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...
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani and Indian border guards traded gunfire and mortar shells Tuesday along their d...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has condemned and denounced the heinous terrorist crime carried out by Israeli...
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...
JERUSALEM: Israel said Tuesday it was interrogating the suspected head of a Jewish extremist group in the first arrest of an Israeli suspect following last week’s arson attack in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian toddler and wounded his brother and parents.According to the Shin Bet security agency, 23-year-old Meir Ettinger was arrested late Monday for “involvement in an extremist Jewish organization.”The agency wou...

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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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JERUSALEM: A French Christian tourist was assaulted by four Palestinians on Tues...

JERUSALEM: Israel said Tuesday it was interrogating the suspected head of a Jewi...

DOHA: Iran’s nuclear deal should bring stability and “good neighborliness” rathe...

ADEN: Fighters loyal to Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, bolstered by...

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s government said Monday it is ready to offer rebels battling it...

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Southeast Asian nations want China to stop land reclamat...

DHAKA: Protests erupted Tuesday in southwestern Bangladesh after a mechanic alle...

KABUL: Afghanistan’s Taliban on Tuesday urged followers to disregard “enemy prop...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani and Indian border guards traded gunfire and mortar shells T...

YANGON: Monsoon rains have claimed hundreds of lives across Asia, authorities re...

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

NOTTINGHAM, Endland: Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has insisted he is r...

VANCOUVER: Fiji fired a warning shot to Rugby World Cup hosts England here Monda...

MINNEAPOLIS: The Minnesota Timberwolves have completed their one-year contract w...

ARLINGTON, Texas: Texas’ Adrian Beltre became the first major leaguer since the...

ECONOMY »

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...
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...
DUBAI: Oman has ramped up its oil production to a record high in June, adding to a global supply glut that has hit oil prices, as the Gulf Arab country compensates for the drop in its oil revenue.June production reached 992,700 barrels per day of crude oil and light oil condensate, the highest ever according to official rec...
The flow of UK data releases was minimal last week. The most exciting event seemed to be England beating the Australians at cricket. This week will be very different with the flow of UK data releases high and the potential for sterling seeing some significant movement much higher although it would be nice if we continued to...
HONG KONG: HSBC has agreed to sell its Brazilian business to local group Banco Bradesco, the British banking giant announced alongside news of a fall in net profits.Profit after tax fell 3.8 percent to $4.36 billion ( 4.0 billion euros) in the second quarter compared with the same period last year, said HSBC, which is selli...
ATHENS: Greece’s bruising fight with its international creditors sent economic sentiment to its lowest level in nearly three years in July and knocked manufacturing activity down to record lows.The data was released as Greece opened its stock market after a five-week shutdown prompted by the imposition of capital controls....
FRANKFURT: German car makers BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz have teamed up to buy digital mapping service HERE for 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion) from Nokia, the Finnish telecoms group said.The sale “should be concluded in the first quarter of 2016,” Nokia said in a statement, adding that it expected net proceeds from the de...
Whether you are the victim of a solicitous conman offering to help you with the confusion of converting foreign exchange or the target of a more elaborate scam where you and your luggage are easily parted, welcome to the incredibly organised world of airport racketeering. Some of the most sophisticated schemes in skulldugg...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) has tightened restrictions on cash withdrawals from banks using credit cards in an effort to head off any consumer debt problems.“The move by SAMA is in line with global best practice that is mindful of consumers and their protection,” commented John Sfakianakis, Middle East dire...
DUBAI: Dubai's Emaar Properties, builder of the world's tallest tower, reported a 16 percent rise in second-quarter net profit on Sunday as other income increased and it received more money in income tax credits.The developer, in which Dubai's government owns a minority stake, made a net profit of 1.18 billion dirhams ($321...
ALGIERS: OPEC member Algeria has increased crude oil output by 32,000 barrels per day after starting production at two fields, an Energy Ministry official said on Sunday.Production increased on Saturday when the Bir Sebaa field started producing 20,000 bpd in addition to 12,000 bpd from the Bir Msana field in Hassi Messaoud...
DUBAI: Stock markets across the Middle East fell on Sunday after oil prices dropped again and Saudi Arabia, heavily influenced by the petrochemicals sector, led losses, hitting a four-month low.The main Saudi Tadawul All-Share Index sank 3.2 percent to 8,807 points, its biggest daily loss since late March, with nearly all s...
ATHENS: Attention will be focused on Greece’s embattled banks on Monday when the Athens stock exchange reopens after a six-week shutdown over the country’s debt crisis.The banks are in a vulnerable position because of outflows of billions of euros (dollars) from deposits over the past six months.Some 40 billion euros ($44 b...
 
 

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RIYADH: Artists from the Kingdom were the cynosure of all eyes at the Shubbak Festival, a window on contemporary Arab culture, which kicked off on July 11 and concluded on July 26 with a series of events to bring Arab culture to the limelight in London.
Aimed at popularizing the rich Arab culture and celebrate the growing influence of Londo...

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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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Our concept of style is heavily burdened with the prerequisite norm to change it whenever possible. After all, it’s a good thing to do. If we don’t, then we are going to be looked at with abomination. Why risk it when we all know that diversity brings more zing to life!
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RIYADH: A report of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage predicts the rate of growth in job opportunities in the country's tourism sector between 2010 and 2020 will be 10 percent a year as compared to a global growth rate of 2.5 percent for the same period.
The report pointed out that job opportunities in the tourism sect...

FOOD & HEALTH »

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...
Ramadan is a month of fasting and starving the body and soul from food and other temptations. However, this does not prevent people from gaining weight due to all the suhoor and iftar invitations and gatherings. Going back to the regular routine and lifestyle is not easy after the holy month of Ramadan, the body gets used to not consuming food until the sun sets and then consuming large amounts of foods until sunrise. The cherry on the top is Eid, which is Ramadan’s sweet ending. Muslims celebrate this occasion by gathering together around a feast of traditional and international dining tables with plenty of sweets and cakes doing the rounds.“In Ramadan many people put on weight mainly...
She began her career with a government job, but being unsatisfied with it, she decided to have another source of income. And her journey in doing so was short and sweet. With ‘Munch Bakery,’ she created a global brand. We are talking about the brilliant businesswoman Princess Hala bint Mishari Al-Saud, who counts self-confidence, courage and ambition as the driving force behind her success.She said family is the primary motivation for success in public life.“Success increases with the increased faith of the family in the aspirations of the children,” Princess Hala said. She is the only daughter in the family and her mother encouraged her constantly, which made her take steps with confidence...

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LONDON: A small British town has appointed its first resident jester in more than 700 years, naming him in an elaborate...
LONDON: The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, whose first official engagement after welcoming daughter Charlotte in May was in support of youth sailing clubs in Portsmouth, has earned her advanced diving certification.According to The Telegraph, the 33-year-old has earned her advanced open water diving qualification, allowing her to dive to a depth of 98 feet. The qualification was issued by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).A spokesman for the Duchess said, “Diving is something the Duchess very much enjoys, and the Duke of Cambridge, who is of course President of...
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...

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