RIYADH: The US on Saturday joined Gulf and Arab countries in denouncing the terror attack in Dammam, saying that it was committed to working with the Kingdom to fight extremism.“We deplore the brutality of the terrorists who perpetuated this violence at places of worship,” said US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke, in response to Friday’s attack at the Al-Anoud Mosque in Dammam. Three people and an IS suspect who exploded the bomb in the parking area after being stopped by security men from entering the women’s section of the mosque were killed. “The US stands with the people of Saudi Arabia against this violence and remains committed to working with the Saudi government and our international partners to fight violent extremism in the region,” Rathke added. Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, too strongly condemned the attack, asserting that such attacks on places of worship are “abh...
SANAA: Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounded Houthi positions across Sanaa, only hours after the UN...
DAMMAM: Shoura Council member Hanan Al-Ahmadi has lauded the role of the security forces for thwarti...
JEDDAH: Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh described the terror attack on Al-Anoud Mosque in Dammam as a shameful plot.He praised the efforts of the security forces in foiling the heinous crime. “This is a criminal attempt to divide our citizens in difficult times,” he said.He stressed the importance of cooperation among people, advising them not to provide cover to terrorists “who are bent upon destabilizing the Kingdom....
JEDDAH: Threats and challenges have always reinforced the resolve of the GCC countries to move forward to achieve their lofty objectives, said a top Gulf official.“Achievements of nations are not compared in years, but what has been achieved, including on the ground, are counted as major strides in the march of cooperation,” said Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, secretary-general of GCC.“The circumstances and the challenges faced b...

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DAMMAM: A photograph showing a group of diverse worshippers praying in the Al-Anoud Mosque in Dammam is not strange or surprising. This is unfortunately the mosque where a suicide bomber detonated explosives on Friday.The mosque was built in the 1980s and accommodates about 7,000 worshippers. Prayer...
RIYADH: The board of directors of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) decided on Wednesday to appoint board member, Eng. Sulaiman Al-Hudaithi, as chairman.His tenure, along with that of the board, would be from May 1, 2015, until April 30, 2018, SRMG announced.Eng. Al-Hudaithi holds a bachelor of science degree in...
ABHA: Saudi women working at clothing stores here have called on the Labor Ministry to crack down on owners because they apparently work long hours, are paid low salaries, have no access to childcare facilities, not given days off, and not provided free transport.In addition, they claim that the public in general have no tr...
RIYADH: US Ambassador Joseph Westphal has strongly condemned the attack on a mosque in Dammam during the Friday congregational prayer, expressing his country’s full support to the people of Saudi Arabia.“I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on the mosque in Dammam. I express my deepest sympathy to the families of tho...
JEDDAH: In a few weeks preparations will begin for elections for municipal councils which will be held in August.Despite criticisms of the previous two elections, people are hopeful. Changes in legislation have increased the number of elected candidates to two-thirds.The voting age has been lowered to 18 and, for the first...
JEDDAH: British police in Essex on Saturday arrested a 16-year-old on suspicion of murdering Saudi woman Nahid Almanea and James Attfield, the father of three children. Nahid Almanea was stabbed 16 times in the attack in June last year.According to an Essex police statement, the suspected teenager is under interrogation for...
JEDDAH: The Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA) said owners of predatory animals and those who keep such animals for breeding and trading will be penalized.The authority has registered a number of violations regarding such animals.“A royal order was issued to ban the import of predatory animals except in three cases: research ce...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs inaugurated 41 public parks and gardens in Makkah, Jeddah and the Eastern Province in an effort to serve citizens and protect the environment. With a total cost of SR208 million, the parks were designed to include recreational activities, squares designated for sports, as...
Health personnel who are interested in serving pilgrims during the coming Haj are requested to send their applications to the Ministry of Health for deployment on a temporary basis.The Manpower Committee at the ministry will receive the applications through its website: https://systems.moh.gov.sa/Hajmanpower/candidateform/v...
RIYADH: A new program called “Al-Khair Yagmana” or “Gathering for Happiness” will be launched during Ramadan on Al-Margab Saudi TV to raise funds for humanitarian institutions.“The aim is to help the needy, the poor, the sick and orphans for them to know that society cares for them and want to make them happy,” Islamic scho...
Al-AHSA: Several women here are ignoring traditional roles by becoming skilled carpenters making various products including chairs, wardrobes and chests.Zahra Al-Najar, who is based in a workshop at the Center for Vocational Training here, said that she finds great satisfaction in doing work that has been dominated by men f...
JUBAIL: A 48-year-old fisherman from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, India, was shot dead by suspected Iranian pirates near the Saudi-Iran sea border on Friday evening.The slain fisherman, Siluvai Mathivalan, had left the Jubail port in a launch five days ago for fishing, along with four others. The fishermen unknowingly strayed...
JEDDAH: Yemen's Vice President Khaled Mahfouz Bahah recently inaugurated a Hope Center at the country's consulate Jeddah in order to correct the status of approximately 1 million Yemenis who are illegally residing in the western region of the country.This comes in the wake of the directive of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosqu...

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TEHRAN: Iran said Saturday it would be “out of the question” for the UN atomic w...

BEIRUT: A Syrian air force raid killed at least 59 civilians at a market in a to...

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces retook an area west of Ramadi on Saturday as they pressed...

CAIRO: Egypt on Saturday deported a US-Egyptian citizen sentenced to life in jai...

ADEN: Heavy fighting erupted in southern Yemen near Aden airport on Friday when...

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BANGKOK: A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat peopl...

MANILA/JOLO: Fifteen people including 10 police officers were wounded in two sep...

LAHORE/QUETTA: A Pakistani minister admitted Saturday a suicide bomber was behin...

HYDERABAD: Showers and thunderstorms in parts of southern India on Saturday help...

TOKYO: A magnitude 8.5 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan on Saturday...

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PARIS: Top seed Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray slapped down a pair of Australian...

ZURICH: FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Saturday he was “shocked” at the way th...

LEEDS: Trent Boult and Tim Southee led a New Zealand recovery after Adam Lyth sc...

NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland: World No. 9 Rickie Fowler's chances of claiming a s...

SESTRIERE, Italy: Alberto Contador was virtually assured of winning the Giro d’I...

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NEW YORK: Oil rose more than 3 percent on Friday as a rally in the dollar faded and as data from Thursday that showed a fourth straight weekly drop in US crude stockpiles...
VIENNA: OPEC will meet next week amid rising global demand and a reduction in supply, which are both helping to support prices, two OPEC officials said after pre-meeting talks.A calmer mood among national representatives and officials compared with the last OPEC meeting in November 2014 means it is likely to keep its produc...
LONDON: Oil prices are likely to stay relatively weak for the rest of this year due ample supply from traditional Middle East producers and a resurgence of US shale production, a Reuters survey forecast on Friday.Reuters monthly survey of 28 analysts predicted the global oil benchmark North Sea Brent crude would average $61...
PARIS: Air France faces its second safety investigation in as many weeks after pilots were forced to recover in mid-takeoff after entering the wrong data into the computer of a cargo jet, airline and safety officials said.The mistake over the plane’s weight was discovered when the Boeing 777 freighter accelerated too slowly...
NEW YORK: Female CEOs are outpacing their male colleagues in pay, although they remain vastly outnumbered in the top echelons of American companies.Last year, the median pay for women CEOs rose to $15.9 million, a 21 percent gain from a year earlier, according to a study by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The...
NEW YORK: US banking giant JPMorgan Chase will cut thousands of jobs in a cost-shaving program aimed at saving $5 billion through 2017, a person close to the situation said.The largest US bank will eliminate more than 5,000 jobs by next year, said another source, confirming a report in The Wall Street Journal.The layoffs wi...
NICOSIA: Recession-hit Cyprus recorded a 15 percent hike in key tourism revenue in March, the first rise in income this year, official data showed.Tourism income on the Mediterranean holiday island reached 65 million euros ($71 million) from 56.5 million euros in the same month last year.This was helped by a 25.7 percent su...
MOSCOW: Russia’s ruble is on a roller-coaster. After being the world’s second worst-performing currency against the dollar last year, it is among the best in 2015.That will help keep a leash on inflation, to the relief of millions of Russians. But it is worrying one part of the economy — the local industry that had seen dem...
HONG KONG: Japan’s Nikkei chalked up an eleventh straight gain as the yen sat around 12-year lows against the dollar, while Shanghai extended losses following the previous day’s hefty plunge.The euro continues to face downside pressure over concerns that Greece and its creditors will not reach an agreement on reforming its...
SAN FRANCISCO: Google is willing to store and organize all of the world’s digital photos and videos for free.The online photo service is the latest example of Google’s desire to wrap its tentacles around virtually every part of people’s lives.Google will provide unlimited storage of all photos up to 16 megapixels and high-d...
LONDON: Tata Steel UK’s biggest trade union has voted to go on strike, setting the scene for the biggest labor action in the British steel sector in three decades.Members of the trade union Community voted 88 percent in favor of going on strike while the smaller GMB union said its members also approved strike action, statem...
WASHINGTON: The US economy contracted in the first quarter as it buckled under the weight of unusually heavy snowfalls, a resurgent dollar and disruptions at West Coast ports, but activity has rebounded modestly.The government slashed its gross domestic product estimate to show GDP shrinking at a 0.7 percent annual rate ins...
MUMBAI: India posted annual growth of 7.3 percent, overtaking China in the first three months of 2015, but analysts warned further measures were needed to boost the economy.The growth rate for the financial year that ended March 31, 2015 came in slightly lower than the 7.4 percent that the statistics ministry had predicted...
 

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We live in a modern world that is losing traces of its past bit by bit, it’s inevitable since it’s the normal evolutionary way of life. The world is progressing at a fast pace and we are engrossed in daily activities that can get us all wrapped up with the future of our endeavors and so the past is simply an illusion or a story being told by an...

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A newly-discovered glitch in Apple’s software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message.
Apple says it’s aware of the problem and is working on a fix. But some pranksters are sharing information about the glitch on social media and using it to crash other peoples’ phones.
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Summer season can be damaging to your skin and hair, but how about your fingernails? Sun, heat, and water can all cause damage to your digits.
Many women pay attention to only hair and skin to protect them from the damaging summer weather and neglect their nails. Summer is the season for exposed flip-flops and sandals; you would want to pa...

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RIYADH: A tourism campaign will be launched on June 8 to encourage Riyadh residents to spend their summer vacations in the city, rather than abroad.
“The campaign will be held under the auspices of the Council of Saudi Chambers, Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquity (SCTA) and the office of the Riyadh governor,” said Mohsin Shaikh Al...

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ABHA: While many smokers say that they can’t quit and others complain of no will power, some admit to smoking because it is seen as fashionable. It seems that sheesha and cigarettes have become the latest fashion accessory at women’s gatherings where smoking is seen as necessary.Psychologists and sociologists say that the increasing number of women who smoke for perceived social prestige is alarming.An official at Naqa, a charitable organization specializing in combating smoking, said more Saudi women than men smoke sheesha. He pointed out that the ages of smoking women is between 30 and 40, adding that large numbers of married women smoke sheesha. He explained that the situation has become...
If you are tired of eating Lebanese, Italian or even Chinese food and you have no desire for some fast food, the time has come for a real change so how about some Tex-Mex at Chili’s! Tex-Mex, incidentally, was one of the original spin-offs from Mexican cooking that has really strayed far from its roots. In other words, Mexican food and Tex-Mex are merely cousins in the culinary world. The term Tex-Mex first appeared in print in 1945.The arrival of large numbers of Mexican immigrants in Texas after 1950 prompted the opening of Mexican restaurants. This twentieth century phenomenon turned into a gourmet trend in the 1970s, a fad which has not abated and is still very much alive. People are...
JEDDAH: There are nearly 15,000 renal failure patients in the Kingdom and two-third of them undergo dialysis, said Dr. Mohammed Al-Aumi, supervisor of King Salman Kidney Center in Riyadh.Addressing a workshop organized by the Health Ministry for enhancing public awareness on kidney related diseases, he said renal failure cases are spreading all over the world.“More than 600 million people around the world currently suffer from kidney diseases and they account for 14.2 percent of global population,” Al-Aumi told participants.“It’s a silent disease that creeps into all parts of body and we’ll know its symptoms only after sometime,” he pointed out.Al-Aumi underscored the ministry’s efforts to...

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OXON HILL, Maryland: They couldn’t be rattled. They couldn’t be denied. Indian-Americans Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya S...
RABAT, Morocco: Singer and movie star Jennifer Lopez has expressed excitement about kicking off Morocco’s Mawazine music festival on Friday, while insisting she’s still just the girl from the Bronx.“I’m excited for everyone to see my whole show and experience a Moroccan audience for the first time that way,” she told journalists Thursday in the Moroccan capital of Rabat ahead of her scheduled performance.She said the key to beauty was a healthy life, working hard and not drinking or smoking. She talked about future projects, including a show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and a police...
LOS ANGELES: Angelina Jolie, American actress and human rights activist, turns 40 on June 4. She is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses, with an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards to her name. Forbes released it’s list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” recently. Jolie came in at 54. Her humanitarian work focuses on conservation, education, and women’s rights, and she also campaigns on behalf of refugees as a Special Envoy for UNHCR. Twice divorced, she is now married to actor Brad Pitt and has six children, three of whom were adopted...

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