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...
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, chairman of the board of senior scholars, has urged journa...
CAIRO: Yemeni Foreign Minister Riad Yassine has called for an Arab ground intervention in the countr...
The operation in Yemen would continue until the legitimate government is back in power, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said on Tuesday.Briefing Shoura Council members at their 26th session chaired by Abdullah Al-Asheikh, Prince Saud also lashed out at Iran for what he described as its divisive policies in the Middle East, including its involvement in Syria and Iraq.“Saudi Arabia has spared no effort, along with Gu...
Saudi Arabia is ready to send reinforcements to its border if it perceives any threat from Houthis and ground offensive in Yemen cannot be ruled out, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, consultant at minister of defense’s office, said on Tuesday.The Saudi-led coalition has strengthened military positions in all sectors along the Yemen border, he said at the Riyadh air base.Al-Assiri said a limited ground offensive might be carrie...

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman inaugurated an exhibition and conference on the history of late King Fahd at the Riyadh International Exhibition and Conference Center on Tuesday.An encyclopedia on the biography of the late king, prepared by the King Abdul Aziz Foundation (Darah) in 10...
The US has announced its support for Arab plans to create a unified military force to counter growing security threats in the Middle East. “The Pentagon will cooperate where US and Arab interests coincide,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.Carter told reporters during a visit to Fort Drum in New York that US military leade...
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has announced a second suspension of all its flights to and from Najran until further notice, in compliance with a directive issued by the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), according to a message posted on its Twitter account. The new ban has been attributed to the poor security si...
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) is out of bounds for most citizens, thanks to its unpopularity due to “poor communication efforts” and “red-tape.”This has been revealed in a survey conducted by the commission on its websites. Out of the 427 respondents, which itself reflects poorly on the organization, 44.5...
“Portugal welcomes everybody, including foreigners staying in the Kingdom, without any discrimination,” said Portugal’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr. Manuel Carvalho while inaugurating his country’s visa section on Tuesday at the Unified Visa Applications Center. Portugal is set to join with 14 other foreign countries whic...
The Kingdom witnessed a sharp 135% rise in cases of colorectal cancer in a decade (2001-2011), but Saudi experts have introduced latest techniques to treat patients.The number of cases was 438 in 2001, but it reached a staggering 1,033 in 2011, Dr Qasim Al-Qasabi, CEO of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center,...
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry recently shuttered 17 factories for various violations in Riyadh. The factories include units to manufacture paint, plastics, sponges, garments and perfumes in Al-Shafa district in south Riyadh. The ministry said it summoned those responsible for the violations, which were mostly relate...
The Philippine government is considering dealing with official recruitment companies and offices approved by the Ministry of Labor, rather than individuals as is currently the case.The move, which aims to ensure the rights of workers are guaranteed, came after an official meeting between the Saudi and Philippine delegations...
A high-level Pakistani delegation, led by Defense Minister Khawaja Asif and Sartaj Aziz, foreign affairs and national security adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, discussed different options to deal with the Yemeni crisis during a meeting on Tuesday evening. The visiting delegation, which also comprises top-level repres...
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...

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JERUSALEM: Palestine will raise the stakes in a legal battle with Israel on Wedn...

ISTANBUL: A website with links to a Turkish banned far-left group which has been...

CAIRO: Qatar returned its ambassador to Cairo on Tuesday, almost a month after r...

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...

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

LONDON: The head of the UK Independence Party on Tuesday promised to slash net m...

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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KEY BISCAYNE, Florida: Basking in her latest victory, a beaming Venus Williams s...

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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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Saudi Arabia’s reaction to the Houthi mutiny in Yemen was expected — and justifi...
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She paints with a knife and excels in it, and places in her paintings touches of the Hijazi and Asiri heritage. She also provided childhood letters, roses and peace.
She told Arab News that painting is a talent she has since childhood, she has developed it through personal study and extensive art culture.
Since her childhood she had a...

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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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For women who love beautifully crafted ‘one-of-a-kind’ rings, Ornella Iannuzzi is establishing herself as a ‘must go to’ jewelry designer. This week, her reputation went up another notch as she swept up two highly prestigious prizes at the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2015 in London. Her exquisite ‘Uprising’ ring won two Gold Aw...

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It’s pretty difficult to choose an island destination because there are just simply so many beautiful islands to choose from. Whether it is for a honeymoon, a much needed getaway, a family vacation or just a trip to explore one of the world’s most beautiful wonders, Bali, Indonesia is one of the best islands to head out to. Considered one of ove...

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Anew suburbia is cropping up on the edges of Egypt’s gridlocked capital. As a growing number of people are moving into West Cairo or New Cairo, some of the best restaurants are no longer only found in traditional Central Cairo areas such as Zamalek, Garden City, Maadi, and Mohandesseen. A host of new restaurants are mushrooming on the outskirts of Cairo, especially in mega malls such as Arabia Mall or Festival Mall which have become popular destinations. However, one of my favorite places to enjoy a good meal is Seasons Country Club which has nothing to do with the Four Seasons Hotel. Situated off the Cairo Alexandria Desert road, Seasons houses a hub of restaurants in a luxuriant garden....
Last week, I started writing about the incredible palm tree, Arecaceae, more commonly known as the coconut tree, which prospers in the tropics, the Indian Subcontinent, the Fareast, Pacific Islands, and warm temperate climates. I also described the trees and their different parts: The flowers, the nutrient dense coconut water and its tender pulp, the crunchy coconut kernel, which produces the coconut milk and the invaluable oil. I also spoke about their different uses in their native Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Today, I shall give details on the juice of this precious plant, which is found within the shell of the very young coconut pulp, kernel. Within the cavity of the immature...
The Kingdom witnessed a sharp 135% rise in cases of colorectal cancer in a decade (2001-2011), but Saudi experts have introduced latest techniques to treat patients.The number of cases was 438 in 2001, but it reached a staggering 1,033 in 2011, Dr Qasim Al-Qasabi, CEO of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, saidHe revealed the figures while quoting data released by the Saudi Cancer Registry at a forum on colorectal diseases in Riyadh.Dr Al-Qasabi said more advanced techniques such as endoscopy and robot surgeries have, however, been introduced to treat patients.He said the research center has launched a program aimed at studying the genetic traits of colorectal cancer in...

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A Saudi woman is characterized, in the current era, by her love to improve herself and upgrade her intellectual and educ...
LONDON: A demo of a new song by former One Direction star Zayn Malik has been posted online, sparking a row between its producer and one of Malik’s former bandmates Tuesday.“I Won’t Mind” features soulful vocals by Malik over a simple acoustic guitar loop and lyrics such as: “We are who we are when no one’s watching/And right from the start, you know I got you.”One Direction, who have sold over 50 million records worldwide, announced last week that Malik was leaving the band but that they would continue as a foursome.He said he was quitting because he wanted “to be a normal 22-year-old who is...
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...

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