BERLIN: The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says authorities now know of 550 people from the country who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, and about 60 of them have died.The number of extremists given by Hans-Georg Maassen in an interview with Sunday’s Welt a.m. Sonntag newspaper is up from the figure of 450 authorities previously used.He was quoted as saying that “about 60 of these people coming from Germany so far have been killed or killed themselves — at least nine of them in suicide attacks.”Officials in Germany and other European countries worry that radicalized extremists returning from Syria and Iraq could pose a risk to security at home. Maassen says authorities believe about 180 have returned to Germany.
Authorities have taken steps to nationalize more jobs in travel, tourism and hotel industries, petro...
Torrential downpour lashed Jeddah on Friday night and Saturday morning, wreaking havoc across severa...
TUNIS: Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to vote for their first directly elected president, in the final step to be taken to full democracy after the 2011 revolution that ended the rule of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.More than three years since overturning Ben Ali’s one-party rule, Tunisia has become a model of transition for the region by adopting a new constitution, the politics of compromise and avoiding the turmoil f...
KANO, Nigeria: Boko Haram gunmen killed 48 fish vendors in Nigeria’s restive Borno State, near the border with Chad, the head of the fish traders association told AFP on Sunday.“Scores of Boko Haram fighters blocked a route linking Nigeria with Chad near the fishing village of Doron Baga on the shores of Lake Chad on Thursday and killed a group of 48 fish traders on their way to Chad to buy fish,” Abubakar Gamandi said.He...

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Riyadh’s residents have been complaining about heavy traffic during peak hours, but many are upbeat about the prospect of good results once major road projects are completed.“Traffic snarls and missed appointments are normal due to road construction projects, but the benefits will far outweigh the i...
WASHINGTON: A Saudi inmate at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was repatriated on Saturday, leaving 142 prisoners still at the jail President Barack Obama has pledged to close, the Pentagon said.Mohammed Al-Zahrani is the latest of seven prisoners freed from the controversial jail in the past three weeks.Al-Zahrani wa...
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) have lauded the court declaration of the 550-peso airport terminal fee illegal.“This means that OFWs leaving the Philippines for their overseas jobs don’t have to pay that fee anymore,” said Cenon C. Sagadal Jr., a community leader.Sagadal said that the ruling was in recognition of the contr...
A Danish expat was injured when an unidentified man opened fire in Riyadh on Saturday. “The expatriate was fired at as he left work on Al-Kharj Road in Riyadh in his car at 2 p.m. on Saturday,” said Col. Fawaz Al-Maiman, Riyadh police spokesman. He was rushed to hospital and is in stable condition.The case is under probe.
The ministerial conference of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) that was scheduled to be held in Riyadh on Nov. 25 has been postponed to a later date, according to informed sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The conference was to be hosted by the ministry in cooperation with the 32-nation ACD, a pan-Asian initiati...
The head of the Saudi Radio and Television Commission, Abdul Rahman Al-Hazza, has said that the media industry will have to live up to the high expectations of its audience in light of the impressive technological changes taking place on the news front.Al-Hazza said that the current era of media development requires a new S...
The heavy downpours in Jeddah over the weekend have brought in a lot of business to tow truck owners in the city where flash floods have resulted in the breakdown of a large number of vehicles requiring to be towed away. Car owners are also complaining of the high rates of tow trucks which are charging up to SR40 per vehicl...
Dammam University has launched a campaign against colorful abayas after a number of girls were caught without the customary black outer covering mandatory in educational institutions. Supervisors at Dammam University confirmed that the campaign against the wearing of colored abayas had begun in all their colleges. They poin...
Philippine Labor Secretary Erlinda Dimapilis-Baldoz is due to visit the Kingdom at the end of the month and is expected to meet with her Saudi counterpart, Minister Adel Fakeih.“A request for such a meeting has been forwarded to the Saudi authorities and it is expected that bilateral issues will be discussed for the most pa...
The Ministry of Civil Service has said that there are approximately 6,000 expatriates currently working in government jobs, including the education, health and computer technology (IT) sectors.The ministry used this occasions to reconfirm its commitment to emphasize the employment of citizens in government positions first,...
The Ministry of Housing does not buy land from real estate developers because of the danger of prices skyrocketing, a senior official said here recently.The official, who did not want to be named, said the ministry only purchases land from municipalities and other government bodies. He said the ministry recently purchased l...
Higher Education Minister Khaled Al-Anqari recently announced SR1.5 million in cash prize for the winners of a new award honoring individuals who have advanced the Arabic language.Al-Anqari had announced the new categories within the International Awards for the Service of the Arabic Language (SAL).The award, whose name was...
eXtra Stores have apologized to customers for the mistakes that have taken place during their ongoing discount campaign, the largest in the Middle East.The apology comes after the Ministry of Commerce and Industry shut down two of the company’s stores after detecting violations.“We are ready to take necessary measures to wi...

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JERUSALEM: Israel’s Cabinet has approved a contentious bill that officially defi...

ROME: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi said in an interview published Su...

JERUSALEM: A Jerusalem court on Sunday charged an Israeli border policeman with...

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi court sentenced former Sunni MP Ahmed Al-Alwani to death on Su...

TUNIS: Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to vote for their first directly el...

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KABUL: A suicide bomber attacked a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan...

TOKYO: The damage from an overnight earthquake in a mountainous area of central...

BEIJING: The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote par...

BUFFALO: Emergency workers filled thousands of sandbags on Sunday as the area ar...

LONDON: The head of London’s police force said Sunday that as many as five terro...

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Saudi Arabia had a fast start and held on to a 3-2 victory over UAE Sunday night...

LILLE, France: Roger Federer gave Switzerland its first Davis Cup title in Lille...

MACAU: Manny Pacquiao is done taking the high road, tired of pretending he doesn...

LONDON: Liverpool’s season went from bad to worse on Sunday, when it surrendered...

ABU DHABI: British driver Lewis Hamilton clinched his second Formula One title i...

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Dun & Bradstreet South Asia Middle East Ltd. (D&B) in association with the National Commercial Bank released the D&B Business Optimism Index (BOI) survey for...
The Saudi stock market continued its upward march and rose for a fourth trading session on Sunday.The Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) added further 106.8 points or 1.14 percent to 9,515.63 points. While curving in the upward territory throughout the day it rose to a maximum gain of 147 points.On year-to-date basis, the TASI...
BEIJING: China’s leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses, said sources involved in policy-making.Friday’s surprise cut in rates, the first in more than two ye...
Hyundai Motors says the company has received 40th rank on the list of trademarks and 5th among the sector of cars in the world. According to Inter-brand International, it is one of the best 100 trademarks during the last 10 years. According to experts, the value of Hyundai cars in the international market reached $10 billio...
LONDON: European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has moved closer to launching sovereign debt purchases and data this week will show just how dangerously low inflation has fallen in the $13 trillion euro zone economy.A sickly Europe has held back global economic growth for years, and now it is contributing significantly...
ISTANBUL: US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday told Europe it was time to act on improving its energy security, warning of Russia’s “track record” in using energy supplies as a weapon. Speaking at an Atlantic Council meeting in Istanbul, Biden said Europe needed to step up efforts to “ensure diversification” away from Ru...
LONDON: The OPEC oil producers cartel will hold one of its toughest and most significant meetings in recent years as, faced with sliding prices, its members must contemplate whether to cut output.Ahead of Thursday’s meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna, home to the cartel’s headquarters, it...
The Ports Development Company, owner and developer of King Abdullah Port, has announced the handing over of the third berth at the King Abdullah Port to National Container Company.The facility, which meets the Customs and the Coast Guard specifications, is considered to be an important phase in the port’s development, said...
NEW DELHI: India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has promised to unveil a whole series of “second-generation” reforms to try to kickstart the stuttering economy.In an interview with the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency, Jaitley said the reforms that would be unveiled in the budget early next year would help the countr...
The board of directors of Mobily has suspended its CEO Khalid Omar Al-Kaf and put his deputy Serkan Okandan in temporary charge pending an investigation into accounting errors. Al-Kaf will be suspended until Mobily’s audit committee completes its investigation into these errors, the company said in a statement posted on the...
Prince Saud bin Naif, governor of the Eastern Province, will patronize the sixth Saudi International Exhibition for Oil and Gas, starting in Dhahran on Monday. Dhahran International Exhibitions Company is organizing the event on Monday.Company CEO Muhammad bin Hamad Al-Hussaini said that several officials, investors and int...
TOKYO: Tokyo investors are likely to be cautious this week about a possible market downturn, analysts said, while political developments in Japan will be a focus ahead of an election next month.“The market continues to show all the signs of being technically overbought and potentially ready for a pullback,” said Masayuki Do...
Peter Ramsauer, chief of the German-Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has held high-level talks on strengthening bilateral cooperation in Riyadh.Ramsauer and his delegation met with various government agencies and business sectors, including senior officials in the Shoura Council and the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC)...

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Prince Miteb bin Abdullah’s visit to the United States is talk of the town these...
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The sixth edition of Abu Dhabi Art Fair opened its doors last weekend to welcome artists, galleries, art professionals and visitors from around the world to be part of a program that takes the region’s cultural institutions to a whole new level of development. The two participating Saudi galleries, Ayyam Gallery and Athr Gallery, received much a...

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Tighter infection controls in hospitals have contributed to a significant drop in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases in Saudi Arabia, but a senior health official warns that sporadic primary cases will still pop up.
There is no cure or vaccine for MERS — a severe respiratory disease which causes cough, fever, breathing problems a...

FASHION »

Argenterie is an extension of a 35-year-old jewelry business of Essam Jamal, one of Jeddah’s well-known jeweler specialized in fancy jewelry and gems. He counts Jeddah’s elite families and other big shots among his customers.
His son Abdulghani Jamal and his son’s wife Shaima Tash founded Argenterie to fill existing gaps in the jewelry mark...

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Where in the world is the best holiday destination for culture lovers? The Taj Mahal in India? The monuments of Rome? The Great Pyramid in Cairo? Or perhaps the vibrant city of Berlin, Boston or Beijing? We have prepared a list of eight destinations for those who love cultural exposure to feed their soul.

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La Cucina is a posh Italian restaurant located on the ground floor of Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh. This ultra-fashionable eatery offers one of the trendiest brunches in the capital city.La Cucina strikes the perfect balance between the traditional and the modern, offering innovative dishes made by Chef Nicola Russo. The hotel is renowned for its great service, which results in a delightful dining experience at La Cucina.Chef Russo, a native Italian chef, brought with him authentic Tuscan flavors from the kitchens of Tuscany to the dining tables of Riyadh’s top restaurant.As you walk into the restaurant, you can smell the scent of freshly baked goods from its bakery. The interiors are very...
Last week, I wrote about the flame retardant chemical, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, (PBDEs), in children’s wear, as well as phthalates in plastic water bottles, toys, and beauty care products. These articles are to make parents more aware of the chemically wrapped gifts offered to their children by the food, clothing, body care, and toy industries. Why did I choose to explore toxins and chemicals in modern children’s lives? That is because children are helpless, innocent, and more susceptible to contaminants than adults.Before I continue to another poisoning chemical, I would like to add more information about the flame retardant PBDEs, which is found in children’s wear, upholstery, and...
The Ministry of Health launched a nationwide awareness campaign to combat diabetes on the World Diabetes Day on Saturday.This year’s World Diabetes Day is under the theme “Healthy Living and Diabetes,” and is observed worldwide by over 200 member associations of the International Diabetes Federation in more than 160 countries and territories, all member states of the United Nations, as well as by other associations and organizations, companies, health care professionals and people living with diabetes and their families.Inaugurating the program at the King Abdullah Park in Malaz on Saturday, Dr. Abdul-Aziz bin Saeed, Deputy Minister of Health for Public Health, said the national program...

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ALEPPO, Syria: A sliver of Aleppo’s once famous nightlife has returned to the war-torn Syrian city, with cafes and singe...
TAIPEI: Chinese director Lou Ye’s drama starring blind amateur actors as massage therapists scooped top honors at the Golden Horse Film Awards in Taiwan on Saturday, touted as the Chinese-language “Oscars.”“Blind Massage,” a portrayal of the romance and dreams of visually impaired massage therapists, was the biggest winner, with six gongs out of seven nominations.It scooped awards including the coveted best feature film, best adapted screenplay and best new performer for Zhang Lei, herself a visually impaired masseuse.“It took a long time to shoot the film. I want to thank everyone for their...
MUMBAI: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is all set to become the second Pakistani to perform at the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize Concert on Dec. 11. Junoon performed at the concert earlier, according to Dawn.com. The concert, which will be held at the Oslo Spektrum Arena, is set to be hosted by Queen Latifah and will honor India’s Kailash Satyarthi and the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace prize, Malala Yousafzai, for the work they have done to promote children’s rights, particularly education. Each year the Nobel Peace Prize Concert brings together talented artists from across the globe to pay...

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