SANAA: Fighting raged in the Yemeni capital on Sunday despite an announcement by the UN envoy that pro-government forces and Shiite rebels were poised to sign a deal.The shelling and gunfire in the north of Sanaa was heard across the capital, as Sunni Islamist militiamen battled the rebels prompting an exodus of terrified residents, an AFP correspondent reported.A week of fighting between the two sides has left dozen of people dead and forced the suspension of all flights into or out of Sanaa airport, which lies within the battle zone.There was no let-up in the fighting during the night despite an after-dark curfew ordered by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi.The fighting centerd on the campus of Al-Iman University, a bastion of Sunni Islamists that the Shiite rebels have been trying to capture, witnesses said.It came despite the announcement by UN envoy Jamal Benomar late on Saturday that...
MANILA: Storm Fung-Wong churned toward Taiwan on Saturday after killing at least five people in the...
ANKARA: Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in norther...
Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has warned people against defaming their spouses or in-laws on social networking sites, saying such publicity could destroy families, complicate court cases and create scandals.Electronic daily sabq.org has published the harrowing story of one divorcee. “My husband divorced me after 20 years of marriage by pronouncing the divorce verbally thrice,” said Umm Abdul Rahman.“When I moved the c...
A Saudi citizen who recently returned from Syria after fighting with the “Islamic” State (IS) terror organization has posted an online video urging fellow youth not to fall victim to the group’s rhetoric.Fahad Al-Zaidi stressed that he had been brainwashed and deluded into thinking this was a legitimate form of “qital” (fighting) against tyrants after reading many lectures and listening to preachers who claimed that they...

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Jeddah is gradually turning green as enthusiastic youth and kids are doing some brisk shopping for flags and other paraphernalia for the occasion.A wide range of activities have been planned to celebrate the day, including distribution of decorative items, literary events and the hoisting of the Sau...
A top scholar told a forum here on Thursday that young people have a great responsibility toward enhancing the security of the country.Addressing the forum on “Responsibility of the youth in upholding security,” Dean of the Shariah Faculty at Imam University Fahd Al-Daoud said that maintaining national security is not only...
Authorities are investigating the abuse of an autistic girl on her first day of school at an autism center in Jeddah.Majid Al-Harbi, five-year-old Ghanad’s father, said he had dropped his daughter off at the center before heading off to work early in the morning, only to find her legs and back bruised when he came back to p...
The Ministry of Labor has warned it would punish companies hiring "ghost" women workers to boost their Saudization quotas, including heavy financial penalties, cutting off all services from the Human Resources Development Fund, and banning them from hiring new staff.The move comes as the ministry prepares to launch the thir...
A total of 18 recruitment firms in the Kingdom will hire workers for contractors on a short-term basis to complete stalled projects, according to industry experts.These construction companies are, nevertheless, in need of enhanced, long-term recruitment initiatives to cover for the shortage of workers in the local market.“W...
A female university student has reported her father to the police for traumatizing her two younger brothers, forcing them to spend the night outside their house until midnight.According to a report in a local daily, the two children had to take shelter at a mosque in the neighborhood.The student said she had to report her f...
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) launched an interactive competition on its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts ahead of the Saudi National Day.The contest, which is open to both Saudis and expats, requires participants to take a snapshot forming a heart shape with their hands.Contestants can sen...
Library Celebration Week kicked off at the kindergarten (KG) section of the International Indian School of Dammam (IISD) recently.E. K. Mohammed Shaffe, school principal, inaugurated the weeklong activities at a colorful ceremony. Principal in-charge, Lt. Col. J. A. Rocque; vice principals Dhanalaxmi Ramanujam and Mehanaz F...
The Education Department in the Riyadh region has moved to form a committee which has embarked on removing graffiti, writings or drawings supporting the IS (Islamic State) that were scribbled, scratched or sprayed on the walls of some schools east of the capital.The move came following reports in local media stating that th...
Anna Klingmann, Architecture Department chairperson at Dar Al-Hekma University, recently made a presentation on a program being implemented to revive and maintain urban heritage in Asir region.Klingmann, a German engineer working with the university, paid a visit to Asir region and its numerous heritage buildings and villag...
Prince Saud bin Thunayan, head of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, said the upcoming projects worth an estimated SR1,000 billion are expected to be announced in the coming days.The prince signed five contracts worth more than SR1.3 billion for the development of housing projects, academies, and technical institute...
Fire incidents in schools have dropped by 30 percent compared to figures that existed before the establishment of the school safety department, local media quoted an official of the Ministry of Education as saying.According to government official figures, there are around 33,000 government-run public schools across the King...
The Philippine Consulate in Jeddah has announced that 100 more pilgrims are expected to arrive on Sunday (today) for this year’s Haj, Consul General Leo Tito L. Ausan, Jr. told Arab News on Saturday.He said that 36 pilgrims have arrived in Jeddah on Saturday. They are now in Makkah, staying at the Meridien Tower.“At present...

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BEIRUT: A Lebanese soldier has been executed by the Al-Nusra Front, the Syrian a...

An Egyptian court upheld death sentences on Saturday against five people convict...

TUNIS: Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki announced Saturday he will stand for r...

ANKARA: Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State...

SURUC, Turkey: Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the...

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s ruling party saw its popularity significantly eroded in a n...

MANILA: A series of earthquakes destroyed 17 houses and damaged 66 others Saturd...

SEOUL: North Korea on Saturday threatened to attack South Korean activists if th...

WASHINGTON: Stung by the backlash over a German caught selling secrets to the US...

WASHINGTON: The US Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man w...

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INCHEON: Olympic boss Thomas Bach Saturday said future Games hosts would have to...

INCHEON: North Korean pocket rocket Om Yun Chol broke his own weightlifting worl...

MANCHESTER: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes ending Chelsea’s...

MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as Real Madrid equaled their bigges...

LONDON: Arsenal stopped Aston Villa going top of the Premier League with a 3-0 w...

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Innovation and cutting-edge technologies are key strategic enablers to devise solutions that will help us to meet rising energy demand in the future and to turn the indus...
NEW YORK: China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba began trading its shares Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Here are ten things to know about Alibaba, and why its initial public offering made history:THE BIGGEST: Alibaba raised $21.8 billion in its debut, making it the biggest US-listed IPO in history after the IPO of credit...
The 21st annual edition of the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2014), which will be held with the support of Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, prime minister of Bahrain, and supported by the Central Bank of Bahrain, is scheduled to be held in Bahrain from Dec. 1 to 3.WIBC 2014 is set to continue its tradition of...
Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway, has signed a major memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UAE’s Armed Forces.Both parties will work together through close coordination and exchange of information to secure the vital protection of the national rail network.Under the agreement, the U...
Higher land prices continue to put upward pressure on Qatar’s rent inflation, says a report released by the QNB Group. Citing the latest Ministry of Justice data, it said land prices have increased 52.7 percent since the beginning of the year. This has led to a rise in rent inflation to 7.9 percent in August 2014, said the...
Cityscape Global, described as the Middle East’s largest and most influential property show, opens Sunday with 35,000 participants expected from around the world and exhibitor numbers climbing above 280 for the first time in five years.According to the Dubai Land Department (DLD), supporters of the show, 6,636 properties we...
DETROIT: Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the US to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall.But a safety advocate says the recall doesn’t cover enough models, contending the same problem can happen in millions of other Chrysler, Jeep and Ram vehicles.The recall...
The number of Saudi women investors in the stock market has grown by 5 percent, while men investors increased by 2 percent over the first half of this year.There are now 892,900 women investors trading stocks, compared to 3.51 million men investors, according to a recent report in a local daily.Abdul Kareem Al-Kashef, a Sau...
SYDNEY: The devastating Ebola outbreak caught the world off guard, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said as he questioned the international community’s readiness to respond to other pandemics.“This has surprised everyone. None of us thought that Ebola would be looking like it’s looking right now,” he told reporters in Sydn...
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc’s latest phone lured throngs of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adapters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world in the latest sign of strong initial demand for the new, larger generation of iPhones.Even the night before the phones’ Friday debut, ne...
NEW YORK: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s shares surged by more than 40 percent in their first day of trading as investors jumped in to buy what looks likely to be the largest IPO in history.More than two hours after trading began at the New York Stock Exchange, the stock opened at $92.70 and rose from there, hitting a high of...
CAIRNS, Australia: US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has urged greater efforts to spur global growth as the head of the World Bank bemoaned a disappointing year and warned of downside risks ahead.Lew called for more focus on investment and infrastructure to help create jobs in comments ahead of this weekend’s meeting of G20 fi...
LONDON: Brent crude oil steadied below $98 a barrel on Friday, not far above 26-month lows reached at the start of the week as OPEC talk of a production cut balanced worries about ample supply at a time of fragile demand.Brent hit its lowest point since July 2012 on Monday as oil supply overwhelmed lackluster demand in Euro...

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A week ago, the “Kurdistan Times” warned “the British are exercising the old col...
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Artsharks is not an art gallery and they are not art brokers. They are an art house that supports only aspiring/budding artists and people who don’t have the clout, or sometimes desire to ‘make it’.
They want to ‘bridge the art gap’ and to show people who say ‘I’m not much of an art person’ that art isn’t just for the elite or connoisseurs,...

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Minister of Education Prince Khaled Al-Faisal announced here recently that the ministry is in the process of equipping 250,000 classrooms and teachers with Internet connectivity, computers and tablets as part of a long-term investment in developing a knowledge economy.
Speaking at the launch of the Saudi Conference for Advanced Technologies...

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Women who like to look different and change their image every once in a while are always on the lookout for the next best thing in the world of cosmetics and beauty products.

Hair chalk has been the talk of the town after many celebrities were spotted with colored hair in certain events. These include Selena Gomez, Loran Conrad and Ka...

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The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) launched an interactive competition on its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts ahead of the Saudi National Day.
The contest, which is open to both Saudis and expats, requires participants to take a snapshot forming a heart shape with their hands.
Contestants can send their pi...

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BRUSSELS: It likes to call itself the “country of chocolate” and now Belgium has a new treat for visitors: a museum dedicated to the confectionary featuring a Willy Wonka-style factory and cocoa tree jungle.Chocolate is a national treasure in Belgium. It is home to such illustrious brands as Godiva, Neuhaus, Leonidas and Cote d’Or. And the museum opening Saturday, in a former chocolate factory in the capital Brussels, will showcase its love of the brown stuff.“The Belgian passion for chocolate has never been denied and we have become ‘the country of chocolate,’” the museum’s designer Henri Dupuis said.At the heart of the Belgian Chocolate Village, as the museum is called, cocoa trees and...
Smoking kills more than 23,000 smokers in the Kingdom every year, said Ahmed Albualli, chairman of the supervisory board at the Anti-Smoking Society (Naqaa), who expressed deep concern about the high incidence of smoking-related deaths in the Kingdom.Albualli said that the society had succeeded in helping more than 61,000 smokers quit smoking, which is about 70 percent of the total number of patients who visited the society for help in quitting during the past year. Saudi Arabia is the largest market for tobacco in the Middle East and ranks fourth for the number of smokers globally.Albualli highlighted the seriousness of smoking, revealing that 90 percent of those who use drugs tried...
Q: I am 16 and I have tonsillitis. My elder brother also had this problem but he is now free from it. My parents think that I should follow the same path and get them removed. It happens 10 times in a year. Please advise whether I should have my tonsils removed now or after they are fully mature? — M.A., JubailA: You are already a mature person since you are 16. If the problem of tonsillitis is recurring 10 times a year, then you should have your tonsils removed. Otherwise, the bacteria which is causing the infection may develop into rheumatic fever. This condition can affect your heart, kidney and bones leading to permanent damage to those organs. You should see an ENT consultant and...

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LOS ANGELES: Angelina Jolie is to direct a “sweeping epic” film about veteran Kenyan conservationist Richard Leakey’s fi...
LOS ANGELES: An actress who was detained by Los Angeles police is refusing to apologize for claiming race played a role in the incident, despite calls from local civil rights leaders.Daniele Watts issued a statement late Friday through her publicist after civil rights activists demanded that she apologize for suggesting she was handcuffed for kissing her white boyfriend in public.Watts and boyfriend Brian Lucas were questioned last week by officers investigating a report of lewd conduct in a parked car. Watts, who is black, refused to provide identification. She was briefly handcuffed until...
MUMBAI: Fit as a fiddle Hrithik Roshan has thrown up “Bang Bang” dares to Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan and Sonam Kapoor, as part of an innovative promotional strategy for his forthcoming film.Hrithik, who has performed daredevilry for his movie, was active on Twitter Saturday and he reached out to the celebrities via the social networking platform.To SRK, he tweeted: “The 10pack #bangbangdare @iamsrk show us a pic doing ur fav ab exercise! All want 2 know which 1 it is! U hv 3 days! Qabool?“The 40-year-old also wrote to his “Dhoom 2” co-actor Uday Chopra, saying: “I’m taking this...

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