BEIRUT: The Syrian army and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters said on Sunday they had entered the rebel-held city of Zabadani on the second day of a major offensive to capture the border area around the Beirut-Damascus highway.The army, backed by Hezbollah, has long sought to wrest control of Zabadani, near the Lebanese border, from the rebels who have held it since 2012, a year after the start of the Syrian civil war.The Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah’s al Manar television station said its fighters and the Syrian army had entered the Jamaiyat district in the western part of Zabadani, about 45 km (30 miles) northwest of the capital Damascus.Footage showed ground troops entering parts of the city lying in a lush agricultural plain surrounded by a mountain range shared to the east with Lebanon.The offensive began on Saturday and was preceded by several days of aerial and artillery bombing of ou...
JEDDAH: The UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution calling on the Myanmar government to pr...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia’s prime minister is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations.The country’s attorney general confirmed late Saturday that he had received documents from an official investigation that made the link between...
MANILA, Philippines: A tropical storm blew across the northern Philippines on Sunday, causing floods and power outages in several towns and prompting rescue teams to scramble to evacuate villagers in low-lying communities.There were no immediate reports of casualties from slow-moving Tropical Storm Linfa, which set off minor landslides in at least two mountainous provinces, officials said.The storm, which had sustained wi...

SAUDI ARABIA »

Huge projects change the faces of cities and great ambitions help create such projects. Madinah had its date with a quantum leap to usher in a new era of urban development. Such huge projects help achieve formidable civilization advancements and significant progress.The Darb Al-Sunnah Project is one...
JEDDAH: Social media is abuzz with the news of an 80-year-old man who has been relieved of his duties after working for four decades at the Prophet’s Mosque. Citizens have launched a campaign for the man, identified as Moqtada by publishing his photograph on social media with appeals to the employer to honor him instead of...
DAMMAM: The World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added the rock art in Hail to the World Heritage List. The addition was made during the committee’s 39th session in Bonn, Germany, and became the fourth site in the Kingdom to be included in the list. Other local si...
RIYADH: The Japanese ambassador to the Kingdom, Noriheiro Okoda, has held a meeting with Hashem Abdullah Yamani, president of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE), and discussed bilateral cooperation in the fields of atomic and renewable energy.The meeting began with a comprehensive overview of...
JEDDAH: Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz bin Musaed, governor of the Northern Borders province, has died.He will be buried after Taraweeh prayers in Jeddah on Saturday, the Royal Court said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency. No other details were available.The prince is one of the longest-serving governors in t...
AL-BAHA: Forty three percent of Al-Baha cannot be developed easily because of the region’s mountainous terrain.This is the view of Khaled Al-Sayegh, undersecretary for construction at the municipality, who was speaking at an event held at the College of Culture and Arts to discuss the region’s development.Those present incl...
JEDDAH: An official at the Council of Saudi Chambers said the council’s members are discussing a regulation to submit to the Ministry of Labor and other government agencies to deny a number of privileges to companies that force its labor to work under the hot noon sun.The Ministry of Labor’s resolution prevents companies fr...
ABHA: With many families wanting new furniture during Ramadan, furniture and interior decorating shops are raising prices to more than double what they were before the month.Homeowner Zaina Mohammed says she used to change her home furniture every Ramadan but now, because of high prices and cost of living increases, she onl...
RIYADH: Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) President Prince Sultan bin Salman described the first visit by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to Madinah as “historic.”In his comments following the visit which saw the opening of the iconic international airport in addition to a number of ot...
MADINAH: Economists expected the volume of investments in Madinah’s economies during the coming few years to reach SR500 billion.The forecasted growth in the population, to reach 2.6 million people after 25 years, and the number of visitors to 12.2 million persons a year, will demand extreme measures, including the establis...
JEDDAH: It seems that many Saudi families are gradually coming to terms with the new reality of living in apartments, as building villas is not possible due to shortage of appropriate land.With the increasing display of housing units by the Ministry of Housing, in partnership with developers, to provide vertical housing pro...
RIYADH: Migrant rights advocacy group Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) has lambasted their country’s leadership over the claim that the number of overseas Filipino workers are declining due to sustained economic growth in the Philippines.The group has called on President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to visit Saudi Arabia before his...
RIYADH: A charitable foundation called “Smile” will be launched on Sunday night at the Al-Hokair Land in the Saudi capital to make people happy. “The foundation will be launched to make Saudi Arabia a center of smiles,” well-known television host and Islamic scholar Mohsin Sheikh Al-Hassan told Arab News on Saturday.On the...

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BEIRUT: The Syrian army and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters said on Sunday they had...

TUNIS: Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday declared a state of emer...

LONDON: A family of 12 from Luton who were feared to have joined Daesh has relea...

BEIRUT, Lebanon: The Daesh group on Saturday released a video showing several do...

CAIRO: President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, wearing battle dress for the first time...

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ATHENS, Greece: Greeks lined up at polling stations and ATMs alike Sunday as the...

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia’s prime minister is facing the risk of criminal...

MANILA, Philippines: A tropical storm blew across the northern Philippines on Su...

KARACHI: Reham Khan, wife of Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (P...

KANO, Nigeria: Several female suicide bombers blew themselves up amid panicked v...

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DHAKA: Skipper Faf du Plessis scored an unbeaten half century to set up a crushi...

PALLEKELE: Skipper Angelo Mathews battled his way to an unbeaten 77 as Sri Lanka...

LONDON: Rafa Nadal may have left the stage but the smooth progress into Wimbledo...

SANTIAGO: Chile wrecked Lionel Messi’s dream of a first international title with...

SANTIAGO: Another tournament, another shattering defeat, and another round of un...

ECONOMY »

RIYADH: As an expression of his gratitude to the Saudi nation and its people, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal announced the resumption of the two Alwaleed Philanthropic project...
ATHENS: Greece’s finance minister accused creditors of trying to “terrorize” Greeks into accepting austerity, warning Europe stood to lose as much as Athens if the country is forced from the euro after a referendum on Sunday on bailout terms.After a week in which Greece defaulted, shuttered its banks and began rationing cas...
BEIJING: China’s top securities brokerages said that they would collectively buy at least 120 billion yuan ($19.3 billion) of shares in a bid to stabilize the country’s stock markets after a slump of nearly 30 percent since mid-June.The pledge follows near-daily official policy moves over the past week, including an interes...
Saudi Arabia’s benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index continued its downward momentum, marking another weekly decline of 2.47 percent.The TASI fell to 9,136.34 points level, trimming 230.94 points last week.It went 1.37 percent above and 4.69 percent below the break-even line during the week, reflecting an expanded range of 440...
HOUSTON: The insurance protecting shale drillers against plummeting prices has become so crucial that for one company, SandRidge Energy, payments from the hedges accounted for a stunning 64 percent of first-quarter revenue.Now the safety net is going away.The insurance that producers bought before the collapse in oil — much...
DUBAI: Kuwait is considering issuing bonds among various options to finance a budget deficit created by low oil prices, Finance Minister Anas Al-Saleh said on Thursday.“Going to the market and issuing bonds and so on, could it happen this year? Possibly yes,” he said in an interview with Al Arabiya television.“A specialized...
JOHANNESBURG: North America has a population of about 500 million, and two-fifths of them are on Facebook. In Africa, with more than 1 billion people, just 120 million use the social network. That’s an opportunity Facebook can’t ignore, though the region poses challenges unlike those the company has faced in more developed...
SEOUL: The South Korean government on Friday agreed to inject $20 billion into the flagging economy, which has been hit by the MERS virus outbreak and sluggish consumption.The 22-trillion-won ($19.8 billion) stimulus package was passed at a Cabinet meeting of government ministers, the Finance Ministry said.“The extra budget...
LONDON: Marks & Spencer is expected to report that underlying sales in its non-food business fell in its latest quarter, dashing investor optimism that a corner had finally been turned when it delivered growth in the previous three months.However, CEO Marc Bolland is likely to stress again that his strategy is to primar...
LONDON: Britain is reducing the maximum bank deposit it will protect if a lender fails by 10,000 pounds to 75,000 pounds ($117,255) from the end of this year, the Bank of England said.European Union law requires member states to protect no more and no less than 100,000 euros ($111,130) of deposits. Countries such as Britain...
LUANDA: France and Angola have signed business agreements covering a wide range of economic sectors from oil to hotels, which are potentially worth several hundred million dollars, French officials said.At the head of a delegation of about 50 French company executives visiting the southern African country, President Francoi...
RIYADH: With Saudi Arabia being a predominantly oil-based economy, major changes in the price of oil are likely to be followed by sentimental as well as real changes in the stock market. While sentimental changes often impact the stock market immediately, real changes will take effect over the longer term. If oil prices rem...
LONDON: Oil prices fell on Friday with the focus on high US output as traders looked ahead to Greece's weekend referendum that could determine whether it remains in the euro zone.West Texas Intermediate for August delivery fell 35 cents to $56.58 a barrel compared with Thursday's close.Brent North Sea crude for August dropp...
 
 

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DAMMAM: The World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added the rock art in Hail to the World Heritage List.
The addition was made during the committee’s 39th session in Bonn, Germany, and became the fourth site in the Kingdom to be included in the list.
Other local sites includ...

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KAPOLEI: The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed an historic flight in its quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, touching down gracefully in Hawaii on Friday after the most arduous leg of its journey.

The sun-powered plane, piloted by veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, took five days to make the historic voya...

FASHION »

Countries in the Middle East may be changing in terms of technology and development. However, when it comes to making a fashion statement, these countries including Saudi Arabia allude back to traditional and cultural trends, which are increasingly becoming popular today. Saudis and Arabs are proud and hospitable people, and they take due pride...

TRAVEL »

RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has encouraged businessmen to invest in tourism villages in Asir region.
“Tourism villages are considered to be one of the most attractive options in the province,” said Mohammad Al-Amra, SCTNH branch director in Asir.
He made the statement in the wake of Bin Hussai...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Ramadan is that time of the year when most people go back to their roots in terms of their traditions, clothing, culture and food. You find long queues in front of small, local restaurants that sell ful (mashed fava beans) and tameez (Afghani flatbread) before iftar as well as suhoor.AlAyoubi Restaurant, which opened recently, celebrates authentic Hijazi cuisine with recipes that go back to the older generations. The restaurant provides a traditional iftar experience and an extensive range of Arabic delicacies, including Arabic coffee, dates, ful, balilah, and international offerings along with Ramadan beverages and Hijazi culinary masterpieces.The restaurant is located in north Jeddah,...
Last week, I described to you our 24-hour daily cycle, which regulates our biological clock. I also explained the two phases of sleep (the slow-wave sleep and REM sleep) and how each type impacts the body and brain. Slow-wave sleep, which is the profound sleep, occurs around midnight and lasts for about two hours. This type of deep sleep is critical for rebuilding the body from wear and tear; boosting the immune system; repairing cells, neurons, tissues, bones, muscles, wounds, and breaks; and does whatever else is needed for repair. This short sleep is vital for the regeneration and restoration of the body physiologically. New-borns, children, adolescents, athletes, and active people...
RIYADH: Medical studies and research for new methods in the treatment of chronic diseases suggests that fasting could help combat cancer and boost effectiveness of treatment.Scientists doing research on the positive aspects of fasting discovered that it triggers stem cell regeneration and combats cancer.Dr. Mashhor Al-Hantoushi, who heads the health and therapeutic affairs department at the Ministry of Health, told Arab News on Monday: “Medical research studies found that fasting could slow the growth of breast cancer, melanoma skin cancers, glioma brain cancer and neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in the nerve tissue.”Replying to a question on whether fasting could make chemotherapy more...

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MUMBAI: Salman Khan’s fans may have been waiting forever to see him tie the knot but the actor is in no mood to get marr...
LOS ANGELES: Contrary to circulating rumors, actor Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves’s marriage is not “on the rocks.”A representative for McConaughey told gossipcom.com that the rumor was not true. A mutual friend of the “Dallas Buyers Club” actor added that “(McConaughey) couldn’t be more supportive of anything Alves does.”The couple was heading for splitsville because Alves has been making more TV appearances, said a report.According to the report, while the star of “The Wolf of the Wall Street” once publicly thanked his wife for helping revive his career, “he doesn’t want her to have...
LOS ANGELES: Reality TV star Kim Kardashian says she is not resorting to plastic surgery to look her best while she is pregnant. The 34-year-old “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star, who is expecting a second child with husband Kanye West, took to Instagram and said she she won’t risk her child’s health by doing botox, reported People Magazine. “No, I don’t do fillers or botox when pregnant like some tabloids are reporting, you would have to be really sick to endanger your child like that,” she wrote. Kardashian said while pregnancy brings changes in the body, the challenge is to adjust...

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