CAIRO: Leading Sunni Muslim body Al-Azhar said Sunday the world must unite in a “battle of all humanity” to prevent the Islamic State group from destroying Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra.The appeal came a day after Syria’s antiquities director said that IS fighters had entered the museum in Palmyra and raised their black flag over the ancient citadel that overlooks the archaeological site.“Protecting archaeological sites from destruction and plundering is the battle of all of humanity,” the Cairo-based Al-Azhar, a prestigious seat of Islamic learning, said in a statement.“We have to unite our efforts in order to protect one of the most important archaeological cities in the Middle East from being destroyed by Daesh,” it said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.Al-Azhar said the international community must take urgent steps to prevent IS “from destroying the cultural and archaeological land...
NEW YORK: The US has blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying...
RIYADH: United in grief and upping the ante against terrorism, people from across the world strongly...
JEDDAH/RIYADH: The suicide bomber in the Qatif mosque blast has been identified as Saleh bin Abdul Rahman Saleh Al-Qashami, who was a Saudi citizen.Revealing this information, Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, security spokesman of the Interior Ministry, on Saturday said the bomber was wanted by the security authorities for his association with the Islamic State group.Forensic tests proved that the material used in the blast at...
JEDDAH: Saudi women will be able to contest and vote for the first time in municipal elections, adding another element to the upcoming polls.The move aims at meeting the aspirations, dreams and needs of all citizens, particularly in municipal and developmental issues.Any citizen, holding a valid ID, can participate in municipal elections as a voter or a candidate if he or she meets the set conditions. Citizens wishing to...

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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...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Health has recorded a death and three new cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, taking the number of cases in the Kingdom to 1,003 since 2012.According to an official from the ministry, a Saudi aged 71 died in Riyadh. The patients who tested positive for the infection are...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Health has refused to intervene in the case of an Arab expatriate who admitted to conducting plastic surgery procedures in her home in Jeddah. The ministry said it would not question the woman if police do not intervene and arrest her.In a recent interview, the woman admitted to providing injections...
JUBAIL: A meagre 10 percent of Saudi fishermen is seen on small boats that remain in the sea for a day. However, there are no Saudis at all on bigger boats because the expeditions last for five to 10 days and they don't find it economically viable.Ship captains used to enjoy power and prestige in the community, as they were...
RIYADH: The Philippine Embassy has facilitated more than 50,000 applications for overseas absentee voting (OAV) and certifications in a one-year registration period.“We thank all Filipinos in the Kingdom for their enthusiasm in registering as overseas voters. We also appeal to those who have not registered to do it before t...
ABHA: Several Saudis have urged the government to expand the foreign scholarship program arguing that it is highly beneficial for the country’s development.Journalist and writer Ali Al-Khseiban said the program is an advanced education project that not only provides Saudi men and women the opportunity to study at the world’...
GENEVA: Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih stressed the importance of supporting primary health care in GCC countries in order to reduce economic burdens, noting that diabetes is one of the top diseases that require intensive preventative measures to reduce high rates in the region.In his speech during the 40th session of the...
JEDDAH: Government bodies are carrying on campaigns to stop transgressions and violations of expatriate workers who use articles that govern relations between employers and workers to pressure establishments they work with.The private sector is taking measures to combat these violations. Member of the national commercial co...
RIYADH: The National Center for Addiction Counseling (NCAC) currently has 15 people answering calls from members of the public who are addicted to drugs, or with family members that are afflicted.According to a report in a local newspaper, they work for 14 hours a day and guarantee confidentiality. The advice provided inclu...
JEDDAH: The Eastern Province police are still investigating a case involving the alleged assault of two girls in a local mall, but have warned that there would also be action taken against those who film such incidents and post them on social networking sites.The police recently released a statement saying that it was a cri...
RIYADH: The Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has established branches involving 1,000 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) for aid distribution to various parts of Yemen.“The NGOs will distribute aid to Yemenis affected by the conflict in areas inaccessible to relief agencies like the United Nations,...
JEDDAH: While millions of Saudis were sharing the usual Friday messages of prayers and religious verses, terrorists, particularly from Mesopotamia, were sending messages about bombing in eastern Saudi Arabia.Even before Saudis circulated the news of the devastating suicide blast in a mosque at Al-Qadeeh in Qatif, tweeters c...
RIYADH: Azerbaijan is seeking to develop its trade ties with Saudi Arabia, its ambassador said at the country’s national day celebrations recently.“Relations between Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia are reflected in the mutual visits of high ranking officials,” said Rasim Rzayev. He said Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev was i...

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CAIRO: Leading Sunni Muslim body Al-Azhar said Sunday the world must unite in a...

RIYADH: Yemeni government spokesman Rageh Badi said Saturday that President Abed...

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday acquitted 17 people of violating a strict p...

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces retook territory from the Islamic State group east of Rama...

WAHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s war strategy failed to stop Islamic State mi...

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Beirut: Weakened by years of war, Syria’s government appears ready for the count...

TEHRAN: A senior Iranian military official told parliament on Sunday the armed f...

Baquba: : Eight explosions, mostly targeting the security forces, rocked the Ir...

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI: Warplanes from Libya’s official government attacked an oil tan...

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian youth on Sunday stabbed and wounded two Israeli teenage...

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PARIS: For Roger Federer, the menace did not come from the other side of the net...

MANILA: Joseph Yeo could be smiling down on his former team right now.The acroba...

LAHORE: Pakistan pulled off a sensational last over win by two wickets in the se...

LONDON: Ben Stokes scored the fastest-ever Test hundred at Lord’s, while England...

LONDON: Hull City were relegated and Newcastle United survived the drop on a dra...

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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...
RIYADH: Profits of the listed retail companies grew by 6.04 percent to SR789.4 million in the first quarter of the current year (2015) compared to SR744.4 million in the same period last year, according to a financial report.Similarly, sales of the retail sector grew by 17 percent to SR8.4 billion compared to SR7.2 billion...
JEDDAH: National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, has signed a deal to buy five very large crude tankers from ship builders Hyundai Heavy Industries, the Riyadh-listed firm said.Hyundai will build the tankers and deliver them to Bahri in 2017, a statement to Riyadh’s bour...
RIYADH: Google has launched here recently “Google Partners Academy” to help Saudi entrepreneurs and small and medium business (SMBs) to be online and digital experts to grow their businesses.“We have officially launched our Google partner program here for the first time to boost businesses presence online and utilize it to...
ATHENS: Greece has warned that it has no money to repay the International Monetary Fund on time in June unless a deal is reached with its creditors, in a stark warning that the country could be just days away from defaulting.Athens already had a close shave in May, when it was only able to scrape together the 750 million eu...
Imagine a situation in which two airliners are on a collision course. What would happen? The air traffic controller (ATC) at the airport would try to identify the blips of the two planes on his radar screen and calculate the probability of a collision. That’s no easy task, since he has to mentally construct a three-dimensio...
ISTANBUL: French car giant Renault has offered a cash payment to striking workers in western Turkey where a wage dispute has hit the thriving Turkish car sector ahead of June 7 elections.Oyak Renault factory, a joint venture between Renault and the Oyak army pension fund located in the western city of Bursa, said it offered...
WASHINGTON: The US auto safety watchdog, long criticized as toothless and slow, is showing both bark and bite under its new boss — a testimony to his credentials as a safety expert and a hardening of the administration’s policy after a wave of deadly defects.Having taken the helm of the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin...
NEW YORK: General Motors is negotiating what could be a record fine with US justice authorities after a federal investigation into a defect linked to at least 104 deaths uncovered criminal wrongdoing, the New York Times reported.The Times cited people familiar with the inquiry as saying that a settlement likely to surpass t...
MANILA: Trade ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific countries have issued strong support to the World Trade Organization's efforts to boost global trade amid a flurry of regional free trade agreements.The ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation grouping of nations vowed at the end of their two-day meeting on the centr...
JEDDAH: Despite closing lower for two days during the week, the Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) entrenched at 9,768.09 and finished the week up over 0.38 percent from its previous weekend close at 9,731.54 points.The index touched an intra-week high of 9,829.76 and low of 9,695.00 levels, reflecting a narrow trading range of...
LONDON: Futures prices indicate the physical market is easily absorbing the large volume of crude being supplied and global rebalancing is well underway.The price for storing a barrel of Brent for six months has fallen from more than $1.23 per month at the start of 2015 to just 37 cents per month on May 21.US crude inventor...
NEW YORK: US stock investors have been enjoying an extended period of low volatility and steady gains, but with the US Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year and major indexes near records, the market could get a bit choppier in coming weeks.Fed Chair Janet Yellen said she expected the US central bank to...
 

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Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah recently slammed his critics saying...
US President Barack Obama may have made it perfectly clear that any sort of a po...
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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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RIYADH: Saudi tweets account for more than 47 percent of all Arabic content on Twitter, according to a recent study.
“Twitter has made it big in Saudi Arabia, since Arabic was introduced onto the platform in 2012,” MVF Global said.
With just 140 characters, MVF Global added, Twitter has become the largest real-time conversation ever c...

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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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LOS ANGELES: Amal Clooney wants to appear on the cover of American Vogue.The British human rights lawyer, whose husband...
EGYPT: Egyptian actor Omar Sharif is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and is struggling to remember his most famous films, his son has revealed.The 83-year-old Egyptian-born actor shot to fame in 1962 when he starred in ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’His only child Tarek El-Sharif, 58, revealed that his father has been struggling with the disease for the past three years.Tarek said that Omar often confuses the names of his most famous films and forgets where they were filmed. He made his frank confession during an interview with respected Spanish newspaper El Mundo, and the revelation follows earlier...
VIENNA, Austria: Sweden narrowly beat Russia Sunday in a nail-biting 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, winning its sixth crown in Europe’s annual anything-goes music extravaganza.Forty-one years after Swedish superstars ABBA took the title, chiseled Mans Zelmerlow won 365 points from voters and juries in 40 countries with his up-tempo crowd-pleaser “Heroes.”As the scores came through nation by nation via videolink to Vienna, it looked for a while as though Russian Polina Gagarina would take the title with her paean to world peace “A Million Voices.”In the end though her anthem...

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