JEDDAH: A total of 94,390 people, most of them Saudis, aged 15 to 59, are jobless because of their unwillingness to work, according to an online newspaper quoting the Central Department of Statistics and Information. Among them, 65.2 percent are Saudis and 72.7 percent women.The CDSI report, which covers the work force, the number of workers and people without jobs in the first half of 2015, said these people are capable of working and not old, nor are they handicapped, sick, studying or receiving training in any school, university or other educational institution.Mohammad Al-Khunaizi, member of the Human Resources Committee of the Shoura Council, said there were a number of reasons behind unwillingness to work. He said those who are not working actually do not need work as they have sufficient financial resources from their families, either directly or from properties that give them eno...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Tens of thousands of Malaysians wearing yellow T-shirts and blowing horns de...
KABUL, Afghanistan: Gunbattles between rival Taliban factions left at least five dead in southern Af...
RIYADH: Based on a recent study, spinsterhood in Saudi Arabia has escalated at an alarming rate where the number of unmarried girls reached 4 million this year compared to around 1.5 million in 2010.Experts and social workers attribute this figure to the high rates of dowry and other marriage-related spending.A new proposal was recently made by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal where a dowry was fixed at SR50,000 for un...
MAKKAH: Low-cost Haj packages are no longer available as the registration process has been completed.Announcing it, Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Nafei, assistant deputy minister of Haj, said domestic Haj operators have completed registering names of pilgrims for this year. “On the ministry’s website, 115,000 pilgrims from inside the Kingdom have registered their information and paid fees.” He rejected messages from local operat...

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RIYADH: As a mark of support for Saudi soldiers stationed on the southern borders, the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) has pledged to secure the admission of their children to various institutions and colleges to further their education.The announcement was made by TVTC Gov. Ali...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Health announced on Friday that two more people were infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. While no deaths were announced, the virus has already killed 26 people in just two weeks, from Aug. 16 to 28, the highest spike in cases in recent times, all likely caused by tr...
JEDDAH: A contract was signed recently to establish a specialist medical complex to treat cancer patients for free.The contract was signed in the presence of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal on Monday.The complex, which will cost SR147 million, will be established in the Jeddah governorate on the Jeddah-Madinah Highway a...
RIYADH: The government and courts have issued 35,010 penalties against citizens and expatriates for violating the country’s residency laws including fines and jail terms.Citizens and expatriates across the Kingdom were penalized for transporting, harboring and employing illegal workers, said Maj. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Yahya, dir...
JEDDAH: An African expat woman is being investigated for torturing her baby to death by pouring boiling water on her. The motive behind the vicious attack is unknown.The Board of Investigation and Prosecution in Jeddah has charged the woman with semi-premeditated murder after the burns to the 6-day-old baby’s lower limbs an...
JEDDAH: Security authorities have arrested 45 people from different parts of the Kingdom for Daesh links in the past 10 days. Forty of the suspects, accused of terrorism, are Saudis. Others are 2 Yemenis, an Egyptian, a Palestinian, and a national of Trinidad and Tobago. Over the past 310 days, 1,740 people of 20 different...
JEDDAH: As international schools in the city gear up for the new academic session, some parents have requested that schools improve the quality of their classes in Islamic studies. Although the Ministry of Education has decreed that all international schools must teach Islamic civilization, several concerned parents have co...
JEDDAH: The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has called for reasonable prices of food items during this year’s Haj season. The issue was discussed during a meeting between JCCI’s Commission for Food and Beverages and the Ministry of Trade and Industry on Thursday. The JCCI urged the ministry to ensure factorie...
The Date and Palm Festival's activities were launched on Thursday at the Al-Fanateer waterfront in Jubail Industrial City. The event, organized by the Royal Commission for Jubail (RCJ), will run through Sept. 5 and include various events centered on dates and palms and all related industries, in addition to leisure and heri...
JEDDAH: A total of 62,499 Saudi tourists visited Abu Dhabi over the first half of this year, a 28 percent rise compared to the same period last year.The Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA) said that over the same period 30,909 Saudis visited Oman marking a 15 percent increase, while 13,306 visited Kuwait, and 13...

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CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced to death 12 members of Daesh for planning att...

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VATICAN CITY: The Vatican says an autopsy has determined that its former ambassa...

KABUL, Afghanistan: Gunbattles between rival Taliban factions left at least five...

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COLOMBO: Cheteshwar Pujara marked his recall with an unbeaten century after Sri...

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Lakers President Jim Buss hinted the club would be read...

ARLINGTON, Texas: San Francisco rookie Kelby Tomlinson made the key contribution...

WINSTON-SALEM, United States: Second-seeded South African Kevin Anderson powered...

ALTO DE CAPILEIRA, Spain: Dutch rider Bert Jan Lindeman won Friday’s seventh sta...

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DUBAI/LONDON: A second oil price rout of 2015 has forced Arab OPEC members to cut their price expectations for this year, showing they are prepared to tolerate cheaper cr...
DUBAI/LONDON: A second oil price rout of 2015 has forced Arab OPEC members to cut their price expectations for this year, showing they are prepared to tolerate cheaper crude for longer to defend market share and curb rivals' output.OPEC delegates, including those from core Gulf OPEC countries, see economic troubles in top e...
WASHINGTON: US consumer spending rose in July as households stepped up automobile purchases, offering further evidence of strength in the economy that could keep the door open to a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year.While other data on Friday showed consumer sentiment dipped in August, likely as households fretted...
LONDON: Front-month Brent crude futures surged more than 10 percent higher on Thursday, one of the largest daily percentage movements on record, as traders raced to cover short positions.US crude futures rose almost as much, with the October contract ending the day up by more than 9 percent.Various fundamentals have been ci...
LONDON: Global stock markets finished mixed on Friday at the end of a turbulent week driven by worries over China's slowing growth with some relief coming from data showing the strength of the US economy.Global equities were hammered on Black Monday as risk-averse investors dumped shares on spreading panic that the flagging...
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple has sent invitations to an event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where it's expected to unveil the latest iPhone, a new Apple TV set-top box and other updated products."Hey Siri, give us a hint," reads the invitation to the event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, starting at 10 a.m.The release of a new...
TOKYO: Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has a new strategy to support his country's listing economy: Talking up China's.It's a marked break with what other Japanese officials are saying. Finance Minister Taro Aso and economy czar Akira Amari have been eager to blame China's slowdown for Japan's woes. It's somewhat surreal...
PARIS/BRUSSELS: The new head of the International Energy Agency faces dilemmas that challenge the purpose of the body set up to protect the interests of the West in the 1970s.Fatih Birol of Turkey — the IEA's respected chief economist — takes over on Tuesday, replacing Dutch politician Maria van der Hoeven, a former economy...
JOHANNESBURG: When Chinese company Shanghai Zendai bought 1,600 hectares (4,000 acres) of land outside Johannesburg in 2013, it promised to build the "New York of Africa."The sleepy district of Modderfontein would be transformed into a $7.8 billion metropolis with a forest of skyscrapers, 35,000 houses and a sanctuary of gr...
LONDON: British exports picked up in the second quarter, helping trade contribute to the economic expansion by the most in four years.Exports rose 3.9 percent from the previous three months, while imports gained just 0.6 percent. Gross domestic product increased 0.7 percent in the period, including a 1 percentage- point add...
 
 

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One of the greatest landscape photographers, Ansel Adams, once said: “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
One look at award-winning Saudi photographer Najla Al-Khalifa’s stunning shot...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

ENTOTO, Ethiopia: High above the crowded streets of Addis Ababa, among fields where farmers lead oxen dragging wooden ploughs, sits Ethiopia’s space program.
Perched on the top of the 3,200-meter (10,500-foot) high Mount Entoto, two metal domes house telescopes, each a meter in diameter.
Operational for only a few months, the specializ...

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Does Hijab become an obstacle for a Muslim woman to express herself through fashion? Ask Saudi designer Nabila Nazer and she will whip out some of the trendiest and coolest looks for a modest, modern woman. She says the purpose of her fashion venture is to revive modest yet fashionable clothing among the young generations of Muslim women. Her po...

TRAVEL »

When visiting London it’s natural to try and see all the iconic sights that are associated with the city. But it’s all too easy to miss out on the wonderful aspects of the capital that are not so widely known but which form part of its rich fabric. Towns outside the capital are also often over-looked.
So here is a guide to London and a near...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Hot flashes are a sudden feeling of feverish heat, typically a symptom of menopause. Women who have hot flashes might experience some difficulty in sleeping because hot flashes, called night sweats, also occur in deep sleep.It’s not precisely clear what causes hot flashes. However, they’re most likely due to hormonal changes in the body. Some women barely notice hot flashes or consider them a minor annoyance. For others, the intensity may affect their quality of life in a rather negative way.“Hot flashes are a quick feeling of heat and sometimes a red, flushed face and sweating. It is not yet known what is the exact cause of hot flashes, but it might be related to changes in the female body...
Nothing says I love meat like a good burger. What’s not to love? A good grilled, well seasoned, fresh ground beef patty with perfect accommodating condiments and the perfectly rounded bun to finish off … perfect, right? Jeddah has seen its share of gourmet burger restaurants in the past few years, some are well within the limits of “acceptable”, others “not so much” and a handful of “superb” tasting burger joints. Forget the American franchises that are scattered all over the city, the newest burger joint to hit the restaurant scene has to be “Section B” burger. The creation of six young Saudis all sharing one love, obviously a really good burger! Men and their meat, right? Ironically, this...
RIYADH: A voluntary youth outreach group has issued a warning against the publication of any study that intends to promote smoking tobacco. The warning comes on the heels of a study published by a well-known wire agency and a foreign health agency saying that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco by 95 percent and should be promoted as a tool to help smokers quit smoking.But the volunteer youth group said that electronic cigarettes are very harmful and detrimental to health. It added that it is also the easy way to tobacco smoking.“Marketing of this and similar studies is alarming and must be addressed accordingly.Professionals must educate young people regarding such a study...

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OULU, Finland: Who can play wildest on an instrument no one can see? A record 30 air guitarists from a dozen countries a...
NEW DELHI: International charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is taking legal action against the producers of a new Bollywood film, saying its misrepresentation of the medical group could put its aid workers deployed in conflict zones at risk.Action-thriller “Phantom” was released on Friday and features British-Indian actress Katrina Kaif as an MSF aid worker who helps a disgraced Indian soldier, played by actor Saif Ali Khan, to assassinate militants accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai bombings.In promotional interviews for the Hindi film this week, Kaif was quoted as saying, “NGO...
MADRID: All it wanted was to capture the aftermath of Spain’s annual Tomatina festival, but in the end, the Google Street View car turned out to be a ripe target for tomato throwers. The US firm had wanted to capture before-and-after pictures of the streets in the eastern town of Bunol during the annual festival when thousands of people hurl tomatoes at each other.But the car reached the area before the hour-long food fight had finished, with dozens of youths clambering on top of it and pelting it with tomatoes, leaving it covered with red goo, online pictures show.The car’s windows and...

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