UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he deplores that a UN inquiry found “Israeli actions” killed at least 44 Palestinians and injured some 227 others at UN premises being used as emergency shelters during the 2014 Gaza conflict.“It is a matter of the utmost gravity that those who looked to them for protection and who sought and were granted shelter there had their hopes and trust denied,” Ban wrote in his cover letter to a UN inquiry report into the incidents.“I will work with all concerned and spare no effort to ensure that such incidents will never be repeated,” he said.Ban also said that Palestinian militant groups had put UN schools in Gaza at risk by hiding weapons in three locations that were not being used as shelters.“The fact that they were used by those involved in the fighting to store their weaponry and, in two cases, probably to fire f...
CILACAP, Indonesia/SYDNEY: Indonesia said the execution of nine drug traffickers would go ahead this...
Forces loyal to the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in th...
Four workers sustained serious injuries after a building under construction, belonging to Qassim University, collapsed on Monday. Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal is following up rescue operations. Buraidah’s health department said the four injured were transported to Sulaiman Al-Habib and Bakeriya General hospitals. Civil Defense officers worked hard to rescue people trapped under debris. Saudi bloggers urged puniti...
KATMANDU: Hundreds of thousands of Nepalis spent another night in the open Monday after a massive quake which killed more than 4,000, as officials warned the final toll could yet rise sharply once rescuers reach cut-off areas.With fears rising of food and water shortages, Nepalis were rushing to stores and petrol stations to stock up on essential supplies in the capital Katmandu, left devastated by Saturday’s 7.8-magnitud...

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Twenty Saudi women are attending a 13-week intensive course to become flight dispatchers at Aviation Pioneer Academy in Jeddah. Eight of them have already received licenses to work as flight dispatchers.Flight dispatcher Nouf Allam said she got inspiration for the job from her father who was a pilot...
The Labor Ministry has agreed to compensate government contractors who had signed agreements before 1/1/1434H when it imposed the SR2,400 expat levy on companies that employ more foreigners than Saudis.“Labor Minister Adel Fakeih has endorsed the plan for the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) to pay the compensation to...
Princess Hussa bint Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, associate lecturer, School of Law, King Saud University (KSU), has asserted that universities worldwide are the source of renaissance and enlightenment resulting in the development of nations.She spoke about the importance of books, saying that “Custodian of the Two Holy Mos...
Around 50 percent of women employees in the Gulf aspire for leadership positions in companies during the next seven years of their careers, a survey has found.Pearl Initiative, a GCC-based private, non-profit organization, found that women occupy just 12 percent of CEO positions around the world. Alarmingly, the number of w...
People thought to be members of the terror organization IS have begun to fill the most wanted list of the Ministry of Interior in recent months.The latest members of the terrorist group to be added to the list was a theologist, Anas Al-Nashwa, and Nawaf Al-Enzi, who law enforcement authorities said were involved in the kill...
The Human Rights Committee of the Shoura Council is divided over the new draft bill of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha). The controversy comes ahead the discussion of the new bill at Monday's session. The bill was submitted by two members of the council, Nasser bin Daoud and Mouwafiq Al-Ruwaili. According to...
Saudis have applauded a major decision taken by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Sunday against Prince Mamdouh bin Abdul Rahman, preventing him from taking part in sports activities and speaking to the media in response to his racist statement.Prince Mamdouh reportedly rebuked Adnan Jestiniya, a sports write...
A Saudi pilot and a trainee were killed on Sunday when their military plane crashed during training, the SPA reported quoting a Defense Ministry official.The agency said the plane belonged to the King Faisal Air Academy, a military flight school in Riyadh, but did not say where the crash occurred.
Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) employees were recently imparted training in dealing with media to send the right message to clients or consumers. Khaled Al-Qahs, an expert from Kuwait, who conducted a three-day training workshop here, highlighted the media skills that a spokesman should possess i...
Jubail University College graduates were honored on Sunday at the King Abdullah Cultural Center in Jubail Industrial City.The celebration for 359 graduates was held under the auspices of Princess Abeer bint Faisal bin Turki, wife of the Eastern Province governor.The event included college graduates from the last two academi...
Nearly 175,000 expatriate workers have been arrested in the past one month in a joint campaign launched by the Ministries of Labor and Interior to track down residency and labor law violators.“We have arrested them for committing different violations,” an official statement said. The reasons include working for companies an...
Youngsters in Saudi Arabia spend most of their money on phones, cars, handbags and fashion in an attempt to fit into a better social circle, stretching their resources. It is believed that Saudi youngsters spend two times more than their expat counterparts. In a survey done by a group of university students, youngsters seem...
Dr. Yasser Saber, a consultant in maternal fetal medicine and assistant professor at the Medical School of King Saud University, said that the rate of embryo deformations among Saudis is consistent with international rates, resting at about 3 percent of all births.He affirmed that inbreeding among relatives remains one of t...

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AMMAN: A coalition of rebels seized an army base in northwestern Syria at dawn o...

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he d...

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DAMASCUS: Syrian authorities will allow citizens abroad, including refugees who...

STOCKHOLM: Two Swedish men held hostage by Syrian militants have been reunited w...

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PARIS: The uncle of Syrian President Bashar Assad is under investigation in Fran...

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s President Omar Bashir was elected to another five years in off...

WASHINGTON: Loretta Lynch has been sworn in as the 83rd US attorney general. She...

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s government Monday unveiled a bill that will restore a two-t...

KATMANDU: Hundreds of thousands of Nepalis spent another night in the open Monda...

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SAN FRANCISCO, California: Phil Mickelson withdrew from the upcoming World Golf...

DALY CITY, Calif.: Lydia Ko twice thought someone else would leave Lake Merced w...

AVONDALE, Louisiana: Justin Rose birdied the final two holes Sunday to win the Z...

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama: Josef Newgarden’s wait is over. To his relief, so is the ra...

NEW YORK: Alex Rodriguez hit his 659th home run to move within one of Willie May...

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ALKHOBAR: Saudi Arabia's high crude oil production policy is based on the status of global demand and the top oil exporter is keen to maintain its market share, the Kingd...
Saudi-based investment company Itqan Capital, licensed by the Capital Market Authority (CMA) and a member of Albaraka Banking Group, and Mubasher Financial Services BSC, a major provider of regional brokerage services in the Middle East, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aiming to establish a Shariah-compliant glob...
Profits of the listed telecom firms dropped by 44 percent to SR2 billion in the first quarter of the current year compared to SR3.6 billion in the same period last year, according to a financial report.Results of the Q1, 2015, are considered the worst quarterly performance in a two-year period (Q4 2012) when the telecom sec...
Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Jasser received at his office in Riyadh on Sunday Singapore’s Ambassador Lawrence Anderson.During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks, discussed issues of common interest, and reviewed bilateral cooperation in economic fields.
DUBAI: Investcorp, the alternative investment firm, has appointed Nemir Kirdar as chairman of its board of directors, effective from July 1, it said in a statement on Sunday.Kirdar will replace Abdul-Rahman Salim Al-Ateeqi, who will retire as chairman at the end of the current fiscal year on June 30. Al-Ateeqi has served as...
The 23rd edition of Saudi International Exhibition for Furniture and Interior Design will be held from April 29 to May 5."The event showcases modern and exclusive products offered for the first time by international companies before bringing them to the local market. It aims to survey the visitors’ opinions on the products,...
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 from Monday. The event will be held under the governor’s patronage.Also participating in the forum are acting Health Minister Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulmalik Al...
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...

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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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In the aftermath of the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that recently hit Nepal, Google and Facebook have launched their respective emergency tools, Wired magazine reported.
Google’s Person Finder, first launched in 2010 after the Haiti earthquake, uses SMS to allow anyone to search for or update information on people that might have b...

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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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BEIRUT: Movie star Salma Hayek said on Monday her new film was a labor of love that helped her explore her relationship...
NEW YORK: Rap mogul Jay Z has defended his Tidal streaming service as viable and a boon to artists after a much-criticized start to the revamped company.“We are here for the long haul. Please give us a chance to grow and get better,” Jay Z wrote in one of a volley of messages Sunday on Twitter.Jay Z earlier this year bought Tidal’s Swedish parent company Aspiro for $56 million amid the rapid growth of streaming services, such as Spotify, Rhapsody and Deezer, which allow unlimited on-demand music.Jay Z rolled out a redesigned service on March 30 at a New York event featuring fellow stars...
BEIRUT: Syrian rock bands fleeing war are finding safety and new fans in neighboring Lebanon, where they are revitalizing a Westernized scene with their focus on Arabic musical heritage. Dozens of Syrian bands and independent artists have now become mainstays of the Beirut music scene, performing emotive and often bleak songs in front of concert-goers eager for fresh faces.In a bright Beirut apartment, two members of Khebez Dawle, an alternative rock band from Damascus, practice surrounded by freshly hung laundry, balls of yarn and cups of tea. “You’re still alive, under the siege?” sings...

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