JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman opened the new Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah on Thursday night.He was met at the airport by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman and Suleiman bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan, head of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA).The king toured the facility, which has architecture reflecting the city’s traditions and heritage, a local publication reported on Friday.The king listened to a briefing presented by Al-Hamdan on the airport’s sections, counters, duty-free market, restaurants and departure gates. There was an opening ceremony held which started with a recitation from the Qur’an.The new airport, built on an area of 4 million square meters, would in its first phase handle 8 million passengers a year, increasing the number to 18 million in the second phase, and then 40 million after the third and fina...
KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait deployed unprecedented security measures around mosques for Friday prayers follo...
JEDDAH: The Interior Ministry said on Friday that it thwarted a plot by terrorists to attack targets...
Jeddah: The Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) interior ministers have vowed to take decisive action against those trying to undermine the region’s security and social fabric.At an extraordinary meeting held in Kuwait City, the ministers condemned the recent bombing of the Imam Al-Sadeq Mosque in Kuwait.They expressed their condolences to Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, emir of Kuwait, and the families of the martyrs, a loc...
RIYADH: The Civil Defense has rescued 105 pilgrims trapped in vehicles and buildings for various reasons since the start of Ramadan. During the first 10 days of the month, it also had to deal with 255 complaints, which included 150 accidents due to fires in apartments and commercial buildings.Capt. Fahd Al-Bitha, director of the guidance control administration of the Civil Defense, said officers at the control center deal...

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RIYADH: Hotels in the capital have made special arrangements by setting up Ramadan tents, where diners can visit to begin and break their fast with special suhoor and iftar meals during the ongoing fasting month.As the Ramadan tent is a popular phenomenon in the Kingdom and other Arab countries, Ara...
JEDDAH: A local survey found that almost half of Saudis abide by rules and laws in public places outside the Kingdom more than they do inside the country.More than one-third of the respondent sample said they violate road traffic signs and directions. The survey, conducted by Tagreed Al-Jadaani, professor of home economics...
RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) and the Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) have launched a traffic safety campaign, to reduce the number of accidents that cause disability.Prince Sultan bin Salman, the SCTNH president and chairman of the DAC board of directors, said that Custodian o...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Education has suspended all parallel education programs, except in medical and engineering specialties, as well as bridging programs for health diploma certificates.Education Minister Azzam Al-Dhakil gave directions to the rectors at the Saudi universities to suspend the programs starting from the ne...
RIYADH: The Cooperative Health Insurance Council said it had suspended operations of six medical insurance companies for violating health insurance regulations by issuing insurance policies without completing the required documentation and violating insurance policy documents.The council had decided to suspend five of the c...
DAMMAM: A 50 percent decline in the prices of some types of fish in the Dammam Central Market was noted compared to the previous month.Fish sellers attributed this decline to an increased fish supply and fall in demand from hotels and consumers during the past few days.Eissa Mahesh, a fish seller in the Dammam market, said:...
RIYADH: In a two-day operation, police arrested 343 beggars including women and children during the holy month of Ramadan.A police officer said the raid was carried out in the Salehiya district and 220 of those arrested were women from Ethiopia. “Most of them were living illegally in the Kingdom breaking all immigration reg...
JEDDAH: Kaddadin, or unlicensed transporters, say there is good money to be made during Ramadan especially in transporting Umrah pilgrims from Jeddah to Makkah and back.During this month the number of visitors doubles or triples which means the price of transportation increases and young men who work in kaddada make a lot o...
RIYADH: The holy month of Ramadan is lively at night following Taraweeh prayers. Nights are turned into days during the month in the industrial area where there is a large concentration of automobile workshops.The industrial areas are well illuminated during this month to attract motorists who come for repairs or to paint t...
RIYADH: The Saudi man behind the green project that ensured 3,400 trees in Khurais in the Eastern Province for a government firm has been approached by a Kuwaiti oil company for a similar project. “After learning about the project in the Eastern Province that aims to protect the environment, officials of the Kuwaiti oil com...
RIYADH: A total of 1,300 Gambian pilgrims will come to the Kingdom to perform Haj this year, Ambassador Omar Gibril Sallah said on Thursday.“We hope that the pilgrims will observe the fifth pillar of Islam in peace and harmony and may Allah accept their prayers and forgive them for their sins and they return home safely and...
A policeman was killed in an anti-terror operation on Friday in the western city of Taif, according to the interior ministry. An exchange of fire resulted in the death of the policeman after a raid to arrest a wanted person, state news agency SPA quoted an interior ministry spokesman as saying.The agency said three suspects...
JEDDAH: The holy month of Ramadan is a period when non-Muslim expatriates too abstain from eating, drinking or smoking during the daytime out of respect for Muslims who fast from dawn to dusk and also because it is healthy. The expatriates are also impressed to see the hospitality and spirit of charity at its peak among Sa...

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GENEVA: The United Nations called on Israel and the Palestinians on Friday to pr...

TUNIS: Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid told the BBC on Friday that police to...

BEIRUT: A new fighter alliance, including Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, was locke...

VIENNA: A year and half of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers were cree...

TUNIS, Tunisia: Flags have been lowered to half-staff at Buckingham Palace and U...

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PARIS: The French government rejected an asylum request from WikiLeaks founder J...

BERLIN: Germany’s foreign minister said Friday that new allegations of US eavesd...

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina: Day after day, Ramiz Nukic goes into the woods a...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry says it summoned the Afghan envoy to Isla...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military said on Friday the death toll from an accident to...

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LONDON: Defending champion Novak Djokovic and 2004 winner Maria Sharapova swept...

VANCOUVER: England and Germany wipe away the tears as they play for pride and th...

LONDON: Colombian international striker Radamel Falcao said Friday he is raring...

SANTIAGO: The prospect of leading his country to a first major title in 22 years...

SILVERSTONE: Nico Rosberg stamped his authority on Friday’s preparations for thi...

ECONOMY »

SEOUL: The South Korean government on Friday agreed to inject $20 billion into the flagging economy, which has been hit by the MERS virus outbreak and sluggish consumptio...
LONDON: Marks & Spencer is expected to report that underlying sales in its non-food business fell in its latest quarter, dashing investor optimism that a corner had finally been turned when it delivered growth in the previous three months.However, CEO Marc Bolland is likely to stress again that his strategy is to primar...
LONDON: Britain is reducing the maximum bank deposit it will protect if a lender fails by 10,000 pounds to 75,000 pounds ($117,255) from the end of this year, the Bank of England said.European Union law requires member states to protect no more and no less than 100,000 euros ($111,130) of deposits. Countries such as Britain...
LUANDA: France and Angola have signed business agreements covering a wide range of economic sectors from oil to hotels, which are potentially worth several hundred million dollars, French officials said.At the head of a delegation of about 50 French company executives visiting the southern African country, President Francoi...
RIYADH: With Saudi Arabia being a predominantly oil-based economy, major changes in the price of oil are likely to be followed by sentimental as well as real changes in the stock market. While sentimental changes often impact the stock market immediately, real changes will take effect over the longer term. If oil prices rem...
LONDON: Oil prices fell on Friday with the focus on high US output as traders looked ahead to Greece's weekend referendum that could determine whether it remains in the euro zone.West Texas Intermediate for August delivery fell 35 cents to $56.58 a barrel compared with Thursday's close.Brent North Sea crude for August dropp...
ATHENS: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has rejected European warnings that Greeks will be deciding on their future in the euro zone in a referendum, saying negotiations would continue for a better deal with international creditors after the vote.In a televised address, Tsipras said a report by the International Monetary Fund...
SHANGHAI: Chinese stocks tumbled again, taking the week’s losses to more than 10 percent, as the securities regulator said it was investigating suspected market manipulation and announced a slew of measures aimed at heading off a full-blown crash.After a slump of nearly 30 percent in Chinese stocks since mid-June, the China...
SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook has confirmed that it is dabbling in video ads and sharing revenue with content creators, in a move that would compete with Google-owned YouTube.An advertising model being tested by the leading online social network is part of a “Suggested Videos” feature designed to recommend clips for people based...
NEW YORK: Aetna will spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.The proposed cash-and-stock deal would make Aetna a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business, which off...
LONDON: BP Plc has reached a comprehensive $18.7 billion settlement with the US government and five states, a landmark deal that effectively ends years of litigation over environmental damage and human casualties caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.It could be the largest settlement with a single entity in US history, t...
RIYADH: “Philanthropy is a personal responsibility, which I embarked upon more than three decades ago and is an intrinsic part of my Islamic faith,” says Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC).Prince Alwaleed made these remarks on Wednesday when he pledged his entire fortune to the tune of $32...
LONDON: Benchmark crude oil prices have barely moved for more than two months, implying the market has found a temporary equilibrium after the enormous price shock in the second half of 2014 and early 2015.Over the last 30 trading days, the range between the highest and lowest closing prices for front-month Brent futures ha...
 
 

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In a vast basement area of the University of Westminster in Central London is a small piece of Saudi Arabia. The underground space houses AmbikaP3 art gallery which recently showcased the degree work of final year art students. Among the graduates was Wejdan Reda, who curated an exhibit called ‘Exclusion’ featuring the work of four contemporary...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

KAPOLEI: The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed an historic flight in its quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, touching down gracefully in Hawaii on Friday after the most arduous leg of its journey.

The sun-powered plane, piloted by veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, took five days to make the historic voya...

FASHION »

Countries in the Middle East may be changing in terms of technology and development. However, when it comes to making a fashion statement, these countries including Saudi Arabia allude back to traditional and cultural trends, which are increasingly becoming popular today. Saudis and Arabs are proud and hospitable people, and they take due pride...

TRAVEL »

RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has encouraged businessmen to invest in tourism villages in Asir region.
“Tourism villages are considered to be one of the most attractive options in the province,” said Mohammad Al-Amra, SCTNH branch director in Asir.
He made the statement in the wake of Bin Hussai...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Ramadan is that time of the year when most people go back to their roots in terms of their traditions, clothing, culture and food. You find long queues in front of small, local restaurants that sell ful (mashed fava beans) and tameez (Afghani flatbread) before iftar as well as suhoor.AlAyoubi Restaurant, which opened recently, celebrates authentic Hijazi cuisine with recipes that go back to the older generations. The restaurant provides a traditional iftar experience and an extensive range of Arabic delicacies, including Arabic coffee, dates, ful, balilah, and international offerings along with Ramadan beverages and Hijazi culinary masterpieces.The restaurant is located in north Jeddah,...
Last week, I described to you our 24-hour daily cycle, which regulates our biological clock. I also explained the two phases of sleep (the slow-wave sleep and REM sleep) and how each type impacts the body and brain. Slow-wave sleep, which is the profound sleep, occurs around midnight and lasts for about two hours. This type of deep sleep is critical for rebuilding the body from wear and tear; boosting the immune system; repairing cells, neurons, tissues, bones, muscles, wounds, and breaks; and does whatever else is needed for repair. This short sleep is vital for the regeneration and restoration of the body physiologically. New-borns, children, adolescents, athletes, and active people...
RIYADH: Medical studies and research for new methods in the treatment of chronic diseases suggests that fasting could help combat cancer and boost effectiveness of treatment.Scientists doing research on the positive aspects of fasting discovered that it triggers stem cell regeneration and combats cancer.Dr. Mashhor Al-Hantoushi, who heads the health and therapeutic affairs department at the Ministry of Health, told Arab News on Monday: “Medical research studies found that fasting could slow the growth of breast cancer, melanoma skin cancers, glioma brain cancer and neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in the nerve tissue.”Replying to a question on whether fasting could make chemotherapy more...

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MUMBAI; Actress Nargis Fakhri will play the role of former Indian cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin’s actress-wife Sangeeta...
SYDNEY: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin were spotted walking through Sydney’s Olympic Park in Homebush recently.And it didn’t take long for Bieber, who was on his way to the Hillsong Conference at Allphones Arena, to ensure all the attention was on him. Pulling a bold move that Hailey undoubtedly wouldn’t have missed, the 21-year-old Canadian singer was seen fearless climbing a tree, Daily Mail reported.The pop star was seen wearing a red and black checkered hooded jacket for the fourth day of the five-day conference. He teamed it was a black top and matching skinny jeans, while making a...
TOKYO: Japanese consumers are used to paying through the nose for fruit, and now the summer’s here there’s another way for them to empty their wallets: Cube and heart-shaped watermelons.But this pricey produce is not intended to tempt your taste buds — it’s more ornament than the perfect picnic food.Over at the Shibuya Nishimura luxury fruit shop in downtown Tokyo, a cube-shaped watermelon, about the size of a baby’s head, sells for 12,960 yen ($105).Not to your liking? Well, how about a heart- or pyramid-shaped melon to sit on that chic coffee table in your living room.“This fruit is meant...

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