RIYADH: Yemen’s ruling General People’s Congress (GPC) party has announced it is backing the internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, directing a powerful blow to his rival and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.In a statement issued by the GPC’s second-in-command, the ruling party declared its support for President Hadi, calling on the Houthi movement to withdraw their militias from the areas they have controlled and put down their weapons in compliance with the UN Security Council Resolution 2216.Saleh, who leads the GPC, has forged an undeclared alliance with the Iran-backed Houthi militia that last September seized state buildings and military bases across Yemen, including the capital Sana’a, driving into exile elected President Hadi, who has now sought refuge in Riyadh.Saudi Arabia, which in late April ended a month-long aerial campaign against the...
The first 100 days of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, who ascended the throne on Jan....
Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri, consultant in the office of the defense minister, on Sunday denied repor...
JERUSALEM: Images of Israeli police firing stun grenades are usually set in the West Bank and involve Palestinian protesters. But on Sunday the situation was quite different — riot police battling thousands of Ethiopian Jews in the center of Tel Aviv.The spark was a week-old video showing two Israeli policemen punching, beating and trying to arrest an Israeli soldier of Ethiopian descent in what appeared to be an unprovok...
ROME: A baby girl was born aboard a rescue boat in the Mediterranean Sea as Italian Coast Guard and Navy ships bring migrants by the thousands to the country’s southern ports.In the three-day period ending Sunday, 6,771 survivors were rescued at sea north of Libya from overcrowded rubber dinghies and unseaworthy fishing boats used by Libya-based smugglers, according to a Coast Guard tally reported Monday. Ten bodies were...

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Watermelons being sold in Taif by street vendors have caused alarm. There is a widespread fear that the product is genetically modified and chemically nourished to speed up ripening and increase its size.The fears have been aggravated following the circulation on social networking sites of a video c...
These are the winners of the Cricket World Cup Quiz held by Arab News in cooperation with its sponsors from February 14 to March 29, 2015. The raffle draw was held at the Arab News main office in Jeddah on May 3, 2015. 1st Prize: Mr. Mohammed Obaidul Nurul Hoque, Jeddah 2nd Prize: Mr. Roshan Raju, Al Khobar 3rd Prize: Mr....
Thousands of Yemeni citizens who have problems with their residence permits rushed to Passport Department offices across the Kingdom to correct their situations following a royal order to grant them concessions.The Yemenis were told to wait until detailed instructions on how to handle their cases is provided to passport off...
French President Francois Hollande will become the first foreign head of state to attend a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states in Riyadh on Tuesday.“Hollande will first hold talks with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Monday, and then attend the GCC summit on Tuesday,” French Embassy spokesma...
Saudi students and citizens living abroad have visited the Kingdom’s embassies in order to pledge allegiance to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Saudi embassies and consulates in the US, UK, Switzerland, Jordan, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia have set up special registers for t...
A number of sports leaders have said the royal decrees recently issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman represent an important means for the support and well-being of citizens and for promoting developmental plans.The sports leaders were commenting on the decrees appointing Prince Mohammed bin Naif as crown...
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal receives military officers who came to pledge their allegiance to the new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at his office in Makkah on Sunday. (AN photo by Ahmed Hashad)
Some 30,000 students in 650 schools all over Saudi Arabia will spend two days being tested by the Public Education Evaluation Commission (PEEC), beginning Monday.According to Saleh Al-Shamrani, PEEC deputy governor, the nationwide tests this year will be held for students in Grades 3 and 6 in science and mathematics; Arabic...
A bad flammable battery inside a passenger’s handbag on a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 777-200 Flight No. SV885, heading to King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh from Guangzhou, China, spread sparks and smoke and caused the delay of the flight after all passengers were removed from the plane for their safety.Capt. Mo...
The sea sports festival, entitled ‘Challenge & Fun’, has been kicked off at the Al-Fanateer waterfront in Jubail Industrial City.The eight-day event has been organized by the Royal Commission for Jubail (RCJ) in coordination with the social services department. It includes over 20 aqua games for all age groups, as well...
The Jeddah Municipality seized 24 trucks and a number of containers for trying to transport unlicensed clothes and other goods from 11 areas near Petromin where the items were illegally stored.Hassan Ghoneim, director of the municipality's university branch, said a number of storage facilities in the area are functioning wi...
There are 120,000 autism cases in the Kingdom and efforts are on to establish a research center, Director General of Health Affairs in the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Shaibani, has said. In the research paper, presented by him on the occasion of International Autism Day, Al-Sheibani said the EP has 16.6 percent with 20,000...
Saudi students will be offered an opportunity to gain work experience after completing their graduation in Irish universities, the country’s ambassador has said.Ireland has agreed to a request from the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce (CSCC) to train Saudi students for one year after graduation from Irish universities,...

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DOHA: France and Qatar signed a 6.3 billion euro ($7.02 billion) deal on Monday...

JERUSALEM: Israel inflicted “massive and unprecedented harm” to Palestinian civi...

JERUSALEM: Israel’s foreign minister dealt a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Net...

TEHRAN: Hairstyles of a spiky and unorthodox nature have reportedly been banned...

DAMASCUS: Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front claimed responsibility on M...

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GARLAND, Texas: Police and FBI on Monday searched the Arizona apartment of one o...

NAIROBI, Kenya: The United States said Monday it will give $45 million to help K...

LONDON: Britain’s deputy prime minister and leader of the centrist Liberal Democ...

DOHA: Taleban militants meeting Afghan officials in Qatar reiterated their hard-...

LAHORE: A Pakistani election tribunal on Monday unseated the country’s railways...

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MADRID: Carolina Wozniacki of Denmark powered her way past Christina McHale of t...

ATLANTA: The well-rested Washington Wizards shook off injury scares for Bradley...

MUNICH: Andy Murray won the first clay-court title of his career when he saw off...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: West Indies defied the odds and a wearing pitch to complet...

LAS VEGAS: Heading into the much hyped ‘Fight of the Century’, Floyd Mayweather...

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CAIRO: Canada’s Bombardier Inc. and Egypt’s Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors will build a $1.5 billion monorail near Cairo, Egypt’s housing minister said.The 52k...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) and an accompanying delegation, visited the Republic of Cyprus. During the visit, Prince Alwaleed met with President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus at the Presidential Palace. During the meeting, President Anastasiades and Prince Alwaleed discussed a number...
“We have always seen Saudi Arabia in our domain as a leader and our technology is meant specifically for our Saudi customers,” says the CEO of Belgian Newtec, a specialist in satellite communications system design and integration.Newtec’s CEO Serge Van Herk made the observation on the sidelines of the company’s 30th anniver...
LEDE: From the use of feathers in attempts to mimic avian flight, to the cutting edge composites used to build many of today’s sophisticated aircraft, the evolution of materials used to make manned flight a reality articulates the progression of aviation itself. One of aviation’s earliest pioneers, the great Arab polymath,...
NEW YORK: McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook says he’s stripping away layers of bureaucracy so the company can move faster to keep up with changing tastes.During a 23-minute video message posted online, Easterbrook said the company’s structure is too “cumbersome” and that it can no longer afford its “legacy structure.”“The re...
The Capital Market Authority (CMA) laid down final rules on Monday for the long-awaited opening of its SR2.16 trillion stock market to foreigners.The reforms have generated huge foreign interest with Saudi stock market’s Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) rising 17.44 percent so far this year, the best performer among seven maj...
DUBAI: Egypt will attract about 20 percent more visitors this year compared with 2014, the tourism minister said, as the holiday sector recovers after four years of political upheaval, violence and street protests.About 2.15 million tourists visited the country in the first quarter, up 6.9 percent from a year ago, Khaled Ra...
DUBAI: The number of visitors to Dubai rose 8.2 percent to 13.2 million in 2014, helped by easier entry rules, more business conferences and an expanding entertainment and retail sector, its tourism chief said.The emirate should achieve similar growth this year, and expects to hit its target of 20 million visitors a year by...
RIYADH: A regulatory drive to reduce the volatility around initial public offers of shares is bolstering the Saudi funds sector and also creating an opportunity for international investors to sidestep the Kingdom's foreign ownership restrictions.With Saudi Arabia about to open its $575 billion stock market to direct foreign...
NEW YORK: Dow Chemical said it would slash about 3 percent of its global work force as a result of its deal to hive off chlorine activities into a new company.The Dow Chemical Company said the layoffs will affect 1,500 to 1,750 jobs. It also announced “minor” adjustments to certain manufacturing facilities, including shutti...
Minister of Finance Ibrahim Al-Assaf will be the first in a series of distinguished speakers at the Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference this week, which takes place at the Al Faisaliah Hotel from May 5-6.In his keynote remarks, he will outline the policies and strategies that have supported Saudi Arabia’s significant growth o...
The third annual Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2015 opened in Jeddah on Sunday, to thousands of hospitality professionals from throughout the Kingdom and beyond.Being held with the support of Prince Abdullah bin Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saud, chairman of the Tourism Committee, at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events, the three-day...
WASHINGTON: Cisco Systems said that CEO John Chambers, who built the company into a global networking power, will become executive chairman and be replaced as CEO by Chuck Robbins.Chambers, CEO since 1995 and board chair since 2006, oversaw the company’s growth from a modest tech company to a global giant with nearly $50 bi...

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Ziad Yamani is a young designer who studied art, painting and sculpture. His passion for design made him carve out a niche for himself in this field. His work is characterized by intimacy, courage, flexibility and tranquility, just like his personal nature.
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MUMBAI: Facebook Inc. opened up its Internet.org platform to new websites and applications from developers on Monday, a move the social media giant said would boost efforts to get people online in low-income and rural areas in emerging markets.
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Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead cells from the surface of the skin to make it look healthier, radiant and younger looking.
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The sea sports festival, entitled ‘Challenge & Fun’, has been kicked off at the Al-Fanateer waterfront in Jubail Industrial City.
The eight-day event has been organized by the Royal Commission for Jubail (RCJ) in coordination with the social services department. It includes over 20 aqua games for all age groups, as well as various compe...

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There are 120,000 autism cases in the Kingdom and efforts are on to establish a research center, Director General of Health Affairs in the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Shaibani, has said. In the research paper, presented by him on the occasion of International Autism Day, Al-Sheibani said the EP has 16.6 percent with 20,000 cases.He said the health affairs in the EP have prepared special mechanisms to discover autism in children aged between one year and three years to follow them up and subject them to specialized international treatment programs. Studies have proved that early discovery doubles chances of recovery, he said.Al-Shaibani said that coordination is under way with the King Fahad...
Seventy-five percent of Saudi population will be obese by 2020 if no preventive steps are taken, a study has warned.The research, conducted by Nasser Al-Salem Al-Qahtani, as a Ph.D. thesis at an Australian university, has focused on causes of obesity among intermediate and secondary school students in Riyadh.According to the findings, obesity has increased by 50.6 percent among teenagers in both rural and urban areas, with urban areas accounting for 59.4 percent and rural 36.9 percent.The researcher cited a number of factors linked to obesity and over-weight, including the presence of a driver with family, daily consumption of soft drinks, watching TV and using computers and other...
In the last episode, Part 4, I spoke about some of the effects of coconut oil as well as the controversy going around it. Because lauric acid is a saturated fatty acid in coconut oil, mainstream medicine claims it to be a harmful saturated fat to the cardiovascular system. On the other hand, its proponents attack the flawed research done in the 1990s on hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated coconut oil and not the virgin oil. Besides, not all saturated fats act the same way in the body, especially since coconut oil is of plant origin. Avocado oil (monounsaturated fatty acid) was maligned, too, for sometime, until scientific research exonerated it. Now, it is lauded for its heart healthy...

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LONDON: Prince William and his wife Kate have named their two-day-old baby Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and she will be kno...
LONDON: Comedian turned political activist Russell Brand has changed his mind and is no longer urging people not to vote in Thursday’s general election.Instead, Brand on Monday used his YouTube channel to urge his more than 1 million subscribers to back the Labour Party’s Ed Miliband.He said the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister David Cameron must be stopped. The last minute conversion may influence young voters who have read Brand’s recent best-selling book “Revolution” and embraced his YouTube complaints about big business.The long-haired comedian has campaigned for London tenants...
LOS ANGELES: Superhero sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron” scored the second biggest North American box office opening of all-time but failed to eclipse the record set by its 2012 predecessor, industry estimates showed Sunday.The latest big-screen offering based on the iconic Marvel comics characters raked in a staggering $187.7 million in its first weekend, figures from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations showed.However it fell short of surpassing the record $207.4 million opening posted by “The Avengers” three years ago.Analysts said Saturday’s crowded schedule of sports events — which...

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