KATMANDU: Overwhelmed doctors moved hundreds of patients onto the streets of Nepal’s capital on Sunday when aftershocks rattled hospitals and buildings already damaged by an earthquake that killed more than 2,400 people and devastated Katmandu valley.Sick and wounded people lay on a dusty road outside Katmandu Medical College while hospital workers carried more patients out of the building on stretchers and sacks.Doctors set up an operating theater inside a tent and rushed in the most critical, following a particularly big tremor that sent people running terrified into the streets.The aftershock, itself a strong 6.7 magnitude quake, triggered more avalanches in the Himalayas after Saturday’s 7.9 quake — which unleashed Everest’s worst disaster and was the strongest since 1934 when 8,500 people were killed.Outside the National Trauma Center in Katmandu, patients in wheelchairs who had bee...
Member-countries on Saturday announced their support for the planned meeting of the Organization of...
Motorists grappled with poor visibility and the day temperature dropped by 10 degrees Celsius on Sat...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police said they arrested 12 people plotting to sow civil unrest and seized explosives on Sunday, just one day before the country hosts a Southeast Asian summit.National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the 12 men with suspected links to the Islamic state group were arrested in a western suburb of the capital Kuala Lumpur.He said the men, all Malaysians aged from 17 to 41, were detained during an...
JAKARTA, Indonesia: Indonesia’s attorney general’s office notified nine foreigners and an Indonesian convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the UN chief and foreign leaders to spare them.Authorities asked the 10 convicts — four Nigerian men, two Australian men, a Filipino woman, and one man each from Brazil, France and Indonesia — for their last wish, the s...

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Nationals eligible for housing have the option to choose units through the designated website, but will have to wait until what they want is ready, the Ministry of Housing has said. “The distribution of houses is based on what is available and the number of points presented, and not on the date of...
Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar has said the private sector is playing a crucial role in upgrading services to pilgrims and that his ministry is constantly monitoring the works.The development and upgrading of the services for pilgrims require an effective partnership between the Ministry and private companies, he said.The minis...
The Shoura Council on Monday will vote on the recommendation of the Committee on Haj, Pilgrim Housing and Services to publish the exact text of the penal measures against any violator of the pilgrim service regulations in a local newspaper published at the location of the violator and at the expense of the violator.The pen...
Prince Mohammad bin Salman, defense minister and royal court chief, has ordered that a soldier should be investigated for tweeting that he was prepared to kill citizens in the Qatif governorate. The minister said that if this is proven to be correct, the soldier will be tried in court.Meanwhile, the education minister has o...
Despite the “Jobs on Air" television program’s success in looking for employment opportunities, many young Saudis refuse to accept blue-collar jobs. “Based on a survey, there are at least five reasons why young Saudi males turn down menial jobs,” said Mohsin Shaikh Al-Hassan, program host. The program — which has found at l...
American diplomats have recently been crisscrossing the country to meet Saudis, in an attempt to boost personal and business ties between the two longtime allies.Consul General Todd Holmstrom has since his posting in the summer of 2014 been setting aside time to meet “key civil, business, academic, and cultural leaders” in...
Some 240 professional divers have banded together to call themselves “Sea Soldiers,” launching their community on the occasion of the “World Earth Day.”The Saudi Environment Society (SES) and the National Program for Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Development organized the initiative under the slogan of “My enviro...
The 9th European Film Festival began here with the opening of a German film “Lola rennt” (Run Lola Run), an “all-time classic.”Welcoming the guests, German Consul General Annette Klein said the high number of consulates here in Jeddah gives them a great opportunity to learn how people in other countries think and feel, whil...
The General Directorate for Criminal Investigations received last month 33 reports from citizens and residents on terrorists and wanted persons by the security authorities. The reports involved actions that touch on the security and safety of the state and society, and which led to the arrest of a number of suspects and wan...
A round-the-clock service at the customs department and electronic linking of departments will make the Kingdom’s ports distinct in the world, said Saad Al-Harbi, director general of Value and Origin Department at the Saudi Customs.“If various departments are linked electronically, the period for clearance could be minimize...
The Italian Embassy held a reception here to promote ‘Expo Milan 2015,’ a high-profile international exhibition that the Italian city of Milan will host from May 1 to Oct. 31 this year.Speaking about the expo, Italian Ambassador Mario Boffo said Milan will become a global showcase during the six-month show.More than 140 cou...
All the monuments in the Kingdom and in marine areas under the Saudi Arabia’s jurisdiction are public property, said Director-General of the Legal Department at the General Authority for Tourism and Antiquities, Faisal Al-Fadil.“Anyone who alters or damages an archaeological or heritage site or monument is subject to impris...
With every passing day, complaints against insurance companies pile up.According to reports in the local media, the insured will be the victims if a solution is not reached any time soon.The problem of the insured could become a phenomenon if consultants refuse to deal with medical insurance companies and force patients to...

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TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized fast-driving wea...

Saudi Arabia has banned its citizens from traveling to war-ravaged Yemen, especi...

JERUSALEM: Israeli security forces killed a Palestinian youth on Saturday as he...

BEIRUT: Insurgents including Al-Qaeda’s wing in Syria, Al-Nusra Front, captured...

BAGHDAD: Fierce clashes erupted northeast of Fallujah on Saturday between the Ir...

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Philippines on Sunday urged its fellow Southeast Asian countri...

DHAKA: The leader of Bangladesh’s main opposition party threatened retaliation i...

KUALA LUMPUR: Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Sunday shelved a proposal to...

NIAMEY, Niger: Suspected Boko Haram militants in motorized canoes attacked a Nig...

SLAVUTYCH, Ukraine: Ukrainians on Sunday marked 29 years since the Chernobyl nuc...

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BARCELONA: Kei Nishikori was crowned Barcelona Open champion for the second cons...

LONDON: Chelsea will have to keep the champagne on ice for at least a week after...

MANILA: Talk 'N Text import Ivan Johnson was back in his elements, and Rain or...

NEW ORLEANS: Golden State’s Stephen Curry put in a match-winning performance as...

NEW YORK: Wladimir Klitschko used his big jab to extend a nine-year reign as wor...

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Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar will officiate at the opening ceremony of the 2015 C3 Saudi-American Healthcare Forum, which is being held in Riyadh for three days f...
CAIRO: Egypt's currency black market, a thorn in the side of successive governments, has virtually disappeared in the past two months following a central bank crackdown.Yet, while the authorities hope this will signal to foreign investors that the economy has returned to normal after four years of turmoil, Egyptian business...
The Islamic banking industry in Saudi Arabia is set to achieve $683 billion of Shariah-compliant assets by 2019, according to EY’s World Islamic Banking Competitiveness report. Saudi Arabia has been a key market for growth in the Islamic banking industry. The first Islamic bank with equity in excess of $10 billion is headqu...
MEXICO CITY: US tire maker Goodyear will build a half-billion-dollar factory in central Mexico that will produce six million tires a year for customers across the Americas, the company said.Goodyear is the third auto sector company to make a major announcement in Mexico since last week, following a $1 billion investment by...
LONDON: Most central banks have been easing policy since the start of the year and are set to do more, but it still isn’t clear whether that new activism, which has pushed stock markets to record highs, will help the global economy much.Several meet this week to set policy, including the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japa...
NEW DELHI: While Narendra Modi may be the toast of India’s titans of industry, bosses of the army of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are beginning to grow impatient for change a year into his premiership.With the economy now outpacing even China, Modi has won big-name plaudits for transforming the climate with a se...
SINGAPORE/TOKYO: One by one, Japan is turning off the lights at the giant oil-fired power plants that propelled it to the ranks of the world’s top industrialized nations. With nuclear power in the doldrums after the Fukushima disaster, it’s solar energy that is becoming the alternative.Solar power is set to become profitabl...
The Saudi stock market continued its positive drive for the third consecutive week, witnessing the long-term upward trend last week.Growth prospects as a result of Capital Market Authority's (CMA’s) decision of market opening to direct foreign investment in June tended to attract a pack of investors.A considerable amount of...
SAN FRANCISCO: Software developers who tried on an Apple Watch for the first time predicted a rush of new apps over the next few months, particularly in areas including health and messaging.Developers, who had been limited to using software simulators of the watch, discovered new possibilities.Ross Cohen, chief operating of...
Fawri, a popular remittance wing of the leading bank of Saudi Arabia, Bank AlJazira (BAJ), has announced plans to open 60 model money transfer centers within next three years in an effort to maximize its reach among customers and to add new services to its portfolio. Fawri is the only market player in the Kingdom today to h...
Gulf Dynamic Switchgear (GDS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Masharie LLC — the private equity arm of Dubai Investments PJSC and a leading manufacturer of low voltage switchgear panels, has achieved 24 percent year-on-year growth in 2014, further strengthening its position as a market leader across the Gulf.The company also...
Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft for cooperation in the field of information systems and technology and the development of electronic services and raise awareness of intellectual property rights (IPR).Saud Salim Al-Mazrouei, director of SAIF Zone a...
He quit cold turkey. Just came into work and said, I am going, I am out of here, settle my dues.Last night I asked him why he would make a hasty decision and did he realize the ramifications of it all. He said he just couldn’t find the energy to get up and go to work, he had no respect for his bosses, there was a ganging up...

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Saudis have a tendency to visit pharmacists more than their own doctors because...
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French President Francois Hollande on Friday stepped 36,000 years back in time into a darkened, cool cave to admire the earliest known figurative paintings of hands, bears, rhinos and panthers.
But he was actually above ground, inaugurating a giant, millimeter-by-millimeter exact replica of the closely guarded Grotte Chauvet in southern Fra...

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SINGAPORE/TOKYO: One by one, Japan is turning off the lights at the giant oil-fired power plants that propelled it to the ranks of the world’s top industrialized nations. With nuclear power in the doldrums after the Fukushima disaster, it’s solar energy that is becoming the alternative.
Solar power is set to become profitable in Japan as ea...

FASHION »

The year 2015 just began and we’ve already had some huge makeup launches and new trends emerging. Last year introduced us to some amazing beauty tricks and looks. However, there are some trends that we can well do without this year. Jeddah’s beauty guru Nilo Haq brings to you a list of beauty trends that need to go in 2015.

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AL-BEGRAWIYA, Sudan: The small, steep pyramids rising up from the desert hills of northern Sudan resemble those in neighboring Egypt, but unlike the famed pyramids of Giza, the Sudanese site is largely deserted.
The pyramids at Meroe, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, are rarely visited despite being a UNES...

FOOD & HEALTH »

After giving birth, all mothers think about losing weight as soon as possible. Many of them are harsh on themselves as they try to cut down calories from the diet they followed when they were pregnant.Doctors recommend new mothers to stay on an even healthier diet to give their baby healthy nutrition. “Nursing mothers should give close attention to what they are eating, their breast milk should meet their baby’s nutritional needs,” said pediatrician Dr. Osama Khalid. “If the mother’s diet is low in calories or it relies on one food group, it can affect the quality and quantity of her milk,” he said. When mothers start breastfeeding, they might feel extra hungry throughout the day. “Mothers...
The coconut and its water, milk, and oil have endless health benefits. Last week in Part 3, I expounded on coconut oil’s myriads of uses for the care of the skin, ranging from the aesthetic aspect to maintaining healthy skin and healing infections like skin and nail fungal infections (athlete’s foot and others) to preventing wrinkles and signs of premature skin aging. However, there is one more thing I would like to add about coconut oil. It has dual effects. It provides the sun protection factor (SPF) of around 10. But because the oil is a mild sun protector, it allows the sun’s ultraviolet rays to penetrate the skin to synthesize much-needed vitamin D. However to increase SPF, mix it with...
During the last forty years, the interest in homeopathy has grown as an increasing number of people realize that conventional medicine cannot cure all diseases and the treatments also cause serious side effects. However, there are many misunderstandings regarding homeopathy and ‘Complete Guide to Homeopathy: The Principles and Practice of Treatment’ explains in a clear and easy language what homeopathy is and how it can be used safely and effectively to treat common complaints. The principles and practice of homeopathy have remained largely unchanged since their introduction about two centuries ago. This complete guide to homeopathy begins with a section which looks at the history of...

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WASHINGTON: A presidential election just getting into gear provided US President Barack Obama plenty of new material to...
LOS ANGELES: “Avengers” actress Scarlett Johansson, who welcomed daughter Rose Dorothy in September last year, says it is not easy being a celebrity mother as she has to struggle to protect privacy of her kid.“It’s hard. On the one hand, you don’t want to isolate your kids, but you don’t want to make your kids feel like freaks: There’s this fascination with famous kids, like they’re celebrity spawn.“At some point, you have to take your life back and say, ‘You know what? If I feel like picking up my dry cleaning and if someone’s going to photograph me doing it, so what?’” Part of being with...
INDORE: Popular Pakistani musician Atif Aslam might not have been able to entertain his fans in Pune with his rock numbers and melodious tracks as his concert was canceled by political party Shiv Sena, but he says he has no grudges and has only love to share with his Indian fans.Aslam’s concert was scheduled to be held in Pune on Saturday, but he couldn’t play in the city due to opposition from the outfit.“I respect all the promoters (of events) who invite us. But it is the responsibility of organizers. I love my fans and I like being in India. I’m a musician. I make music for everyone. I don...

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