JAKARTA: A missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people could be at the bottom of the sea after it was presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast, an official said on Monday, as countries around Asia sent ships and planes to help in the search effort.The Indonesia AirAsia plane, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared after its pilot failed to get permission to fly higher to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore on Sunday.Flight QZ8501 did not issue a distress signal and disappeared over the Java Sea five minutes after requesting the change of course, which was refused because of heavy air traffic, officials said.“Based on our coordinates, we expect it is in the sea, so for now (we think) it is on the sea floor,” Soelistyo, head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, told reporters when asked about the missing plane’s likely location.A senior Ind...
Expatriate workers pay nearly SR100 million for their dependents’ medical insurance as some employer...
Three cars at the Saudi Embassy in Tripoli were destroyed in a fire on Friday, said the Foreign Mini...
ATHENS, Greece: More than 200 freezing passengers and crew remained trapped on a burning ferry and adrift in rough seas between Italy and Albania early Monday after enduring a second night of smoke, frigid temperatures and gale-force winds awaiting evacuation after fire broke out. At least one person died and two were injured in the risky rescue operation.The Italian navy said 251 of the 478 people on the ferry, sailing f...
Saudi citizens and Shoura members have pinned great hopes on Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s annual address to the Shoura Council on Jan. 6, 2015. They expect announcement of key decisions.Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, will deliver the king’s speech, said Abdullah Al-Asheikh, president of the 150-member consultative body.In a previous address to the Shoura in 2011, King Abd...

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The Tatweer Transport Company has been instructed to provide safe and secure transport to female teachers in the wake of the increasing number of road accidents involving teaching staff and students.Education Minister Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has urged the company to provide the service by the start...
Al Dura GEMS International school has topped the “Likhadula” play competition among Filipino schools in Jeddah, which was held Friday at the Philippine Consulate General as part of the annual OFW Month celebration.GEMS bested three other schools with its entry “NFA Rice,” which dealt with issues surrounding the Philippines’...
Saudi Arabia will host this year the 78th meeting of Gulf Health Ministers Council, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Marghalani said Sunday.The event will take place on Feb. 4 and 5, Marghalani told Arab News. The meeting will be held under the slogan “Measurement of the health systems, the road for excellence.”“We are aimi...
During a field inspection in Riyadh, the supervisory teams of the Commerce Ministry shut down three thermal insulation factories that were manufacturing flawed products.Samples taken by the teams proved that the insulation products did not comply with the required energy efficiency specifications and standards of insulation...
With the support of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, the King Khaled Foundation (KKF) will hold its annual presentation ceremony to honor the winners of this year’s King Khaled Awards.According to the organizing committee, Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, will attend the gala even...
A special inspection team from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) seized 25,000 Chinese-made products with "Made in USA" stickers in warehouses in the old industrial area located in the south of the capital.According to an official from the MCI, its control team closed down a warehouse of automobile parts in Riyadh...
The Riyadh traffic police booked 91 car showrooms in the capital for violation of its regulations.Riyadh Traffic Police Director Brig. Ali bin Abdullah Aldubekhi said the penalties included closure of showrooms, suspension and imposition of fines.“Two showrooms were fined for not possessing the required licenses for car sal...
Some 2,161 government employees and expatriates were indicted by the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution (BIP) for their involvement in 1,850 criminal cases, Al-Madinah daily reported quoting data released by BIP.According to the BIP report, the arraignments included 896 forgery, 365 bribery, 110 fake currency, and 48 e...
An Egyptian pilgrim has described Madinah as a global city.Mohammed Dawood Jamal, who is on his second visit to the Kingdom, said: “My first visit to the Kingdom was for performing Haj. I am now here to perform Umrah and visit Madinah,” he said, adding that he feels honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the...
The General Directorate of Border Guards has warned citizens and residents against approaching border areas while picnicking to avoid violating regulations.Border Guard spokesman Mohammed bin Saad Al-Ghamdi, called on citizens and residents to comply with the instructions and guidelines issued by the General Directorate of...
Hafiz-o-Qari Syed Lutfullah Hussaini was felicitated at a function organized by Bazm-e-Idrak and Hyderabad Deccan Connections (HDC) on receiving the best teacher (best muddaris) award.He received the award from Jubail Gov. Al-Shaikh Badar bin Mohammed Al-Otaishan and Eastern Province Mufti Al-Shaikh Khalaf bin Mohammed Al-M...
Dunes International School (DIS), Alkhobar, held the 4th annual Sports Day function at its sports pavilion recently.Sarah Abdul Aziz Al-Essa, chief director of the Girls Education Board in the Eastern Province, inaugurated the girls Sports Day event. The boys Sports Day function was earlier opened by Saad Al-Turaikki of Sau...
The Civil Defense handled 150 domestic accidents in Jeddah last month alone, according to an official.Civil Defense spokesman in Jeddah, Col. Saeed Serhan said: “Electrical short-circuits, mostly caused by faulty electrical connections and inferior quality or imitation electrical appliances, accounted for 70 percent of the...

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TRIPOLI: Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognized government carried o...

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday warned that the governm...

CAIRO: An Egyptian appeals court reduced the jail terms on Sunday for 23 young a...

TEHRAN: A senior Iranian military officer has been killed while advising Iraqi t...

CAIRO: Gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed an Egyptian policeman and wounded...

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan British boxer Amir Khan on Monday visited the Pakistani schoo...

ATHENS, Greece: More than 200 freezing passengers and crew remained trapped on a...

JAKARTA: An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned wo...

HONG KONG: Hong Kong hospitals raised alert levels Sunday as a woman diagnosed w...

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to the Russian government on Su...

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LONDON: Leaders Chelsea and second-place Manchester City both succumbed to post-...

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa: Half-centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon S...

MADRID: Atletico Madrid are close to sealing a deal for Spain forward Fernando T...

LONDON: Ferrari and McLaren stand to lose millions as a result of the collapse o...

SYDNEY: Supermaxi Wild Oats XI won its eighth line honors in the Sydney to Hobar...

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ALGIERS: Algeria’s oil minister has called on OPEC to cut production and raise the price of oil, which has plunged dramatically in the last six months.The call by Youcef...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company, started his business when he was only 25 years old. His road was not paved with roses or flowers as some people may think. Twice he had declared himself bankrupt but he soon picked himself up and turned his failures into a great success story that made him an i...
There has been an increase in the total cargo tonnage handled at Jubail Commercial Port in November, according to Saudi Ports Authority.The cargo handled in November was valued at SR 9,198,947 compared to SR 8,137,916 during the same month in 2013, a rise of 10 percent.The number of ships arriving at the port increased by 5...
Mobily provides information security solutions for the business sector in the Kingdom in accordance with unprecedented international standards in the region. In this respect, the company has built a set of information security solutions in cooperation with major global companies. These solutions vary from cloud security sol...
A matter of concern is the global mindset. If specific communities are afraid to fly to specific countries the discomfort factor is on the increase. And the industry is at risk of ducking the issue even as it puts on its sunny side up face to the world … and itself.When Erica Jong wrote the book by this title 30 years ago l...
Before September, 2014, the OPEC’s Reference Basket of crudes (ORB) traded at a steady of around $100/barrel and the benchmark TASI to a peak of 11,000-points.At this stage, ORB had absorbed a loss of around 10 percent on facts that speculators operating in the two main crude oil futures contracts reduced their net long pos...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s 2015 state budget assumes an oil price close to current levels of around $60 a barrel for Brent crude, a shift from past budgets which were based on prices well below market levels, analysts say.The Kingdom doesn’t reveal the oil prices which it uses to calculate its annual budgets. So analysts estima...
WASHINGTON: The US economy flexed its old muscles in 2014.More than five years removed from the Great Recession, worries had taken hold at the start of the year that perhaps the world’s largest economy had slid into a semi-permanent funk.But consumers, businesses and investors, after enduring a brutal winter, showed renewed...
NEW YORK: Can the US hold everyone else above water? That is the question investors are asking as Wall Street heads into 2015.A strong US economy helped propel the stock market higher in 2014, continuing a bull market that is on pace to celebrate its sixth birthday in March. On more than one occasion, investors dumped stock...
The National Computer Systems Company (NATCOM) moved its Alkhobar offices this month to a new and larger premises in the recently completed Alkhobar Gate Tower in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia on the AlKhobar-Dammam road.An opening ceremony for the new offices was presided over by Chairman Ali Alireza in the presence...
Kuwait Energy has announced that the consortium, comprising Kuwait Energy (70 percent and operator) and Dragon Oil (30 percent), has made its second oil discovery at ‘Block 9’ in Iraq.The successful discovery was at the consortium’s second target, the Yamama formation at 4,000 meters, in its Block 9 exploration well, ‘Faiha...
ALGIERS, Algeria: Algeria’s oil minister has called on OPEC to cut production and raise the price of oil, which has plunged dramatically in the last six months.Youcef Yousfi said Sunday that the oil cartel needed to “intervene to correct the imbalance and cut production to bring up prices and defend the income of its member...
The extensive Saudization efforts have added 622,000 new jobs in the private sector during 2011-2013, a staggering 74 percent gain, and the number is bound to rise further this year to bring Saudis’ participation close to the 2 million mark, says a post-budget report released by the National Commercial Bank (NCB).“Even thou...

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Franco-Arabic, the popular language of communication for conversations and chats on social media sites, is increasingly being seen as a threat to the Arabic language, culture and identity.
While the language is commonly used in Egypt and several other Arab countries, it faces resistance from lovers of Arab identity and culture with campaign...

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NEW YORK: Unless you’re making an active decision to disconnect this holiday season, you’ve probably seen a flood of Facebook “Year In Review” posts — a sort of digital card highlighting the biggest moments of 2014, algorithmically customized for each user.
The posts are slickly designed, even if their visual uniformity can make scrolling t...

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All through our lives, we’ve watched old classical movies in which the rich are all decked up in beautiful jewelry, long silk gloves and fur on the shoulders or necks. These timeless, classic styles were adapted by actresses such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Egyptian actresses Laila Murad, Hind Rustom, Um Kalthoom and the legendary Sa...

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The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has rejected media reports that it would soon start issuing tourist visas for overseas visitors.
“The previous postponement of tourism visas is still valid. There is no intention at present to issue this kind of visa again,” the SCTA said in a statement on Thursday night.
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The Saudi Center for Organs Transplantation (SCOT) undertook 13 successful surgeries in just two weeks. SCOT first obtained the permission of the relatives of three patients who were brain-dead to take their organs and transplant them into other patients.A SCOT medical team followed up on one case of a brain-dead patient in the Salmaniya Medical Complex in Bahrain, taking his liver and kidneys and transplanting them in a patient in the King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Dammam. In another case, the heart valves of another were transplanted in a patient in the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh.This comes as part of a continuing program to transplant organs between hospitals in the Gulf...
The cosmetic and plastic surgery market in the Kingdom is witnessing a boom with a volume in excess of SR4 billion where men make up 40 percent of the customers, local media said. Riyadh recorded the highest rate of cosmetic surgery at 70 percent, followed by Jeddah and the Eastern Province at 25 percent and 5 percent, respectively, Consultant of Plastic Surgery at King Khalid University Hospital Khalid Al-Zahrani said.Al-Zahrani quoted a recent survey in Riyadh as saying that 25 percent of women in Riyadh have expressed a keen desire to undergo cosmetic surgery due to financial capability to have the operations done. Men in the age group of 20 to 40 made up 40 percent of the customers, he...
South Asian food has an expanding fan base in Jeddah as is evident from the many restaurants here specializing in desi food, especially Indian and Pakistani cuisines. So I was not surprised when I heard about yet another desi restaurant in Jeddah-town. Masala is a signature Indian restaurant that serves Indian fare — fast food style.It is indeed a challenge for any restaurant to cater to all its diners who come from a wide base of culinary diversity. For this purpose, Masala sought the expertise of Master chef Riyaz Yousef Muqadum from Mumbai.The restaurant has three branches in Al-Salamah district, Al-Naeem district and in Palestine Street, respectively.I recently visited their main branch...

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LOS ANGELES: The comedy film, “The Interview,” which has been courting controversies for showing a fictitious US plot to...
MUMBAI: An actor's popularity is measured by his/her fans, but Salman Khan's popularity is measured by his fans, who call themselves 'Salmaniacs'. Till now we've known Dec. 27 as Salman's birthday but the nine million plus Salmaniacs on Twitter have now decided to celebrate it as the 'Being Human Day'.The superstar's fans went into a frenzy five days before his birthday with making 'Salman Khan birthday' trend at top ahead of Dec 27. #HappyBirthdaySalmanKhan and Being Human Day were also trending on top. Meanwhile, giving us a peep into his celebrations, Salman tweeted a pic of his birthday...
CAIRO: Egypt says it banned Ridley Scott’s biblical epic “Exodus: Gods & Kings” because it gives the wrong idea about Egypt’s history and presents a “racist” image of Jews.The Culture Ministry explained its decision for the first time in a statement Sunday, a few days after the initial ban. It listed a number of reasons, including that the film’s account of the story of Moses was not in line with monotheistic religions.It said the movie inaccurately depicts ancient Egyptians as “savages” who kill and hang Jews, and presents a “racist” depiction of Jews as a people who mounted an armed...

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