GENEVA: The Gaza Strip, ravaged by wars and nearly a decade of a grueling Israeli blockade, could become uninhabitable for residents within just five years, the United Nations development agency said Tuesday.“The social, health and security-related ramifications of the high population density and overcrowding are among the factors that may render Gaza unliveable by 2020,” the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) wrote in its annual report.Gaza, a tiny enclave of just 362 square kilometers (about 225 square miles) squeezed between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea that is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians, counts one of the highest population densities in the world.“Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020 if current economic trends persist,” the report said.While the high density is not new, the situation has been exacerbated by three Israeli military operations in th...
JEDDAH: The Cabinet on Monday approved new regulations related to temporary and seasonal work visas....
JEDDAH: The criminal court in Jeddah has ordered Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency investigators to find...
BUDAPEST, Hungary: Upset migrants chanted “Freedom! Freedom!” and demanded to use their train tickets Tuesday after Hungary temporarily suspended all rail traffic from its main terminal in Budapest and cleared the station of hundreds of migrants trying to board trains for Austria and Germany.Chaos enveloped Budapest’s Keleti train station, where thousands of migrants have left by rail in the last few days to those two wea...
BEIRUT: Lebanese protesters broke into the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut Tuesday, demanding the resignation of the minister over the country’s snowballing trash crisis.The group from the movement known as “You Stink” posted a video of about 30 demonstrators sitting cross-legged on the floor, clapping and shouting slogans against the minister, Mohammed Machnouk.“Out, out, out!” they shouted. It was not immediatel...

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JEDDAH: Private schools have been devising new ways to raise money from parents to circumvent the Education Ministry’s cap on fee increases, a local publication reported here recently.Schools now charge for services that do not require the ministry’s approval including SR500 to SR1,000 for opening a...
ALKHOBAR: A short circuit involving a transformer in the basement of the residential complex of Saudi Aramco resulted in the fire on Sunday, according to a preliminary probe.The blaze continued for over five hours in the residential towers. The fire had spread to the vehicles in the basement, resulting in 35 of the 130 burn...
JEDDAH: A number of prominent Saudi women have cited several reasons for not running as candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Some of them are an alleged lack of clarity on nominations and voting; they are too busy; and they want to make way for younger people. Madawi Hassoun, head of the beauty centers committee...
JEDDAH: A short video showing a pilgrim, draped in the two pieces of seamless cloth called ihram, circumambulating the Kaaba in Makkah using a Segway board, has gone viral on social media.The well-built man is seen swooshing past fellow pilgrims on the second level of the mobile platform set up in the Grand Mosque’s open ma...
JEDDAH: At the weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Naif briefed the Cabinet on the talks held by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman with President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi of Yemen, which reaffirmed the Kingdom’s support for that country’s legitimate govern...
JEDDAH: Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee Prince Mohammed bin Naif has approved the general plan for implementation of Civil Defense works in emergency cases during the current Haj season, the Saudi Press Agency reported.Commenting on the plan, Director Ge...
RIYADH: The government has shut down a cosmetics factory in Riyadh for using undisclosed raw materials and unhygienic process at its production facility.A team from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, during a routine inspection, found the plant used the suspect raw materials to reduce costs. The material could be harmfu...
RIYADH: Recruitment offices here have decided to stop hiring Bangladeshi workers because they claim that a supply crunch has raised costs.Ibrahim Al-Megheimish, a recruitment expert, said that there are too few Bangladeshi workers seeking employment, which now means costs have risen from $1,000 (SR3,751) to $1,800 (SR6,752)...
RIYADH: As many as 200 students have enrolled into different courses at the Riyadh-based Saudi Aviation Flight Academy (SAFA) with 70 percent of them being Saudi nationals, said Saleem Bava, head of marketing and admission at SAFA.SAFA offers a mix of technically advanced training aircraft and simulators ensuring that stude...
MAKKAH: Civil Defense teams in Makkah recovered the body of a man and rescued several people in flooded areas after heavy rain here on Sunday.Naif Al-Shareef, spokesman for the Civil Defense, said officers found the body of the missing man in Wadi Al-Miqreh in Al-Omrah neighborhood. The man had been there with his friends....

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GENEVA: The Gaza Strip, ravaged by wars and nearly a decade of a grueling Israel...

BEIRUT: Lebanese protesters broke into the Environment Ministry in downtown Beir...

BAGHDAD: Daesh strung up four Iraqi Shiite fighters with chains and burned them...

SANAA: Yemeni security officials say Shiite rebels in the capital have raided th...

BEIRUT: A powerful blast in the ruins of Syria’s ancient Palmyra raised fears Mo...

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GAUHATI, India: Rioters set fire to the homes of seven lawmakers during a rampag...

BEIJING: Russian leader Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and...

BUDAPEST, Hungary: Upset migrants chanted “Freedom! Freedom!” and demanded to us...

TOKYO: Japan’s Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped de...

MANILA, Philippines: Thousands of members of a politically influential Christian...

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TAIPEI: Physical play against a foe that was taller and beefier?Gilas Pilipinas...

RIYADH: SABB remained the team to beat as it sealed the top spot and toppled A...

SINGAPORE: Malaysia’s Nicol David had her nine-year run as women’s squash world...

LONDON: Manchester United have signed 19-year-old French striker Anthony Martial...

GENEVA: The American prosecutor who launched the bribery case that rocked FIFA i...

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JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew at its fastest pace in over a year at 3.79 percent during the second quarter of this year, reaching SR617.88 bill...
DUBAI: Most Gulf stock markets fell on Monday, tracking volatile oil prices, while Egypt's bourse jumped after energy major Eni announced a potentially huge natural gas discovery off the country's coast.The main Saudi Tadawul All-Share Index dropped 2.2 percent to 7,522 points, closing August with a 17.3 percent loss, its b...
Why would a company buy a multimillion-dollar airplane? To get more than that in results. The question is "how?" According to one study, the use of business aircraft can increase the time available to business travelers by at least 40 percent. That doesn't sound like much until you realise that 40 percent can:• Add two week...
NEW YORK: World stock indexes edged lower on Monday amid persistent investor concerns about slowing growth in China and the prospect of higher US interest rates, while oil prices rallied.Oil was up more than $2 a barrel, rebounding from early losses, as data showed contracting US production and OPEC willingness to talk with...
SHANGHAI: Chinese state media announced a slew of confessions on Monday following investigations into dramatic stock market fluctuations, including from a reporter who said he had spread false information that had caused "panic and disorder".An official from China's securities regulator, and four senior executives from Chin...
NEW DELHI: India's economy grew by a slower than expected 7.0 percent in the first quarter, official figures showed Monday, adding to pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speed up efforts to boost growth.Growth in the three months through June slowed to 7.0 percent year-on-year from 7.5 percent in the previous quarte...
RIYADH: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), received former Australian PM Bob Hawke, at his office in Riyadh.The meeting was attended by Heba Fatani, senior executive manager, corporate communications department; Hassna Alturki, executive manager for international relations to the chairman;...
SAN FRANCISCO: The waves of cash surfed relentlessly by some of Silicon Valley's largest venture-backed businesses are showing signs of receding amid concern the companies may already worth more than they're likely to be valued once they finally go public.Investors have created 132 privately held companies valued at $1 bill...
DUBAI: Most Middle East stock markets rose but closed well off their intra-day highs on Sunday and some edged lower as investors started selling into the region's rally, indicating sentiment was still shaky even after oil prices rebounded.Saudi Arabia's main Tadawul All-Share Index, which surged as much as 4.6 percent early...
DUBAI: The value of assets in the Islamic finance sector is expected to increase by 80 percent over the next five years, reaching $3.24 trillion in value by 2020, according to initial findings garnered from the upcoming State of the Global Islamic Economy (SGIE) report.The report, which is commissioned and supported by Duba...
 
 

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MANILA: Amid the chimes of gongs, Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa teaches a group of women and children the mystical moves of a centuries-old dance form she has struggled to save from oblivion in the Philippines’ restive south.
Her dream is that the ethnic dance called Pangalay will continue as a living tradition, hopefully helping heal division...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

What have you done with your social media accounts recently? Followed some news, exchanged jokes, or went through some gossip? Do not get upset, that is what most social media users do anyway, but there is another side of the coin — one can use social media in some creative ways as well.
Gissur Simonarson, an activist from Oslo, Norway, uni...

FASHION »

Does Hijab become an obstacle for a Muslim woman to express herself through fashion? Ask Saudi designer Nabila Nazer and she will whip out some of the trendiest and coolest looks for a modest, modern woman. She says the purpose of her fashion venture is to revive modest yet fashionable clothing among the young generations of Muslim women. Her po...

TRAVEL »

When visiting London it’s natural to try and see all the iconic sights that are associated with the city. But it’s all too easy to miss out on the wonderful aspects of the capital that are not so widely known but which form part of its rich fabric. Towns outside the capital are also often over-looked.
So here is a guide to London and a near...

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LONDON: The summer scourge of sticky hands could become a thing of the past as British researchers announced the discovery of an ingredient to make slow-melting ice cream on Monday.The protein BslA, which occurs naturally in some food, helps to blend the components of ice cream to make it smoother and more resistant to melting.“The protein binds together the air, fat and water in ice cream, creating a super-smooth consistency,” the University of Edinburgh announced in a statement.Developed by researchers at the Scottish universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, the ingredient could be available within three to five years.“We’re excited by the potential this new ingredient has for improving ice...
Hot flashes are a sudden feeling of feverish heat, typically a symptom of menopause. Women who have hot flashes might experience some difficulty in sleeping because hot flashes, called night sweats, also occur in deep sleep.It’s not precisely clear what causes hot flashes. However, they’re most likely due to hormonal changes in the body. Some women barely notice hot flashes or consider them a minor annoyance. For others, the intensity may affect their quality of life in a rather negative way.“Hot flashes are a quick feeling of heat and sometimes a red, flushed face and sweating. It is not yet known what is the exact cause of hot flashes, but it might be related to changes in the female body...
Nothing says I love meat like a good burger. What’s not to love? A good grilled, well seasoned, fresh ground beef patty with perfect accommodating condiments and the perfectly rounded bun to finish off … perfect, right? Jeddah has seen its share of gourmet burger restaurants in the past few years, some are well within the limits of “acceptable”, others “not so much” and a handful of “superb” tasting burger joints. Forget the American franchises that are scattered all over the city, the newest burger joint to hit the restaurant scene has to be “Section B” burger. The creation of six young Saudis all sharing one love, obviously a really good burger! Men and their meat, right? Ironically, this...

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LOS ANGELES: Taylor Swift was crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards as rapper Kanye West announced an improbable r...
MUMBAI: First it was Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan who was reportedly learning Urdu diction for his upcoming movie ‘Dishoom’. Now reports state that Aishwarya Rai will also be learning Arabic.Aishwarya-starrer ‘Jazbaa’ will be released internationally which is why director Sanjay Gupta wants to dub the film in various languages. Ash has taken up the challenge of learning Arabic and dubbing her own lines.“There are cuts of the film being readied, dubbed and released widely all across the UAE. It’s been dubbed in Arabic. We’re also dubbing it in other South American languages (Spanish and...
CAIRO: A respected news organization has come under fire after referring to human rights lawyer Amal Clooney as an “actor’s wife” in their coverage of a court case.The Associated Press tweeted an article about three Al-Jazeera journalists convicted of “spreading false news” and sentenced to prison in Egypt. They wrote: “Amal Clooney, actor’s wife, representing Al-Jazeera journalist accused in Egypt of ties to extremists.” Clooney is a barrister with Doughty Street Chambers, specializing in human rights law. She read law at the University of Oxford, before obtaining a postgraduate degree from...

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Indian SM Hyderabadi parents looking for an educated and beautiful bride from a respectable family f...
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I, Abdul Jaleel Anjukandan, Indian national, hereby announce that my Passport No. J6451933 issued at...
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