NAIROBI, Kenya: A Somali military official says dozens of Islamic extremists attacked two towns in southern Somalia early Saturday and clashed with government troops in which 18 militants and soldiers were killed.Mohamed Abdullahi, a Somali military commander in Lower Shabelle region, said the fighting happened in Awdhegle and Mubarak towns and the militants were later repulsed. He gave no further details on the causalities.Despite major setbacks in 2014, Somalia’s Al-Shabab rebels continue to wage a deadly insurgency against the Mogadishu government and remain a threat across East Africa.In a separate incident, Somali police officer Capt. Mohamed Hussein said Saturday that suspected militants traveling in a car sprayed bullets on a car carrying two Somali legislators in the capital Mogadishu, seriously wounding one of them.
JEDDAH: Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Makkah governor and adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque...
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan: A $100 billion city-from-scratch in Saudi Arabia is to be completed by 2035...
HYDERABAD, India: Officials say about 230 people have died since mid-April in a heat wave sweeping two southeast Indian states.The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh state, Chandrababu Naidu, says more than 100 people have died in the last week in his state. An official in neighboring Telangana state says around 130 deaths have been reported there since April 15.Day temperatures in Telangana’s Khammam district soared to mor...
JEDDAH: A suicide bomber blew himself up during Friday prayer at a mosque in the village of Al-Qadeeh in eastern Saudi Arabia, killing 21 and wounding 100 others. “A suicide bomber detonated explosives he hid under his clothes as people performed Friday prayer at the Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb Mosque in the village of Al-Qadeeh, in Qatif province,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The explosion killed the suicide bo...

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RIYADH: There has been widespread condemnation of Friday’s suicide attack on a mosque in Qatif that left at least 21 people dead and more than 100 injured.A suicide bomber reportedly blew himself up inside the Imam Ali Mosque in the suburb of Quday in the province of Al-Qatif, where more than 150 pe...
DAMMAM: The high amount of electronic gadgets disposed of by Saudis daily has prompted environmental experts to consider proposing the establishment of a special commission to specifically deal with this issue, as they argue the Meteorological and Environmental Protection Administration (MEPA) is unable to control or elimin...
RIYADH: A visiting team of officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) has praised the Ministry of Health for setting up the Crown Health Project (CHP) to fight non-communicable diseases in the Kingdom.The team, led by Jaco Homsy, visited Al-Jouf to check on the progress of the project. Omar Ba Sulaiman, undersecreta...
JEDDAH: Young Saudis displayed their business projects and other talents, such as handicraft items and designer clothes, at an exhibition here and earned accolades by people from all walks of life.More than 250 participants took part in the 7th annual Young Businessmen and Women Forum and Exhibition over the past few days a...
RIYADH: Authorities shut down a detergent factory this week in the capital for adhering to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry's requirements. The ministry's inspection team detected the violation during a routine visit to the industrial quarter of the city. The factory, in the Sulay quarter east of Riyadh, had violated t...
JEDDAH: As shopping centers and clothing stores offer markdowns of up to 70 percent, many are questioning whether these are merely classic bait-and-switch tactics to attract customers, and get rid of extra stock before the new season.Customers say “buy one, get one free” or “final markdown” advertisements often only apply t...
RIYADH: The “Live Saudi Arabia” program, recently launched for students from various educational levels, achieved its goal, with the participants “feeling closer to homeland.”About 62 students participated in the experimental trips arranged by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) to allow them to become a...
RIYADH: The Cameroon Embassy marked its 43rd National Day on Thursday night with a reception attended by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar and members of the diplomatic community.Ambassador Iya Tidjani, who hosted the celebration at his residence inside the Diplomatic Quarter, said that he was happy many people attended...
RIYADH: The dream of a Sri Lankan expatriate to build a house for his daughter back home will now be fulfilled by the company he was working for, even though he is no more. Mohamed Arshad, 31, who had come to work here three years ago with the sole intention of constructing a house, died following a brief illness in a Riyad...
RIYADH: The Philippine Embassy has warned overseas Filipino workers in the Eastern Province against dealing with individuals who offer to help them during consular outreach programs for a fee.“The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh reminds the public to transact only with officials of the mission and its attached agencies,” Ambas...
JAZAN: Residents of Dhabia in Jazan say that their city has poor infrastructure and services including garbage collection only once a week, a poor sanitation network and inadequate pumping of fresh water to their homes.There are more than 12,000 people living in the town, which is expanding rapidly and requires urgent atten...
Brig. Gen. Mohammed Al-Aasemi, spokesman of the civil defense in Asir Region, said that at 6:30 Thursday evening, the civil defense received a call that military shells from inside neighboring Yemen fell on Al-Hisn village in Dhahran Al-Janoob province in Asir Region, killing a citizen and injuring three persons, a Saudi an...
JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman arrived in Jeddah on Thursday for his first visit since ascending the throne on Jan. 23, where he would outline efforts to further develop the region and improve services for pilgrims.Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, adviser to the king, Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bi...

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BEIRUT: The Islamic State militant group has seized the last border crossing bet...

WASHINGTON: Two children were likely killed by a US airstrike in Syria in Novemb...

SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan: Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi, who has led a...

DOHA: From a distance it could be a scene from Qatar’s ancient past, long before...

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NAIROBI, Kenya: A Somali military official says dozens of Islamic extremists att...

HYDERABAD, India: Officials say about 230 people have died since mid-April in a...

NEW DELHI: One of India’s most powerful politicians returned as chief minister o...

SITTWE, Myanmar: A generation of young Rohingya Muslims are disappearing on boat...

HANOI, Vietnam: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Friday for a peaceful so...

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LAHORE: Pakistan coach Waqar Younis believes the team was missing offspinner Sae...

LONDON: Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor mastered a lifeless England attack to li...

LAHORE: Pakistan marked international cricket’s return to the trouble-torn count...

OAKLAND, California: Houston’s James Harden lost control of the ball as time exp...

PARIS: Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic were place...

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DEAD SEA, Jordan: Jordan’s economy is robust despite spillover violence along its borders from wars in Syria and Iraq, the central bank governor said, and will meet its I...
RIYADH: Market capitalization of the Saudi financial sector (listed firms) registered compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9 percent to reach $467.5 billion (SR1.75 trillion) in a four-year period (2009-2013), local media said quoting Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) Gov. Fahad Al-Mubarak.The number of listed companies...
LONDON: Saudi Arabia's rapid transition into one of the world's largest oil refiners adds an extra dimension to the oil exporter's role as the driver of OPEC policy.When it attends OPEC's next meeting in two weeks, it does so with major new state-of-the-art oil refineries that can profit from cheaper crude and reviving worl...
RIYADH: Japan, ranked 9th globally in terms of competitiveness in tourism according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), seeks stronger partnership with Saudi Arabia. In his first interview with the local media, the new Japanese ambassador to Riyadh highlighted the growth in Saudi-Japanese strategic relations in various secto...
BMG Financial Group is hosting a business forum to discuss the upcoming opening of the Saudi stock market (Tadawul) to global financial institutions, in Gloucestershire, the UK, on Sunday.Officials, financial experts, and local and international executives will be among the participants at the interactive forum on the impac...
RIYADH: A high-powered 12-member delegation represented Malta in the 2nd Maltese-Saudi Joint Commission, which ended its three-day meeting in Riyadh on Thursday.The two sides were set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on various sectors, Maltese Ambassador Martin Valentino told Arab News prior to the meeting on We...
RIYADH: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), met with Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO during the 19th Microsoft CEO Summit held in the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond Campus in Washington, Seattle. The prince’s visit was in response to an invitation from Bill Gates...
RIYADH: As the billionaire founder and chairman of Danube Group, one of the Gulf’s most successful business conglomerates, Rizwan Sajan is a well-known name in the business circles of the Gulf countries, especially in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.But the story of Sajan is fascinating and inspiring for everyone, more so far youn...
PARIS: French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen Could announce plans as early as next month to set up a factory in Morocco , a source close to the company said.The plant, possibly near the city of Kenitra , would have an initial production capacity of around 100,000 vehicles, the source said, echoing a report by Bloomberg news a...
LONDON: Gold fell on Friday, on course for its biggest weekly decline in four weeks, as the dollar rebounded after a stronger-than-expected rise in US core consumer prices in April.Spot gold, higher initially, fell 0.2 percent to $1,203.60 an ounce by 1415 GMT. It was down 1.6 percent for the week, however, heading for its...
RIYADH: A planned portfolio of 20 hotels and 6 residential complexes in Saudi Arabia over the next seven years with SR1.5 billion investments will definitely enhance Dur Hospitality’s leadership position in Saudi Arabia and will reflect positively on its revenues, which are expected to increase 3 times by 2023.The hospitali...
HONG KONG: China’s Hanergy Thin Film Power Group is under investigation by Hong Kong’s market watchdog, a source told Reuters just hours after the company lost half its market value of nearly $40 billion in 24 minutes on Wednesday.Trade in the stock was suspended after the plunge, which left analysts just as puzzled about t...
LONDON: European aerospace giant Airbus has weighed into a debate about Britain’s future in Europe, warning of job losses and “huge” economic risks if the country votes to leave the European Union in a referendum to be held by 2017.A decision to quit the EU would raise doubts about Airbus’s long-term future investments in t...
 

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NEW YORK: A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179.4 million on Monday night, and a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti set a record for most expensive sculpture, at $141.3 million.
Picasso’s “Women of Algiers (Version O)” and Giacometti’s life-size “Pointing Man” were among d...

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RIYADH: Saudi tweets account for more than 47 percent of all Arabic content on Twitter, according to a recent study.
“Twitter has made it big in Saudi Arabia, since Arabic was introduced onto the platform in 2012,” MVF Global said.
With just 140 characters, MVF Global added, Twitter has become the largest real-time conversation ever c...

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Henna has been culturally used by men and women for over 6,000 years to dye hair, nails and skin.
In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra and Nefertiti were known to have used it to color their hair and as decorative body art patterns. It was also commonly used for many centuries in India, the Middle East and Africa. Commercially packaged henna, inten...

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Ever watched “The Lion King” and wished you would explore the savannahs where Simba was born and the lush jungle where he found Timon and Pumba? Of course you have, I mean who wouldn’t want to watch lions, elephants, zebras, flamingos and so many others thrive in their habitats? The continent of Africa is diverse, it’s intense, it’s wild and bea...

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They say there is nothing a cupcake can’t fix. That seems to be the mantra of home bakers Marzan and Rubina Ahmed. The husband and wife duo in Alkhobar have been doling out their sweet treats for family and friends for quite a while.While Rubina has always had a flair for baking, Marzan discovered his talent when he once baked with his niece who was about five at that time (she’s now 12). “When we got married last summer we decided to have cupcakes at the engagement that we decorated ourselves according to the theme. When we got married Rubina joined me in Saudi Arabia and after teaming up for my cousin’s engagement, ‘baked by rubynmarz’ was established,” Marzan said, referring to the home...
In Part 7, I wrote about the benefits and healing properties of coconut oil on skin health and problems like acne, eczema, psoriasis, insect bites and superficial wounds and burns. Now, I shall talk about other aspects of this healthy oil.Virgin coconut oil’s medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) have different healing actions on many areas of the body. We saw how it produces powerful ketogenic effects on the brain cells (neurons). Ketones improve and could reverse once thought to be hopeless conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis (MS), personality disorders. VCO also enhances cognitive skills as was shown in recent studies done by Dr....
An expert has expressed serious concern at the increasing number of youngsters, particularly schoolchildren, getting addicted to smoking, and has urged the authorities to raise the prices of cigarettes.Professor Mohammad bin Jabir Yamani, chairman of Naqaa society, said: “The percentage of smokers among young people varies from 13 to 15 percent. The number is rising among school-aged children also.” He said that the society has treated around 10,000 smokers, of which 60 percent completely gave up smoking.Yamani said female smokers in the Kingdom form less than 6 percent, and hoped that the number is on the decrease. The society is working to decrease the number of smokers through targeting...

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CANNES, France: Model Karlie Kloss gave celebrity guests at the amfAR annual charity gala more than a run for their mone...
PARIS: Paris’s iconic Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists on Friday as staff walked off the job to protest a surge in gangs of pickpockets roaming around the monument.The closure of one of the busiest tourist attractions in the French capital ahead of a long holiday weekend recalls a similar strike at the Louvre museum in 2013 as staff protested against the often violent pickpockets stalking the halls of the palace.Workers at the 126-year-old iron lattice tower — a glittering symbol of Paris — said in a statement they had chosen to down tools due to an “increase in pickpockets around the Eiffel...
CANNES, France: A new animated film based on the best-selling French book “The Little Prince” was to premiere in Cannes on Friday, adding a touch of childhood magic to the red carpet of the movie festival.The $63-million (57-million-euro) cartoon is the most expensive France has made, and its choice of a US director, Mark Osborne, who made “Kung Fu Panda,” aims it squarely at the family market dominated by Pixar and DreamWorks.Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, James Franco and Benicio Del Toro head the English-language voice cast.The film is not a faithful adaptation of the book...

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