Saudi Arabia had not and would not support or fund criminals who have unleashed a reign of terror in many areas of the region, said Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, the Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom.Responding to an article by David Gardner in The Financial Times of London, entitled, “Look beyond Saudi Arabia for Sunni leadership,” Prince Mohammed said: “The writer’s extraordinary claim that Saudi Arabia is ‘exporting tanker-loads of quasi-totalitarian religious dogma and pipelines of jihadi volunteers’ is wrong.”He said Saudi Arabia had not and did not support or fund the murderers who have formed under the banner of the Islamic State. “We do not and have not supported or funded ‘militant jihadism’ of any kind,” he said. “Indeed, we have stood firmly against it and urged the international community to stand with us.”Gardner wrote in his article that “Jihadi extremism does present a t...
Saudi Arabia has offered its expertise in training Sri Lankan domestic aides to hone their skills be...
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has denied asking army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif to...
Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh called for drafting a list of those who are involved in forging real estate deeds, valued at SR400 billion. “Their names should be made public to shame them,” he said.“The Ministry of Justice has pursued these fake deeds and it should now disclose the names of the people who forged these deeds as a form of deterrence,” he said.The mufti said lying is not allowed in Islam, especially while...
An estimated 5.6 million boys and girls will go to school in the Kingdom when schools reopen after the summer and Ramadan vacations on Sunday.In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Rashed Al-Ghayad, undersecretary for planning and development at the Ministry of Education, said: “There are 2,718,762 male students and 2,834,796 females. There are 182,556 students at the nursery level and 2.57 million in primary sch...

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Health authorities in Makkah have begun training their personnel, including nurses and doctors, in dealing with prevention of infection of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) during the Haj season.The infection control management and effective preventive measures are needed f...
The Ministry of Education has emphasized that directors of education departments across the country alert students and their parents to the importance of school attendance from the first day of school. The step is in line with the ministry’s efforts to avert student absenteeism at the beginning of the school year.In order t...
Officials of the Ministry of Education have stepped up preparations to receive students, especially those who are newly enrolled in primary schools.According to educationists, it is important that newly enrolled students get a good impression of their schools on the first day.With this view, the General Administration of Ed...
Couples are being urged not to spend thousands on a wedding and advised to opt for cheaper weddings to escape from heavy debt. A forum highlighting how families can ease the financial burden on the groom was held recently in a local function hall in Jeddah. Several wedding planners and families with aspiring couples attende...
Three children, aged three, five and six, were killed in a fire that broke out Thursday night in their apartment in the Kilo 6 neighborhood in the south of Jeddah.According to Col. Saeed Sarham, spokesman for the Civil Defense in Makkah, the operation room in Jeddah received a call Thursday about a fire and thick smoke com...
Six people were injured in a fire that broke out in the courtyards of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Friday afternoon. The quick and effective intervention of Civil Defense authorities prevented the fire from spreading.The fire started at the wooden scaffolding used at the construction site of the Grand Mosque expansion near...
The shisha ban in Jeddah cafes has contributed to the rise in prices of small flats which are now in demand by Saudis to smoke shisha.Shishas have been banned on health grounds, alongside other forms of smoking, with the Health Ministry campaigning for tougher measures against the habit for years.Several Saudis have since f...
The government is focusing this Haj season on better crowd management to prevent congestion and facilitate pedestrian movement around the Grand Mosque.With this view, a recently concluded Ramadan traffic plan is to be implemented for the Haj season where private cars and vehicles will be banned in the vicinity of the mosque...
A child who had just completed his traffic safety training at the iThra Exhibition summed up the objective of the program in a nutshell when he met his father who was waiting for him at the exit: “Using your mobile phone while driving is a big and dangerous mistake.”Creating traffic safety awareness in this child’s case has...
The Riyadh Traffic Directorate has intensified its efforts to catch trucks that violate Riyadh’s entry schedule. Heavy trucks are not allowed into the city during certain hours of the day to avoid congestion in main arteries.The directorate has been inspecting all the capital’s entrances to control truck entry and impose pe...
A number of passengers traveling on highways such as Jeddah-Makkah and Jeddah-Madinah have expressed their displeasure over the services provided at rest stops and furnished apartments located on the highways, including the lack of hygiene and the poor services offered.Speaking to Arab News, they demanded that the authoriti...
Agreement for the recruitment of Indian housemaids across the Kingdom is very much intact as the recruitment process is in progress and not stalled as reported in a section of local media.Reports published in local media quoting a labor official said that recruitment efforts for housemaids from India have been stalled becau...
Nepal opened its consulate general office in Jeddah to cater to its 125,000 countrymen in the Western Province. Nepal Ambassador Udaya Raj Pandey inaugurated the new mission in the Mohammediya district in Jeddah on Thursday in the presence of a large number of Nepali expatriates. Sudhir Bhattarai is the new consul general.S...

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DAMASCUS/WASHINGTON: The number of refugees from the conflict in Syria now tops...

ANKARA: Turkey’s new government with PM Ahmet Davutoglu at the helm wasted no ti...

GAZA CITY, Palestine: Prospects of a final deal on a long-term Gaza truce betwee...

TRIPOLI, Libya: Libya’s interim government submitted its resignation to the newl...

NUSA DUA, Indonesia/UN: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday slammed “brut...

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HANOI: A Philippine man and woman have been sentenced to death in Vietnam for sm...

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine: Pro-Russia separatists, relaxed and well-equipped, held fir...

LONDON: Britain raised the country’s terror threat level from substantial to sev...

DAKAR/CONAKRY: The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be...

KITULGALA: Its detonation is one of the most iconic scenes in movie history.Now,...

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HARARE: South Africa survived a batting collapse precipitated by a hat trick fro...

COPENHAGEN: Chinese world No. 1 Li Xuerui remained on course for a first world c...

PORTLAND, Oregon: South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim fired a bogey-free seven under 65...

NOTTINGHAM: India’s Suresh Raina is looking to carry on from where he left off i...

Taurus finally got to add a Team of the Week award to its five weeks run at the...

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SAN FRANCISCO: Google’s secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people mo...
It is important to highlight that the surge in optimism fueling the current rise of Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) is not based wholly on speculative gain or positive sentiment, it is also due to a flourishing Saudi economy, which is underpinned by strong economic fundamentals, according to Jadwa Investment.The Saudi stock...
FRANKFURT: Inflation in the 18 countries that use the euro sank to 0.3 percent in August, a worrying sign of economic weakness that is putting pressure on the European Central Bank to take drastic steps to save a stalling recovery.The figure was down from 0.4 percent in July, statistics agency Eurostat said, and is the lowe...
NEW YORK: Morgan Stanley has quietly filed plans to build and run one of the first US compressed natural gas export facilities, the first sign the bank is plunging back into physical commodity markets even as it sells its physical oil business.In a 23-page application to the US Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy...
LONDON: British supermarket giant Tesco has plunged deeper into crisis after issuing yet another profits warning, cutting both its dividend and capital expenditure, and rushing in its new chief executive.In reaction to the dire trading update, Tesco shares plunged by more than 8.0 percent in early morning deals on the Londo...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines will slash 6,000 jobs, trim its route network, and replace its CEO under plans announced to stave off bankruptcy after two air tragedies plunged the already troubled carrier deeper into crisis.State investment fund Khazanah Nasional, which controls the failing flag carrier, said it would pump...
LONDON: For the world’s hard-pressed aluminum producers the current outlook is the rosiest in many years.Russian giant UC Rusal, for example, has just returned to profit for the first time in five consecutive quarters.That’s largely thanks to the combination of a robust London Metal Exchange price, currently trading around...
MANILA: The Philippine economy rebounded to post 6.4-percent growth in the second quarter and regain its status as one of the strongest in Asia, authorities said.The private sector took the lead as the economy recovered from a relatively modest expansion of 5.6 percent in the first quarter, which was partly due to the impac...
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple will unveil an “iWatch” in September with the maker of the iPhone finally embarking on its much-rumored foray into wearable computing, technology news website Re/code said.The California tech giant is expected to merge style and innovation, along with sensors and computing power, in a wrist-worn device...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s petrochemical stocks continued their advance on Thursday, fueled by hopes for strong product demand from key markets. The sector’s index added 0.7 percent.The Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) added just 0.1 percent, dragged down by profit-taking in banks which had earlier jumped on expectations of wider...
JEDDAH: Saudi crude exports fell in June to their lowest levels in almost three years as oil use in the country’s power sector rose and local refineries processed high volumes, official data showed.Saudi Arabia exported 6.946 million barrels per day (bpd) in June, slightly down from the 6.987 million bpd in May, according t...
DUBAI: DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators, reported a 26 percent rise in net profit for the first half of the year as its container volumes and margins increased.The company, one of the more profitable assets of debt-laden Dubai World, posted a first-half net profit of $332 million. This compares with a pro...
MOSCOW: Leading Russian airline Aeroflot dived into loss in the first half of the year, buffeted by the problems afflicting the Russian economy, the group said.The Russian economy is experiencing sharp slowdown, severely exacerbated by Western sanctions against Russia’s support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.The slowdow...

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LONDON: For the world’s hard-pressed aluminum producers the current outlook is t...
People in Gaza and elsewhere in Palestine feel disappointed at the lack of any s...
TURKEY, which has had a very happening 2014, saw the swearing in of a new presid...
The chaotic consequences of the gradual disintegration of Pax Americana are beco...

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And So To Bed is an English lifestyle brand that is famous for their beautiful, luxury bedrooms that indulge, inspire, delight and excite and that offer a stylish quality investment with reassurance on value for money.
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As a response to requests from brands who use Instagram to build their online community, Instagram has announced yesterday that over the coming weeks and months they will be rolling out a new suite of analytical business tools that will help brands in evaluating the...

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As chic and pretty as her collection, Selina Farooqui is a new and promising designer in the Middle East.
Farooqui is a designer who imbibes the aesthetics of culture and luxury together in her collection.
It is a combination of royal colors, traditional embroidery and sophisticated designs that set her clothes aside from the competiti...

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MADRID: Revellers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo in Spain’s Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for “the world’s biggest food fight.”
Locals and visitors from as far afield as the United States and Japan crammed into the eastern town of Bunol as mushy tomatoes rained from the backs of trucks and flew in...

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Although it has been a main element in the South American food scenario for many years, chia seeds gained popularity in the Western world only recently. It is also known as super food.Chia seeds are known as meramia in Arabic. The word chia is derived from the origin of these seeds, which is Mexico. It can be served with water, lemon and sugar as a traditional drink called “Chia Fresca”.Benefits of chia seeds:1. They suck up the water from the body, which is a perfect food for those who want to lose weight, especially in the stomach area.2. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants.3. Good source of calcium, phosphorus, manganese, copper iron, zinc, magnesium, molybdenum and niacin.4. They work...
Since I have begun writing about restaurants in Riyadh, I have always wondered why there are so few restaurants serving Saudi food. Expatriates often think that Kapsa is the only Saudi dish but this is not the case. A quick glance at Saudi cuisine highlights the importance of regional cooking as well as foreign influences namely Turkish, Indian, Syrian, Lebanese and Egyptian. The truth is that the best Saudi food is still cooked at home. But if you do not have access to genuine homemade Saudi food, I recommend you try the Najd Village. Established since 1996, this restaurant has been consistently serving good Saudi food in a typical Najdi environment. It specializes in the regional cuisine...
GENEVA: Governments should ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, the World Health Organization said, warning that they pose a "serious threat" to fetuses and young people.The UN health body also recommended that the cigarette-shaped electrical devices be banned from public indoor spaces "until exhaled vapour is proven to be not harmful to bystanders"."The existing evidence shows that (e-cigarette) aerosol is not 'merely vapour' as is often claimed in the marketing of these products," WHO said.The devices, which have grown in popularity in particular with youths, function by heating flavoured nicotine liquid into a vapour that is inhaled — much like traditional cigarettes, but without the...

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WASHINGTON: The subjects were serious enough at President Barack Obama’s impromptu press conference Thursday, but many v...
MUMBAI: The biopic on India’s five time world champion boxer Mary Kom has been declared tax free in Indian state of Maharashtra. According to bollywoodlife.com, the girl power seems to be on a rise in Bollywood. With films like “Queen,” “Bobby” “Jasoos” and “Mardaani” doing good business at box office, the next big film with female lead, Priyanka Chopra’s “Mary Kom,” is predicted to rule the box office. Well, its just not the box office collections of these female oriented films that are making heads turn.After Rani Mukerji’s hard hitting cop flick “Mardaani” was made tax free in Uttar...
BEIJING: A Taiwanese actor arrested on drug charges along with the son of Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan was released Friday after two weeks in detention, amid a broad anti-drug crackdown in China’s capital that has ensnared several celebrities.Kai Ko emerged from a Beijing detention center before dawn and into a scrum of reporters from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Followed to his hotel by the press pack, a visibly agitated Ko challenged one reporter to a fight before retreating inside an elevator.Kai was considerably more composed at an afternoon news conference in which he...

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