MUNICH/AMMAN: Major powers agreed on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with bombing in support of its ally President Bashar Assad, who vowed to fight until he regained full control of the country.Although billed as a potential breakthrough, the “cessation of hostilities” agreement does not take effect for a week, at a time when Assad’s government is poised to win its biggest victory of the war with the backing of Russian air power.If implemented, the deal hammered out during five hours of late night talks in Munich would allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged towns. It was described by the countries that took part as a rare diplomatic success in a conflict that has fractured the Middle East, killed at least 250,000 people, made 11 million homeless and sent hundreds of thousands fleeing into Europe.But several Western countries said there was no hope for progre...
ALMATY, Kazakhstan: A fire broke out on Saturday at a construction site where Central Asia’s tallest...
RIYADH: Following directives from Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the medical evacuation fr...
RIYADH: Saudi Customs officers seized 20,376 bottles of assorted liquor about to be smuggled into the kingdom on Saturday.A report by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the contraband goods were confiscated at the Al-Batha Customs in the Eastern Border along the kingdom’s border with the United Arab Emirates.The liquor were hidden in a truck carrying a consignment of ginger, said the report, quoting customs officials in Al...
ISTANBUL: Turkey and Saudi Arabia could launch a ground operation against Daesh terrorists in Syria, the Turkish foreign minister said Saturday, adding the kingdom was already sending jets to a Turkish base to attack the extremists.The coordinated plans by Riyadh and Ankara, who are pursuing an increasingly tight alliance, add a new element to the explosive situation in Syria where Russia has been backing a successful reg...

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RIYADH: A cross-section of Saudi society on Friday denounced the Jazan massacre that shook the nation on Thursday, when a gunman went on the rampage killing seven education officials and injuring several others in Al-Dair governorate.The culprit, identified as Abdullah Al-Malki, has been arrested by...
DAMMAM: The 9th Saudi Student Conference which is being held on Feb. 13-14 is sponsored by Umm Al-Qura University and hosted by the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. It was organized by the Scientific Society for Saudi Students in the UK (SSSSUK) with the collaboration of the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in...
RIYADH: Over the past 10 years, begging in the Kingdom has increased substantially, with the number of organized gangs of expatriate beggars increasing to 85 percent of the total number of beggars, according to Social Affairs Ministry Majed Al-Qassabi. The number of Saudi beggars decreased by 13 percent during 2015. Accordi...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Health said it expects its blood donation drive will received 450,000 milliliters (ml) of blood when the Janadriyah festival ends on Feb. 19.Khalid Ibrahim Zobaie, who supervises the blood donation project, said the drive is important since the Kingdom had earlier banned the importation of blood from...
JEDDAH: The Shoura Council’s decision to reduce working hours in the private sector from 48 hours to 40 hours per week would result in additional operational costs in the sector due to 30 percent higher wages for expat workers, according to Mansour bin Abdullah Al-Shathri, the head of the Saudi Committee for Labor Market Af...
MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman recently visited a number of ongoing developmental project sites in the Holy City, as part of his efforts to ensure that they meet the set standards and deadlines.During the visit, he said that all the sectors and companies involved in the projects have to abide by the time fra...
RIYADH: The National Guard Ministry is studying the possibility of having two countries as guests of honor each year instead of one at the Janadriyah festival for culture and heritage, the Kingdom’s most prestigious annual festival.This was revealed by National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah in an exclusive interv...
DAMMAM: The Pakistan International School in Alkhobar hosted their 49th annual prize distribution ceremony to honor outstanding students in the presence of Pakistani Ambassador Manzoor Ul Haq and his wife, Nighat Manzoor.Haq appreciated the efforts of the teachers in producing good results and congratulated the award winner...
DAMMAM: The Weaam Association for Family Care in the Eastern Province has succeeded in addressing more than 700 cases of family disputes during the last one year.Abdulrahman Al-Khudair, Weaam’s director of public delations, said: “The association offered a number of new services, including family reforms, which contributed...
JEDDAH: The Nakheel mall case has continued to grab the limelight, with a number of lawyers now offering their services to the girl who was roughed up by some Haia members in Riyadh. Some people also expressed, through social media, their support to Mubarak Al-Dosari, the security guard of the mall who had come to the girl’...
RIYADH: Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh inaugurated this week a campaign tosafeguard Saudi society against bad influences.“The campaign seeks to immunize society in the Kingdom from deviant ideas as well as utter lies and heresies that could lead people off track,” the Grand Mufti said. The six-month campaign is bei...
RIYADH: A Filipino nurse, from Lamitan Basilan in southern Philippines, has been missing since Feb. 6.According to a co-worker at the clinic where she works, the 43-year-old nurse, a mother of one, was last seen at 3 p.m. on Saturday.“She told us she was going to Carrefour in Granada Mall and we haven’t seen her since,” sai...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Haj will put in place new measures for issuing Umrah visas for pilgrims from outside the country with the coordination of the Saudi embassies abroad, a local newspaper reported.The new measures will be implemented soon, given the expected growth in the applications for Umrah visas this season. Indeed...

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GENEVA: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative in Geneva says his country sent...

WASHINGTON: Syrian President Bashar Assad is “deluded” if he thinks there is a m...

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday said Turkey would,...

MUSCAT: Sultan Qaboos of Oman is to fly to Germany on Sunday for a medical check...

BENGHAZI: A MiG-23 fighter of Libya’s internationally recognized government was...

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SAO PAULO: More than 200,000 army, navy and air force troops are fanning out acr...

WASHINGTON: The United States said it had approved selling up to eight Lockheed...

BURNS, Oregon: The cost of the six-week standoff in rural Oregon that ended peac...

GLENDALE, Arizona: Police said on Saturday that the deaths of two 15-year-old fe...

COLUMBIA, South Carolina: Republican candidate Ted Cruz is out with a new ad moc...

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LONDON: Louis van Gaal conceded that Manchester United may need to win the Europ...

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands: Martin Klizan completed a second successive escape at th...

TAIPEI: Venus Williams fought a challenging match to defeat Russia’s Yulia Putin...

PARIS: A much-changed Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for their Champions League s...

WELLINGTON: Adam Voges boosted his Test average to more than 100 on Saturday as...

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ABU DHABI: Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI) said on Saturday oil prices could reach a range of $50 to $60 a barrel by mid-2017, the official state news agency and Reu...
AMSTERDAM: Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem rejected calls for banking union regulations to be loosened after weeks of falling bank shares, saying new European bail-in rules had caused investors to look “more critically” at risks born by banks.Speaking on Dutch radio on Saturday, Dijsselbloem, who is also the Dutch fi...
LONDON: The prospect that US oil refiners might respond to rising stockpiles of refined fuels and weakening margins by cutting the amount of crude they process has roiled oil markets in recent days.There are already more than 500 million barrels of crude in storage at refineries, tank farms, pipelines and oilfields across t...
NEW YORK: The Bank of Japan designed its new negative interest rates to avoid hurting bank profits, and the recent drop in bank stocks is “overdone,” the BOJ’s deputy governor said in what amounted to a defense of last month’s shock policy decision.Hiroshi Nakaso, seeking to explain the move to bankers and investors in New...
WASHINGTON: A recent tightening of credit for US companies is threatening to undermine economic growth, making it less likely the US Federal Reserve will raise interest rates anytime soon.Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said recently it was still too soon for the central bank to change its view that rate hikes are needed...
FRANKFURT: Commerzbank, Germany’s second biggest bank, said its profits quadrupled in 2015, highlighting a remarkable comeback from the brink of disaster during the financial crisis.In a rare upbeat announcement amid the current gloom gripping the European banking sector, Commerzbank also said it would resume dividend payme...
MUMBAI: India’s former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh criticized his successor Narendra Modi’s government in a rare interview, saying it has failed to capitalize on lower commodity prices to propel growth and is inconsistent in its policy toward neighboring Pakistan.Speaking to the India Today magazine, Singh said Modi’s gov...
BALI, Indonesia: Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi has underlined the importance of energy in the economic and social growth, saying that all peoples of the world have the right to have reliable stable energy sources.He also said that the fossil fuel will continue to play its important role in the consum...
LONDON: Oil prices jumped on Friday on prospects for a coordinated production cut sparked by comments from the energy minister of the UAE.Still, analysts said such a move remained unlikely, and prices for Brent and US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude were on track for weekly losses of more than 7 percent and 11 percent r...
LONDON: The 19-country euro zone is in its longest stretch of economic expansion since the global financial crisis in 2008 but growth remains paltry despite a series of tail winds and is susceptible to a reverse if the worst fears in financial markets come to fruition.The region’s economy grew by a quarterly 0.3 percent in...
 

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People are sitting in a little room watching some films; for many of the viewers what they are seeing is quite a revelation. The highly creative short videos show a picture of the Gulf from a thought-provoking, fantastical and often very funny perspective. A message that shines through from a film called Pixels is how prejudice is universal and...

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NEW YORK: Apple Inc. is on target to introduce its next iPhone and iPad models on March 15, and aims to start selling the devices in the same week, technology blog 9to5Mac reported, citing sources.
Apple, which will introduce a new 4-inch iPhone, dubbed the “iPhone 5se,” and a new iPad Air at a launch event, is unlikely to take pre-orders f...

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The Middle East is now home to a number of world class accessories designers who are intuitively blurring the line between East and West and offering something unique that one can’t help but feel totally attached to. To put it mildly, their luxe creations are one-of-a-kind from all ends worthy of being put on display in a museum.
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For the fourth year in a row, Abu Dhabi organized it’s annual Qasr Al-Hosn Festival to celebrate the past and present glories of the UAE. It is truly a celebration of Emirati culture and heritage. The festival provides visitors and tourists an opportunity to learn more about the Emirati identity in a fun and informative way.
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FOOD & HEALTH »

RIYADH: Several government departments participating in a campaign to fight breast cancer in the Eastern Province will offer their recommendations to the Ministry of the Interior to include breast cancer checks for women aged 40 and above as part of the services covered by the civil affairs offices.The services usually offered by these offices across the Kingdom include issuing of national identity cards and their renewal, registration of new born babies, death registration, obtaining Haj permits, fingerprinting and re-issuance of lost documents for Saudi citizens.Dr. Salih Al Solouk, the general director of health affairs in the Eastern Province, said that the recommendation is expected to...
There are millions in this world today who suffer from insomnia. When sleeplessness moves beyond the normal range of a few days into weeks and months, you have a really serious problem afflicting you that requires express treatment. However, first you must have a basic understanding of insomnia and its different aspects. Insomnia is a common sleep complaint that occurs when you have one or more of these problems; You have a hard time initiating sleep, struggle to maintain sleep, waking up frequently during the night, tend to wake up too early and are unable to go back to sleep. Or your sleep is no restorative or has poor quality. These symptoms of insomnia can be caused by a variety of...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia joined the rest of the world in intensifying public awareness on cancer with activities spread over the week supporting the global cause that aims to save millions of lives every year by raising awareness and education about the disease, urging governments and individuals across the world to take action.Being a truly global event observed annually on Feb. 4th, World Cancer Day unites the whole world in the fight against cancer. The Kingdom joined the massive awareness campaign with the Ministry of Health observing cancer awareness week, ending on Wednesday.Under the auspices of Health Ministry, King Saud University (KSU), which is leading the vanguard in the Kingdom for...

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NEW YORK: Rihanna is certainly used to stopping the show, whether as a performer or as a fashion figure whose daring cho...
LOS ANGELES: Jennifer Lopez is facing a backlash on social media from pro-Palestine supporters over her rumored plans to perform in Israel for the first time. Writing under the hashtag #CancelTelAviv, activists have been questioning her motives for wanting to gig in Tel Aviv, accusing her of ‘entertaining children’s killers’, reported AlBawaba.Some of the tweets were accompanied by graphic photos purportedly showing injured children in Gaza, with the caption questioning the singer’s unconfirmed decision.Israeli media first started reporting last week that Lopez was planning to perform in Tel...
ZAGREB: The next “Star Wars” movie will follow in the footsteps of “Game of Thrones” with some scenes due to be filmed in Croatia’s Adriatic resort of Dubrovnik next month, city officials said. Shooting will take place in the medieval town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, from March 9 to 16, a statement said, adding that the choice of the city would create a huge “marketing potential.”The statement came as Dubrovnik mayor Andro Vlahusic visited Lucasfilm, the film production company that created the Star Wars franchise, in San Francisco on Thursday.From 2011, three seasons of the series “Game...

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