Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has instructed the Ministry of Social Affairs to pay the treatment costs of people with disabilities at rehabilitation centers. Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Prince Salman Center for Disability Research (PSCDR), made the announcement in a media statement on the sidelines of the Fourth International Conference on Disability and Rehabilitation in Riyadh.Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, inaugurated the event on Sunday, which coincided with an award ceremony for the winners of the Prince Salman Award for Disability Research.The event brought together various prominent personalities and experts both from local and international institutions.According to organizers, 1,323 participants from 24 countries attended the event, aimed at further enhancing services to the disabled by provid...
The Kingdom gears up to host the first Global Business Entrepreneurship Forum (GEF) with the presenc...
Several relatives of Abdullah Alkadi, the Saudi scholarship student in the US whose body was found l...
The number of Saudi vacationers spending their holidays abroad will increase sixfold by 2030, a local study revealed.The study carried out by a company specializing in travel information systems predicted that 20 million Saudi travelers will vacation abroad by 2030 which is six times the current number of travelers. The study attributed the increased number of travelers to the boom in the Saudi economy, growing population...
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will soon introduce a Schengen-style, unified visa for tourists and businessmen from 35 foreign and Arab countries, according to a high-ranking Kuwaiti official.Samira Al-Gharib, assistant undersecretary for tourism at the Kuwaiti Ministry of Trade, told a local daily that plans for a “unified tourism visa” are being considered by GCC Interior ministries, which will be responsible for vi...

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The Ministry of Health launched an immunization campaign against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) throughout the Kingdom on Sunday in coordination with the Ministry of Education.MMR vaccines are being given to students in grade one. Following the launch, Abdullah Asiri, assistant deputy minister for...
The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has bagged two awards from the Washington-based Association of Old Crows (AOC) for its outstanding achievements in the practice of Electronic Warfare (EW).The Riyadh chapter of the AOC functions under the aegis of the KACST. The AOC is a not-for-profit international...
Riyadh police on Friday arrested 365 foreigners overstaying their visas in the second operation in a week.The police raids were conducted on the directives of Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki Bin Abdulllah bin Abdul Aziz in a bid to curb crime rates, including theft, sorcery, liquor-brewing and other illegal activities.Police also...
Officials of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Jazan recently seized large quantities of adulterated and low-quality rice from a warehouse run by illegal workers.The rice was packed in bags of well-known brands to delude customers into buying the inferior product at the high price of the original good quality grain.T...
An American court has approved a woman’s plea to get a divorce from her Saudi husband via e-mail after the man left the country with her three kids and prevented her from seeing them.The judge, Robert Sakfaj, agreed to the request made by the woman after she proved that she could no longer communicate with him in any other...
The Hyderabad-based Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) made a spectacular entry into Maharashtra by winning two assembly seats.MIM candidates, Imtiaz Jaleel (Aurangabad Central) and Waris Yusuf Pathan (Byculla), won with handsome margins. They trounced established candidates from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shi...
More than 16,000 employees have quit their jobs in the Civil Services in the period starting from the beginning of the year up to September 2014, according to a report by the Ministry of Civil Services. On the other hand, 8,340 employees have enrolled and are listed in the government’s files. Meanwhile, 4,298 male and femal...
Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi, founder and CEO of the Sheikh Mohammad Al-Amoudi Center of Excellence in Breast Cancer, said that early detection of breast cancer increases recovery chances by 90 percent and controls it from spreading.Speaking to Arab News, Dr. Al-Amoudi said that breast cancer is one of the most prevalent and dangero...
The Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan is keen to strengthen bilateral ties with the Kingdom as representatives from both sides met in Tashkent and discussed various aspects of bilateral cooperation.An official at the Uzbek Embassy said on Sunday that Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Shaie, the Saudi ambassador in Tashkent, re...
A 13-year-old girl was knifed to death by her Saudi father inside his car in Riyadh, Sabq.com online paper said.Based on initial information, the girl received 12 stab wounds, three of them fatal, while her father was arrested by Khaleej Police, the paper said.Reasons for the crime remain unknown, informed sources said, add...
The director general of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, Faissal Shaheen, warned citizens against being duped by international scam networks that use the Internet to advertise financially appealing offers for organ transplantation.Shaheen noted that the recent wave of scams has led to the death of a number of peo...
The Ministry of Civil Service confirmed that employers must approve annual leave requests by employees, but are permitted to delay the leave request for a period of no more than 90 days from the date of the request if work conditions necessitate. The employer is also responsible for making alternative arrangements and guara...
A Sri Lankan journalist who has come for the Haj for the first time has expressed awe at the outstanding services rendered by the government to pilgrims who had come from all parts of the globe.Badoordeen Mohammed Murshideen, who performed his maiden Haj this year, said that he never knew that such a gigantic plan has been...

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CAIRO/EL-ARISH: At least a roadside bomb in the restive Sinai Peninsula has kill...

JERUSALEM: Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon sought to calm fresh tensions w...

MURSITPINAR, Turkey: Kurdish forces in the Syrian town of Kobane repulsed a new...

TEHRAN: Award-winning Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh told AFP Sunda...

BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi is to visit Iran on Monday for tal...

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DAKAR: The Ebola outbreak in West Africa risks unleashing an economic catastroph...

The Hyderabad-based Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) made a spectacular entry...

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KIEV: Ukraine and Russia stood on the verge on Sunday of resolving their latest...

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LONDON: Mikko Ilonen of Finland pulled off the biggest win of his career at Lond...

HONG KONG: Scott Hend won the $1.3 million Hong Kong Open on Sunday, beating Fil...

INCHEON, South Korea: Kyu Jung Baek of South Korea won a three-way playoff Sunda...

LAS VEGAS: Ben Martin carded a nine-under-par 62 to earn a two-stroke lead after...

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RIYADH: National Commercial Bank (NCB) has responded to criticism of its operations from Islamic scholars by pledging to convert itself into a full-fledged Islamic bank w...
Total revenues of the Kingdom are expected to reach SR1.1 trillion in the current year, or a surplus of SR147 billion over the projected SR855 billion budget estimated earlier in the year, a financial report said.The expected surplus is based on the average price of oil at $90 per barrel for the remaining period of the year...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), met Tom Wolber, president of Euro Disney S.A.S, Paris and Mark Stead, CFO of Disneyland Paris. Nahla Nasser Alanbar, private executive assistant to the chairman, and Fahad bin Saad bin Nafel, executive assistant to the chairman, attended the meeting.Durin...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabian retailer Jarir Marketing Co. plans to invest SR1.1 billion ($293 million) over the next five years to roughly double the number of its stores in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, its chairman said.The Kingdom’s largest listed retailer aims to open six new stores on average each year, seeking to increase its b...
Shares in National Commercial Bank (NCB) went on sale on Sunday in Saudi Arabia’s largest-ever initial public offering (IPO), which at SR22.5 billion ($6 billion) is also one of the biggest in the world this year.The IPO comes ahead of an expected easing next year of foreign investment restrictions in the stock market.The T...
The Saudi Credit Bureau (SIMAH) is playing a crucial role in bringing down the value of bouncing checks in the Kingdom, says its CEO Nabil Al-Mubarak.“Check bouncing has been coming down. The role of SIMAH in this campaign remarkable,” he told Arab News in an exclusive interview.The value of checks bounced came down to SR3....
NEW DELHI: India freed diesel prices from government control Sunday while raising natural gas tariffs in the biggest-yet reform by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, as it aims to boost the country’s economy and overhaul its energy sector.The decision on diesel targets one of India’s costliest subsidies for one of t...
A significant decline in commodity prices in recent weeks — coupled with a worsening global economic outlook and major corrections in global equity markets — could result in a Great Deflation, namely a vicious circle of price/asset deflation around the world. The risk of such a scenario occurring is rising as crude oil pric...
NEW YORK: HTC, a global leader in technology innovation and design, says it has heralded a new era of innovation, and an exciting new direction for the business, with the introduction of a suite of breakthrough imaging products.Changing the face of mobile photography, HTC has launched RE, a remarkable little camera, the HTC...
NEW DELHI: India's biggest property developer DLF, barred for three years from raising money on financial markets over allegations it sought to defraud investors, said it was appealing the ruling.DLF said it had filed an appeal challenging the order by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), one of the toughest e...
NEW YORK: Top Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executives are determined to keep compensation costs under control. And that means even when the bank’s revenue spikes higher, bankers’ bonuses won’t.Goldman has reported a 25 percent increase in quarterly revenue, but the money it set aside for compensation and benefits rose only 18 p...
WASHINGTON: A day before US President Barack Obama addressed the UN to declare the nation is “stepping up to the plate” to tackle climate change, nearly 400,000 protesters jammed New York City streets in a climate change march. Many held signs calling for an end to fracking.Environmental activists see the US natural gas and...
GENEVA: The Seychelles sealed its entry to the World Trade Organization, the Geneva-based body whose 160 members set the rules of global commerce said.The Indian Ocean island, which has spent 18 years negotiating to join, is set to win formal approval in December from the WTO’s ruling body to become the organization’s 161st...

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Dareen Jaamour is a Syrian interior designer who was born and raised in Jeddah. She is now the creative mind behind Jou-L Handmade Art with Love.
Jaamour has always been interested in art since she was young. This was further nurtured with a degree in interior design from Genius Academy Institute. She initially trained with architects, whi...

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WASHINGTON: A comet the size of a small mountain is about to skim past Mars, and NASA hopes its spacecraft will be able to photograph the once-in-a-million-years encounter.
The comet, known as Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), is set to hurtle past Mars at a close distance of about 88,000 miles (141,600 kilometers).
The closest pass is expect...

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A bright future awaits the fashion design industry in the Kingdom as authorities discuss plans to develop this field.
Umaymah Azzouz, chief of the Fashion Designers Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), told Arab News that this sector could help employ more women. She explained that the fashion industry could open...

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The final stop of the “Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces through the Ages” exhibition will be staged in San Francisco on Oct. 27, to showcase part of the Kingdom’s rich cultural heritage.
The last “Roads of Arabia” show in the United States was opened in May by Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Anti...

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Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi, founder and CEO of the Sheikh Mohammad Al-Amoudi Center of Excellence in Breast Cancer, said that early detection of breast cancer increases recovery chances by 90 percent and controls it from spreading.Speaking to Arab News, Dr. Al-Amoudi said that breast cancer is one of the most prevalent and dangerous types of cancer affecting women and the most widespread among them as well, adding: “It is also one of the most significant causes of death among women which is why its early detection is crucial to control it from spreading.” She pointed out that one woman out of eight is prone to be affected by breast cancer during her lifetime. “The threat in the Kingdom is that a...
Residents in the city are complaining about the shortage of the BCG vaccine that is given to newborn babies for prevention against Tuberculosis (TB). Government health centers, hospitals and clinics in the private sector are unable to provide children with the life-saving vaccine due to its scarcity. Parents have been repeatedly informed about the shortage of the BCG vaccine by the health centers over the last few months.Ajaz Qazi, a resident complained that he could not have his newborn baby vaccinated. “After waiting for an hour in a private hospital for the vaccine we were informed that it was not available and they asked us to visit after two days. It was only after several visits to...
The Gulf countries marks an alarming rise in the number of cancer patients, according to a recent report.The number of cancer patients in the GCC countries stood at 119,288 cases during 1998-2009 and the number is on the rise, said Executive Director of the Gulf Center for Cancer Prevention, Dr. Ali Al-Zahrani In his statement released prior to the GCC’s upcoming conference on “Burden of Cancer in the Gulf Region” to be held on Tuesday, Dr. Al-Zahrani said the conference aims to highlight health complications related to cancer that have stricken both developed and underdeveloped countries.According to him, cancer is the second biggest cause of death in the world. The GCC Ministers of Health...

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LONDON: Movies about corruption, gang violence, honor killing and war took prizes Saturday as the London Film Festival r...
MUMBAI: The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday issued notices to veteran Bollywood star Sharmila Tagore and her son Saif Ali Khan for organizing a party in Gurgaon without prior permission, an official said.Former cricketer Mansour Ali Khan Pataudi’s wife Tagore and several others were issued notices for organizing a party to celebrate Khan and Kareena Kapoor-Khan’s wedding anniversary on the night of Oct. 15 at their palace in Pataudi, 26 km from Gurgaon city.The event also continued on the night of Oct. 16. Fire crackers went off for several hours and loudspeakers blared.“On the...
LOS ANGELES: Singer Justin Bieber has “real boxing potential,” according to former boxing champion Andre Berto.“The guy has got real boxing potential,” Berto, who trains at the same boxing gym as Bieber, told tmz.com.The former Welterweight champion says he was legitimately impressed when Bieber practiced with him.Berto also said that boxing is no joke, but if the pop star took the sport seriously, he could be a real contender.“The kid is crazy athletic, I have seen that from kickin’ it with him a few years back. He has good speed and power.”

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