JEDDAH: The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council strongly condemned Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria and their extreme interpretation of Islam as it opened a meeting in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.“We denounce vehemently the practices of those who use Islam as a pretext to kill and displace en masse Iraqis and Syrians,” Kuwait Foreign Minister Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah said in Jeddah.He added that the regional body, consisting of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman supported a UN Security Council resolution earlier this month aimed at weakening the jihadists.IS has declared an Islamic “caliphate” in large swathes of territory under its control in Iraq and Syria.The resolution in mid-August called “on all member states to take national measures to suppress the flow of foreign terrorist fighters,” and threatens sanctions against anyone involved in their rec...
BEIRUT: Clashes erupted between Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels and UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heigh...
NEW DELHI: Clashes along India’s border with Pakistan are “extremely serious and provocative” and no...
ISLAMABAD: Police in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad fired tear gas on anti-government protesters attempting to storm Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s official residence late Saturday in a bid to force his resignation.The tear gas shelling began when the protesters tried to remove some barricades located in front of the residences of the prime minister and president.“The police are continuing to fire teargas to disperse them,”...
GOLAN HEIGHTS: UN peacekeepers caught up in heavy fighting on the Golan Heights were evacuated Saturday as the fate of 44 colleagues captured by Syrian rebels remained uncertain.An AFP photographer heard intense small arms and missile fire in the buffer zone separating the Israeli-occupied part of the strategic plateau and the Syrian part, where soldiers with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) are being held.Iris...

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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...
A court in Dammam has sentenced two Saudi students to one year in prison and SR5,000 fine for forging seals on their certificates, local media said.The two students had tried to have their certificates attested by the Ministry of Higher Education, but were told that the seal on the certificates were false and, accordingly,...
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...
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 de...
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 an...
Saudi Arabia has offered its expertise in training Sri Lankan domestic aides to hone their skills before they come for employment in the Kingdom.Saad Al-Badaah, chairman of the Saudi Arabian National Recruitment Committee (SANARCOM), offered such assistance to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) when he met i...
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 for such a massive gatheri...
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...

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BEIRUT: Clashes erupted between Syrian rebels and UN peacekeepers in the Golan H...

TEHRAN/DUBAI: Iran accused the US of duplicity Saturday for imposing new sanctio...

SANAA/ADEN: Clashes in Yemen between the army and militants killed at least 13 s...

JERUSALEM: An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict rec...

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohammed...

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday dismissed a politi...

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JOHANNESBURG: Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane confirmed Saturday that the mil...

CONAKRY: Clashes between protesters and security forces in a Guinean city at the...

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NEW YORK: Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova became the fifth top 10 seed to exit...

SEVILLE, Spain: Gilas Pilipinas believes that it gained something in taking a so...

LIVERPOOL, England: Manchester City slumped to a surprise first defeat in the de...

CHELYABINSK, Russia: Teddy Riner won his seventh world title as he took over-100...

NOTTINGHAM, England: India’s spinners again proved England’s undoing as the tour...

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The economic environment is favorable for local businesses and the depreciation of currencies against the dollar will support a healthier trade balance, a local bank says...
NEW YORK: Is it time to cash out of stocks?The US market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed above 2,000 for the first time on Tuesday. With each record, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee.Plenty of experts think stocks are about to drop. But many o...
Mobily continues to foster its position of innovation and market leadership by the launch of Mobily Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Mobily. Mobily Ventures invests in high-tech startup companies in the telecommunication, IT, media and entertainment industries.The focus will be on early stage and growth stage...
NEW DELHI: India's fastest growth in over two years shows the economy is recovering, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Saturday, adding the robust expansion would help the government meet its ambitious fiscal deficit target.India's economy grew by a forecast-beating 5.7 percent in the first financial quarter, its best pace...
Qatar’s real estate prices continue to reach record highs. According to the Real Estate Price Index (REPI) published by the Qatar Central Bank (QCB) in Doha, average prices for land, commercial and residential properties in June 2014 stood 20 percent above their peak in September 2008. This could suggest a potential overhea...
QUITO: Ecuador is planning to create the world’s first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country’s existing currency, the US dollar, which the government cannot control.The virtual currency, which Central Bank officials say they expect will start circ...
French President François Hollande and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), held a meeting on Friday at the French presidential palace, The Elysee. During the meeting, Hollande and Prince Alwaleed discussed political, economic and cultural matters. They also discussed bilateral relations bet...
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 more quickly.The ambitious program escalates Google’s technological arms race with rival Amazon.com Inc., which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicl...
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...

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Long before the execution of the US journalist, James Foley, by a presumed Briti...
It is difficult to understand whether calling off Indo-Pak talks is merely a dip...
I looked at a piece of land here a few years ago and the guy wanted SR450,000 fo...
In the old days which we call the Middle Ages or even the primitive era, wars we...

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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.
Opulent, dazzling and impressive, theses symbols of drama and theater bound together with the local cultures and the Englis...

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Twitter trends are popular words or hashtags used by Twitter users at a particular time. Twitter uses a special algorithm that is not revealed to us yet to monitor hot topics in real time.
If you log in to your Twitter account, you will be able to know what hashtags are now trending in your city or a nearby location. You can also search for...

FASHION »

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...

FOOD & HEALTH »

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 “Ice Bucket Challenge” viral craze has raised more than $100 million after sweeping the globe since its...
NEW YORK: Joan Rivers, the acerbic US stand-up comic and octogenarian television presenter, remained seriously ill in a New York hospital for a second day on Friday, her daughter said.Brooklyn-born Rivers, 81, reportedly stopped breathing while undergoing a medical procedure on her vocal cords at a clinic in New York on Thursday and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital.“Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible,” said daughter Melissa Rivers in a statement released by the hospital.“We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for...
LOS ANGELES: Newlyweds Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are in Mediterranean island post their secret nuptials last week to work on their next project together. The star couple, who enjoyed a nine-year-long courtship, tied the knot in a private ceremony on Aug. 23, at their estate in the south of France. Jolie, 39, and Pitt, 50, have started shooting for their next film, ‘By The Sea’ in Malta and have taken their kids along with them to spend time in island Gozo, reported the New York Post. It is said that the couple is paying the Gozo locals to leave the island during the two-month shoot so...

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