GENEVA: The Gaza Strip, ravaged by wars and nearly a decade of a grueling Israeli blockade, could become uninhabitable for residents within just five years, the United Nations development agency said Tuesday.“The social, health and security-related ramifications of the high population density and overcrowding are among the factors that may render Gaza unliveable by 2020,” the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) wrote in its annual report.Gaza, a tiny enclave of just 362 square kilometers (about 225 square miles) squeezed between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea that is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians, counts one of the highest population densities in the world.“Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020 if current economic trends persist,” the report said.While the high density is not new, the situation has been exacerbated by three Israeli military operations in th...
JEDDAH: The Cabinet on Monday approved new regulations related to temporary and seasonal work visas....
JEDDAH: The criminal court in Jeddah has ordered Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency investigators to find...
BUDAPEST, Hungary: Upset migrants chanted “Freedom! Freedom!” and demanded to use their train tickets Tuesday after Hungary temporarily suspended all rail traffic from its main terminal in Budapest and cleared the station of hundreds of migrants trying to board trains for Austria and Germany.Chaos enveloped Budapest’s Keleti train station, where thousands of migrants have left by rail in the last few days to those two wea...
BEIRUT: Lebanese protesters broke into the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut Tuesday, demanding the resignation of the minister over the country’s snowballing trash crisis.The group from the movement known as “You Stink” posted a video of about 30 demonstrators sitting cross-legged on the floor, clapping and shouting slogans against the minister, Mohammed Machnouk.“Out, out, out!” they shouted. It was not immediatel...

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JEDDAH: Private schools have been devising new ways to raise money from parents to circumvent the Education Ministry’s cap on fee increases, a local publication reported here recently.Schools now charge for services that do not require the ministry’s approval including SR500 to SR1,000 for opening a...
ALKHOBAR: A short circuit involving a transformer in the basement of the residential complex of Saudi Aramco resulted in the fire on Sunday, according to a preliminary probe.The blaze continued for over five hours in the residential towers. The fire had spread to the vehicles in the basement, resulting in 35 of the 130 burn...
JEDDAH: A number of prominent Saudi women have cited several reasons for not running as candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Some of them are an alleged lack of clarity on nominations and voting; they are too busy; and they want to make way for younger people. Madawi Hassoun, head of the beauty centers committee...
JEDDAH: A short video showing a pilgrim, draped in the two pieces of seamless cloth called ihram, circumambulating the Kaaba in Makkah using a Segway board, has gone viral on social media.The well-built man is seen swooshing past fellow pilgrims on the second level of the mobile platform set up in the Grand Mosque’s open ma...
JEDDAH: At the weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Naif briefed the Cabinet on the talks held by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman with President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi of Yemen, which reaffirmed the Kingdom’s support for that country’s legitimate govern...
JEDDAH: Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee Prince Mohammed bin Naif has approved the general plan for implementation of Civil Defense works in emergency cases during the current Haj season, the Saudi Press Agency reported.Commenting on the plan, Director Ge...
RIYADH: The government has shut down a cosmetics factory in Riyadh for using undisclosed raw materials and unhygienic process at its production facility.A team from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, during a routine inspection, found the plant used the suspect raw materials to reduce costs. The material could be harmfu...
RIYADH: Recruitment offices here have decided to stop hiring Bangladeshi workers because they claim that a supply crunch has raised costs.Ibrahim Al-Megheimish, a recruitment expert, said that there are too few Bangladeshi workers seeking employment, which now means costs have risen from $1,000 (SR3,751) to $1,800 (SR6,752)...
RIYADH: As many as 200 students have enrolled into different courses at the Riyadh-based Saudi Aviation Flight Academy (SAFA) with 70 percent of them being Saudi nationals, said Saleem Bava, head of marketing and admission at SAFA.SAFA offers a mix of technically advanced training aircraft and simulators ensuring that stude...
MAKKAH: Civil Defense teams in Makkah recovered the body of a man and rescued several people in flooded areas after heavy rain here on Sunday.Naif Al-Shareef, spokesman for the Civil Defense, said officers found the body of the missing man in Wadi Al-Miqreh in Al-Omrah neighborhood. The man had been there with his friends....

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ANKARA: Turkish police on Tuesday staged a major swoop on the Ankara-based offic...

BEIRUT: Satellite images show the main temple in Syria’s Palmyra has been flatte...

KUWAIT: Kuwait has charged 26 people with possessing weapons and having contacts...

TEHRAN: The head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard said Tuesday that the US is...

BAGHDAD: A series of suicide attacks by Daesh outside a town in Anbar province w...

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TAIPEI: A Taiwanese district court Tuesday found a Chinese man guilty of recruit...

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber killed at least six people and wounded dozens on Tues...

MANILA: The Committee to Protect Journalists urged Philippine President Benigno...

GENEVA: More than 350,000 migrants have risked their lives crossing the Mediterr...

LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron’s government is poised to change the questi...

SPORTS »

TAIPEI: Physical play against a foe that was taller and beefier?Gilas Pilipinas...

RIYADH: SABB remained the team to beat as it sealed the top spot and toppled A...

SINGAPORE: Malaysia’s Nicol David had her nine-year run as women’s squash world...

LONDON: Manchester United have signed 19-year-old French striker Anthony Martial...

GENEVA: The American prosecutor who launched the bribery case that rocked FIFA i...

ECONOMY »

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew at its fastest pace in over a year at 3.79 percent during the second quarter of this year, reaching SR617.88 bill...
DUBAI: Stock markets across the Middle East fell on Tuesday alongside steep drops in global stockprices because of renewed uncertainty about the state of China's economy.Stock markets fell after data showed China's manufacturing activity had contracted in August at its fastest pace in three years, reinforcing fears of a slo...
MOSCOW: Russia will not deliberately cut oil production to prop up prices, however its output may decline if prices remain low, local news agencies quoted Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich as saying on Tuesday.He also said that Russia was ready to discuss measures aimed at oil price stabilization with the Organizatio...
ALMATY: Kazakhstan and China have signed 25 agreements worth $23 billion, aiming to move cooperation dominated by raw materials to products with greater added value, the official site of the Kazakh president and the state-run wealth fund said on Tuesday.Kazakhstan, a Central Asian nation of 17.5 million, is the second-large...
LONDON/BEIJING: China's giant manufacturing industry contracted while British and euro zone growth eased in August, rattling markets and reinforcing expectations interest rates may fall again or stay near zero for longer.Manufacturers across the world struggled, a series of surveys showed on Tuesday. It came as the People's...
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Detroit's three carmakers all reported surprisingly robust August sales, powered by pickups and sport utility vehicles, suggesting US consumers are undeterred by the marked decline in global stock markets.Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported surprising sales increases, while General Motors Co. pos...
LONDON: US crude prices jumped more than 27 percent in three trading days between Thursday and Monday, which should convince even the most die-hard believers the oil futures market is neither efficient nor rational.The rally has left traders, analysts and journalists struggling to make sense of the sudden change in directio...
DUBAI: Most Gulf stock markets fell on Monday, tracking volatile oil prices, while Egypt's bourse jumped after energy major Eni announced a potentially huge natural gas discovery off the country's coast.The main Saudi Tadawul All-Share Index dropped 2.2 percent to 7,522 points, closing August with a 17.3 percent loss, its b...
Why would a company buy a multimillion-dollar airplane? To get more than that in results. The question is "how?" According to one study, the use of business aircraft can increase the time available to business travelers by at least 40 percent. That doesn't sound like much until you realise that 40 percent can:• Add two week...
NEW YORK: World stock indexes edged lower on Monday amid persistent investor concerns about slowing growth in China and the prospect of higher US interest rates, while oil prices rallied.Oil was up more than $2 a barrel, rebounding from early losses, as data showed contracting US production and OPEC willingness to talk with...
 
 

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Arabic calligraphy has seen its share of evolution since the birth of Islam and the beautifying of the Holy Qur’an’s verses were a form of dedication and worship. The art of “khatt” or calligraphy is a special form of art that requires a steady hand, a commitment to follow the basics laws and understand that there is enough room for imagination...

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What have you done with your social media accounts recently? Followed some news, exchanged jokes, or went through some gossip? Do not get upset, that is what most social media users do anyway, but there is another side of the coin — one can use social media in some creative ways as well.
Gissur Simonarson, an activist from Oslo, Norway, uni...

FASHION »

Saudi women spend a huge amount of money on creams, scrubs, concealers, and a drawer-full of other cosmetics that claim to keep their skin spotless, smooth and youthful.
Dermatologists claim these products women depend on to keep their skin looking its best could be damaging to your facial pores. “Always make sure to use high quality and m...

TRAVEL »

Picture yourself lying on a pristine, white-sand beach along the outskirts of a laid-back, cosmopolitan and welcoming city, soaking up the late afternoon sun. You’re wondering which seaside cafe you should stop in to grab your fresh-pressed juice on the way back to your room-with-a-view, where you’ll have a little snooze to cap off a perfect aft...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Summer is a season when your feet is always on display. It is hard to keep them looking their best when the weather is hot. Exposing the feet to the sun and walking on hot sand could leave them rough and dry. Beautician Elma Brooks says women should pay close attention to their feet for them to look picture perfect and feel as soft as a baby’s foot the whole summer season. Exfoliate, exfoliate and exfoliate:Rubbing the dead skin off will instantly make the skin smoother. “The surfaced dead skin will pile up and harden and will hurt when walking. Exfoliating will activate the moisturizer and will make it easier to absorb. Rather than loading cream on dead skin, just smoothen a fresh new...
A yummy and healthy treat is possible with simple items like oats, cheese, vegetables and eggs available in your kitchen. There is no need to go to top supermarkets to buy imported items to put heavenly food on the dining table. In today’s world where diabetes, obesity and blood pressure is affecting the health of most people, our food plays a vital role in either exposing us to health risks or keeping us safe from them. Are you a figure conscious food connoisseur with fine taste buds? OK, let’s be healthy and enjoy the recipes below. The most delicious thing about them is they don’t consume much of your time.Diet baked Palak Paneer (spinach with cottage cheese)Ideal for diabeticsServes...
LONDON: The summer scourge of sticky hands could become a thing of the past as British researchers announced the discovery of an ingredient to make slow-melting ice cream on Monday.The protein BslA, which occurs naturally in some food, helps to blend the components of ice cream to make it smoother and more resistant to melting.“The protein binds together the air, fat and water in ice cream, creating a super-smooth consistency,” the University of Edinburgh announced in a statement.Developed by researchers at the Scottish universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, the ingredient could be available within three to five years.“We’re excited by the potential this new ingredient has for improving ice...

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BEIRUT: Elissa made one too many people laugh at her not-so-pretty selfies last week.But with thousands of social media...
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE: Kanye West for 2020? The White House says it is anticipating the rapper’s potential bid for president.West claimed he would run for president while accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday.White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says he looks “forward to seeing what slogan (West) chooses to embroider on his campaign hat.” Earnest was traveling to Alaska aboard Air Force One with President Barack Obama.This isn’t the first time the outspoken rapper has dabbled in talk of politics. West is noted for criticism of...
MONTREAL, Canada: Alnoor Holdings, a Qatar-based media group, announced that it has entered the execution phase for its septology film franchise based on the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Over $1 billion is allocated for the epic production that will be filmed in Qatar and selected global locations. The budget is one of the largest of its kind aligning it with productions such as the Harry Potter series, the Lord of the Rings and Avatar. The septology has been developed in collaboration with the legendary and acclaimed producer Barrie Osborne (producer and Oscar winner for...

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Indian SM Hyderabadi parents looking for an educated and beautiful bride from a respectable family f...
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Jeddah based Pakistani family seeks alliance for their unmarried daughter, MBBS,  Child Specialist,...
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I, Abdul Jaleel Anjukandan, Indian national, hereby announce that my Passport No. J6451933 issued at...
2015-09-01 16:27
Indian Lucknow Sunni parents seeking groom for their daughter age 26,5'2",MCA,fair,slim.Boy should b...
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