JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Wednesday emphasized his government’s commitment to address the issues facing businesses and adopt viable steps to woo local and foreign investment.Speaking to business leaders including chairmen of chambers and banks, the king called for the formation of a high-level committee comprising ministers and business executives to discuss all relevant matters in detail.“We are ready to look into your proposals including those to encourage investment. It’s our duty to cooperate with you in this matter. When we have an issue at home, we try to sort it out for the benefit of all,” he said.Saudi Arabia has become a hub for global investors who gain profit by investing their money in the Kingdom, the king said.King Salman reiterated that Saudi Arabia is a free economy that allows free movement of capital. “We provide equal opportunities to al...
KUWAIT CITY: Terror acts and extremism aim to divide Muslim world, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir s...
JEDDAH: The Kingdom has frozen the assets of two Hezbollah members for supporting terrorist operatio...
KARACHI: Pakistan on Thursday executed three Baluch separatists convicted of hijacking a plane in 1998, which they attempted to fly to India to disrupt Islamabad’s first nuclear tests, officials said.The executions were carried out on the 17th anniversary of the tests, which made Pakistan the world’s seventh nuclear-armed power — a landmark event for the impoverished Muslim country of 200 million people.Two of the men, Sh...
HYDERABAD, India: Eating onions, lying in the shade and crowding into rivers, Indians are doing whatever they can to stay cool amid a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.Officials say most of the 1,412 deaths have occurred in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where temperatures have soared to 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit).Officials are warning people to stay...

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JEDDAH: The multimillion-dollar fake degree scandal that is currently roiling Pakistan was first scooped by Arab News in 2009.Pakistan’s top investigative agencies are now carrying out an investigation after the New York Times (NYT) ran a report last week detailing what Arab News had already reveale...
JEDDAH: The Shoura Council is currently reviewing legislation overseeing municipal councils, and has rejected and approved several amendments proposed by the Council of Ministers.In a closed session, the Shoura committee dealing with the law rejected an amendment proposed by the Cabinet specifying that women participating i...
RIYADH: Saudi women make up 51.8 percent of registered students at public universities and 49 percent at private institutions, the Education Ministry announced recently.This has largely been due to the massive spending allocated to education by the government, continuously since the times of the founder King Abdul Aziz up t...
MADINAH: A full investigation is under way at the New Khabir General Hospital following a complaint against the hospital for negligence in the death of a male infant.The mother was in labor with twins and the first baby was delivered normally. There was evidently a problem and the doctors decided on a caesarean section but...
RIYADH: The Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum, the top photography contest in the country with prizes worth over SR1 million, is now open for online entries.Professional and amateur photographers are allowed to enter the contest. The final deadline is Sept. 30. The awards ceremony will be held at the Riyadh International Convent...
RIYADH: The introduction of Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in the Kingdom will have an impact on more than 200,000 US citizens living in Saudi Arabia.“The act will come into force when a government-to-government agreement is signed shortly between the Kingdom and the United States,” Rupert Agius-Pease, head of...
JEDDAH: Jeddah Municipality has opened ‘Bicycle Bridge’ that runs over the intersection between King Fahd and Al-Rowdah streets.Hani Abu Ras, mayor of Jeddah, officially opened the bridge on Wednesday. At the launch, he said this was the 24th bridge in five years built by the government, at a cost of SR82 million.Abu Ras sa...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will confront those who try to undermine its security and stability with an iron fist, said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior.Addressing citizens in Qatif, he said security forces have arrested most of the culprits behind Friday’s terror attack on the Imam Ali bin A...
MANAMA: Bahrain will begin cutting subsidies for goods and services to reduce state spending on its foreign population as low oil prices pressure its budget, a top official said.Bahraini citizens will receive cash payments from the state to offset price rise when subsidies are removed, said Minister of State for Information...
RIYADH: Over 130,000 Saudi contractors have shut shop because they cannot meet Saudization quotas, raising various concerns, including completion of projects.Dawud Al-Miqrin, a business development expert, has been quoted by a local publication as saying that these were the statistics for the construction industry.He also c...
RIYADH: Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil launched an initiative to encourage young people to take to entrepreneurship.The “Business Makers” initiative was launched in Jeddah through the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Endowment Fund of King Abdulaziz University.The plan would be taken to five other cities w...
JEDDAH: The bodies of three people have been found after a flash flood swept away their car in Sernan valley in the governorate of Adam.The Civil Defense in Makkah found the body of a man, 85, and his daughter, two, on Tuesday. The body of the man’s wife was found the previous day in their submerged car.Atiya Al-Ghamwi, his...
JEDDAH: An officer was killed and three of his colleagues were injured by Houthi shelling on the Rejla district in Najran on Tuesday morning, according to the Interior Ministry.Slain Capt. Mashhour Al-Qahtani and his colleagues had been collecting samples of rockets and shells in the area when they came under fire.According...

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DOHA: Qatar pledged $50 million on Thursday to help Indonesia shelter Muslim Roh...

BAGHDAD: Iraq has exhumed the remains of 470 people believed to have been execut...

BAGHDAD: A senior Islamic State figure known as “the blind judge” has made an ap...

SANAA: A sprawling police camp in Sanaa was hit by coalition airstrikes on Tuesd...

BEIRUT: Islamic State militants shot dead around 20 men inside an ancient amphit...

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WASHINGTON: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is investigat...

LONDON: The European Union must amend its founding treaties to accommodate Brita...

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan: A man claiming to be the former head of ex-Soviet Tajikist...

SYDNEY: The Dalai Lama has urged fellow Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to...

WANG KELIAN, Malaysia: Malaysia said Thursday it believes 139 bodies are buried...

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RIYADH: Ronny Lidman and Jan Frank combined for 49 points, the equivalent of 13-...

NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland: World No. 1 Rory McIlroy faces missing the cut for...

JEDDAH: Two more games are yet to be played but Taurus can’t seem to wait to get...

RIYADH: The first Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Inter-school Table...

JEDDAH: Host team ICD won the ICD (Islamic Corporation for the Development of th...

ECONOMY »

MILAN: Super sports carmaker Lamborghini has confirmed that it will enter the luxury SUV market and signed a deal to produce the new vehicle in Italy after receiving more...
JEDDAH: Etihad Airways said its profit rose by more than half to $73 million last year as it carried more passengers and used its stakes in other airlines to drive traffic through its Abu Dhabi hub.The government-backed airline said its earnings rose 52 percent over the $48 million it said its stand-alone airline business e...
JEDDAH: Decades after its introduction, the Toyota Camry is still catching the eye of the automobile industry and being showered with awards as if it were the hot new kid on the block.Recently, Kelly Blue Book not only named the 2015 Camry a Best Buy Award Finalist, it awarded the Camry the Best Resale Value Award, in recog...
JEDDAH: Prince Mishaal bin Majed, governor of Jeddah, honored Batterjee Medical College for Science and Technology during the Holy Qu’ran contest for students in public and private universities in the Makkah ProvinceKing Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah organized the event.Hassan Shaibah, BMC dean, who received the honorary...
NEW YORK: General Motors said it will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in more of its Chevrolet models next year, as tech firms seek to expand their reach in the auto world.The smartphone-compatible systems will be offered in 14 models, including the soon-to-be-released Cruze compact car, GM said in a statement.The tech...
ALKHOBAR: Saudi Aramco may raise the number of its oil and gas drilling rigs to as high as 250 next year if oil prices continue to firm and as domestic demand for gas increases, industry sources said.Currently the national energy giant has 212 rigs of both types in operation and that could rise to between 220 and 250 if con...
DUBAI: An jointly-operated onshore oil field between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will remain shut until difficulties to operate there are resolved, a spokeswoman for US oil major Chevron said.The Wafra field was shut for maintenance on May 11 for two weeks in a move apparently aimed at giving the Gulf OPEC allies time to solve...
JEDDAH: Net foreign assets at Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency fell to SR2.546 trillion ($678.8 billion) in April, down by $11.8 billion or 1.7 percent from the previous month as the Kingdom drew on its reserves to cover a budget deficit caused by low oil prices.Assets dropped 6.8 percent from a year earlier to their lowest le...
MANILA: Philippine economic growth in the first quarter slowed to a three-year low of 5.2 percent, well below forecasts, due to lethargic government spending and weak exports, officials said.The expansion in the January-March period for what has recently been one of Asia’s best performing economies was the worst since the 3...
JUBAIL: The investment volume in Jubail has reached SR560 billion, including SR501 billion for the private sector, with its petrochemical sector accounting for SR34 billion of Japanese investment, according to Abdulaziz Attragi, general manager of strategic planning for the Royal Commission for Jubail.Attragi made the state...
RIYADH: Businessmen from the UAE unfolded a package of opportunities for Saudi investors at a seminar held in Riyadh.“There are plenty of opportunities for Saudi investors in viable ventures in the UAE,” said Mohammed Nasser Hamdan Al-Zaabi, director of trade promotion and investment of the UAE ministry of economy.Quoting t...
DUBAI: Qatar’s bourse fell sharply on Wednesday after the US and Switzerland launched criminal probes against FIFA officials, while other Gulf stock markets were weak as oil prices failed to recover from Tuesday’s drop.Swiss authorities opened criminal proceedings against individuals on suspicion of mismanagement and money...
DUBAI: Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airway’s contribution to the US economy will almost double to $6.2 billion by 2020, it said on Wednesday, in an apparent counter to allegations that government subsidies gave it an unfair edge over competition.The airline will support the American economy with 23,400 jobs and $2.9 billion in 2015,...
 

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We live in a modern world that is losing traces of its past bit by bit, it’s inevitable since it’s the normal evolutionary way of life. The world is progressing at a fast pace and we are engrossed in daily activities that can get us all wrapped up with the future of our endeavors and so the past is simply an illusion or a story being told by an...

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A newly-discovered glitch in Apple’s software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message.
Apple says it’s aware of the problem and is working on a fix. But some pranksters are sharing information about the glitch on social media and using it to crash other peoples’ phones.
The problem only occu...

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Summer season can be damaging to your skin and hair, but how about your fingernails? Sun, heat, and water can all cause damage to your digits.
Many women pay attention to only hair and skin to protect them from the damaging summer weather and neglect their nails. Summer is the season for exposed flip-flops and sandals; you would want to pa...

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RIYADH: The Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum, the top photography contest in the country with prizes worth over SR1 million, is now open for online entries.
Professional and amateur photographers are allowed to enter the contest. The final deadline is Sept. 30. The awards ceremony will be held at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibiti...

FOOD & HEALTH »

ABHA: While many smokers say that they can’t quit and others complain of no will power, some admit to smoking because it is seen as fashionable. It seems that sheesha and cigarettes have become the latest fashion accessory at women’s gatherings where smoking is seen as necessary.Psychologists and sociologists say that the increasing number of women who smoke for perceived social prestige is alarming.An official at Naqa, a charitable organization specializing in combating smoking, said more Saudi women than men smoke sheesha. He pointed out that the ages of smoking women is between 30 and 40, adding that large numbers of married women smoke sheesha. He explained that the situation has become...
If you are tired of eating Lebanese, Italian or even Chinese food and you have no desire for some fast food, the time has come for a real change so how about some Tex-Mex at Chili’s! Tex-Mex, incidentally, was one of the original spin-offs from Mexican cooking that has really strayed far from its roots. In other words, Mexican food and Tex-Mex are merely cousins in the culinary world. The term Tex-Mex first appeared in print in 1945.The arrival of large numbers of Mexican immigrants in Texas after 1950 prompted the opening of Mexican restaurants. This twentieth century phenomenon turned into a gourmet trend in the 1970s, a fad which has not abated and is still very much alive. People are...
JEDDAH: There are nearly 15,000 renal failure patients in the Kingdom and two-third of them undergo dialysis, said Dr. Mohammed Al-Aumi, supervisor of King Salman Kidney Center in Riyadh.Addressing a workshop organized by the Health Ministry for enhancing public awareness on kidney related diseases, he said renal failure cases are spreading all over the world.“More than 600 million people around the world currently suffer from kidney diseases and they account for 14.2 percent of global population,” Al-Aumi told participants.“It’s a silent disease that creeps into all parts of body and we’ll know its symptoms only after sometime,” he pointed out.Al-Aumi underscored the ministry’s efforts to...

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LOS ANGELES: Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan avoided jail Wednesday as prosecutors said she has completed more than 100 h...
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.: Natalie Portman is advising graduating Harvard seniors to use their inexperience to their advantage.The Academy Award-winning actress spoke Wednesday at Harvard College’s Class Day. She told graduates that not knowing their limitations can help them take risks that can lead to life-changing rewards.She cited as an example her work in “Black Swan,” which won her an Oscar for best actress in 2010. Portman says she might not have taken that role if she knew how much work it would require to pull off the movie’s ballet moves.The 33-year-old actress graduated from Harvard with a...
The true ‘Queen of hearts’ in B-town is on a high these days. We are talking about Kangana Ranaut.It was in 2014, that Kangana was crowned ‘Queen’ of the year. But she worked hard to reach the top of the success ladder. She struggled through a decade-long Bollywood career, two national awards and several films — hits and misses — before she could prove to the world what she was capable of. Now, her position is clear after the round accolades that is coming her way with the release of ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns.’Considered to be an honest celeb, the curly haired actress has been living life on...

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