RIYADH: Four leading lights of the Arab world have called for the convening of the Second Syrian National Congress to save Syria.“This is the only way (out),” said Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former general intelligence director of Saudi Arabia; Abdelelah Alkhatib, former foreign minister of Jordan; Amr Musa, former secretary-general of the Arab League; and Mohammad Al-Sabah, former deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Kuwait. They explained their proposal in details an exclusive article published in Arab News on Monday. “This tragic situation would not have happened had the Syrian regime acted wisely, responsibly, and realistically. It did not,” they said.  “The misery and decimation could also have been avoided had the international community fulfilled its duty and obligations to safeguard international peace and security. It did not. The Arab League, the internati...
JERUSALEM: Israel said Tuesday it was interrogating the suspected head of a Jewish extremist group i...
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani and Indian border guards traded gunfire and mortar shells Tuesday along their d...
UNITED NATIONS: The price tag for a bold global new anti-poverty agenda comes to between $3.5 and $5 trillion annually over the next 15 years, part of a United Nations’ “to-do list” for the world.The UN’s 193 member states agreed on a draft plan for the sustainable development goals at the weekend and world leaders are set to endorse them at a summit in New York from Sept. 25 to 27.The 17 goals and 169 targets to end pove...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Southeast Asian nations want China to stop land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea, a regional official said Tuesday, but China insisted it has a right to continue the activity.Le Luong Minh, secretary-general of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, said ASEAN foreign ministers expressed concerns in a meeting Tuesday over massive Chinese island-building activities that hav...

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RIYADH: Expatriates feel Saudi Arabia is a safer place than their home countries despite the fact that the Kingdom is leading a war against the Yemeni rebels and other terror organizations and a couple of suicide attacks in the recent past. Mahmoud Talaat, an Egyptian IT manager, said that being in...
RIYADH: The maximum medical policy or contract for visitors is SR100,000, which covers expenses on emergency treatment, maternity charges, traffic accident injuries, dialysis and medical treatment in or outside the Kingdom. Making the above announcement, Council of Cooperative Health Insurance Secretary General Mohammed bi...
JEDDAH: Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Abdul Lateef Al-Asheikh has directed all the municipal authorities to closely scrutinize the election candidates’ credentials to thwart violation of rules.This is to ensure that the candidates meet all the requirements under Article 33 and thwart attempts by contractors and inves...
RIYADH: In a fresh boost for relations between Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh, the Kingdom has decided to sign a memorandum of understanding on Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) with Dhaka. The Kingdom endorsed a proposal in this regard at a meeting between Nizar Madani, state minister for foreign affairs, and his Bangladeshi...
The Indonesian mission is hopeful detained Indonesian pilgrims will be free “very soon.” The mission is trying to persuade Saudi authorities of their nationals’ innocence.Eleven Indonesian pilgrims, who arrived in the holy city of Makkah to perform Umrah, were detained on religious charges of practicing “shirk” (associating...
JEDDAH: Police at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh arrested a Saudi hacker after a government organization in Al-Leith in Makkah complained that he had hacked its website, according to an online newspaper.Col. Atti Al-Qurashi, spokesman for Makkah police, said that the accused was detained to record his statement...
JEDDAH: The special criminal court has sentenced a former military official to nine years in jail for joining Daesh and traveling to Syria to fight.A fine of SR5,000 was also slapped on him and he was barred from traveling abroad for nine years after serving his term. He has also been convicted of disobeying the ruler by tr...
JEDDAH: Saudi-Indian ties have reached a new high with the arrival of an Indian Air Force (IAF) flying contingent at the King Fahd Air Base in Taif.The mission, comprising more than 100 high-ranking IAF officers and airmen onboard Sukhoi MKI fighter aircraft, C-17 Globe Masters, C-130 Super Hercules and IL-78 aircraft, land...
RIYADH: A tripartite agreement among the National Handicraft Program, Prisons Department and the Technical and Vocational Training Corp. (TVTC) was recently signed in the presence of Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH), to provide training in handicrafts for...
JEDDAH: British authorities have opened investigations into the plane crash that led to the death of three members of the Binladin family.Investigations depend on the black box which registers the entire plane’s data, including speed, position of mobile parts and communications between the pilot and the control tower. Exper...
JAZAN: In a tragic accident, a speeding fuel truck caused four deaths and injuries to many people when it collided head on with five cars on the northern entrance of Abu Areesh area of Jazan, according to a website.The truck deviated from its path and crashed into a number of cars. Red Crescent and the Civil Defense teams r...
Mohammed Mokammel Hossain, labor consul, Bangladesh Consulate, Jeddah * Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most? Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah.* Can you tell us your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word? Insha’Allah. * Which book is now on your bedside? From Third World to First, by Lee Kuan Y...
JEDDAH: The city and its surrounding areas sweltered on Monday, with the maximum temperature rising to 44 degree Celsius and relative humidity being recorded at 85 percent. The weather department has forecast a similar situation in Jeddah on Tuesday. Raaid Hassan from the Presidency of Metrology (PME) said the weather was h...

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BEIRUT: Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate captured at least five more US-trained fighte...

DIYARBAKIR: Two soldiers were killed in southeastern Turkey on Tuesday when a mi...

DUBAI: Italy’s foreign minister arrived in Tehran on Tuesday, the latest in a se...

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MOSCOW: Russia pressed a claim at the United Nations Tuesday for an additional 1...

GENEVA: More than 2,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to Eu...

PRISTINA: Kosovo lawmakers have approved a law to set up a special war crimes co...

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian opposition parties and activists kept up pressure on Pri...

SYDNEY: Up to 70 rotting crocodile heads have been found in an old freezer dumpe...

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KAZAN, Russia: Australia dominated the 100-meter backstroke events at the world...

SHANGHAI: Fernando Torres scored with his first touch as Atletico Madrid cruised...

LONDON: The world governing body for athletics (IAAF) on Tuesday dismissed media...

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant hinted that next season may be...

HARARE, Zimbabwe: A sparkling unbeaten double-century opening stand from Martin...

ECONOMY »

LONDON: Oil is an inherently cyclical business. The point is remarkably simple but it is amazing how often it gets forgotten by forecasters and investors.In the century a...
JEDDAH: Growth in Saudi Arabia’s nonoil private sector rose in July after hitting a record low in June, a survey of businesses showed.The seasonally adjusted Emirates NBD Saudi Arabia Purchasing Managers’ Index climbed to 57.7 points last month from 56.1 in June, which was its lowest level since the survey was launched in A...
ATHENS: Greece’s banking stocks plunged for the second day in a row on Tuesday, holding down the main Athens index which otherwise turned the corner after the previous day’s record rout.Nineteen of the exchange’s 25 blue-chip stocks rose on the day, and the main index, of which around 20 percent is banks, was down only 1.2...
JEDDAH: The Saudi work force must double its productivity in order to maintain the current rate of economic growth over the next 50 years, given expected demographic trends, says eminent author Jonathan Woetzel.“Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s fastest aging populations. That said today it has a relatively youthful work f...
SHANGHAI: Two Chinese smartphone makers pushed US technology giant Apple into third place in the world’s biggest market in the second quarter, an independent analyst firm said Monday.Upstart Xiaomi, known for delivering high-performance products at cheap prices, was the largest smartphone vendor in China based on shipments...
TOKYO: Toyota said quarterly net profit jumped 10 percent from a year earlier and raised its fiscal-year revenue forecast but warned over prospects in China, the world’s biggest vehicle market.The Corolla and Camry maker reported net profit of 646 billion yen ($5.2 billion) in the three months to June, beating analyst expec...
SINGAPORE: US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for countries negotiating a major Pacific Rim trade deal to overcome differences that have stalled its conclusion.Speaking in Singapore, Kerry said the so-called “Trans Pacific Partnership” would benefit the people of all nations involved and serve as a model for respon...
FRANKFURT: German automaker BMW said that weaker demand from China could weigh on its full-year earnings, as it reported a slight drop in its second-quarter profits.Chief financial officer Friedrich Eichiner said the world’s most populous country, a robust source of growth for German car manufacturers in recent years, was n...
JEDDAH: Most major Gulf stock markets fell after Brent oil tumbled 5 percent, briefly falling below $50 per barrel, although some supportive economic and corporate news softened the blow.Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All-Share Index edged down 0.6 percent as petrochemicals giant Saudi Basic Industries slipped 1.4 percent. The firm...
LONDON: Gold rose on Tuesday as the dollar weakened after soft US economic data, while platinum and palladium hit multi-year lows on oversupply and sluggish autocatalyst demand.Platinum dipped to its lowest since January 2009 at $940.50 an ounce, while palladium hit a near three-year low of $586.30 an ounce.Spot gold was up...
LONDON: Oil prices are unlikely to recover soon as Saudi Arabia’s drive to boost its refining activities is expected to force refineries elsewhere to slow down their operations, thus creating an even bigger glut of unwanted crude oil.Two big new refineries in Saudi Arabia are adding to growing supplies of diesel and jet fue...
Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman has recently honored Panda Retail Company for its active contribution in setting up Khair Makkah welfare investment project, the proceeds of which will go to Disabled Children's Association.Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Disabled Children's Assoc...
NEW YORK: Oil sank to six-month lows on Monday with Brent crude falling below $50 a barrel on sluggish US and Chinese economic data and bets for weaker gasoline consumption in the US after tearaway demand earlier in the summer.Evidence of growing global oversupply and a stock market collapse in China, the world’s largest en...
 
 

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Every journey begins with a first step. For 28-year-old Saudi sculptor Faisal Alahmad it began a decade ago when he decided to travel to the United States for his education. Before finding his true calling in San Francisco, where he is presently pursuing a degree in fine art sculpture from the Academy of Art University, his academic journey took...

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WASHINGTON: Microsoft began rolling out its Windows 10 operating system Wednesday, aiming to revive the tech giant’s fortunes, especially in mobile and the “Internet of Things.”
The stakes are high for Microsoft as it pushes out the new operating system for both traditional computers and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
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Gloomy under eye circles is one of the biggest beauty problems women face. The discoloration of the skin under the eye is usually referred to as dark circles. It is also known as dark rings or shadows.
Doctors say the causes behind the formation of dark circles include inheritance, aging, dry skin, prolonged crying, working for long hours i...

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Alexandria was known as the Hamptons of Egypt. It was the summer destination for the Egyptian rich, famous and royalty. The beautiful beach shore side and great weather is a major attraction for both locals and tourists.

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Having pets and children under one roof can be worrying at times. When it comes to cats, they can sometimes carry diseases, but there are very few diseases that are transmissible from cats to humans. Doctors recommend keeping the cat indoors and away from roaming cats, this is one of the safest ways to keep the cat free from disease and parasite.If your children are cat lovers, then you should be wary of pets or rather some unwanted visitors they may be carrying — affecting the children’s brains, according to a new research.According to a study by The Journal of Parasitology, parasites carried by cats are linked to reduced reading and memory aptitude in children. Toxoplasma gondii is a...
During my recent trip to Kuwait, I was looking forward to enjoying a good meal so I asked Kuwaitis and expats living in Kuwait City to give me their favorite restaurant. To be fair, it is an impossible task to name the best restaurant because there are different categories of restaurants. However, it soon became apparent that one name kept coming up, “Peacock,” the Chinese restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel. This not only underlines the popularity of Chinese cooking in the world but it also shows the restaurant’s remarkable management: their attention to service, presentation, quality and taste of food combined with a degree of vision and steadfastness of purpose. As a result, “Peacock”...
CHICAGO: Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids it may signal emotional troubles that should be checked out.Preschool-aged children who are extremely selective about what they eat and dislike even being near certain foods are more likely than others to have underlying anxiety or depression, the new study found. But only 3 percent of young children studied were that picky.Less severe pickiness, dubbed “moderate selected eating” in the US study, was found in about 18 percent of kids. These are children who will only eat a narrow range of foods. Kids with either level of pickiness were almost two...

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LOS ANGELES: Singer Gwen Stefani has filed for divorce from rockstar husband Gavin Rossdale after 13 years of marriage, several news reports said on Monday.In her divorce petition, Stefani, 45, cited irreconcilable differences and asked for joint custody of the couple’s three children, 9-year-old Kingston, 6-year-old Zuma and 1-year-old Apollo, celebrity websites TMZ and People.com said.Rossdale, 49, filed his response at the same time and also asked for joint custody, TMZ reported.Neither Stefani nor Rossdale’s attorneys immediately responded to e-mails seeking comment.The couple has been...
NEW YORK: Not even Barack Obama wants to see him go. But after informing and entertaining American viewers for 16 years, Jon Stewart will present his final episode of “The Daily Show” on Thursday.The content and guests on the last program on Comedy Central are a closely guarded secret, but it is scheduled to last an hour, twice as long as normal.“Let me make something clear, I’m not dying,” joked Stewart last week as fans wondered how they could follow a new presidential race without him slamming the candidates four nights a week.The native New Yorker, 52, funny, pitiless and firmly left of...

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