WASHINGTON: President Barak Obama’s announcement of immigration changes that will protect nearly 5 million people living in the US illegally from deportation has infuriated Republicans, but has also left them scrambling for a response that won’t undermine their prospects in the 2016 presidential election.Obama’s measure, which will make nearly half of those living the US illegally eligible for work permits, has been criticized by Republicans as an amnesty for lawbreakers and abuse of presidential powers.In a news conference Friday, House Speaker John Boehner accused Obama “damaging the presidency itself” with his unilateral action on immigration and says the House will not stand idle and let it happen, but he offered no hint of what steps the House might take.Fresh off their big midterm elections victory, where they took control of the Senate and retained control of the House, congressio...
Many expatriate community schools run under the auspices of their embassies in this country have bee...
Three more Saudis have died of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), while a new case has sur...
The Ministry of Labor has outlined eight scenarios that would allow employers to fire their workers without notice and paying end-of service benefits, and seven situations in which workers can leave without prior notice. The ministry has set out the conditions on its website and Twitter account. Employers cannot terminate the contracts of their employees without notice, except in eight cases and on the condition that they...
National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, who is on an official visit to the United States, met Wednesday with Saudi scholarship students pursuing higher studies at US universities and institutes.He commended the King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program, saying it would bring about a qualitative improvement in the Kingdom’s educational sector.Prince Miteb said the Saudi government had given top priority to educa...

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Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, grand mufti and chairman of the Standing Committee for Scientific Research and Ifta, said the cyber war waged by anti-Islamic websites are promoting division among Muslims. He called on young men and women to be cautious of these misleading sites, which seem to call for...
Three more Saudis have died of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), while a new case has surfaced, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday. Two of the deaths took place in Al-Kharj, 60 kilometers away from Riyadh, and the third in Taif. The latest casualties were two women aged 84 and 70 and a 99-year-old man. In R...
About 47 percent of Saudi women say they have no problem in working with male colleagues, while 44 percent of Saudi men would not prevent their female relatives from working with male colleagues and customers, a recent survey conducted by Khadeeja bint Khuwailed Center has revealed.The survey result is significant, as Human...
The expansion of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah would not affect other nearby ancient mosques, a senior official from the Ministry of Finance has said.He said that the mosques of Abu Bakr, Omar ibn Al-Khattab, Ali ibn Abi Talib, Al-Ejaba and Abu Dhar (Al-Sajdah) would remain intact because they are outside the boundaries o...
Customs officers at northern Hudaitha checkpoint have foiled an attempt to smuggle more than two million amphetamine drug pills into the Kingdom, said Ibrahim Al-Anazi, director of customs in Hudaitha.“The pills were hidden inside a car in a professional way and it was very difficult to find them out,” said Al-Anazi.He said...
The Ministry of Labor has moved to exempt employers of qualified Indian domestic workers from the insurance payment normally made to recruitment agencies, Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Makkah Ibrahim bin Foad Berdesi said Wednesday.According to Berdesi, employers of Indian workers who hold “EC...
Iraqi Parliament's president, Salim Al-Jabouri, claimed during his visit to the Kingdom, that he is trying his best to bring Iraq back to the Arab fold once again. He also hoped that the Kingdom will help Iraq renew bonds with other Arab countries.Al-Jabouri confirmed that the Saudi ambassador will return to Baghdad within...
The Ministry of Labor has called on all recruitment offices in the Kingdom to publish the salaries of domestic workers on the “Musaned” website in a bid to ensure transparency, fairness and guarantee the rights of workers and employers.Undersecretary of Customer Services at the Ministry of Labor Ziad Al-Saigh said: “The Lab...
Riyadh's Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz signed a contract worth SR7.8 billion on Thursday with the Saudi Arabian Public Transport Company and France’s Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) to supply, operate and maintain the Riyadh Bus network.Prince Turki ,who is also the head of the Supreme Commiss...
Saud Al-Nefaie, chairman of the National Transportation Committee in the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said there are five unauthorized taxi service companies operating from outside the Kingdom. “The five companies use smartphone applications and operate unregulated taxis that employ random workers and self-emplo...
Policemen responsible for security inside King Fahd and Prince Faisal bin Fahd stadiums have appeared in new uniforms during Gulf Cup 22.This new uniform appeared similar to the uniform used by monitors of the world football governing body FIFA in matches and is consistent with the sportswear of crews accompanying teams and...
An official Omani source has revealed plans to launch a "logistic port city" along the Saudi-Omani border later this year. The port will comprise a large service area that will house warehouses, transport companies and custom services companies. The source said that several government bodies have been working on its develop...
A young Saudi entrepreneur who heads one of the fastest growing companies in the Kingdom believes that hard work and dedication are the keys to success in business.Khaled bin Abdullah Al-Bawardi, founder and chief executive officer of the firm Tadawulat Foundation and Tad Environment, made the comment here during a recent s...

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BAGHDAD: The Islamic State group launched a major attack on the Iraqi city of Ra...

ISMAILIA, Egypt: Egypt has indefinitely shut schools in two border towns in nort...

BEIRUT: Militants who attacked parts of Lebanon this year could have drawn it in...

JERUSALEM: Weekly Friday prayers at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque passed...

KHARTOUM: Sudan has asked a joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in its w...

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KIEV: US Vice-President Joe Biden warned on a visit to Kiev Friday that Russia r...

TALLAHASSEE, Florida: A law enforcement official says a package mailed by a man...

THE HAGUE: Dutch officials have detected bird flu on a third farm in the country...

WASHINGTON: A 23-year-old woman armed with a handgun was arrested outside the Wh...

NEW YORK CITY: The death toll from the worst snow in memory in western New York...

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DUBAI: Henrik Stenson continued his amazing dominance at the Earth course of Jum...

MANILA: Playing with a lot of intensity to make up for its mammoth disadvantage...

SACRAMENTO, California: After seven straight losing seasons, there’s a new vibe...

DOHA: Ramy Ashour won one of the greatest World Open finals Friday when he saved...

ABU DHABI: Lewis Hamilton claimed an early advantage over Mercedes teammate and...

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Twenty-seven major investment projects in the industrial city of Yanbu were unveiled during an investment forum opened by Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Prince Mans...
DOHA: Volatile oil prices will not force the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) to change its investment strategy, the sovereign wealth fund’s chief executive said on Thursday.A plunge in prices — benchmark Brent crude fell to more than a four-year low of below $77 per barrel last week — is hitting the finances of GCC oil exp...
Saudi Hotels and Resorts Company, a public company listed in the Saudi stock market since 1976, has announced the launch of its new identity. It is also changing its trading name to “DUR Hospitality Company”, with a strategic transformation and expansion program involving significant investments. The new identity was launch...
DUBAI: Most stock markets in the Middle East edged up as oil prices paused in their decline ahead of next week’s OPEC summit and stocks that usually see little trading took center stage on several bourses.Dubai’s index rose 0.3 percent, largely on the back of telecommunications operator du, which jumped 3.6 percent to AED5....
LONDON: Surveys sounded warning bells for the global economy as euro zone businesses grew less quickly than any forecaster expected and China’s factories lost momentum.The downbeat data, alongside evidence of further price-cutting, will add to calls for more policy action from the European Central Bank, while the first drop...
BRUSSELS: Britain’s relations with the European Union took another knock when its legal challenge to a limit on bankers’ bonuses was rejected by an adviser to the bloc’s top court.The EU law aims to curb the kind of risk-taking that led to the 2007 to 2009 financial crisis by limiting bonuses awarded from next year to a sum...
LONDON: British retail sales jumped in October, suggesting that shoppers will take the edge off an end-of-year economic slowdown as Europe’s weak growth takes its toll on Britain’s factories.Sales volumes rose by a much stronger-than-expected 0.8 percent on the month, helped by purchases of furniture after the housing marke...
PARIS: European aerospace giant Airbus is poised to sign a contract to deliver 50 long-haul carriers to US Delta Airlines in a deal worth $14 billion (11 billion euros) at catalogue prices, sources said.Under the terms of the deal, Airbus will deliver 25 A350-900s, the company’s new long-haul carrier that this month receive...
FRANKFURT: German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp said it turned in a profit for the first time in three years in the 12 months to September.“For the first time in three years the Essen-based industrial and technology group has generated a net profit,” ThyssenKrupp said in a statement.The group runs its business year from...
SYDNEY: The world’s biggest miner BHP Billiton has defended its plan to split the company by spinning off noncore assets, saying it would generate stronger growth, with a vote on the demerger set for May.BHP announced in August a proposal to create a new independent company by demerging some assets, including aluminum, mang...
MUMBAI: Indian outsourcing major Infosys Ltd’s back-office services unit was overcharging Apple Inc, leading to the exit of top executives, two senior Infosys people said.Infosys, India’s second-largest IT services exporter, said on Tuesday it had fired Abraham Mathews, chief financial officer of its Infosys BPO unit, for f...
WASHINGTON: Cell phones long have doubled as tracking devices, capable of revealing your location to police, paramedics, even grocery stores looking to deliver coupons to nearby customers. But there’s a measurement cellphones once struggled to make: altitude.No more.Cell phone tracking is about to go vertical as the locatio...
SAN FRANCISCO: Yahoo will supplant Google’s search engine on Firefox’s Web browser in the US, signaling Yahoo’s resolve to regain some of the ground that it has lost in the most lucrative part of the Internet’s ad market.The five-year alliance will end a decade-old partnership in the US between Google Inc. and the Mozilla F...

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The Dalits or low-caste Hindus have struggled on the margins of Indian society,...
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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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MADRID: Hundreds of robotics experts and their whirring, flashing robot creations gathered in Madrid recently for a top world congress on humanoid technology. “Hello human friends, I am Reem-C,” said one of the guest exhibits, a 1.65-meter (five-and-a-half-foot) humanoid robot weighing 80 kilos (176 pounds). Robots big and small showed off their...

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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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LOS ANGELES: Kelsey Grammer’s daughter Greer is the new Miss Golden Globe.Hollywood Foreign Press Association President...
NEW YORK: Taylor Swift is getting a special — and new — award from the American Music Awards.Dick Clark productions announced Friday that Swift would receive the Dick Clark Award for Excellence at Sunday’s show.Swift is receiving the honor for her record-setting sales. Titled “1989,” her fifth album that was released last month, became the singer’s third album to sell more than 1 million units in its debut week.Dick Clark’s widow, Kari Clark, said in a statement that “the first time Dick saw Taylor perform, he knew she was something special.”Swift will kick off the awards show with a...
NEW DELHI: US reality TV queen Kim Kardashian announced she had canceled plans Friday to travel to India where she was to have made a guest appearance in the local version of Big Brother.“To all my wonderful fans in India, I’m so disappointed I wasn’t able to come to India as planned,” she wrote on Twitter.“When the opportunity presented itself to make the trip, there was a short window to coordinate all the elements necessary to make it happen. Unfortunately time ran out so the trip has been canceled,” she added.Kardashian was to due to have appeared on the program which is known in India as...

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