The Interior Ministry warned on Thursday that it would punish women who drive, and those men who support them, as the one-year anniversary approaches of a nationwide campaign calling on the Saudi government to lift the ban on women driving.The campaign was launched on Oct. 26 last year.“Female drivers in Saudi Arabia will be dealt with strictly,” said a statement released by the ministry. “The ministry will apply regulations firmly against those who violate the country’s laws,” it said.Speaking to Arab News, Hoda Abdulrahman Al-Helaissi, a female member of the Shoura Council, supported the move to allow women to drive but said this was not the right time.“We are not fully prepared as Saudi society is undergoing massive changes on all fronts. There is still substantial resistance from a huge segment of Saudi society, who do not want women to use cars on the roads.”Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Tur...
The family of a 56-year-old victim of the MERS coronavirus has called for an investigation into his...
Some Saudi women graduating from college as well as high school students are reaping a good income b...
WASHINGTON: The Islamic State has become the world’s wealthiest terror group, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion, officials said Thursday.It earns $1 million a day alone by selling crude oil from fields captured when the group swept across Iraq and Syria earlier this year, said David Cohen, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.Becau...
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has rejected a report claiming that incidents of planes passing too close to each other in Saudi airspace is seven times the international average, with about 20 incidents a year.A local daily on Monday had made the claims, quoting GACA sources. It had also claimed there are insufficient traffic controllers at the Kingdom’s airports and that early warning systems are outdated...

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Riyadh police arrested 247 illegal workers on Tuesday in the Malaqa and Manfouha districts in the capital.Acting on the orders of Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, security officers arrested the workers in the two districts located in the north and south of the capital. According...
Sheikh Abdul Qadir Taha Al-Sheibi, who held the traditional key to the Kaaba, died in Makkah on Thursday. He was 74. The Al-Sheibi family has been holding the position of key-keeper since pre-Islamic times. The family of the present custodians is linked to Sheiba bin Othman Abi Talha who lived during the time of Prophet Muh...
The Indian community in Jubail recently organized a reception to honor the principal of the International Indian School-Jubail for getting the best teacher award from the Indian government.Leading members of the community were present at the Intercontinental Jubail to praise Dr. Syed Hameed. Speakers at the event underscore...
A 15 percent increase in domestic workers’ salaries over the past six months have left many families angered, and has created a black market for illegal workers in the Kingdom that is driving prices even higher.Homeowners currently pay domestic workers a daily rate of approximately SR120, a figure that has increased excessi...
Member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have begun talks about a major extradition treaty that they say would help curtail criminal activities. A proposal to finalize the extradition accord, and to determine the means with which to control crime along the GCC borders was discussed at the GCC justice ministers’ m...
Consumers here have slammed the rise in tomato prices, which at some markets have increased by over 100 percent.The price of 1 kg is now SR5 at the Jeddah central market for fruit and vegetables, compared to SR2.50 previously. In retail stores, the price has risen to SR15 from SR5 to SR8.Tomato suppliers blamed the price ri...
Citizens here have called on the Ministry of Labor to crack down on expatriate workers they say are running cover-up businesses at one of the oldest markets in the region.The public market, known as a haberdashery or scrap market, is about 50 years old, with shops selling heritage items, old furniture, home appliances and e...
Saudi culture has undergone quantum changes in recent years owing to the spread of modern technology and education according to observers.“Take for instance the recent Haj holidays where it was common practice to visit relatives but several people did not do so,” said Omar Yousif Tobbal, a senior projects manager in a gover...
Germany is developing closer trade and cultural ties with Saudi Arabia, the German ambassador said here recently.Speaking at the country's National Day celebrations at his residence in the Diplomatic Quarter, Boris Ruge said: “Germany and Saudi Arabia are leading countries in their respective regions. We have a long traditi...
Online food delivery ordered through mobile phones has become very popular in Saudi Arabia, according to Beschir Hussein, chief executive officer of Hellofood.“Saudi Arabia is the largest market for Hellofood with more than 450 restaurants actively using the application distributed over nine cities, with two headquarters— o...
The number of Internet users in the Kingdom reached 18.3 million this year. Subsequently, there is an increased demand for Internet and broadband connection services (both mobile and home-based). Due to this, subscriptions for broadband services across mobile networks in the Kingdom have continued to increase during 2014 to...
More than100 job-seeking Saudi women have registered their names at the Abha Chamber of Commerce and Industry to enroll in the “work-from-home” program provided by the chamber, in cooperation with Unilever and Bab Rizq Jameel.Nawal Bafaqih, assistant director of communication at Unilever, introduced the program at the Abdul...
The third edition of the “Colors of Saudi Forum” will be held this year at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC) from Dec. 14 to 20 with the aim of promoting domestic tourism.The photography forum, initially launched in 2012, is organized annually by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquiti...

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GENEVA: Top experts on the Ebola virus raised grave concerns Thursday about the...

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JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s imports jumped an annual 19.6 percent in August, ending nine consecutive months of declines, while growth in nonoil exports accelerated to 22.2 per...
RIYADH: Major Saudi Arabian construction firm Abdullah Abdul Mohsin Al-Khodari and Sons says it may double its capital spending in coming years to cope with the work it hopes to do on the country’s big infrastructure projects.Saudi Arabia’s SR855 billion state budget plan for 2014 slowed total spending growth to the lowest...
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia supplied less crude oil to the market in September than a month earlier, an industry source said on Thursday, at a time when some OPEC members are calling on the Kingdom to cut back output to lift prices.Brent rose above $85 a barrel on the news, though it was still trading not far from its lowest in fou...
The SABB/HSBC Emerging Markets Index (EMI), a monthly indicator derived from the PMI surveys, edged up from 52.4 in August to an 18-month high of 52.5 in September. On a quarterly basis, the EMI averaged 52.2 in Q3, the best since the first quarter of 2013. Latest data signaled that services activity rose at a stronger rate...
SHANGHAI: US aircraft maker Boeing has set up a facility with a Chinese firm to transform waste cooking oil — the source of repeated food safety scandals — into jet fuel, it said.Boeing and the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) have set up a plant in the eastern city of Hangzhou to convert “gutter oil,” a Chinese t...
NEW YORK: One of the first Apple computers ever built sold in New York on Wednesday for $905,000, leading Bonhams auction house to declare it the world’s most expensive computer relic.The Apple-1 computer, built by hand in 1976 by Steve Wozniak in Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ garage or his sister’s bedroom, fetched nearly t...
NEW YORK: US industrial giant Caterpillar has reported sharply improved earnings for the third quarter, citing restructuring and cost controls that helped it weather slower global economic growth.Caterpillar, maker of a wide range of heavy construction, machinery and mining equipment, raised its 2014 profit outlook and said...
DUBAI/MILAN: Having shuttled millions of travelers through their plush home bases, rival Gulf airlines are now battling over an Italian market which they see as ripe for expansion and key to driving traffic on to long-haul routes.The tussle will add to the pressure on established European carriers who are already losing out...
ALKHOBAR: Saudi Arabia-based power and water project developer ACWA Power is seeking to secure or arranging finance for $15 billion worth of projects, nearly half of which are in renewable energy, its CEO said.The company, which plans to list its shares on the Saudi stock market, has projects operating or under construction...
FRANKFURT: Daimler AG lifted sales and profits at its core Mercedes-Benz luxury car division in the third quarter, showing how the group is narrowing the gap with rivals Audi and BMW.The results are a sign that the Stuttgart-based company’s efforts to regain the top spot in luxury cars are beginning to have an impact but an...
SEOUL: Hyundai Motor Co. said its profit sank nearly 30 percent for the July-September quarter, hurt by a stronger South Korean currency and weak sales growth in its home market.South Korea’s largest carmaker said its third quarter net income of 1.6 trillion won ($1.5 billion) was down 28 percent from 2.3 trillion won a yea...
NEW YORK: General Motors reported lower third-quarter earnings as weakness in South America and Europe more than offset an improved performance in North America.Earnings at GM, the biggest US automaker, fell 14.3 percent from the year-ago period to $1.47 billion.Operating earnings rose 12.1 percent in North America to $2.45...
NEW YORK: Brazilian bidders upped their offer for banana giant Chiquita Brands ahead of a Chiquita shareholder vote on whether it should instead merge with European rival Fyffes.Juice exporter Cutrale Group and investment bank Safra Group raised their previous cash offer for Chiquita by 50 cents to $14.50 a share, valuing t...

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Last year’s feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors.
The center would be funded by Palestinian Americans who have pledged support, Mohammed Assaf, 24, said in an inter...

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The number of Internet users in the Kingdom reached 18.3 million this year. Subsequently, there is an increased demand for Internet and broadband connection services (both mobile and home-based).
Due to this, subscriptions for broadband services across mobile networks in the Kingdom have continued to increase during 2014 to complement this...

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It’s that time of the year again when women from around the world gather in Paris for the much awaited Paris Fashion Week.
The event never fails to amaze and reinvent fashion as it comprises the creme de la creme fashion houses and iconic designers.
Summer may have come to an end as Autumn leaves started to dot the streets of the chic...

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The hot days of summer are over and fall is here, it’s a wonderful season to escape for a while and experience any location in the world. The busy tourist-filled streets have since returned to their home countries and show ways for those searching for some serenity away from all things touristy. One of those likely places would have to be Tokyo,...

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An alarming 150 to 200 percent increase in cancer rates is expected by 2030 within the GCC states. This is the highest expected increase in the world, according to medical expert, Dr. Ibtihal Fadil.Dr. Fadil, a consultant for the chronic diseases department at the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Countries Bureau in Cairo, made this prediction at the International Medical Conference on the Burden of Cancer in the Gulf Region organized by the GCC ministers for health, and in collaboration with the Gulf Center for Cancer at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. The conference was opened on Tuesday by Deputy Health Minister Dr. Mansoor Al-Hawasi. The event drew a large...
The meat company, MeatCo. is a high end, fine dining South African cuisine that serves great gourmet burgers and steaks. The restaurant looks over the calm and tranquil waterways of Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The experience begins as soon as you enter the restaurant. The reception desk is located right opposite the entrance where you will be greeted and taken to your table. A couple of steps lead you to a restaurant designed in an urban style with dark walls, dim lights and hardwood floors. Deep comfy brown leather chairs around square or round wooden tables make for the perfect homely experience. An open kitchen lets you see your food being prepared in full view.The outdoor terrace lined with...
More than 39 percent of Saudi women over fifty suffer from osteoporosis compared to 37.8 percent men of the same age group, local media said quoting an expert of spine surgery.Dr. Walid Awwad, Consultant of Spine Surgery at King Khalid University Hospital, said the majority of those prone to osteoporosis were not subjected to proper tests, nor treated with the best heath care.In a related development, the Health Directorate in Riyadh Region and the Osteoporosis Program at the Ministry of Health has jointly organized an awareness forum on osteoporosis to discuss ways women can protect themselves from the debilitating disease and how to deal with it.Organizers of the forum, held in Wadi...

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Some Saudi women graduating from college as well as high school students are reaping a good income by becoming wedding s...
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: When Palestinian Osama Silwadi was crippled by gunfire it ended his career as a war correspondent, but the now wheelchair-bound photographer has found a new calling documenting his people’s heritage.After nearly 15 years covering the violence of the first and second uprisings against the Israeli occupation (in 1987-1994 and 2000-2005), Silwadi’s life took a dramatic turn in 2006 when he was hit by a stray bullet fired by Palestinian gunmen.Silwadi, 33 at the time, was in his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah when he heard gunmen outside firing during...
Like brands need to change direction as they mature, the pretty ladies of Bollywood are well aware of their shelf life in the film industry. And, like brands need to plan for their shelf life, they too strategize and switch lanes. When they are still doing well in Bollywood, they turn to new business ventures as well — for a secure future. Small wonder, that actresses have started looking at other lucrative avenues while there’s still time.Anushka Sharma turns producer in her next film ‘NH10’ which features Neil Bhoopalam and her in the lead role. The first stills of NH 10 were doing rounds...

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