MUNICH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister defended his country’s treatment of women on Friday, saying it had made progress on female education but would take time to let them drive cars.“When it comes to issues like women’s driving, this is not a religious issue, it’s a societal issue,” Adel Al-Jubeir told an audience at the Munich Security Conference.He said it was unfair to fixate on the issue of women drivers, given the Kingdom’s efforts to educate girls.“We went from no schools for women in 1960 to universal education, to where today 55 percent of college students are women,” said Al-Jubeir.“Some of our top doctors and engineers and lawyers and business people are women. The issue is one that is evolving just like it is in other countries.” He compared Saudi Arabia to the United States, arguing that it took 100 years after America’s independence before women were given the right to vot...
BRUSSELS: The UAE wants to deploy commandos to help train forces fighting Daesh terrorists and will...
Jeddah: The Criminal Court in Jeddah has sentenced a man to nine months in jail for beating his wife...
RIYADH: Following directives from Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the medical evacuation from the US of Ibtehal Abu Jabal, a brain dead student, has been approved. Ibtehal had anemia, which required her to be moved to a hospital. But her condition worsened leading to brain death.Amal Abu Jabal, sister of the student, said that her medical evacuation was approved on Friday. She will be transported back home on the...
RIYADH: Riyadh and Phnom Penh have signed a labor deal to recruit domestics and general workers from Cambodia.Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani and his Cambodian counterpart Ait Samana signed the agreement.Al-Haqabani said the Kingdom is keen on opening new markets for its employment needs. He pointed out that the move would cater to the growing demand for domestics in the Kingdom and that the manpower supply scheme from...

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RIYADH: A cross-section of Saudi society on Friday denounced the Jazan massacre that shook the nation on Thursday, when a gunman went on the rampage killing seven education officials and injuring several others in Al-Dair governorate.The culprit, identified as Abdullah Al-Malki, has been arrested by...
MAKKAH: Thirty percent of male middle school students and 23 percent of female students take some form of drugs, a recent scientific study from the National Center for Youth Research confirmed. The study shows drug consumption rates among students in this age group has increased in Jazan and surrounding areas, as well as th...
DAMMAM: During the last three decades, the Kingdom has experienced comprehensive development in all sectors coupled with high growth rates in population and living standards. This has resulted in an ever-increasing water consumption in the agricultural, municipal and industrial sectors.To meet this increasing consumption, t...
RIYADH: Education Minister Ahmad Al-Issa has ordered to gradually close down private night schools beginning from the current year. The closure of these schools will be complete by 1439H.Al-Issa’s decision is based on reports of a body, which highlighted the poor discipline of students at these schools. It has also been dec...
JEDDAH: Maj. Gen. Awad Al-Balawi, head of the Saudi Border Guard, recently confirmed the expansion of the employment program for women within the border security sector. He said that the sector is entering a new phase as women will be employed in a number of new departments, after previously only being employed as inspector...
RIYADH: A medical team of the King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital (KASCH) at the King Abdulaziz Medical City (National Guard) here have successfully conducted the first liver transplant on a baby boy. Fahad Mari Said Al-Sairdh, father of the eight-month-old child, expressed his and his family’s gratitude to the hos...
JEDDAH: The Makkah Investigation and Prosecution Board reintroduced the crane crash incident to the Riyadh Investigation and Prosecution Board recently, adding 10 more employees and supervisors from different government agencies before the courts. This brings the total number of those implicated in the case to 50.This occur...
JEDDAH: The teacher who gunned down seven education officials in Al-Dair governorate on Thursday had been showing behavioral problems in recent days, Al-Janob Misfer Al-Subhan, director of King Faisal Secondary School in Dharan, was quoted as saying by local media on Friday.“Abdullah Al-Malki was teaching Islamic Education....
JEDDAH: The Human Rights Commission (HRC) is investigating the Nakheel Mall case, in which a girl was beaten up by a group of Haia members, an official of the commission has said. “The HRC is supposed to guarantee the rights of those harmed, whoever they are. We have communicated with the Commission for the Promotion of Vir...
AL-AHSA: King Faisal University (KFU) in Al-Ahsa is currently studying the possibility of admitting female students to specialize in veterinary medicine, the director of the university, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Saati, confirmed. He said the matter has been presented to the university administration as part of expansion and developm...
JEDDAH: A fingerprinting campaign, titled “Imprint Homeland,” against extremism and terrorism, was launched at the Jeddah corniche on Thursday night. The drive will cover all the 17 regions of Makkah province.The campaign, initiated by the Makkah governorate, will mainly target a million young population, both male and fema...
RIYADH: The number of unemployed Saudi nationals reached 647,000 by the end of last year, of whom 56 percent, or 363,800, hold bachelor’s degrees or licenses. Female bachelor’s degree and license holders accounted for three-fourths of unemployed Saudi females as of the end of last year, while 110,900 unemployed males with h...
RIYADH: Four citizens have been arrested in two murder cases, one of which was a road rage. One of the suspects resisted arrest and even opened fire on the police, but no one was injured.According to the Riyadh police, a clinic informed them that it received a Saudi youth with injuries from gun shots on Monday. The police i...

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KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait and Italy will finalize a multibillion-euro deal next week f...

ROME: As Italy prepared to bury Giulio Regeni on Friday, Prime Minister Matteo R...

HELSINKI: Thousands of Iraqi refugees who arrived in Finland last year have deci...

AMMAN: A Jordanian journalist has been detained for nearly two months in the UAE...

MUNICH: Major powers agreed on Friday to implement a cessation of hostilities in...

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GENEVA/LONDON: Suspected links between the Zika virus and two neurological disor...

BURNS, Oregon: The four holdouts in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife r...

MONTERREY, Mexico: A prison riot that left 49 inmates hacked, beaten or burned t...

WASHINGTON/CAMBRIDGE, Mass.: Scientists for the first time have detected gravita...

WASHINGTON: Two days after her humiliating New Hampshire defeat, White House hop...

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RANCHI: Swashbuckling opener Shikhar Dhawan struck his maiden Twenty20 fifty to...

DOHA: Briton Mark Cavendish won the Tour of Qatar for a second time on Friday, a...

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands: French qualifier Nicolas Mahut continued his dream week...

ZURICH: Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke became the latest high-profi...

NEW DELHI: India’s cricket board handed Pakistan’s former Test umpire Asad Rauf...

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BALI, Indonesia: Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi has underlined the importance of energy in the economic and social growth, saying that all peoples...
LONDON: Oil prices jumped on Friday on prospects for a coordinated production cut sparked by comments from the energy minister of the UAE.Still, analysts said such a move remained unlikely, and prices for Brent and US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude were on track for weekly losses of more than 7 percent and 11 percent r...
LONDON: The 19-country euro zone is in its longest stretch of economic expansion since the global financial crisis in 2008 but growth remains paltry despite a series of tail winds and is susceptible to a reverse if the worst fears in financial markets come to fruition.The region’s economy grew by a quarterly 0.3 percent in...
PARIS: Renault’s full-year profit rose almost 50 percent in 2015 on strong sales of new models, though the French carmaker slashed the value of its stake in Lada-maker AvtoVAZ by 225 million euros amid a Russian car market slump.Renault shares initially rose 5 percent before giving up most of their gains after CEO Carlos Gh...
WASHINGTON: Christine Lagarde, the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund, became assured of a second term as managing director to steer it through a global economic slowdown.The executive board of the global crisis lender announced that there were no challengers facing Lagarde, for the five-year term that begi...
MUMBAI: The head of India’s central bank has said the country’s lenders may need to perform “deep surgery” to sort out bad loans and clean up their balance sheets.Raghuram Rajan, Reserve Bank of India governor, who famously predicted the 2008 world financial crisis, has set Indian banks a deadline of March next year to tidy...
LONDON: Britain’s Rolls-Royce halved its final dividend to shore up its finances, the first cut for 24 years, but after three profit warnings last year a more confident tone boosted its shares.Tough trading in its civil aerospace and marine engine businesses pushed profit at the world’s second-largest maker of aircraft engi...
LONDON: British newspaper The Independent will become digital only, and its last print edition will come out on March 26, owners ESI Media said in a statement.ESI Media said it was also selling off the “i” — a cut-price sister title — to fund the website of The Independent.“The newspaper industry is changing and that change...
LONDON: “The aluminum market continues to, in our view, face the greatest bearish fundamental shock in a generation, and perhaps, in its history.”That shockingly bearish view comes from Goldman Sachs, which has just slashed (again) its short- and medium-term price forecasts. (“Metal Detector,” Feb. 8, 2016).The Wall Street...
HONG KONG: A near five percent plunge in Tokyo led another Asian rout Friday, bringing to an end one of the most painful weeks for global investors as fears about the world economy — and possible recession — stalk trading floors.The losses in Japan came as the yen pushed to more than 16-month highs against the dollar. The r...
 

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People are sitting in a little room watching some films; for many of the viewers what they are seeing is quite a revelation. The highly creative short videos show a picture of the Gulf from a thought-provoking, fantastical and often very funny perspective. A message that shines through from a film called Pixels is how prejudice is universal and...

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WASHINGTON: In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.
Some scientists likened the breakthrough to the moment Galileo took up a telescope to look at the planets.
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The Middle East is now home to a number of world class accessories designers who are intuitively blurring the line between East and West and offering something unique that one can’t help but feel totally attached to. To put it mildly, their luxe creations are one-of-a-kind from all ends worthy of being put on display in a museum.
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For the fourth year in a row, Abu Dhabi organized it’s annual Qasr Al-Hosn Festival to celebrate the past and present glories of the UAE. It is truly a celebration of Emirati culture and heritage. The festival provides visitors and tourists an opportunity to learn more about the Emirati identity in a fun and informative way.
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RIYADH: Several government departments participating in a campaign to fight breast cancer in the Eastern Province will offer their recommendations to the Ministry of the Interior to include breast cancer checks for women aged 40 and above as part of the services covered by the civil affairs offices.The services usually offered by these offices across the Kingdom include issuing of national identity cards and their renewal, registration of new born babies, death registration, obtaining Haj permits, fingerprinting and re-issuance of lost documents for Saudi citizens.Dr. Salih Al Solouk, the general director of health affairs in the Eastern Province, said that the recommendation is expected to...
There are millions in this world today who suffer from insomnia. When sleeplessness moves beyond the normal range of a few days into weeks and months, you have a really serious problem afflicting you that requires express treatment. However, first you must have a basic understanding of insomnia and its different aspects. Insomnia is a common sleep complaint that occurs when you have one or more of these problems; You have a hard time initiating sleep, struggle to maintain sleep, waking up frequently during the night, tend to wake up too early and are unable to go back to sleep. Or your sleep is no restorative or has poor quality. These symptoms of insomnia can be caused by a variety of...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia joined the rest of the world in intensifying public awareness on cancer with activities spread over the week supporting the global cause that aims to save millions of lives every year by raising awareness and education about the disease, urging governments and individuals across the world to take action.Being a truly global event observed annually on Feb. 4th, World Cancer Day unites the whole world in the fight against cancer. The Kingdom joined the massive awareness campaign with the Ministry of Health observing cancer awareness week, ending on Wednesday.Under the auspices of Health Ministry, King Saud University (KSU), which is leading the vanguard in the Kingdom for...

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BERLIN: Actor George Clooney and his lawyer wife Amal had a private meeting Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel...
NASHVILLE, Tennessee: Taylor Swift seems unhappy with Kanye West’s “misogynistic message” in his new track, Famous — which sees the rap star namecheck Swift.”According to the BBC, a statement from Swift’s representatives denied West had sought permission from the star, contrary to earlier reports that she had given him her blessing. Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. The track was debuted at a listening party for West’s new album...
LOS ANGELES: A man charged with stalking Gwyneth Paltrow told jurors that he kept writing to the actress in recent years because he wanted her forgiveness for sending her provocative messages nearly 17 years ago.Dante Soiu was one of the final witnesses at his four-day trial focusing on packages and letters — some of which expressed his desire to marry Paltrow — sent in 2014 and 2015.Soiu, 66, testified that he never intended to scare Paltrow or physically harm her.“I have no desire to hurt her feelings,” Soiu said. “I have no desire to harass her.”A prosecutor however urged jurors to...

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