JEDDAH: Three people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Anoud Mosque in Dammam while the Friday congregational prayer was under way, the Interior Ministry said. The bomber, disguised as a woman, proceeded to the women's section, but could not enter as the gate was locked. He then went to the men's section but was stopped by security men there. Then he went to the car and blew himself up The blast caused a fire that spread to nearby parked cars. “Security men foiled an attempt to carry out a terror attack on worshippers performing the Friday prayer at Anoud Mosque in Dammam. When security men saw a suspicious looking car heading for the parking area close to the mosque, they approached it and it was then that the explosion took place near the car, killing four people (including the bomber), one of them believed to be the car driver,” Interior Ministry Spokesman...
JEDDAH: Pakistan, Jordan and Bahrain have condemned Friday's terror attack in Dammam.Pakistani Presi...
DAMMAM: Saudi Arabia was ranked first among Arab countries and 38th globally for respecting the righ...
JEDDAH: Yemen's Vice President Khaled Mahfouz Bahah recently inaugurated a Hope Center at the country's consulate Jeddah in order to correct the status of approximately 1 million Yemenis who are illegally residing in the western region of the country.This comes in the wake of the directive of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to grant them visit visas for six months, subject to extension after they acquire the...
DAMMAM: The blast outside Al-Anoud mosque in Dammam on Friday caused panic and chaos as worshippers rushed to get out of the building and several cars were set alight in the parking lot by the force of the explosion, a witness said.Ali Al-Haji said he was sitting inside the mosque at noon listening to the sermon, which ironically was about the bombing in Al-Qadeeh the previous Friday, when he heard the sound of the blast...

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RIYADH: In widespread condemnation across Saudi society, prominent citizens reacted strongly on Friday to yet another terror attack in which a suicide bomber blew himself up near a mosque in Damman leaving four people dead.Governments and top officials from different countries have expressed their d...
RIYADH: A tourism campaign will be launched on June 8 to encourage Riyadh residents to spend their summer vacations in the city, rather than abroad.“The campaign will be held under the auspices of the Council of Saudi Chambers, Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquity (SCTA) and the office of the Riyadh governor,” said...
RIYADH: The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance (MIAECG) announced here Friday that its mosques across the Kingdom are ready for the upcoming month of Ramadan. Security measures will be beefed up to protect mosques following the two attacks. These security measures come in the wake of the terrorist at...
JEDDAH: Undersecretary of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Tawfiq bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sudairy praised the Ministry of Interior's security sense which led to the foiling of a terrorist crime targeting worshippers in Al-Anoud Mosque in Dammam on Friday.Al-Sudairy condemned this criminal attack whic...
RIYADH: Government inspectors will start checking stores starting Sunday to ensure they are stocking energy efficient refrigerators and freezers.Dealers had until Thursday this past week to comply with new regulations issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. This is part of the government’s efforts to reduce energy...
DAMMAM: Jordanian security services revealed Friday the details of an attack on three Saudis nationals in Jordan by a group of men who stole their vehicle, assaulted them, and robbed them of their passports and mobile devices.The Saudis were on a hunting trip in the governorate of Ma'an at the time of the incidentThe victim...
RIYADH: In a major initiative to promote geo-tourism, a niche market with considerable growth prospects at the global level, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) organized a trip for trainees from the sector in order to help diversify domestic tourism.Geo-tourism has a distinctive feature that links the a...
JEDDAH: The Housing Ministry plans to delay furnishing government-built homes, to focus on providing more units for citizens.The aim is to reduce the waiting list for homes, buy more land and provide further loans to Saudis, according to a report in a local publication recently. Furnishing would be dealt with at a later sta...
MADINAH: The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) has revealed that it intervenes in cases where “spiteful” cases are registered by sponsors against expatriate workers due to differences between them. These notifications were often the result of workers running away from their sponsors, resulting in them being arrested...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has ratified international and regional conventions and treaties and, in fact, it was the first country to implement programs to save the environment.This was stated by Abdulaziz bin Omar Al-Jasser, chairman of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment, after inaugurating an International Gulf Forum...
JEDDAH: Shaheen Air, a private Pakistani airline, announced Wednesday that the Pakistani government has allowed it to transport Haj pilgrims this year.Tahir Majeed, the airline’s country manager, speaking at the opening of the company’s new office in Jeddah, said that 25,000 to 30,000 pilgrims would be transported this year...
QATIF: Families of the Al-Qadeeh martyrs have received a number of sheikhs who work in the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, who came to offer condolences and stand with them in their hour of grief.The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Saleh Al Alsheikh, issued a circular for imams in Makkah to allocate next Friday's sermon to...
RIYADH: One hundred and thirty stranded Filipino workers here have launched an urgent plea for help to go home.The workers are living in a two-room house that their embassy hired for them. The rooms can accommodate only 30 workers, which had forced them to set up makeshift tents with tarpaulins on the grounds, including aro...

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TRIPOLI: The Islamic State group has seized control of the airport in the city o...

NICOSIA: A Lebanese-Canadian man detained in Cyprus after two tons of potential...

MELBOURNE: At least 12 Australian women from one city have attempted to join the...

CAIRO: French far-right leader Marine Le Pen held talks in Egypt with Al-Azhar t...

BAGHDAD: Qatar will open an embassy in Baghdad, Iraq’s foreign minister said on...

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YANGON: Myanmar’s navy seized a boat packed with 727 people off the country’s so...

MONTREAL: One of the top suspects of Nazi war crimes during the Second World War...

BEIJING: China’s capital seeks to snuff out smoking in indoor public places on M...

BUJUMBURA: An explosion shook the centre of the Burundi capital on Friday but no...

PARIS: A heritage committee of the UNESCO cultural agency stopped short on Frida...

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ZURICH: Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president on Friday in a dramatic...

Zurich: Sepp Blatter won the FIFA presidency for a fifth time Friday after his c...

ZURICH: Palestine unexpectedly dropped its motion to suspend Israel from interna...

SYDNEY: Danish pair Jan O Jorgensen and Viktor Axelsen will face each other in t...

ARLINGTON, Texas: Eduardo Rodriguez threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings to become the...

ECONOMY »

NEW YORK: Oil rose more than 3 percent on Friday as a rally in the dollar faded and as data from Thursday that showed a fourth straight weekly drop in US crude stockpiles...
VIENNA: OPEC will meet next week amid rising global demand and a reduction in supply, which are both helping to support prices, two OPEC officials said after pre-meeting talks.A calmer mood among national representatives and officials compared with the last OPEC meeting in November 2014 means it is likely to keep its produc...
LONDON: Oil prices are likely to stay relatively weak for the rest of this year due ample supply from traditional Middle East producers and a resurgence of US shale production, a Reuters survey forecast on Friday.Reuters monthly survey of 28 analysts predicted the global oil benchmark North Sea Brent crude would average $61...
PARIS: Air France faces its second safety investigation in as many weeks after pilots were forced to recover in mid-takeoff after entering the wrong data into the computer of a cargo jet, airline and safety officials said.The mistake over the plane’s weight was discovered when the Boeing 777 freighter accelerated too slowly...
NEW YORK: Female CEOs are outpacing their male colleagues in pay, although they remain vastly outnumbered in the top echelons of American companies.Last year, the median pay for women CEOs rose to $15.9 million, a 21 percent gain from a year earlier, according to a study by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The...
NEW YORK: US banking giant JPMorgan Chase will cut thousands of jobs in a cost-shaving program aimed at saving $5 billion through 2017, a person close to the situation said.The largest US bank will eliminate more than 5,000 jobs by next year, said another source, confirming a report in The Wall Street Journal.The layoffs wi...
NICOSIA: Recession-hit Cyprus recorded a 15 percent hike in key tourism revenue in March, the first rise in income this year, official data showed.Tourism income on the Mediterranean holiday island reached 65 million euros ($71 million) from 56.5 million euros in the same month last year.This was helped by a 25.7 percent su...
MOSCOW: Russia’s ruble is on a roller-coaster. After being the world’s second worst-performing currency against the dollar last year, it is among the best in 2015.That will help keep a leash on inflation, to the relief of millions of Russians. But it is worrying one part of the economy — the local industry that had seen dem...
HONG KONG: Japan’s Nikkei chalked up an eleventh straight gain as the yen sat around 12-year lows against the dollar, while Shanghai extended losses following the previous day’s hefty plunge.The euro continues to face downside pressure over concerns that Greece and its creditors will not reach an agreement on reforming its...
SAN FRANCISCO: Google is willing to store and organize all of the world’s digital photos and videos for free.The online photo service is the latest example of Google’s desire to wrap its tentacles around virtually every part of people’s lives.Google will provide unlimited storage of all photos up to 16 megapixels and high-d...
LONDON: Tata Steel UK’s biggest trade union has voted to go on strike, setting the scene for the biggest labor action in the British steel sector in three decades.Members of the trade union Community voted 88 percent in favor of going on strike while the smaller GMB union said its members also approved strike action, statem...
WASHINGTON: The US economy contracted in the first quarter as it buckled under the weight of unusually heavy snowfalls, a resurgent dollar and disruptions at West Coast ports, but activity has rebounded modestly.The government slashed its gross domestic product estimate to show GDP shrinking at a 0.7 percent annual rate ins...
MUMBAI: India posted annual growth of 7.3 percent, overtaking China in the first three months of 2015, but analysts warned further measures were needed to boost the economy.The growth rate for the financial year that ended March 31, 2015 came in slightly lower than the 7.4 percent that the statistics ministry had predicted...
 

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We live in a modern world that is losing traces of its past bit by bit, it’s inevitable since it’s the normal evolutionary way of life. The world is progressing at a fast pace and we are engrossed in daily activities that can get us all wrapped up with the future of our endeavors and so the past is simply an illusion or a story being told by an...

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A newly-discovered glitch in Apple’s software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message.
Apple says it’s aware of the problem and is working on a fix. But some pranksters are sharing information about the glitch on social media and using it to crash other peoples’ phones.
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Summer season can be damaging to your skin and hair, but how about your fingernails? Sun, heat, and water can all cause damage to your digits.
Many women pay attention to only hair and skin to protect them from the damaging summer weather and neglect their nails. Summer is the season for exposed flip-flops and sandals; you would want to pa...

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RIYADH: A tourism campaign will be launched on June 8 to encourage Riyadh residents to spend their summer vacations in the city, rather than abroad.
“The campaign will be held under the auspices of the Council of Saudi Chambers, Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquity (SCTA) and the office of the Riyadh governor,” said Mohsin Shaikh Al...

FOOD & HEALTH »

ABHA: While many smokers say that they can’t quit and others complain of no will power, some admit to smoking because it is seen as fashionable. It seems that sheesha and cigarettes have become the latest fashion accessory at women’s gatherings where smoking is seen as necessary.Psychologists and sociologists say that the increasing number of women who smoke for perceived social prestige is alarming.An official at Naqa, a charitable organization specializing in combating smoking, said more Saudi women than men smoke sheesha. He pointed out that the ages of smoking women is between 30 and 40, adding that large numbers of married women smoke sheesha. He explained that the situation has become...
If you are tired of eating Lebanese, Italian or even Chinese food and you have no desire for some fast food, the time has come for a real change so how about some Tex-Mex at Chili’s! Tex-Mex, incidentally, was one of the original spin-offs from Mexican cooking that has really strayed far from its roots. In other words, Mexican food and Tex-Mex are merely cousins in the culinary world. The term Tex-Mex first appeared in print in 1945.The arrival of large numbers of Mexican immigrants in Texas after 1950 prompted the opening of Mexican restaurants. This twentieth century phenomenon turned into a gourmet trend in the 1970s, a fad which has not abated and is still very much alive. People are...
JEDDAH: There are nearly 15,000 renal failure patients in the Kingdom and two-third of them undergo dialysis, said Dr. Mohammed Al-Aumi, supervisor of King Salman Kidney Center in Riyadh.Addressing a workshop organized by the Health Ministry for enhancing public awareness on kidney related diseases, he said renal failure cases are spreading all over the world.“More than 600 million people around the world currently suffer from kidney diseases and they account for 14.2 percent of global population,” Al-Aumi told participants.“It’s a silent disease that creeps into all parts of body and we’ll know its symptoms only after sometime,” he pointed out.Al-Aumi underscored the ministry’s efforts to...

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OXON HILL, Maryland: They couldn’t be rattled. They couldn’t be denied. Indian-Americans Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya S...
RABAT, Morocco: Singer and movie star Jennifer Lopez has expressed excitement about kicking off Morocco’s Mawazine music festival on Friday, while insisting she’s still just the girl from the Bronx.“I’m excited for everyone to see my whole show and experience a Moroccan audience for the first time that way,” she told journalists Thursday in the Moroccan capital of Rabat ahead of her scheduled performance.She said the key to beauty was a healthy life, working hard and not drinking or smoking. She talked about future projects, including a show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and a police...
LOS ANGELES: Angelina Jolie, American actress and human rights activist, turns 40 on June 4. She is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses, with an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards to her name. Forbes released it’s list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” recently. Jolie came in at 54. Her humanitarian work focuses on conservation, education, and women’s rights, and she also campaigns on behalf of refugees as a Special Envoy for UNHCR. Twice divorced, she is now married to actor Brad Pitt and has six children, three of whom were adopted...

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