Saudi Arabia unveiled Thursday the largest budget in history for 2015, projecting spending at a record SR860 billion, despite a sharp fall in oil prices. The deficit budget projected revenue at SR715.Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, chaired the Cabinet’s special budget session on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.In a speech addressing the nation on the occasion, King Abdullah said the expansionary budget was aimed at enhancing the citizens’ progress and prosperity and creating more job opportunities for them.The budget shortfall of SR145 billion is the first deficit projected by Saudi Arabia since 2011 and the largest ever for the Kingdom.The price of oil, which makes up more than 90 percent of public income in Saudi Arabia, has lost about half of its value since June due to a production glut, weak global demand and a stronger dollar.T...
Eleven lives were snuffed out in road crashes across the Kingdom on Wednesday. In Bisha seven passen...
Egyptian police have launched a manhunt to arrest the killer of a 39-year-old Saudi tourist whose bo...
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis is focusing his attention on all those weeping in the world this Christmas, singling out the refugees, hostages and all those suffering in conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine.On a day that brings joy to little ones in much of the world, Francis expressed anguish for children who are victims of violence, including the recent terrorist attack on a Pakistani military school, or those w...
NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the Islamic State captors of a Jordanian pilot whose warplane was shot down in northeast Syria to treat him humanely, his spokesman said.“He (Ban) calls on his captors to treat the pilot in accordance with international humanitarian law,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. He told reporters that Ban was also “deeply concerned with the continued use of violenc...

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Housing prices in the Kingdom will go down 30 percent due to falling oil prices, distribution of more low-cost homes and the imposition of Zakat on vacant land, a real estate expert has predicted.“The real estate market is facing an unprecedented recession and many agents have spoken about falling s...
All indications are that the 2015 budget to be unveiled by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Thursday will keep spending at current levels, which will boost growth, ensure an ideal business environment and create jobs.Economists do not expect any fall in government spending for next year despite a 50 percen...
The Gulf Press Federation has welcomed the initiative of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to settle the dispute between Egypt and Qatar.“If this initiative succeeds it will certainly serve the interests of the two brotherly countries, boost cooperation and deepen Arab solidarity to tackle threats and challeng...
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has sponsored this year’s Historic Jeddah Festival with SR3 million.Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the SCTA, and Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majid, who is also head of the festival’s organizing committee, signed the agreement recently, on the sidelines of th...
Secretary-General of the Muslim World League Abdullah Al-Turki has commended the initiative of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to bring together Egypt and Qatar and to restore relations between the two states."The initiative of the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is not out of character for the king, who i...
The cosmetic and plastic surgery market in the Kingdom is witnessing a boom with a volume in excess of SR4 billion where men make up 40 percent of the customers, local media said. Riyadh recorded the highest rate of cosmetic surgery at 70 percent, followed by Jeddah and the Eastern Province at 25 percent and 5 percent, resp...
The special criminal court in Riyadh has convicted 60 people of terrorism over the past three months, and sentenced them to lengthy jail terms, fines and travel bans.In one case, a man was found guilty of mixing with suspicious individuals, watching video material encouraging people to join the fighting in Yemen and attendi...
According to statistics of the Traffic Safety Committee in the Eastern Province there were 119 motorcycle accidents and 19 deaths in all cities of the province from the beginning of last year (1435 H) until this month with 79 accidents recorded in Dammam alone.The alarming number of fatalities due to motorcycle accidents ca...
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) has launched a center that would help boost the practical skills of its students, a senior official said recently.The center is one of the main investments of KFUPM’s endowment fund, and would provide offices for some of the world’s top companies, said Ahmed Saad Al-Qah...
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) disclosed recently that as many as 21,000 of its members across the Kingdom have undergone various trainings as part of their mission to better serve the public.This came during the launch of the new online Electronic Horizon Training for its members,...
The scheduled visit of an OIC team to Colombo to prepare for its secretary-general’s visit has been postponed on account of the island’s presidential elections, according to sources from the Sri Lankan Embassy here. Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Ameen Madani was to visit Sri Lanka e...
The Eastern Province-based alumni of India’s Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) held a celebration here recently to remember the contribution of AMU founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.At a packed event, former member of the Indian Parliament Mohammad Adeeb, who was the chief guest, said the community should make sure it is politicall...
Azerbaijan Ambassador Rasim Rzayev told Arab News on Tuesday that the Azerbaijani diaspora, including those residing in Saudi Arabia, are not only contributing to the economic growth of their country but are also taking part in political and cultural developments.Speaking on the occasion of his country’s Day of Solidarity t...

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JERUSALEM: Israel has given preliminary approval for the construction of 243 new...

TEHRAN: Iran launched extensive military drills on Thursday, local media reporte...

JERUSALEM: Israeli authorities gave final approval on Wednesday to the construct...

BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber attacked Sunni anti-jihadi fighters south of Baghdad o...

AMMAN: Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot captive after his warplane...

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STOCKHOLM: An arsonist set fire to a mosque in central Sweden on Thursday injuri...

BERKELEY, United States: Between six and eight protesters were arrested in Berke...

NAIROBI, Kenya: A Somali official says gunmen have attacked the African Union ba...

SHAMUKJULI, India: Rina Vor was putting her four young children to sleep in her...

KABUL, Afghanistan: US senator John McCain is in Kabul for Christmas day.The for...

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LONDON: Silviniaco Conti is favorite to emulate former stablemate Kauto Star and...

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa: West Indian captain Denesh Ramdin said on Thursday...

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand: New Zealand and Sri Lanka are expecting a paceman’s p...

MELBOURNE: India may have to wait a little longer to see Bhuvneshwar Kumar in ac...

SYDNEY: The crew of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race’s defending champion Wild Oa...

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Saudi Arabia will continue spending on development projects, social welfare and security despite the oil price slide and challenging global conditions, according to the F...
SHANGHAI: Chinese shares jumped after the government announced new corporate support policies aimed at boosting the economy, in thin trade with most Asian markets closed for the Christmas holiday.Shanghai jumped 3.36 percent, while Shenzhen gained 1.44 percent.Markets in Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysi...
CHICAGO: US consumers have not turned out in force for the final shopping days before Christmas, suggesting that traditional retailers will just meet industry sales forecasts in a season marked by deep discounts and growing encroachment from online rivals led by Amazon.com Inc.Super Saturday — the last pre-Christmas Saturda...
CHICAGO: Caterpillar Inc., already battered by a slump in demand for its mining machinery, faces slowing sales of compressors, pumps and gas turbines as oil companies reduce spending.The impact will be felt by Caterpillar in early 2015 as drillers cut back and exploration declines, Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman said in a...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia can endure low oil prices over the medium term, Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf said after releasing a 2015 budget that envisions record state spending and a large deficit that will be covered by fiscal reserves.Speaking in an interview on Saudi television, Al-Assaf said the government would continue...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has announced a 2015 budget with a huge $38.6 billion deficit due to the sharp decline in oil prices but still raised spending.A statement read on state-run television after a Cabinet session said spending for 2015 is projected at SR860 billion ($229.3 billion) and revenues at SR715 billion ($190.7 bill...
The services provided by the Jubail Industrial College (JIC) came under the spotlight at a recent event.Jubail Industrial City hosted the third workshop for representatives of various industries. It took place at JIC’s multipurpose hall.The aim of the workshop is to discuss common issues in the industries, including trainin...
LONDON: Oil prices fell in thin pre-holiday trade, but analysts said losses were curbed by upbeat sentiment over a strong US economic growth report.Brent North Sea crude for delivery in February shed 91 cents to stand at $60.78 a barrel nearing midday in London.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for February lost 83 cents...
KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait has commissioned a new natural gas plant that will raise the energy-rich state’s production capacity to more than 2 billion cubic feet a day, officials said.The new Liquefied Petroleum Gas plant will be capable of processing 805 million cubic feet (22.8 million cubic meters) of gas and 106,000 barrels of...
MUSCAT: From desert camping to luxury hotels, turtle-watching, and even the Arabian Peninsula’s first Italian-style opera house, Oman is hoping to carve out a place on the global tourist track.Heavily reliant on energy exports, the sultanate is keen to diversify its economy, especially as the drop in global oil prices begin...
As 2014 comes to an end, the global economy shows signs of weakness with significant downside risks. Some of these risks are likely to materialize next year, leaving the global economy in worse shape than in 2014. We make five predictions that we expect will shape the global economic outlook for 2015 and beyond.“Looking bac...
CAIRO: Cities in the Arab region should introduce stronger standards for green building and promote sustainable communities if they are to have a chance of tackling climate change, experts say.The UN Human Settlement Program (UN-HABITAT) estimates that 56 percent of the Arab world’s population already lives in cities and ur...
NEW DELHI: India’s Cabinet has approved an executive decree to hike foreign investment in the funds-starved insurance sector, bypassing squabbling lawmakers to push ahead with economic reforms.The ordinance, a rarely used measure, raises the foreign direct investment cap in insurance companies to 49 percent from 26 percent....

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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...

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Learning a new language can be fun but also introduces you to a new world, with its exotic culture and interesting way of life. Whether you are serious about learning a certain new language because you need it for your work or read that BBC article that says learning a new language improves your memory and makes you smarter; here are two mobile...

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Although acne can be a chronic condition, even if it occurs only during adolescence, it can leave lifelong scars. Its treatment is usually long-term and costly. It is therefore important that acne is meticulously addressed when it appears for the first time.

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Frankfurt is the fifth largest city in Germany and is also the financial center of Germany. It is known for its futuristic skyline and the busiest German airport, thanks to the famous Lufthansa airlines.
Frankfurt is home of the European Central Bank and the German Stock Exchange. Furthermore, it hosts many significant trade shows, such as...

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The cosmetic and plastic surgery market in the Kingdom is witnessing a boom with a volume in excess of SR4 billion where men make up 40 percent of the customers, local media said. Riyadh recorded the highest rate of cosmetic surgery at 70 percent, followed by Jeddah and the Eastern Province at 25 percent and 5 percent, respectively, Consultant of Plastic Surgery at King Khalid University Hospital Khalid Al-Zahrani said.Al-Zahrani quoted a recent survey in Riyadh as saying that 25 percent of women in Riyadh have expressed a keen desire to undergo cosmetic surgery due to financial capability to have the operations done. Men in the age group of 20 to 40 made up 40 percent of the customers, he...
South Asian food has an expanding fan base in Jeddah as is evident from the many restaurants here specializing in desi food, especially Indian and Pakistani cuisines. So I was not surprised when I heard about yet another desi restaurant in Jeddah-town. Masala is a signature Indian restaurant that serves Indian fare — fast food style.It is indeed a challenge for any restaurant to cater to all its diners who come from a wide base of culinary diversity. For this purpose, Masala sought the expertise of Master chef Riyaz Yousef Muqadum from Mumbai.The restaurant has three branches in Al-Salamah district, Al-Naeem district and in Palestine Street, respectively.I recently visited their main branch...
Last week, I was discussing the dangers of mercury used as a preservative in vaccines and other products. This was to create awareness in young parents who are not familiar with exposure to mercury or other heavy metals. Today, I will continue elaborating on the subject and also offer some recommendations to protect little children’s health, but before I do that, I would like to revisit the subject of arsenic, the toxic heavy metal that is added to chicken feed in commercial farms. Two weeks ago in Part 5 of this very same series, I spoke about the shocking fact that the commercial chickens we eat are being given feed that contains the carcinogen, arsenic, in order to fatten the birds with...

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SANTIAGO, Chile: Ricardo Alegria is a different sort of milk man. For a quarter century or more, he and his brother Marc...
MOSCOW: Kristina Pimenova has been dubbed “the most beautiful girl in the world” but her mother says the eight-year-old Russian supermodel is completely ignorant of her worldwide fame.On catwalks since the age of three, Kristina, who models for Armani and Roberto Cavalli, is famed for her big blue eyes and bewitching smile, with over 2.5 million fans on Facebook and nearly 500,000 followers on Instagram.“She is a very modest girl, she does not know what it is, this star-mania,” her mother Glikeria Pimenova, a former model herself, told AFP.“She never hears the word ‘popularity’, we simply do...
BEIJING: Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan said he feels shame for his son, who has been indicted by Beijing prosecutors on a drug charge and could be jailed for up to three years.The remarks, reported Wednesday by China’s official Xinhua News Agency, came two days after authorities announced the indictment against Jaycee Chan, 32, who is charged with sheltering others to use drugs.The scandal has been particularly embarrassing for Jackie Chan, who was named by Beijing as an anti-drug ambassador in 2009.Jackie Chan, who sits on China’s top national political advisory panel — the Chinese...

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