Leaders from various Arab countries participating in a conference entitled “Arabian Gulf and Regional Challenges, which concluded here on Wednesday, urged nations to unify to help ensure security and stability in the region.The leaders also denounced all acts of terror in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Libya and on Palestinian territory by the Israeli government.Addressing the concluding session, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, assistant minister of petroleum and mineral resources, said that energy security would play a pivotal role in the development and stability of the region.Referring to King Abdullah City for Renewable Energy, he said that it has the responsibility to develop alternative and sustainable sources of energy. He agreed with some speakers who argued that the region's enormous petroleum resources would help stabilize the politically divided region. This was already happening, he said.P...
Cooperation among Arabian Gulf countries in combating terrorism and addressing regional issues is vi...
No contagious diseases or quarantine cases have been reported among pilgrims, said acting Health Min...
EDINBURGH, Scotland : Scots began voting in an independence referendum on Thursday that will decide the fate of the United Kingdom, after opinion polls showed hundreds of thousands of them were still agonizing over whether to stay with the 307-year union or back secession.In the final hours before polling stations opened, leaders of both sides urged Scots to seize the reins of history in a vote that has divided families,...
Saudi Arabia's top religious scholars have pledged their support for the measures Riyadh has taken to defeat the so-called Islamic State (IS) terrorists, and its ban on citizens fighting in overseas conflicts.The Council of Senior Islamic Scholars issued a statement on Wednesday warning Muslims against joining militant groups, saying their “deviant doctrine” has no place in Islam. It said Islamic law prohibits Muslims fro...

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Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman, chairman of the Madinah Haj Committee, opened the Bunyan 7 Exhibition entitled "Partnership in Haj Operations" south of the Prophet's Mosque on Wednesday, to highlight the quality services available for pilgrims this year.President of Taiba University Adnan Al-...
The security sector would likely create about 5,000 jobs for young male and female Saudis over the next five years because of the complete Saudization of the industry by the government.This is the view of Abdullah Al-Shehri, the newly elected chairman of the security guards committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and In...
Three Saudi universities have improved in rankings in the QS World University Rankings for the 2014-2015 academic year out of a total of 800 universities on the index.King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) ranked number 225, surpassing the renowned Paris Sorbonne University and the UK’s Dundee University, as...
A 70-year-old man sailed across an 8-km span of sea, with a truck on board two boats that were tied together.Ali Suhail took his Toyota Hilux from the Farasan Island to Qimah, making it only the third vehicle to reach the island in years.More than 200 island inhabitants welcomed Suhail as he arrived. Farasan is an archipela...
If the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group is allowed to operate over the next year it would drive investors away, which could have a major negative impact on all the region’s economies, the Italian ambassador said on Tuesday.Mario Boffo was speaking to Arab News at his residence, on the eve of a visit by a 25-member Italian...
Imams and preachers have a major responsibility to promote a sense of national loyalty, the Kingdom’s values, and a proper understanding of Islam at the nation’s mosques, says Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.Prince Turki made the comments at the Riyadh Forum on the Role of Mosques, being held under the...
The National Water Company plans to pump 10 million cubic meters of water to the holy sites this year for the Haj, the same amount as last season, said the company’s chief executive officer recently.Luay Al-Musallam told Arab News that a crew of 3,350 engineers and administrators, supervisors and trained technical staff wou...
Draft legislation overseeing audio-visual media limits freedom of expression, a senior Shoura Council member said recently.Abdullah Al-Thoufairi, head of the Shoura Council’s human rights committee, said the bill limits the right to express an opinion, encourages those who seek to make money from television competitions and...
Q: I am 16 and I have tonsillitis. My elder brother also had this problem but he is now free from it. My parents think that I should follow the same path and get them removed. It happens 10 times in a year. Please advise whether I should have my tonsils removed now or after they are fully mature? — M.A., JubailA: You are al...
Dammam’s administrative court is investigating 17 employees from the Eastern Province Passports Department for possible corruption and abuse of power charges after they reportedly allowed a citizen under the age of 21 to travel abroad without his father’s permission, which is prohibited in Saudi law.The Bureau of Investigat...
Livestock prices in the Eastern Province have escalated from SR1,400 to SR2,000 a head over the past two weeks, with some accusing feed traders of price manipulation.This comes as the livestock traders committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) this week assured consumers that prices were unlikely to ri...
Local translators and interpreters still face stiff competition from expats who operate illegally despite the scarcity of licensed and specialized offices across the Kingdom.“There are only about eight offices Kingdom-wide that offer simultaneous translation from Arabic to English and vice-versa and this is why locals can h...
Hail Municipality launched the very first dates and grapes festival at a local amusement park recently. More than 20 varieties of home-grown dates and grapes were sold for SR100,000 on the first day of the month-long festival, which was bustling with sellers, buyers and visitors. The traditional market also witnessed brisk...

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BERLIN: Qatar’s emir said in Germany on Wednesday that his state does not back “...

Yemen’s democratic transition is back on track, but the country faces “serious s...

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE: Florida: President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday the U...

CAIRO: Egypt’s most prominent activist, who is facing retrial on a 15-year priso...

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MOSCOW: A team of BBC journalists was beaten and their camera smashed in souther...

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PARIS: The world is holding its breath but mostly hoping Scotland will vote “No”...

INCHEON, South Korea: Asian Games organizers on Wednesday kicked out an Iranian...

BEIJING: A prominent Uighur academic charged with separatism rejected evidence p...

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INCHEON: United Arab Emirates slumped to a 1-0 Asian Games defeat to Jordan on T...

JEDDAH: Ace Travels routed ARM by 131 runs and maintained their winning spree, D...

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RIYADH: Twenty matches were played during the first round of the Riyadh Cricket...

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Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) Gov. Abdulrahman Mohammad Al-Ibrahim opened a two-day workshop that discussed various topics, including the water related opera...
If the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group is allowed to operate over the next year it would drive investors away, which could have a major negative impact on all the region’s economies, the Italian ambassador said on Tuesday.Mario Boffo was speaking to Arab News at his residence, on the eve of a visit by a 25-member Italian...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's securities market regulator said on Wednesday that it would permit off-market trading of shares in companies which had been suspended or delisted from the stock exchange.The Capital Market Authority has issued rules covering such trade and will immediately start receiving applications from companies t...
LONDON: London's trading rooms are gearing up for an extra long shift to cover Scotland's independence referendum and drafting in extra staff, anticipating a surge in activity when the result comes through early on Friday.The vote on whether Scotland should end its 300-year-old union with England was set for a nail-biting f...
CAIRO: Egypt's finance minister is predicting growth rates of up to 6 percent within three years, which would mark a major turnaround following three years of political turmoil that has crippled the economy.Hany Kadry Dimian told The Associated Press he expects growth to increase from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent this quarter...
DUBAI: Developers have said they will build a $1.4 billion expanse of lavish suites and residences next to the famed Atlantis resort on Dubai's man-made palm-shaped island as part of the emirate's drive to build up tourism revenue.Investment Corporation of Dubai and Kerzner International Holdings, which will manage the 800-...
LAGOS: Nigeria’s anti-graft agency said it was hunting a 38-year-old bank worker on Wednesday for allegedly stealing $38 million from his employers by hacking into computer systems.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said Godswill Oyegwa Uyoyou allegedly conspired with others to steal 6.28 billion naira ($38...
HONG KONG: The De Beers diamond cartel warned Wednesday that global production will decline from 2020, a trend that could spell pricier bling for consumers.A dearth of major new diamond finds means that production might not keep up with ever-increasing demand from the United States, China and India, the firm claimed.“Unless...
LONDON: World oil prices rebounded sharply on Tuesday after the head of OPEC indicated that the crude producers' organization could cut its production target for 2015.The widely-reported comments came from Abdullah El-Badri, secretary-general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), after talks with...
Sterling fell against both the euro and US dollar on Monday, in spite of worse-than-expected data releases from both regions. With markets nervous ahead of Thursday's referendum on Scottish independence, sterling found itself drifting lower amid fears over the heightened political uncertainty a 'Yes' vote could bring. With...
CAIRO: Egypt has raised the $8.5 billion it needs to fund a project to expand the Suez Canal in just eight days, the central bank governor told Reuters on Monday.Hisham Ramez said in an telephone interview late on Monday that 61 billion Egyptian pounds had been raised after banks issued investment certificates to finance th...
NEW YORK: The vast majority of Americans have never heard of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce company which is on the verge of potentially the world's largest initial public offering.An Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters found that 88 percent were not aware of Alibaba Group Holding, which on Monday raised the price ran...
The Shoura Council has called on the Capital Market Authority (CMA) to adopt measures to prevent stock market (Tadawul) crashes, such as the 2006 downturn that saw individuals lose billions. Muhammad Al-Jeffry, the council's deputy chairman, chaired the meeting. Fahad Al-Hamad, assistant chairman of the council, said in a s...

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Though the world’s eyes now are on Scotland’s referendum on independence from th...
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NEW YORK: Paintings by one of India’s most important modern artists go under the hammer in New York on Wednesday, highlights in a booming market for Asian art featured this week.
Three oils on canvas by pioneering Indian abstract artist Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde, who in 1964 based himself in New York, are being offered for auction by Christie’...

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Q: I am 16 and I have tonsillitis. My elder brother also had this problem but he is now free from it. My parents think that I should follow the same path and get them removed. It happens 10 times in a year. Please advise whether I should have my tonsils removed now or after they are fully mature? — M.A., JubailA: You are already a mature person since you are 16. If the problem of tonsillitis is recurring 10 times a year, then you should have your tonsils removed. Otherwise, the bacteria which is causing the infection may develop into rheumatic fever. This condition can affect your heart, kidney and bones leading to permanent damage to those organs. You should see an ENT consultant and...
White tea has been much in the news recently, with numerous studies elaborating on its medical and nutritional benefits.White tea is an immature tea leaf that is picked shortly before the buds are fully bloomed. It is named such because white tea comes from the silver fur that covers the flower buds, which turn into white when the tea is dried and ready to be used. There are different kinds of white tea depending on the flowers and buds; White Peony contains one bud for every two leaves. The best kind of white tea is made from downy buds picked within an exact of two-day period in early spring.Recent studies at Pace University have shown that there is a major health benefit of white tea...
Strolling through Panorama Mall in Riyadh, I came across Stickhouse which sells frozen ice on a stick using a new technology. This micro-crystallization process combined with the absence of air and the exclusive use of natural ingredients produce an intensely flavorful ice cream and deliciously fruity sorbets.Stickhouse, which was founded in 2008, is already present in 73 countries including the Arab world, Malaysia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Philippines and Spain. Stickhouse has opened stores in the Kingdom’s main cities: Riyadh, Jeddah and Makkah.Their ice cream and sorbet are guaranteed without preservatives, colorings, vegetable fats, synthesis emulsifiers, gluten and...

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UNITED NATIONS: Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has been named a United Nations Messenger o...
LOS ANGELES: Pop star Taylor Swift, who has adopted a glamorous look on red carpets, was named People magazine’s best-dressed celebrity of the year on Wednesday.Swift led the annual unranked list of the top 10 best-dressed celebrity style icons that also included Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, singers Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna and actresses Emma Stone and Emma Watson.One of Nyong’o’s most memorable red carpet moments was the “Nairobi blue” Prada dress she wore to win her Oscar while Emma’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 London premiere gown (by Atelier Versace) was nothing short of amazing.Rising...
LOS ANGELES: Nearly three years after her death, an album and DVD of live performances by Whitney Houston is to be released in November, her long-time producer announced Tuesday.“She was without question the greatest vocalist in the world,” Clive Davis told NBC television announcing the November 10 release of “Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances.”“There was no one like her,” he added.Houston died in February 2012 on the eve of the Grammy Awards at age 48. She was found dead in her hotel bathroom, shortly before a party in the hotel hosted by Davis.A coroner ruled that the singing...

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