RIYADH: Yemen’s ruling General People’s Congress (GPC) party has announced it is backing the internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, directing a powerful blow to his rival and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.In a statement issued by the GPC’s second-in-command, the ruling party declared its support for President Hadi, calling on the Houthi movement to withdraw their militias from the areas they have controlled and put down their weapons in compliance with the UN Security Council Resolution 2216.Saleh, who leads the GPC, has forged an undeclared alliance with the Iran-backed Houthi militia that last September seized state buildings and military bases across Yemen, including the capital Sana’a, driving into exile elected President Hadi, who has now sought refuge in Riyadh.Saudi Arabia, which in late April ended a month-long aerial campaign against the...
Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri, consultant in the office of the defense minister, on Sunday denied repor...
Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri confirmed on Sunday that there was an assassination attem...
ROME: A baby girl was born aboard a rescue boat in the Mediterranean Sea as Italian Coast Guard and Navy ships bring migrants by the thousands to the country’s southern ports.In the three-day period ending Sunday, 6,771 survivors were rescued at sea north of Libya from overcrowded rubber dinghies and unseaworthy fishing boats used by Libya-based smugglers, according to a Coast Guard tally reported Monday. Ten bodies were...
The first 100 days of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, who ascended the throne on Jan. 23, were momentous as he took a number of important decisions, including the historic resolution to launch Operation Decisive Storm.King Salman, who is the seventh king of Saudi Arabia, issued more than 60 royal decrees during the last three months. He reshuffled the Cabinet two times in order to infuse new blood and induc...

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Watermelons being sold in Taif by street vendors have caused alarm. There is a widespread fear that the product is genetically modified and chemically nourished to speed up ripening and increase its size.The fears have been aggravated following the circulation on social networking sites of a video c...
These are the winners of the Cricket World Cup Quiz held by Arab News in cooperation with its sponsors from February 14 to March 29, 2015. The raffle draw was held at the Arab News main office in Jeddah on May 3, 2015. 1st Prize: Mr. Mohammed Obaidul Nurul Hoque, Jeddah 2nd Prize: Mr. Roshan Raju, Al Khobar 3rd Prize: Mr....
Thousands of Yemeni citizens who have problems with their residence permits rushed to Passport Department offices across the Kingdom to correct their situations following a royal order to grant them concessions.The Yemenis were told to wait until detailed instructions on how to handle their cases is provided to passport off...
Saudi students and citizens living abroad have visited the Kingdom’s embassies in order to pledge allegiance to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Saudi embassies and consulates in the US, UK, Switzerland, Jordan, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia have set up special registers for t...
A number of sports leaders have said the royal decrees recently issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman represent an important means for the support and well-being of citizens and for promoting developmental plans.The sports leaders were commenting on the decrees appointing Prince Mohammed bin Naif as crown...
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal receives military officers who came to pledge their allegiance to the new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at his office in Makkah on Sunday. (AN photo by Ahmed Hashad)
Some 30,000 students in 650 schools all over Saudi Arabia will spend two days being tested by the Public Education Evaluation Commission (PEEC), beginning Monday.According to Saleh Al-Shamrani, PEEC deputy governor, the nationwide tests this year will be held for students in Grades 3 and 6 in science and mathematics; Arabic...
A bad flammable battery inside a passenger’s handbag on a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 777-200 Flight No. SV885, heading to King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh from Guangzhou, China, spread sparks and smoke and caused the delay of the flight after all passengers were removed from the plane for their safety.Capt. Mo...
The sea sports festival, entitled ‘Challenge & Fun’, has been kicked off at the Al-Fanateer waterfront in Jubail Industrial City.The eight-day event has been organized by the Royal Commission for Jubail (RCJ) in coordination with the social services department. It includes over 20 aqua games for all age groups, as well...
The Jeddah Municipality seized 24 trucks and a number of containers for trying to transport unlicensed clothes and other goods from 11 areas near Petromin where the items were illegally stored. Hassan Ghoneim, director of the municipality's university branch, said a number of storage facilities in the area are functioning...
There are 120,000 autism cases in the Kingdom and efforts are on to establish a research center, Director General of Health Affairs in the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Shaibani, has said. In the research paper, presented by him on the occasion of International Autism Day, Al-Sheibani said the EP has 16.6 percent with 20,000...
Saudi students will be offered an opportunity to gain work experience after completing their graduation in Irish universities, the country’s ambassador has said.Ireland has agreed to a request from the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce (CSCC) to train Saudi students for one year after graduation from Irish universities,...
All problems facing Saudi investors in Egypt have been resolved, allowing a large number of Saudi businesses to now invest in various economic projects in the country, the Egyptian government announced Saturday.“A committee from the Egyptian Defense Ministry was formed with participation of representatives from the Saudi Mi...

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JERUSALEM: Former US President Jimmy Carter has said that eight months after a b...

TEL AVIV: Thousands of Ethiopian Israelis protested in central Tel Aviv on Sunda...

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WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies staged 19 strikes on Islamic State...

TUNIS: Tunisia said Sunday security measures have already been taken to protect...

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KATMANDU: Nepali police and local volunteers found the bodies of about 100 trekk...

PADANG BESAR/NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand: Thai police have arrested a man they...

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani police officer says the death toll from an accident in wh...

KATMANDU, Nepal: Nepal’s government urged foreign rescue workers in the quake-hi...

ROME: A baby girl was born aboard a rescue boat in the Mediterranean Sea as Ital...

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LAS VEGAS: Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao revealed he was battling a right sh...

LOUISVILLE: Horse racing’s meandering 37-year search for another Triple Crown wi...

LOS ANGELES: Chris Paul scored an acrobatic basket with one second remaining as...

KANSAS CITY, Missouri: Detroit pitcher David Price held Kansas City scoreless fo...

NEW YORK: Less than 48 hours after losing Game 1 in heartbreaking fashion, the N...

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DUBAI: Dubai’s Emaar Properties, builder of the world’s tallest tower, reported a 7 percent increase in first-quarter net profit, extending a run of profits as it sold $6...
DUBAI: Demand for credit in the UAE remains healthy but growth in demand for loans is moderating and credit standards for companies are tightening, the UAE central bank said in its first-quarter credit sentiment survey.“Such softening in the March quarter likely reflects conditions reverting toward a more sustainable path f...
LONDON: Always top of the data pile, this week will be no exception for the US jobs report with a first interest rate rise likely this year despite a dramatic slowdown in the first quarter.After a harsh winter brought US growth almost to a halt in the first three months of 2015, April’s non-farm payrolls report will signal...
OMAHA, Nebraska: Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said that stock prices would appear expensive if interest rates normalized from their ultra-low levels.“If we get back to normal interest rates, stocks at these prices will look high,” said Buffett, speaking at the annual shareholders’ meeting of his sprawling conglomerat...
Saudi Arabia’s benchmark stock index sustained its upward trend for the fourth consecutive week, adding approximately 220 points further.Except one small dip during the week, the Tadawul index continued pacing its way higher throughout the session to close in the green at 9,834.49 points, up 2.29 percent, from its previous...
If we exclude the global financial crisis, oil prices are now at their lowest level in a decade, roughly 50 percent below last year’s peak of $115. Oil-exporting countries are facing significant headwinds, but the strength of the headwinds vary substantially among them. The cost of producing a barrel of oil diverges signifi...
ALKHOBAR: The start-up of a new urea plant owned by Saudi Arabia Fertilizers Co. (SAFCO) has been pushed back further and is now expected by the end of June, SAFCO said.“The plant is still in the trial operations stage and a few required repairs are being done now to complete testing the performance and efficiency,” SAFCO s...
LOS ANGELES: McDonald’s new CEO Steve Easterbrook is set to unveil his plan on Monday to revive growth as the world’s largest hamburger chain struggles to win back consumers and investors.He’ll be aiming to persuade people such as Janna Sampson, co-chief investment officer at OakBrook Investments, which bought McDonald’s sh...
LONDON: In 1990, an assessment called Project Rainbow paved the way for HSBC to move from Hong Kong to Britain. As Europe’s biggest bank now considers moving back, the same exercise offers clues to its final decision, say industry sources and analysts.Project Rainbow assessed HSBC’s future base by considering whether it was...
BAR ELIAS, Lebanon: Lebanon’s land exports to Gulf markets have been choked off, leaving millions of dollars in goods stranded after the closure of a vital crossing on the Syrian-Jordanian border last month.The Nasib border point was the last remaining gateway for Lebanese truck drivers transporting agricultural and industr...
With a booming stock market up 17 percent year-on-year in April and a renewed government program to drive investment in infrastructure, education, health and social services, the Saudi economy is attracting more international investor attention than ever before.The Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference, taking place on May 5-6...
Bahrain’s real GDP growth reached 4.5 percent in 2014, according to the latest Bahrain Economic Quarterly (BEQ) issued by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB). The report also highlighted that nonoil sectors rose markedly from the 3 percent rate recorded in 2013 to 4.9 percent in 2014.Strong growth of 12.5 percent y...
Foreign remittances among expatriates in Saudi Arabia reached an all time high in March 2015, at SR15.4 billion, compared to SR13 billion in February, which is an increase of 18 percent, according to a recent financial report.Personal remittances made by Saudi nationals, meanwhile, grew by 24 percent to SR8.07 billion in Ma...

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Ziad Yamani is a young designer who studied art, painting and sculpture. His passion for design made him carve out a niche for himself in this field. His work is characterized by intimacy, courage, flexibility and tranquility, just like his personal nature.
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NEW YORK: It’s an annoying problem for the unlucky few: the Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor and even some other features might not work if you have a tattoo on your wrist.
Inked and irked Apple fans have dubbed the issue “TattooGate” on Twitter, complaining that they must choose between their body art and their stylish gadget. Apple, for i...

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Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead cells from the surface of the skin to make it look healthier, radiant and younger looking.
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The sea sports festival, entitled ‘Challenge & Fun’, has been kicked off at the Al-Fanateer waterfront in Jubail Industrial City.
The eight-day event has been organized by the Royal Commission for Jubail (RCJ) in coordination with the social services department. It includes over 20 aqua games for all age groups, as well as various compe...

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There are 120,000 autism cases in the Kingdom and efforts are on to establish a research center, Director General of Health Affairs in the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Shaibani, has said. In the research paper, presented by him on the occasion of International Autism Day, Al-Sheibani said the EP has 16.6 percent with 20,000 cases.He said the health affairs in the EP have prepared special mechanisms to discover autism in children aged between one year and three years to follow them up and subject them to specialized international treatment programs. Studies have proved that early discovery doubles chances of recovery, he said.Al-Shaibani said that coordination is under way with the King Fahad...
Seventy-five percent of Saudi population will be obese by 2020 if no preventive steps are taken, a study has warned.The research, conducted by Nasser Al-Salem Al-Qahtani, as a Ph.D. thesis at an Australian university, has focused on causes of obesity among intermediate and secondary school students in Riyadh.According to the findings, obesity has increased by 50.6 percent among teenagers in both rural and urban areas, with urban areas accounting for 59.4 percent and rural 36.9 percent.The researcher cited a number of factors linked to obesity and over-weight, including the presence of a driver with family, daily consumption of soft drinks, watching TV and using computers and other...
In the last episode, Part 4, I spoke about some of the effects of coconut oil as well as the controversy going around it. Because lauric acid is a saturated fatty acid in coconut oil, mainstream medicine claims it to be a harmful saturated fat to the cardiovascular system. On the other hand, its proponents attack the flawed research done in the 1990s on hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated coconut oil and not the virgin oil. Besides, not all saturated fats act the same way in the body, especially since coconut oil is of plant origin. Avocado oil (monounsaturated fatty acid) was maligned, too, for sometime, until scientific research exonerated it. Now, it is lauded for its heart healthy...

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BEIJING: A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the...
ONG JMEL , Tunisia: Tunisians have unfurled a national flag the size of 19 football pitches in a bid to set a Guinness world record and promote patriotism in the face of extremism.Hundreds of people turned out for the event at Ong Jmel in the southern desert on Saturday, an AFP correspondent reported.An honor guard of troops saluted the red and white banner as it was unfurled on the sand to the strains of the national anthem.Organizers said that it took 80 km of fabric to make the 104,544 square meter flag which weighed in at 12.6 tons.Spokeswoman Raya Ben Guiza said the project was the...
LONDON: Britain’s Sunday newspapers reacted with joy to the arrival of a baby princess, filling their front pages with close-up pictures of the newest addition to the royal family.Many also ran souvenir pullouts filled with pictures of Prince William and his wife Kate proudly showing off their newborn daughter.The papers were filled with shots of the proud parents and the baby’s older brother, one-year-old Prince George, who made a rare public appearance.Only The Independent on Sunday — which turns its nose up at royal news — did not put the new baby on the front page, focusing instead on...

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