MEDAN, Indonesia: An Indonesian air force transport plane carrying military personnel and their families plowed into a residential neighborhood in the country’s third-largest city of Medan shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, killing more than 70.Rescue teams were using heavy machinery to remove the mangled wreckage of the C-130 Hercules as they searched the rubble of a building shattered by the impact. Witness accounts suggest the plane suffered an engine fire before crashing.Air force spokesman Rear Marshal Dwi Badarmanto said 74 bodies have been recovered so far. He said about 30 of the dead have been identified and include air force personnel and members of their families.Air force officials say there may have been more than 100 people on the C-130. They say there is little hope of finding survivors. It is unclear how many people on the ground were killed.The crash of the transport plan...
JEDDAH: Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier, minister of defense and chai...
JEDDAH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, met with provincial...
BEIRUT: Daesh militants have beheaded two women in eastern Syria accused of “witchcraft and sorcery,” a monitor said Tuesday, in the group's first decapitations of female civilians.“The Islamic State group executed two women by beheading them in Deir Ezzor province, and this is the first time the Observatory has documented women being killed by the group in this manner,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abde...
JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has been awarded a top international prize for his contribution to the propagation of the Qur’an.He was named the “Islamic Personality of the Year” by the Holy Qur’an International Memorization Organization, an affiliate of the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL). This is the eighth year the organization has held the awards. It gave prizes in 10 categoriess. Societi...

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JEDDAH: The government has installed 5,000 high-definition cameras on all floors and courtyards of the Grand Mosque to ensure security and crowd control.These cameras are monitored 24 hours a day by officers at a control center in Mina. They have to watch giant screens with maps and other data updat...
JEDDAH: Eight million people visited the Grand Mosque in the first 10 days of Ramadan, a 49 percent increase from last year, the Haj and Umrah Directorate said recently.Salah Saqr, director of the directorate, said the transport plan was approved and is being monitored by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also adv...
JEDDAH: The Saudi man who carried out a suicide bombing at a mosque in Kuwait on Friday had no previous convictions for terrorism, the Interior Ministry said.The ministry, through its Twitter account, announced that Fahad Suleiman Al-Gabbaa was born in 1992. “The security agencies have never dealt with him in the past for t...
GENEVA: Saudi Arabia has welcomed the report of the International Fact Finding Commission on Israeli aggression in Gaza and has lauded its effort to prepare the report despite noncooperation from Israel which did not allow the committee to do its work. Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Faisal Trad...
JEDDAH: Several Yemenis have praised the government for correcting their status quickly, which created no extra burden while fasting.Many who gathered in front of the Passport Department in Asir said everything was in place for them, a local newspaper reported recently.“I completed correcting my status and received my resid...
RIYADH: The $11.6 billion King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) is already being admired for being a smart city but nobody can tell when it will be completed.“Being a smart city, everything is state-of-the-art. There is seamless Internet access and security, which means you feel as if you were home though it’s a smart cit...
RIYADH: In a new move, the Ministry of Health will conduct drug tests on all drivers ferrying pilgrims between Makkah and Madinah during the Haj season.The decision was taken at a Haj preparatory meeting held on Sunday under the chairmanship of Imad Jahdali, the ministry’s undersecretary for planning and development of huma...
JEDDAH: Motorbikes are among the most important means of transportation in Makkah during Ramadan because they are easy to use and cope easily with congestion in the central area next to the Grand Mosque. Despite the presence of public transportation, many Umrah pilgrims prefer to use motorbikes because of the large number o...
JEDDAH: A local man here runs a business started 150 years ago by his grandfather making sought-after Hijazi sweets for Eid and other festivals.Samer Jastaniah, 35, has three family shops making these products. “I am the grandson of the doyen of sweet makers, Muhammed Abu Nar, who launched this trade in 1853, one of the old...
RIYADH: Saudi students have won six medals — a gold, a silver and four bronze — at the 19th Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (JBMO 2015), securing the fifth place for the nation, as against 13th in its first participation in 2013.Rinad Abu-Jamal from Makkah won the gold medal and Mohammed Ansari from Yanbu bagged the sil...
Ambassador of Belgium Geert Criel:— Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most? The friendliness of its people.— What is your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word? Ahlan wa Sahlan.— Which book is by your bedside these days? World Order. By Henry Kissinger.— What is your favorite holiday destination? Tuscany....
AL-AHSA: Saudi farmers here need more support to buy fertilizers, medicines and equipment, and market their products.This is the view of Ahmed Al-Musalmi, who recently won the country’s ‘Ideal Farmer Award.’ He said high production costs and low market prices are preventing farmers from cultivating vegetables.He said this s...
JEDDAH: The Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) has launched 20 initiatives aimed at improving the professionalism of employees and limiting individual interpretations and actions while carrying out duties.Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Abdullah Al-Sanad, head of the commission, has told local media...

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ANKARA: Turkey sought to calm speculation Tuesday it was planning to invade Syri...

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MEDAN: As many as 116 people are feared dead after an Indonesian air force trans...

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MANILA: Malaysia’s pardons board has commuted to life imprisonment the death sen...

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LONDON: When Roger Federer’s game flows at Wimbledon and his opponent knows his...

STONY STRATFORD, England: Formula One needs to make real strategic decisions at...

PARIS: It is 30 years since a Frenchman won the Tour de France but in Thibaut Pi...

PRAGUE: UEFA said Tuesday it had been shocked by reports that Italian second div...

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SINGAPORE: Financial markets around the world will open on Wednesday with a tinge of apprehension, not just because of developments in Greece or China, but because of an...
JEDDAH: Net foreign assets at Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency fell to SR2.521 trillion ($672.2 billion) in May, down by $6.6 billion or 1.0 percent from the previous month as the kingdom continued to draw down reserves to cover a budget gap caused by cheap oil.Assets dropped by 8.1 percent from a year earlier to their lowest...
BRUSSELS: The European Union said it had struck a deal to abolish mobile phone roaming charges in 2017, ending fees that are loathed by millions of holidaymakers and business travelers across Europe.The agreement will end the frustration of EU citizens on holiday or abroad for business who face steep charges for using their...
LONDON: Oil prices are likely to be stable for the rest of this year and climb in 2016 and 2017 as global demand picks up, shrugging off setbacks from the Greek debt crisis and the possible lifting of sanctions on Iran, a Reuters poll forecast on Tuesday.The monthly survey of 31 analysts showed North Sea Brent crude is expe...
TOKYO: Suzuki Motor Corp’s 85-year-old CEO Osamu Suzuki named his eldest son as the new president of Japan’s fourth-biggest automaker, easing investor concerns over the firm’s succession plan and boosting the company’s shares by more than 5 percent.Executive Vice President Toshihiro Suzuki took over the role from his father...
TOKYO: Troubled Japanese electronics maker Sharp is in “selective default” ratings agency S&P said, the latest blow to the one-time giant as it struggles to repair a tattered balance sheet.The move comes after Sharp announced that it was issuing preferred securities to its main lenders, instead of repaying loans that we...
BRUSSELS: Shale output in the US will prove resilient to low oil prices likely to be prolonged by the prospect of half a million barrels per day of Iranian crude making its way back to the market, BP’s chief economist said.Talks in Vienna between world powers trying to end sanctions on Tehran in return for limits on Iran’s...
TOKYO: Shares in Sony plunged 8.25 percent on dilution fears after the Japanese electronics giant announced plans to raise $3.6 billion through stock and bond sales.The stock closed at 3,461.5 yen on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, down 8.25 percent from the previous day, while the benchmark index ended up 0.63 percent.The compan...
DUBAI: Abu Dhabi’s new financial free zone, which aims to become a top banking center for the region, took a step toward opening for business by issuing draft laws covering fund management, market operations, information disclosure and enforcement of its rules.The drafts will be available for public comment over a six-week...
LONDON: OPEC oil supply in June has climbed to a three-year high due to record or near-record output from Iraq and Saudi Arabia, a Reuters survey found, underlining the focus of the group’s top exporters on market share.The boost from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries puts output further above its target...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Fast-growing Dubai, where something new is always being added to the skyline, may have found a way to make construction move even faster.The Gulf commercial hub on Tuesday announced plans to add the world’s first office building made using three-dimensional printer technology to its collection o...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia exported nearly 1.4 billion barrels of crude oil in the first six months of the current year with proceeds amounting to SR305 billion, local media said quoting an economic expert.Domestic consumption during the same period reached nearly 428 million barrels, or 23 percent of the total output, Fahad bin...
RIYADH: Expatriates' remittances from Saudi Arabia to their respective countries rose by 7 percent in the first five months of the current year to reach SR68.4 billion compared to SR64.2 billion in the same period last year, according to a financial report.Month-on-month basis, the remittances of the expatriates grew by a m...
 
 

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In a vast basement area of the University of Westminster in Central London is a small piece of Saudi Arabia. The underground space houses AmbikaP3 art gallery which recently showcased the degree work of final year art students. Among the graduates was Wejdan Reda, who curated an exhibit called ‘Exclusion’ featuring the work of four contemporary...

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Fast-growing Dubai, where something new is always being added to the skyline, may have found a way to make construction move even faster.
The Gulf commercial hub on Tuesday announced plans to add the world’s first office building made using three-dimensional printer technology to its collection of eye-catching b...

FASHION »

Countries in the Middle East may be changing in terms of technology and development. However, when it comes to making a fashion statement, these countries including Saudi Arabia allude back to traditional and cultural trends, which are increasingly becoming popular today. Saudis and Arabs are proud and hospitable people, and they take due pride...

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A cultural melting pot, a dynamic metropolis, a history hub, an edgy cosmopolitan zone, an architect’s dream and a foodie’s delight; these descriptions feature in almost every ‘traveler’s guide to Melbourne’ in existence. And that’s not even the half of it! Located in the state of Victoria in the southeast corner of Australia, Melbourne is a cit...

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Ramadan is that time of the year when most people go back to their roots in terms of their traditions, clothing, culture and food. You find long queues in front of small, local restaurants that sell ful (mashed fava beans) and tameez (Afghani flatbread) before iftar as well as suhoor.AlAyoubi Restaurant, which opened recently, celebrates authentic Hijazi cuisine with recipes that go back to the older generations. The restaurant provides a traditional iftar experience and an extensive range of Arabic delicacies, including Arabic coffee, dates, ful, balilah, and international offerings along with Ramadan beverages and Hijazi culinary masterpieces.The restaurant is located in north Jeddah,...
Last week, I described to you our 24-hour daily cycle, which regulates our biological clock. I also explained the two phases of sleep (the slow-wave sleep and REM sleep) and how each type impacts the body and brain. Slow-wave sleep, which is the profound sleep, occurs around midnight and lasts for about two hours. This type of deep sleep is critical for rebuilding the body from wear and tear; boosting the immune system; repairing cells, neurons, tissues, bones, muscles, wounds, and breaks; and does whatever else is needed for repair. This short sleep is vital for the regeneration and restoration of the body physiologically. New-borns, children, adolescents, athletes, and active people...
RIYADH: Medical studies and research for new methods in the treatment of chronic diseases suggests that fasting could help combat cancer and boost effectiveness of treatment.Scientists doing research on the positive aspects of fasting discovered that it triggers stem cell regeneration and combats cancer.Dr. Mashhor Al-Hantoushi, who heads the health and therapeutic affairs department at the Ministry of Health, told Arab News on Monday: “Medical research studies found that fasting could slow the growth of breast cancer, melanoma skin cancers, glioma brain cancer and neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in the nerve tissue.”Replying to a question on whether fasting could make chemotherapy more...

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NEW YORK: Katy Perry pulled in $135 million in the past year to be the world’s top-grossing musician, beating out Taylor Swift who has hinted at “bad blood” with the fellow pop singer.Forbes magazine said that the 30-year-old Perry, who is on a 150-date world tour for her album “Prism,” narrowly edged out One Direction for income in the year through June 1.The British boy band, whose future and image were thrown into doubt in March when member Zayn Malik left, grossed $130 million, according to the magazine.They were followed at $90 million by Garth Brooks, the 1990s country star who has...
WAKEFIELD, R.I.: A man charged with trespassing at Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island mansion wants the singer to testify on his behalf.The Westerly Sun reports 24-year-old Nicholas Field was back in court Friday.The Westerly resident was arrested April 14 and charged with willful trespassing at Swift’s beachfront mansion. Field says he wants Swift to be served with a subpoena to appear in court. He says Swift didn’t say to press charges. Police say surveillance video shows Field approaching the gate at Swift’s property to deliver a letter and poem. They say Field was manipulating the gate when he...

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