CAIRO: Leading Sunni Muslim body Al-Azhar said Sunday the world must unite in a “battle of all humanity” to prevent the Islamic State group from destroying Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra.The appeal came a day after Syria’s antiquities director said that IS fighters had entered the museum in Palmyra and raised their black flag over the ancient citadel that overlooks the archaeological site.“Protecting archaeological sites from destruction and plundering is the battle of all of humanity,” the Cairo-based Al-Azhar, a prestigious seat of Islamic learning, said in a statement.“We have to unite our efforts in order to protect one of the most important archaeological cities in the Middle East from being destroyed by Daesh,” it said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.Al-Azhar said the international community must take urgent steps to prevent IS “from destroying the cultural and archaeological land...
NEW YORK: The US has blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying...
RIYADH: United in grief and upping the ante against terrorism, people from across the world strongly...
JEDDAH/RIYADH: The suicide bomber in the Qatif mosque blast has been identified as Saleh bin Abdul Rahman Saleh Al-Qashami, who was a Saudi citizen.Revealing this information, Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, security spokesman of the Interior Ministry, on Saturday said the bomber was wanted by the security authorities for his association with the Islamic State group.Forensic tests proved that the material used in the blast at...
JEDDAH: Saudi women will be able to contest and vote for the first time in municipal elections, adding another element to the upcoming polls.The move aims at meeting the aspirations, dreams and needs of all citizens, particularly in municipal and developmental issues.Any citizen, holding a valid ID, can participate in municipal elections as a voter or a candidate if he or she meets the set conditions. Citizens wishing to...

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JEDDAH: Government bodies are carrying on campaigns to stop transgressions and violations of expatriate workers who use articles that govern relations between employers and workers to pressure establishments they work with.The private sector is taking measures to combat these violations. Member of t...
ABHA: Several Saudis have urged the government to expand the foreign scholarship program arguing that it is highly beneficial for the country’s development.Journalist and writer Ali Al-Khseiban said the program is an advanced education project that not only provides Saudi men and women the opportunity to study at the world’...
GENEVA: Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih stressed the importance of supporting primary health care in GCC countries in order to reduce economic burdens, noting that diabetes is one of the top diseases that require intensive preventative measures to reduce high rates in the region.In his speech during the 40th session of the...
RIYADH: The National Center for Addiction Counseling (NCAC) currently has 15 people answering calls from members of the public who are addicted to drugs, or with family members that are afflicted.According to a report in a local newspaper, they work for 14 hours a day and guarantee confidentiality. The advice provided inclu...
JEDDAH: The Eastern Province police are still investigating a case involving the alleged assault of two girls in a local mall, but have warned that there would also be action taken against those who film such incidents and post them on social networking sites.The police recently released a statement saying that it was a cri...
RIYADH: The Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has established branches involving 1,000 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) for aid distribution to various parts of Yemen.“The NGOs will distribute aid to Yemenis affected by the conflict in areas inaccessible to relief agencies like the United Nations,...
JEDDAH: While millions of Saudis were sharing the usual Friday messages of prayers and religious verses, terrorists, particularly from Mesopotamia, were sending messages about bombing in eastern Saudi Arabia.Even before Saudis circulated the news of the devastating suicide blast in a mosque at Al-Qadeeh in Qatif, tweeters c...
RIYADH: Azerbaijan is seeking to develop its trade ties with Saudi Arabia, its ambassador said at the country’s national day celebrations recently.“Relations between Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia are reflected in the mutual visits of high ranking officials,” said Rasim Rzayev. He said Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev was i...
RIYADH: Women enjoy a high status in the Kingdom and are continuing to contribute to society in a considerable way but efforts should be made to further push their cause, the Human Rights Commission (HRC) has stated in its report.The HRC, in cooperation with a number of entities, has prepared a detailed report on women’s st...
RIYADH: The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Saudi Public Transport Company (SAPTCO) and Philips Lighting Arabia Ltd. to train 1,111 Saudi youngsters from colleges and institutes.Under the agreement, the two companies will employ the trainees after t...
JEDDAH: Many citizens have called on the government to change its one-shift policy of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at primary health clinics, saying it does not fit in with those who have jobs, and the Saudi lifestyle.Many people said they were surprised at the change in working hours, according to a report in a local publication recen...
JEDDAH: The fate of a Saudi girl, who is about eight years old, hangs in the balance, two years after she tested positive for HIV. It is a twin tragedy for the young victim as she contracted the virus during treatment in a hospital and her court case is moving at a snail’s pace.The girl’s lawyer, Ibrahim Al-Hakmi, has been...
RIYADH: Prince Abdullah bin Musaed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, president of Youth Welfare, has stressed the need for promoting women’s sporting activity through welfare clubs. He made this observation while answering questions through “Kingdom Dialogues”, a subsidiary channel of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue (KANCD...

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CAIRO: Leading Sunni Muslim body Al-Azhar said Sunday the world must unite in a...

RIYADH: Yemeni government spokesman Rageh Badi said Saturday that President Abed...

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday acquitted 17 people of violating a strict p...

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces retook territory from the Islamic State group east of Rama...

WAHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s war strategy failed to stop Islamic State mi...

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CLEVELAND: Some 71 people were arrested in Cleveland overnight during protests t...

MADRID: Spaniards voted Sunday in elections that could see the anti-austerity pr...

ZURICH: A leading Swiss politician said citizens could be asked to vote again on...

KIEV: Ukraine’s pro-Russian rebels rushed Sunday to dispel speculation that a bl...

NEW YORK: Nobel prize-winning US mathematician John Nash, who inspired the film...

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MONACO: Germany’s Nico Rosberg celebrated a surprise hat-trick of Monaco Grand P...

WENTWORTH, England: South Korea's Byeong-hun An turned the European PGA Champion...

FORT WORTH, Texas: Kevin Na sank a 14-foot birdie putt on his penultimate hole t...

DETROIT: Lance McCullers got Ian Kinsler to ground into a triple play in the fif...

CHICAGO: Antoine Vermette scored in the second overtime Saturday as the Chicago...

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JEDDAH: Despite closing lower for two days during the week, the Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) entrenched at 9,768.09 and finished the week up over 0.38 percent from its...
LONDON: Futures prices indicate the physical market is easily absorbing the large volume of crude being supplied and global rebalancing is well underway.The price for storing a barrel of Brent for six months has fallen from more than $1.23 per month at the start of 2015 to just 37 cents per month on May 21.US crude inventor...
NEW YORK: US stock investors have been enjoying an extended period of low volatility and steady gains, but with the US Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year and major indexes near records, the market could get a bit choppier in coming weeks.Fed Chair Janet Yellen said she expected the US central bank to...
LIMA: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has said that the Beijing-funded project to build a vast railroad between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, across Peru, would respect the region’s environment including the Amazon basin.“The three countries agree on the fact that the viability of this project will not only be favorable to ou...
This is a true story and it needs to be shared with all professionals because one day you could be this man. But would you behave like him…ah ha, slick, that is the $64 question.Lal is his name. The owner of a very large vehicle manufacturing company, much in the same manner as you and I own shirts. Having taken over the co...
KARACHI: Pakistan’s central bank has slashed the benchmark interest rates to a 42-year low of seven percent, hoping to stimulate growth in the long dormant economy.“The State Bank (of Pakistan) is cutting the monetary policy rates by 100 basis points, aiming at boosting investment in the country,” Ashraf Mahamood Wathra, go...
NEW DELHI: One of the most dramatic signs of a shift in investor sentiment about India has been the turnaround in the rupee’s fortunes. In April, as nervous foreign investors began to withdraw money after a controversy over retrospective taxes and snags in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reform efforts, the currency dropped...
LONDON: The Bank of England plans to assess the implications of a possible British exit from the European Union, it said in a statement, confirming an e-mail it inadvertently sent to a newspaper about the supposedly confidential research project.The Guardian reported that an aide to a senior Bank official said in the e-mail...
DEAD SEA, Jordan: Business and government leaders at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) called on countries in the region to forge public-private partnerships to drive urgently needed infrastructure development. Infrastructure development “is a huge opportunity not just because of the high y...
SINTRA, Portugal: What’s behind Europe’s sluggish recovery and high jobless rate? What can central banks and governments do to get things going?The European Central Bank convened prominent economists Thursday through Saturday to probe those questions at the Penha Longa golf resort set amid steep, densely forested hills near...
MANILA: The Philippines’ top trade official has called for support for the integration of micro, small and medium enterprises in global trade, which he said would help reduce poverty and inequality in the Asia-Pacific region. Trade has been a powerful growth engine in the 21 economies comprising the Asia-Pacific Economic Co...
WASHINGTON: Discussions of US economic inequality usually focus on income inequality (as in the case of a CEO who makes 300 times as much as his workers do). But there’s another type that gets less attention, yet may contribute far more to the gap between the haves and have-nots — wealth inequality.Income is the amount of m...
JEDDAH: Mobily is behind efforts to building a brighter future for the company and its customers, said Serkan Okandan, Mobily’s deputy CEO. His remarks came as Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) announced the commercial launch of a cable venture to connect the Middle East with Europe starting from Fujairah city in the UAE passing thr...
 

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Protecting women’s rightsLast week Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman...
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A senior US official told the media how the Iraqi city of Ramadi fell in the han...
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NEW YORK: A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179.4 million on Monday night, and a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti set a record for most expensive sculpture, at $141.3 million.
Picasso’s “Women of Algiers (Version O)” and Giacometti’s life-size “Pointing Man” were among d...

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RIYADH: Saudi tweets account for more than 47 percent of all Arabic content on Twitter, according to a recent study.
“Twitter has made it big in Saudi Arabia, since Arabic was introduced onto the platform in 2012,” MVF Global said.
With just 140 characters, MVF Global added, Twitter has become the largest real-time conversation ever c...

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Henna has been culturally used by men and women for over 6,000 years to dye hair, nails and skin.
In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra and Nefertiti were known to have used it to color their hair and as decorative body art patterns. It was also commonly used for many centuries in India, the Middle East and Africa. Commercially packaged henna, inten...

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Ever watched “The Lion King” and wished you would explore the savannahs where Simba was born and the lush jungle where he found Timon and Pumba? Of course you have, I mean who wouldn’t want to watch lions, elephants, zebras, flamingos and so many others thrive in their habitats? The continent of Africa is diverse, it’s intense, it’s wild and bea...

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They say there is nothing a cupcake can’t fix. That seems to be the mantra of home bakers Marzan and Rubina Ahmed. The husband and wife duo in Alkhobar have been doling out their sweet treats for family and friends for quite a while.While Rubina has always had a flair for baking, Marzan discovered his talent when he once baked with his niece who was about five at that time (she’s now 12). “When we got married last summer we decided to have cupcakes at the engagement that we decorated ourselves according to the theme. When we got married Rubina joined me in Saudi Arabia and after teaming up for my cousin’s engagement, ‘baked by rubynmarz’ was established,” Marzan said, referring to the home...
In Part 7, I wrote about the benefits and healing properties of coconut oil on skin health and problems like acne, eczema, psoriasis, insect bites and superficial wounds and burns. Now, I shall talk about other aspects of this healthy oil.Virgin coconut oil’s medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) have different healing actions on many areas of the body. We saw how it produces powerful ketogenic effects on the brain cells (neurons). Ketones improve and could reverse once thought to be hopeless conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis (MS), personality disorders. VCO also enhances cognitive skills as was shown in recent studies done by Dr....
An expert has expressed serious concern at the increasing number of youngsters, particularly schoolchildren, getting addicted to smoking, and has urged the authorities to raise the prices of cigarettes.Professor Mohammad bin Jabir Yamani, chairman of Naqaa society, said: “The percentage of smokers among young people varies from 13 to 15 percent. The number is rising among school-aged children also.” He said that the society has treated around 10,000 smokers, of which 60 percent completely gave up smoking.Yamani said female smokers in the Kingdom form less than 6 percent, and hoped that the number is on the decrease. The society is working to decrease the number of smokers through targeting...

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MUMBAI: Sylvester Stallone and Salman Khan have found a fan in each other, it seems. The Hollywood star is all praise fo...
CANNES: A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study at the world-famous University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in the United States is being offered to three Arab women from across the globe — including Australia.Saudi Arabia’s Hani Farsi — who produced last year’s lauded docudrama ‘20,000 Days on Earth’, starring Nick Cave — made the surprise announcement at the Cannes film festival on Tuesday. Farsi, 46, a film mogul and philanthropist, has been an active supporter of the arts since setting up shop in the United Kingdom (he hails from Saudi Arabia, but was educated in the US). Prior to...
LOS ANGELES: The career of A.R. Rahman invites superlatives.The Indian composer and musician is one of the world’s most prolific creators of movie scores (including the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire“). He has been nicknamed “the Mozart of Madras.” He has cracked Time’s list of the world’s most-influential people. He has sold more than 150 million albums.But with Rahman’s latest show, he’s operating on a modest scale — relatively speaking. “This is probably the smallest band I’ve ever been with, but the most credible one,” Rahman says of the singers, percussionists and other performers (...

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