Key regional issues including the continuing Yemen crisis figured prominently during talks between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi here on Saturday. “The visit of El-Sissi, lasting less than two hours, focused on the restive regional scene, mainly Yemen, Syria and Iraq,” said Affifi Ahmed Abdelwahab, Egyptian ambassador to the Kingdom.Abdelwahab said that the consultations between King Salman and El-Sissi were held within the framework of regular coordination between the two countries, especially at this sensitive time when the Arab world is facing several challenges. “Events in Yemen, Syria and Iraq, as well as elsewhere in the region require more frequent consultations,” the envoy added.Asked about the specifics of other topics including the regular skirmishes on Saudi-Yemeni border and the need for a ground offensive were disc...
Former Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal on Saturday thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques...
In a huge relief to the Yemeni expatriate community in the Kingdom, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque...
KATMANDU, Nepal: Runway damage forced Nepalese authorities to close the main airport Sunday to large aircraft delivering aid to millions of people following the massive earthquake, but UN officials said the overall logistics situation was improving.The death toll climbed to 7,057, including six foreigners and 45 Nepalese found over the weekend on a popular trekking route, said government administrator Gautam Rimal. The vi...
LAS VEGAS: The pressure of a $180 million payday never got to Floyd Mayweather Jr., even if the richest fight ever wasn’t the best. Using his reach and his jab Saturday night, Mayweather frustrated Manny Pacquiao, piling up enough points to win a unanimous decision in their welterweight title bout. Mayweather remained unbeaten in 48 fights, cementing his legacy as the best of his generation. After the fight, it was disclo...

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The 30-year-old King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA) is undergoing a massive overhaul that would further entrench its leading status in the region and the world.The first phase saw two main contracts signed on November 13, 2010, to expand the facility as the main gateway to Jeddah and the Tw...
The Ministry of Labor will now allow all licensed and accredited recruitment offices to handle visas for the hiring of rehabilitation professionals and caregivers for citizens with disabilities.Previously the ministry handled these visas at its offices throughout the country. It issues these visas without charge once applic...
A giant tunnel-boring machine (TBM) for the Riyadh metro was launched in Riyadh recently.Launching the TMB at a meeting here, Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar said it would speed up the metro work.Seven TMBs have been manufactured especially for the project, and will create tunnels of 35 km in length at a depth of 30 me...
Parents continue to complain about the continuous hike in local and international school fees, which rose to SR22,000 at the primary level in private schools per year, and SR30,000 at international schools. The unhappy parents call these high fees exploitation and greed on the part of school management and wonder why the Mi...
Diplomats in the Saudi capital have expressed support for the UN talks between political factions being brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to end the conflict in Yemen.They were reacting to reports of the continuing conflict in Yemen. Three Saudi soldiers and “dozens” of Houthi rebels were killed Saturday as Sau...
The European Union (EU) is holding its European Friendship and Cooperation Day celebrations here this year to strengthen ties with Saudi Arabia, a European diplomat said recently."This year’s event on May 7 at the Saudi National Museum is going to focus on European explorers. It will feature seven EU embassies here," said E...
Filipino workers in the Kingdom were cautioned about their baggage especially at airport that drug traffickers might use to smuggle narcotics into countries where they work, observed several Filipinos here following the experience of a fellow national, Mary Jane Veloso, in Indonesia.Velosa was saved from being executed afte...
Nasser Al-Othman, secretary-general of the Gulf Press Association (GPA), called upon managers of the Gulf newspapers to make room for Gulf people to become involved in media work.On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, which was observed on Sunday, Al-Othman highlighted the need to prepare the Gulf people to assume resp...
It is imperative to maintain clean water resources and use the best method and state-of-the-art technology to treat sewage water, in view of rapidly rising population and lack of water resources in Makkah. This has been highlighted in the scheme presented to the Higher Development of Makkah by Mohammad Al-Murshdi, professor...
The Ministry of Haj has selected 72 companies to serve the domestic pilgrims availing the low cost Haj quota. A total of 50,000 pilgrims will benefit from the government's low-cost Haj service this year, and the charges will range between SR3,000 and SR5,000. Director of the domestic pilgrims directorate Fayez Al-Burkani sa...
The success of Gulf states last year in overcoming recurrent power outages by 100 percent, and the savings in electricity resulted from the linkage are evidence of this success, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar play vital roles in providing power at prime times to other Gul...
Saudi Arabia's gifted youth will be participating in three international scientific competitions in May to add a new scientific achievement record.The country’s team recently received a bronze medal at the Mathematics Olympiad for girl students in the State of Belarus and achieved two gold medals and four silvers in the Gul...
The Communications and Information Technology Commission's (CITC) order for the country’s operators to reduce wholesale call charges came into effect on May 1, with the hope that it would eventually reduce prices for consumers.Wholesale call tariffs refer to what one operator charges another for allowing incoming calls to t...

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BEIRUT: US-led strikes targeting the Islamic State group killed at least 52 civi...

RAMALLAH: Former US President Jimmy Carter on Saturday urged Palestinians to hol...

TUNIS: Protesters took to the streets of Tunis demanding to know the truth about...

BAGHDAD: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a surprise visit to Iraq on...

AMMAN: Jordan’s authorization of a breakaway wing of the Muslim Brotherhood has...

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KATMANDU, Nepal: Runway damage forced Nepalese authorities to close the main air...

DHAKA, Bangladesh: Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has claimed respon...

COLOMBO: US Secretary of State John Kerry ended a visit to Sri Lanka Sunday afte...

PEDANG BESAR: Dozens of police and volunteers exhumed six more bodies on Saturda...

NEW DELHI: The father of an Indian schoolgirl who died after being pushed from a...

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After a third successive loss, Manchester United’s bid to return to the Champion...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: England was wobbling at 39-5 in its second innings yet lea...

LAS VEGAS: The pressure of a $180 million payday never got to Floyd Mayweather J...

MANILA: Boxing fans in the Philippines cried foul and groaned in bitter disappoi...

BERLIN: Bayer Leverkusen beat a second-string Bayern Munich 2-0 on Saturday to m...

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With a booming stock market up 17 percent year-on-year in April and a renewed government program to drive investment in infrastructure, education, health and social servi...
Bahrain’s real GDP growth reached 4.5 percent in 2014, according to the latest Bahrain Economic Quarterly (BEQ) issued by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB). The report also highlighted that nonoil sectors rose markedly from the 3 percent rate recorded in 2013 to 4.9 percent in 2014.Strong growth of 12.5 percent y...
Foreign remittances among expatriates in Saudi Arabia reached an all time high in March 2015, at SR15.4 billion, compared to SR13 billion in February, which is an increase of 18 percent, according to a recent financial report.Personal remittances made by Saudi nationals, meanwhile, grew by 24 percent to SR8.07 billion in Ma...
The GCC’s integrated transport strategy will be the focus of NATRANS Arabia 2015, a first-of-its-kind event piecing together the Gulf region’s transportation infrastructure with rail, road, and maritime projects which, according to Fleming Gulf research, is worth an estimated $422 billion and to be completed in the next fiv...
UTC Building & Industrial Systems has expanded its relationship with E.A. Juffali & Brothers Ltd. (Juffali) through various Saudi legal entities to include the sales and servicing of Otis elevators and escalators, as well as the sales of building automation and fire and security products from brands such as Automate...
Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) delivered the first BMW car as part of its campaign — Valuable Prizes — that was recently launched. The campaign aims to reward all customers who visit the company's outlets around the Kingdom with a “distinctive package of valuable gifts.”This campaign allows all customers who purchase any of the s...
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has strengthened its presence in East Africa with the launch of new services between Abu Dhabi and Entebbe in central Uganda.A delegation consisting of senior representatives from the airport, government officials and local dignitaries welcomed the inaugural flight.Operated b...
ORANGE, California: The US Federal Reserve could well raise interest rates as soon as June, two top US central bankers said, so long as economic data strengthens as expected from a dismal first quarter.That view — from the hawkish-leaning chief of the Cleveland Fed and from the centrist head of the San Francisco Fed — is at...
OMAHA, Nebraska: Warren Buffett’s company said its first-quarter profit jumped 10 percent on the strength of its railroad and insurance businesses.Berkshire Hathaway Inc. earned $5.16 billion, or $3,143 per Class A share, during the first three months of 2015. That’s up from $4.71 billion, or $2,862 per Class A share, last...
LONDON: Gold hit six-week lows on Friday in thin trade ahead of the holiday weekend as the dollar strengthened on US economic data and investor sentiment was undermined by longer-term expectations for a US rate rise.Technical factors were also at play, with downward momentum gathering pace as prices broke through their Apri...
Zamil Steel Construction Company (ZSCC), a subsidiary of Zamil Industrial Investment Company (Zamil Industrial), has been awarded a turnkey project contract valued at SR90.8 million ($24.2 million) by the Gulf Real Estate Company for its new shopping mall project in Dammam.The scope of the contract includes the design, fabr...
LONDON: Market participants expect the price of Brent to average around $75 per barrel through the rest of the decade, not much above the current level.Spot Brent prices have risen around $20 per barrel from their mid-January low, from $46 to $66, an increase of more than 40 percent.Over the same period, however, futures pr...
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Ziad Yamani is a young designer who studied art, painting and sculpture. His passion for design made him carve out a niche for himself in this field. His work is characterized by intimacy, courage, flexibility and tranquility, just like his personal nature.
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NEW YORK: It’s an annoying problem for the unlucky few: the Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor and even some other features might not work if you have a tattoo on your wrist.
Inked and irked Apple fans have dubbed the issue “TattooGate” on Twitter, complaining that they must choose between their body art and their stylish gadget. Apple, for i...

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Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead cells from the surface of the skin to make it look healthier, radiant and younger looking.
It helps prevent and control acne breakouts and removes early abnormal cells that go on to form precancerous growths. It also helps other skincare ingredients penetrate better into your skin as well...

TRAVEL »

With so much focus on the prime London residential market, it’s sometimes easy to forget that developers in the regions are busy creating homes that have a special appeal to those who want to experience life away from the hectic pace of the capital. Top country residences are drawing the attention of overseas buyers drawn to a more leisured and...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Seventy-five percent of Saudi population will be obese by 2020 if no preventive steps are taken, a study has warned.The research, conducted by Nasser Al-Salem Al-Qahtani, as a Ph.D. thesis at an Australian university, has focused on causes of obesity among intermediate and secondary school students in Riyadh.According to the findings, obesity has increased by 50.6 percent among teenagers in both rural and urban areas, with urban areas accounting for 59.4 percent and rural 36.9 percent.The researcher cited a number of factors linked to obesity and over-weight, including the presence of a driver with family, daily consumption of soft drinks, watching TV and using computers and other...
In the last episode, Part 4, I spoke about some of the effects of coconut oil as well as the controversy going around it. Because lauric acid is a saturated fatty acid in coconut oil, mainstream medicine claims it to be a harmful saturated fat to the cardiovascular system. On the other hand, its proponents attack the flawed research done in the 1990s on hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated coconut oil and not the virgin oil. Besides, not all saturated fats act the same way in the body, especially since coconut oil is of plant origin. Avocado oil (monounsaturated fatty acid) was maligned, too, for sometime, until scientific research exonerated it. Now, it is lauded for its heart healthy...
Ask anyone in Alkhobar to recommend a good place for authentic Pakistan cuisine and it is very likely you would be directed to Bundoo Khan. So strong is word of mouth for this restaurant that one is compelled to check it out.This well-reputed Pakistani restaurant is frequented by diners from the Sub Continent as well as a good number of Saudis. Most Pakistanis are familiar with Bundoo Khan because there are many restaurants by the same name back home, although differently spelled and differently owned.The story goes that an Indian chef Bundoo Khan produced revolutionary dishes with secret recipes in 1947 at his stall in Karachi. So popular was his paratha kabab stall that it inspired a...

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LONDON: A princess is born.Prince William’s wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, “was safely delivered of a daughter” Saturda...
NEW YORK: Two more women, a writer and an actress, on Friday said comedian Bill Cosby had sexually assaulted them decades ago, bringing the list of his accusers to more than 40.Actress Lili Bernard and writer Sammie Mays made the allegations against the comedian at a news conference with prominent lawyer Gloria Allred the day before the last show of Cosby’s national comedy tour in Atlanta.Cosby, best known for his role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the hit TV series “The Cosby Show,” has never been charged over any of the allegations. The 77-year-old settled a 2005 civil lawsuit alleging sexual...
LONDON: Best-selling British crime writer Ruth Rendell, who wrote over 60 books in a career spanning five decades, died on Saturday at the age of 85, her publisher said.Rendell suffered a stroke in January and had been in a critical condition in hospital.In a statement, Penguin Random House said: “We are devastated by the loss of one of our best-loved authors.”“We will miss her enormously,” it said.Gail Rebuck, chair of Penguin Random House UK, said: “Ruth was much admired by the whole publishing industry for her brilliant body of work.“An insightful and elegant observer of society, many of...

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