BEIRUT/TOKYO: Islamic State militants said on Saturday they had killed Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, after the apparent failure of sustained international efforts to secure his release through a prisoner swap.The hard-line Islamist group, an offshoot of Al-Qaeda which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, released a video which purported to show the beheaded body of journalist Goto and threatened further attacks on Japanese targets.Islamic State has said Goto was held along with a Jordanian pilot. Efforts to win their release had focused on the possible release of an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber jailed in Jordan 10 years ago. The video did not mention the pilot.Japan condemned the militants and said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet would meet in response to the video, which showed a hooded man standing over Goto with a knife to his throat, followed by footage of a head put on the ba...
Athens: Greece’s new government began a search for European allies Saturday in its bid to renegotiat...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman received Bahraini King Hamad on Friday at his ranch in...
El-ARISH, Sinai Peninsula: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi told his nation to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists Saturday following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.El-Sissi made his televised address as military commanders announced plans to forge a unified command for all armed forces in Sinai.“We will not leave Sinai for the terrorists,” el-Sissi said.Extremists tar...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Philippine government and Muslim rebel negotiators issued a joint plea Saturday for the country to stick to a historic peace accord that is now in peril after a deadly clash spurred calls for retribution against the guerrillas.Both sides told a press briefing in Kuala Lumpur that two days of talks in Malaysia on disarming the rebels had made progress, and they vowed not to waver in implementing an...

SAUDI ARABIA »

The new Cabinet announced by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Thursday has several appointees who are accomplished administrators with vast experience and expertise in their fields.Azzam Al-Dakhil, the new minister of education, is also chief executive officer of the Prince Mohammed...
Sardar Muhammad Yusuf, Pakistan’s federal minster for religious affairs, praised the Pakistan Haj Volunteers Group (PHVG), an organization formed by members of the expat community living in the Kingdom, for serving pilgrims each year.The minister addressed a large number of people from the expat community at the Pakistani E...
The Riyadh-based King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) launched on Saturday the second phase of the 10th national dialogue on “Extremism and its effects on national unity” in the Najran region.In a statement released on Friday, KACND’s Trustees Chairman, Abdullah Al-Mutlaq, said the center will also hold semi...
In a new development in the case of the Yanbu female employee, Hawazen Baghdadi, a judge has ruled to suspend the accounts of the company who fired the woman and bring in by force the owner of the establishment. According to the judicial ruling, the owner failed to respond to the court’s decision to return the female employ...
A high ranking Dutch agricultural delegation is currently in the Kingdom and has visited Al-Kharj in addition to holding a meeting with a number of local businessmen at the chamber of commerce and industry.The meeting was also attended by Al-Kharj chamber’s secretary general, Mansour Al-Amaj and the chairman of the agricult...
A total of 1.8 million Saudis have canceled their marriage plans after tests showed they were genetically incompatible with their prospective spouses, the Ministry of Health official has said.This constitutes 60 percent of the 3 million people who took the required premarital screening over the past 11 years, said Dr. Muham...
A civil status court in Jeddah canceled a man’s guardianship of his 49-year-old sister for withholding permission for her marriage. The court granted her permission to marry the man of her choice at the same hearing.The woman had filed a lawsuit against her brother and was surprised when the entire process was completed in...
An increasing number of Saudi female students are seeking husbands so that they can take up scholarships to study abroad, according to a report in a local publication recently.This is happening because students will soon embark on their studies abroad, marking the 10th year of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Foreign...
The Ministry of Labor has started penalyzing recruiting firms and offices for violations including overcharging and breaking contractual obligations, after several complaints were filed by citizens.Some of the complaints have been referred to other government agencies for further action, said Ziad Sayegh, undersecretary for...
The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) signed an agreement with the Advance Water Technology Company (AWTC) for planning out the design and construction of solar water desalination plant in Khafji with a production capacity of 60,000 cubic meters per day.The accord was signed by KACST President Ibrahim A...
The Interior Ministry has appointed a new director-general of the Border Guard.Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, second deputy premier and minister of interior, announced recently that Maj. Gen. Awad bin Eid Al-Balawi would be placed in this position.Al-Balawi was appointed acting director-general of the Border Guard i...
Saudi Arabia’s population stood at 30.8 million at the end of 2014, a 2.6 percent rise from 2013, according to data released by the Kingdom’s Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI).There were 20.7 million Saudis, making up 67 percent of the population, while the number of foreigners stood at 10.1 million or...
Saudi Arabia’s support to Muslim causes in general and youth in particular the world over has received high praise from prominent leaders of the 12th international conference of the Riyadh-based World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), which opened here on Thursday (Jan. 29).In his address at the opening of the three-day even...

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WASHINGTON: The CIA and Israel’s spy agency Mossad were behind an elaborate plot...

DUBAI: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, growing frustrated with hard-line resis...

KIRKUK: Islamic State insurgents on Saturday seized a small crude oil station ne...

El-ARISH, Sinai Peninsula: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi told his nati...

Cairo: An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian Islami...

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ADDIS ABABA: African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko...

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up an offensive against D...

NEW DELHI: India on Saturday succeeded for the first time in using a mobile laun...

DES MOINES, Iowa: Mitt Romney’s exit from the presidential campaign has unleashe...

KIEV: Kiev’s pro-Western leaders and mediators hoped to reach a “binding” truce...

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DUBAI: Rory McIlroy gave the field a sliver of hope as he unexpectedly struggled...

ATLANTA: The seemingly unstoppable Atlanta Hawks stretched their team-record win...

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona: Rain wasn’t the only thing that put a damper on the Phoenix...

NEW YORK: Manny Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum reportedly is optimistic a mega-fight...

LONDON: England striker Daniel Sturridge celebrated his return after a five-mont...

ECONOMY »

The European Central Bank (ECB) announced an expanded quantitative easing (QE) program on January 22. Starting in March 2015, the ECB will buy, on a monthly basis, 60 bil...
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has appointed Fatima Al-Kharousi as the first Emirati female airport manager. Based in Nagoya, Japan, she will be responsible for overseeing the airline’s operations at Chubu Centrair International Airport and the smooth operation of its daily service between Abu Dhabi and Na...
BERLIN: Greece’s economy minister said it would be better to link the country’s debt repayments to its economic growth rate as it needs a feasible solution to bring its sovereign debt under control.Athens faces about 10 billion euros ($11 billion) in repayments this summer and is shut out of international bond markets while...
MOSCOW: Russia’s economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev forecast GDP to fall by three percent in 2015 on the back of a collapse in oil prices and a massive capital flight.“We have issued a forecast for 2015 which uses the current prices, that is $50 dollars a barrel for the entire year,” Ulyukayev was quoted by Russian news agen...
MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s government has cut its 2015 budget by nearly 3 percent after a drop in global prices hurt public finances, and it is shelving a tainted $3.75 billion high-speed train tender as part of its austerity measures.Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said the cuts were intended to reassure global investors that M...
A high-level trade and investment delegation from Astrakhan region of Russia visited Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF ZONE).The delegation led by Sergey N. Krzhanovskiy, deputy chairman of the government and minister of industry, transport and natural resources of Astrakhan region, met Saud Salim Al-Mazrouei,...
For Saudi Brothers Commercial Group and its CEO Sheikh Fahd Al-Nowaiser, water desalination and purification industry is not only an important business but also a vital service to the nation, supplying potable water to its growing population.The group has established three subsidiaries with operations across the Kingdom to...
Athens: Greece’s new government began a search for European allies Saturday in its bid to renegotiate its loans and end austerity, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again ruled out debt relief for Athens.Radical Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his maverick Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis are reaching out to Franc...
Gold futures rose Friday, capping the biggest monthly gain in three years, after US government data showed the economy expanded at a slower pace than forecast in the fourth quarter, reigniting demand for the metal as a haven.A widening trade gap limited expansion for gross domestic product as imports climbed three times fas...
PARIS: The CEO of Total said that the French oil company would slash spending on exploration by 30 percent this year due to the drop in the price of oil.Patrick Pouyanne told the daily Le Monde that “these past two years, exploration spending was $2.8 billion” at the company.He confirmed earlier announced plans by the compa...
LONDON: Oil major Shell wants to revive its Arctic oil drilling program this year after a near two-year suspension, angering environmentalists who say the risk of an oil spill is too high.Remote and costly to develop, the Arctic is estimated to contain 20 percent of the world’s undiscovered hydrocarbon resources and despite...
OSLO: Rates for vessels that drill for oil on behalf of energy firms may fall further before bottoming out later this year due to the weak oil price and overcapacity, a top executive at Seadrill, the world’s third-largest offshore driller said.The market is oversupplied, oil companies are cutting capital spending due to the...
WASHINGTON: US economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006.Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.6 percent annual pace after the third quarter’s spectacular 5 percent rate, the Commerce Department said in it...

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BAGHDAD: The Islamic State (IS) militant glares at Baghdad residents with bulging eyes and bared teeth, but neither kidnapping nor death are imminent, because this terrorist is made from a shoe.
A black, treaded sole with the toe broken off serves as his face and nose, while old shoelaces evoke both black headscarf and long hair.
For t...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

HONG KONG: Philipp Mattheis knew his gaming app was addictive when he realized he kept checking his phone — hooked by the brightly-colored reminders telling him to play again or risk falling from the triple-figure level he had reached.
Yet gripping the German journalist’s attention was not Candy Crush, but one of a new generation of Chinese...

FASHION »

Knowledge is key in the fashion industry. Knowing what works and what doesn’t is what helps improve a designer in their quest for innovative designs. Inspired by different cultures, attentive to the latest in the fashion world and keen on details is what defines Hatem Al-Akeel. Coming from no background in design, he ventured in the world with h...

TRAVEL »

Historical monuments and sites can be found throughout Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom has many attractions designed for those who want to know more about the country. The Kingdom offers several tourist places such as atmospheric souqs and villages reflecting the heritage and culture of Saudi Arabia.
This place is more than a harsh desert. We hav...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Health workers in the Kingdom have reported a rise in cases of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) disease, caused by the bite of sandflies, and warned the public to take precautions.According to a report in a local publication, several patients, mostly in the Eastern Province, have been detected with Leishmaniasis. The symptoms include welts or sores on the skin, which can become infected. It can affect the spleen and liver and result in death. Several physicians have said there is no clear method to treat CL. However, Ministry of Health officials recommend people minimizing the amount of exposed skin, improve their personal hygiene and keep their surroundings clean. They can also use nets...
SACRAMENTO, California: California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products.A report released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine. California Health Officer Ron Chapman says new generations of young people will become nicotine addicts if the products remain largely unregulated.E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine from cartridges into inhalable vapor without tar and other chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. E-cigarette makers say their products are far safer than tobacco.Other states...
Ever wondered what happens after you quit smoking? Many people fall back and get back to their bad habits. There are many reasons for this, some of which are mental while others are physical.We just found out about smoking detox where you can literally detox cigarettes out of your body. “This can only be assisted by controlling what you eat and drink on a daily basis. To be able to get the maximum benefit out of this type of detox, begin by quitting cigarettes right on the spot,” said pulmonologist Dr. Khalil Saad. “Your body will take its time to fully recover and this could take up to a period of years. Smoking is very harmful and your body cannot kick out the toxins in a short period of...

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PHILADELPHIA: A man from Chicago devoured 444 chicken wings in 30 minutes at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia,...
NEW YORK: First lady Michelle Obama urged Hollywood to give a more accurate portrayal of veterans and defended the Oscar-nominated “American Sniper,” which has received criticism for its depiction of war.Bradley Cooper, who is nominated for best actor for his portrayal of the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, joined Obama and media heavyweights in Washington, D.C., on Friday to launch “6 Certified” with representatives from Warner Bros., National Geographic Channels and the Producers Guild of America.The initiative will allow TV shows and films to display an onscreen badge that tells viewers...
LONDON: A new biography of Britain’s Prince Charles reveals how his inner circle is riven with backstabbing and infighting, according to extracts published by The Times newspaper Saturday.Charles’s household has been nicknamed “Wolf Hall” after Hilary Mantel’s historical novel about the brutal, conniving court of Henry VIII in the 16th century, the biography says.It adds that the son of Queen Elizabeth II and future king surrounds himself with people who tell him what he wants to hear.“Charles: The Heart of a King” by Catherine Mayer is published in Britain on Thursday. Mayer has based the...

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