Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman vowed on Saturday that the military intervention Saudi Arabia is leading against Houthis in Yemen will continue until it brings security to the Yemeni people. The campaign will continue until it achieves its goals for the Yemeni people to enjoy security, the king said at the 26th Arab Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh. The king’s pledge came as heads of Arab states said the Saudi Arabia-led operation in Yemen is fundamental to safeguard the region’s stability and the Arabic identity of Yemen. Arab leaders also voiced their strong support to the Saudi-led operation against the Iran-backed group, saying their coup is a threat not only to the security of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, but also to the Arab world and to international peace. Operation Decisive Storm, in which several Arab and international countries are taking part, including the U...
American and European leaders reiterated their support for the Saudi-led coalition, and agreed to ex...
Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Saturday denounced Houthi terrorists as “puppets of Ira...
Sweden has apologized for the recent offensive remarks by its foreign minister against the laws of Saudi Arabia and hoped for better relations between the two countries.Hailing the role of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in protecting Islam and its holy places, Sweden said it is looking forward to welcoming back the Saudi ambassador to Stockholm.The kingdom had recalled its ambassador soon after the uncalled...
The Defense Ministry reiterated on Saturday that the coalition forces conducting military operations in Yemen are very much cautious about avoiding collateral damage and accused Houthis of targeting homes and civilians to maximize casualties with the intention of blaming them on airstrikes.Addressing a press conference at the Riyadh air base, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, consultant at the office of defense minister, said:...

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Several countries are interested in how the Kingdom is combating extremism on the Internet, according to an American study conducted recently.Published by CTC Sentinel, a monthly of Combating Terrorism Center at the US Military Academy at West Point, it said Internet’s role in spreading extremism an...
Following is the text of the address of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman at the Arab Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh on Saturday:I would like to send my deep thanks and appreciation to the people and government of Egypt under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi for hosting the 26th Arab Summit, and the...
As “Operation Decisive Storm” continues, life remains normal for Jazan residents near the Saudi-Yemeni border. Residents expressed support for the efforts to preserve the security and stability of the Kingdom, especially border sites, recalling the achievements of Saudi forces a few years ago when a number of Houthi rebels...
A number of Yemeni expatriates have expressed appreciation for Saudi support to their country, adding that the recently launched Operation Decisive Storm will mark the starting point of rebuilding Yemen anew.Abdul Salam Al-Qashuri, a Yemeni doctor, thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and other GCC leaders...
With a growing number of facilities in the Kingdom, a need for female security guards arose. More women are joining this field and are taking their spots in private offices run by women, banks, malls and other social, educational and health facilities.Warda Al-Yani recently decided to become a guard and says people were ske...
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is taking new measures to maintain the security of the Kingdom’s representatives and embassy staff. Undersecretary for Consulate Affairs Ambassador Osama Al-Sanousi said employees who work in troubled areas are not permitted to stay there for more than two years at any given time.He said empl...
Osama Al-Rabiah, deputy chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha), has revealed that officials who were recently relieved of their positions will be held accountable if they were found of indulging in corruption during their services.Speaking to a local publication, he said it is not Nazaha’s responsibili...
The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) said that the reported side effects of using compact fluorescent energy-saving lamps (CFL) have not been scientifically proved.SASO made the comments recently following reports on social media that such lamps could cause physical damage to consumers as they cont...
The Technical and Vocational Training Corp. (TVTC) said on Saturday that another five technical institutions, including an academy of civil aviation, would soon be operational.A TVTC spokesman said the new institutes, which are being set up in cooperation with local Saudi firms, will accommodate 5,800 trainees. They will be...
Two warships from Aden arrived safely at the King Faisal Naval Base on Saturday morning. The ships carried 86 diplomats from the Saudi Embassy in Yemen, the Saudi Consulate in Aden, and a number of envoys from friendly countries.Naval aviation forces and maritime special security units participated in the evacuation off the...
Hezbollah, the Lebanese-based Shiite militia, is operating in Yemen on the side of the Houthis with the aid of Iran, a senior Saudi diplomat claimed on Friday.Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel Al-Jubeir made the claim in an interview on CNN with Wolf Blitzer. “We have reports that the Iranians are providing weapons...
Head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais has lauded the stand taken by the Kingdom and other nations against the Houthis in Yemen.“Yemen has been ravaged by the Houthi militias supported by foreign agencies striving to undermine the security of the Muslim world...” In a statement on Frida...
Minister of Education Azzam Al-Dakhil has issued new directives for schools to follow when accepting pupils from outside the Kingdom, including having them write examinations to gain admittance.Abdulkarim Al-Jarbou’, director general of examinations and admissions at the ministry, said the results of these students must be...

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At the annual Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2015, the senior leadership of the world’s second largest diversified global chemical company, Saudi Basic Indus...
The power consumption in Saudi Arabia continues to grow at a steady rate. Over the last decade, it has witnessed an average annual increase in demand for electricity, with a significant rise in the number of subscribers. In order to address the challenges faced by the country’s power industry, Riyadh Exhibitions Company (RE...
Revenues of the Saudi listed energy and utility firms grew by 15.4 percent to SR40.3 billion in 2014 compared to SR34.9 billion in 2013, according to a financial report.Similarly, net profits of the listed energy firms rose by 19.3 percent to SR3.76 billion compared to SR3.15 billion in 2013, Al-Hayat daily said in a report...
ATHENS: The ratings agency Fitch has downgraded Greece's sovereign rating amid growing uncertainty over the new government's pledge to overhaul reforms needed to restart bailout loan payments and avoid default.The agency late Friday said it had lowered the country's rating deeper into non-investment grade status from B to C...
SHANGHAI/RIO DE JANEIRO: Russia, Australia and the Netherlands on Saturday became the latest three countries to say they plan to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), adding clout to an institution seen as enhancing China's regional and global influence.The AIIB, seen as a challenge to existing ins...
SAN FRANCISCO: The Federal Reserve is considering raising near-zero interest rates this year even though this may slow the US recovery, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said.The Federal Open Market Committee is now “giving serious consideration to beginning to reduce later this year some of the extraordinary monetary policy accommoda...
Notwithstanding the weak start for the global economy, Asian economies are expected to continue to grow rapidly in 2015. "We expect economic growth to average 5.7 percent in 2015, the same rate as in 2014. However this masks significant differences across Asian countries that mainly depend on their exposure to global headwi...
NEW YORK: As you may have heard, those smart people at 3G Capital have this really brilliant idea for jump- starting growth at the Kraft, part of what henceforth will be called Kraft Heinz (but should be called Heinzkraft): globalization! Kraft gets 98 percent of its sales from North America; Heinz gets 61 percent of its sa...
NEW YORK: US health care giant Johnson & Johnson announced plans to collaborate with Google on surgical robotics.The two companies said in a statement they would work “to create an innovative robotic-assisted surgical platform capable of integrating advanced technologies with the goal of improving health care delivery i...
NEW YORK: Oil fell on Friday as fears about the disruption of Middle East crude shipments from Yemen's conflict eased, and focus turned to the likelihood of an Iranian nuclear deal by next week that could put more supply on the market.But prices were still headed for a second straight week of gains, with US crude on track t...
The dairy industry sector in the Kingdom is in need of additional investments estimated at SR15 billion to shore up production either by expansion of the existing projects or construction of new ones by 2020, according to a new study.The projected investments are aimed to bridge the gap between the current production levels...
HONG KONG: Cnooc Ltd., China’s biggest offshore explorer, reported a 6.6 percent increase in full-year profit Friday, beating the plunge in crude prices that has hit explorers across the world.Net income rose to 60.2 billion yuan ($9.7 billion), or 1.35 yuan a share, from 56.5 billion yuan, or 1.26 yuan, a year earlier, acc...
LONDON: Gold fell on Friday, snapping a seven-day rally as the dollar steadied and investors remained cautious ahead of comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, but the metal still looked set to post its second straight weekly gain.Yellen's speech was scheduled at 1945 GMT and traders will be listening for clues on...

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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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Social media has lit up with messages of support and congratulations for the Saudi government in the wake of the military action in Yemen.
One tweet by Al-Hilal first team football captain Yasser Al-Qahtani was retweeted over 10,000 times. Al-Qahtani called on citizens to reject rumors and support the country’s armed forces. He also warned...

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Caroline Seikaly is an American-Lebanese designer with French roots. She grew up in the United States and studied fashion design at the Rhode Island School of Design and while she was there, she also had the opportunity to collaborate with Isaac Mizrahi in New York.
After graduation, Seikaly moved to Paris to gain experience in Haute Coutu...

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The first integrated tourist center in Jeddah was recently inaugurated under the patronage of Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed by the director general of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities in Makkah, Abdullah Al-Omari.
During the opening event, thousands of visitors were present, along with businessmen, businesswomen, nota...

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Only half a century ago, very few people knew what a coconut was, let alone knowing the taste of its fresh water or its white fruit, the fatty meaty pulp. Very few homes had coconut trees in Jeddah. Only the owners of the trees knew the value of this giving tree and its fruit. However, coconut oil was always found at the attar (local herb and spice store, once considered a pharmacist or healer). Women applied the oil to their hair before washing it to give it shine, moisture, and smoothness. It also nourished the scalp and made hair less rough and more manageable. I remember as a child, being subjected to this weekly ritual before swimming on Fridays to protect the hair strands from the sun...
Mobile clinics of the Tobacco Control Program (TCP) at the Ministry of Health have played a key role in helping some 2,296 male and female smokers to give up smoking.Some 9,710 smokers visited mobile clinics, of which 8,575, or 88.3 percent, were female smokers, and the remaining 11.7 percent, or 1,135 were male smokers, said Dr. Ali Al-Wadie, the TCP general supervisor.On the reasons behind smoking, 68 percent claim peer pressure, 37 percent was attributed to imitation, while tension was the third major reason for smoking at 11 percent.On the reasons that motivated smokers to quit smoking, health concerns topped other reasons at 59 percent, followed by religious factors (14 percent) and...
When Umm Ahmad sought a spice dealer’s help, she was looking for a recipe for losing weight. Instead, the 35-year-old housewife has suffered kidney failure as a result of a mix sold to her by an expatriate who was allegedly an “experienced” herbalist.Cancer, kidney failure and hepatitis can be worsened by herbal mixtures that people believe are cures. Doctors and experts warn people about taking herbal treatments too seriously as if they were scientific medications. They said some items sold by herbalists pose a serious danger since some of the different herbs become toxic when mixed.Jawaher Ali says many herbalists play the role of pharmacists, charging large amounts of money for their...

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SYDNEY: The Sydney Harbor Bridge and the sails on the nearby Opera House were the first ones to go dark Saturday, as lig...
LOS ANGELES: Singer Miley Cyrus has made a necklace from her recently extracted wisdom tooth, which she combined with numerous colorful beaded chains.Cyrus channeled her creativity before posting the photograph on photo-sharing website Instagram, reports aceshowbiz.com.“Made Meeeeesahhhh @waynecoyne5 #dirtyhippie necklace with my realllll life tooooof in it that’s some exclusive a$$ DUDE NOW YIEW CAN CLONE ME,” she captioned the image.A few days before, Cyrus also took to the photo-sharing website to share some graphic photographs of her getting five of her teeth removed. Among the images she...
LOS ANGELES: Pop music star Justin Bieber says he’ll be at Floyd Mayweather’s side when the unbeaten American walks to the ring on May 2 to take on Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight world title super-fight.Bieber, a friend of Mayweather who has accompanied the fighter to the ring at other fights, told celebrity website TMZ.com that he would be part of the boxer’s entourage for the long anticipated bout with Filipino ring icon Pacquiao in Las Vegas.Bieber, a onetime teenage heart-throb, has in recent years found himself in trouble for run-ins with authority ranging in seriousness from egg-...

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