MUNICH/AMMAN: Major powers agreed on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with bombing in support of its ally President Bashar Assad, who vowed to fight until he regained full control of the country.Although billed as a potential breakthrough, the “cessation of hostilities” agreement does not take effect for a week, at a time when Assad’s government is poised to win its biggest victory of the war with the backing of Russian air power.If implemented, the deal hammered out during five hours of late night talks in Munich would allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged towns. It was described by the countries that took part as a rare diplomatic success in a conflict that has fractured the Middle East, killed at least 250,000 people, made 11 million homeless and sent hundreds of thousands fleeing into Europe.But several Western countries said there was no hope for progre...
ALMATY, Kazakhstan: A fire broke out on Saturday at a construction site where Central Asia’s tallest...
RIYADH: Following directives from Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the medical evacuation fr...
RIYADH: Saudi Customs officers seized 20,376 bottles of assorted liquor about to be smuggled into the kingdom on Saturday.A report by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the contraband goods were confiscated at the Al-Batha Customs in the Eastern Border along the kingdom’s border with the United Arab Emirates.The liquor were hidden in a truck carrying a consignment of ginger, said the report, quoting customs officials in Al...
ISTANBUL: Turkey and Saudi Arabia could launch a ground operation against Daesh terrorists in Syria, the Turkish foreign minister said Saturday, adding the kingdom was already sending jets to a Turkish base to attack the extremists.The coordinated plans by Riyadh and Ankara, who are pursuing an increasingly tight alliance, add a new element to the explosive situation in Syria where Russia has been backing a successful reg...

SAUDI ARABIA »

RIYADH: A cross-section of Saudi society on Friday denounced the Jazan massacre that shook the nation on Thursday, when a gunman went on the rampage killing seven education officials and injuring several others in Al-Dair governorate.The culprit, identified as Abdullah Al-Malki, has been arrested by...
Jeddah: The Criminal Court in Jeddah has sentenced a man to nine months in jail for beating his wife and insulting her by calling her “stubborn and ignorant.” The man has also been required to make a written pledge not to go near his wife, while the victim has been entitled to receive her rights. A source revealed to Al-Wat...
MAKKAH: Thirty percent of male middle school students and 23 percent of female students take some form of drugs, a recent scientific study from the National Center for Youth Research confirmed. The study shows drug consumption rates among students in this age group has increased in Jazan and surrounding areas, as well as th...
DAMMAM: During the last three decades, the Kingdom has experienced comprehensive development in all sectors coupled with high growth rates in population and living standards. This has resulted in an ever-increasing water consumption in the agricultural, municipal and industrial sectors.To meet this increasing consumption, t...
SYDNEY: Amnesty International has demanded that Mustafa Al-Hosawi, a Saudi prisoner at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, be treated for the torture he underwent at the hands of the CIA.The US branch of the organization sent a message to health officials at the Pentagon to seek treatment for Al-Hosawi, one of five prisoners at Guantan...
JEDDAH: The city’s airport staff saved a 20-year-old woman who tried to throw herself from the upper floor to the mezzanine floor in the southern hall. Sources said the suicide attempt was due to family disputes. Administrators said a supervisor in the southern hall reported the suicide attempt around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday....
RIYADH: Education Minister Ahmad Al-Issa has ordered to gradually close down private night schools beginning from the current year. The closure of these schools will be complete by 1439H.Al-Issa’s decision is based on reports of a body, which highlighted the poor discipline of students at these schools. It has also been dec...
RIYADH: Riyadh and Phnom Penh have signed a labor deal to recruit domestics and general workers from Cambodia.Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani and his Cambodian counterpart Ait Samana signed the agreement.Al-Haqabani said the Kingdom is keen on opening new markets for its employment needs. He pointed out that the move woul...
JEDDAH: The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Academy will be launching a 3-day training program for 200 youths in the tourism and hospitality sector, JCCI announced on Monday.Adnan Bin Hussein Mandoura, secretary general at JCCI, explained that the focus of this training program, resulting in a diploma in hote...
MUNICH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister defended his country’s treatment of women on Friday, saying it had made progress on female education but would take time to let them drive cars.“When it comes to issues like women’s driving, this is not a religious issue, it’s a societal issue,” Adel Al-Jubeir told an audience at the...
JEDDAH: Maj. Gen. Awad Al-Balawi, head of the Saudi Border Guard, recently confirmed the expansion of the employment program for women within the border security sector. He said that the sector is entering a new phase as women will be employed in a number of new departments, after previously only being employed as inspector...
RIYADH: A medical team of the King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital (KASCH) at the King Abdulaziz Medical City (National Guard) here have successfully conducted the first liver transplant on a baby boy. Fahad Mari Said Al-Sairdh, father of the eight-month-old child, expressed his and his family’s gratitude to the hos...
JEDDAH: The Makkah Investigation and Prosecution Board reintroduced the crane crash incident to the Riyadh Investigation and Prosecution Board recently, adding 10 more employees and supervisors from different government agencies before the courts. This brings the total number of those implicated in the case to 50.This occur...

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MUNICH/AMMAN: Major powers agreed on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria, but R...

CAIRO: Egypt’s president said Saturday that his country has established democrat...

BRUSSELS: The UAE wants to deploy commandos to help train forces fighting Daesh...

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait and Italy will finalize a multibillion-euro deal next week f...

ROME: As Italy prepared to bury Giulio Regeni on Friday, Prime Minister Matteo R...

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GENEVA/LONDON: Suspected links between the Zika virus and two neurological disor...

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MONTERREY, Mexico: A prison riot that left 49 inmates hacked, beaten or burned t...

WASHINGTON/CAMBRIDGE, Mass.: Scientists for the first time have detected gravita...

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LONDON: Louis van Gaal conceded that Manchester United may need to win the Europ...

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands: Martin Klizan completed a second successive escape at th...

TAIPEI: Venus Williams fought a challenging match to defeat Russia’s Yulia Putin...

PARIS: A much-changed Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for their Champions League s...

WELLINGTON: Adam Voges boosted his Test average to more than 100 on Saturday as...

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NEW YORK: The Bank of Japan designed its new negative interest rates to avoid hurting bank profits, and the recent drop in bank stocks is “overdone,” the BOJ’s deputy gov...
WASHINGTON: A recent tightening of credit for US companies is threatening to undermine economic growth, making it less likely the US Federal Reserve will raise interest rates anytime soon.Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said recently it was still too soon for the central bank to change its view that rate hikes are needed...
FRANKFURT: Commerzbank, Germany’s second biggest bank, said its profits quadrupled in 2015, highlighting a remarkable comeback from the brink of disaster during the financial crisis.In a rare upbeat announcement amid the current gloom gripping the European banking sector, Commerzbank also said it would resume dividend payme...
MUMBAI: India’s former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh criticized his successor Narendra Modi’s government in a rare interview, saying it has failed to capitalize on lower commodity prices to propel growth and is inconsistent in its policy toward neighboring Pakistan.Speaking to the India Today magazine, Singh said Modi’s gov...
BALI, Indonesia: Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi has underlined the importance of energy in the economic and social growth, saying that all peoples of the world have the right to have reliable stable energy sources.He also said that the fossil fuel will continue to play its important role in the consum...
LONDON: Oil prices jumped on Friday on prospects for a coordinated production cut sparked by comments from the energy minister of the UAE.Still, analysts said such a move remained unlikely, and prices for Brent and US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude were on track for weekly losses of more than 7 percent and 11 percent r...
LONDON: The 19-country euro zone is in its longest stretch of economic expansion since the global financial crisis in 2008 but growth remains paltry despite a series of tail winds and is susceptible to a reverse if the worst fears in financial markets come to fruition.The region’s economy grew by a quarterly 0.3 percent in...
PARIS: Renault’s full-year profit rose almost 50 percent in 2015 on strong sales of new models, though the French carmaker slashed the value of its stake in Lada-maker AvtoVAZ by 225 million euros amid a Russian car market slump.Renault shares initially rose 5 percent before giving up most of their gains after CEO Carlos Gh...
WASHINGTON: Christine Lagarde, the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund, became assured of a second term as managing director to steer it through a global economic slowdown.The executive board of the global crisis lender announced that there were no challengers facing Lagarde, for the five-year term that begi...
MUMBAI: The head of India’s central bank has said the country’s lenders may need to perform “deep surgery” to sort out bad loans and clean up their balance sheets.Raghuram Rajan, Reserve Bank of India governor, who famously predicted the 2008 world financial crisis, has set Indian banks a deadline of March next year to tidy...
 

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The latest declaration by Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, which...
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People are sitting in a little room watching some films; for many of the viewers what they are seeing is quite a revelation. The highly creative short videos show a picture of the Gulf from a thought-provoking, fantastical and often very funny perspective. A message that shines through from a film called Pixels is how prejudice is universal and...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

WASHINGTON: In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.
Some scientists likened the breakthrough to the moment Galileo took up a telescope to look at the planets.
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FASHION »

The Middle East is now home to a number of world class accessories designers who are intuitively blurring the line between East and West and offering something unique that one can’t help but feel totally attached to. To put it mildly, their luxe creations are one-of-a-kind from all ends worthy of being put on display in a museum.
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TRAVEL »

For the fourth year in a row, Abu Dhabi organized it’s annual Qasr Al-Hosn Festival to celebrate the past and present glories of the UAE. It is truly a celebration of Emirati culture and heritage. The festival provides visitors and tourists an opportunity to learn more about the Emirati identity in a fun and informative way.
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FOOD & HEALTH »

RIYADH: Several government departments participating in a campaign to fight breast cancer in the Eastern Province will offer their recommendations to the Ministry of the Interior to include breast cancer checks for women aged 40 and above as part of the services covered by the civil affairs offices.The services usually offered by these offices across the Kingdom include issuing of national identity cards and their renewal, registration of new born babies, death registration, obtaining Haj permits, fingerprinting and re-issuance of lost documents for Saudi citizens.Dr. Salih Al Solouk, the general director of health affairs in the Eastern Province, said that the recommendation is expected to...
There are millions in this world today who suffer from insomnia. When sleeplessness moves beyond the normal range of a few days into weeks and months, you have a really serious problem afflicting you that requires express treatment. However, first you must have a basic understanding of insomnia and its different aspects. Insomnia is a common sleep complaint that occurs when you have one or more of these problems; You have a hard time initiating sleep, struggle to maintain sleep, waking up frequently during the night, tend to wake up too early and are unable to go back to sleep. Or your sleep is no restorative or has poor quality. These symptoms of insomnia can be caused by a variety of...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia joined the rest of the world in intensifying public awareness on cancer with activities spread over the week supporting the global cause that aims to save millions of lives every year by raising awareness and education about the disease, urging governments and individuals across the world to take action.Being a truly global event observed annually on Feb. 4th, World Cancer Day unites the whole world in the fight against cancer. The Kingdom joined the massive awareness campaign with the Ministry of Health observing cancer awareness week, ending on Wednesday.Under the auspices of Health Ministry, King Saud University (KSU), which is leading the vanguard in the Kingdom for...

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NEW YORK: Rihanna is certainly used to stopping the show, whether as a performer or as a fashion figure whose daring cho...
LOS ANGELES: Jennifer Lopez is facing a backlash on social media from pro-Palestine supporters over her rumored plans to perform in Israel for the first time. Writing under the hashtag #CancelTelAviv, activists have been questioning her motives for wanting to gig in Tel Aviv, accusing her of ‘entertaining children’s killers’, reported AlBawaba.Some of the tweets were accompanied by graphic photos purportedly showing injured children in Gaza, with the caption questioning the singer’s unconfirmed decision.Israeli media first started reporting last week that Lopez was planning to perform in Tel...
ZAGREB: The next “Star Wars” movie will follow in the footsteps of “Game of Thrones” with some scenes due to be filmed in Croatia’s Adriatic resort of Dubrovnik next month, city officials said. Shooting will take place in the medieval town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, from March 9 to 16, a statement said, adding that the choice of the city would create a huge “marketing potential.”The statement came as Dubrovnik mayor Andro Vlahusic visited Lucasfilm, the film production company that created the Star Wars franchise, in San Francisco on Thursday.From 2011, three seasons of the series “Game...

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