JEDDAH: The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council strongly condemned Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria and their extreme interpretation of Islam as it opened a meeting in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.“We denounce vehemently the practices of those who use Islam as a pretext to kill and displace en masse Iraqis and Syrians,” Kuwait Foreign Minister Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah said in Jeddah.He added that the regional body, consisting of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman supported a UN Security Council resolution earlier this month aimed at weakening the jihadists.IS has declared an Islamic “caliphate” in large swathes of territory under its control in Iraq and Syria.The resolution in mid-August called “on all member states to take national measures to suppress the flow of foreign terrorist fighters,” and threatens sanctions against anyone involved in their rec...
BRUSSELS: EU Commission head Jose Manual Barroso warned on Saturday that the crisis in Ukraine was r...
CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohammed Badie and seven othe...
BEIRUT: Clashes erupted between Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels and UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict.Other UN peacekeepers were able to flee from a different encampment that that was also surrounded by rebels of the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affil...
NEW DELHI: Clashes along India’s border with Pakistan are “extremely serious and provocative” and not conducive to improving relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors, Defense Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday.The comments came nearly two weeks after New Delhi called off top level diplomatic talks, protesting against Pakistan’s meetings with separatists from the disputed region of Kashmir.Exchanges of fire betwee...

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Saudi Arabia had not and would not support or fund criminals who have unleashed a reign of terror in many areas of the region, said Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, the Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom.Responding to an article by David Gardner in The Financial Times of London, entitled, “Look beyond...
The Ministry of Education has emphasized that directors of education departments across the country alert students and their parents to the importance of school attendance from the first day of school. The step is in line with the ministry’s efforts to avert student absenteeism at the beginning of the school year.In order t...
Officials of the Ministry of Education have stepped up preparations to receive students, especially those who are newly enrolled in primary schools.According to educationists, it is important that newly enrolled students get a good impression of their schools on the first day.With this view, the General Administration of Ed...
Couples are being urged not to spend thousands on a wedding and advised to opt for cheaper weddings to escape from heavy debt. A forum highlighting how families can ease the financial burden on the groom was held recently in a local function hall in Jeddah. Several wedding planners and families with aspiring couples attende...
Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh called for drafting a list of those who are involved in forging real estate deeds, valued at SR400 billion. “Their names should be made public to shame them,” he said.“The Ministry of Justice has pursued these fake deeds and it should now disclose the names of the people who forged these de...
An estimated 5.6 million boys and girls will go to school in the Kingdom when schools reopen after the summer and Ramadan vacations on Sunday.In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Rashed Al-Ghayad, undersecretary for planning and development at the Ministry of Education, said: “There are 2,718,762 male students an...
Saudi Arabia has offered its expertise in training Sri Lankan domestic aides to hone their skills before they come for employment in the Kingdom.Saad Al-Badaah, chairman of the Saudi Arabian National Recruitment Committee (SANARCOM), offered such assistance to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) when he met i...
Three children, aged three, five and six, were killed in a fire that broke out Thursday night in their apartment in the Kilo 6 neighborhood in the south of Jeddah.According to Col. Saeed Sarham, spokesman for the Civil Defense in Makkah, the operation room in Jeddah received a call Thursday about a fire and thick smoke com...
Six people were injured in a fire that broke out in the courtyards of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Friday afternoon. The quick and effective intervention of Civil Defense authorities prevented the fire from spreading.The fire started at the wooden scaffolding used at the construction site of the Grand Mosque expansion near...
The shisha ban in Jeddah cafes has contributed to the rise in prices of small flats which are now in demand by Saudis to smoke shisha.Shishas have been banned on health grounds, alongside other forms of smoking, with the Health Ministry campaigning for tougher measures against the habit for years.Several Saudis have since f...
The government is focusing this Haj season on better crowd management to prevent congestion and facilitate pedestrian movement around the Grand Mosque.With this view, a recently concluded Ramadan traffic plan is to be implemented for the Haj season where private cars and vehicles will be banned in the vicinity of the mosque...
A child who had just completed his traffic safety training at the iThra Exhibition summed up the objective of the program in a nutshell when he met his father who was waiting for him at the exit: “Using your mobile phone while driving is a big and dangerous mistake.”Creating traffic safety awareness in this child’s case has...
The Riyadh Traffic Directorate has intensified its efforts to catch trucks that violate Riyadh’s entry schedule. Heavy trucks are not allowed into the city during certain hours of the day to avoid congestion in main arteries.The directorate has been inspecting all the capital’s entrances to control truck entry and impose pe...

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BEIRUT: Clashes erupted between Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels and UN peacekeeper...

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohammed...

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations on Friday said it had been informed that the...

DAMASCUS/WASHINGTON: The number of refugees from the conflict in Syria now tops...

ANKARA: Turkey’s new government with PM Ahmet Davutoglu at the helm wasted no ti...

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NEW DELHI: Clashes along India’s border with Pakistan are “extremely serious and...

ISLAMABAD Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday dismissed a politic...

BRUSSELS: EU Commission head Jose Manual Barroso warned on Saturday that the cri...

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Seven NATO allies plan to create a new rapid reaction force o...

HANOI: A Philippine man and woman have been sentenced to death in Vietnam for sm...

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BILBAO, Spain: The Basketball World Cup started Saturday with a record 45 curren...

DAMBULLA: Seamer Thisara Perera claimed 4-34 and Tillakartane Dilshan hit an unb...

HARARE: South Africa survived a batting collapse precipitated by a hat trick fro...

COPENHAGEN: Chinese world No. 1 Li Xuerui remained on course for a first world c...

PORTLAND, Oregon: South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim fired a bogey-free seven under 65...

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NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom: India beat England by six wickets to win the third one-day international at Trent Bridge on Saturday and so take a 2-0 lead in the five-match...
SAN FRANCISCO: Google’s secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.The ambitious program escalates Google’s technological arms race with rival Amazon.com Inc., which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicl...
It is important to highlight that the surge in optimism fueling the current rise of Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) is not based wholly on speculative gain or positive sentiment, it is also due to a flourishing Saudi economy, which is underpinned by strong economic fundamentals, according to Jadwa Investment.The Saudi stock...
FRANKFURT: Inflation in the 18 countries that use the euro sank to 0.3 percent in August, a worrying sign of economic weakness that is putting pressure on the European Central Bank to take drastic steps to save a stalling recovery.The figure was down from 0.4 percent in July, statistics agency Eurostat said, and is the lowe...
NEW YORK: Morgan Stanley has quietly filed plans to build and run one of the first US compressed natural gas export facilities, the first sign the bank is plunging back into physical commodity markets even as it sells its physical oil business.In a 23-page application to the US Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy...
LONDON: British supermarket giant Tesco has plunged deeper into crisis after issuing yet another profits warning, cutting both its dividend and capital expenditure, and rushing in its new chief executive.In reaction to the dire trading update, Tesco shares plunged by more than 8.0 percent in early morning deals on the Londo...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines will slash 6,000 jobs, trim its route network, and replace its CEO under plans announced to stave off bankruptcy after two air tragedies plunged the already troubled carrier deeper into crisis.State investment fund Khazanah Nasional, which controls the failing flag carrier, said it would pump...
LONDON: For the world’s hard-pressed aluminum producers the current outlook is the rosiest in many years.Russian giant UC Rusal, for example, has just returned to profit for the first time in five consecutive quarters.That’s largely thanks to the combination of a robust London Metal Exchange price, currently trading around...
MANILA: The Philippine economy rebounded to post 6.4-percent growth in the second quarter and regain its status as one of the strongest in Asia, authorities said.The private sector took the lead as the economy recovered from a relatively modest expansion of 5.6 percent in the first quarter, which was partly due to the impac...
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple will unveil an “iWatch” in September with the maker of the iPhone finally embarking on its much-rumored foray into wearable computing, technology news website Re/code said.The California tech giant is expected to merge style and innovation, along with sensors and computing power, in a wrist-worn device...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s petrochemical stocks continued their advance on Thursday, fueled by hopes for strong product demand from key markets. The sector’s index added 0.7 percent.The Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) added just 0.1 percent, dragged down by profit-taking in banks which had earlier jumped on expectations of wider...
JEDDAH: Saudi crude exports fell in June to their lowest levels in almost three years as oil use in the country’s power sector rose and local refineries processed high volumes, official data showed.Saudi Arabia exported 6.946 million barrels per day (bpd) in June, slightly down from the 6.987 million bpd in May, according t...
DUBAI: DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators, reported a 26 percent rise in net profit for the first half of the year as its container volumes and margins increased.The company, one of the more profitable assets of debt-laden Dubai World, posted a first-half net profit of $332 million. This compares with a pro...

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LONDON: For the world’s hard-pressed aluminum producers the current outlook is t...
People in Gaza and elsewhere in Palestine feel disappointed at the lack of any s...
TURKEY, which has had a very happening 2014, saw the swearing in of a new presid...
The chaotic consequences of the gradual disintegration of Pax Americana are beco...

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And So To Bed is an English lifestyle brand that is famous for their beautiful, luxury bedrooms that indulge, inspire, delight and excite and that offer a stylish quality investment with reassurance on value for money.
Opulent, dazzling and impressive, theses symbols of drama and theater bound together with the local cultures and the Englis...

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Twitter trends are popular words or hashtags used by Twitter users at a particular time. Twitter uses a special algorithm that is not revealed to us yet to monitor hot topics in real time.
If you log in to your Twitter account, you will be able to know what hashtags are now trending in your city or a nearby location. You can also search for...

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As chic and pretty as her collection, Selina Farooqui is a new and promising designer in the Middle East.
Farooqui is a designer who imbibes the aesthetics of culture and luxury together in her collection.
It is a combination of royal colors, traditional embroidery and sophisticated designs that set her clothes aside from the competiti...

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MADRID: Revellers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo in Spain’s Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for “the world’s biggest food fight.”
Locals and visitors from as far afield as the United States and Japan crammed into the eastern town of Bunol as mushy tomatoes rained from the backs of trucks and flew in...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Although it has been a main element in the South American food scenario for many years, chia seeds gained popularity in the Western world only recently. It is also known as super food.Chia seeds are known as meramia in Arabic. The word chia is derived from the origin of these seeds, which is Mexico. It can be served with water, lemon and sugar as a traditional drink called “Chia Fresca”.Benefits of chia seeds:1. They suck up the water from the body, which is a perfect food for those who want to lose weight, especially in the stomach area.2. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants.3. Good source of calcium, phosphorus, manganese, copper iron, zinc, magnesium, molybdenum and niacin.4. They work...
Since I have begun writing about restaurants in Riyadh, I have always wondered why there are so few restaurants serving Saudi food. Expatriates often think that Kapsa is the only Saudi dish but this is not the case. A quick glance at Saudi cuisine highlights the importance of regional cooking as well as foreign influences namely Turkish, Indian, Syrian, Lebanese and Egyptian. The truth is that the best Saudi food is still cooked at home. But if you do not have access to genuine homemade Saudi food, I recommend you try the Najd Village. Established since 1996, this restaurant has been consistently serving good Saudi food in a typical Najdi environment. It specializes in the regional cuisine...
GENEVA: Governments should ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, the World Health Organization said, warning that they pose a "serious threat" to fetuses and young people.The UN health body also recommended that the cigarette-shaped electrical devices be banned from public indoor spaces "until exhaled vapour is proven to be not harmful to bystanders"."The existing evidence shows that (e-cigarette) aerosol is not 'merely vapour' as is often claimed in the marketing of these products," WHO said.The devices, which have grown in popularity in particular with youths, function by heating flavoured nicotine liquid into a vapour that is inhaled — much like traditional cigarettes, but without the...

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KYOTO, Japan: Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the wo...
WASHINGTON: The subjects were serious enough at President Barack Obama’s impromptu press conference Thursday, but many viewers and the collective press corps seized on something more immediately visible: His tan suit.The president’s decision to address the media in a breezy, light-colored summer suit swiftly took center stage for many even as he addressed Russian responsibility for rebel actions in Ukraine and ongoing US air strikes against militants in Iraq.“Yes we tan!” became the mocking rally cry on social media as Obama gave a statement and then took questions from what some have deemed...
MUMBAI: The biopic on India’s five time world champion boxer Mary Kom has been declared tax free in Indian state of Maharashtra. According to bollywoodlife.com, the girl power seems to be on a rise in Bollywood. With films like “Queen,” “Bobby” “Jasoos” and “Mardaani” doing good business at box office, the next big film with female lead, Priyanka Chopra’s “Mary Kom,” is predicted to rule the box office. Well, its just not the box office collections of these female oriented films that are making heads turn.After Rani Mukerji’s hard hitting cop flick “Mardaani” was made tax free in Uttar...

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