NEW YORK: A series of anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners Monday, possibly from the same source, prompted searches of at least two planes at Kennedy Airport and nearly interrupted a third flight from England, authorities said.Authorities said the threats didn’t appear to be credible and the searches were done as a precaution.In one instance Monday morning, US military jets escorted an Air France flight into New York City after someone claimed a chemical weapon was aboard the aircraft, the FBI said.“Out of an abundance of caution, Air France flight number 22 was escorted to John F. Kennedy airport by US Air Force fighter jets following a phone threat,” the FBI said in a statement. “There were no incidents or hazards reported on board the flight by either the passengers or its crew. The plane has been cleared.”A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight also was being checked out...
ISTANBUL, Turkey : The United States and Turkey have agreed “in principle” to give air support to so...
JEDDAH: The Interior Ministry has confirmed the hand of Islamic State in Qatif suicide bombing.Maj....
DHAKA: Bangladesh on Monday banned an Islamist militant group suspected of involvement in the murders of atheist bloggers that sparked protests in Dhaka and outrage around the world, an official said.The Home Ministry’s move to outlaw the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) comes almost a week after police asked the government to ban the group, suspecting it of being behind the deaths of three bloggers this year.Police had also...
QATIF: Tens of thousands of people gathered Monday for a mass funeral for the victims of a mosque bombing authorities called an attempt by Islamic State militants to sow sectarian strife.Mourners from the kingdom’s minority crowded the streets in the mainly Shiite Qatif district of the Eastern Province to show their respect for the 21 dead, who included two children.An imam led the funeral prayer in a marketplace under a...

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RIYADH: The Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works and UNICEF have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to help Yemeni children who have taken refuge in Djibouti.The MOU was inked between Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, advisor at the Royal Court and superviso...
JEDDAH/RIYADH/DAMMAM/JUBAIL: The International Indian School-Jeddah (IISJ) maintained the legacy of cent percent result for the fifth consecutive year at the All India Senior Secondary School Certificate (Grade XII) Examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education in March-April. The results were announced...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry will intensify its campaign against illegal business (tasattur) as it eats into the country’s economy and obstructs Saudi investment in various business sectors, Tariq bin Abdullah Al-Naeem, deputy minister for internal trade, has said.“The ministry is in the process of followin...
JEDDAH: The Cabinet on Monday appreciated a speech by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman emphasizing the government’s efforts to protect human rights. “Saudi laws and regulations stress the independence of judiciary to ensure justice and the right to litigation for all citizens and residents in the country,” the...
RIYADH: Gifted Saudi students won medals at the 26th International Inventions and Innovations Exhibition (ITEX2015) in Kuala Lumpur on May 21-23.Also this month, another group of Saudis picked up eight awards for scientific research at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF 2015) in the United States.The...
RIYADH: World leaders condemned the barbaric act of terrorism during noon prayers at a mosque in Qatif on Friday.A powerful suicide bomb blast at Imam Ali Mosque in Al-Qadeeh village in Qatif left 21 worshippers dead and more than 100 injured.Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa expressed his condolences and sympathy to...
JEDDAH: The Saudi Japanese Automobile High Institute (SJAHI) is due to hold its graduation ceremony for 208 second batch students. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Makkah governor and adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, will host the event. Salim Al-Asmari, executive director of SJAHI, thanked the Makkah gover...
JEDDAH: A huge fire gutted the Tashlih automobile market or car graveyard in Jeddah on Sunday. Col. Saeed Al-Ghamdi, spokesman of CDD in Jeddah, said 24 firefighting teams supported by helicopters put out the massive blaze that gutted vehicles on 3,000 square meters. A probe has been launched to ascertain the cause of the f...
JEDDAH: Twelve Houthis died on Sunday when Saudi ground forces fired missiles against the militia when the rebels tried to infiltrate into the Kingdom through Abu Al-Radif checkpoint in Al-Harth.Meanwhile, a boat carrying 460 tons of Emirati relief aid docked Sunday in the port city of Aden, as Saudi-led air raids against S...
JEDDAH: The Ministries of Commerce and Industry in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are in the process of unifying six trade laws, following a decision taken in this regard at a recent meeting in Doha.A source at the GCC secretariat has been quoted as saying in the local media that the laws involve a unified trade...
RIYADH: Top officials at the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) inspected various airports across the Kingdom to ensure good services and track the ongoing expansion projects being implemented in various airports.According to Tariq Abdul-Jabbar, GACA deputy assistant for domestic airports, these visits are parts of...
JEDDAH: Looking for cheap prices might have an undesirable result and lead to paying a high price later, especially if the commodity involved is tires.Many citizens choose to pay low prices for tires, but they may end up paying with their lives and those of their dear ones instead.The matter is not merely one of a low price...
RIYADH: A Gulf national was arrested in Riyadh last week and charged with killing a Saudi man in Kuwait, Riyadh police announced Sunday.The suspected killer, who is in his 20s, is alleged to have killed the Saudi due to disagreements between them, according to the police.The murder suspect came to the Kingdom and was hiding...

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KHARTOUM: Sudanese security forces seized the Monday print runs of nine newspape...

JERUSALEM: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eig...

BAGHDAD: Iraq on Monday rejected accusations by the US defense chief that its se...

CAIRO: Five African migrants drowned on Monday after jumping into the Mediterran...

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NEW YORK: A series of anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners M...

NEW DELHI: Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern Indi...

SRINAGAR: Militants killed four Indian soldiers and an employee of a mobile phon...

SAN MARCOS, Texas: Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the central U...

BUJUMBURA: Burundi’s opposition boycotted peace talks with the government on Mon...

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LONDON: England completed a remarkable win to beat New Zealand by 124 runs in th...

LONDON: Norwich City won the promotion jackpot as they swept back into the Premi...

PARIS: Defending women’s champion Maria Sharapova reached the French Open second...

LAHORE: Pakistan’s cricket board on Monday banned left-arm spinner Raza Hasan, w...

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RIYADH: While KYC (know your customer) remains the most accurate way to identify transactions across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) markets, the region’s compani...
JEDDAH: National Water Company (NWC) intends to start awarding projects to develop infrastructure of Jeddah and implement a number of drainage networks. NWC will create water treatment projects and implement a strategy for water tanks, including stations at 62 projects, at an estimated cost of SR9 billion.The company said i...
JEDDAH: A smart security and emergency services system, smart solutions to a cleaner environment, smart technology and a smart business connectivity for Jeddah are some of the issues under the spotlight at a two-day “3rd Smart Cities Forum” which opened here on Monday. The event is being held under the auspices of Prince Mi...
JUBAIL: The Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY) has initiated new industrial development and expansion projects.Contracts worth SR120,259,000 were signed by Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayan, chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY), with national and international companies. The new deals a...
ATHENS: Struggling Greece will keep on repaying its EU-IMF creditors for as long as it can, with some 300 million euros due next week and no deal in talks over the country’s remaining bailout funds, a spokesman said.“To the extent that we are able to pay, we will keep on repaying these obligations,” government spokesman Gab...
DEAD SEA, Jordan: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank will focus on winning more business in the UAE’s expatriate community this year as growth in the national banking sector slows, chief executive Tirad Mahmoud said.Total UAE banking sector revenues rose an estimated 14 percent to $18.1 billion last year but expansion shows signs of de...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Education and Saudi Arabian Airlines have signed an agreement to send 5,000 students on foreign scholarship program during the next five years in order to specialize in aviation and aircraft maintenance.Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil and Saudia’s Director General Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser signed...
TOKYO: Japan posted a trade deficit in April following a single-month’s surplus in March, and economists said shortfalls were likely to persist given the weakness of the yen.The 53.4 billion yen ($439.6 million) deficit in April for the world’s third-biggest economy compared with a 227.4 billion yen surplus in March, the fi...
JEDDAH: Saudi Indian Business Network (SIBN), working under the patronage of the Consul General of India, led a delegation of 30 businessmen to the recently concluded Global Exhibition on Services in New Delhi.The government of India and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, had organized the Global Exhibition on Services...
ABU DHABI: The UAE has laid out a strategic framework for a newly created space agency that aims to integrate various arms of the federation’s burgeoning space industry.Mohammed Nasser Al-Ahbabi, UAE Space Agency’s director-general, said: “The UAE Space Agency has drafted its strategic plan in line with the vision of the wi...
JEDDAH: A real estate investment specialist has confirmed that the fundamentals of the local economy “indicate renewed high levels of confidence among a wide spectrum of capital investors, despite international and regional events which had been expected to dampen enthusiasm and reduce the attractiveness of the investment e...
DUBAI: A consortium including Qatar Electricity and Water Co. and Mitsubishi Corporation will build the biggest integrated power and water plant ever constructed in Qatar at a cost of $3.15 billion, a statement from QEWC said.The plant at Umm Al Houl, 20 km south of Doha, will provide 2,520 megawatts of electricity and 136....
DEAD SEA, Jordan: King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), a special economic zone on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast near Jeddah, expects its inflow of new corporate tenants to speed up this year as the economy proves resilient to low oil prices, said Fahd Al-Rasheed, KAEC’s managing director.The fate of KAEC is a barometer of bus...
 

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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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Internet.org claims to have made Internet available to over 800 million people in nine countries, including India, The Hindu reports.
Facebook has garnered 8 lakh (0.8 million) users in India for its Internet.org initiative that has been in the thick of the net neutrality controversy.
As part of the global initiative, Facebook had part...

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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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CANNES: A French thriller spotlighting the plight of traumatized refugees building new lives, “Dheepan,” captured the Ca...
LOS ANGELES: Brad Pitt is reportedly buying Angelina Jolie a vintage seaplane for her 40th birthday next month.The ‘Fury’ star is reportedly gifting the ‘Unbroken’ director with the pricey present to celebrate her 40th birthday on June 4.The couple has already made a visit to a dealer in Europe, according to the Sunday Mirror newspaper, and are planning to keep the plane on the runway at their home in Chateau Miraval near Brignoles, France.And to make sure Angelina is able to use her present fully, Brad is also throwing in flying lessons as, although the actress and director has flying...
LOS ANGELES: Sci-fi adventure-drama “Tomorrowland” starring George Clooney went straight to the top of the North American box office on its debut weekend, estimates showed Sunday.The Disney movie, which has had mixed reviews, was projected to pull in $40.7 million over the Memorial Day long weekend, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.Directed by Brad Bird, the film tells the story of former boy genius Frank (Clooney) and the precocious Casey (Britt Robertson) in their danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of a mysterious place known only as “Tomorrowland.”The movie...

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