ABU DHABI: Gulf countries on Sunday blamed “irresponsible” non-OPEC producers for a plunge in global crude prices, but voiced confidence that markets would rebound.World prices have fallen almost 50 percent since June, mainly due to a supply glut, the weak global economy and a strong US dollar.UAE energy minister Suhail Al-Mazrouei, in a clear reference to shale and sand oil output from North America and other emerging energy markets, attributed the price dive to “newcomers.”“One of the main causes is irresponsible production by some producers from outside the (OPEC) organization,” he told an energy forum in Abu Dhabi.The global oil market has become increasingly competitive in recent years with the surge in shale and sand oil production from countries outside the decades-old OPEC alliance.Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi also lashed out at non-OPEC members, claiming the global price fall...
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: A new video from Boko Haram extremists shows gunmen mowing down civilians lying...
The Kingdom has backed the ongoing talks between Qatar and Egypt, including a meeting between Qatar'...
AHMEDABAD, India: Hard-line Hindu groups came under fire Sunday after some 200 Christians were converted in the Indian prime minister’s home state, amid increasing concern at the right-wing government’s perceived pro-Hindu tilt.The radical Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP or World Hindu Council) said it converted Christian tribal people to their original Hindu faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s western home state of Gujara...
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Al-Qaeda’s regional branch on Sunday said its hearts were “bursting with pain” over the Taleban’s massacre at a Pakistan school and urged the militants to target only security forces.The attack on Tuesday killed 149 people — mostly children — in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar.“Our hearts are bursting with pain and grief over this incident,” Osama Mehmood, spokesman for Al-Qaeda South Asia...

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Minister of Social Affairs Sulaiman bin Saad Al-Hamid has ordered the establishment of four protection centers for children and called for the implementation of the regulations of the Child Protection System which were approved by the government. Spokesman for the ministry Khalid Al-Thubaiti said th...
A local trader here has raised controversy by selling dates using the name of the Prophet (peace be upon him) on the packaging.The packaging reads: “Where are the people who say they love the Prophet (peace be upon him) and follow his Sunnah.” By getting printed this on cover of the packaging, the trader says he refers to v...
The low input of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to build a culture of openness, creativity and innovation is resulting in Saudi youth facing many challenges in using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in their quest to boost entrepreneurship initiatives.Entrepreneurs in the field say that there is a huge ne...
Secretary-General of the Regional Organization of the Environment of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden Dr. Ziad Haza Abu Gharara said that 12 offshore reserves have now been established to protect the ecology of the Read Sea and the Gulf of Aden.He said that these reserves were established across a number of parts of the Red...
Education Minister Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has endorsed a special program for female teachers who work far away from their homes and must travel long distances to teach. Prince Khaled approved a three-day week for these teachers, as part of the government's efforts to minimize their exposure to traffic accidents. The new sy...
More than half a million men have filed complaints of being beaten by their wives, a social counseling center revealed. The “Wai” center, open 7 days a week, has so far received 557,000 calls from abused men who claim that they prefer to stay silent fearing the stigma, said its general supervisor Adel Al-Mutawa. All cases a...
Saudis and expats are eagerly waiting for the low oil prices to reflect on the living costs in the Kingdom. The recent price drop will plummet general prices in the Kingdom by more than 15 percent, according to experts and analysts.Several vital sectors in the Kingdom will be affected by the low oil prices as result of the...
Saudi security forces killed four terrorists in a clash in the Awamiyah region on Saturday, according to the Interior Ministry.The troops raided a terrorist hide-out in Awamiyah town and killed the four in an exchange of fire.The dead were behind the killing of a member of the security forces and wounding of another last Su...
A new online site expected to open in the coming days is generating a lot of buzz in the Kingdom's business sector. The site, Red Sea Electronic Portal, has been developed by the University of Business and Technology (UBT) in Jeddah, and is expected to launch before the end of the year. Featuring the most recent studies and...
Saudi sponsors in the capital last month paid SR400,000 in money owed to housemaids being held at the government’s detention centers, Arab News has learned.Now that they have received their money, they can be sent home. They were handed over to the government after running away from their Saudi sponsors because of alleged f...
Up to 10 percent of children’s toys in the local markets being sold at low-priced stores known as “2 riyal shops” are imitations of the genuine product, importers and dealers told local media.The volume of trade in the children’s toy market is estimated at SR1 billion with China being the key exporter according to a wholesa...
One of the highlights of this year's “Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum 2014,” an annual exhibition held in Riyadh to showcase the Kingdom's heritage, was the award given to a Filipino national, Herbert Bagolbagol in the smartphone category. The Filipino worker won the first prize in the smartphone photography category.The expo...
With aims to protect environment, the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment Protection has taken moves to protect environment by withholding issuance of licenses to companies until they meet the environmental standards.Sources at the presidency revealed that the authority will withhold licenses granted for projects, in...

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ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday accused the European Un...

AMMAN: Human rights groups took Jordan to task on Sunday as the country ended an...

BEIRUT: Kurdish fighters advanced Saturday in the contested northern Syrian town...

BAGHDAD: Iraqi authorities say bombs targeting commercial streets and an army pa...

BAGHDAD: Abu Murtada Al-Moussawi answered the call last summer from Iraq’s top S...

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AHMEDABAD, India: Hard-line Hindu groups came under fire Sunday after some 200 C...

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Al-Qaeda’s regional branch on Sunday said its hearts were “b...

NEW YORK: A gunman who vowed online to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the p...

KIEV: Russia accused the West on Saturday of fueling unrest in Ukraine by adopti...

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on el...

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GENOA: Sampdoria and Genoa missed the chance to end the year in third spot as bo...

BRISBANE: Beaten India were distracted by their gripes over the state of practic...

BADAL, Bathinda: The Pakistan team has announced it will never return to India a...

LOUISVILLE: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who has suffered from Parkinson’s Diseas...

KARACHI: Dashing Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi announced Sunday he would r...

ECONOMY »

ABU DHABI: Gulf countries on Sunday blamed “irresponsible” non-OPEC producers for a plunge in global crude prices, but voiced confidence that markets would rebound.World...
Net profits of the listed retail firms grew by 11.2 percent to SR 803 million in the third quarter of the current year compared to SR722.5 million in the same period last year, according to a financial report.However, sales of the retail sector marginally dropped by 1.05 percent to SR7.57 billion in Q3 compared to SR7.65 bi...
LONDON: How low can it go — and how long will it last? The 50 percent slump in oil prices raises both those questions and while nobody can confidently answer the first question (I will try to in a moment), the second is pretty easy.Low oil prices will last long enough for one of two events to happen. The first possibility,...
CHICAGO: Crude oil production from US wells is poised to approach a 42-year record next year as drillers ignore the recent decline in price pointing them in the opposite direction.US energy producers plan to pump more crude in 2015 as declining equipment costs and enhanced drilling techniques more than offset the collapse i...
ALGIERS: With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch.Though its problems are dwarfed by the impact on Russia for example, Algeria may have to rein back many of the policies it has held dear over many years. Generous subsidies, for one, may have to be sc...
NEW DELHI: India’s finance minister has urged opposition parties to cooperate in passage of economic reform legislation, warning otherwise Asia’s third-largest economy “will miss the bus” again.The traditionally fractious parliament has been stalled yet again by political rows that have hindered efforts by the new governmen...
BERLIN: European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio said in a magazine interview he expected the euro zone inflation rate to turn negative in the coming months but that if this was just a temporary phenomenon, he did not see a risk of deflation.Annual inflation in the euro zone slowed to 0.3 percent in November as...
The National Petrochemical Industrial Co. (NATPET), a Saudi joint stock company, has revealed that 74 percent of the GCC’s polymer capacity, amounting to 17.6 million tons, was produced in the Kingdom in 2012.NATPET said that GCC polymers capacity rose by 2.2 million tons in 2012, with 14 percent year-on-year growth. The bu...
CHICAGO: Boeing is teaming up with BlackBerry on a secretive, self-destructing smartphone developed for use by US defense and homeland security employees and contractors.The partnership showcases a push by Boeing, the second- largest US defense contractor, into software development as sales slow for its military hardware am...
Under the patronage of Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Federation of GCC Chambers will be organizing the closing ceremony of the 2nd Gulf campaign for the “GCC Inventors 2014” in Riyadh on Monday.The program, which is being organized in cooperation with the UN-ESCWA Technology C...
LONDON: Brent oil prices plummeted this week to five-year lows underneath $60 per barrel as markets were rocked by shrinking Chinese manufacturing output, economic turmoil in Russia and ample crude supplies.Brent is down nearly 14 percent and US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude has shed nearly 16 percent in December, and...
KUWAIT CITY: Gulf countries are bracing for tough times as vital oil revenues fall and after they missed a golden opportunity to diversify their economies in a decade of unprecedented windfalls, analysts say.The six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) could soon start reeling from falling oil prices, which have dr...
LONDON: Global defense spending is likely to remain constant for the next two years as tumbling oil prices cut the budgets of Middle East exporters, but swell the coffers of Asia-Pacific importers, defense analysts IHS said.With Brent crude recently falling below the symbolic $60 dollar (48.8 euros) mark — a 50 percent drop...

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One of the highlights of this year's “Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum 2014,” an annual exhibition held in Riyadh to showcase the Kingdom's heritage, was the award given to a Filipino national, Herbert Bagolbagol in the smartphone category. The Filipino worker won the first prize in the smartphone photography category.
The expo drew large crowd...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

Scientists in Japan have developed a sticky sheet of tiny sensors that can be put directly on moving joints, beating hearts or other living tissues.
The invention opens up the possibility of implanting almost unnoticeable sensors inside the body, letting doctors keep a close eye on a dodgy heart, for example.
“Just by applying to the b...

FASHION »

LONDON: Singer Jennifer Lopez and real-life princess Kate Middleton have been voted the top trendsetters of 2014.
Following closely behind them was Beyoncé, who placed third on the list, but surprisingly selfie queen Kim Kardashian was featured last on the top ten list, which was based on a survey conducted on 1,000 American women by online...

TRAVEL »

The great variety of dramatic natural phenomena proves that Mother Nature can surprise even the most seasoned traveler.
Some destinations are made especially for those who love to relax, explore and appreciate nature. Arab News lists some of the prettiest places that are works of nature around the world:

Cave of Crystals, Naica,...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Authentic Lebanese food can be hard to find at times, especially as one roams through the maze of restaurants in Jeddah. Look no further, Shababik is one of the top authentic Lebanese restaurants in town, with its name meaning the woodwork covering windows as it was in the old Dey’aah. Each household would have its own personalized woodwork different from the other households around as it was a sign of beauty and sophistication. Having trained Lebanese chefs and sous chefs in the homeland, the restaurant presents its dishes just as it would be if one was visiting any area in Lebanon.The luxury restaurant is located on the top floor of Ana Ghair Mall on Sultan Street close to Tahlia Street....
The subject of chemicals is very long and complicated. I would like you to bear with me and read on to the end of this series of articles. It is important to become aware in order to protect your children and yourself. In Part 5, I wrote about the dangers of the misuse and abuse of antibiotics by humans as well as its indirect use through cattle and chicken in order to fatten them. But, the story about drugs did not end there. I will briefly tell you more about other harmful drugs in order to complete the topic.Painkillers and anti-inflammatory and antipyretic drugs produce their own share of harmful effects. Long-term use can inflict damage on the liver, our vital organ that is our body’s...
This explosive title 'The Obesity Paradox: When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier' keeps all its promises from the very first pages. Right from the introduction, we are told things we have wanted to hear for a long time.Whether we are slim or overweight, we have all at one point wondered why fat no longer means what it used to. In the past, fat has often been associated with the idea of affluence and wealth meaning that overweight people had a good life and didn’t suffer from hunger. Women were also loved for their curvaceous body whereas nowadays fat is considered ugly and unhealthy. We live now in a world where we are conditioned to lose weight, eat low-fat food and fit in...

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More than half a million men have filed complaints of being beaten by their wives, a social counseling center revealed....
LOS ANGELES: The list of contenders for best foreign film got a bit smaller Friday as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nine features that will advance to the next round of voting.Included are Ruben Ostlund’s patriarchy-skewering avalanche film “Force Majeure” from Sweden, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan,” about a property dispute in a small Russian costal town, and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Polish drama “Ida,” about a young woman with dreams of being a nun who discovers some dark secrets in her family’s past. All recently received Golden Globe nominations, too.Damian...
JOHANNESBURG: South Africa on Saturday welcomed back home its first Miss World winner in 40 years, Rolene Strauss, with wild cheers and ululations.Hundreds turned up at O.R. Tambo International Airport to greet Strauss after the 22-year-old medical student was crowned Miss World 2014 at a glitzy final in London last Sunday.Dressed in the country’s national colors, South Africans waved placards, flags and portraits of Strauss at a colorful ceremony staged at the airport in Johannesburg.She accepted a bouquet of flowers from a young girl in a wheelchair.Strauss is the first Miss World from...

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