Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has thanked the international community for supporting the action in Yemen against the Houthis. Presiding over the weekly Council of Ministers meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday, the king briefed the ministers on the results of his discussions with various global leaders, including those from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Arab League and Muslim world. King Salman said there has been a positive response to the operation, with complete support promised. He said solidarity with the Kingdom at this critical juncture would help restore peace and security to the region and beyond. The Kingdom will continue to invite Yemenis across the political spectrum to hold peace talks in Riyadh under the auspices of the GCC, he said.“This would restore Yemen’s territorial integrity, see a return of the legitimate government, and remove the...
The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) has announced its support for Decisive Storm, the military...
The Shoura Council has lauded the initiative of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for la...
KUWAIT: The United States pledged $507 million and Kuwait promised $500 million toward easing Syria’s humanitarian crisis at an international summit in the Kuwaiti capital on Tuesday.The United Nations, which is holding the summit, says aid is needed to help 18 million people both in Syria and scattered through the region by more than four years of civil war, as well as the countries and communities struggling to host the...
Operation Decisive Storm is for the protection of the Yemeni people and defense of their legitimate government and not a proxy war between the Kingdom and Iran, said Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Saudi ambassador to the US.“This campaign is against a group supported by Iran and Hezbollah,” he said during a Meet the Press program on NBC News of America channel.Al-Jubeir rejected claims that the operation was a proxy war betwee...

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ISLAMABAD: Senior Pakistani officials arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to to hold discussion with Riyadh in battling Shiite rebels in Yemen, as the Pakistani prime minister vowed that any violation of Saudi sovereignty would evoke a “strong reaction” from his country.The delegation includes Defens...
A number of Saudi intellectuals said Operation Decisive Storm is further proof that Saudi Arabia remains supportive of the Yemeni people.The intellectuals, speaking to the local media, said the operation aims to support the legitimacy of Yemen which the Houthis tried to “kidnap,” and destabilize its security using arms and...
Five thousand students participating in the ongoing sixth Student Conference of the Ministry of Education in Jeddah have sent messages of support to soldiers involved in Operation Decisive Storm.Hisham Al-Maghrebi, the ministry’s adviser and public relations supervisor, said the students wanted to show their appreciation fo...
The Ministry of Education plans to open nurseries in government, foreign and private schools during the coming weeks in order to help female teachers continue their work after having children. The new regulations were issued by the Minister of Education Dr. Azzam Al-Dakhil, stating that the move comes as a means of creating...
Saudi-led naval forces imposed a blockade on Yemen’s ports as coalition airstrikes on Monday repelled an advance on Aden by Houthi terrorists and forces loyal to the country’s former president.The move to block ports is aimed at preventing the Houthis from rearming, and comes after the coalition achieved full control of the...
Yemeni expats in Saudi Arabia expressed their solidarity with the Kingdom and affirmed that they are well treated in their second home. A number of Yemeni residents launched a hashtag on Twitter — “I am Yemeni, and Houthis don’t represent me” — to clarify the stand of Yemeni expatriates toward Houthis.Ali Ahmad Al-Amoudi, a...
Saudi pilots have been outmaneuvering Houthi defenses by launching attacks without being shot, according to reports on Monday.A six-minute video has emerged on social networking sites showing a pilot filming a fellow officer performing skillful evasive actions while carrying out an operation.Saudi fighter pilots first devel...
A senior official from the Civil Defense urged authorities to be prepared to meet any emergencies at the southern borders of the Kingdom. Sulaiman Al-Amro, head of the Civil Defense, told his regional directors on Monday that they should make all preparations for any emergencies along the southern borders. He urged them to...
The people of Najran wholeheartedly welcomed members of the Saudi armed forces.The residents expressed loyalty to the leaders who are defending the homeland. “We stand by the leadership and the armed forces who are engaged in Operation Decisive Storm to bring peace to the region” they said.Residents welcomed the forces with...
There are Iranian military officers and Hezbollah fighters on the ground aiding the Houthis in Yemen, according to a senior official in the Yemeni president’s office.The Houthis are also deliberately striking certain areas in the city and blaming it on the coalition forces to gain support and sympathy, said Mukhtar Al-Rihbi...
Saudi Arabia joined 172 countries around the world in celebrating Earth Hour this week, with lights switched off by government and private bodies across the country.Ajlan Al-Ajlan, a member of the Earth Hour organization in the Kingdom, said the country formally participated in this global environmental event for the sixth...
* Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most? Hospitality, culture and natural beauty.* What is your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word? Alhamdulillah.* Which book is by your bedside these days? A History of the Arab Peoples. By Albert Hourani.* What is your favorite holiday destination? Ocracoke Island, N...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has approved the naming of the Islamic Crescent Observation and Moon Research Chair at King Abdul Aziz University after the late King Abdullah.The Bin Ladin Group will provide SR39,330,500 for the chair. A team of consultants, scientists and local and international astronomy ana...

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BAGHDAD: Iraqi troops aided by Shiite paramilitaries and Sunni tribal fighters h...

KUWAIT CITY: A UN envoy warned Monday of a “horrifying” humanitarian situation b...

TEHRAN: Two Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen were killed by a US drone in the Ira...

LAUSANNE: Foreign ministers from major powers raced against the clock Monday on...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday evacuated more than 500 of its citizens from Yemen...

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ABUJA, Nigeria: Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman told The A...

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BAMAKO: The international Red Cross said Tuesday it has ordered staff in norther...

PRAGUE: Thousands of Czechs welcomed a convoy of US troops to Prague on Tuesday...

SRINAGAR: In eastern India, the Bihar state government said at least 20 people w...

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MANILA: Wayne Chism was kind of gun-shy; Jeff Chan wasn’t feeling well and Yeng...

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Tickets for the Rio Olympics went on sale Tuesday with the first...

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DUBAI: A planned tax on undeveloped urban land may transform Saudi Arabia's real estate market, boosting construction and making homes more affordable, but potential loop...
ALKHOBAR: Saudi Arabia plans to open bidding for construction of a metro rail system in the commercial hub of Jeddah this year and begin operating it in 2020, an official from the state-backed firm managing the project said.The plan for the multi-billion dollar system suggests Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with big infrastr...
NEW YORK: OPEC oil production rose to a 19-month high in March, led by gains in Iraq and Libya.Production by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries climbed 481,000 barrels to 31.029 million a day this month, the most since August 2013, according to a Bloomberg survey of oil companies, producers and analysts.Price...
Saudi Arabia is keenly watching the oil scene. As the fluctuating oil prices show signs of decline, countries are debating how low they can go and whether such a scenario is beneficial in the long run. The Kingdom, however, remains least impacted by the declining oil price and is confident that it will rise and stabilize so...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's market regulator will publish the final rules governing the opening of the Kingdom's stock exchange to direct foreign investors by the end of April, a senior Saudi banker told Reuters.His comments correspond to a report in newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Tuesday, which quoted unnamed informed sources in...
LONDON: Gold edged lower on Tuesday and was eyeing a third straight quarterly fall, pressured by a strong dollar and expectations the US Federal Reserve will increase interest rates this year.Bullion has fallen 3 percent since hitting a three-week high above $1,200 an ounce last week after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen...
ALKHOBAR: Saudi Butanol Co., a joint venture of local petrochemicals firms, is expected to start trial operations at its plant in Jubail in the third quarter of 2015, one of the shareholders said."Construction of the plant is ongoing ... Trial operations are expected in the third quarter of 2015," said National Industrializ...
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will use multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects to attract foreign investment in sectors such as transport, healthcare and industrial equipment, a senior economic official said on Monday.The Kingdom is spending tens of billions of dollars annually on roads, ports, airports, hospitals and schools fo...
TOKYO: Honda said Tuesday it will spend 200 million pounds ($300 million) to upgrade a British factory that the Japanese automaker downsized last year owing to a slump in European demand.The company said it was aiming to turn its Swindon plant in western England into a global production hub for its five-door Civic compact.J...
THE HAGUE: Dutch electronics giant Philips on Tuesday said it was selling a majority stake in its LED and car lighting arm to a consortium led by China and US-based GO Scale Capital investment fund in a deal worth $2.8 billion.The deal is part of Philips' broader streamlining move which will eventually see the 120-year-old...
BRUSSELS: Deflation in the euro zone eased in March, official data showed Tuesday, reducing concerns that the European economy faces a dangerous spiral after four straight months of falling consumer prices.The threat of deflation in the euro zone remains a global concern, with fears that a huge bond-buying spree by the Euro...
JEDDAH: Preliminary operations have begun at a new plastics plant owned by an affiliate of Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem), which should lead to production starting in April, Sipchem said on Tuesday.The Sipchem Chemicals Co. plant, located in Jubail Industrial City, will manufacture up to 63,000 tons per yea...
NEW YORK: HTC's flagship One phone has a lot going for it — except for strong sales.In Samsung's and Apple's shadows, HTC barely has any market share despite having good phones. But the latest edition of the HTC One, dubbed M9, is even better than previous year's models, as it addresses a major shortcoming: The camera.The l...

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DUBAI: The Middle East’s first three-dimensional pavement art festival, starring works by international artists that appear to rise from the ground, kicked off this week in Dubai, its organizers said.
The Dubai Canvas Festival features 3-D artworks in chalk or paint, many of them depicting eye-catching images of the Emirati city.
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BE it the real life or in the cyberspace, Arab remained busy this last weekend. The military operation “Decisive Storm” led by Saudi Arabia to fight the Houthi rebels in Yemen, kept them hooked to their phones and the Internet to follow the latest developments. In the days of social media, even wars are consumed differently.
Personally, I l...

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Caroline Seikaly is an American-Lebanese designer with French roots. She grew up in the United States and studied fashion design at the Rhode Island School of Design and while she was there, she also had the opportunity to collaborate with Isaac Mizrahi in New York.
After graduation, Seikaly moved to Paris to gain experience in Haute Coutu...

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The first integrated tourist center in Jeddah was recently inaugurated under the patronage of Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed by the director general of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities in Makkah, Abdullah Al-Omari.
During the opening event, thousands of visitors were present, along with businessmen, businesswomen, nota...

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CHICAGO: An apple a day doesn't necessarily keep the doctor away. That's according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples.The findings don't mean apples aren't good for you but they do underscore that it takes more than just one kind of food to make a healthy diet and avoid illness.About one-third of the adults studied said they had no more than one doctor visit in the previous year; the remainder reported at least two visits. A preliminary analysis found apple eaters had slightly fewer visits than apple avoiders — those who ate less than one daily or no apples. But that difference disappeared when the...
Only half a century ago, very few people knew what a coconut was, let alone knowing the taste of its fresh water or its white fruit, the fatty meaty pulp. Very few homes had coconut trees in Jeddah. Only the owners of the trees knew the value of this giving tree and its fruit. However, coconut oil was always found at the attar (local herb and spice store, once considered a pharmacist or healer). Women applied the oil to their hair before washing it to give it shine, moisture, and smoothness. It also nourished the scalp and made hair less rough and more manageable. I remember as a child, being subjected to this weekly ritual before swimming on Fridays to protect the hair strands from the sun...
Mobile clinics of the Tobacco Control Program (TCP) at the Ministry of Health have played a key role in helping some 2,296 male and female smokers to give up smoking.Some 9,710 smokers visited mobile clinics, of which 8,575, or 88.3 percent, were female smokers, and the remaining 11.7 percent, or 1,135 were male smokers, said Dr. Ali Al-Wadie, the TCP general supervisor.On the reasons behind smoking, 68 percent claim peer pressure, 37 percent was attributed to imitation, while tension was the third major reason for smoking at 11 percent.On the reasons that motivated smokers to quit smoking, health concerns topped other reasons at 59 percent, followed by religious factors (14 percent) and...

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LONDON: A demo of a new song by former One Direction star Zayn Malik has been posted online, sparking a row between its...
MUMBAI: It is a story worthy of a Bollywood plot: the son of a north Indian farmer, one of nine children, rising to become the face of independent Hindi cinema.But Nawazuddin Siddiqui is still getting used to his success.“When someone is looking at me, I feel they are looking at someone standing behind me, not at me,” the 40-year-old confessed to AFP during an interview at a Mumbai hotel.“I have not got used to it and I won’t allow myself to feel like a star.”Winning awards for his roles in internationally-feted films such as “Gangs of Wasseypur” in 2012 and “The Lunchbox” the following year...
NEW YORK: Pop sensation Justin Bieber, the subject of some unflattering headlines in recent years, suffered the slings and arrows of fellow entertainers, from Kevin Hart to Martha Stewart, as they skewered his looks, music and public antics during a celebrity roast broadcast on Monday.Comedy Central’s “Roast of Justin Bieber,” hosted by Hart, got off to an edgy start, with Hart joking that most of superstar’s Bieber’s fans “are either in middle schools, or standing at least 500 feet away from one.”Hart was also joined by Natasha Leggero, Pete Davidson, Shaquille O’Neal, Snoop Dogg, roast...

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