Prince Mansour bin Miteb, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, said on Tuesday that the thermal insulation of buildings will be made mandatory in 24 key cities across the Kingdom.He made the announcement at the opening day of the Exhibition on Thermal Insulation for Buildings in Riyadh, which is organized by the Saudi Center for Energy Efficiency, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). A statement of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the 24 cities, which include Riyadh, Jeddah, Alkohbar, Makkah, and Madinah, account for 80 percent of the population of the Kingdom. Various manufacturers are showcasing thermal insulation products and technologies in the ongoing exhibition.
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TRIPOLI, Libya: Libya’s internationally recognized government says its forces are getting ready to retake the capital, after Islamist-allied militias from the western city of Misrata took over Tripoli in August.Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni’s government said in a Tuesday statement that it gave orders to the government forces to “advance toward Tripoli to liberate it” and to free it from the grip of the militias. It ur...
NEW DELHI: India warned Pakistan on Tuesday of more “pain” if it continued to violate a cease-fire on their disputed border in Kashmir and said it was up to Islamabad to create the conditions for a resumption of peace talks.The two sides exchanged mortars and intense gunfire this month, killing at least 20 civilians and wounding dozens in the worst violation to date of a 2003 cease-fire. While the firing has abated, tensi...

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The Ministry of Health (MOH)  has taken a host of prompt and strong measures in a bid to curb the spread of MERS-CoV virus in the summer resort city of Taif.This was announced Monday by the ministry, which confirmed through the MOH Command & Control Center, headed by Acting Minister of Health Ad...
JEDDAH: The Education Ministry in coordination with the Labor Ministry has moved to facilitate the legalizing of the statuses of expatriate teachers working in international schools. It will be done through registration with the “Ajeer Service” of the Labor Ministry. All international schools were sent a notice to the effec...
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has slammed a website claiming that King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah is the world's second-worst facility.Khalid Al-Khaibari, GACA's spokesman, said the rating was done by a Canadian woman on her blog, The Guide to Sleeping in Airports, and was unscientifi...
A member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) verbally abused the chief of the organization, Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, at a mosque on Sunday, according to a local newspaper. Turki Al-Shulail, spokesman of the Haia, said the incident happened shortly after the noon prayer in the mos...
The King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue has decided to focus on terrorism through a series of intellectual, cultural and social activities that will be implemented at the end of the year. The center revealed that it intends to organize 20 meetings to deal with extremism and advocate moderation, in addition to joinin...
A Saudi teacher has crossed regional borders to reach the United States to start her own program of spreading the culture and traditions of Saudi society. Bushar Abu Saleh, a teacher at Al-Jubail Intermediate School, has started implementing a program to spread Saudi culture among Americans. She launched her program a few d...
A group of women attacked some teachers at a primary school for girls in the Baqaa province of the Hail region, Monday morning.They assaulted the teachers by beating and cursing them before leaving the school.The media spokesman of the Hail police, Col. Abdulaziz Al-Zenaidi, told Arab News that at about 10:45 a.m. Monday, t...
    • Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most?The Two Holy Mosques and the Saudi people’s devotion to Islam and their hospitality.• What is your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word?InshaAllah.• Which book is by your bedside?A number of books on good governance and contemporary world politics.•...
The Jeddah traffic department says it will fine drivers SR300 for writing their phone numbers, poetry or personal messages on their cars.Zaid Al-Hamzi, spokesman of the department, said that it is against the law for motorists to have any form of writing on their cars. Motorists would be fined SR300 and have to remove the m...
The Jeddah municipality plans to construct five new intersections on Prince Majed Road at a cost of SR1 billion to ease traffic congestion, a senior official said recently.Mohamed Al-Buqami, spokesman of the municipality, said the intersections would extend down to the corniche. There would also be other projects carried ou...
In an unprecedented event, a second-year female university student has defended her clients at the Shariah court in Alkhobar, local media said.Fatima Al-Amoudi, who is studying law at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, says she received support from the teaching staff at the university to practice her skills through inten...
Experts participating in the 4th International Conference on Disability & Rehabilitation (ICDR-2014) confirmed that Saudi Arabia was the first country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of People with Special Needs following the UN Convention.They said that Saudi Arabia respects the dignity and independence of the d...
Following the debacle of the delayed flight from Islamabad to Riyadh a short while ago, another story regarding delayed flights has emerged from neighboring India.The Air India Express flight IX386 scheduled to depart from Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport for Mangalore on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. was unable to...

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NEW DELHI: India field hockey coach Terry Walsh resigned on Tuesday citing admin...

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ROME: UEFA boss Michel Platini on Tuesday urged the European Union to outlaw thi...

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PARIS: Christophe de Margerie had a penchant for cracking a joke, which with his bushy moustache and stout form made him come across more as someone’s favorite uncle than...
The National Commercial Bank’s (NCB) SR22.5 billion share sale is coming at an opportune time as the Saudi stock market seems to be on a rebound, says a leading investment analyst.Saudi Arabia's bourse continued its upward trend on Monday after a string of strong quarterly earnings.“We had some good results from corporates...
DUBAI: Saudi crude exports fell in August for the fourth month in a row to their lowest levels in three years, official data showed on Monday, as the top oil exporter fights for market share amid weak demand and ample supplies from rival producers.Saudi crude exports have been sliding in the past few months as shale oil squ...
Having plunged the depths in the middle of last week sterling ended the week on a positive note especially against the euro which could be down to an improved long-term outlook following Bank of England member Haldane saying that a mid-2015 rate hike is not out of the question.A mixture of UK data is to be released in the s...
The benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) marked another handsome gain of 1.1 percent, closing the Monday’s session at 9,882.36. Trading in a range of 129 points, it added 107 points for the entire day.Large cap with 1.2 percent upward jump remained prominent among market cap indices. Most of large caps finished to the u...
Eastern Province Deputy Gov. Prince Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Mosa’aad, announced the commencement of Asharqia Resta Tex Expo and Forum 2014 events for real estate, housing and urban development on Monday morning. He did this on behalf of Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif. Senior officials from ministries, governmen...
National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) reported net profits of $708 million (KD203.9 million) for the first nine months of 2014 compared to $689.4 million (KD198.6 million) for the same period in 2013, growing 2.7 percent year-on-year. As of end of September 2014, NBK Group’s total assets reached $75.4 billion (KD21.7 billion) up 14...
Dubai Investments Park (DIP), the largest integrated commercial, industrial and residential community in the Middle East and wholly-owned by Dubai Investments PJSC (DI), has continued to play a pivotal role in the UAE’s industrial and manufacturing boom by attracting over 3,500 companies across a wide array of sectors over...
The Saudi Credit Bureau (SIMAH) has launched a new mobile smartphone and tablet app to mark its decade anniversary, as the 9th World Consumer Credit Reporting Conference (WCCRC) opens its doors in Dubai for the first time.With smartphones increasingly becoming an integral part of modern life, the new mobile service from SIM...
BRUSSELS: The European Union has ended a long-running telecoms row with China, the EU's trade chief said on Monday, dropping a threat to levy punitive tariffs on Chinese telecoms exports and easing tensions between two of the world's top trading powers.As Reuters reported exclusively on Oct. 8, the deal struck between Bruss...
TAIPEI: Booming shipments of the iPhone 6 helped Taiwan's export orders jump 12.7 percent in September year-on-year to a record $43.3 billion, the government said Monday.It marked an eighth straight month of growth in export orders for tech-rich Taiwan, the economic ministry said in a statement.Orders for information and mo...
RIYADH: National Commercial Bank (NCB) has responded to criticism of its operations from Islamic scholars by pledging to convert itself into a full-fledged Islamic bank within about five years.The decision came as the bank launched a $6 billion (SR22.5 billion) initial public offer of its shares, the largest-ever equity sal...
Total revenues of the Kingdom are expected to reach SR1.1 trillion in the current year, or a surplus of SR147 billion over the projected SR855 billion budget estimated earlier in the year, a financial report said.The expected surplus is based on the average price of oil at $90 per barrel for the remaining period of the year...

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NEW YORK: Some big-name politicians are joining Jewish protesters in a growing firestorm against an opera they say glorifies Palestinian terrorists.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Gov. George Pataki and two US congressmen are among hundreds expected outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday to protest the Met premiere of “The De...

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Prince Mansour bin Miteb, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, said on Tuesday that the thermal insulation of buildings will be made mandatory in 24 key cities across the Kingdom.
He made the announcement at the opening day of the Exhibition on Thermal Insulation for Buildings in Riyadh, which is organized by the Saudi Center for Energy...

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A bright future awaits the fashion design industry in the Kingdom as authorities discuss plans to develop this field.
Umaymah Azzouz, chief of the Fashion Designers Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), told Arab News that this sector could help employ more women. She explained that the fashion industry could open...

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The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has slammed a website claiming that King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah is the world's second-worst facility.
Khalid Al-Khaibari, GACA's spokesman, said the rating was done by a Canadian woman on her blog, The Guide to Sleeping in Airports, and was unscientific.
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Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi, founder and CEO of the Sheikh Mohammad Al-Amoudi Center of Excellence in Breast Cancer, said that early detection of breast cancer increases recovery chances by 90 percent and controls it from spreading.Speaking to Arab News, Dr. Al-Amoudi said that breast cancer is one of the most prevalent and dangerous types of cancer affecting women and the most widespread among them as well, adding: “It is also one of the most significant causes of death among women which is why its early detection is crucial to control it from spreading.” She pointed out that one woman out of eight is prone to be affected by breast cancer during her lifetime. “The threat in the Kingdom is that a...
Residents in the city are complaining about the shortage of the BCG vaccine that is given to newborn babies for prevention against Tuberculosis (TB). Government health centers, hospitals and clinics in the private sector are unable to provide children with the life-saving vaccine due to its scarcity. Parents have been repeatedly informed about the shortage of the BCG vaccine by the health centers over the last few months.Ajaz Qazi, a resident complained that he could not have his newborn baby vaccinated. “After waiting for an hour in a private hospital for the vaccine we were informed that it was not available and they asked us to visit after two days. It was only after several visits to...
The Gulf countries marks an alarming rise in the number of cancer patients, according to a recent report.The number of cancer patients in the GCC countries stood at 119,288 cases during 1998-2009 and the number is on the rise, said Executive Director of the Gulf Center for Cancer Prevention, Dr. Ali Al-Zahrani In his statement released prior to the GCC’s upcoming conference on “Burden of Cancer in the Gulf Region” to be held on Tuesday, Dr. Al-Zahrani said the conference aims to highlight health complications related to cancer that have stricken both developed and underdeveloped countries.According to him, cancer is the second biggest cause of death in the world. The GCC Ministers of Health...

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MOSCOW: No bacon for breakfast, a room for prayers and a Qur’an on your bedside table: a hotel in Moscow has launched a...
LONDON: Prince William and his wife Kate’s second child, who will be fourth in line to the British throne, is due in April, an official statement said on Monday.“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015,” said a statement from the couple’s official residence, Kensington Palace.It also said the 32-year-old pregnant duchess will make her first public appearance in more than two months on Tuesday at a ceremony in honor of Singaporean President Tony Tan.The duchess was last seen at a ceremony at the Tower of London...
BEIJING: Has China found its own “Gangnam Style“? From Beijing parks to Shanghai skyscrapers and in Guangzhou factories to karaoke rooms in Macau, people are singing “Little Apple” — a song apparently so catchy it has even won over the army and police.Calling themselves the “Chopsticks Brothers,” Xiao Yang and Wang Taili are neither brothers nor composers, but are responsible for a hit that has become a nationwide phenomenon.“Xiao Pingguo” (Little Apple) was originally intended to promote their latest film when it was released in July, but has proven to be an earworm — the kind of song so...

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