WASHINGTON: Russian air strikes in and around the city of Aleppo against opponents of the Syrian regime are benefitting the Daesh group, a senior US official charged Wednesday.“What Russia’s doing is directly enabling ISIL,” Brett McGurk, President Barack Obama’s special envoy to the coalition fighting the group in Syria and Iraq, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.Daesh is the Arabic acronym for the brutal group Islamic State of Iran and the Levant or ISIL.In Paris, France’s foreign minister on Wednesday denounced the “terrifying brutality” of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.In a speech at France’s lower house of parliament, Laurent Fabius also said there was “a complicity of Russia and Iran.”Fabius was speaking a few hours after announcing he has decided to leave the government to head France’s Constitutional Court. He called for a cease-fire in Syria and reiterated Fr...
SAN DIEGO, California: For nearly 50 years, Sirhan Sirhan has been consistent: He says he doesn’t re...
RIYADH: The Saudi-led Operation Decisive Storm and Operation Restoration of Hope have helped “defend...
DUBAI, UAE: The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday named women to the newly created posts of state ministers for happiness and tolerance, and a 22-year-old female for youth affairs.Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum named eight women as he revealed his latest cabinet line-up of 29 ministers in a series of tweets.Ohoud Al-Roumi, who had served as director of the council of ministers’ office, was appointed...
JERUSALEM: Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara insulted and raged at household staff, creating an abusive working environment at the Israeli prime minister’s official residence, a labor court ruled on Wednesday.Allegations of mistreatment leveled by Meni Naftali, a former chief caretaker at the Jerusalem home, were dismissed by the Prime Minister’s Office as “evil, skewed gossip” when the civil lawsuit was filed in 2014.But th...

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JEDDAH: The planned “North Thunder” military exercise is a clear message to Iran and the countries in the region it supports that any hostile intentions and actions will be firmly dealt with, an expert has said.The military drill is scheduled to be held in the northern region of Saudi Arabia in the...
RIYADH: The Moroccan experience in desert tourism is largely similar to that of Saudi Arabia, which boasts of a unique diversity in culture in its different regions, Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH), has said.He made the statement as he opened a workshop o...
JAZAN: Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited the advanced field hospital of the Armed Forces in Jazan on Tuesday.He was reassured about the injured in the ongoing battle. He conveyed the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and wished them speedy recovery. T...
RIYADH: Chairman of ACWA Power International Mohammed Abu Nayyan thanked King Mohammed VI of Morocco for personally inaugurating Morocco’s first solar power plant, Noor1, built by an international consortium led by his company.“We were extremely privileged by this great honor of his majesty’s inauguration of the project. We...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Health is considering imposing an asset declaration as well as an absence of interest conflict testimony on its employees as a measure in fighting corruption.Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih made the announcement at a one-day forum on promoting integrity and combating corruption in the health care sec...
RIYADH: The Shoura Council has called on the Board of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIPP) to effectively implement the agreements with countries on deporting prisoners, as this will result in saving SR1 billion per year.“The monthly expenses on each prisoner in Saudi jails is around SR4,000, and there are 31,000 for...
JEDDAH: The Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) on Tuesday said it is not against communication services and applications in the Kingdom, but telecom companies will have to respect the Kingdom’s rules and regulations.The telecom regulator’s clarification came following a temporary resumption of the vo...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Education (MoE) has allocated over 180 clinics for schools in Riyadh and directed all its departments across the Kingdom to recruit health advisers at schools with more than 100 students.Work has already started on introducing training courses for the employees of these schools on the necessary healt...
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed gratitude to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for the efforts the Kingdom has exerted in assisting coalition forces against Daesh.He also lauded the Saudi announcement that the country is ready to take part in any land operations that might be agreed upon a...
RIYADH: Syrian conjoined twins will be separated at the King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital at the King Abdul Aziz Medical City (KAMC) in Riyadh on Sunday.According to a KAMC spokesman, the forthcoming surgery will be the fourth and final stage to be performed on the Syrian twins.The female twins, Tuqa and Yakeen,...
JEDDAH: Education Minister Ahmed Al-Issa has issued an order to establish a department for school security. It will be be linked organizationally to the general supervisor of school safety and security at the ministry.According to the decision, school guards will come under the General Department for School Safety and Secur...
JEDDAH: From delivering mails for Saudi Aramco to captaining Saudi Arabian Airlines’ first flight to New York, Jazza Al-Shammari’s career story is unique.“I started my career as a postman with Saudi Aramco in 1959 and continued the primary studies at the same time. I was soon promoted as an accountant” he told local media.A...
RIYADH: A team of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSHRC) has identified a gene responsible for cardiomyopathy.Dr. Zuhair bin Nasser Al-Hasnan, KFSHRC medical genetics consultant, said the team conducted a study on a Saudi family with nine children, four of whom were suffering from cardiomyopathy....

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DUBAI, UAE: The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday named women to the newly creat...

JERUSALEM: Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara insulted and raged at household staff,...

DUBAI: UAE Prime Minister and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum’...

BEIRUT: A suicide car bomber dispatched by the Daesh group struck near a police...

DUBAI: Yemeni Vice-President Khaled Bahah said on Tuesday that his international...

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PRAGUE: President Milos Zeman says the Czech Republic paid a ransom for the rele...

NEW DELHI: Police in northern India will soon use slingshots loaded with chilli...

ROME: A Roman Catholic prelate has been arrested for allegedly defrauding hundre...

SAN DIEGO, California: For nearly 50 years, Sirhan Sirhan has been consistent: H...

WASHINGTON: North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted...

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LUSAIL, Qatar: Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen of the Dimension Data team took the...

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa on Wednesday named fast bowler Dale Steyn in their 15...

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands: Second-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia reached the World T...

DUBAI: Pakistan have made four changes to their squad for this month’s Asia Cup...

LONDON: Sunderland’s England international winger Adam Johnson pleaded guilty to...

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DUBAI: Thirty-four percent of UAE respondents would recommend their bank as a first choice to friends or colleagues while in Saudi Arabia the number is slightly higher at...
LONDON: Global government borrowing costs slumped to record lows this week as a combination of financial volatility, banking stress and slowing growth and inflation saw a flight to top-rated, liquid assets amid talk of ever lower interest rates.Data from Citi showed the aggregate yield in its World Global Bond Index compris...
SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter has revamped its timeline, allowing the “best” tweets to rise to the top, despite warnings of a revolt from members loyal to the real-time flow of the messaging platform.The tweaked format aims to inject new life into the struggling one-to-many messaging service by moving away from a pure chronologica...
OSLO: A group of Chinese Internet firms have made a cash offer for Norwegian mobile phone browser and advertising firm Opera Software, valuing it at $1.23 billion, in a move to reach more of the emerging market customers with whom Opera is popular.The buyers include US-listed Web search and security firm Qihoo 360 and Beiji...
PARIS: Oil prices may have rebounded off 12-year lows struck last month, but any hope for a broader recovery in the market would be misplaced, the IEA said, noting OPEC is responsible for the latest glut of supplies on the market.The International Energy Agency said in its monthly report that “it is very hard to see how oil...
HANOVER, Germany: TUI Group, the world’s largest tour operator, reported a 40 percent drop in bookings to Turkey this summer due to safety concerns and said it was investing in Cape Verde and Bulgaria as alternatives to security-threatened North Africa.Turkey is especially popular with German tourists, but has seen demand s...
NEW YORK: Coca-Cola announced a jump in fourth-quarter profits on higher volumes and prices and said it would fully refranchise bottling operations in North America and China in a cost-cutting move.Net income for the 2015 fourth quarter was $1.2 billion, up 60.6 percent compared with the year-ago period.Revenues fell eight...
LONDON: The yen rose on Tuesday to its highest against the dollar since November 2014, as a sell-off in global stocks and worries about Europe’s banks stoked demand for safe-haven currencies.The euro underperformed. Although it has enjoyed a good correlation with safe-haven assets and currencies since last August, it droppe...
JEDDAH: Jeddah’s hospitality market is expected to witness the entry of more than 5,333 hotel keys between 2016 and 2018, primarily represented by 5- and 4-star properties, each accounting for 51 percent and 31 percent of total forthcoming supply, respectively.These predictions are made in a report released by Colliers Inte...
DUBAI: Stock markets in the Middle East fell on Tuesday, erasing the prior session's gains, as risk appetite diminished following a slump in global shares.Egypt's main index tumbled 2.8 percent to 6,004 points, erasing the prior session's gains as foreign funds redeemed shares, bourse data showed.Commercial International Ba...
 

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People are sitting in a little room watching some films; for many of the viewers what they are seeing is quite a revelation. The highly creative short videos show a picture of the Gulf from a thought-provoking, fantastical and often very funny perspective. A message that shines through from a film called Pixels is how prejudice is universal and...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

RIYADH: A team of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSHRC) has identified a gene responsible for cardiomyopathy.

Dr. Zuhair bin Nasser Al-Hasnan, KFSHRC medical genetics consultant, said the team conducted a study on a Saudi family with nine children, four of whom were suffering from cardiomyopathy.
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FASHION »

The Middle East is now home to a number of world class accessories designers who are intuitively blurring the line between East and West and offering something unique that one can’t help but feel totally attached to. To put it mildly, their luxe creations are one-of-a-kind from all ends worthy of being put on display in a museum.
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TRAVEL »

For the fourth year in a row, Abu Dhabi organized it’s annual Qasr Al-Hosn Festival to celebrate the past and present glories of the UAE. It is truly a celebration of Emirati culture and heritage. The festival provides visitors and tourists an opportunity to learn more about the Emirati identity in a fun and informative way.
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FOOD & HEALTH »

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia joined the rest of the world in intensifying public awareness on cancer with activities spread over the week supporting the global cause that aims to save millions of lives every year by raising awareness and education about the disease, urging governments and individuals across the world to take action.Being a truly global event observed annually on Feb. 4th, World Cancer Day unites the whole world in the fight against cancer. The Kingdom joined the massive awareness campaign with the Ministry of Health observing cancer awareness week, ending on Wednesday.Under the auspices of Health Ministry, King Saud University (KSU), which is leading the vanguard in the Kingdom for...
A woman’s body is a sanctuary, a sacred mass of organs given to her in order to maintain it in the best and healthiest way possible. Pregnancy changes a person, to comprehend that a tiny little human is growing inside of us can sometimes cloud our judgments. Pregnancies differ from one mom-to-be from another and some have it hard while others are perfectly fine, it’s natural and it happens. In either case, maintaining a healthy lifestyle while pregnant can be a bit difficult, all those mood swings, cravings and the constant urge to snuggle on a couch. Working out isn’t very interesting when you’re pregnant but it is somewhat important in order to maintain a healthy pregnancy. Hard core...
In the last three weeks, I have been exploring the nutrients, soluble and insoluble fiber, enzymes, and antioxidants in okra. All these health benefits are packed in one unbelievably healthy veggie. One cup of the vegetable provides important nutrients your body requires. It is a powerhouse of nutrients for such a little plant.Japanese health researcher, Junji Takano, who thoroughly analyzed and investigated the okra, recommends eating the veggie to those who suffer from weakness, exhaustion, stress, and depression. Vitamins B and C are good for such conditions.He advises consuming okra to protect from the toxic substances in trans fats, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, preservatives,...

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AL-ARID, Egypt: A donkey has leapt to fame in a small Egyptian village by defying her species’ well-known stubbornness a...
KOLKATA, India: A wild elephant rampaged through an east Indian town on Wednesday, smashing homes and sending panicked residents running.As the frightened elephant ran amok, trampling parked cars and motorbikes, crowds of people gathered to watch from balconies and roof tops. Some followed from a distance as the elephant moved through the streets.“The elephant was scared and was trying to go back to the jungle,” said Papaiya Sarkar, a 40-year-old homemaker who watched the elephant amble down a street near her home.The elephant had wandered from the Baikunthapur forest, crossing roads and a...
LOS ANGELES: A day after the Super Bowl, people are still parsing over each frame from Beyonce’s halftime performance, trying to glean the messages, both subtle and overt, that made for a stunning display of unapologetic blackness and political activism during one of the most-watched events of the year.The halftime show — seen by an estimated 112 million people — is drawing praise from her fans and consternation from critics.While Beyonce hasn’t commented on the specifics of the show, and her rep declined comment, the imagery speaks for itself. Beyonce’s dancers donned berets, sported Afros...

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