Beirut: Dozens were killed Wednesday when Syrian rebels set off a powerful tunnel explosion targeting an intelligence headquarters in Aleppo and clashed with regime forces, a monitor said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blast hit a building housing the air force intelligence offices in the west of Syria’s second city and was followed by heavy clashes.“The explosion and the fighting caused dozens of deaths on both sides,” the Britain-based group said, adding that part of the building had collapsed.The clashes pitted rebels from several factions against government troops supported by fighters from Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, it said.An AFP journalist in eastern Aleppo said the blast was loud enough to be heard across the city and some residents said it had felt like an earthquake.A Syrian military source confirme...
Saudi Arabia and South Korea signed five key accords on Tuesday in Riyadh including a plan to study...
Saudi Arabia has 21 women ranked in the top 100 list of the most powerful Arab women, determined by...
Geneva: The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged a dramatic drop in the consumption of sugar, “hidden” in everything from sodas and ketchup, as it steps up the fight against obesity.The UN health agency had previously issued guidelines that sugars should make up less than 10 percent of a person’s total daily energy intake, but in a new twist urged countries to strive for half that.Setting the bar at five percent w...
Montreux, Switzerland: The US and Iran ignored a passionate plea from the Israeli prime minister to ditch their nuclear negotiations and held a third straight day of talks Wednesday seeking a framework deal in a few weeks.US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif were back at the negotiating table in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux, and met for more than three hours Wednesday as...

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The historic pilgrimage route from Iraq to the holy city of Makkah — Darb Zubaida — is the new entry from the Kingdom for UNESCO’s world heritage list.After successful quest last year for historic Jeddah to be listed, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) began preparations for add...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Tuesday awarded diplomat Abdullah Al-Khaledi with the King Abdul Aziz Medal of the Third Order to mark his safe return to the Kingdom after three years as an Al-Qaeda prisoner.Al-Khaledi, the Saudi consul in Aden, met with the king and other members of the royal family and go...
A total of 306 recruitment firms and offices have now published their hiring rates on the Labor Ministry’s services and information portal.The information, which is available on the ministry’s Musaned site, is mandatory because the government wants to ensure transparency in hiring procedures, and competition between provide...
Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal is expected to return to the Kingdom on Wednesday after undergoing a successful back surgery in the United States.According to a report carried by sabq.org, Prince Saud will meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Riyadh and address a joint press conference on Thursday.Prince Sau...
The Kingdom recently confirmed its commitment to promote and protect human rights as per the principles of Shariah law, with a especial emphasis on security, stability, and prosperity. Authorities consider these are essential factors to support sustainable development and ensure human rights are protected through sound laws...
Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saud, the president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), has called on the private sector to fund scientific research projects which will ultimately benefit the nation.Speaking at a ceremony in Riyadh on Tuesday, he announced the winners of the Almarai Prize for S...
The Office of Call and Guidance in north Riyadh reported on Monday that 618 people from France, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar and Ghana had embraced Islam.Deputy Director Sheikh Abdul Hakim Al-Jasser said that the reversions occurred only in the first quarter of 1436. Thanks to incent...
Saudi journalist Mohammad Al-Thubaiti died on Tuesday at King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Dammam, as investigations were completed into an alleged medical error committed by a health worker at the facility.The medical committee investigating the matter has reportedly completed its investigation and handed the case over to t...
A security expert has emphasized the need for collaboration in order to protect society against cybertattacks during the 6th annual Cyber Defense Summit in Riyadh on Monday.“Cyber security is no longer just an information technology priority. It must be addressed at the broad level,” said Yesser Deputy Director General Ahma...
The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) said that it has detected a shortage in the number of beds in the Al-Amal Complex for Mental Health.The refusal of some families to come forward and take their family members who have recovered has led to an increasing crisis in the complex due to the overcrowding of the hospital...
The Ministry of Health recorded 2,139 domestic violence and abuse cases at its facilities in 2014, with married women, children and the elderly being the main victims.The ministry’s department of domestic violence and mental health stated that the Eastern Province recorded 466 cases, about 21.8 percent of the total. Jeddah...
A Saudi rapist was beheaded in Bisha in Asir on Tuesday, according to the Interior Ministry.Muhammad Al-Bishi was charged with raping a minor girl at gun point. This is besides his attempts to break into houses and attempt to rape several women, as well as attempting to kidnap children and women after threatening to kill th...
The Health Ministry found 302 violations and closed 32 health facilities during the last month, according to a senior official.Dr. Ali Az-Zawawi, undersecretary to private sector facilities at the MoH, said on Monday, authorities also took action against 63 medical and paramedical staff for violating the Kingdom’s health re...

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Kirkuk, Iraq: Concern mounted Wednesday over the fate of civilians in Tikrit whe...

SANAA: Yemen’s president on Tuesday offered the Saudi capital Riyadh as a possib...

DOHA: A fatwa from a Qatari-owned online portal has been widely circulated by Eg...

LONDON: The London graduate believed to be Islamic State executioner “Jihadi Joh...

Kirkuk, Iraq: Iraqi forces closed in on Tikrit Tuesday, their progress slowed by...

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NEW DELHI: India has banned the broadcasting of a controversial documentary in w...

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OSLO: The committee that picks the Nobel Peace Prize demoted its chairman on Tue...

ISLAMABAD: India’s foreign secretary said during a rare visit to Pakistan that t...

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SYDNEY: A hat trick from record signing Ricardo Goulart held off strong-finishin...

ATLANTA: Atlanta showed why it is top of the NBA standings by coming from 18 poi...

Manny Pacquiao called his boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather "the fight of my...

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Saudi Plastic & Petrochem 2015 and Saudi Print & Pack 2015 successfully concluded the three-day run with an attendance of more than 9,700 trade visitors. The show...
BERLIN: Qatar Airways will take delivery of its second Airbus A350 on Wednesday and expects to receive seven more this year, Chief Executive Akbar Al-Baker said.Qatar Airways has ordered 80 of the newest European long-haul jet, which is designed to compete with Boeing 787 and 777.Speaking at a news conference at the ITB tra...
BERLIN: Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi said on Wednesday he expected oil prices, which hit a near six-year low in January, to stabilize, signaling cautious optimism about the market outlook.Giving a speech in the German capital, the minister also urged non-OPEC producers to help balance the oil mar...
DUBAI: Most Gulf stock markets edged down in slow trade on Wednesday after a mixed set of corporate news failed to boost investor sentiment.Saudi Arabia's main Tadawul All-Share Index slipped 0.3 percent to 9,463 points after rising for three sessions in a row. The market saw some profit-taking as it approached its February...
HONG KONG: Asia-focused Standard Chartered bank said net profit fell 37 percent in 2014, the second consecutive year of decline, almost a week after announcing two of its top bosses would leave in a reshuffle aimed at transforming its fortunes.The British lender said net profit came in at $2.51 billion for the year, down fr...
MUMBAI: India’s central bank has announced a second surprise cut in interest rates in two months as it forecast a further easing of inflation, triggering a surge in share prices.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) lowered the benchmark repo rate — the level at which it lends to commercial banks — by 25 basis points to 7.5 perce...
PARIS: French nuclear group Areva has confirmed record net losses in 2014 of 4.8 billion euros ($5.3 billion) after it was forced to absorb costs linked to delays to its flagship next-generation reactor.The mostly state-owned company, which had forecast losses of 4.9 billion euros, said it would make savings worth around on...
The National Computer Systems Company (Natcom) has been awarded the HP Partner of the Year award.The HP World Tour event took place in Riyadh where Ali Alireza, chairman of Natcom, received the award from Peter Ryan, SVP of Enterprise Group and MD of HP EMEA. Also present was Alaa Alhimy, MEMA EG director, Khaled Al-Dhaher,...
Saudi Plastic & Petrochem 2015 and Saudi Print & Pack 2015 successfully concluded the three-day run with an attendance of more than 9,700 trade visitors. The shows, which were organized by Riyadh Exhibitions Company and held at the Jeddah Center for Forums & Events, witnessed the participation of more than 300 c...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), signed an MoU with Hank Ahn, chairman and CEO of Korea Investment Corporation (KIC) in Riyadh. This strategic partnership aims at generating opportunities in private equity investments and the exchange of investment opportunities between both parties glob...
The energy division of Yusuf Bin Ahmed Company Ltd. inaugurated a 60 kW solar power plant to provide green energy to their facility in the presence of South Korean Consul General Nakyoung Oh and Khalid bin Mohammed Kanoo Group Deputy Chairman Ahmed Fawzi Kanoo, area manager-Western Province.This power plant was built with K...
GENEVA: Top automakers are vowing not to give up on weak-selling electric vehicles — even as they unveil an array of powerful luxury cars with conventional engines aimed at a growing global automarket.BMW AG CEO Norbert Reithofer said that at the Geneva International Motor Show that his company cannot do without battery-pow...
More than SR2 trillion have been invested in 6,871 industries across the Kingdom, said Commerce and Industry Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Tuesday, adding that the industrial sector employs 935,000 people, mostly expats.Addressing the industrial opportunities forum in Riyadh, he emphasized Saudi Arabia’s determination to inc...

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Dareen M. Edress is the marketing manager of “Ba9ma Banat,” an innovative institution that revives the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) among young girls through different programs and interesting products such as calendars, diaries and books comprising the sayings of the Prophet (pbuh).
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PASADENA, California: A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet.
The Dawn craft will slip into orbit Friday around Ceres, a dwarf planet the size of Texas. Unlike robotic landings or other orbit captures, the arrival won’t be a nail-biter. Still, Dawn had to...

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The world of style is considered a non-stop line of work where every day starts with thinking really big to create something magical. It never stays the same because that would be rendered as fusty. And one vital part of it all looks into women’s obsession with their shoes which are witnessing a revolution in ways never heard or seen before. I’m...

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If you are interested in majestic landforms, scenic drives, pleasant weather, a place where ancient meets contemporary, and a small town vibe, then the city of Sedona is the place for you. Upon entering the city limits, its charm and striking backdrop will pull you instantly. A magnificent destination for international travelers and a quick reju...

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When I first heard that Em Sherif has franchised to Dubai, I couldn’t stop myself from booking a table there. The Lebanese restaurant will also open its doors in Jeddah soon. Located in the outdoor area of the Address Downtown hotel in Dubai and overviewing the Dubai Mall’s famous dancing fountain, the restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating for 300 diners at once. The outdoor seating area comprises white steel chairs and marble tables with romantic candlelight set up. Shisha is also served here. The inside decor features a Mediterranean touch, with silver blue walls, beautiful coral chandeliers and black wooden tables with velvet armchairs and black wooden chairs with blue...
Last week, I wrote about ways to protect children and adults from everyday toxic bombardments. I also started with what Christopher Gavigan, author of Healthy Child, Healthy World and CEO and Executive Director of the non-profit www.healthychild.org, recommends of healthy practices to parents in order to reduce toxins in their children’s lives. In the previous article, I stopped at chemicals in processed, fried, and fast foods, soda and sweetened beverages, and additives (colorings, preservatives) in foods and medicines, which have become part of our children’s daily consumption. Today I will continue with Gavigan’s recommendations:• Overcleaning and sterilizing children’s environments...
About 90 percent of camels in the Gulf region are carriers of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which requires the urgent need for a vaccine, according to a leading Health Ministry official.In addition, the virus can be transmitted over a 1-meter distance, Abdullah Asiri, undersecretary for preventative health at the ministry, was quoted as saying in a local publication on Tuesday.Asiri said that 50 percent of camels in Al-Ahsa region carry the virus. A person who comes into contact with infected camels can transmit the virus to family members without showing symptoms of the disease, he said.He said mass extermination of these camels was not an acceptable solution...

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LONDON: India's IT hub Bangalore and Pakistan's financial capital Karachi have emerged as the world's cheapest cities to...
Kuwaiti perfumer Mohammed Ne’emah built a business based on his passion. He started small and now is the face of Ne’emah. His journey as a perfumer started when he was a teenager, his love for perfumes came from his parents who own a huge collection of scents. “I believe I am blessed with a unique gift, a great sense of smell,” he said. “I love adventure and innovation and it is from my travels worldwide that I pick up different memories to create beautiful fragrances,” he added. We spoke to the famous perfume guru who enlightened us about himself, his life and his passion. What first got you...
MUMBAI: After delivering a critically acclaimed performance in ‘Baby’, anticipation is already building for actor Akshay Kumar’s much awaited edge-of-the-seat thriller ‘Airlift’.Known for getting into the skin of a character, Akshay has been busy taking diction classes to learn Arabic, so that he can meticulously perfect the dialect and other nuances in order to play the role of Indian-Arab billionaire ‘Ranjit Katiyal’, who plans an ambitious evacuation mission to rescue 170,000 Indians in Kuwait during the Iraq invasion.Akshay plays the role of a UAE resident; the actor will also be required...

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