Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has given a stern warning to world leaders, saying that terrorism would hit their countries sooner or later if they fail to take strong and speedy action to exterminate terrorism.Addressing foreign ambassadors accredited to the Kingdom, he said terrorism, which has no borders, would soon spread to Europe and the US unless it is quickly dealt with in the Middle East.“I ask you to convey this message to your leaders... Terrorism, at this time, is an evil force that must be fought with wisdom and speed,” the king told the ambassadors on Friday night. “If neglected, I am sure it will arrive in Europe within a month and in America the month after that,” the Saudi Press Agency quoted the king as saying. He was apparently referring to the threat posed by Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and other terrorist groups.Saudi Arabia shares an 800-km border wi...
There is good news for thousands of expatriates and citizens who intend to perform the Haj pilgrimag...
Officials from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states expressed concern at the escalating terror atta...
MANILA, Philippines: Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents.“We may call it the greatest escape,” Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said.The peacekeepers became trapped...
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s government Sunday said it was trying to re-open talks with opposition groups after bloody clashes between police and protesters outside the prime minister’s house left two dead and hundreds injured.Thousands of followers of politician Imran Khan and firebrand cleric Tahir ul Qadri have been camped outside parliament since August 15 demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, triggering...

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A food distribution program worth more than SR11 million has been launched by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in aid of the people of Gaza.Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif is supervising the campaign.The first stage involves supplying flour to Palestinian families.“This pro...
Prominent Saudi photographer Mohammed Ali Shingiti died in Madinah on Thursday following a heatstroke. He was in his late 40s.Shingiti worked for more than 25 years as the head of the photography team at the Saudi Research and Publishing Company (SRPC) in Jeddah. He covered a number of high-profile events, including the ann...
Patients and families have expressed outrage over the lack of resources available at Qatif Central Hospital to handle seizures arising from sickle cell anemia, a hereditary blood disorder that has killed 470 people at the hospital in a single year.Families have demanded that authorities intervene to make the disease more ma...
The Shoura Council is slated to resume sessions following the summer holidays on Monday.The house will take up the annual report from the Ministry of Haj on Tuesday, among other topics that have been put on the agenda for discussion.Some 2 million pilgrims performed Haj last year and the council will review the services off...
The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) organized a support program for businesses with the Labor Ministry on Thursday following the adoption of recruitment offices.The meeting took place in the presence of company owners, Abdul Mouneem Al-Sharhi, Labor Ministry branch manager in the Makkah region, Khalaf Al-Otai...
More than 1,000 preachers and interpreters will work round the clock to guide and instruct pilgrims on appropriate practices and correct rites during Haj.Tawfiq Al-Sudairy, undersecretary at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, said the ministry planned to launch a number of programs for the enlightenment of pilgrims on the cor...
Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb has ordered municipalities across the Kingdom to provide utilities, such as electricity connection, to all houses regardless of ownership status.Houses without title deeds and other ownership documents had previously been barred from having electricity connection...
Malaysia will not hold festivities in Jeddah for its 57th national day celebrations out of respect for the victims of Malaysian flights MH370 and MH17, which perished scarcely four months apart.“Malaysia is still going strong despite numerous challenges faced this year,” a high-ranking official told Arab News on Saturday. “...
A leading Riyadh-based planning, design, management and supervision consultancy has been awarded a major Egypt contract for the expansion of Suez Canal.The Egyptian government awarded contracts to Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and Partners) and other Gulf firms worth $4 billion.Company sources here said that Cairo has awarded majo...
On Sunday, Aug. 31, Malaysia marks her 57th year as a free and sovereign state. I take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, the government and the people of Saudi Arabia for the warm hospitality and excellent cooperation extended to Malaysians throughout the...
Wedding bells are not chiming for many. From flowers to wedding halls, the cost of getting hitched is making it difficult for many families to cater for the day of their dreams.Young couples are now calling upon authorities to help lower and monitor the rental prices of wedding halls.Wedding costs have skyrocketed, particul...
The Saudi Chambers of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) sent a three-member delegation to UAE recently to study the implementation of the ATA Carnet system, according to a Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) senior official.The ATA Carnet is an international customs document that permits duty-free and tax-free tem...
A court in Dammam has sentenced two Saudi students to one year in prison and SR5,000 fine for forging seals on their certificates, local media said.The two students had tried to have their certificates attested by the Ministry of Higher Education, but were told that the seal on the certificates were false and, accordingly,...

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BEIRUT: Clashes erupted between Syrian rebels and UN peacekeepers in the Golan H...

TEHRAN/DUBAI: Iran accused the US of duplicity Saturday for imposing new sanctio...

SANAA/ADEN: Clashes in Yemen between the army and militants killed at least 13 s...

JERUSALEM: An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict rec...

GOLAN HEIGHTS: UN peacekeepers caught up in heavy fighting on the Golan Heights...

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MANILA, Philippines: Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a da...

At least 300 people were wounded in clashes between police and protesters in Pak...

ROBERTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Liberia: With the last rays of sunlight speckling...

BRUSSELS: Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Saturday sharply warned Rus...

JOHANNESBURG: Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane confirmed Saturday that the mil...

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NEW YORK: Once again, John Isner’s trip to Flushing Meadows ended in the third r...

NEW YORK: Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova became the fifth top 10 seed to exit...

SEVILLE, Spain: Gilas Pilipinas believes that it gained something in taking a so...

LIVERPOOL, England: Manchester City slumped to a surprise first defeat in the de...

CHELYABINSK, Russia: Teddy Riner won his seventh world title as he took over-100...

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The economic environment is favorable for local businesses and the depreciation of currencies against the dollar will support a healthier trade balance, a local bank says...
NEW YORK: Is it time to cash out of stocks?The US market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed above 2,000 for the first time on Tuesday. With each record, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee.Plenty of experts think stocks are about to drop. But many o...
Mobily continues to foster its position of innovation and market leadership by the launch of Mobily Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Mobily. Mobily Ventures invests in high-tech startup companies in the telecommunication, IT, media and entertainment industries.The focus will be on early stage and growth stage...
NEW DELHI: India's fastest growth in over two years shows the economy is recovering, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Saturday, adding the robust expansion would help the government meet its ambitious fiscal deficit target.India's economy grew by a forecast-beating 5.7 percent in the first financial quarter, its best pace...
Qatar’s real estate prices continue to reach record highs. According to the Real Estate Price Index (REPI) published by the Qatar Central Bank (QCB) in Doha, average prices for land, commercial and residential properties in June 2014 stood 20 percent above their peak in September 2008. This could suggest a potential overhea...
QUITO: Ecuador is planning to create the world’s first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country’s existing currency, the US dollar, which the government cannot control.The virtual currency, which Central Bank officials say they expect will start circ...
French President François Hollande and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), held a meeting on Friday at the French presidential palace, The Elysee. During the meeting, Hollande and Prince Alwaleed discussed political, economic and cultural matters. They also discussed bilateral relations bet...
SAN FRANCISCO: Google’s secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.The ambitious program escalates Google’s technological arms race with rival Amazon.com Inc., which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicl...
It is important to highlight that the surge in optimism fueling the current rise of Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) is not based wholly on speculative gain or positive sentiment, it is also due to a flourishing Saudi economy, which is underpinned by strong economic fundamentals, according to Jadwa Investment.The Saudi stock...
FRANKFURT: Inflation in the 18 countries that use the euro sank to 0.3 percent in August, a worrying sign of economic weakness that is putting pressure on the European Central Bank to take drastic steps to save a stalling recovery.The figure was down from 0.4 percent in July, statistics agency Eurostat said, and is the lowe...
NEW YORK: Morgan Stanley has quietly filed plans to build and run one of the first US compressed natural gas export facilities, the first sign the bank is plunging back into physical commodity markets even as it sells its physical oil business.In a 23-page application to the US Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy...
LONDON: British supermarket giant Tesco has plunged deeper into crisis after issuing yet another profits warning, cutting both its dividend and capital expenditure, and rushing in its new chief executive.In reaction to the dire trading update, Tesco shares plunged by more than 8.0 percent in early morning deals on the Londo...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines will slash 6,000 jobs, trim its route network, and replace its CEO under plans announced to stave off bankruptcy after two air tragedies plunged the already troubled carrier deeper into crisis.State investment fund Khazanah Nasional, which controls the failing flag carrier, said it would pump...

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Long before the execution of the US journalist, James Foley, by a presumed Briti...
It is difficult to understand whether calling off Indo-Pak talks is merely a dip...
I looked at a piece of land here a few years ago and the guy wanted SR450,000 fo...
In the old days which we call the Middle Ages or even the primitive era, wars we...

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And So To Bed is an English lifestyle brand that is famous for their beautiful, luxury bedrooms that indulge, inspire, delight and excite and that offer a stylish quality investment with reassurance on value for money.
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As chic and pretty as her collection, Selina Farooqui is a new and promising designer in the Middle East.
Farooqui is a designer who imbibes the aesthetics of culture and luxury together in her collection.
It is a combination of royal colors, traditional embroidery and sophisticated designs that set her clothes aside from the competiti...

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MADRID: Revellers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo in Spain’s Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for “the world’s biggest food fight.”
Locals and visitors from as far afield as the United States and Japan crammed into the eastern town of Bunol as mushy tomatoes rained from the backs of trucks and flew in...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Patients and families have expressed outrage over the lack of resources available at Qatif Central Hospital to handle seizures arising from sickle cell anemia, a hereditary blood disorder that has killed 470 people at the hospital in a single year.Families have demanded that authorities intervene to make the disease more manageable.The issue has propelled patients, their families and doctors to launch online campaigns and establish groups on networking sites to discuss treatment, dosage and ways to reduce the frequency of seizures, in addition to holding awareness lectures on the disease.Qatif Central Hospital registered 443 deaths as a result of seizures, while 27 succumbed to the disease...
Although it has been a main element in the South American food scenario for many years, chia seeds gained popularity in the Western world only recently. It is also known as super food.Chia seeds are known as meramia in Arabic. The word chia is derived from the origin of these seeds, which is Mexico. It can be served with water, lemon and sugar as a traditional drink called “Chia Fresca”.Benefits of chia seeds:1. They suck up the water from the body, which is a perfect food for those who want to lose weight, especially in the stomach area.2. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants.3. Good source of calcium, phosphorus, manganese, copper iron, zinc, magnesium, molybdenum and niacin.4. They work...
Since I have begun writing about restaurants in Riyadh, I have always wondered why there are so few restaurants serving Saudi food. Expatriates often think that Kapsa is the only Saudi dish but this is not the case. A quick glance at Saudi cuisine highlights the importance of regional cooking as well as foreign influences namely Turkish, Indian, Syrian, Lebanese and Egyptian. The truth is that the best Saudi food is still cooked at home. But if you do not have access to genuine homemade Saudi food, I recommend you try the Najd Village. Established since 1996, this restaurant has been consistently serving good Saudi food in a typical Najdi environment. It specializes in the regional cuisine...

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WASHINGTON: The “Ice Bucket Challenge” viral craze has raised more than $100 million after sweeping the globe since its...
NEW YORK: Joan Rivers, the acerbic US stand-up comic and octogenarian television presenter, remained seriously ill in a New York hospital for a second day on Friday, her daughter said.Brooklyn-born Rivers, 81, reportedly stopped breathing while undergoing a medical procedure on her vocal cords at a clinic in New York on Thursday and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital.“Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible,” said daughter Melissa Rivers in a statement released by the hospital.“We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for...
LOS ANGELES: Newlyweds Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are in Mediterranean island post their secret nuptials last week to work on their next project together. The star couple, who enjoyed a nine-year-long courtship, tied the knot in a private ceremony on Aug. 23, at their estate in the south of France. Jolie, 39, and Pitt, 50, have started shooting for their next film, ‘By The Sea’ in Malta and have taken their kids along with them to spend time in island Gozo, reported the New York Post. It is said that the couple is paying the Gozo locals to leave the island during the two-month shoot so...

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