GENEVA: Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.He said all of this “represents a good day’s work.” But Kerry also says “words on paper” will have little meaning if they are not followed by actions on all sides to calm the situation in the former Soviet republic.Kerry tells a news conference “we fully expect the Russians” to demonstrate they are serious about lowering tensions. He says “no more incidents of this kind should occur.” And the secretary adds that he’s told his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, that if no improvement is seen, “We will have no choice but to impose” increasing sanctions against Russia.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has given Saudi and Malaysian businesses a preliminary license...
A 1,000-bed maternity and children’s hospital will be established in Jeddah soon, while the King Fai...
VIENNA, Austria: Iran has cut its stock of highly-enriched uranium by 75 percent, a new report by the UN’s nuclear watchdog revealed Thursday.The monthly update by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), seen by AFP, showed Tehran remained in compliance with a November interim deal made with world powers, drawn up as part of efforts to find a lasting solution to Iran’s controversial nuclear drive.Under the agreemen...
JINDO, South Korea: Emotions boiled over Thursday in the frantic search for almost 300 people — mostly schoolchildren — missing from a capsized South Korean ferry, with angry parents confronting President Park Geun-Hye as prospects dwindled of finding survivors.Worsening weather fueled the somber mood, with persistent rain and choppy seas hindering dive teams already struggling with low visibility and strong currents.Twen...

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The rising number of fatalities from MERS infections in the Kingdom is causing alarm in the public. The Health Ministry reported another fatality in Jeddah Wednesday, bri...
Children born to expats married to Saudi women will be treated as Saudis for work, education and medical purposes, said Maj. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Yahya, director-general of the Passports Department.They can also reside in the country at the state’s expense and will be allowed to work in the private sector without transferring t...
Several young Saudi inventors here say they are tired of “flattery” and participation at local and international exhibitions, and have urged investors in the Kingdom to fund their creations.They say they no longer want to receive medals and certificates. They would rather have public and private businesses provide the finan...
The Shoura Council has requested that the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) halt the opening of new colleges of excellence until evaluation studies have been conducted on the quality of graduates who had completed their courses at these colleges.The request was made during a meeting held in Riyadh on Tues...

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ALGIERS: Abdelaziz Bouteflika, seeking a fourth presidential term, cast his ball...

BEIRUT: International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Thursday that a deal betw...

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BANGALORE: India hosted its biggest day of voting Thursday with the ruling Congr...

MIRANSHAH: The Pakistani Taleban Wednesday said they would not extend a cease-fi...

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Mohamed Al-Mady, SABIC vice chairman and CEO, interacted with Li Keqiang, premie...

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s bourse added 0.3 percent on Thursday, helped by a 4 perce...

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MONTE CARLO: Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic demonstrated their superior class on clay as they eased into the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thu...
Silencer 2 moved within a win of a twice-to-beat advantage, Toyota-Sequoia guaranteed itself of a top two seed for the semifinals and Jeddah United gained the upper hand in the chase for two championship berths in the centerpiece Inter-Commercial Open Rated during the eventful Week 12 in the 2nd Nokia-Asha and 35th FBA seas...
Bank AlJazira had been playing consistent bowling of late and to win its second Team of the Week award is no longer surprising in the Qatar Airways-AFTBL 48th Open Conference bowling tournament at Jeddah Lanes here.The Bankers returned the 13th week top tally of 36 points, edging out Habagat (35) for the weekly honors.Jedda...
NCB and Al Yanabie continued their campaign as they posted convincing victories against their opponents in the OFBL 4th Conference Inter-Company Bonafide Division and Inter-Company Non-rated at Timeout Sports Academy Gymnasium on Television St. , Ghulail District on the outskirts of Jeddah at the weekend.A strong second...

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Arvind Kejriwal had waded into the now-ongoing Indian general elections with his...
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When artist Wael Shawky attended the 10th Sharjah Biennal in 2011 he became aware of something a little unsettling. This was the unintentional disconnect between the words being spoken by the art curators at the press conferences and a large part of the ‘community’ which the organizers declared it was their intention to reach. He not...

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Applied behavior analysis and early intervention are the two most research based-methods to deal with autism — a mental condition characterized by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts. Also known as autism spectrum disorders, the problem occurs from early...

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In the latest event to rock J-town's fashion scene, 15 fashion designers came together with their collections of trendy skirts, especially designed for the trunk show held at Libra Boutique.
The event gathered 12 Saudi designers along with two Kuwaiti designers who were looking to test the Saudi market with their designs.
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The historic Bidar in the federal state of Karnataka in India now finds itself on the world map of heritage tourism as it figures in the 2014 World Monuments Watch list released by the World Monuments Fund (WMF), a New York-based NGO working for the protection of monuments. I was in Bidar last year especially to feel what a premier madrasa (reli...

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Wearing a face mask can reduce the risk of being infected by the coronavirus by more than 80 percent, Dr. Hana Bakhash, a consultant in infectious diseases and viruses at Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH) in Jeddah, told Arab News.“Residents are advised to maintain personal hygiene and wash their hands regularly, as well as avoid large crowds, especially at hospitals, commercial centers, malls and markets,” she said.Pharmacy owners have reported a boom in mask sales, with a 300-percent increase in a single week, indicating fear among locals that has only been exacerbated by rampant rumors on social networking sites.“I hardly used to sell any face masks in the past, but have sold more than...
Ehnaini cakes, burgers made with traditional Bahraini kebabs, and fries made with ancient aromatic spices are only some of the dishes you can enjoy at the Baiz coffee shop and restaurant in Alkhobar. Everything in the restaurant, from its name (Baiz is an old local term meaning a piece of cloth used to clean surfaces) to the dishes on the menu and the antique interior design uniquely blended with modernity, end up giving a feel of the traditions of the Eastern Province. Eman Al-Bagawi is the co-founder of the restaurant together with her cousin Fai Al-Shammari. She is a marketing graduate whose study has helped her market her project, especially through Instagram and Twitter. She then...
The late United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan traveled 7,000 miles to get there for his kidney transplant. For decades the Cleveland Clinic has provided health care to the upper echelons of Middle Eastern society who fly halfway across the world for treatment at the Ohio-based private medical center. Soon, they can skip the trip. Early next year the Cleveland Clinic plans to open an ultra-modern, 364-bed specialty hospital on Al-Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, one of the most ambitious forays into the oil-rich country by a US health care brand. The expansion comes as the Cleveland Clinic slashes hundreds of millions of dollars off its US operations to prepare for...

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All eighties kids dreamed of being transported like Captain Kirk who would tell Starship Enterprise’s chief engineer Mon...
SYDNEY: Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate charmed a welcoming crowd at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday as they began the Australian leg of a tour Down Under with baby Prince George. The couple touched down in Sydney after a 10-day visit to New Zealand in which the royal infant George was the star attraction, and were taken by motorcade to the iconic harborside building. Addressing a reception inside the Opera House, Prince William praised Australia’s efforts in leading the search to find missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the remote Indian Ocean. “Your...
MUMBAI: The Indian National Film Awards were announced on Wednesday. ‘Ship Of Theseus’ won the Golden Lotus for Best Feature Film. ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ won Best Popular Film while ‘Shahid’ director Hansal Mehta won the Best Director Award. The Best Actor award is shared between ‘Shahid’ star Rajkummar Rao and Malayalam actor Suraj Venjaramoodu for ‘Perariyathavar.’ Geetanjali Thapa won Best Actress for ‘Liar’s Dice.’ Saurabh Shukla won Best Supporting Actor for ‘Jolly LLB.’ The Best Supporting Actress...

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