JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Wednesday emphasized his government’s commitment to address the issues facing businesses and adopt viable steps to woo local and foreign investment.Speaking to business leaders including chairmen of chambers and banks, the king called for the formation of a high-level committee comprising ministers and business executives to discuss all relevant matters in detail.“We are ready to look into your proposals including those to encourage investment. It’s our duty to cooperate with you in this matter. When we have an issue at home, we try to sort it out for the benefit of all,” he said.Saudi Arabia has become a hub for global investors who gain profit by investing their money in the Kingdom, the king said.King Salman reiterated that Saudi Arabia is a free economy that allows free movement of capital. “We provide equal opportunities to al...
KUWAIT CITY: Terror acts and extremism aim to divide Muslim world, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir s...
JEDDAH: The Kingdom has frozen the assets of two Hezbollah members for supporting terrorist operatio...
KARACHI: Pakistan on Thursday executed three Baluch separatists convicted of hijacking a plane in 1998, which they attempted to fly to India to disrupt Islamabad’s first nuclear tests, officials said.The executions were carried out on the 17th anniversary of the tests, which made Pakistan the world’s seventh nuclear-armed power — a landmark event for the impoverished Muslim country of 200 million people.Two of the men, Sh...
HYDERABAD, India: Eating onions, lying in the shade and crowding into rivers, Indians are doing whatever they can to stay cool amid a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.Officials say most of the 1,412 deaths have occurred in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where temperatures have soared to 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit).Officials are warning people to stay...

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JEDDAH: The multimillion-dollar fake degree scandal that is currently roiling Pakistan was first scooped by Arab News in 2009.Pakistan’s top investigative agencies are now carrying out an investigation after the New York Times (NYT) ran a report last week detailing what Arab News had already reveale...
JEDDAH: The Passport Department has warned citizens, residents and business owners against employing or sheltering residency rule violators, saying defaulters would face stiff punishment.“On the basis of royal decrees, those who violate residency and labor regulations will be given the maximum punishment,” the department sa...
JEDDAH: A team of volunteers at Al-Qadeeh’s Ali bin Abi Taleb Mosque completed the restoration and renovation operations in just four days after the terror attack.On Day 2 of the attack, the volunteers embarked on removing all traces of blood on the prayer mats, restored power and equipped the mosque with air conditioners.A...
JEDDAH: Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih said his ministry is taking practical steps to implement health insurance programs for citizens.He said that the number of beneficiaries of treatments through the ministry's health insurance program amounted to 9 million, of whom 3 million are Saudis.The minister was speaking at a pre...
RIYADH: Mobile phone use while driving increases the probability of a traffic accident by as much as four times, said a senior Traffic Department officer.Brig. Gen. Ali Al-Rashidi, director of safety and Riyadh Traffic Department spokesman, said that police can often identify drivers who are busy with cell phone calls as th...
JEDDAH: Wrong or inaccurate interpretation of dreams has grown into a source of conflict and concern for many married couples, often ending in divorce.While dream interpreters often seek money, power and control, many women have been driven by dream interpretations to keep their spouses under surveillance and become wary of...
JEDDAH: Riham Al-Hakami, the Jazan girl who was wrongly given AIDS-infected blood during treatment at a government hospital two years ago, will get a financial compensation of SR500,000, a verdict issued by the legal medical committee said.The girl’s lawyer said he had asked for a compensation of SR50 million considering th...
JEDDAH: Students at Batterjee Medical College (BMC) say that they were taken by surprise when the institution announced an 11 percent fee increase for next year on the day of their examinations. Many have taken to social media to express their resentment at the decision. They claimed they were forced to sign pay agreements...
AL-AHSA: An Egyptian teacher was beaten and shot in the foot here recently, according to a report in a local publication.Abdulmajeed Ali Alsakakri, 38, who works at a private school in Al-Ahsa, claimed he was beaten by two people and then shot. He is undergoing treatment at Al-Ahsa Hospital in Hofuf.A colleague of the victi...
JEDDAH/DAMMAM: Indian students who took this year’s Grade 10 examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have come out with flying colors.The All India Secondary School Examination (AISSE) results were declared on Thursday.At the International Indian School-Jeddah (IISJ), 831 students appeared...
JEDDAH: The Shoura Council is currently reviewing legislation overseeing municipal councils, and has rejected and approved several amendments proposed by the Council of Ministers.In a closed session, the Shoura committee dealing with the law rejected an amendment proposed by the Cabinet specifying that women participating i...
RIYADH: Saudi women make up 51.8 percent of registered students at public universities and 49 percent at private institutions, the Education Ministry announced recently.This has largely been due to the massive spending allocated to education by the government, continuously since the times of the founder King Abdul Aziz up t...
MADINAH: A full investigation is under way at the New Khabir General Hospital following a complaint against the hospital for negligence in the death of a male infant.The mother was in labor with twins and the first baby was delivered normally. There was evidently a problem and the doctors decided on a caesarean section but...

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BAGHDAD: Iraq has exhumed the remains of 470 people believed to have been execut...

BAGHDAD: A senior Islamic State figure known as “the blind judge” has made an ap...

SANAA: A sprawling police camp in Sanaa was hit by coalition airstrikes on Tuesd...

BEIRUT: Islamic State militants shot dead around 20 men inside an ancient amphit...

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WASHINGTON: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is investigat...

LONDON: The European Union must amend its founding treaties to accommodate Brita...

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan: A man claiming to be the former head of ex-Soviet Tajikist...

SYDNEY: The Dalai Lama has urged fellow Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to...

WANG KELIAN, Malaysia: Malaysia said Thursday it believes 139 bodies are buried...

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RIYADH: Ronny Lidman and Jan Frank combined for 49 points, the equivalent of 13-...

NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland: World No. 1 Rory McIlroy faces missing the cut for...

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JEDDAH: Host team ICD won the ICD (Islamic Corporation for the Development of th...

ECONOMY »

JEDDAH: A glimpse of Jeddah’s future status as a smart city can be had at a traveling show of the ongoing and future development projects across the city and the province...
RIYADH: Saudi Ground Services Co, a unit of national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines, has set the price for its 30 percent initial share sale at SR50 per share, a statement from the company’s financial adviser said.The price, set following a book-building process with institutional investors, means the company will raise SR2...
JEDDAH: Commerce and Industry Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah and India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley co-chaired the 11th Saudi-Indian Joint Commission meeting in New Delhi on Thursday, with talks focused on strengthening trade ties.This was the 11th meeting of the joint commission. The last one was held in January 2014 in Riya...
MILAN: Super sports carmaker Lamborghini has confirmed that it will enter the luxury SUV market and signed a deal to produce the new vehicle in Italy after receiving more than 80 million euros ($87 million) in government incentives.Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said at the signing ceremony in Rome with Premier Matteo R...
JEDDAH: Etihad Airways said its profit rose by more than half to $73 million last year as it carried more passengers and used its stakes in other airlines to drive traffic through its Abu Dhabi hub.The government-backed airline said its earnings rose 52 percent over the $48 million it said its stand-alone airline business e...
JEDDAH: Decades after its introduction, the Toyota Camry is still catching the eye of the automobile industry and being showered with awards as if it were the hot new kid on the block.Recently, Kelly Blue Book not only named the 2015 Camry a Best Buy Award Finalist, it awarded the Camry the Best Resale Value Award, in recog...
JEDDAH: Prince Mishaal bin Majed, governor of Jeddah, honored Batterjee Medical College for Science and Technology during the Holy Qu’ran contest for students in public and private universities in the Makkah ProvinceKing Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah organized the event.Hassan Shaibah, BMC dean, who received the honorary...
NEW YORK: General Motors said it will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in more of its Chevrolet models next year, as tech firms seek to expand their reach in the auto world.The smartphone-compatible systems will be offered in 14 models, including the soon-to-be-released Cruze compact car, GM said in a statement.The tech...
ALKHOBAR: Saudi Aramco may raise the number of its oil and gas drilling rigs to as high as 250 next year if oil prices continue to firm and as domestic demand for gas increases, industry sources said.Currently the national energy giant has 212 rigs of both types in operation and that could rise to between 220 and 250 if con...
DUBAI: An jointly-operated onshore oil field between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will remain shut until difficulties to operate there are resolved, a spokeswoman for US oil major Chevron said.The Wafra field was shut for maintenance on May 11 for two weeks in a move apparently aimed at giving the Gulf OPEC allies time to solve...
JEDDAH: Net foreign assets at Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency fell to SR2.546 trillion ($678.8 billion) in April, down by $11.8 billion or 1.7 percent from the previous month as the Kingdom drew on its reserves to cover a budget deficit caused by low oil prices.Assets dropped 6.8 percent from a year earlier to their lowest le...
MANILA: Philippine economic growth in the first quarter slowed to a three-year low of 5.2 percent, well below forecasts, due to lethargic government spending and weak exports, officials said.The expansion in the January-March period for what has recently been one of Asia’s best performing economies was the worst since the 3...
JUBAIL: The investment volume in Jubail has reached SR560 billion, including SR501 billion for the private sector, with its petrochemical sector accounting for SR34 billion of Japanese investment, according to Abdulaziz Attragi, general manager of strategic planning for the Royal Commission for Jubail.Attragi made the state...
 

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We live in a modern world that is losing traces of its past bit by bit, it’s inevitable since it’s the normal evolutionary way of life. The world is progressing at a fast pace and we are engrossed in daily activities that can get us all wrapped up with the future of our endeavors and so the past is simply an illusion or a story being told by an...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

A newly-discovered glitch in Apple’s software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message.
Apple says it’s aware of the problem and is working on a fix. But some pranksters are sharing information about the glitch on social media and using it to crash other peoples’ phones.
The problem only occu...

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Summer season can be damaging to your skin and hair, but how about your fingernails? Sun, heat, and water can all cause damage to your digits.
Many women pay attention to only hair and skin to protect them from the damaging summer weather and neglect their nails. Summer is the season for exposed flip-flops and sandals; you would want to pa...

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RIYADH: The Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum, the top photography contest in the country with prizes worth over SR1 million, is now open for online entries.
Professional and amateur photographers are allowed to enter the contest. The final deadline is Sept. 30. The awards ceremony will be held at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibiti...

FOOD & HEALTH »

ABHA: While many smokers say that they can’t quit and others complain of no will power, some admit to smoking because it is seen as fashionable. It seems that sheesha and cigarettes have become the latest fashion accessory at women’s gatherings where smoking is seen as necessary.Psychologists and sociologists say that the increasing number of women who smoke for perceived social prestige is alarming.An official at Naqa, a charitable organization specializing in combating smoking, said more Saudi women than men smoke sheesha. He pointed out that the ages of smoking women is between 30 and 40, adding that large numbers of married women smoke sheesha. He explained that the situation has become...
If you are tired of eating Lebanese, Italian or even Chinese food and you have no desire for some fast food, the time has come for a real change so how about some Tex-Mex at Chili’s! Tex-Mex, incidentally, was one of the original spin-offs from Mexican cooking that has really strayed far from its roots. In other words, Mexican food and Tex-Mex are merely cousins in the culinary world. The term Tex-Mex first appeared in print in 1945.The arrival of large numbers of Mexican immigrants in Texas after 1950 prompted the opening of Mexican restaurants. This twentieth century phenomenon turned into a gourmet trend in the 1970s, a fad which has not abated and is still very much alive. People are...
JEDDAH: There are nearly 15,000 renal failure patients in the Kingdom and two-third of them undergo dialysis, said Dr. Mohammed Al-Aumi, supervisor of King Salman Kidney Center in Riyadh.Addressing a workshop organized by the Health Ministry for enhancing public awareness on kidney related diseases, he said renal failure cases are spreading all over the world.“More than 600 million people around the world currently suffer from kidney diseases and they account for 14.2 percent of global population,” Al-Aumi told participants.“It’s a silent disease that creeps into all parts of body and we’ll know its symptoms only after sometime,” he pointed out.Al-Aumi underscored the ministry’s efforts to...

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LOS ANGELES: Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan avoided jail Wednesday as prosecutors said she has completed more than 100 h...
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.: Natalie Portman is advising graduating Harvard seniors to use their inexperience to their advantage.The Academy Award-winning actress spoke Wednesday at Harvard College’s Class Day. She told graduates that not knowing their limitations can help them take risks that can lead to life-changing rewards.She cited as an example her work in “Black Swan,” which won her an Oscar for best actress in 2010. Portman says she might not have taken that role if she knew how much work it would require to pull off the movie’s ballet moves.The 33-year-old actress graduated from Harvard with a...
The true ‘Queen of hearts’ in B-town is on a high these days. We are talking about Kangana Ranaut.It was in 2014, that Kangana was crowned ‘Queen’ of the year. But she worked hard to reach the top of the success ladder. She struggled through a decade-long Bollywood career, two national awards and several films — hits and misses — before she could prove to the world what she was capable of. Now, her position is clear after the round accolades that is coming her way with the release of ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns.’Considered to be an honest celeb, the curly haired actress has been living life on...

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