, including heavy financial penalties, cutting off all services from the Human Resources Development Fund, and banning them from hiring new staff.The move comes as the ministry prepares to launch the thir...
A total of 18 recruitment firms in the Kingdom will hire workers for contractors on a short-term basis to complete stalled projects, according to industry experts.These construction companies are, nevertheless, in need of enhanced, long-term recruitment initiatives to cover for the shortage of workers in the local market.“W...
A female university student has reported her father to the police for traumatizing her two younger brothers, forcing them to spend the night outside their house until midnight.According to a report in a local daily, the two children had to take shelter at a mosque in the neighborhood.The student said she had to report her f...
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) launched an interactive competition on its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts ahead of the Saudi National Day.The contest, which is open to both Saudis and expats, requires participants to take a snapshot forming a heart shape with their hands.Contestants can sen...
Library Celebration Week kicked off at the kindergarten (KG) section of the International Indian School of Dammam (IISD) recently.E. K. Mohammed Shaffe, school principal, inaugurated the weeklong activities at a colorful ceremony. Principal in-charge, Lt. Col. J. A. Rocque; vice principals Dhanalaxmi Ramanujam and Mehanaz F...
The Education Department in the Riyadh region has moved to form a committee which has embarked on removing graffiti, writings or drawings supporting the IS (Islamic State) that were scribbled, scratched or sprayed on the walls of some schools east of the capital.The move came following reports in local media stating that th...
Anna Klingmann, Architecture Department chairperson at Dar Al-Hekma University, recently made a presentation on a program being implemented to revive and maintain urban heritage in Asir region.Klingmann, a German engineer working with the university, paid a visit to Asir region and its numerous heritage buildings and villag...
Prince Saud bin Thunayan, head of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, said the upcoming projects worth an estimated SR1,000 billion are expected to be announced in the coming days.The prince signed five contracts worth more than SR1.3 billion for the development of housing projects, academies, and technical institute...

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AMMAN: Jordanian security forces have arrested 11 members of the Islamic State (...

SANAA: Shiite rebels seized the Yemeni government headquarters Sunday and the pr...

SANAA: Fighting raged in the Yemeni capital on Sunday despite an announcement by...

BEIRUT: A Lebanese soldier has been executed by the Al-Nusra Front, the Syrian a...

An Egyptian court upheld death sentences on Saturday against five people convict...

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MANCHESTER, England: Alex Salmond, the defeated leader of Scotland’s nationalist...

MADRID/FREETOWN: Spain on Sunday sent a military plane to Sierra Leone to repatr...

BERLIN: Relatives of German victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plan...

KATMANDU, Nepal: The last king of Nepal is in stable condition in a hospital aft...

MOSCOW: Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to...

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LONDON: Emotional Frank Lampard rescued a point for champions Manchester City ag...

TOKYO: Ana Ivanovic charged the net repeatedly to overcome US Open finalist Caro...

INCHEON: Japan’s Kosuke Hagino gatecrashed the much-hyped showdown between Olymp...

MILAN: Carlos Tevez scored his fourth goal in a week to hand champions Juventus...

SINGAPORE: Lewis Hamilton took the lead in the Formula One drivers’ championship...

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Drake & Scull Construction (DSC) has been awarded a building contract worth SR487 million in Saudi Arabia.Gulf Related, a leading regional real estate developer, awar...
The Meydan Group has announced two major new projects at Cityscape Global: Mohamed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum City District Eleven and Meydan Avenue, two mixed-use developments in Dubai.The group revealed plans for a new project, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum City — District Eleven, a suburban mixed-use community development fe...
Dubai Investments (DI), the major investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is showcasing its wide array of pioneering, sustainable real estate concepts and solutions as also its forthcoming projects at Cityscape Global — the largest property exhibition across the Middle East — currently under way in Dubai.On...
CAIRNS, Australia: G20 nations including the US and China said they can overcome geo-political tensions and financial risks to achieve extra combined growth of 1.8 percent, adding trillions of dollars to the world economy.Their two-day meeting in Cairns was focused on developing a suite of policies to reach an ambitious goa...
DUBAI: Dubai’s booming property market is showing signs that it may be cooling off, industry data showed, after two years of soaring prices that had drawn warnings of possible overheating from the International Monetary Fund.Property price rises, at close to 30 percent year-on-year, had been among the highest in the world t...
BRUSSELS: Scotland’s rejection of independence and a lack of any fireworks at the recent US Federal Reserve meeting have calmed investors enough to shift the focus back to what some call the “Great Stagnation,” and how to avoid it.The Group of 20 leading nations said they were tantalisingly close to adding an extra $2 trill...
PARIS: Air France expects to operate 41 percent of its flights on Monday as a pilots strike over cost cuts and plans for the company’s budget Transavia unit enters its second week.The French airline, part of Air France-KLM, also confirmed it planned to operate just 38 percent of services on Sunday, based on 65 percent of pi...
TOKYO: A string of defections by top Nissan executives is reigniting longstanding questions about who will succeed chief executive Carlos Ghosn, the man widely credited with reinventing Japan’s number-two automaker.Speculation about Nissan’s future hit a fever pitch recenty after the resignation of Andy Palmer, a widely res...
MANCHESTER, England: Britain’s opposition Labour party has promised to raise the national minimum wage by more than 25 percent within five years if it wins next year’s national election, a pledge designed to win over voters hit by rising living costs.Earnings in Britain have lagged behind inflation since the 2008 financial...
DETROIT: As it strives to energize its Cadillac brand that once led the US luxury auto market, General Motors Co. said it will begin production of a new “top-end, high-technology car” by the end of 2015.The as-yet unnamed flagship sedan will be positioned “above today’s CTS and XTS product lines,” and “will add to rather th...
Innovation and cutting-edge technologies are key strategic enablers to devise solutions that will help us to meet rising energy demand in the future and to turn the industry’s challenges into opportunities, said Khalid Al-Falih, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco. He made the remarks as Saudi Aramco’s Houston-based subsidiar...
NEW YORK: China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba began trading its shares Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Here are ten things to know about Alibaba, and why its initial public offering made history:THE BIGGEST: Alibaba raised $21.8 billion in its debut, making it the biggest US-listed IPO in history after the IPO of credit...
The 21st annual edition of the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2014), which will be held with the support of Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, prime minister of Bahrain, and supported by the Central Bank of Bahrain, is scheduled to be held in Bahrain from Dec. 1 to 3.WIBC 2014 is set to continue its tradition of...

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In the run-up to this September’s historic referendum on whether Scotland was to...
Iran and the six world powers have started a new round of talks with the objecti...
When the Ministry of Labor decided to include cinemas as a potential industry fo...
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Artsharks is not an art gallery and they are not art brokers. They are an art house that supports only aspiring/budding artists and people who don’t have the clout, or sometimes desire to ‘make it’.
They want to ‘bridge the art gap’ and to show people who say ‘I’m not much of an art person’ that art isn’t just for the elite or connoisseurs,...

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: A SpaceX cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, carrying the first 3-D printer for astronauts in orbit.
In all, the unmanned Dragon capsule is delivering more than 5,000 pounds (2,270 kilograms) of space station supplies for NASA.
Dragon should reach the space station Tuesday. It’...

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Women who like to look different and change their image every once in a while are always on the lookout for the next best thing in the world of cosmetics and beauty products.

Hair chalk has been the talk of the town after many celebrities were spotted with colored hair in certain events. These include Selena Gomez, Loran Conrad and Ka...

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The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) launched an interactive competition on its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts ahead of the Saudi National Day.
The contest, which is open to both Saudis and expats, requires participants to take a snapshot forming a heart shape with their hands.
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BRUSSELS: It likes to call itself the “country of chocolate” and now Belgium has a new treat for visitors: a museum dedicated to the confectionary featuring a Willy Wonka-style factory and cocoa tree jungle.Chocolate is a national treasure in Belgium. It is home to such illustrious brands as Godiva, Neuhaus, Leonidas and Cote d’Or. And the museum opening Saturday, in a former chocolate factory in the capital Brussels, will showcase its love of the brown stuff.“The Belgian passion for chocolate has never been denied and we have become ‘the country of chocolate,’” the museum’s designer Henri Dupuis said.At the heart of the Belgian Chocolate Village, as the museum is called, cocoa trees and...
Smoking kills more than 23,000 smokers in the Kingdom every year, said Ahmed Albualli, chairman of the supervisory board at the Anti-Smoking Society (Naqaa), who expressed deep concern about the high incidence of smoking-related deaths in the Kingdom.Albualli said that the society had succeeded in helping more than 61,000 smokers quit smoking, which is about 70 percent of the total number of patients who visited the society for help in quitting during the past year. Saudi Arabia is the largest market for tobacco in the Middle East and ranks fourth for the number of smokers globally.Albualli highlighted the seriousness of smoking, revealing that 90 percent of those who use drugs tried...
Q: I am 16 and I have tonsillitis. My elder brother also had this problem but he is now free from it. My parents think that I should follow the same path and get them removed. It happens 10 times in a year. Please advise whether I should have my tonsils removed now or after they are fully mature? — M.A., JubailA: You are already a mature person since you are 16. If the problem of tonsillitis is recurring 10 times a year, then you should have your tonsils removed. Otherwise, the bacteria which is causing the infection may develop into rheumatic fever. This condition can affect your heart, kidney and bones leading to permanent damage to those organs. You should see an ENT consultant and...

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NEW YORK: After hip surgery and parting ways with her longtime manager, Lady Gaga says things are looking up.“I’ve very...
LOS ANGELES: More private celebrity photos, purportedly including reality star Kim Kardashian, circulated social media Saturday, in what appeared to be the second massive hacking-related leak in less than a month, US media reported.The pictures, which also included shots of actress Vanessa Hudgens and US soccer star Hope Solo, appeared briefly on 4chan and Reddit, before being removed, celebrity gossip site TMZ reported.BuzzFeed said that personal videos and photos belonging to actresses Aubrey Plaza, Mary-Kate Olsen, Hayden Panettiere and Leelee Sobieski were posted, in addition to...
LOS ANGELES: Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is reportedly “in love” with “Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence.The singer is said to have started dating Lawrence in August and the pair has become inseparable since then, reports usmagazine.com.“He’s fallen in love. It’s the real deal,” said a source close to Martin, while another source close to Lawrence said: “It’s a fantasy come true (for Lawrence).”This week the 24-year-old Oscar-winning actress was spotted close to Martin’s 10-million-pound home in Malibu, and friends say she is there “all the time,” reports mirror.co.uk. “This is it...

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