The Saudi-led international coalition on Tuesday declared the end of its military campaign four weeks after launching air strikes against the Houthi militia in Yemen, saying their threat to Saudi Arabia and its neighbors had been removed.The coalition has "ended Operation Decisive Storm based on a request by the Yemeni government and President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi," its spokesman, Brigadier General Ahmad Al-Assiri, told a press briefing in the Saudi capital.However, he said the coalition would continue to impose a naval blockade on Yemen and target any movements by the Houthi forces. The coalition have named this new phase of the conflict operation 'Restore Hope.'
CAIRO: An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Muhammad Mursi to 2...
Sayidaty magazine has recognized the outstanding contribution of 37 Saudi women in different walks o...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ordered the National Guard to participate in the Operation Decisive Storm aimed at restoring legitimacy in Yemen, National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah announced Tuesday.“All sectors of the National Guard are well-prepared to take part in the operation along with the Kingdom’s army,” the prince said while inspecting the Prince Saad bin Abdul Rahman Brigade in R...
LAHORE: Pakistan hanged 15 people on Tuesday, officials said, the largest number of people executed on the same day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a de facto moratorium on capital punishment on Dec. 17, a day after Pakistani Taleban gunmen attacked a school and killed 153 people, most of them children. The killings put pressure on the governme...

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The Shoura Council approved a study on a scheme for martyrs which would help the families of those who have sacrificed their lives for the sake of the country.The house gave the approval to the scheme at the 30th session of council presided over by Council President Abdullah Al-Asheikh on Monday. Th...
NASHVILLE, Tennessee: A Saudi engineer taking up advanced studies in Tennessee has been awarded a medal of honor by the Phi Kappa Phi, one of the oldest academic organizations in the United States.Samer bin Saeed Al-Qahtani, who finished his masters degree in the University of Tennessee, was also admitted as member of the P...
Saudi Arabia has put security forces on alert for a possible militant attack on vital energy installations and popular shopping malls, Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said on Monday.“There was information about a possible terrorist attack targeting a mall or Saudi Aramco installation. We have passed t...
The intake of foreign medical consultants increased by 77 percent to close to 6,000 in Saudi Arabia in the year 2014, the Ministry of Health (MoH) announced on Monday.Dr. Abdulla Al-Waadi, supervisor of the Visiting Doctors’ Program, said that during this period, the MoH recruited 1,820 doctors from various countries for va...
Slowly but steadily, Saudi Arabia is becoming less vulnerable to cybertattacks as compared to a couple of years ago, but figures show that a lot still needs be done.Among the vulnerable countries in the world for overall cyber security, the Kingdom was at the 36th position in 2013, but it climbed down to the 42nd position i...
Extensive arrangements are being made by the King Abdul Aziz City For Science and Technology (KACST) for the Science and Technology week that begins in Riyadh Sunday.The event, aimed at communicating with society and promoting interest in science, will be opened by Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad, KACST president, at it...
• Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most?Introduction of high technology in the country.• What is your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word?Alhamdulillah and Bismillah.• Which book is by your bedside these days?The Great Faisal.• What is your favorite holiday destination?Dubai, Muscat.• What is your dre...
Many Saudis are now leaving the big cities and heading back to their small towns and villages because of lower rents, available jobs and adequate health and education services.In addition, they say that these rural areas offer a better standard of living than crowded and congested cities. They are much less stressed, their...
Realizing the decades-old dream of expat parents, a Saudi business group led by Prince Saud bin Musaed has taken the initiative to open an international university in Jeddah, offering degrees in engineering, automobile mechanics and business management.The new university is a joint venture between Gammon Saudi Arabia and th...
Iranian and Lebanese military officers belonging to Hezbollah have been found in the operation room of the Houthis, a Yemeni official said Monday. “These foreign officers manage the operation room of the Houthis and followers of the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh,” he added.The official said the fighters who have been...
A prominent Saudi scholar, author and television host has written a play on the Saudi-led coalition’s campaign to restore the legitimate government in Yemen.“The play is for the elementary pupils of Al-Khaleej School in Riyadh,” said Mohsin Shaikh Al-Hassan. “I hope it will help enlighten the children that their government...
Houthi militants have violated all norms and traditions held dear by generations of Yemeni people. They ignore Yemeni pride and integrity as they target women and girls, despite the fact that the latter are not involved in combat or even in demonstrations against the insurgents.Yemeni traditions and norms criminalize any in...
The incendiary statements of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah have invited derision from Yemenis who say the isolated Houthis have no one to speak for them inside Yemen.Nasrallah spewed venom for the third time since the launch of Operation Decisive Storm and attacked the Kingdom and the Gulf states. He defended Iran and it...

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GAZA: Palestinian Cabinet ministers from the occupied West Bank cut short a visi...

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CAIRO: Mortar fire killed two five-year-old boys Monday in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsu...

BAGHDAD: The body of a man believed to be Ezzat Al-Douri, top aide to Iraq’s exe...

CAIRO: An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President...

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BOSTON: Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is “America’s worst nightmare” and deser...

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s main opposition demanded Tuesday the country’s anti-graft c...

NEW DELHI: Farmers in central India continued Tuesday to stand in murky, chest-d...

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CHICAGO: Melky Cabrera capped Chicago’s four-run ninth inning with an RBI single...

The Pakistani pair of Rana Irfan and Amin Rashid won a three-way battle for the...

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RIYADH: The Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) will organize roadshows for foreign investors in the fourth quarter of this year as it opens to direct foreign investment in li...
Ali Bondagjy, a senior Saudi Arabian Airlines executive, has been appointed by SkyTeam as its alliance operations manager at organization’s headquarters in the Netherlands. Bondagjy has assumed his new position, which he won after competing with executives of other airlines who are members in the 20-member alliance.As opera...
NEW YORK: World oil prices will rise “substantially” in the coming months after hitting the bottom of a months-long rout several weeks ago, with a supply squeeze looming as early as this summer, according to PIRA Energy’s Gary Ross.The “magic of price” has caused a rapid resurgence in global oil demand and triggered a surpr...
DUBAI: Lower oil prices are likely to cause Abu Dhabi’s residential property sector to stabilize in 2015 following a two-year price boom as sentiment weakens and government spending in some areas slows, industry consultants say.A slew of new residential units was released in 2009-12, just when demand was hit by the global f...
MOSCOW: Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has estimated that the Russian economy shrank by two percent in the first quarter due to sanctions pressure and low oil prices.If confirmed, that would be the first quarterly contraction since 2009. Medvedev warned lawmakers the situation could worsen further, in contrast to President...
ZURICH: Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said a strong performance by its investment banking unit helped first quarter net profit rise by 23 percent to 1.05 billion Swiss francs (1.02 billion euros, $1.1 billion), outstripping forecasts by analysts.Its investment bank posted a 14 percent rise in pre-tax profits to 945 mill...
Etihad Etisalat announced its unaudited financial statements for the first quarter 2015 ending March 31, 2015. The company managed to reduce its losses to SR199 million in comparison to SR3.410 billion during the previous quarter with 94 percent.Deputy CEO Serkan Okandan said: “Mobily is committed to two main priorities: fi...
Naif Al-Rajhi Investment Company signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Dubai-based Union Properties Real Estate Company in Riyadh to set up a limited liability company specialized in real estate investment and development in the Kingdom .Naif bin Saleh Al-Rajhi, CEO of Naif Al-Rajhi Investment Company and Ahme...
FRANKFURT: Investor sentiment in Germany fell for the first time in six months in April on concerns about weak global growth, a survey showed, but analysts were confident that recovery in Europe’s biggest economy remains intact.The widely watched investor confidence index calculated by the ZEW economic institute slipped by...
HOUSTON: Halliburton Co. has cut 9,000 jobs — more than 10 percent of its workforce — in about six months and is considering more cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices sap demand for its drilling help.Halliburton executives disclosed the job cuts on a conference call with investors.The Houston oilfield-services company r...
SHENZHEN, China: China can only ensure its information security in the long run if it keeps its market open to the best technology products, be they foreign or domestic, Huawei’s rotating CEO Eric Xu said.Xu’s remarks are a rare example of a top Chinese CEO openly questioning the direction of Beijing’s information security...
Dubai Investments PJSC, a leading investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is showcasing a wide-ranging portfolio of innovative and energy-efficient products and solutions at the water, energy, technology and environment exhibition (WETEX) 2015, currently under way at Dubai World Trade Center.In line with it...
DUBAI: Dubai’s drive to develop its Islamic finance sector is fueling growth of Shariah-compliant banking but the benefits are unevenly distributed, with some lenders struggling to compete against burgeoning competition.In 2013, Dubai’s government announced plans to turn the emirate into a center for an “Islamic economy” wi...

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French President Francois Hollande on Friday stepped 36,000 years back in time into a darkened, cool cave to admire the earliest known figurative paintings of hands, bears, rhinos and panthers.
But he was actually above ground, inaugurating a giant, millimeter-by-millimeter exact replica of the closely guarded Grotte Chauvet in southern Fra...

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Slowly but steadily, Saudi Arabia is becoming less vulnerable to cybertattacks as compared to a couple of years ago, but figures show that a lot still needs be done.
Among the vulnerable countries in the world for overall cyber security, the Kingdom was at the 36th position in 2013, but it climbed down to the 42nd position in the following...

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Tap water is one obstacle that stands in the way of women in the Middle East and their desire to achieve healthy, beautiful hair. It is said that one of the solutions for the damage caused by tap water is to rinse the hair with bottled or filtered water right before leaving the shower. However, a new hair product in the market promises to solves...

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Italian island Sicilia is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is surrounded by smaller islands and is collectively called the Sicilian region.
Sicily is the meeting point between Africa and Europe, the East and the West. This beautiful island is a hub of the Mediterranean culture and one of Italy’s more alluring destinations....

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During the last forty years, the interest in homeopathy has grown as an increasing number of people realize that conventional medicine cannot cure all diseases and the treatments also cause serious side effects. However, there are many misunderstandings regarding homeopathy and ‘Complete Guide to Homeopathy: The Principles and Practice of Treatment’ explains in a clear and easy language what homeopathy is and how it can be used safely and effectively to treat common complaints. The principles and practice of homeopathy have remained largely unchanged since their introduction about two centuries ago. This complete guide to homeopathy begins with a section which looks at the history of...
All of us dream to eat as much as we can and yet stay skinny. This dream may come true after all. Superfoods are foods that make it possible for you to eat and lose the spare fat around your belly.We spoke to nutritionist Raneem Abdulmajeed who listed for our readers the best foods that burn stomach fat. “You need to boost your metabolism, some foods have a very high thermogenic effect, this helps you burn calories as you chew,” Raneem said. “Other foods contain nutrients and compounds that stoke your metabolic fire,” she added. Green tea:According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports, drinking three to four cups of green tea a day can help you lose more than three kilos in...
In the first couple of years, infants and toddlers mainly interact with humans and their interactions with objects such as toys are always in the framework of people’s interaction. Toddlers are very curious, they feel the need to explore, test and control everything around them. In this age and time, this includes the exploration of technology tools and interactive media. Children of this age are drawn to push-button switches and controls. Technology tools that infants and toddlers might use must be safe, sturdy, and not easily damaged. If technology is used, it must be in the context of conversation and interactions with an adult.According to pediatrician Dr. Sultan Al-Juhani, technology...

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It takes a lot of courage and sacrifice to pursue your dream, to fight for that passion. One man did just that — Dr. Abd...
NEW YORK: The New York Times won two prestigious Pulitzer prizes late Monday for coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, described by the Pulitzer board as courageous and vivid journalism that engaged the public and held authorities accountable.The Pulitzer for Public Service, announced at Columbia University, went to Charleston, South Carolina’s Post and Courier for its series on domestic violence.The Pulitzers honor extraordinary work in US journalism, literature, drama and other areas and bring welcome attention and recognition to newspapers and websites.“Till Death Do Us Part” by...
LAHORE: Pakistani actress Sarwat Gilani feels blessed. Her recent project 'Baat Cheet' is the talk of the town as it is soon to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, this year, while Sarwat is preparing back home to welcome her first child.Discussing her latest enterprise, the television actress has taken a leap from the small screen to short films. Conferring how she got approached by the writer and director of the film, she told Express Tribune, “Rayika, the writer-director of the film is a family friend and after returning from her studies abroad, she had Baat Cheet in mind.”...

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