Brussels: The stability of the eurozone is not at risk after Greeks voted ‘No’ to creditors’ austerity demands in a weekend referendum, the European Commission vice president for the euro said Monday.“The stability of the euro area is not in question,” Valdis Dombrovskis told a press briefing. “We have everything we need to manage the situation.”The final tally released early Monday showed 61.31 percent of Greeks rejecting creditor demands for further austerity in return for more bailout funds, leaving Greece’s eurozone partners scrambling to respond and stock markets in retreat.The Eurogroup, comprising the 19 finance ministers from countries using the single currency, released a statement saying they expected fresh reform proposals from the Greek government in talks on Tuesday.The ministers will meet at 1100 GMT on Tuesday, hours before leaders from the eurozone nations hold an extraor...
ATHENS: Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on Monday said he was resigning, in a shock annou...
RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has approved naming the project of Internation...
BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials say at least nine civilians have been killed when a Russian-made fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood.The incident took place on Monday in the eastern neighborhood of New Baghdad.Military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim, told The Associated Press that a technical failure caused the Sukhoi jet to malfunction and drop the bomb. The plane — one of several Sukhoi...
QUETTA, Pakistan: Gunmen riding motorcycles on Monday opened fire outside a passport office in southwestern Pakistan, killing three people, including a police officer, in an attack police blamed on radical Islamist groups.Sectarian strife has been worsening in Pakistan, where Shiite Muslims make up about 20 percent of a population of 180 million. Sunni Muslim militants frequently attack Shiites, whom they see as infidels...

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RIYADH: Every year, Saudis prepare for Eid Al-Fitr festivities with great joy and excitement. For children it is both fun and new clothes, which parents buy for them.With ten days to go until Eid Al-Fitr, shoppers were making a beeline to malls and other shopping complexes, especially after the Tara...
JEDDAH: A young Saudi, who was born disabled, is today considered the best and most famous painter and designer in the Kingdom, professionals working in the area say.Despite being handicapped by birth, Rakan Kurdi, 22, has never given up and has managed to pursue his career on the Internet and has become an outstanding desi...
DAMMAM: Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) President Prince Sultan bin Salman and Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif will jointly sponsor the 3rd Saudi Conventions and Exhibitions Forum (Saudicef), scheduled for Nov. 8-10, 2015, at Sheraton Dammam. The forum will be organized by the Specialis...
ALKHOBAR: Bribery can be eliminated by applying the laws strictly and creating public awareness besides an active role by citizens, experts say.Abdulrahman Al-Zahian, a researcher in legal affairs and public policy, said: “The Saudi anti-bribery law extends to include some criminal offenses and set original, supplementary,...
JEDDAH: Since the launch of the Asir Initiative, “Asir … a major tourism destination all year round,” under the patronage of Asir Governor and Chairman of the Tourism Development Council Prince Faisal bin Khalid at the end of 2013, the region has managed to implement three of the initiative’s plans to make Asir the best tou...
RIYADH: The National Committee for Contractors (NCC) at the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) and representatives from the Ministry of Labor denied on Sunday delays in releasing SR2,400 in compensation to contractors once the criteria have been finalized. As part of its Saudization drive, the Ministry of Labor (MoL) decided y...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Education is planning to increase the role of its subsidiary committees in the region and governorates to address the issue of schools increasing the fees on one pretext or another.A source in the ministry has been quoted as saying by local media that the committees will receive complaints against pr...
JEDDAH: In view of a delay by Twitter in blocking the accounts of Daesh and its supporters, Saudi Twitterati have launched an online campaign demanding closure of these accounts which are being used to spread terror by those who have links with the extremist militant organization.According to a website, the anti-Daesh camp...
DAMMAM: All Saudi airports, particularly King Fahd International Airport (KFIA) in Dammam, lack a tourism attraction strategy which requires a formal decision from the government, said Saeed Al-Qahtani, an investor in the tourism sector.He said: “In an attempt to avoid the difficulties faced at the Dammam airport, tour oper...
JEDDAH: Interpol is looking for two Saudis — a former Jeddah mayor and former president of a sports club — who have been convicted in cases related to the 2009 flash floods here.The ex-mayor was sentenced to seven years in prison while the sports official was jailed for three years. The Kingdom sought Interpol's help after...
RIYADH: The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently discussed here the scope of cooperation with the Kingdom’s Public Education Evaluation Commission (PEEC) in the field of education.The delegation was headed by Stefen Kapferer, deputy secretary-general of the organization, who expr...
RIYADH: Investors and proprietors of recruitment offices have blamed the Ministry of Labor for the rise in the number of illegal brokers, saying that some of the rules are actually counterproductive and promoting black market.The ministry has put a ceiling on the maximum cost of recruitment from Bangladesh and Niger, beside...
DAMMAM: A period of 20 months will be granted to deliver residential apartments for beneficiaries in the Eastern Province, starting from the day of delivering land to developers, and not from the date of signing the contract with them, according to a source in the Ministry of Housing. The source said that this procedure wil...

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KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait is considering charging more than 40 people in connection wi...

ADEN: Fighting gripped Yemen’s second city Aden on Sunday as the UN envoy arrive...

CAIRO: Egypt may take legal action against journalists who report “false” milita...

BEIRUT: The Syrian army and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters said on Sunday they had...

TUNIS: Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday declared a state of emer...

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KABUL, Afghanistan: Dozens of Afghans have rallied to denounce last week’s court...

Manila: A foreigner who flew to the Philippines from the Middle East has become...

GLEN, US: Hillary Clinton has accused China of “trying to hack into everything t...

BEIJING: Twelve people died after a shoe factory collapsed in eastern China duri...

PESHAWAR/DERA ISMAIL KHAN: At least seven soldiers and 12 militants were killed...

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LONDON: Serena Williams sank her sister Venus in a battle of the all-conquering...

ZURICH: Football’s world governing body FIFA on Monday banned the former head of...

LONDON: Rival skippers Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke both have particular rea...

HUY, Belgium: Chris Froome made a statement of intent on Monday by taking over t...

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia: New Zealand’s Danny Lee defeated David Hea...

ECONOMY »

LONDON: Oil prices plunged Monday as investors digested the implications of Greece rejecting tough austerity demands from creditors that could send the debt-strapped nati...
CAIRO: Egyptian central bank Gov. Hisham Ramez has sought to calm local market nerves following a surprise 2.5 percent weakening of the Egyptian pound against the US dollar over recent days.The central bank allowed the currency to depreciate by 20 piasters in its official foreign exchange auctions on Thursday and Sunday, dr...
DAMAM: The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) Monday announced the establishment of a $3 billion sukuk program.Initiating the sukuk program marks a strategic step for APICORP, rated Aa3 by Moody’s, in becoming a regular issuer of sukuk in global markets and will position the company’s credit alongside its mult...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's banking system remains largely insulated from the ongoing events in the euro zone, with high levels of liquidity and solid capitalization ratios, say top economists in the Kingdom.Their reaction came as early results from the referendum in Greece showed that the country has rejected euro zone bailout...
JEDDAH: Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) said it had completed the formation of a joint venture with South Korean petrochemical manufacturer SK Global Chemical Co. to produce polyethylene products.Total investment will be about $640 million for the technology and plant construction, SABIC said in a statement. It said th...
FRANKFURT: Berlin is wooing private investors including Macquarie and JP Morgan to take a stake in its much-delayed new international airport, German newspaper Bild reported.The investors are to be given confidential details of the airport’s business plans so that they can make concrete offers, Bild a.m. Sonntag said, witho...
BERLIN: Greece will have to introduce another currency if it votes ‘No’ in the referendum on its potential bailout terms, European Parliament president Martin Schulz said on German radio.He told Deutschlandfunk that, in the event of a ‘No’ result, Greece would “have to introduce some other currency because the euro is not a...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s key market index edged up 0.3 percent despite a purchasing managers’ survey showing growth in Saudi Arabia’s nonoil private sector slowed in June to its lowest level since the survey was launched in August 2009. Alinma Bank, the most heavily traded stock, added 1.6 percent.Saudi Basic Industries climb...
DHAKA: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has upgraded its rating for Bangladesh, in a move that should make it easier for local entrepreneurs and banks to secure credit, the country’s central bank governor said on Sunday.Atiur Rahman said the decision was made at a recent meeting of the Swiss...
VIENNA: Since the start of tortuous nuclear negotiations with Iran, France has been seen as taking the toughest stand. Now as a deal nears, Paris must be ready to dash in and grab a slice of long untapped market.“The first repercussions of any deal will be the opening of the Iranian market. That’s what all the Western count...
JEDDAH: Growth in Saudi Arabia’s nonoil private sector slowed in June, a survey of businesses showed.Underpinning the overall slowdown was the weakest rise in new orders since the survey began in 2009, while output growth also slowed during the month. The rates of expansion remained sharp overall, and resulted in another ro...
DUBAI: The continued confidence in Dubai’s maturing real estate market has been underlined by a 30 percent increase in exhibitors at the Middle East’s largest property showcase, Cityscape Global.While the 14th edition of the event prepares to host more than 300 exhibitors in a significantly expanded exhibition arena, global...
DUBAI: Dana Gas, one of the largest oil and gas investors in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, said on Sunday that it had obtained a favourable ruling from a London arbitration tribunal in its dispute with Kurdistan authorities.The Abu Dhabi-listed firm, which leads a consortium of investors, had filed an arbitration c...
 
 

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DAMMAM: The World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added the rock art in Hail to the World Heritage List.
The addition was made during the committee’s 39th session in Bonn, Germany, and became the fourth site in the Kingdom to be included in the list.
Other local sites includ...

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Instagram is evolving. It is no longer the simple application that allows one to take a photo and turns it into a “cool” one using different filters.

The app picked up so fast and created new markets for itself and became a favorite for individuals and big brands.
The recent update to the app that took place in the last week of...

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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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JEDDAH: Since the launch of the Asir Initiative, “Asir … a major tourism destination all year round,” under the patronage of Asir Governor and Chairman of the Tourism Development Council Prince Faisal bin Khalid at the end of 2013, the region has managed to implement three of the initiative’s plans to make Asir the best tourism destination by 20...

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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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PESHAWAR: A lover’s eyes compared to a drone strike, a smile to a suicide bomb and lips to fire.The violence of Pakistan...
CAIRO: US star Paris Hilton is rumored to be in the process of filing a lawsuit against Egyptian TV host Ramez Galal for tricking her into thinking that her plane was about to go down on an episode of his hit Ramadan show “Ramez in Control.”But The Simple Life star might not be the only celebrity with a grudge against the elaborate prankster.Egyptian actress Zeina is also rumored to be furious with Ramez and wanting to sue him for playing the same prank on her.However, Zeina has reportedly denied the rumors, asking everyone to “Stop the rumors please. I never said that I’ll be suing Ramez...
NEW YORK: US pop legend Billy Joel married longtime girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise wedding Saturday, popping their nuptials on unsuspecting guests at a July 4 holiday party, the singer’s publicist said. The wedding, which took place on Joel’s Long Island estate, was officiated by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.Joel and Roderick “surprised guests at their annual July 4th party by exchanging vows in front of their family and close friends,” said a statement sent to AFP by Joel’s publicist Claire Mercuri.Among the guests were actor Kevin James and Joel’s daughter Alexa Ray Joel — whom...

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