MUNICH, Germany: Daesh militants will only be defeated if Syrian President Bashar Assad is removed from power and this goal will ultimately be achieved, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Friday.Speaking at a security conference in Munich, Al-Jubeir called Assad the “single most effective magnet for extremists and terrorists in the region” and said his removal was crucial for restoring stability.“That’s our objective and we will achieve it,” he said. “Unless and until there is a change in Syria, Daesh will not be defeated in Syria, period,” he added.Assad defiantIn Damascus, Assad has vowed to recapture the whole of Syria and keep “fighting terrorism” while also negotiating an end to the war, as international pressure mounts for a cease-fire.His defiant stance, in an exclusive interview with AFP released Friday, doused hopes of an imminent halt to hostilities, which world powe...
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has arrested 97 Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants, including three comman...
JAKARTA, Indonesia: A strong earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia on Friday, apparently knocking out...
MUNICH, Germany: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir defended the Kingdom’s policy on women on Friday, saying it had made progress on female education but would take time to let them drive cars.“When it comes to issues like women’s driving, this is not a religious issue, it’s a societal issue,” Al-Jubeir told an audience at the Munich Security Conference.He said it was unfair to fixate on the issue of women drivers, giv...
WASHINGTON: AT&T announced plans Friday to begin testing a superfast fifth generation, or 5G, mobile network with speeds up to 100 times faster than the most rapid existing connections.The US telecom group said it would begin the field tests later this year in collaboration with US semiconductor giant Intel and Swedish networking group Ericsson.Global telecom operators are readying for 5G deployment in 2020 but some c...

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Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, on Thursday led the delegation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia taking part in the meeting of the international coalition countries to counter , at the headquarters of NATO in the Belgian c...
Munich: Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir led the Saudi delegation to the meetings of the International Syria Support Group meetings, taking place here.The meetings, which have begun, in Vienna, exert efforts to find a political solution for the Syrian crisis. Another 17 states are taking part, in the mee...
Brigadier General Ahmad Al-Assiri, the Military Advisor to the Minister of Defense, asserted the Kingdom is ready to send ground troops to fight Daesh, as soon as the international coalition gives the green light, and that this decision of Saudi Arabia is an "irreversible decision."This came in remarks made by Brig. Gen. Al...
RIYADH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has written a patriotic poem to inspire Saudi troops at the southern borders.Titled, “I wish to be with you,” the poem infuses encouragement in the hearts and minds of troops guarding the borders in Najran, Asir and Jazan.It also expresses in tender and lucid lines the poet’s desi...
RIYADH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar inaugurated the first festival for families with handicapped members at the King Fahd Cultural Center (KFCC) on Wednesday evening. The festival, which will last for three days, features a bazaar that displays handicrafts and other products made by families which have members with...
RIYADH: A separate department to provide enhanced security to the Kingdom’s schools will be set up in all educational regions, Education Minister Ahmad Mohamed Al-Issa announced on Wednesday.Under the new directive, such departments will be established in all education regions in the Kingdom to provide maximum security to p...
RIYADH: Under a new ministerial ruling, payment of the minimum capital for industrial development is to be abolished.To support industrial development, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a ministerial decree eliminating the requirement of the minimum capital for the industrial facilities.Commerce and Industry Mini...
RIYADH: Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman has issued a directive allocating SR3.5 billion to support livelihood projects for needy families.Social Affairs Minister Majed Al-Qassabi made this announcement during a visit to the Janadriyah festival.He said that SR2 billion would be for small projects for needy families...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will host the first meeting of the 34-member Islamic Military Alliance next month. According to a report in the local media, the meeting will bring together all nations of the newly formed coalition, led by Saudi Arabia.The alliance members are Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, the UAE, Malaysia, Tunisia...
JAZAN: Seven lives were snuffed out and several others sustained injuries as a gunman went on a killing spree in Al-Dair governorate of Jazan on Thursday. Employees at an education department office came under a hail of bullets resulting in casualties.The attacker has been arrested, said Interior Ministry spokesman Gen. Man...
RIYADH: The ongoing Janadriyah national heritage and culture festival welcomed German government representatives as the guests of honor, marking a new era in Saudi-German ties.Detlef Daues, chief executive officer of a German business group, said: “It is indeed an honor to be part of such a prestigious cultural festival.“Th...
RIYADH: Highlighting the importance of caring, preservation and better maintenance of mosques located along highways in the Kingdom, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) and the Masajedna Foundation will honor excellence in such upkeep.“A joint meeting of senior officials from SCTNH and the Masajed...
ABHA: Women graduates in Asir say they are looking for private companies to hire them for online jobs which can be done at home.They asked businessmen to open new production lines for women in both factories and banks.The women said that this would contribute to hiring of female graduates in new fields, and to opening new c...

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KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait and Italy will finalize a multibillion-euro deal next week f...

ROME: As Italy prepared to bury Giulio Regeni on Friday, Prime Minister Matteo R...

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MUNICH: Major powers agreed on Friday to implement a cessation of hostilities in...

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GENEVA/LONDON: Suspected links between the Zika virus and two neurological disor...

BURNS, Oregon: The four holdouts in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife r...

MONTERREY, Mexico: A prison riot that left 49 inmates hacked, beaten or burned t...

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WASHINGTON: Two days after her humiliating New Hampshire defeat, White House hop...

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RANCHI: Swashbuckling opener Shikhar Dhawan struck his maiden Twenty20 fifty to...

DOHA: Briton Mark Cavendish won the Tour of Qatar for a second time on Friday, a...

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands: French qualifier Nicolas Mahut continued his dream week...

ZURICH: Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke became the latest high-profi...

NEW DELHI: India’s cricket board handed Pakistan’s former Test umpire Asad Rauf...

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BALI, Indonesia: Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi has underlined the importance of energy in the economic and social growth, saying that all peoples...
LONDON: Oil prices jumped on Friday on prospects for a coordinated production cut sparked by comments from the energy minister of the UAE.Still, analysts said such a move remained unlikely, and prices for Brent and US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude were on track for weekly losses of more than 7 percent and 11 percent r...
LONDON: The 19-country euro zone is in its longest stretch of economic expansion since the global financial crisis in 2008 but growth remains paltry despite a series of tail winds and is susceptible to a reverse if the worst fears in financial markets come to fruition.The region’s economy grew by a quarterly 0.3 percent in...
PARIS: Renault’s full-year profit rose almost 50 percent in 2015 on strong sales of new models, though the French carmaker slashed the value of its stake in Lada-maker AvtoVAZ by 225 million euros amid a Russian car market slump.Renault shares initially rose 5 percent before giving up most of their gains after CEO Carlos Gh...
WASHINGTON: Christine Lagarde, the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund, became assured of a second term as managing director to steer it through a global economic slowdown.The executive board of the global crisis lender announced that there were no challengers facing Lagarde, for the five-year term that begi...
MUMBAI: The head of India’s central bank has said the country’s lenders may need to perform “deep surgery” to sort out bad loans and clean up their balance sheets.Raghuram Rajan, Reserve Bank of India governor, who famously predicted the 2008 world financial crisis, has set Indian banks a deadline of March next year to tidy...
LONDON: Britain’s Rolls-Royce halved its final dividend to shore up its finances, the first cut for 24 years, but after three profit warnings last year a more confident tone boosted its shares.Tough trading in its civil aerospace and marine engine businesses pushed profit at the world’s second-largest maker of aircraft engi...
LONDON: British newspaper The Independent will become digital only, and its last print edition will come out on March 26, owners ESI Media said in a statement.ESI Media said it was also selling off the “i” — a cut-price sister title — to fund the website of The Independent.“The newspaper industry is changing and that change...
LONDON: “The aluminum market continues to, in our view, face the greatest bearish fundamental shock in a generation, and perhaps, in its history.”That shockingly bearish view comes from Goldman Sachs, which has just slashed (again) its short- and medium-term price forecasts. (“Metal Detector,” Feb. 8, 2016).The Wall Street...
HONG KONG: A near five percent plunge in Tokyo led another Asian rout Friday, bringing to an end one of the most painful weeks for global investors as fears about the world economy — and possible recession — stalk trading floors.The losses in Japan came as the yen pushed to more than 16-month highs against the dollar. The r...
 

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People are sitting in a little room watching some films; for many of the viewers what they are seeing is quite a revelation. The highly creative short videos show a picture of the Gulf from a thought-provoking, fantastical and often very funny perspective. A message that shines through from a film called Pixels is how prejudice is universal and...

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WASHINGTON: AT&T announced plans Friday to begin testing a superfast fifth generation, or 5G, mobile network with speeds up to 100 times faster than the most rapid existing connections.
The US telecom group said it would begin the field tests later this year in collaboration with US semiconductor giant Intel and Swedish networking group...

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The Middle East is now home to a number of world class accessories designers who are intuitively blurring the line between East and West and offering something unique that one can’t help but feel totally attached to. To put it mildly, their luxe creations are one-of-a-kind from all ends worthy of being put on display in a museum.
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For the fourth year in a row, Abu Dhabi organized it’s annual Qasr Al-Hosn Festival to celebrate the past and present glories of the UAE. It is truly a celebration of Emirati culture and heritage. The festival provides visitors and tourists an opportunity to learn more about the Emirati identity in a fun and informative way.
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There are millions in this world today who suffer from insomnia. When sleeplessness moves beyond the normal range of a few days into weeks and months, you have a really serious problem afflicting you that requires express treatment. However, first you must have a basic understanding of insomnia and its different aspects. Insomnia is a common sleep complaint that occurs when you have one or more of these problems; You have a hard time initiating sleep, struggle to maintain sleep, waking up frequently during the night, tend to wake up too early and are unable to go back to sleep. Or your sleep is no restorative or has poor quality. These symptoms of insomnia can be caused by a variety of...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia joined the rest of the world in intensifying public awareness on cancer with activities spread over the week supporting the global cause that aims to save millions of lives every year by raising awareness and education about the disease, urging governments and individuals across the world to take action.Being a truly global event observed annually on Feb. 4th, World Cancer Day unites the whole world in the fight against cancer. The Kingdom joined the massive awareness campaign with the Ministry of Health observing cancer awareness week, ending on Wednesday.Under the auspices of Health Ministry, King Saud University (KSU), which is leading the vanguard in the Kingdom for...
A woman’s body is a sanctuary, a sacred mass of organs given to her in order to maintain it in the best and healthiest way possible. Pregnancy changes a person, to comprehend that a tiny little human is growing inside of us can sometimes cloud our judgments. Pregnancies differ from one mom-to-be from another and some have it hard while others are perfectly fine, it’s natural and it happens. In either case, maintaining a healthy lifestyle while pregnant can be a bit difficult, all those mood swings, cravings and the constant urge to snuggle on a couch. Working out isn’t very interesting when you’re pregnant but it is somewhat important in order to maintain a healthy pregnancy. Hard core...

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BERLIN: Actor George Clooney and his lawyer wife Amal had a private meeting Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel...
NASHVILLE, Tennessee: Taylor Swift seems unhappy with Kanye West’s “misogynistic message” in his new track, Famous — which sees the rap star namecheck Swift.”According to the BBC, a statement from Swift’s representatives denied West had sought permission from the star, contrary to earlier reports that she had given him her blessing. Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. The track was debuted at a listening party for West’s new album...
LOS ANGELES: A man charged with stalking Gwyneth Paltrow told jurors that he kept writing to the actress in recent years because he wanted her forgiveness for sending her provocative messages nearly 17 years ago.Dante Soiu was one of the final witnesses at his four-day trial focusing on packages and letters — some of which expressed his desire to marry Paltrow — sent in 2014 and 2015.Soiu, 66, testified that he never intended to scare Paltrow or physically harm her.“I have no desire to hurt her feelings,” Soiu said. “I have no desire to harass her.”A prosecutor however urged jurors to...

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