Prince Mansour bin Miteb, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, said on Tuesday that the thermal insulation of buildings will be made mandatory in 24 key cities across the Kingdom.He made the announcement at the opening day of the Exhibition on Thermal Insulation for Buildings in Riyadh, which is organized by the Saudi Center for Energy Efficiency, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). A statement of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the 24 cities, which include Riyadh, Jeddah, Alkohbar, Makkah, and Madinah, account for 80 percent of the population of the Kingdom. Various manufacturers are showcasing thermal insulation products and technologies in the ongoing exhibition.
MOSCOW: The CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, has died in a plane crash at a Mo...
The Council of Ministers on Monday urged warring factions in neighboring Yemen to reconcile for the...
TRIPOLI, Libya: Libya’s internationally recognized government says its forces are getting ready to retake the capital, after Islamist-allied militias from the western city of Misrata took over Tripoli in August.Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni’s government said in a Tuesday statement that it gave orders to the government forces to “advance toward Tripoli to liberate it” and to free it from the grip of the militias. It ur...
NEW DELHI: India warned Pakistan on Tuesday of more “pain” if it continued to violate a cease-fire on their disputed border in Kashmir and said it was up to Islamabad to create the conditions for a resumption of peace talks.The two sides exchanged mortars and intense gunfire this month, killing at least 20 civilians and wounding dozens in the worst violation to date of a 2003 cease-fire. While the firing has abated, tensi...

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The Ministry of Health (MOH)  has taken a host of prompt and strong measures in a bid to curb the spread of MERS-CoV virus in the summer resort city of Taif.This was announced Monday by the ministry, which confirmed through the MOH Command & Control Center, headed by Acting Minister of Health Ad...
JEDDAH: The Education Ministry in coordination with the Labor Ministry has moved to facilitate the legalizing of the statuses of expatriate teachers working in international schools. It will be done through registration with the “Ajeer Service” of the Labor Ministry. All international schools were sent a notice to the effec...
The Ministry of Civil Services said that insufficient numbers of Saudis were available to replace expatriates in the public sector, with 74,000 foreigners currently employed with the government.The ministry said in a report that there was lack of cooperation by some government bodies to nationalize jobs in some specialties...
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has slammed a website claiming that King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah is the world's second-worst facility.Khalid Al-Khaibari, GACA's spokesman, said the rating was done by a Canadian woman on her blog, The Guide to Sleeping in Airports, and was unscientifi...
A member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) verbally abused the chief of the organization, Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, at a mosque on Sunday, according to a local newspaper. Turki Al-Shulail, spokesman of the Haia, said the incident happened shortly after the noon prayer in the mos...
The King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue has decided to focus on terrorism through a series of intellectual, cultural and social activities that will be implemented at the end of the year. The center revealed that it intends to organize 20 meetings to deal with extremism and advocate moderation, in addition to joinin...
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 group of women attacked some teachers at a primary school for girls in the Baqaa province of the Hail region, Monday morning.They assaulted the teachers by beating and cursing them before leaving the school.The media spokesman of the Hail police, Col. Abdulaziz Al-Zenaidi, told Arab News that at about 10:45 a.m. Monday, t...
    • Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most?The Two Holy Mosques and the Saudi people’s devotion to Islam and their hospitality.• What is your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word?InshaAllah.• Which book is by your bedside?A number of books on good governance and contemporary world politics.•...
The Jeddah traffic department says it will fine drivers SR300 for writing their phone numbers, poetry or personal messages on their cars.Zaid Al-Hamzi, spokesman of the department, said that it is against the law for motorists to have any form of writing on their cars. Motorists would be fined SR300 and have to remove the m...
The Jeddah municipality plans to construct five new intersections on Prince Majed Road at a cost of SR1 billion to ease traffic congestion, a senior official said recently.Mohamed Al-Buqami, spokesman of the municipality, said the intersections would extend down to the corniche. There would also be other projects carried ou...
In an unprecedented event, a second-year female university student has defended her clients at the Shariah court in Alkhobar, local media said.Fatima Al-Amoudi, who is studying law at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, says she received support from the teaching staff at the university to practice her skills through inten...
Experts participating in the 4th International Conference on Disability & Rehabilitation (ICDR-2014) confirmed that Saudi Arabia was the first country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of People with Special Needs following the UN Convention.They said that Saudi Arabia respects the dignity and independence of the d...

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MURSITPINAR: Kurds battling militants for the Syrian border town of Kobane welco...

DAMASCUS: The Syrian regime Army has reportedly advanced in the rebel-held areas...

SANAA: Al-Qaeda-affiliated insurgents killed 18 Shiite Houthi rebels and seized...

JERUSALEM: A daughter of the leader of Hamas in Gaza was admitted to an Israeli...

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NEW DELHI: The Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda do not yet pose a threat to India...

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PRETORIA: South African star athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years...

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MOSCOW: FIFA has said it is happy with the progress being made by hosts Russia a...

SINGAPORE: Caroline Wozniacki put a huge dent in Maria Sharapova’s bid to finish...

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Saudi Arabia is working to stimulate and encourage investment in the Qassim Region, which will be connected by a regional railway network to be built at a cost of SR12 bi...
CHANGSHU, China: British luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. sees sales growth in China roughly halving this year and decelerating even further next year due to a larger base of comparison and slower expansion of the world’s largest auto market.Growth of 20 percent would compare with around 40 percent last year, said Jag...
Under the theme “People, planet, profit,” the GPCA is opening its 2nd conference on sustainability in Dubai from Oct. 21-23.Wikipedia states that sustainability in general terms is the endurance of systems and processes. And that organizing principle for sustainability is sustainable developments, which includes four interc...
REDMOND, Washington: Microsoft has given its new CEO Satya Nadella a pay package worth $84.3 million, most of it in the form of long-term stock awards.A regulatory document filed Monday shows Nadella got a salary for the fiscal year that ended June 30 of $918,917 and a $3.6 million bonus. He also was given stock awards wort...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), met at his office in Riyadh Mike Corbat CEO of Citigroup and an accompanying delegation.It included Alberto Verme, chairman EMEA Banking and Carmen Haddad, managing director, Corporate Finance Group. The prince also hosted a dinner in honor of his guests...
SEOUL: The latest version of Samsung’s popular big-screen Galaxy Note has gone on sale at a crucial time for the South Korean company as it suffers a rapid decline in profit from its global smartphone business.With the recent Note 4 launch in the US, Samsung introduced one of the biggest design changes to the Note series si...
SAN FRANCISCO: The new big-screen iPhones helped propel Apple’s profit and revenue in the past quarter, as the California tech giant delivered stronger-than-expected results.Profit rose 13 percent to $8.5 billion, as revenues jumped to $42.1 billion in the fiscal fourth quarter ending September 27, the California-based comp...
PARIS: Christophe de Margerie had a penchant for cracking a joke, which with his bushy moustache and stout form made him come across more as someone’s favorite uncle than the oil executive who fiercely led the often controversial petroleum giant Total.But the jolly business chief, who died in a plane accident in Russia on T...
The National Commercial Bank’s (NCB) SR22.5 billion share sale is coming at an opportune time as the Saudi stock market seems to be on a rebound, says a leading investment analyst.Saudi Arabia's bourse continued its upward trend on Monday after a string of strong quarterly earnings.“We had some good results from corporates...
DUBAI: Saudi crude exports fell in August for the fourth month in a row to their lowest levels in three years, official data showed on Monday, as the top oil exporter fights for market share amid weak demand and ample supplies from rival producers.Saudi crude exports have been sliding in the past few months as shale oil squ...
Having plunged the depths in the middle of last week sterling ended the week on a positive note especially against the euro which could be down to an improved long-term outlook following Bank of England member Haldane saying that a mid-2015 rate hike is not out of the question.A mixture of UK data is to be released in the s...
The benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) marked another handsome gain of 1.1 percent, closing the Monday’s session at 9,882.36. Trading in a range of 129 points, it added 107 points for the entire day.Large cap with 1.2 percent upward jump remained prominent among market cap indices. Most of large caps finished to the u...
Eastern Province Deputy Gov. Prince Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Mosa’aad, announced the commencement of Asharqia Resta Tex Expo and Forum 2014 events for real estate, housing and urban development on Monday morning. He did this on behalf of Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif. Senior officials from ministries, governmen...

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Artist Emtethal Al-Awami opened her second solo art show titled ‘Heed’ on Oct. 17 in Alkhobar.
Artists, art enthusiasts, distinguished members of the community, family, friends, and members of the Eastern Province community with a taste for fine arts packed Desert Design Gallery in Alkhobar for the 10-day event.
The artist has a total...

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LONDON: A paralyzed Bulgarian man can walk again after receiving revolutionary treatment in Poland in a breakthrough hailed by one of the British scientists responsible as “more impressive than a man walking on the Moon.”
Darek Fidyka was paralyzed from the chest down following a knife attack in 2010, but can now walk using a frame after ne...

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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,...

FOOD & HEALTH »

There are many daily habits that influence the way we sleep such as the diet we follow, our sleep starvation, work stress, different medical conditions, lack of exercise and discipline, too much coffee, computer work or too much TV. When it comes to sleep, we are victims of our bad habits and most of the problems can be fixed if we change a few elements of our lifestyle. A research study commissioned by Intercoil, the Middle East’s leading mattress and bedding manufacturer in Saudi Arabia, has revealed that almost 40 percent of Saudi residents have trouble sleeping, with significantly more women than men reporting they have always had trouble sleeping at night.According to the survey, the...
The meat company, MeatCo. is a high end, fine dining South American 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...
Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi, founder and CEO of the Sheikh Mohammad Al-Amoudi Center of Excellence in Breast Cancer, said that early detection of breast cancer increases recovery chances by 90 percent and controls it from spreading.Speaking to Arab News, Dr. Al-Amoudi said that breast cancer is one of the most prevalent and dangerous types of cancer affecting women and the most widespread among them as well, adding: “It is also one of the most significant causes of death among women which is why its early detection is crucial to control it from spreading.” She pointed out that one woman out of eight is prone to be affected by breast cancer during her lifetime. “The threat in the Kingdom is that a...

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Walid Sanchez has Spanish, Latino and Saudi origins. He is British-educated and grew up in the UK and in Saudi Arabia. H...
NEW YORK: Monica Lewinsky said she was one of the first victims of cyber-bullying, becoming “Patient Zero” after falling in love with Bill Clinton, as the former White House intern gave her first speech in 13 years on Monday.In an emotional address at Forbes’ inaugural Under 30 summit in Philadelphia that recalled the 1998 sex scandal with Clinton, the 41-year-old brunette announced a campaign to end online bullying.Lewinsky told a packed auditorium that she was “the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet.”“I was Patient Zero,” she said.“There...
LOS ANGELES: On Monday’s Elle Women in Hollywood event, honoree Jennifer Garner gave a passionate speech about sexism in the entertainment industry.After being presented by Steve Carell, Ben Affleck’s other half took that stage to share a personal story the brought the audience to cheers and applause.“The fact that there even needs to be a Women in Hollywood event is a little bit sad,” gorgeous Garner said during the annual event at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills. “I mean, the men in Hollywood event is every day— it’s called Hollywood. Fifty-one percent of the population should not...

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