DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: The United Arab Emirates has slashed gasoline subsidies, announcing Tuesday that it will raise the cost of a liter of regular gasoline by 24 percent amid globally low oil prices that have cut into the country’s revenues.Starting Aug. 1, drivers will pay 2.14 dirhams (58 cents) per liter of gasoline at the pump instead of 1.72 dirhams (47 cents), or about $2.21 a gallon instead of $1.78, the government’s new fuel price committee said.Meanwhile, the price of diesel will be lowered, with drivers paying 2.05 dirhams a liter instead of 2.90 dirhams — a 29 percent decrease.The move is part of a wider strategy to phase out subsidies and offset the effect of a drop in revenues. Moody’s investor service said it expects the UAE’s consolidated revenues to drop 27 percent this year due to lower global oil prices, which have fallen nearly 50 percent in the past year.Energ...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: A bomb killed two Bahraini policemen on Tuesday and the explosives rese...
TRIPOLI: A Libyan court passed a death sentence in absentia on Muammar Qaddafi’s most prominent son,...
ISLAMABAD: The nationwide death toll from this month’s flash floods in various parts of Pakistan rose to 81 on Tuesday as floodwater inundated hundreds of villages, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless, authorities said.The floods have affected 300,000 people in the two weeks since deluges hit the northern city of Chitral and the eastern Punjab province, the National Disaster Management Authority said. It warned o...
ADDIS ABABA: US President Barack Obama called on Africa Tuesday to end “the cancer of corruption” and embrace democracy to ensure continued progress, in a speech to the African Union.“Nothing will unlock Africa’s economic potential more than ending the cancer of corruption,” Obama said, warning that it drained “billions of dollars” from economies that could be used for health systems or creating employment.“Only Africans...

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ABHA: Several Saudi businesswomen started traveling with a group of friends after recent regulations which allow women to travel without their mahram. These women said they find great fun to travel as a group with their friends and their children, where they can achieve their goals of travel.Travel...
RIYADH: Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has denounced “aggressive statements” by Iran, after Tehran accused Bahrain of stoking Gulf tensions by making unfounded allegations against it.“This is unacceptable to us,” the minister said at a joint news conference with visiting EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Riyadh...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor was able to increase the number of Saudi women employees from 70,000 to 428,000 during the past four years, Abdul Munim Al-Shehri, assistant undersecretary for special programs, has said . The ministry is now working on a comprehensive survey for female shops in the Kingdom. The aim of the surv...
DAMMAM: A wanted terrorist was killed during a gunfight in the town of Al-Qudayh in the Eastern Province on Sunday, police said.Qatif police received a report that a Saudi man suffered gunshots and was taken to Modhar Dispensary in Al-Qudayh by his brother. The wounded man was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. He wa...
JEDDAH: The Saudi security forces have thwarted nearly 18,000 infiltration attempts on the Kingdom’s border with Yemen since the launch of Operation Decisive Storm in March. “The number of infiltration attempts foiled by the security authorities since the beginning of the military operation against the Houthi rebels until t...
RIYADH: The United Nations, Arab League and Gulf Cooperation Council welcomed the Kingdom-led coalition’s announcement of a five-day cease-fire, that took effect at midnight on Sunday, to push humanitarian relief in war-ravaged Yemen to the beleaguered civilian population.UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed...
ALKHOBAR: Jobless Saudi women constitute 70 percent of the unemployed. The Ministry of Economy and Planning said 58 percent of the jobless have preparatory school level education. According to the statistics, the annual unemployment growth rate among university degree holders declined to 6 percent, while the growth rate of...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has found traces of a civilization that was domesticating horses about 9,000 years ago, 4,000 years earlier than previously thought. The discovery has shed new light on the origin of the Arabian horse, which has remained a great zoological mystery. Although this unique breed has had a distinct national...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Labor in the Makkah region found 250 laborers working on various construction projects during restricted hours of the day. Punitive measures will be taken against the employers of these workers. According to a ministerial decree, laborers should abstain from working between noon and 3 p.m. due to the...
JEDDAH: When poverty is your guest for 15 years, gardens, parks, streets and pavements become your abode under the unavoidable scorching sun. One has to face hardships of hunger and survive on breadcrumbs. This is the situation of a 60-year-old Saudi, nicknamed “The Lonely” by passers-by in Jeddah. He is surviving with just...
JEDDAH: The negative attitudes of society in dealing with harassment and abuse cases prevent victims from reporting a great number of such cases to the authorities.Despite this, about 3,982 cases reached the country's criminal courts in 1435 and 1436, on average six cases per day, a local publication reported.According to t...
AL-QATIF: The Omani security forces have arrested a man who, they said, accidentally fired a bullet that hit a young Saudi girl in a hotel in Musandam on Saturday. Four-year-old Zainab bint Mohammed Labad of Al-Awamiyah was playing in the hotel lobby when she was hit, local media reported, adding that she is being treated f...
Ramon Corvera, deputy chief of mission at the Argentinian Embassy in Riyadh.* Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most? The natural beauty of the desert.* What is your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word? Masha’Allah.* Which book is by your bedside these days? Culture in a Liquid Modern World. By Zygmunt...

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HAMBURG: Top seed Rafael Nadal bidding to rediscover some semblance of his forme...

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: The United Arab Emirates has slashed gasoline subsidies, announcing Tuesday that it will raise the cost of a liter of regular gasoline by 24...
LONDON: Britain’s economy accelerated in the second quarter of 2015, helped by rebounding services activity and industrial output, official data showed.Gross domestic product grew 0.7 percent between April and June, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in an initial estimate. That matched analysts’ forecasts.The do...
NEW YORK: General Motors announced plans to invest $5 billion to introduce a new family of cars under the Chevrolet line targeting emerging markets, co-developed by Chinese partner SAIC Motor.The automaker expects to manufacture and sell the vehicles in China, Brazil, India and Mexico and export the cars to other emerging c...
TOKYO: Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out top in the intensely competitive tallies.Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. said it sold 5.02 million vehicles in the first six months of this year, down 1.5 percent from the same period the previo...
AMMAN: Hikma Pharmaceuticals is buying Boehringer Ingelheim’s US generic drugs business for about $2.65 billion in cash and stock, the latest in a string of deals in a sector where size can lend a competitive edge.The Jordanian company, which makes and markets branded and non-branded generic and injectable drugs, said the B...
KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait National Petroleum Co. said it awarded four contracts worth $11.5 billion (10.5 billion euros) to international consortia to build a 615,000 barrel per day refinery.A $4.25 billion contract for the main manufacturing units went to Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas, China’s Sinopec Engineering and South Korea’s H...
JEDDAH: The Kingdom’s external trade saw a moderation in nonoil export activity in May, recording the second largest slump since February, slowing by 16.7 percent Y/Y. Total nonoil exports were valued at SR15.2 billion affected by sharp declines in the largest export categories, plastics, chemical products, and base metals....
MANILA/LONDON: Demand for gold slid to its lowest in six years in the second quarter of this year as buyers from top consumer China poured funds into its now troubled equities market, an industry report showed.Retail investment from China fell by a quarter and jewellery demand by 23 percent in the April to June period as st...
SAN FRANCISCO: Cyber security firm Zimperium has warned of a flaw in the world’s most popular smartphone operating system that lets hackers take control with a text message.“Attackers only need your mobile number, using which they can remotely execute code via a specially crafted media file delivered via MMS (text message),...
JEDDAH: The Saudi stock market, which has gained nearly 9 percent so far this year, is expected to further improve its performance in 2015, say regional economists.“We still expect the Saudi index to perform postively this year, but we think that a lot of the excitement earlier this year was unfounded,” Francisco Quintana,...
JEDDAH: Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al-Mazrouei, minister of energy for the UAE, will deliver the inaugural address at the upcoming Annual GPCA Forum taking place from Nov. 17-19 in Dubai.The 10th anniversary edition of the forum, the flagship event of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), is themed: Building o...
LONDON: Hedge funds are more bearish about the outlook for US oil prices than at any time for almost five years, according to data from the US Commodity Futures Tra-ding Commission.Hedge funds and other money managers had a net long position in WTI-linked futures and options equivalent to just 118 million barrels of oil on...
After a tough week for sterling there was a largely positive end to the week which saw sterling make marginal gains against the euro whilst holding ground against a resurgent US dollar. With little UK economic data, sterling was able to make slight gains against the euro as both French and German manufacturing data missed e...
 
 

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JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque King Salman has become the king of justice, who is loved by the people of Saudi Arabia, not only as a fair ruler but also as the father of the nation.

Yaara Munshi, a 20-year-old Saudi engineering student at King Abdulaziz University, has drawn almost 300 paintings reflecting her love and respe...

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PARIS: A group of leading tech leaders, including British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, on Tuesday issued a stern warning against the development of so-called killer robots.
Autonomous weapons, which use artificial intelligence to select targets without human intervention, have been described as “the third re...

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Ramadan is a month of fasting and starving the body and soul from food and other temptations. However, this does not prevent people from gaining weight due to all the suhoor and iftar invitations and gatherings. Going back to the regular routine and lifestyle is not easy after the holy month of Ramadan, the body gets used to not consuming food until the sun sets and then consuming large amounts of foods until sunrise. The cherry on the top is Eid, which is Ramadan’s sweet ending. Muslims celebrate this occasion by gathering together around a feast of traditional and international dining tables with plenty of sweets and cakes doing the rounds.“In Ramadan many people put on weight mainly...
She began her career with a government job, but being unsatisfied with it, she decided to have another source of income. And her journey in doing so was short and sweet. With ‘Munch Bakery,’ she created a global brand. We are talking about the brilliant businesswoman Princess Hala bint Mishari Al-Saud, who counts self-confidence, courage and ambition as the driving force behind her success.She said family is the primary motivation for success in public life.“Success increases with the increased faith of the family in the aspirations of the children,” Princess Hala said. She is the only daughter in the family and her mother encouraged her constantly, which made her take steps with confidence...
Ever since its first edition in 1963, this life-changing classic has been republished. “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” has shown millions of readers all around the world how to use the power of your subconscious mind. You do not need to acquire this power. You already possess it but you can become more powerful, wealthier and happier if you learn how to use it.“When your mind thinks correctly, when you understand the truth, when the thoughts deposited in your subconscious mind are constructive, harmonious, and peaceful, the magic working power of your subconscious will respond and bring about harmonious conditions, agreeable surroundings, and the best of everything. When you begin to...

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BEIRUT: A performance in Israel has cost Iranian-born British singer Sami Yusuf air time in Iran.State television in Iran has banned Yusuf, whose records sell millions in the Middle East, because of his recent performance in the Israeli city of Nazareth, even though the city has a predominantly Palestinian population and most of his audience was Palestinian, reported The Guardian.While his popularity is likely to remain high in his homeland, his music won’t be allowed to air on any of the state TV’s channels.Despite the majority of Yusuf’s Ramadan concert-goers being Palestinian, Iran was...
ATLANTA: An initial autopsy on Bobbi Kristina Brown on Monday found no significant injuries and no obvious underlying cause of death for the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, who died on Sunday after sustaining irreversible brain damage in January.The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office in Georgia said Brown, 22, had no previously unknown medical conditions that would have contributed to her death.It also said it has issued subpoenas to help gather documentary information on her death, and would conduct additional tests that are expected to take several weeks.Brown, the only...

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