Iran’s belligerent policies, which are hampering all plans for restoring peace and security in the Middle East, came under fire during talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of the GCC states on Thursday.Kerry also called on Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and discussed key regional issues, including the Iranian nuclear negotiations.Kerry’s talks with King Salman mainly focused on bilateral and regional issues, including an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, Syria and Iran’s role in Iraq.On the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal categorically stated that Kerry had given full assurances that the US would continue to monitor Iran’s “destabilizing” actions and behavior.Referring to the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Prince Saud said that the Kingdom extended support to the negotiations between Iran and P+5 bloc o...
Royal amnesty for Qat-smuggling convictsAll prisoners arrested in Jazan for smuggling qat, a kind of...
BAGHDAD: The Islamic State group have begun bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq,...
The Labor Ministry has reiterated that it is the right of foreign workers to keep their passports and official documents.“Anybody violating this rule will face serious penalties,” said Taysir Al-Mofraj, the ministry’s spokesman.According to him, holding on to employees’ passports does not guarantee that the worker will not escape, as there are many cases in which runaway workers can register again with embassies without o...
More than 200,000 foreigners have been deported over the first four months of 1436 AH, which started on Oct. 25, for violating the Kingdom’s residency and labor regulations, sources said.According to figures released by the Passport Department recently, 58,710 illegal expatriates were deported in the first month of Muharram (Oct. 25 to Nov. 22), 63,762 in Safar (Nov. 23 to Dec. 22) and 59,569 in Rabi Al-Awwal (Dec. 23 to...

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The SR500,000 home loan provided by the government for citizens is not enough to pay for a three-bedroom apartment with a living room in Makkah, developers and real estate experts said recently.The average family would need to take out an extra SR150,000 to SR200,000 just to buy an apartment built o...
Ali is sure that he will pack his bags to leave the Kingdom at the end of this year and head to the United States or a European country to enroll in the King Abdullah Scholarship Program, where the Ministry of Education will take care of his expenses for the whole period of his studies. His cousin Basem is packing too, but...
Citizens held at Dhahban prison for terrorism offenses have access to top class services including gyms, swimming pools, food prepared by chefs, doctors and special laundry services, a local publication reported recently.The inmates’ laundry is cleaned every day using special sterilization processes, the supervisor of the s...
The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has warned against a product named Paiyoujui natural slimming capsules, which is used for dieting and sold on social media websites. The product manufacturers claim that it is a natural product for losing weight, but it contains a harmful drug, said the regulatory agency.In an adviso...
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is in the Kingdom at the special invitation of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, performed Umrah on Thursday, and thanked the Saudi leadership for their support over the years.Diplomatic aides accompanying the prime minister described Sharif’s meeting with King Salman...
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry shut down two warehouse in Riyadh for illegally storing flour belonging to the General Organization for Grain Silos and Flour Mills allocated for bakeries. Inspection teams from the ministry found 7,000 bags of flour, labelled as ‘“Patent Flour,” which was kept for sale to the local mar...
Jeddah Municipality has launched a massive recycling initiative that would see it transform waste into organic fuel, fertilizer and other raw materials.“For this purpose 6,000 tons of construction waste has been collected. With the help of special incinerators the paper waste will be burned at 1,200 degrees Celsius,” said S...
A delegation from the University of Manitoba in Canada recently visited the Kingdom to study a joint cooperation agreement with the Batterjee Medical College (BMC). The Canadian representatives were led by Dr. Emily Atfery, dean of the university’s faculty of medicine, and met with Dr. Khaled Batterjee, vice chairman of the...
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is welcoming opinion of experts on regulating rent contracts for commercial real estate property and find solutions for rising real estate rents.Those interested can express their opinion by logging into the ministry’s website mci.gov.sa/lease. But the opinions should reach the ministry...
Education Minister Dr. Azzam Al-Dakhil has directed all educational officials in different parts of the Kingdom to be vigilant in applying the best safety standards in schools. The minister also ordered safety and security departments in all regions to carry out field inspections within school playgrounds and related facili...
Border Guards foiled separate attempts to smuggle hashish and weapons into the Kingdom, orchestrated by infiltrators from Yemen at a hilly border village in Jazan.Maj. Hassan Al-Gosaibi, spokesman of the Saudi Border Guards, said security teams observed several persons attempting to infiltrate the country on foot, carrying...
The Riyadh General Court halted lawsuits filed by citizens against an investor accused of looting SR400 million he collected from more than 6,000 citizens and Gulf nationals.Sources close to the investigation told a local publication that according to a letter issued by the court last week, the judicial body asked the plain...
The Ministry of Education (MoE) recently stopped upgrading scholarships on its electronic portal, sparking fears among Saudis enrolled in the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Scholarship Program.The previous system allowed undergraduate students to continue their studies for Masters and Ph.Ds., a local publication reported...

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Manila: Around 4,000 Filipinos remain in Libya despite the North African country...

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SINGAPORE: Singapore on Thursday sentenced two German men to three strokes of a...

PESHAWAR: A Pakistani doctor jailed after helping the CIA in the hunt for Osama...

NEW DELHI: India’s home minister said Thursday that the government would act aga...

  SEOUL: The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was recovering fro...

SINGAPORE: Singapore on Thursday sentenced two German men to three strokes of th...

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Rainbow Milk and Abdul Latif Jameel-CDC qualified for the semifinals in their di...

Dreamstar Productions organized a 1-day fun game bowling event dubbed 1st All St...

In one of the league’s major upsets, the Zamil Industrial of Meng Natividad used...

MACAU: Double Olympic gold medallist Zou Shiming declared Thursday that he would...

LONDON: Manchester United center back Jonny Evans on Thursday rejected allegatio...

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LONDON: Gold rose on Thursday after the European Central Bank (ECB) lifted its 2016 inflation forecast and as the market awaited key US economic data.The ECB held interes...
BARCELONA: The boom in smartphones among often careless users has made happy hunting for hackers, whose virus attacks and hijacking of unprotected mobiles are multiplying, experts warn.Security analysts and companies at the Mobile World Congress, a top wireless telecom fair in Barcelona, Spain, said phone makers and users m...
DUBAI: Dubai’s hotels posted a 9.8 percent rise in revenues to $6.5 billion in 2014, the tourism authority said Tuesday, in the sector’s best annual result since the 2009 financial crisis.The Department of Tourism and Commerce and Marketing said in a statement that more than 11.6 million guests stayed in Dubai hotels and ho...
BERLIN: Emirates Airlines is considering the purchase of up to 70 twin-engine Airbus A350s or Boeing 787s, the company president said in Berlin, which would bolster the carrier’s long-haul fleet.Tim Clark remained vague on the number and maker of twin-engine wide-body planes, but said the acquisition was part of Emirates’s...
LONDON: Brent crude futures pared early gains on Thursday to hover just under $61 as the euro slipped to an 11-year low against the dollar, offsetting concerns about tensions in Iraq and Libya.The euro fell against the dollar, making commodities priced in greenback more expensive for holders of other currencies, after Europ...
NEW YORK: The US produced a record 25.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2014, according to preliminary estimates published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Feb 27.Gas production has risen 27 percent since 2008 even though the number of rigs employed drilling for gas has declined by more than 80 percen...
BARCELONA: Tech companies showcased countless connected gadgets at the world’s biggest wireless telecom fair, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Here is a selection of highlights:CURVY SMARTPHONESThe world’s biggest phone-maker, South Korean firm Samsung, stole the show for handsets, moving to compete against Apple’s i...
BARCELONA: With a smartphone that slots together piece by piece like Lego, US Internet giant Google is trying to reinvent the mobile as most phone makers are honing sleeker handsets.The company aims to challenge its rival Apple’s thin iPhones with the Google Ara project, giving smartphone aficionados the option to build the...
SEOUL: A consumer survey showed the popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple’s market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground.Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said its latest survey of 15,000 people living in Chinese cities showed Apple’s market share reached 25.4 percent in the November-Ja...
GENEVA: It could be the battle of the titans. Auto giants at the Geneva Motor Show say they welcome the potential move of Silicon Valley players into their sector but experts warn of major disruptions.Google has long made headlines with its plans for a self-driving car, but Apple is now also reportedly readying for a plunge...
The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB), has signed an agreement with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) to cooperate in the development of the private sector in ICD member countries in Africa.Under the terms of the...
MUMBAI: A fall in oil prices saw Mukesh Ambani cede his status as “India’s richest man” on Thursday to pharmaceutical tycoon Dilip Shanghvi, who edged to the top of Forbes’ list of billionaires in the country.The “real time” list of the richest Indians on the business magazine’s website showed Shanghvi with a net worth of $...
JEDDAH: Shares in Saudi Arabian telecommunications firm Mobily surged on Thursday as some investors hoped the government would indirectly support the troubled company if necessary, after last week’s shock restatement of its 2014 earnings.The stock, which had been suspended for a week until Thursday, fell as much as 4.9 perc...

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DUBAI: The Middle East’s first three-dimensional pavement art festival, starring works by international artists that appear to rise from the ground, kicked off this week in Dubai, its organizers said.
The Dubai Canvas Festival features 3-D artworks in chalk or paint, many of them depicting eye-catching images of the Emirati city.
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NEW YORK: A fragment of jawbone found in Ethiopia is the oldest known fossil from an evolutionary tree branch that eventually led to modern humans, scientist reported Wednesday.
The fossil comes from very close to the time that the early human branch split away from more ape-like ancestors best known for the fossil skeleton Lucy. So it giv...

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Wedding is one of the most important events in a person’s life. It is the time when the air is filled with nothing but happiness and love. For the woman, the wedding day is usually a dream to make every single detail perfect for that one day or one night that would change her married life forever.
There are several wedding designers who al...

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SINGAPORE: Malaysia is the most preferred global destination in the fast-growing Muslim travel market, despite two catastrophic air disasters that hit the country’s flag-carrier in 2014, a survey showed Wednesday.
Turkey, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Indonesia followed Malaysia in the ranking of choice holiday destinations for Muslim tr...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Planning a wedding can be a hectic time in every bride’s life. The mind is consumed with roses, tulips or peonies, the perfect shade of white, sequins or lace, short or long veil, pearls or diamonds, a day or night wedding, the guest list… the lists are endless.  It’s a time consuming task until the day arrives and everything is perfect.  Brides tend to lose themselves in the process and forget to take care of their mental and physical health as well, ironic actually since the most important people of the wedding are both bride and groom.  A bride must find the serenity and balance in order for everything to go smoothly; exercise is always a great medication.We’ve all heard of these intense...
Geneva: The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged a dramatic drop in the consumption of sugar, “hidden” in everything from sodas and ketchup, as it steps up the fight against obesity.The UN health agency had previously issued guidelines that sugars should make up less than 10 percent of a person’s total daily energy intake, but in a new twist urged countries to strive for half that.Setting the bar at five percent would mean people should consume no more than 25 grams, or the equivalent of six teaspoons of sugar a day — less than the 10 teaspoons in your average can of soda.Health-hazardous free sugars, in the form of table sugar, fructose or glucose for instance, are added to foods...
When I first heard that Em Sherif has franchised to Dubai, I couldn’t stop myself from booking a table there. The Lebanese restaurant will also open its doors in Jeddah soon. Located in the outdoor area of the Address Downtown hotel in Dubai and overviewing the Dubai Mall’s famous dancing fountain, the restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating for 300 diners at once. The outdoor seating area comprises white steel chairs and marble tables with romantic candlelight set up. Shisha is also served here. The inside decor features a Mediterranean touch, with silver blue walls, beautiful coral chandeliers and black wooden tables with velvet armchairs and black wooden chairs with blue...

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BRUSSELS: Organizers of the prestigious World Press Photo awards have revoked a major prize after receiving “misleading...
BEIJING: Jackie Chan might still be popular in China, but nowadays the pro-Beijing actor is as well-known as fodder for jokes as he is for his gritty martial arts and slapstick humor on screen. His latest contribution to the country’s mass culture and entertainment: “duang.”It’s not a word, but a sound he made in an old TV commercial meaning something like “ta-da!” A new mash-up video of the old ad has made “duang” a trending topic on China’s social media.The sound began circulating days before the rubberstamp legislature was called into session this week, and some observers see it as a way...
How can Bollywood be spared when disease spreads its wings? Ever since Sonam Kapoor was detected with swine flu, the team shooting ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ in Rajkot are going the extra mile to play safe.Going for a check-up at a Rajkot hospital last week, the ‘Khoobsurat’ star was diagnosed with swine flu. However, her publicist insists she is on a recovery mode now. “She’s been shifted to a hospital in Mumbai and she’s showing signs of a speedy recovery. Hopefully she should be back at work soon. We thank all her fans and the industry alike for the love and support they have shown her,” he...

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