The Saudi-led international coalition declared Tuesday the end of its military campaign four weeks after launching airstrikes on the Houthi positions in Yemen, saying the militia’s threat to the Kingdom and its neighbors had been neutralized.The coalition has “ended Operation Decisive Storm based on a request by the Yemeni government and President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi,” said its spokesman, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri.However, he said the coalition would continue to impose a naval blockade on Yemen and target any movements by the Houthi forces.A coalition statement said that the next phase of campaign titled “Operation Restoring Hope” was aimed at resuming the political process in Yemen, delivering aid and fighting terrorism in the country.The Defense Ministry said in a statement that the airstrikes had managed “to successfully remove threats” to Saudi Arabia’s security and that of neig...
TOKYO: A Japan Railway maglev train hit 603 km per hour on an experimental track in Yamanashi Tuesda...
Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif will arrive in the Kingdom on Thursday to meet Custodian of the Two H...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has emphasized the remarkable progress achieved by Saudi education sector as a result of the relentless efforts of its rulers and citizens since the time of King Abdul Aziz.“In the past, people used to approach the mosque imam for help in reading a letter. Now you will not find a man or a woman who cannot read or write. There are one or two or three universities in each region...
LONDON: Genetic sequence data on two of the deadliest yet most poorly understood viruses are to be made available to researchers worldwide in real time as scientists seek to speed up understanding of Ebola and MERS.The project, led by British scientists with West African and Saudi collaboration, hopes to encourage laboratories around the world to use the live data — updated as new cases emerge — to find new ways to diagno...

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The leader of the Houthis is copying almost verbatim the speeches of the head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah organization, according to two Gulf intellectuals.Abdul Hamid Al-Ansari, professor of Islamic law at Qatar University, reportedly said the speech recently delivered by Abdul Malik Al-Houthi combined...
Gambia declared on Tuesday its support for the Saudi-led coalition which aims to restore the legitimate government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.“Gambia strongly commends Saudi Arabia for the decisive role it is playing in the fight against Houthi terrorists,” said the Gambian Embassy.Gambia also expressed sup...
A four-member Maltese delegation met with representatives from King Khaled University (KKU) in Abha last week to discuss collaboration on the teaching of English and developing expertise in translating from English into Arabic.Juanito Camilleri, university of Malta rector, and his team met with KKU Dean of Faculty Abdullah...
The strength of a nation and its ability to compete globally depends on the education of its youth at university level, according to Crown Prince Muqrin, deputy premier.Opening a forum and exhibition on inventions at King Saud University (KSU) recently, Prince Muqrin said several countries around the world were developing k...
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has ordered an investigation into the beating of a Saudi woman by a man at Mahmal shopping center in downtown Jeddah. The police arrested the 48-year-old Saudi man at a hotel after a video of the crime went viral on social media on Monday.The man attacked his victim outside a shop selling...
The 51st group of graduates from the Islamic University in Madinah were urged on Monday to protect their religion by avoiding acts that might divide Muslims.Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman was among those who attended the ceremony in the city. Officials said the graduates and students backed the decision by the Kingdo...
A man claiming to be a spiritual healer has announced that he converted a jinn to Islam on Twitter, according to a report in a local newspaper recently.The man who uses ruqya, the reciting of Qur’anic verses to heal people, published the supposed conversation he had with the jinn on his Twitter account, which has 16,000 fol...
The Riyadh-based King Abdullah International Center for Arabic Language (KAICAL) recently hosted an international forum for Arabic language faculties and departments from various Saudi universities and their counterparts in China, in order to further the recognition of Arabic as an important global language.The event was he...
The two Filipino domestic workers rescued recently by the labor office in Hail finally left for home on Sunday. Marcelina Janapin, 46, and Rowena Perea, 42, thanked Arab News for publicizing their case, and the Labor Ministry’s Hail Director General Saleh Al-Ahmari, and Ameera Luna Domingo, a Filipino community leader, for...
“The role of Saudi women in the labor market has been rapidly increasing. This requires the opening of 17 technical women’s colleges in two years in addition to 18 colleges of excellence (CoE),” said Fahd Al-Otaibi, TVTC spokesman.A total of 110,357 Saudi women applied for admission at 35 TVTC women’s colleges. The TVTC, ac...
NASHVILLE, Tennessee: A Saudi engineer taking up advanced studies in Tennessee has been awarded a medal of honor by the Phi Kappa Phi, one of the oldest academic organizations in the United States.Samer bin Saeed Al-Qahtani, who finished his masters degree in the University of Tennessee, was also admitted as member of the P...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ordered the National Guard to participate in the Operation Decisive Storm aimed at restoring legitimacy in Yemen, National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah announced Tuesday.“All sectors of the National Guard are well-prepared to take part in the operation along with...
Sayidaty magazine has recognized the outstanding contribution of 37 Saudi women in different walks of life such as education, health, media, arts and economics.Princess Hussa bint Salman bin Abdulaziz, who attended the Creativity Awards 2015, praised the winners for their work in advancing the country and the cause of women...

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GAZA: Palestinian Cabinet ministers from the occupied West Bank cut short a visi...

BAGHDAD: Iraq security forces recaptured areas lost earlier to the Islamic State...

CAIRO: Mortar fire killed two five-year-old boys Monday in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsu...

BAGHDAD: The body of a man believed to be Ezzat Al-Douri, top aide to Iraq’s exe...

CAIRO: An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President...

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BOSTON: Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is “America’s worst nightmare” and deser...

NEW DELHI: Two thousand girls are “killed” everyday due to a preference for sons...

BEIJING: A pioneering plane attempting to circumnavigate the globe powered only...

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s main opposition demanded Tuesday the country’s anti-graft c...

NEW DELHI: Farmers in central India continued Tuesday to stand in murky, chest-d...

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CHICAGO: Melky Cabrera capped Chicago’s four-run ninth inning with an RBI single...

The Pakistani pair of Rana Irfan and Amin Rashid won a three-way battle for the...

CHICAGO: Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career high of 31 points as the Chicago B...

SYDNEY: Guangzhou Evergrande led a trio of teams into the AFC Champions League l...

MANILA: Manny Pacquiao's face is on shirts, dolls and postage stamps, his life s...

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RIYADH: The Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) will organize roadshows for foreign investors in the fourth quarter of this year as it opens to direct foreign investment in li...
Ali Bondagjy, a senior Saudi Arabian Airlines executive, has been appointed by SkyTeam as its alliance operations manager at organization’s headquarters in the Netherlands. Bondagjy has assumed his new position, which he won after competing with executives of other airlines who are members in the 20-member alliance.As opera...
NEW YORK: World oil prices will rise “substantially” in the coming months after hitting the bottom of a months-long rout several weeks ago, with a supply squeeze looming as early as this summer, according to PIRA Energy’s Gary Ross.The “magic of price” has caused a rapid resurgence in global oil demand and triggered a surpr...
DUBAI: Lower oil prices are likely to cause Abu Dhabi’s residential property sector to stabilize in 2015 following a two-year price boom as sentiment weakens and government spending in some areas slows, industry consultants say.A slew of new residential units was released in 2009-12, just when demand was hit by the global f...
MOSCOW: Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has estimated that the Russian economy shrank by two percent in the first quarter due to sanctions pressure and low oil prices.If confirmed, that would be the first quarterly contraction since 2009. Medvedev warned lawmakers the situation could worsen further, in contrast to President...
ZURICH: Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said a strong performance by its investment banking unit helped first quarter net profit rise by 23 percent to 1.05 billion Swiss francs (1.02 billion euros, $1.1 billion), outstripping forecasts by analysts.Its investment bank posted a 14 percent rise in pre-tax profits to 945 mill...
Etihad Etisalat announced its unaudited financial statements for the first quarter 2015 ending March 31, 2015. The company managed to reduce its losses to SR199 million in comparison to SR3.410 billion during the previous quarter with 94 percent.Deputy CEO Serkan Okandan said: “Mobily is committed to two main priorities: fi...
Naif Al-Rajhi Investment Company signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Dubai-based Union Properties Real Estate Company in Riyadh to set up a limited liability company specialized in real estate investment and development in the Kingdom .Naif bin Saleh Al-Rajhi, CEO of Naif Al-Rajhi Investment Company and Ahme...
FRANKFURT: Investor sentiment in Germany fell for the first time in six months in April on concerns about weak global growth, a survey showed, but analysts were confident that recovery in Europe’s biggest economy remains intact.The widely watched investor confidence index calculated by the ZEW economic institute slipped by...
HOUSTON: Halliburton Co. has cut 9,000 jobs — more than 10 percent of its workforce — in about six months and is considering more cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices sap demand for its drilling help.Halliburton executives disclosed the job cuts on a conference call with investors.The Houston oilfield-services company r...
SHENZHEN, China: China can only ensure its information security in the long run if it keeps its market open to the best technology products, be they foreign or domestic, Huawei’s rotating CEO Eric Xu said.Xu’s remarks are a rare example of a top Chinese CEO openly questioning the direction of Beijing’s information security...
Dubai Investments PJSC, a leading investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is showcasing a wide-ranging portfolio of innovative and energy-efficient products and solutions at the water, energy, technology and environment exhibition (WETEX) 2015, currently under way at Dubai World Trade Center.In line with it...
DUBAI: Dubai’s drive to develop its Islamic finance sector is fueling growth of Shariah-compliant banking but the benefits are unevenly distributed, with some lenders struggling to compete against burgeoning competition.In 2013, Dubai’s government announced plans to turn the emirate into a center for an “Islamic economy” wi...

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French President Francois Hollande on Friday stepped 36,000 years back in time into a darkened, cool cave to admire the earliest known figurative paintings of hands, bears, rhinos and panthers.
But he was actually above ground, inaugurating a giant, millimeter-by-millimeter exact replica of the closely guarded Grotte Chauvet in southern Fra...

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Slowly but steadily, Saudi Arabia is becoming less vulnerable to cybertattacks as compared to a couple of years ago, but figures show that a lot still needs be done.
Among the vulnerable countries in the world for overall cyber security, the Kingdom was at the 36th position in 2013, but it climbed down to the 42nd position in the following...

FASHION »

The year 2015 just began and we’ve already had some huge makeup launches and new trends emerging. Last year introduced us to some amazing beauty tricks and looks. However, there are some trends that we can well do without this year. Jeddah’s beauty guru Nilo Haq brings to you a list of beauty trends that need to go in 2015.

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Italian island Sicilia is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is surrounded by smaller islands and is collectively called the Sicilian region.
Sicily is the meeting point between Africa and Europe, the East and the West. This beautiful island is a hub of the Mediterranean culture and one of Italy’s more alluring destinations....

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After giving birth, all mothers think about losing weight as soon as possible. Many of them are harsh on themselves as they try to cut down calories from the diet they followed when they were pregnant.Doctors recommend new mothers to stay on an even healthier diet to give their baby healthy nutrition. “Nursing mothers should give close attention to what they are eating, their breast milk should meet their baby’s nutritional needs,” said pediatrician Dr. Osama Khalid. “If the mother’s diet is low in calories or it relies on one food group, it can affect the quality and quantity of her milk,” he said. When mothers start breastfeeding, they might feel extra hungry throughout the day. “Mothers...
The coconut and its water, milk, and oil have endless health benefits. Last week in Part 3, I expounded on coconut oil’s myriads of uses for the care of the skin, ranging from the aesthetic aspect to maintaining healthy skin and healing infections like skin and nail fungal infections (athlete’s foot and others) to preventing wrinkles and signs of premature skin aging. However, there is one more thing I would like to add about coconut oil. It has dual effects. It provides the sun protection factor (SPF) of around 10. But because the oil is a mild sun protector, it allows the sun’s ultraviolet rays to penetrate the skin to synthesize much-needed vitamin D. However to increase SPF, mix it with...
During the last forty years, the interest in homeopathy has grown as an increasing number of people realize that conventional medicine cannot cure all diseases and the treatments also cause serious side effects. However, there are many misunderstandings regarding homeopathy and ‘Complete Guide to Homeopathy: The Principles and Practice of Treatment’ explains in a clear and easy language what homeopathy is and how it can be used safely and effectively to treat common complaints. The principles and practice of homeopathy have remained largely unchanged since their introduction about two centuries ago. This complete guide to homeopathy begins with a section which looks at the history of...

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Hazem Aljesr spent his early years in Lebanon, where he was born and Saudi Arabia where he was brought up. He continued...
It takes a lot of courage and sacrifice to pursue your dream, to fight for that passion. One man did just that — Dr. Abdulhakeem Jomah announced last week that he will be pursuing acting and will be enrolled in the New York Film Academy later on this month. A lot of you might see this as a “crazy” decision but for Abdulhakeem, it is a chance he had to take! Arab News sat down with him and had the below chat:What inspired you initially to become a doctor?Abdulhakeem: A good thing to know here is that my paternal grandfather never wanted my father to be a doctor due to the hardships it ensued,...
NEW YORK: The New York Times won two prestigious Pulitzer prizes late Monday for coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, described by the Pulitzer board as courageous and vivid journalism that engaged the public and held authorities accountable.The Pulitzer for Public Service, announced at Columbia University, went to Charleston, South Carolina’s Post and Courier for its series on domestic violence.The Pulitzers honor extraordinary work in US journalism, literature, drama and other areas and bring welcome attention and recognition to newspapers and websites.“Till Death Do Us Part” by...

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