Saudi Arabia will receive Black Hawk and Apache military helicopters from the US earlier next year to bolster National Guard forces, said visiting National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah after talks with Pentagon officials.“Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah seeks to modernize and develop the military systems of all armed forces, including the National Guard,” the minister told reporters after meeting US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.Specialized technical committees have been set up to study the requirements of Saudi armed forces including the National Guard, he said.Prince Miteb said Saudi officers have been trained to pilot the newly purchased Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. “We have already received training planes,” he added.He said he had discussed with President Barack Obama and other US officials the ways of strengthening bilateral cooperation in vario...
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Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna on Sunday and...
Visa applicants for Umrah will soon have to record their biometrics before traveling to the Kingdom.Under the new rule, which comes as part of efforts to streamline the visa process and reduce waiting time at entry points, biometrics will be recorded at select agencies through registration centers in foreign countries.The new system has been a subject of contention among Umrah tour operators in Pakistan, Egypt and Jordan,...
A prominent human rights organization has urged restaurant owners to remove signs barring women entry without legal guardians or mahrams.“Such signs are illegal and only express personal viewpoints,” said Khaled Al-Fakheri, secretary-general and spokesman at the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR).The statement comes in the wake of several photos circulating online showing such placards on restaurant doors across the...

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Experts have emphasized the need for population control to preserve the economic resources and urged the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars and the Shoura Council to express their opinion on the sensitive issue.“People are afraid of talking about birth control in the Kingdom because of sensitivity a...
Foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council will hold an important meeting on Tuesday to prepare for the GCC summit to be held in Doha on Dec. 9 and 10. “The ministerial meeting is, in fact, a preparatory meeting for the forthcoming 35th session of the GCC Supreme Council,” said a statement released by the...
The Interior Ministry is working for the release of another nine Saudis from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, according to Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, ministry spokesman.The ministry recently confirmed that a group of specialists from within the Kingdom had been sent to the notorious detention center to study the possibility of havi...
Experimental operation of the 480-km Haramain Railway that links the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah will take place in the beginning of next year, said Transport Minister Jabara Al-Seraisry.He said the first train from a total of 35 trains for the railway would arrive in the Kingdom by the end of this year. “We need...
The Jeddah Municipality is facing widespread criticism regarding its execution of tunnels and roads which failed to contain the aftermath of the heavy showers in the city over the weekend.Several citizens complained about the failure of the civic body to control the floods and once again brought to the fore the poor or lack...
Heavy rains poured over Riyadh on Sunday afternoon causing traffic congestion in the main streets, in the heart of the capital. The rains have also flooded the industrial areas on the Al-Kharj Road, while motorists who were using the Airport Highway to the city center were caught in the traffic for more than an hour.Hameed...
The general court in Jeddah has sentenced a man to death for the murder of a woman. The man's brother was also sentenced to five years in jail for his involvement in the case.The court found the defendant guilty of killing the 28-year-old woman. The brother confessed to helping the convict get rid of the woman’s body after...
Adel Altoraifi has been appointed the new general manager of Al Arabiya News Channel after Abdulrahman Al-Rashed quit the position on Saturday for personal reasons.The announcement was made by Sheikh Waleed Al-Ibrahim, chairman of the MBC Group.Altoraifi, who has a doctorate in international relations from the London School...
The Ministry of Health recently conducted a four-day training program for 14 participants from four hospitals in the Qassim region.“It was the first training on the ‘Lean Six Sigma’ among hospitals in the region, which taught participants how to deliver improved service to patients,” said Khaled Faraj Anezi, director of the...
More than 450 tourist establishments have been penalized for violations over the past two years, said Abdullatif Albenayyan, general manager of the Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities (SCTA) in the Eastern Province.Additionally, 10 furnished apartment buildings and two hotels were closed down.“Regional hotels are...
Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih has urged health workers in the public and private sectors to help people take precautionary measures against infectious diseases.The minister’s comments came during a teleconference at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh on Sunday entitled ‘Seasonal influenza Medical Conference’ which was at...
The Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMOUBA) celebrated the 197th anniversary of its founder, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, at the Indian Consulate on Friday.The function was held with aplomb under heavily overcast skies which failed to dampen the spirits of the large gathering of Aligs and prominent members of the In...
For one Pakistani resident in Madinah Mukhtar, who works as a cameraman in a media production company, his choice to work and stay in Madinah had added a special flavor to his life. The man, Ahmed, prefers to live in Madinah Mukhtar more than in any other city in the world.Ahmed added that Madinah’s people are good-hearted,...

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JERUSALEM: Israel’s Cabinet has approved a contentious bill that officially defi...

ROME: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi said in an interview published Su...

JERUSALEM: A Jerusalem court on Sunday charged an Israeli border policeman with...

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi court sentenced former Sunni MP Ahmed Al-Alwani to death on Su...

TUNIS: Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to vote for their first directly el...

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KABUL: A suicide bomber attacked a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan...

TOKYO: The damage from an overnight earthquake in a mountainous area of central...

BEIJING: The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote par...

BUFFALO: Emergency workers filled thousands of sandbags on Sunday as the area ar...

LONDON: The head of London’s police force said Sunday that as many as five terro...

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Saudi Arabia had a fast start and held on to a 3-2 victory over UAE Sunday night...

LILLE, France: Roger Federer gave Switzerland its first Davis Cup title in Lille...

MACAU: Manny Pacquiao is done taking the high road, tired of pretending he doesn...

LONDON: Liverpool’s season went from bad to worse on Sunday, when it surrendered...

ABU DHABI: British driver Lewis Hamilton clinched his second Formula One title i...

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Dun & Bradstreet South Asia Middle East Ltd. (D&B) in association with the National Commercial Bank released the D&B Business Optimism Index (BOI) survey for...
The Saudi stock market continued its upward march and rose for a fourth trading session on Sunday.The Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) added further 106.8 points or 1.14 percent to 9,515.63 points. While curving in the upward territory throughout the day it rose to a maximum gain of 147 points.On year-to-date basis, the TASI...
BEIJING: China’s leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses, said sources involved in policy-making.Friday’s surprise cut in rates, the first in more than two ye...
Hyundai Motors says the company has received 40th rank on the list of trademarks and 5th among the sector of cars in the world. According to Inter-brand International, it is one of the best 100 trademarks during the last 10 years. According to experts, the value of Hyundai cars in the international market reached $10 billio...
LONDON: European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has moved closer to launching sovereign debt purchases and data this week will show just how dangerously low inflation has fallen in the $13 trillion euro zone economy.A sickly Europe has held back global economic growth for years, and now it is contributing significantly...
ISTANBUL: US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday told Europe it was time to act on improving its energy security, warning of Russia’s “track record” in using energy supplies as a weapon. Speaking at an Atlantic Council meeting in Istanbul, Biden said Europe needed to step up efforts to “ensure diversification” away from Ru...
LONDON: The OPEC oil producers cartel will hold one of its toughest and most significant meetings in recent years as, faced with sliding prices, its members must contemplate whether to cut output.Ahead of Thursday’s meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna, home to the cartel’s headquarters, it...
The Ports Development Company, owner and developer of King Abdullah Port, has announced the handing over of the third berth at the King Abdullah Port to National Container Company.The facility, which meets the Customs and the Coast Guard specifications, is considered to be an important phase in the port’s development, said...
NEW DELHI: India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has promised to unveil a whole series of “second-generation” reforms to try to kickstart the stuttering economy.In an interview with the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency, Jaitley said the reforms that would be unveiled in the budget early next year would help the countr...
The board of directors of Mobily has suspended its CEO Khalid Omar Al-Kaf and put his deputy Serkan Okandan in temporary charge pending an investigation into accounting errors. Al-Kaf will be suspended until Mobily’s audit committee completes its investigation into these errors, the company said in a statement posted on the...
Prince Saud bin Naif, governor of the Eastern Province, will patronize the sixth Saudi International Exhibition for Oil and Gas, starting in Dhahran on Monday. Dhahran International Exhibitions Company is organizing the event on Monday.Company CEO Muhammad bin Hamad Al-Hussaini said that several officials, investors and int...
TOKYO: Tokyo investors are likely to be cautious this week about a possible market downturn, analysts said, while political developments in Japan will be a focus ahead of an election next month.“The market continues to show all the signs of being technically overbought and potentially ready for a pullback,” said Masayuki Do...
Peter Ramsauer, chief of the German-Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has held high-level talks on strengthening bilateral cooperation in Riyadh.Ramsauer and his delegation met with various government agencies and business sectors, including senior officials in the Shoura Council and the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC)...

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Prince Miteb bin Abdullah’s visit to the United States is talk of the town these...
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The sixth edition of Abu Dhabi Art Fair opened its doors last weekend to welcome artists, galleries, art professionals and visitors from around the world to be part of a program that takes the region’s cultural institutions to a whole new level of development. The two participating Saudi galleries, Ayyam Gallery and Athr Gallery, received much a...

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Tighter infection controls in hospitals have contributed to a significant drop in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases in Saudi Arabia, but a senior health official warns that sporadic primary cases will still pop up.
There is no cure or vaccine for MERS — a severe respiratory disease which causes cough, fever, breathing problems a...

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Argenterie is an extension of a 35-year-old jewelry business of Essam Jamal, one of Jeddah’s well-known jeweler specialized in fancy jewelry and gems. He counts Jeddah’s elite families and other big shots among his customers.
His son Abdulghani Jamal and his son’s wife Shaima Tash founded Argenterie to fill existing gaps in the jewelry mark...

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More than 450 tourist establishments have been penalized for violations over the past two years, said Abdullatif Albenayyan, general manager of the Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities (SCTA) in the Eastern Province.
Additionally, 10 furnished apartment buildings and two hotels were closed down.
“Regional hotels are liaising...

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La Cucina is a posh Italian restaurant located on the ground floor of Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh. This ultra-fashionable eatery offers one of the trendiest brunches in the capital city.La Cucina strikes the perfect balance between the traditional and the modern, offering innovative dishes made by Chef Nicola Russo. The hotel is renowned for its great service, which results in a delightful dining experience at La Cucina.Chef Russo, a native Italian chef, brought with him authentic Tuscan flavors from the kitchens of Tuscany to the dining tables of Riyadh’s top restaurant.As you walk into the restaurant, you can smell the scent of freshly baked goods from its bakery. The interiors are very...
Last week, I wrote about the flame retardant chemical, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, (PBDEs), in children’s wear, as well as phthalates in plastic water bottles, toys, and beauty care products. These articles are to make parents more aware of the chemically wrapped gifts offered to their children by the food, clothing, body care, and toy industries. Why did I choose to explore toxins and chemicals in modern children’s lives? That is because children are helpless, innocent, and more susceptible to contaminants than adults.Before I continue to another poisoning chemical, I would like to add more information about the flame retardant PBDEs, which is found in children’s wear, upholstery, and...
The Ministry of Health launched a nationwide awareness campaign to combat diabetes on the World Diabetes Day on Saturday.This year’s World Diabetes Day is under the theme “Healthy Living and Diabetes,” and is observed worldwide by over 200 member associations of the International Diabetes Federation in more than 160 countries and territories, all member states of the United Nations, as well as by other associations and organizations, companies, health care professionals and people living with diabetes and their families.Inaugurating the program at the King Abdullah Park in Malaz on Saturday, Dr. Abdul-Aziz bin Saeed, Deputy Minister of Health for Public Health, said the national program...

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ALEPPO, Syria: A sliver of Aleppo’s once famous nightlife has returned to the war-torn Syrian city, with cafes and singe...
TAIPEI: Chinese director Lou Ye’s drama starring blind amateur actors as massage therapists scooped top honors at the Golden Horse Film Awards in Taiwan on Saturday, touted as the Chinese-language “Oscars.”“Blind Massage,” a portrayal of the romance and dreams of visually impaired massage therapists, was the biggest winner, with six gongs out of seven nominations.It scooped awards including the coveted best feature film, best adapted screenplay and best new performer for Zhang Lei, herself a visually impaired masseuse.“It took a long time to shoot the film. I want to thank everyone for their...
MUMBAI: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is all set to become the second Pakistani to perform at the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize Concert on Dec. 11. Junoon performed at the concert earlier, according to Dawn.com. The concert, which will be held at the Oslo Spektrum Arena, is set to be hosted by Queen Latifah and will honor India’s Kailash Satyarthi and the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace prize, Malala Yousafzai, for the work they have done to promote children’s rights, particularly education. Each year the Nobel Peace Prize Concert brings together talented artists from across the globe to pay...

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