RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Three Canadians, a Pakistani and a Nigerian were among those killed in a fire that engulfed parts of a residential compound in Alkhobar, a Saudi official said.The blaze began early Sunday in a sprawling, multistory Radium housing complex that accommodates workers for state oil giant Saudi Aramco.Col. Ali bin Saad Al-Qahtani, a civil defense spokesman for the Eastern Province, provided the update in comments carried by the official Saudi Press Agency early Monday.He said a total of 10 people died and 259 were injured in the blaze. The civil defense directorate previously said 11 people were killed.Al-Qahtani did not provide the nationalities of the other five people killed.Of those injured, 179 have left the hospital after receiving treatment.A preliminary investigation suggests a short circuit in an electrical transformer in the building’s basement sparked the blaze...
RIYADH: The Kingdom is ready with all necessary arrangements to serve the Haj pilgrims this year, bu...
JEDDAH: The Saudi Consulate in Istanbul has swung into action following reports that a Saudi woman a...
JEDDAH: The Royal Court has ordered the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center to provide medical care to a four-year-old Yemeni girl who is suffering from a rare cancer in the shoulder.The directive from the court came in response an appeal by Saudi actor Faiz Al-Malki. The child, Retaj’ needs intensive medical treatment and surgery, in addition to chemotherapy and radiation.The girl’s father, Abdul Malek...
JEDDAH: The Criminal Court in Jeddah released a businessman on bail after 25 days of detention in connection with a raid on a place around Jeddah where a mixed party was in progress.The well-known businessman was accused of participating in the preparation of the location, purported to be a chalet, where some immoral acts took place.Meanwhile, the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution ordered the arrest of the re...

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JEDDAH: Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani has launched a series of electronic projects and facilities provided to the private sector companies, the SPA reported on Sunday.The projects and facilities include electronic visa issuance for the distinguished firms, which achieved the required Saudization...
RIYADH: The chief of the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia), Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sanad, signed a SR35 million deal recently to construct nine buildings and various centers for Islamic organizations across the Kingdom.The deal, to be implemented by local construction companies, includes new Haia buildings i...
RIYADH: A high-powered team of officials from the Ministry of Health visited the hospitals in Jazan in the southern border to ensure services are in place to serve the patients in the region.The group of officials, comprising Dr. Nahar Al-Azmi, Dr. Tarek Al-Arnoos and Adel Tash, also met with the Yemeni patients and pilgrim...
YANBU: Like many Saudi women, Amani dreamt of becoming a mother, but was unable to have children of her own after many years of marriage. Therefore, she decided to spend her time taking care of orphans with special circumstances in Makkah.However, things took a turn for the worse when she came across seemingly unfair diffic...
RIYADH: A total of 43 warehouses were shut down in Jeddah for failing to take safety and health measures.Officials of the general department of Civil Defense in Jeddah carried out inspection at 165 industrial complexes in the industrial zone recently.The field campaign led by the director in charge of Civil Defense in Jedda...
RIYADH: A woman and three men died on Sunday after contracting the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Riyadh, bringing the total number of deaths to 507 since June, 2012.According to the latest report issued by the Ministry of Health, the total number of cases in the Kingdom has reached 1,178, includ...
JEDDAH: In an attempt to win the race and get a municipal seat, a number of female candidates are approaching media marketing agencies or media directorates for the election campaign, with the value of some programs reaching SR250,000. Local media monitored a number of files that have been prepared by such agencies with a c...
JEDDAH: A Filipino stewardess who worked with Saudi Arabian Airlines was buried in her flight uniform in the Philippines in line with her wish after she died of leukemia.Joy Fernandez requested her family to bury her in the Saudia uniform because she loved her job with the airlines, a Saudia official said.“Good bye Joy,” Sa...
RIYADH: Five plants have been shut down and more than 1,000 bottles of contaminated water seized in the Al-Jouf region, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced Sunday. According to a statement issued by the ministry, refilling used bottles and ignoring the health requirements were the major violations by the owners...
RIYADH: With the government continuing the campaign against expatriate workers for violating residency laws in the Kingdom, 26 Egyptians nationals were deported on Saturday as their residency permits had expired and they were without valid papers.“The overstaying illegals were deported from King Abdul Aziz International Air...

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TOKYO: Japan’s Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped de...

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban published a biography of their new leader Monday as hu...

NEW DELHI: India should “move toward” abolishing the death penalty and immediate...

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NEW YORK: Former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic was the first major casualty of the US...

CASTELLON, Spain: Italian Kristian Sbaragli claimed his first Grand Tour victory...

TAIPEI: Up against another arch-enemy for the second straight night, Gilas Pilip...

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NEW YORK: The National Football League and its players union failed to reach a s...

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DUBAI: Most Middle East stock markets rose but closed well off their intra-day highs on Sunday and some edged lower as investors started selling into the region's rally,...
DUBAI: Most Middle East stock markets rose but closed well off their intra-day highs on Sunday and some edged lower as investors started selling into the region's rally, indicating sentiment was still shaky even after oil prices rebounded.Saudi Arabia's main Tadawul All-Share Index, which surged as much as 4.6 percent early...
DUBAI: The value of assets in the Islamic finance sector is expected to increase by 80 percent over the next five years, reaching $3.24 trillion in value by 2020, according to initial findings garnered from the upcoming State of the Global Islamic Economy (SGIE) report.The report, which is commissioned and supported by Duba...
LONDON: Moody's Investors Service has revised downward its forecast for GDP growth in the G20 economies to 2.8 percent next year, from 3.1 percent. Moody's says that the revision mainly reflects the impact of a more marked slowdown now forecast in China and more prolonged negative effects of low commodity prices on G20 prod...
TOKYO: Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp. said on Sunday it will buy back the 19.9 percent stake it sold to Volkswagen AG after an international arbitration court settled a dispute between the automakers over their failed partnership.Suzuki filed for international arbitration in November 2011, after Volkswagen refused to sell back...
FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank looks set to keep its monetary policy gunpowder dry when its decision-making governing council convenes next week, despite the recent turmoil that has engulfed global markets, analysts said.It has been a chaotic week for stock markets around the world, spooked by fears of economic slowdo...
On Tuesday, Chinese officials announced policy measures that would reduce liquidity tensions in the country and boost economic growth. The country’s benchmark lending and deposit rates were cut by 25 basis points to all-time lows of 4.6 percent and 1.75 percent respectively, which will lower financing costs and boost fixed-...
SINGAPORE: China's currency devaluation and slowing economy have caused enormous turmoil in world financial markets, but they have not really bothered tourists like Henry Lee.Not yet, at least."I don't even know what the exchange rate is," the 36-year-old technology entrepreneur from Beijing admitted."We're just here to rel...
Johannesburg: President Jacob Zuma inaugurated on Sunday the first unit of a massive new coal-fired power plant in South Africa, hailing it as a step away from the country's energy woes.The Medupi power station, situated north of Johannesburg, is to produce 4,800 megawatts of electricity by 2019, when it is expected to be o...
JEDDAH: A group of economic experts has warned that the Kingdom stands to lose SR795 million per day by using oil to generate electricity and for water desalination, and called for tapping renewable and alternative energy resources.According to statistics, the Kingdom’s current oil consumption stands at 4.2 million barrels...
 
 

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JEDDAH: The King Abdul Aziz Foundation will put on display next week a 500-year-old miniature manuscript, according to the SPA.
The manuscript is one of the oldest documents owned by the foundation.
The miniature, a decorative painting on a manuscript, will be displayed at an exhibition in Madinah along with many other local, Ottoman...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

What have you done with your social media accounts recently? Followed some news, exchanged jokes, or went through some gossip? Do not get upset, that is what most social media users do anyway, but there is another side of the coin — one can use social media in some creative ways as well.
Gissur Simonarson, an activist from Oslo, Norway, uni...

FASHION »

Does Hijab become an obstacle for a Muslim woman to express herself through fashion? Ask Saudi designer Nabila Nazer and she will whip out some of the trendiest and coolest looks for a modest, modern woman. She says the purpose of her fashion venture is to revive modest yet fashionable clothing among the young generations of Muslim women. Her po...

TRAVEL »

When visiting London it’s natural to try and see all the iconic sights that are associated with the city. But it’s all too easy to miss out on the wonderful aspects of the capital that are not so widely known but which form part of its rich fabric. Towns outside the capital are also often over-looked.
So here is a guide to London and a near...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Hot flashes are a sudden feeling of feverish heat, typically a symptom of menopause. Women who have hot flashes might experience some difficulty in sleeping because hot flashes, called night sweats, also occur in deep sleep.It’s not precisely clear what causes hot flashes. However, they’re most likely due to hormonal changes in the body. Some women barely notice hot flashes or consider them a minor annoyance. For others, the intensity may affect their quality of life in a rather negative way.“Hot flashes are a quick feeling of heat and sometimes a red, flushed face and sweating. It is not yet known what is the exact cause of hot flashes, but it might be related to changes in the female body...
Nothing says I love meat like a good burger. What’s not to love? A good grilled, well seasoned, fresh ground beef patty with perfect accommodating condiments and the perfectly rounded bun to finish off … perfect, right? Jeddah has seen its share of gourmet burger restaurants in the past few years, some are well within the limits of “acceptable”, others “not so much” and a handful of “superb” tasting burger joints. Forget the American franchises that are scattered all over the city, the newest burger joint to hit the restaurant scene has to be “Section B” burger. The creation of six young Saudis all sharing one love, obviously a really good burger! Men and their meat, right? Ironically, this...
RIYADH: A voluntary youth outreach group has issued a warning against the publication of any study that intends to promote smoking tobacco. The warning comes on the heels of a study published by a well-known wire agency and a foreign health agency saying that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco by 95 percent and should be promoted as a tool to help smokers quit smoking.But the volunteer youth group said that electronic cigarettes are very harmful and detrimental to health. It added that it is also the easy way to tobacco smoking.“Marketing of this and similar studies is alarming and must be addressed accordingly.Professionals must educate young people regarding such a study...

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LOS ANGELES: Taylor Swift was crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards as rapper Kanye West announced an improbable r...
MUMBAI: First it was Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan who was reportedly learning Urdu diction for his upcoming movie ‘Dishoom’. Now reports state that Aishwarya Rai will also be learning Arabic.Aishwarya-starrer ‘Jazbaa’ will be released internationally which is why director Sanjay Gupta wants to dub the film in various languages. Ash has taken up the challenge of learning Arabic and dubbing her own lines.“There are cuts of the film being readied, dubbed and released widely all across the UAE. It’s been dubbed in Arabic. We’re also dubbing it in other South American languages (Spanish and...
CAIRO: A respected news organization has come under fire after referring to human rights lawyer Amal Clooney as an “actor’s wife” in their coverage of a court case.The Associated Press tweeted an article about three Al-Jazeera journalists convicted of “spreading false news” and sentenced to prison in Egypt. They wrote: “Amal Clooney, actor’s wife, representing Al-Jazeera journalist accused in Egypt of ties to extremists.” Clooney is a barrister with Doughty Street Chambers, specializing in human rights law. She read law at the University of Oxford, before obtaining a postgraduate degree from...

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