Brussels: The stability of the eurozone is not at risk after Greeks voted ‘No’ to creditors’ austerity demands in a weekend referendum, the European Commission vice president for the euro said Monday.“The stability of the euro area is not in question,” Valdis Dombrovskis told a press briefing. “We have everything we need to manage the situation.”The final tally released early Monday showed 61.31 percent of Greeks rejecting creditor demands for further austerity in return for more bailout funds, leaving Greece’s eurozone partners scrambling to respond and stock markets in retreat.The Eurogroup, comprising the 19 finance ministers from countries using the single currency, released a statement saying they expected fresh reform proposals from the Greek government in talks on Tuesday.The ministers will meet at 1100 GMT on Tuesday, hours before leaders from the eurozone nations hold an extraor...
ATHENS: Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on Monday said he was resigning, in a shock annou...
RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has approved naming the project of Internation...
BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials say at least nine civilians have been killed when a Russian-made fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood.The incident took place on Monday in the eastern neighborhood of New Baghdad.Military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim, told The Associated Press that a technical failure caused the Sukhoi jet to malfunction and drop the bomb. The plane — one of several Sukhoi...
QUETTA, Pakistan: Gunmen riding motorcycles on Monday opened fire outside a passport office in southwestern Pakistan, killing three people, including a police officer, in an attack police blamed on radical Islamist groups.Sectarian strife has been worsening in Pakistan, where Shiite Muslims make up about 20 percent of a population of 180 million. Sunni Muslim militants frequently attack Shiites, whom they see as infidels...

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RIYADH: Inclusion of the Hail rock art in the UNESCO World Heritage List is proof of the Kingdom’s status and cultural profoundness, said the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) on Monday.Reacting to the announcement of the fourth site in the Kingdom to be added to the UNESCO...
JEDDAH: Efforts are under way to electronically handle all Haj-related works to achieve speed and accuracy, as well as reduce costs an bring in transparency, Haj Minister Bandar Al-Hajjar has said.Speaking at a workshop in Jeddah on Sunday, Hajjar said the ministry also aims to be more transparent and clear with regard to a...
JEDDAH: Several young Saudis have started filming Jeddah’s historic district using cameras mounted on drones to gather professional 3D footage that can be used to build models and create virtual tours.Bandar Al-Mutlaq, owner of the Arab Foundation, which is supervising the project, said the material can also be used by cons...
JEDDAH: The Board of Trustees of the King Abdullah International Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Works on Sunday held its third meeting in Jeddah in the presence of Prince Khaled bin Abdullah, the board chairman, and Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, the deputy board chairman.The board explored the agenda of the meeting wh...
JEDDAH: The Yemeni community has asked the Saudi government to extend the rectification process, which ends Tuesday, claiming that there are many thousands still seeking to get proper identification documents to qualify for work visas in the Kingdom.Mohammad Al-Ahdal, a member of the Yemeni Rectification Committee, said an...
RIYADH: Mosques across the Kingdom will conduct midnight prayers (Qiyam Al-Layl) at 1.a.m beginning Tuesday to mark the beginning of the last 10 days of Ramadan.“The special prayers are conducted during the last 10 days of the holy month from 1 a.m.,” said Mohammed Obaidullah, a prayer leader at Sheebani Mosque in Riyadh’s...
JEDDAH: The director general of the Saudi Industrial Property Authority, Saleh Rasheed, has said that Sadeer Industrial City, which is regarded as one of the largest industrial cities in the Kingdom, possesses great capabilities that sets it apart as a major investment destination for local and international businesses. Thi...
DAMMAM: Cheap and out of date cosmetics are causing serious health problems in the Kingdom, including skin diseases, hair loss and cancer, local doctors say.These products are often manufactured incorrectly or contain harmful fats, the doctors were quoted as saying in a local publication recently.Shoaa’ Al-Dhailan, a beauty...
RIYADH: The Saudi capital is fully geared for this year’s Eid Al-Fitr celebrations that include an exciting bouquet of entertainment, heritage, sports, artistic and theatrical events.The annual Muslim festivities being organized here by the Riyadh municipality, with the cooperation of various government entities and private...
JEDDAH: As part of its growing supervisory and investigative status, Riyadh Health Department’s forensics center examined 632 cases over the past eight months involving suspected murder, rape and abuse of women and children.Khaled bin Muhammad Hassan Jaber, director general of the center, said the facility’s relationship wi...
RIYADH: The Syrian Expatriates Medical Association (SEMA) expressed its thanks on Monday to Saudi organizations and individuals for donating to the campaign to help Syrians affected by the ongoing conflict.SEMA has 1,300 members in Syria and other countries whose main aim is to improve the health system in Syria both during...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has set up 343 electoral constituencies for the Dec. 12 municipal council elections.This was done on the orders of Abdullatif Al-Sheikh, the minister and head of the General Committee for the Municipal Elections, said Abdullah Al-Mansour, deputy secretary general for munic...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Health has announced that six people were infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the period from June 28 to July 6.The ministry has now recorded 1,045 cases of MERS since June 2012, with 579 people who have recovered and 460 deaths. Six people are still under tre...

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SANAA: Warplanes of Saudi-led coalition bombed the Sanaa headquarters of the Yem...

VIENNA: A dispute over UN sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program and a br...

GAZA CITY: Two young lions that had been kept as pets in a Gaza refugee camp tra...

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait is considering charging more than 40 people in connection wi...

ADEN: Fighting gripped Yemen’s second city Aden on Sunday as the UN envoy arrive...

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LONDON: About 800 million people still live in dire poverty and suffer from hung...

BEIJING: Nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India will start the process of joini...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said that India was waging a...

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak rejected accusations he misap...

NEW DELHI: India’s top court ruled Monday that an unwed mother could be the sole...

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LONDON: Serena Williams sank her sister Venus in a battle of the all-conquering...

ZURICH: Football’s world governing body FIFA on Monday banned the former head of...

LONDON: Rival skippers Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke both have particular rea...

HUY, Belgium: Chris Froome made a statement of intent on Monday by taking over t...

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DUBAI: Bahrain's top government advisory body has passed a state budget for 2015 and 2016 after a six-month delay during which parliament forced changes to the plan, und...
TOKYO: To illustrate his vision for a turnaround at recall-slammed Honda, Takahiro Hachigo, the new chief executive, showed video footage set to a light-hearted 50s-style rock music of happy people with Honda products, like a lawn mower and the Asimo walking robot.But that kind of almost nostalgic look back was close to sum...
SHANGHAI: The number of Chinese-listed companies seeking to halt trading in their shares has surged since the country’s bourses began a precipitous plunge in the middle of last month, prompting concern some firms are trying to escape the turbulent markets.Over 700 firms listed in Shanghai and Shenzhen — equivalent to around...
LONDON: British engineer Rolls-Royce cut profit expectations for the third time in nine months, increasing the challenge for its new chief executive.Shares in the 131-year-old company dropped as much as 10 percent after it also scrapped a plan to buy back 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) of shares halfway through the program...
JEDDAH: Garmco, the Bahrain-based international aluminum rolling mill and one of the largest downstream aluminum facilities in the Middle East, has announced the signing of a letter of intent with Fives, an industrial engineering group and supplier of machines, process equipment and production lines for the world’s largest...
ABU DHABI: Aluminium Bahrain said its second-quarter output rose 3.1 percent despite challenging market conditions.The company, which owns one of the largest smelters of the lightweight metal, said second-quarter production stood at 238,904 tons against 231,713 tons in the same 2014 period.Alba’s sales increased by 2,383 to...
LONDON: Oil prices plunged Monday as investors digested the implications of Greece rejecting tough austerity demands from creditors that could send the debt-strapped nation crashing out of the eurozone, analysts said.The crude market was also pushed sharply lower by the prospect of returning Iranian crude oil supplies, they...
CAIRO: Egyptian central bank Gov. Hisham Ramez has sought to calm local market nerves following a surprise 2.5 percent weakening of the Egyptian pound against the US dollar over recent days.The central bank allowed the currency to depreciate by 20 piasters in its official foreign exchange auctions on Thursday and Sunday, dr...
DAMAM: The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) Monday announced the establishment of a $3 billion sukuk program.Initiating the sukuk program marks a strategic step for APICORP, rated Aa3 by Moody’s, in becoming a regular issuer of sukuk in global markets and will position the company’s credit alongside its mult...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's banking system remains largely insulated from the ongoing events in the euro zone, with high levels of liquidity and solid capitalization ratios, say top economists in the Kingdom.Their reaction came as early results from the referendum in Greece showed that the country has rejected euro zone bailout...
JEDDAH: Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) said it had completed the formation of a joint venture with South Korean petrochemical manufacturer SK Global Chemical Co. to produce polyethylene products.Total investment will be about $640 million for the technology and plant construction, SABIC said in a statement. It said th...
FRANKFURT: Berlin is wooing private investors including Macquarie and JP Morgan to take a stake in its much-delayed new international airport, German newspaper Bild reported.The investors are to be given confidential details of the airport’s business plans so that they can make concrete offers, Bild a.m. Sonntag said, witho...
BERLIN: Greece will have to introduce another currency if it votes ‘No’ in the referendum on its potential bailout terms, European Parliament president Martin Schulz said on German radio.He told Deutschlandfunk that, in the event of a ‘No’ result, Greece would “have to introduce some other currency because the euro is not a...
 
 

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DAMMAM: The World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added the rock art in Hail to the World Heritage List.
The addition was made during the committee’s 39th session in Bonn, Germany, and became the fourth site in the Kingdom to be included in the list.
Other local sites includ...

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Instagram is evolving. It is no longer the simple application that allows one to take a photo and turns it into a “cool” one using different filters.

The app picked up so fast and created new markets for itself and became a favorite for individuals and big brands.
The recent update to the app that took place in the last week of...

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Countries in the Middle East may be changing in terms of technology and development. However, when it comes to making a fashion statement, these countries including Saudi Arabia allude back to traditional and cultural trends, which are increasingly becoming popular today. Saudis and Arabs are proud and hospitable people, and they take due pride...

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RIYADH: The Saudi capital is fully geared for this year’s Eid Al-Fitr celebrations that include an exciting bouquet of entertainment, heritage, sports, artistic and theatrical events.
The annual Muslim festivities being organized here by the Riyadh municipality, with the cooperation of various government entities and private bodies, will co...

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DAMMAM: Cheap and out of date cosmetics are causing serious health problems in the Kingdom, including skin diseases, hair loss and cancer, local doctors say.These products are often manufactured incorrectly or contain harmful fats, the doctors were quoted as saying in a local publication recently.Shoaa’ Al-Dhailan, a beauty expert and head of a female workshop in the Eastern Province, said cheap cosmetics are a major problem. “We educate our clients about health issues related to the use of cosmetics. There is cooperation with the Eastern Province municipality in this regard,” she said. Beauty expert Naji Majdlawi warned that these old and poor quality cosmetics can cause hair loss by...
ALKHOBAR: Patient visitations play an important role in the healing process, provided the well-wishers adopt the right approach by speaking and acting in a manner that the sick person’s morale is lifted. However, any wrong move by the visitor may affect the patient’s health in a negative way. It is commonsense that the visitor should avoid talking about negative experiences, asking the patient about the disease rather than health, accusing him/her of negligence and bringing wrong gifts.Mashan Al-Dossari, a 19-year-old hospitalized patient, said: “I feel happy and comfortable when my relatives and friends come to visit me.” He was injured in a road accident on the first day of Ramadan, and...
Ramadan is that time of the year when most people go back to their roots in terms of their traditions, clothing, culture and food. You find long queues in front of small, local restaurants that sell ful (mashed fava beans) and tameez (Afghani flatbread) before iftar as well as suhoor.AlAyoubi Restaurant, which opened recently, celebrates authentic Hijazi cuisine with recipes that go back to the older generations. The restaurant provides a traditional iftar experience and an extensive range of Arabic delicacies, including Arabic coffee, dates, ful, balilah, and international offerings along with Ramadan beverages and Hijazi culinary masterpieces.The restaurant is located in north Jeddah,...

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NEW YORK: Vanessa Williams tied the knot with her fiance, Jim Skrip, on the Fourth of July.A representative for the sing...
MUMBAI: Move over selfie, India is embracing the “velfie” with Bollywood stars, sporting heroes and even politicians taking and posting videos of themselves online using a range of new mobile apps.From lip-synching famous movie scenes and quizzing political leaders to interviewing job candidates, Indian tech firms are betting on the latest craze to grip social media — the video selfie.“2014 was about selfies... 2015 is for #velfies!” screams the blurb for Velfie, a smartphone app similar to Dubsmash where users mime songs or quotes to pre-recorded audio before posting the clips on social...
It is heartbreaking to know that a four-year-old girl was killed in an accident. It is tragic and guts you. If it is true it is appalling that the medical services took the actress to the hospital and ignored the child.That film actress Hema Malini was in the other car is mutually exclusive from the tragedy and it is very unpleasant and unfair to read about the twisted way in which the car accident is being projected.I read one piece in the Indian media about how they are talking about Hema and not the unknown girl. How many of you remember the name of the driver when Princess Di died. Don’t...

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