BEIRUT: The Syrian army and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters said on Sunday they had entered the rebel-held city of Zabadani on the second day of a major offensive to capture the border area around the Beirut-Damascus highway.The army, backed by Hezbollah, has long sought to wrest control of Zabadani, near the Lebanese border, from the rebels who have held it since 2012, a year after the start of the Syrian civil war.The Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah’s al Manar television station said its fighters and the Syrian army had entered the Jamaiyat district in the western part of Zabadani, about 45 km (30 miles) northwest of the capital Damascus.Footage showed ground troops entering parts of the city lying in a lush agricultural plain surrounded by a mountain range shared to the east with Lebanon.The offensive began on Saturday and was preceded by several days of aerial and artillery bombing of ou...
JEDDAH: The UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution calling on the Myanmar government to pr...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia’s prime minister is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations.The country’s attorney general confirmed late Saturday that he had received documents from an official investigation that made the link between...
MANILA, Philippines: A tropical storm blew across the northern Philippines on Sunday, causing floods and power outages in several towns and prompting rescue teams to scramble to evacuate villagers in low-lying communities.There were no immediate reports of casualties from slow-moving Tropical Storm Linfa, which set off minor landslides in at least two mountainous provinces, officials said.The storm, which had sustained wi...

SAUDI ARABIA »

Huge projects change the faces of cities and great ambitions help create such projects. Madinah had its date with a quantum leap to usher in a new era of urban development. Such huge projects help achieve formidable civilization advancements and significant progress.The Darb Al-Sunnah Project is one...
JEDDAH: Social media is abuzz with the news of an 80-year-old man who has been relieved of his duties after working for four decades at the Prophet’s Mosque. Citizens have launched a campaign for the man, identified as Moqtada by publishing his photograph on social media with appeals to the employer to honor him instead of...
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 si...
RIYADH: The Japanese ambassador to the Kingdom, Noriheiro Okoda, has held a meeting with Hashem Abdullah Yamani, president of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE), and discussed bilateral cooperation in the fields of atomic and renewable energy.The meeting began with a comprehensive overview of...
JEDDAH: Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz bin Musaed, governor of the Northern Borders province, has died.He will be buried after Taraweeh prayers in Jeddah on Saturday, the Royal Court said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency. No other details were available.The prince is one of the longest-serving governors in t...
AL-BAHA: Forty three percent of Al-Baha cannot be developed easily because of the region’s mountainous terrain.This is the view of Khaled Al-Sayegh, undersecretary for construction at the municipality, who was speaking at an event held at the College of Culture and Arts to discuss the region’s development.Those present incl...
JEDDAH: An official at the Council of Saudi Chambers said the council’s members are discussing a regulation to submit to the Ministry of Labor and other government agencies to deny a number of privileges to companies that force its labor to work under the hot noon sun.The Ministry of Labor’s resolution prevents companies fr...
ABHA: With many families wanting new furniture during Ramadan, furniture and interior decorating shops are raising prices to more than double what they were before the month.Homeowner Zaina Mohammed says she used to change her home furniture every Ramadan but now, because of high prices and cost of living increases, she onl...
RIYADH: Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) President Prince Sultan bin Salman described the first visit by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to Madinah as “historic.”In his comments following the visit which saw the opening of the iconic international airport in addition to a number of ot...
MADINAH: Economists expected the volume of investments in Madinah’s economies during the coming few years to reach SR500 billion.The forecasted growth in the population, to reach 2.6 million people after 25 years, and the number of visitors to 12.2 million persons a year, will demand extreme measures, including the establis...
JEDDAH: It seems that many Saudi families are gradually coming to terms with the new reality of living in apartments, as building villas is not possible due to shortage of appropriate land.With the increasing display of housing units by the Ministry of Housing, in partnership with developers, to provide vertical housing pro...
RIYADH: Migrant rights advocacy group Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) has lambasted their country’s leadership over the claim that the number of overseas Filipino workers are declining due to sustained economic growth in the Philippines.The group has called on President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to visit Saudi Arabia before his...
RIYADH: A charitable foundation called “Smile” will be launched on Sunday night at the Al-Hokair Land in the Saudi capital to make people happy. “The foundation will be launched to make Saudi Arabia a center of smiles,” well-known television host and Islamic scholar Mohsin Sheikh Al-Hassan told Arab News on Saturday.On the...

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

LONDON: A family of 12 from Luton who were feared to have joined Daesh has relea...

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ATHENS: Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said a ‘No’ vote from Greeks...

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

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BERLIN: FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in a Sunday newspaper interview that Fr...

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VERSAILLES, France: Bernd Wiesberger won the biggest title of his career at the...

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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...
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...
DUBAI: Business activity growth in the United Arab Emirates' nonoil private sector slowed to a 22-month low in June, partly because of the start of the holy month of Ramadan, a corporate survey showed.The seasonally adjusted Emirates NBD UAE Purchasing Managers' Index, which covers manufacturing and services, fell to 54.7 p...
JEDDAH: The cyclicality of the oil and gas industry is unlikely to impact the long term trajectory of the sector. However the current fluctuations may speed up some of the trends that were already unfolding according to Deloitte’s latest Oil and Gas Reality Check 2015 report. The report outlines six of the major issues curr...
The latest readings of the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) suggest that the recovery in the main developed economies is ongoing, while the manufacturing sector in most of Asian economies is experiencing a contraction. The US is leading the recovery with PMI readings which have remained steadily above 50 for the last five y...
Would you carry a small packet for someone. Sure, you would, especially if you know them. Come on, you have to trust someone. You agree. No problem. What if it contravenes rules. Are you innocent or guilty. Response. Innocent carriers may get sympathy but that won't take them very far. The fact is that innocence is very dif...
 
 

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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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KAPOLEI: The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed an historic flight in its quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, touching down gracefully in Hawaii on Friday after the most arduous leg of its journey.

The sun-powered plane, piloted by veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, took five days to make the historic voya...

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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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RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has encouraged businessmen to invest in tourism villages in Asir region.
“Tourism villages are considered to be one of the most attractive options in the province,” said Mohammad Al-Amra, SCTNH branch director in Asir.
He made the statement in the wake of Bin Hussai...

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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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