BAGHDAD: Backed by allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.But hours into the operation, a key test for the embattled Iraqi army, the military said it still hadn’t entered the city of Tikrit, indicating a long battle lies ahead.State-run Al-Iraqiya television said that forces were attacking Tikrit from different directions, backed by artillery and airstrikes by Iraqi fighter jets. It said the militants were dislodged from some areas outside the city. Several hours into the operation, it gave no additional details.The military commander of Salahuddin region, Gen. Abdul-Wahab Al-Saadi, told state TV the operation was “going on as planned,” with fig...
Foreign remittances of expatriate workers went down by nearly 10 percent to SR12.9 billion this Janu...
TEL AVIV: Hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set off on Sunday for Washington, a group of...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman presented awards to the winners of the King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) 2015, on Sunday. Ministers, members of the royal family, senior government officials, academics and elite scholars were present. Each prize consists of a handwritten Arabic certificate indicating the laureate’s achievements, a commemorative 24-carat 200-gram gold medal and SR750,000. In his opening s...
The Islamic State terror group is beset with deep-rooted conflicts, said Manie Al-Manie, a former member of the organization who is back in the Kingdom. “Sectarian and racist conflicts prevail among its members,” he told reporters.He said many of them ill-treated Saudis because they were the most knowledgeable on Shariah regulations. IS leaders sent Saudis on suicide missions to finish them off, he said while explaining h...

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Saudi Arabia reiterated its support for Egypt following wide-ranging talks between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi on Sunday.King Salman and El-Sissi discussed prospects of cooperation between the two countries besides a range of regional and interna...
Maj. Gen. Suleiman Al-Yahya, director general of passports, confirmed to local media that his official body will not conduct a new correction campaign in the coming two weeks, dismissing what has been circulated on social networking sites, and describing such news as mere rumors.He said the passport and security authorities...
The Saudi Ministry of Labor has revealed that there are 2.2 million Bangladeshis who are presently under consideration for working visas in Saudi Arabia.Labor Ministry spokesman Tayseer Al-Mufarrej said that the number is increasing following the recent recruitment agreement between Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh concerning bo...
In the wake of the recent visit made by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, who is also the second deputy premier and minister of interior, to the United Kingdom, the Shoura Council held talks with the British Embassy in Riyadh to further discuss issues of mutual importance.The talks were held between Shoura Council Pres...
More than 800 students face the danger of being run over because their educational complex is located on four major roads.Saeed Awaji, student guidance officer in the Al-Khalidiya school complex, said the school in west of Sybia Governorate, is located on four major roads with more than 800 students, and around 56 employees...
A specialized criminal court has sentenced a Saudi man to three years and SR3,000 fine for not informing security authorities about his son’s whereabouts who later joined a militant group that opened fire against border guards in Wadeea, killing a two police officers.The man had earlier given a written undertaking to author...
Many Saudi women watch TV shows specializing in explaining and interpreting dreams but for some, these dreams turn into real nightmares.Hoping to learn about the future, analyze the present and interpret things in dreams, many women seek dream interpreters. Not only do they believe what is being said, they are also willing...
The Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF) has helped over 192,631 citizens find employment through their support programs and the Taqat employment channels in 2014.HADAF Deputy Executive General Manager Abdul Karim Al-Najaidi revealed these statistics during a presentation on local employment at the Jazan Economic Forum...
The Riyadh-based Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) has invited nominations for the AGFUND International Prize for pioneering human development projects under the theme “Alleviation of unemployment among youth.”Secretary-General of the award Abdullatif Al-Dwaihi said AGFUND would like to invite international and reg...
A conference of students showcasing their projects and achievements will be held at King Abdulaziz University (KAU) and Hilton Hotel in Jeddah from March 30 to April 2, under the patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.More than 750 students from 42 Saudi universities and colleges are expected to take par...
A ruling has gone in favor of a Saudi female doctor, who was fired arbitrarily by the management of a government hospital without written notification and did not renew her job contract. This follows the Second Circuit of the General Authority for Labor Dispute Resolution in Jeddah, which ruled in favor of the decision of t...
The Egyptian pilgrim, Sayyed Elwan, is in the Kingdom for the second time to perform Umrah.Impressed with “many changes and developments in the Kingdom” since his first visit, Elwan praised the expansion projects of the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah, the Mashaer railway project, the Haramain High Speed Rail as well...
Finding a parking place near some of the government departments has become like finding a needle in a haystack, say residents. Visitors to these departments waste much time in searching for a place to park their vehicles, which in turn is causing traffic congestion. Many of the residents wonder why a permanent solution to t...

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WASHINGTON: The US Congress could be “the last brake” for stopping a nuclear dea...

NAIROBI: The UN children’s agency said Sunday it fears hundreds of boys were kid...

ISTANBUL: Security footage appears to show three British schoolgirls, believed t...

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CANBERRA: The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cannot go on for...

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DHAKA: Hundreds of Bangladeshis demanded justice on Sunday for the killers of an...

MOSCOW: Carrying flowers, portraits and signs that said “I am not afraid,” thous...

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Ireland's Padraig Harrington won his first US PGA title in seven years on Monday...

The team of Kevin Hanlon and Farhan Irfan emerged champion in the AlNakhla Open...

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BUENOS AIRES: Rafael Nadal won his first title in nearly nine months on Sunday,...

MADRID: Villarreal have proved they can go toe to toe with Spain’s elite this se...

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DUBAI: Gulf stock markets diverged on Monday on mixed corporate news, while Egypt rebounded on bullish comments by government officials and executives and signs that the...
SAN FRANCISCO: Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion, in what amounts to HP's first major acquisition since its disastrous purchase of a British software company in 2011.Aruba, based in Sunnyvale, California, makes Wi-Fi networking systems for shopping malls, corporate c...
More than half of respondents who responded to a recent survey in Saudi Arabia believe that their financial position will improve in the next six months, A majority (65 percent) of the respondents are also expecting the cost of living to increase, according to the poll.The Middle East and North Africa Consumer Confidence In...
News that Greece has reached an agreement on 20 February with its European creditors to extend the bailout program for four months seems to have cheered up markets. Yields on 10-year Greek government bonds have fallen by more than a percentage point in the two subsequent trading days. Meanwhile, Greek stocks jumped by almos...
NEW YORK: Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates kept his spot as the world's richest man, a rank he has held for 16 of the past 21 years, Forbes magazine said.The Microsoft co-founder's fortune increased $3.2 billion since last year to $79.2 billion, the business magazine said, despite a $1.5 billion gift of Microsoft share...
Saudi Aramco discovered eight new oil and gas fields and produced a record volume of gas in 2014, said Khalid Al-Falih, its president and CEO.In a statement following a meeting of the company’s executive committee in Dhahran, Al-Falih described 2014 as a difficult year as a result of a 50 percent fall in oil prices.However,...
NEW YORK: Brent crude tumbled more than 3 percent on Monday on speculation of a nuclear deal that could boost Iran's oil exports, and US crude rose by around 1 percent as traders bet the gap between the two would narrow.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said a deal on Iran's nuclear program could be concluded th...
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has advanced the launch of its new flight from Tabuk to Cairo from April 15 to March 30 considering the growing demand of passengers traveling on the sector, said Abdulrahman Al-Fahad, spokesman of the airline.Tabuk would be the sixth station in the Kingdom to operate direct flights to Cairo,...
RIYADH/DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's market regulator is investigating possible insider trading in shares of telecommunications operator Mobily relating to its shock earnings restatement, the watchdog said on its website.The Capital Market Authority (CMA) launched an investigation into Mobily in November after the firm slashed its...
BARCELONA: Defying scepticism and geek-stigma, mobile phone firms are determined this year to sell you a wristwatch wirelessly connected to your mobile phone.Numerous models have hit the market over the past year but 2015 will see an explosion, analysts say, with manufacturers making their watches and other wearable connect...
BARCELONA: Several big Asian phone companies launched new high-end smartphones and other wireless gizmos on Sunday, hoping to challenge US giant Apple in a big year for wireless gadgets.Samsung, fellow South Korean firm LG and hip Chinese maker HTC timed their smartphone launches to grab the attention on the eve of the Mobi...
Saudi Arabia is the largest Arab investor in Egypt with their investments reaching some $5.7 billion (SR21.3 billion), or 27 percent of the Arab totals invested in that country, Egyptian Commercial Attache in Riyadh Ahmed Zaki said.Total Arab investments in Egypt are reaching $20 billion (SR75 billion). The UAE was the seco...
This is a true story. He was 18 and he was going home to India for his final school examinations. The neighbors asked his parents if they would mind very much if one of their relatives could send an LED TV with the boy. Of course, they would compensate him for the customs duty and also contribute 50 percent of the ticket va...

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Discussions and speculations about the Saudi energy sector never cease to stop....
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Dareen M. Edress is the marketing manager of “Ba9ma Banat,” an innovative institution that revives the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) among young girls through different programs and interesting products such as calendars, diaries and books comprising the sayings of the Prophet (pbuh).
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Apple is said to be working on producing electric cars as early as 2020 and a team is now working on the project.
The task is not going to be easy, but Apple...

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MILAN: Femininity is getting a rethink in Milan.
Designers are incorporating more masculine tailoring, while giving a contemporary edge to normally girly touches like bows, ruffles, lace and, yes, polka dots. Among the runway trends during Milan Fashion Week, in its fourth day Saturday, are silken blouses tied with an off-skew bow around th...

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Soaked in Celtic and medieval history, Edinburgh is a cultural tapestry that’s largely visually defined by hills, cathedrals, and the bold stone towers of Edinburgh Castle. The city is very festive where people like to celebrate everything from art, music, and food to theater, sports and comedy.
One of the most touristic activities in the...

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About 90 percent of camels in the Gulf region are carriers of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which requires the urgent need for a vaccine, according to a leading Health Ministry official.In addition, the virus can be transmitted over a 1-meter distance, Abdullah Asiri, undersecretary for preventative health at the ministry, was quoted as saying in a local publication on Tuesday.Asiri said that 50 percent of camels in Al-Ahsa region carry the virus. A person who comes into contact with infected camels can transmit the virus to family members without showing symptoms of the disease, he said.He said mass extermination of these camels was not an acceptable solution...
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative neurological disorder that affects around seven million people globally, and one million in the United States alone, usually afflicting people older than 50. The disease strikes 2 percent of those over age 65, and 5-10 percent of cases occur in people under 50. The cause remains unknown, preventing us from arresting the disease’s development — though environmental and occupational factors loom large in recent research.Chinese and Indian texts from 1,000 BC appear to describe a similar affliction. But James Parkinson was the first to describe the disease in detail, in 1817. Those developing Parkinson’s suffer slow movement, tremors, stiffness, difficulty...
Riyadh has grown so much in the last 10 years and this is particularly noticeable when you look at restaurants. Nowadays most restaurants have opened outlets in Riyadh’s new districts. This is the case with Can Café. This fashionable coffee shop has a branch on the trendy Al-Tahliya Street lined up with some of the best restaurants in the capital and another outlet on Omar Bin Abdul Aziz Road (Exit 14) in the Rabwa district. Can Café is a good place to have breakfast food at any time of the day! You can order “Four pieces of French Toast with maple syrup, orange juice and American coffee” for SR32. “French Toast”, known in French as “Pain Perdu”is a delightful dessert consisting of slices...

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MUMBAI: After Anil Kapoor and Nimrat Kaur, Priyanka Chopra too has joined the world of American Television.The actor wil...
MILAN: He may be a Swinging Sixties icon, but British photographer David Bailey up close is a wise-cracking crank who shrugs off his immense success as one of the world’s most famous celebrity photographers.“I’m not proud, I don’t do proud,” he told AFP at the press opening of his Stardust exhibition, which is coming to Milan from March to June after a run at the National Portrait Gallery in London.Intimate portraits of stars such as Kate Moss, Jack Nicholson and Mick Jagger gaze down from the walls of the Padiglione D’arte Contemporanea, alongside photographs of his fourth wife, model...
ISTANBUL: Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey’s most prominent writers and a nominee for the Nobel Literature award, has died aged 92, state media said Saturday.Kemal died in an Istanbul hospital where he was being treated for pulmonary complications and cardiac arrhythmia since Jan. 14, the official Anatolia news agency said.His doctor told Turkish media that Kemal’s health had rapidly deteriorated in the past week and that he died after complications including multiple organ failure.Kamal burst onto the world literary scene with his very first novel in 1955, “Mehmed the Hawk,” which was translated...

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