Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia on Thursday formally declared missing flight MH370 an “accident” and its passengers and crew presumed dead, a step that opens the door for compensation payments but which was met with angry skepticism by distraught relatives.“It is therefore, with the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow that, on behalf of the government of Malaysia, we officially declare Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 an accident,” civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said in a televised announcement.“All 239 of the passengers and crew on board MH370 are presumed to have lost their lives,” he added.Many desperate MH370 relatives have continued to insist that the plane may have landed safely somewhere, and Malaysian authorities and the airline had until now refrained from drawing firm conclusions about its fate.But Thursday’s announcement essentially declared that the plane had crashed somewhe...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and US President Barack Obama tackled a range of sensi...
Around 75,000 government employees did not show up at their work places last year, according to a re...
Nairobi: Over 38,000 Somali children are at “high risk” from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across the war-torn nation, UN experts said Thursday.The grim assessment, based on the latest data collected by the UN, comes just over three years since intense drought and war sparked famine in the Horn of Africa nation, killing more than a quarter of a million people.In total, over 731,00...
Businesspeople say the new Saudization quotas the Labor Ministry is introducing on April 20 would be difficult to implement because of a lack of skilled Saudi workers in the job market, with some calling for a delay of between one to three years.Under the third phase of the Nitaqat program announced by the ministry, the Saudization quotas for big firms would be increased from 25 to 41 percent, the same as the retail and w...

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Riyadh ranked 46th in the list of the world’s 50 safest cities for 2015, with Tokyo topping the list and Jakarta trailing at the end, according to the annual report drafted by The Economist magazine. In its evaluation of the 50 safest cities, The Economist used four indicators including the quality...
Women were the victims in 45 percent of domestic violence cases filed with the Ministry of Justice over the past 15 months, sources said recently.Over the past two months, there were 2,491 cases filed with the ministry. Of this, 12 percent of the women said that their parents refused to let them marry and 10.5 percent sough...
The Interior Ministry has warned consumers that they should be wary of buying cars online because of the potential for fraud, particularly if bank accounts are registered overseas.The ministry had received a notification from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that criminals are using certain websites to steal money from poten...
Drivers here are complaining that newly created detours on the city’s roads are causing more congestion than ever before.Most of the problems are caused by those set up by the traffic department on the Haramain Road to allow for the construction of the high-speed railway, they told Arab News recently.Maj. Gen. Wasalullah Al...
Residents of the Saudi capital have complained of lack of parking spots at the King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) at certain times of the day.“It’s probably high time concerned authorities devised ways to provide parking spots available at any time of the day to motorists ,” said Mohammed Haider, a Pakistani.He said t...
The Saudi Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC) plans to launch a four-week awareness campaign next month, which aims to increase the awareness of motorists regarding fuel consumption of their cars, local media said.The campaign is primarily intended to focus on the importance of raising the level of energy efficiency in the land...
The newly formed Public Education Evaluation Commission (PEEC) will launch on Sunday its first project on the national education curriculum standards for public schools.The event at Al-Faisaliah Hotel will be attended by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, minister of education, according to a source from PEEC.Conducted under the them...
She was barely 13 years of age when the devastating floods in Jeddah a few years ago killed eight members of her family.Aseela Al-Otaibi was grief-stricken, but assistance and love came in the form of the late King Abdullah, late Crown Prince Sultan and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, who together gave her SR...
The family of a sick child here has launched an appeal for funds to help pay for his treatment overseas.Saud Muhammad Abdullah Al-Zahrani, the five-year-old boy, has been virtually bedridden since birth. The father of the youngster claims that mistakes were made by doctors at a hospital in Al-Baha that resulted in his condi...
LAS VEGAS: A Saudi Arabian air force sergeant who arrived in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve two years ago may never get to leave Nevada after being sentenced Wednesday to a minimum of 35 years in state prison for kidnapping and sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.Mazen Alotaibi, 25, stared at the cou...
The driver of a burning waste truck managed to move it to the nearest Civil Defense squad in Al-Jamoum. The driver noticed flames and fumes coming out of the waste compression unit of the truck so he headed for the nearest Civil Defense site in the governorate, asking for help. Civil Defense officers managed to extinguish t...
Makkah police have arrested three expatriates for being in possession of 16 kg gold without proper documentation. Officers stopped the men because they were driving suspiciously in a luxury 2011 vehicle. The three men are all Yemeni nationals. When police searched the vehicle, they found a diplomatic suitcase containing the...
A Pakistani national was executed on Tuesday for smuggling drugs into the Kingdom. Latif Khan Noor Zada was arrested in Jeddah with a large amount of heroin, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The man was referred to the General Court, which convicted him of drug smuggling on evidence furnished by the prosecutors an...

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TOKYO: Japan was studying the latest message purportedly from the Islamic State...

KOBANI: Rubble strewn streets, gutted buildings: The ferocious battle for the Sy...

MAJIDIYA, Lebanon: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Lebanon’s Hezbollah...

AMMAN: Jordan offered Wednesday to free a female terrorists in exchange for a Jo...

DOHUK, Iraq: Actress Angelina Jolie, the special envoy for the United Nations Re...

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has formally declared missing flight MH370 an "accident"...

MANILA: A long, slow procession of coffins draped in the Philippine flag poured...

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has fired the country’s highest r...

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is planning an investigation into accusations of human rights...

WASHINGTON: Vice President Joe Biden says Russia must face increasing penalties...

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JEDDAH: Nadeem Shah smashed an unbeaten 102 to help AOT score a comfortable 193-...

YANBU: Indo Riders, Cristal, Pak Crescent and Al-Muzain won their respective mat...

JEDDAH: Jaweed Ahmed slammed an unbeaten 126 runs and his partner Mohammad Ayazu...

WELLINGTON: Kumar Sangakkara scored an unbeaten 113 and then returned to break t...

LONDON: A 'Super Over' will be used to determine the winner of this year's crick...

ECONOMY »

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s stock market gained strongly for a second straight day as oil prices rebounded from the day’s lows, reinforcing a growing perception among investor...
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been “staggering” and “hard to comprehend.” That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and primed its stock for a rally on Wednesday.But after selling a record 74.5 million iPhones in three months that ended in Dec...
Royal Philips has announced the launch of Ingenia 1.5T S at Arab Health 2015, a new MRI system designed for “First Time Right” imaging and for faster workflow, while enhancing the patient’s experience during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations.Philips will showcase its Ingenia 1.5T S solution at the Sheikh SaaedHa...
Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, has announced the launch of A380 services to two European destinations: Dusseldorf and Madrid. For both cities, Emirates will be the first airline to operate a scheduled A380 service, offering an unmatched travel experience to business and leisure travelers alike...
SINGAPORE: Singapore has become the latest country to ease monetary policy in a surprise move as plunging oil prices hit inflation and the central bank looks to boost the tepid economy.The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the city-state’s central bank, said it would slow the appreciation of the local dollar against a...
Net profits of the listed cement firms grew by 6 percent to reach SR5.9 billion in 2014 compared to SR5.6 billion in 2013, according to a financial report.Meanwhile, profits of the fourth quarter (2014) grew by 31 percent to SR 1.44 billion compared to SR 1.1 billion in the same period last year, the report, filed by Aleqte...
NEW YORK: Yahoo is spinning off its stake in Chinese Internet giant Alibaba, splitting off the valuable holdings in a move that sidesteps taxes.The strategy aims to deliver more cash for shareholders than an outright sale of the $40-billion stake, avoiding a hefty tax bill, and to help Yahoo's efforts to refocus under chief...
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple’s quarterly profit rocketed to a corporate record $18 billion at the end of last year on booming sales of big-screen iPhone models, especially in China.The California tech titan also announced that it had sold its one billionth device powered by its iOS mobile operating system, on a day of dizzying figu...
The smooth transition in Saudi Arabia with Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman ascending the throne is expected to have a positive impact on the local stock market in the coming weeks, say Saudi economists.The market has perceived the recent developments in a positive light, they said.“The pledge of allegiance by the...
What the world faces today affects corporate strategies, says Patrick Dixon, a futurist and chairman of trends forecasting company Global Change.He held out this warning toward the end of the 8th Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF-2015).Companies will have to act speedily in providing jobs in the future, and to develop alter...
DUBAI: Gulf Arab oil states may need to rethink longstanding economic policies, including their fixed exchange rates, over the next five to 10 years as economic cycles in the region and the US diverge, a senior Qatar central bank official said in a research paper.The GCC nations have pegged their currencies to the US dollar...
JEDDAH: Zain Saudi has received regulatory approval to cut its capital for a second time, a move common in Saudi Arabia to offset accumulated losses, the telecom operator said.The company, 37 percent owned by Kuwait’s Zain, has yet to make a quarterly profit since launching service in 2008, having paid about SR23 billion ($...
The Saudi stock market ended Tuesday’s trading session solidly in the green. The benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index posted its largest intra-day increase of 2015, adding 206 points or 2.43 percent to close at 8,686.16.TASI’s year-to-date collection reached 4.23 percent on Tuesday. Large cap with 2.61 percent upward jump rema...

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President Barack Obama’s high-profile, bi-partisan delegation to Riyadh this wee...
Never in the 64-year history of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has it...
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AFTER his trip to the United States last September when Indian Prime Minister Na...

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It takes imagination, time, patience and a lot of creativity to create a piece of art. A canvas, a freshly painted white wall, a restaurant napkin or on the side panels of a notebook can all be materials to create something amazing after a moment or two of inspiration. For some, the act of creativity is an innate feeling and it can result in ama...

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PARIS: Facebook, the world’s most popular social network, and its Instagram photo-sharing site were interrupted temporarily Tuesday, provoking panic, rumors of a hack, and jokes of how more than one billion users were struggling to cope.
“This was not the result of a third party attack,” Facebook said in a statement after its services were...

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Knowledge is key in the fashion industry. Knowing what works and what doesn’t is what helps improve a designer in their quest for innovative designs. Inspired by different cultures, attentive to the latest in the fashion world and keen on details is what defines Hatem Al-Akeel. Coming from no background in design, he ventured in the world with h...

TRAVEL »

Historical monuments and sites can be found throughout Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom has many attractions designed for those who want to know more about the country. The Kingdom offers several tourist places such as atmospheric souqs and villages reflecting the heritage and culture of Saudi Arabia.
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SACRAMENTO, California: California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products.A report released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine. California Health Officer Ron Chapman says new generations of young people will become nicotine addicts if the products remain largely unregulated.E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine from cartridges into inhalable vapor without tar and other chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. E-cigarette makers say their products are far safer than tobacco.Other states...
Ever wondered what happens after you quit smoking? Many people fall back and get back to their bad habits. There are many reasons for this, some of which are mental while others are physical.We just found out about smoking detox where you can literally detox cigarettes out of your body. “This can only be assisted by controlling what you eat and drink on a daily basis. To be able to get the maximum benefit out of this type of detox, begin by quitting cigarettes right on the spot,” said pulmonologist Dr. Khalil Saad. “Your body will take its time to fully recover and this could take up to a period of years. Smoking is very harmful and your body cannot kick out the toxins in a short period of...
In the last two articles, Parts 10 and 11, I revealed to you the many toxic aspects of fast foods. Children are exposed to myriads of synthetic chemicals, high amounts of simple sugars, salts, artificial sweeteners, and trans fat, which the fast food and beverage industries add to hamburgers, fries, frying oils, ice-creams, sodas, soft and energy drinks, snack bars, and others to enhance flavor, texture, consistency, color, and more. Their ploy is to get you and your children addicted to their products and concoctions. Unfortunately, these toxic substances are not studied sufficiently. As a result, we see their health-harming effects in the forms of asthma, allergies, nutrient deficiencies...

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SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates: Kevin Spacey skipped the Screen Actors Guild awards, which handed him a win for his wildl...
LONDON: Ava DuVernay, the director of the Martin Luther King historical movie “Selma,” is set to again team up with the film’s star David Oyelowo for a new project about Hurricane Katrina.DuVernay and Oyelowo, who were both finalists at this year’s Golden Globes, will “develop a new narrative feature film chronicling a sweeping love story and complex murder mystery during the time of Hurricane Katrina,” Participant Media said Monday.The project will mark the pair’s third collaboration after “Middle of Nowhere” and “Selma,” which has been nominated for this year’s Academy Award for Best...
NEW YORK: The Grammy Awards will feature a number of collaborative performances, including Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett and Adam Levine with Gwen Stefani.The Recording Academy said Tuesday that Annie Lennox also will be paired with newcomer Hozier and Jessie J with Tom Jones at the Feb. 8 show in Los Angeles.Gaga and Bennett’s duet album, “Cheek to Cheek,” is nominated for best traditional pop vocal album, where their competition includes Lennox. Hozier is nominated for song of the year for the hit, “Take Me to Church.”Beyonce, Pharrell and Sam Smith are the leaders with six nominations apiece...

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