A huge Cabinet revamp has taken place following a royal decree issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman. Prince Turki bin Abdullah has been relieved as governor of Riyadh, and so with Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah as Makkah governor.  Prince Faisal bin Bandar was replaced as Qassim governor by Prince Faisal bin Mishaal. Health Minister Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz was given back his former post as governor of Makkah. Ahmed Al-Khateeb is the new health minister. Prince Khaled Bandar was removed as intelligence chief and replaced by Brig. Gen. Khaled Al-Humaidan. Prince Bandar bin Sultan was removed as National Security Council chief. Prince Miteb bin Abdullah remains as Minister of the National Guard. Also left untouched were veteran Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi, Finance Minister Ibrahim Alassaf, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Labor Minister Adel Fakeih, Commerce an...
Businesspeople say the new Saudization quotas the Labor Ministry is introducing on April 20 would be...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and US President Barack Obama tackled a range of sensi...
Saudi government employees will receive a two-month salary bonus under a royal decree issued on Thursday by newly enthroned King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.Two-month bonuses also await students currently receiving stipends from the government, as well as for retirees receiving pension, social security beneficiaries and physically challenged Saudis.King Salman also granted a general pardon...
Nairobi: Over 38,000 Somali children are at “high risk” from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across the war-torn nation, UN experts said Thursday.The grim assessment, based on the latest data collected by the UN, comes just over three years since intense drought and war sparked famine in the Horn of Africa nation, killing more than a quarter of a million people.In total, over 731,00...

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Riyadh ranked 46th in the list of the world’s 50 safest cities for 2015, with Tokyo topping the list and Jakarta trailing at the end, according to the annual report drafted by The Economist magazine. In its evaluation of the 50 safest cities, The Economist used four indicators including the quality...
Women were the victims in 45 percent of domestic violence cases filed with the Ministry of Justice over the past 15 months, sources said recently.Over the past two months, there were 2,491 cases filed with the ministry. Of this, 12 percent of the women said that their parents refused to let them marry and 10.5 percent sough...
The Interior Ministry has warned consumers that they should be wary of buying cars online because of the potential for fraud, particularly if bank accounts are registered overseas.The ministry had received a notification from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that criminals are using certain websites to steal money from poten...
Drivers here are complaining that newly created detours on the city’s roads are causing more congestion than ever before.Most of the problems are caused by those set up by the traffic department on the Haramain Road to allow for the construction of the high-speed railway, they told Arab News recently.Maj. Gen. Wasalullah Al...
Residents of the Saudi capital have complained of lack of parking spots at the King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) at certain times of the day.“It’s probably high time concerned authorities devised ways to provide parking spots available at any time of the day to motorists ,” said Mohammed Haider, a Pakistani.He said t...
The Saudi Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC) plans to launch a four-week awareness campaign next month, which aims to increase the awareness of motorists regarding fuel consumption of their cars, local media said.The campaign is primarily intended to focus on the importance of raising the level of energy efficiency in the land...
The newly formed Public Education Evaluation Commission (PEEC) will launch on Sunday its first project on the national education curriculum standards for public schools.The event at Al-Faisaliah Hotel will be attended by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, minister of education, according to a source from PEEC.Conducted under the them...
She was barely 13 years of age when the devastating floods in Jeddah a few years ago killed eight members of her family.Aseela Al-Otaibi was grief-stricken, but assistance and love came in the form of the late King Abdullah, late Crown Prince Sultan and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, who together gave her SR...
The family of a sick child here has launched an appeal for funds to help pay for his treatment overseas.Saud Muhammad Abdullah Al-Zahrani, the five-year-old boy, has been virtually bedridden since birth. The father of the youngster claims that mistakes were made by doctors at a hospital in Al-Baha that resulted in his condi...
LAS VEGAS: A Saudi Arabian air force sergeant who arrived in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve two years ago may never get to leave Nevada after being sentenced Wednesday to a minimum of 35 years in state prison for kidnapping and sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.Mazen Alotaibi, 25, stared at the cou...
The driver of a burning waste truck managed to move it to the nearest Civil Defense squad in Al-Jamoum. The driver noticed flames and fumes coming out of the waste compression unit of the truck so he headed for the nearest Civil Defense site in the governorate, asking for help. Civil Defense officers managed to extinguish t...
Makkah police have arrested three expatriates for being in possession of 16 kg gold without proper documentation. Officers stopped the men because they were driving suspiciously in a luxury 2011 vehicle. The three men are all Yemeni nationals. When police searched the vehicle, they found a diplomatic suitcase containing the...
A Pakistani national was executed on Tuesday for smuggling drugs into the Kingdom. Latif Khan Noor Zada was arrested in Jeddah with a large amount of heroin, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The man was referred to the General Court, which convicted him of drug smuggling on evidence furnished by the prosecutors an...

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SANAA, Yemen: Yemen’s Shiite rebels took over a key military base south of Sanaa...

EL-ARISH, Egypt: Militants struck more than a dozen army and police targets in t...

WASHINGTON: The US Senate Banking Committee approved a controversial measure Thu...

TOKYO: Japan was studying the latest message purportedly from the Islamic State...

KOBANI: Rubble strewn streets, gutted buildings: The ferocious battle for the Sy...

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MOSCOW: Europe prepared Thursday to draft even tougher sanctions against Russia...

LONDON: Weekly Ebola infections in west Africa have dropped to below 100 for the...

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Malaysia: Abul Kassim, a Rohingya asylum seeker, was snatched fr...

GENEVA: The UN children’s agency launched a record $3.1 billion aid appeal on Th...

BEIJING: China’s military training this year will focus on “improving fighting c...

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Abdul Latif Jameel United Leasing Co. Ltd. Brought down AVK 77-74 in the first...

Saturday leaguers swung back to action after a long holiday break and league lea...

The OFBC’s first in a series of monthly tournaments to culminate in the Bowler o...

With club champion Thierry Mathy not racing due to illness, the Riyadh Wheelers...

PARIS: FIFA boss Joseph Blatter on Thursday submitted his candidature for a fift...

ECONOMY »

NEW YORK: Oil company ConocoPhillips has slashed its 2015 drilling budget, cutting it for the second time in less than two months as falling oil prices pressure petroleum...
JEDDAH: Middle East funds are turning positive on Saudi Arabia’s stock market because of signs that oil prices are starting to stabilize, the latest Reuters survey of asset managers shows.Many fund managers became bearish on Saudi Arabia in the past few months as the oil price plunge promised to slash the earnings of petroc...
Saudi Arabia’s benchmark stock index recorded mild losses (-0.38 percent) on Thursday, as investors cashed in on large-cap stocks.Large Cap with 0.73 percent fall suffered worst of all market cap indices. The bellwether SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corp.) dipped by 2.54 percent, closing at SR 86.29.However, the Tadawul ind...
LONDON: New York oil prices tumbled to a near six-year low underneath $44 per barrel on Thursday, as record-high US crude inventories deepened worries over the global supply glut.West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for March delivery dived to $43.57 a barrel, a level last seen on March 12, 2009.The contract later stood at $43.87,...
DETROIT: Ford Motor Co. said it would keep relying on North America for its profit this year as the No. 2 US automaker signaled that losses in Europe would be more than previously forecast.Ford had previously estimated losses from Europe at about $250 million in 2015. On Thursday, however, it backed away from that forecast,...
Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayan, chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY), has signed three contracts worth SR520 million to provide essential equipment and develop industrial zones in Jubail and Ras Al-Khair industrial citiesThe first deal was signed with Al Harbi Trading & Contracting Co., wh...
MANILA: Philippine officials voiced confidence the country had escaped a “boom-bust cycle” as they predicted that economic growth would accelerate in 2015, after expansion last year beat international expectations.The economy grew 6.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, new figures showed, offsetting weaker growth in the...
SEOUL: South Korea’s LG Electronics said its net profit last year soared 125 percent, boosted by surging sales of its flagship smartphones and television sets.Net income reached 501.3 billion won ($462 million) in 2014, compared with 222.7 billion won a year earlier. Operating profit, meanwhile, was up 46 percent to 1.82 tr...
SEOUL: Samsung Electronics posted its first drop in annual net profit in three years and saw resurgent arch-rival Apple barge in on its pole position as the world’s top smartphone maker.The South Korean firm, whose key mobile phone operations have struggled in the face of intense competition from cut-price Chinese rivals, a...
SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said that profit soared on the wings of mobile ad revenue but stressed it is more concerned with investing in the future than making quick cash.While earnings figures surpassed market forecasts, Facebook executives strived to temper expectations, while stressing they plan to continue aggressively inv...
DALLAS: Boeing Co.’s fourth-quarter profit rose 19 percent as demand for commercial airliners trumped weakness in its defense business.Investors looked past a muted outlook for 2015 earnings and sent the shares to a 52-week high.Chicago-based Boeing and European rival Airbus have prospered as airlines around the world have...
NEW YORK: McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world’s biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers and transform its image.The company said Thompson, who has been CEO for two-and-a-half years, will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, a company veteran who rejoined McDonald’s as its chief brand officer...
LONDON: Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced an eight-percent drop in annual net profits owing to a slump in global oil prices and said it would accelerate spending cuts.Profit after tax dropped to $15.05 billion (13.3 billion euros) in 2014 compared with the Anglo-Dutch company's performance one year earlier, slipp...

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It takes imagination, time, patience and a lot of creativity to create a piece of art. A canvas, a freshly painted white wall, a restaurant napkin or on the side panels of a notebook can all be materials to create something amazing after a moment or two of inspiration. For some, the act of creativity is an innate feeling and it can result in ama...

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PARIS: Facebook, the world’s most popular social network, and its Instagram photo-sharing site were interrupted temporarily Tuesday, provoking panic, rumors of a hack, and jokes of how more than one billion users were struggling to cope.
“This was not the result of a third party attack,” Facebook said in a statement after its services were...

FASHION »

Knowledge is key in the fashion industry. Knowing what works and what doesn’t is what helps improve a designer in their quest for innovative designs. Inspired by different cultures, attentive to the latest in the fashion world and keen on details is what defines Hatem Al-Akeel. Coming from no background in design, he ventured in the world with h...

TRAVEL »

Historical monuments and sites can be found throughout Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom has many attractions designed for those who want to know more about the country. The Kingdom offers several tourist places such as atmospheric souqs and villages reflecting the heritage and culture of Saudi Arabia.
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FOOD & HEALTH »

SACRAMENTO, California: California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products.A report released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine. California Health Officer Ron Chapman says new generations of young people will become nicotine addicts if the products remain largely unregulated.E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine from cartridges into inhalable vapor without tar and other chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. E-cigarette makers say their products are far safer than tobacco.Other states...
Ever wondered what happens after you quit smoking? Many people fall back and get back to their bad habits. There are many reasons for this, some of which are mental while others are physical.We just found out about smoking detox where you can literally detox cigarettes out of your body. “This can only be assisted by controlling what you eat and drink on a daily basis. To be able to get the maximum benefit out of this type of detox, begin by quitting cigarettes right on the spot,” said pulmonologist Dr. Khalil Saad. “Your body will take its time to fully recover and this could take up to a period of years. Smoking is very harmful and your body cannot kick out the toxins in a short period of...
In the last two articles, Parts 10 and 11, I revealed to you the many toxic aspects of fast foods. Children are exposed to myriads of synthetic chemicals, high amounts of simple sugars, salts, artificial sweeteners, and trans fat, which the fast food and beverage industries add to hamburgers, fries, frying oils, ice-creams, sodas, soft and energy drinks, snack bars, and others to enhance flavor, texture, consistency, color, and more. Their ploy is to get you and your children addicted to their products and concoctions. Unfortunately, these toxic substances are not studied sufficiently. As a result, we see their health-harming effects in the forms of asthma, allergies, nutrient deficiencies...

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DHAKA: Bangladesh cinemas will boycott movies starring the nation’s top actor after he led protests against the first sc...
PARIS: Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the spectacular displays at Paris’ haute couture week Wednesday.Sophie Hunter, the fiancée of Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, meanwhile, caused much fracas when she attended Valentino hiding her baby bump.But it was surely Naomi Campbell who stole the show, strutting out panther-like at Jean Paul Gaultier despite being dressed as a bouquet of flowers. It’s good to know that high fashion still retains its humor.Here are the tidbits and highlights of the 2015 spring-...
LOS ANGELES: A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday gave a prosecutor more time to investigate whether actress Lindsay Lohan failed to complete her community service requirements in a reckless driving case.Santa Monica city prosecutor Terry White will present his findings in court on Feb. 18 after disputing Lohan’s claim that she completed her sentence while living in London, Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Holley, said.The 28-year-old “Mean Girls” star was ordered to complete 30 days of community service in addition to rehabilitation and therapy as part of a 2013 plea deal after she crashed her Porsche...

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