WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia is praising the US for helping an Arab air campaign against Yemen’s rebels.The Saudi ambassador in Washington, Adel Al-Jubeir, says the US has been “very supportive” of the operation politically and logistically. He says the kingdom is “very pleased” with the level of coordination with the USAl-Jubeir spoke Friday after meetings with State Department officials.Saudi Arabia bombed strongholds of the Shiite rebels for the second day, seeking to knock out the rebels’ air defenses before a possible ground invasion. The Houthis control Yemen’s capital and several provinces.Al-Jubeir said the mission was clear: Support Yemen’s legitimate government, protect civilians and prevent militants armed with heavy weapons, ballistic missiles and air power from “controlling, dominating and damaging Yemen and its people.”
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Five Gulf states said Thursday that they will protect Yemen’s embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour...
Mogadishu: Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shabab militants launched a car bomb attack followed by an armed raid on a Mogadishu hotel Friday, causing several casualties, a police official said.“There was an explosion outside and gunmen stormed the hotel. There is shooting inside. We don’t know how many dead there are,” police official Ahmed Abdi Fatah told AFP.He added that some government officials were also believed to have b...
Saudi Arabia waged early Thursday “Operation Decisive Storm” against the Houthi coup in Yemen and in support of legitimate President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.The Saudi-led military coalition declared Yemen’s airspace as a “restricted area” after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman ordered the airstrikes on Thursday at 12 a.m. The campaign has already resulted in the elimination of several Houthi leaders.Yemen air...

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Social media has lit up with messages of support and congratulations for the Saudi government in the wake of the military action in Yemen.One tweet by Al-Hilal first team football captain Yasser Al-Qahtani was retweeted over 10,000 times. Al-Qahtani called on citizens to reject rumors and support th...
In a late-night press conference on Thursday, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Assiri, consultant in the Office of the Minister of Defense, said: “The military operations will continue till all objectives are achieved. The main aim of the first stage of the military operations was to destroy rebel warplanes. A number of rebels, who were he...
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has backed the military action in Yemen and slammed the Houthis for undermining the country’s legitimate government.Iyad Ameen Madani, secretary general of the OIC, said here Thursday that military action was inevitable to save the country from “the chaos unleashed on it by the...
The Council of Senior Scholars and Shoura Council have backed the decision by the Kingdom, other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and several Arab countries to launch military operations against Houthi forces in Yemen.The operation, known as Asifat Al-Hazm’ (Operation Decisive Storm), seeks to defend the legitimate...
Top foreign diplomats stationed in Riyadh representing Europe, Americas, Asia and Africa have lent their strong support to the military effort of the Arab world led by Saudi Arabia to end the widespread instability and chaos in Yemen. The diplomats here Thursday also reaffirmed the need for a broad international military al...
Saudi Arabia needs 44,000 citizen doctors, according to the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS).The SCHS said that in terms of the country’s strategic health plan, the aim is to have one Saudi doctor for every 500 people, a nurse for every 250 people, and one technician for every 400 individuals.It said that ther...
RIYADH: Prince Mohammed bin Salman, minister of defense, chief of the Royal Court and special adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, arrived yesterday at the center of the Air Force Operations Command to command Al-Hazm (Firm) Storm operation, which started its operations upon the order issued by King Sal...
More than 30 volunteer organizations from the Gulf Cooperation Council are meeting in Jeddah from March 29 to April 1 to help boost community-based initiatives in the region.President of the Arab Union for Voluntary Work Yusuf Al-Kazim will also attend the event organized by the Dallah Academy, which is part of the social r...
During its second operation in a week, Riyadh police arrested 604 illegal workers in four districts in the capital.An official from the police department said the joint operation were carried out in the Shifa, Malaga, Sulay and Manfouha districts.During the raids, police netted two most-wanted expatriates. Police cordoned t...
The Madinah health department has denied that one of its hospitals employs a worker cooking rotten meat for patients.This comes in the wake of the police finding huge quantities of rotting meat inside the homes of expatriate workers, including a cook employed at Wadi Al-Far’a Hospital, according to a report in a local publi...
Jeddah municipality has formed a committee consisting of specialized teams to follow up and monitor for violations and irregularities in the city’s vegetable market since the market is dominated by foreign workers and that random sales operations are taking place there.The committee is tasked with monitoring for violations...
The Ministry of Social Affairs is in the process of identifying orphans of foreign mothers and unknown fathers, who do not possess identification documents.The step coincides with the Civil Status Department’s announcement of its intention to withdraw Saudi nationality from children with unknown parents in case it discovers...
The Jeddah governorate, under the supervision of Prince Mishaal bin Majed, has ramped up efforts to promote tourism in Jeddah in particular and the Kingdom in general.Different organizations from the public and private sectors have organized different exhibitions and cultural programs for Umrah pilgrims to promote domestic...

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NEW YORK: Oil fell on Friday as fears about the disruption of Middle East crude shipments from Yemen's conflict eased, and focus turned to the likelihood of an Iranian nu...
The dairy industry sector in the Kingdom is in need of additional investments estimated at SR15 billion to shore up production either by expansion of the existing projects or construction of new ones by 2020, according to a new study.The projected investments are aimed to bridge the gap between the current production levels...
HONG KONG: Cnooc Ltd., China’s biggest offshore explorer, reported a 6.6 percent increase in full-year profit Friday, beating the plunge in crude prices that has hit explorers across the world.Net income rose to 60.2 billion yuan ($9.7 billion), or 1.35 yuan a share, from 56.5 billion yuan, or 1.26 yuan, a year earlier, acc...
LONDON: Gold fell on Friday, snapping a seven-day rally as the dollar steadied and investors remained cautious ahead of comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, but the metal still looked set to post its second straight weekly gain.Yellen's speech was scheduled at 1945 GMT and traders will be listening for clues on...
BAGHDAD: Iraq's Oil Minister Adel Abdel Mehdi predicted world oil prices could reach $70 a barrel by the end of 2015 and played down the impact of the emerging conflict in Yemen on prices.A global slump in oil prices has slashed government revenue in Iraq, prompting the OPEC producer to renegotiate contracts with oil majors...
WATERLOO, Ontario: BlackBerry posted a surprise profit in the fourth quarter, but saw a sharp drop-off in revenue.The Waterloo, Ontario, company earned $28 million, or 5 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to 4 cents per share.Wall Street expected a loss of 3 cents per share, according to a sur...
NEW YORK: A better design, a sharper camera and easier-to-use software make the new Galaxy S6 phones the best Samsung has yet to offer.Although Samsung has been praised for its improved hardware, much of what I like is in the software — specifically, what's not in it. After a few years of making phones difficult to use with...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company, and chairman of Alwaleed bin Talal Foundations, received at Kingdom Resort, Jimmy Carter, former US president and Rosalynn Carter. Carter’s visit was part of an official trip to Saudi Arabia. To mark the occasion, the prince hosted a dinner in honor of his gues...
WASHINGTON: US Resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China’s frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power.South Korea, one of America’s closest friends in Asia, has announced that it will join the Asia...
BRUSSELS: Europe’s reliance on imports of natural gas is likely to rise from half to three quarters over the next two decades and Russia will continue to supply around 30 percent of EU needs, BP’s chief economist said.The figures are troubling for European Union policymakers striving to reduce dependency on Russia, which is...
KUWAIT CITY: Stock markets in the Gulf states suffered early losses Thursday on fears over Saudi Arabia’s air strikes on Shiite rebels in Yemen but regained ground at the close.The Saudi Tadawul All-Shares Index, the largest in the region, closed the day up 0.4 percent on 8,903.49 points, after diving at the start of tradin...
NEW YORK: Oil prices rallied for a second straight day on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began air strikes in Yemen.The military operation against Houthi terrorists has not yet affected oil facilities of major Gulf producers. But fears the conflict could spread has stoked concerns about the security of...
KUWAIT CITY: The oil price surge after Saudi jets bombed Yemeni rebels will be “short-lived” as the market is well-supplied and a full-blown conflict with Iran is unlikely, analysts said.Oil prices jumped more than five percent in Asia after Saudi and Gulf airstrikes hit targets of Houthi terrorists triggering fears of a ma...

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DUBAI: The Middle East’s first three-dimensional pavement art festival, starring works by international artists that appear to rise from the ground, kicked off this week in Dubai, its organizers said.
The Dubai Canvas Festival features 3-D artworks in chalk or paint, many of them depicting eye-catching images of the Emirati city.
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Social media has lit up with messages of support and congratulations for the Saudi government in the wake of the military action in Yemen.
One tweet by Al-Hilal first team football captain Yasser Al-Qahtani was retweeted over 10,000 times. Al-Qahtani called on citizens to reject rumors and support the country’s armed forces. He also warned...

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Caroline Seikaly is an American-Lebanese designer with French roots. She grew up in the United States and studied fashion design at the Rhode Island School of Design and while she was there, she also had the opportunity to collaborate with Isaac Mizrahi in New York.
After graduation, Seikaly moved to Paris to gain experience in Haute Coutu...

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The Jeddah governorate, under the supervision of Prince Mishaal bin Majed, has ramped up efforts to promote tourism in Jeddah in particular and the Kingdom in general.
Different organizations from the public and private sectors have organized different exhibitions and cultural programs for Umrah pilgrims to promote domestic tourism.
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Only half a century ago, very few people knew what a coconut was, let alone knowing the taste of its fresh water or its white fruit, the fatty meaty pulp. Very few homes had coconut trees in Jeddah. Only the owners of the trees knew the value of this giving tree and its fruit. However, coconut oil was always found at the attar (local herb and spice store, once considered a pharmacist or healer). Women applied the oil to their hair before washing it to give it shine, moisture, and smoothness. It also nourished the scalp and made hair less rough and more manageable. I remember as a child, being subjected to this weekly ritual before swimming on Fridays to protect the hair strands from the sun...
Mobile clinics of the Tobacco Control Program (TCP) at the Ministry of Health have played a key role in helping some 2,296 male and female smokers to give up smoking.Some 9,710 smokers visited mobile clinics, of which 8,575, or 88.3 percent, were female smokers, and the remaining 11.7 percent, or 1,135 were male smokers, said Dr. Ali Al-Wadie, the TCP general supervisor.On the reasons behind smoking, 68 percent claim peer pressure, 37 percent was attributed to imitation, while tension was the third major reason for smoking at 11 percent.On the reasons that motivated smokers to quit smoking, health concerns topped other reasons at 59 percent, followed by religious factors (14 percent) and...
When Umm Ahmad sought a spice dealer’s help, she was looking for a recipe for losing weight. Instead, the 35-year-old housewife has suffered kidney failure as a result of a mix sold to her by an expatriate who was allegedly an “experienced” herbalist.Cancer, kidney failure and hepatitis can be worsened by herbal mixtures that people believe are cures. Doctors and experts warn people about taking herbal treatments too seriously as if they were scientific medications. They said some items sold by herbalists pose a serious danger since some of the different herbs become toxic when mixed.Jawaher Ali says many herbalists play the role of pharmacists, charging large amounts of money for their...

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BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan: An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts blasted off early Saturday to begin a year away f...
NEW YORK: Bill and Hillary Clinton are going back to the White House this spring — onstage, that is.“Clinton the Musical,” the brainchild of two Australian brothers, makes its off-Broadway debut in April with a hysterical premise and a gentle look back at the ‘90s.The play celebrates the first baby-boomer president — the one who preferred briefs to boxers, played a sax on national TV, presided over an economic boom and got himself impeached.“The thing that endeared Bill Clinton and continues to endear him to the American public is that he was a very identifiable human being,” said Paul Hodge...
MUMBAI: Pakistani actor Ali Zafar won the hearts of the Indian public with his versatile fashion sense. The actor won "The Most Stylish Import" award at the recently held Hindustan Times Style Awards.Ali’s chic, sophisticated and ultra-modern fashion sense has been witnessed at numerous occasions, be it promotional events, award ceremonies or media appearances.“This Pakistani singer and Bollywood actor’s good looks paired with his smart and quirky sense of style make him a favorite among the ladies. “Ali Zafar enjoys reinventing his style quotient whenever he can, and his red carpet...

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