JERUSALEM: Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets.More than 1,000 Israeli police were deployed around the Old City’s cobbled streets and the ancient gates that lead to Al Aqsa, a spokeswoman said, in addition to undercover anti-riot units and observation balloons hovering in the sky.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced Thursday’s closure of the site as “tantamount to a declaration of war” and his political party called for a “day of rage” in protest at the move, prompting heightened security throughout the city.Worshippers wanting to enter the ornate marble-and-stone compound, which contains the golden Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa mosque, the third holiest shrine in Islam, queued behi...
The Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council has taken Haramain Islamic Foundation (HIF) off t...
Minister of the National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah has rejected accusations by Hezbollah that...
BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials say bombs have struck marketplaces near Baghdad, killing at least nine people.One bomb went off at a sheep market in the Iraqi capital’s western suburb of Suweib, killing five people and wounding 13. Police officials say the explosion happened around noon.Earlier on Friday, a bomb blast near an outdoor market in the town of Madain, just south of Baghdad, killed four people and wounded 11.Medical o...
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso: Anti-government protesters began gathering in Burkina Faso’s capital again Friday, a day after their violent demonstrations pushed the country’s longtime president to agree to relinquish power next year.Protesters stormed the parliament Thursday to prevent lawmakers from voting to allow President Blaise Compaore, in power for 27 years, to seek another term in office.In response to the chaos, a b...

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The Ministry of Labor will begin implementing the fourth stage of the wage protection system (WPS) for companies with 500 employees or more, starting next week.The undersecretary of the Ministry of Labor for Inspection and Development of the Work Environment, Abdullah Abuthonin, said the ministry al...
A student with a disability living in Aflaj uses his wheelchair to travel over 10 km to school every day. Aboud Al-Aboud, who is in his final year of high school, says that he is committed to his studies and wants to have a decent job some day.Al-Aboud relies on his rickety electric wheelchair to get around whether it is un...
The MERS coronavirus has killed four persons and infected nine others, announced the Health Ministry on Thursday.One of the latest victims of the deadly disease is an 84-year-old expatriate who lived in Taif. The nine latest MERS infected patients, meanwhile, are all Saudi with the exception of a 30-year-old expat woman in...
The first Spanish-made train for the multibillion-riyal Haramain railway project would arrive in Jeddah by December, according to the president of the Saudi Railways Organization.Speaking to local media from Spain, Mohammed Al-Suwaiket said that the Spanish manufacturing company has almost completed the Haramain train, whi...
Studies show that the rate of child sexual abuse in the Kingdom is alarmingly high with one in every four children exposed to sexual harassment at some point in their early lives.The Orphan Care Department in the Eastern Province organized recently a lecture for foster families entitled “Sexual Harassment and Adolescence” t...
Traffic violations such as speeding and running red lights have dropped drastically since the introduction of Saher cameras on Jeddah's main roads, according to the city's traffic department.Brig. Gen. Zaid Al-Hamzi, spokesman of the traffic department, said that the police now want the government to introduce cameras cover...
Police have arrested 706 illegal expats in Madinah over the past week.“Police and other security forces have arrested more than 31,400 illegal workers since the campaign against labor and residency law violators began across the region,” said Col. Fahd Al-Ghannam, Madinah police spokesman, on Monday.The inspections were sup...
Turkey will mobilize its expertise to promote regional and global peace, said Yunus Demirer, Turkish ambassador to the Kingdom, on Wednesday. The ambassador was addressing a packed audience at the 91st anniversary celebrations of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey, held at the embassy premises.Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki...
A media volunteer group held its second media volunteers conference on Wednesday night at the Dar Al-Uloom University’s auditorium in the Saudi capital.“This conference aims to teach people to help others by disseminating information through the media,” said Hani Mogbil Al-Moqbil, the volunteer group’s team leader. He expre...
Uninsulated buildings, cars and industrial activity consume 90 percent of the energy produced in Saudi Arabia, an expert from the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC) said recently.Speaking at a workshop at the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hakam Adel Zammo, an engineer, said that the SEEC has been working since...
A whopping 70 percent of medical practitioners who have committed medical errors over the last five years hold master’s and doctoral degrees, local media said, quoting a report released by the Ministry of Health.More than a third of erring doctors were master’s degree holders, while just under a third held Ph.D.s and a fift...
In efforts to break down the barriers of communication with the hearing-impaired, people with sound hearing will be able to attend Arabic sign language classes in Jeddah.The classes will be held at a local hall and will involve a series of training programs on how to deal with those hard of hearing or with varying degrees o...
The Justice Ministry has issued directives for the country’s courts to sentence certain offenders to community service rather than jail, including cleaning the homes of the elderly, washing the dead, digging graves and working at rehabilitation centers.According to sources quoted by local media recently, the directives of J...

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BAGHDAD: The bodies of 150 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe which fought Islamic...

GENEVA: A UN human rights watchdog on Thursday urged Israel to respect the right...

CAIRO: Amnesty International says rival militias and armed groups in Libya are c...

AMMAN: Jordan on Thursday accused Israel of “state terrorism” after it closed Je...

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Wednesday to make no...

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NEW DELHI: India’s president Pranab Mukherjee, members of Nehru-Gandhi family an...

MANILA: The population of the Philippines’ dwarf buffalo, one of the world’s rar...

OTTAWA: Reports of anti-Muslim harassment have risen in Canada after attacks las...

NEW DELHI: In a surprising development, the imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Syed Ah...

SINGAPORE: Emerging Asian nations are finding out what developed ones did years...

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ABU DHABI: Australia were left with a daunting task to save the second Test and...

RIYADH: Captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley believes Australia’s Western Sydney Wander...

RIYADH: Leading scorer Nassir Al-Shamrani saw enough encouragement in Al-Hilal’s...

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank said the retail portion of its SR22.5 billion ($6 billion) initial share sale had attracted investor interest amounting to...
Net profits of the listed petrochemical sector firms rose by 12.1 percent to SR28 billon in the first nine months of the current year compared to SR25 billion in the same period last year, according to a financial report.The contribution of petrochemical firms to the overall profits growth of the sector varied. The share of...
British trade envoy Lord Thomas King of Bridgwater CH introduced a number of joint investment opportunities for Saudi businessmen to promote trade between Britain and Saudi Arabia during his recent meeting with the top officials of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce(JCCI) on Wednesday.Lord King, along with Mohamed Shoukat, British...
NEW YORK: Wall Street shares headed mostly lower in early trade on Thursday even as the US economy turned in a much stronger than expected performance in the third quarter.It took an 8.2 percent surge in Visa shares, driven by its strong quarterly earnings report, to hold the Dow Jones Industrial Average in positive territo...
Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), chaired by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, has announced the consolidated financial results for the third quarter and the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2014.  The company announced a net income for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2014 SR265 million compared to the net income of SR220 million for the same...
WASHINGTON: Lenovo has announced it has completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, a move strengthening the Chinese giant’s position in the smartphone market.The $2.9 billion deal, announced in January, ends Google’s brief ownership of the onetime mobile phone star.By adding Motorola, Lenovo positions itsel...
SEOUL: Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years.The South Korean company, which climbed from smartphone laggard to top seller in the past three years, had prided itse...
LONDON: British luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has opened a $800 million engine manufacturing center in western England, creating 1,400 jobs.The business, owned by Indian giant Tata Motors, will now manufacture in-house engines for new Jaguar Land Rover products, starting with the 2.0-liter diesel in the Jaguar X...
LONDON: Barclays has set aside £500 million ($800 million, 634 million euros) linked to global probes into allegations of price-rigging in foreign exchange markets, cutting net profits, it said.“A £500-million provision has been recognized relating to ongoing investigations into foreign exchange with certain regulatory auth...
AMSTERDAM: Shell, Europe’s largest oil producer, reported a dip in third quarter profit on Thursday, but said it has yet to feel the full impact of the recent slide in oil prices.As the company reported a 4.5 percent dip in third-quarter net profit, to $4.46 billion, Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry warned that the perio...
LONDON: For all the noise about oil’s collapse, the market is saying not that much has really changed: Higher prices will be back soon enough because the current slowdown in demand growth will prove fleeting.While Brent crude for next month delivery has fallen 25 percent since June to $86.03 a barrel, the price for 2020 con...
LONDON: Consumers can expect at least another two years of low oil prices, a Reuters poll showed, recording its biggest downgrade to forecasts since the global economic crisis.Oil prices have dropped by a quarter since June, taking benchmark North Sea Brent crude oil down to around $87 a barrel as overproduction and lacklus...
LONDON: OPEC’s oil production is unlikely to change much in 2015 and there is no need to panic at the crude price drop, OPEC’s secretary general said on Wednesday, adding to indications the exporter group is in no hurry to cut output.Abdullah Al-Badri also said output of higher-cost oil supplies such as shale would be curbe...

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GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Among the mountains of rubble littering Gaza after a deadly summer war, clay outlines emerge of men, women and children with a story to tell about fear, flight and destruction.
Though his sculptures, which are made of fiberglass and covered with clay, Iyyad Sabbah relates the pain of those who lived throu...

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Managing home and personal finances is a real and legitimate concern for most of people; after all, not everyone of us majored in business administration or finance but all of us would like to control our spending and save more money. We want to know where does our money go every month? And subsequently, whether there’s hope for us to save any o...

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Social media fashionista and fashion blogger Anoud Badr is the designer behind the fashion brand Lady Fozaza, launched in 2011 featuring an exclusive collection of statement blazers worn by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Lebanese pop singer Nancy Ajram.
Badr, half-Saudi, half-Lebanese also designs abayas, and has recently launched her...

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Fall is a season which most tourists traveling to Europe neglect to appreciate often yearning for the sunshine or snow and overlooking the beautiful falling leaves and chilly weather.
However, autumn is the best season to discover Europe’s culture, food and architecture. This season is great for the cheaper prices and fewer crowds.
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PARIS: Drink lots of milk to strengthen your bones and boost your health, doctors say.But a study in The BMJ medical journal Wednesday said Swedes with a high intake of cow’s milk died younger — and women suffered more fractures.The findings may warrant questions about recommendations for milk consumption, although further research is needed, its authors said, as the association may be purely coincidental.A Swedish team used data taken from 61,000 women aged 39-74 and monitored for about 20 years, and more than 45,000 men aged 45-79 followed for 11 years.The volunteers gave details about diet and lifestyle, body weight, smoking habits, exercise frequency, education level and marital status....
Authentic Greek food has made its way all the way from Greece to the tables of Eat Greek restaurant in Dubai. Located in the newly opened outdoor mall, The Beach at JBR, the two-story casual dining restaurant has a prime place on the beach with a commanding view of the glittering Arabian Gulf and the iconic Palm Jumeirah. Eat Greek offers an outdoor dining area overlooking The Beach at JBR with basic steel chairs, square wooden tables and umbrellas to keep you from the glazing Dubai sun during the lunch time. Once inside the restaurant, you cannot miss the rustic urban feel, thanks to the basic wooden chairs, square wooden tables and long leather sofas. You will fall in love with the reused...
You’ve tried everything, counted sheep, drunk herbal teas and even taken sleeping pills but nothing has helped you with your insomnia. Doctors and specialists say most insomnia cases are caused by stress and excessive use of caffeine. “Sleep is essential for both mental and physical health. Researches are constantly looking for new and developed ways to help people sleep the average 6 to 8 hours a night but this seems like hard work,” said Saudi physician Dr. Taris Rashid. “Some people have trouble sleeping while others cannot stay asleep which is really dangerous because sleep is a major solution for many problems. It strengthens and stabilizes your immune system, sharpens your brain,...

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NEW YORK: A video that shows a woman being pestered by men on the streets of New York has gone viral, sparking renewed d...
Festivals are boom-time for Bollywood movies. Tinsel town typically gears up to take movie buffs on a roller-coaster ride during this time. And, you cannot hold back when the filmi big daddies zero in to woo you during the festive-freaky-fridays.Most of the films released this time turn out to be top grossers of B-town. This sharpens the belief that festival times are big money spinners. Diwali is considered to be the best time for big ticket films. Come Diwali, and you can surely find a Shah Rukh Khan release. In fact, Khan is said to be synonymous with the festival of lights. His films — ‘...
LOS ANGELES: Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen will turn their wit on the complex workings of Hollywood’s studios in a comedy featuring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum, Universal Pictures said on Wednesday.“Hail, Caesar!,” scheduled for release Feb. 5, 2016, will follow a day in the life of a studio fixer who must tackle numerous challenges, the Comcast Corp-owned studio said in a statement.Set in the later years of Hollywood’s golden age, the film will also star Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Jonah Hill.The Coen Brothers have previously won the...

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