Five men including an officer were killed and 12 injured by mortar shells launched from the Yemeni side of the border on Wednesday, the Civil Defense announced.Captain of a jail patrol Cpl. Hyyan Al-Wadie was killed when a shell hit him in King Salman Street at 1:30 p.m., said a spokesman of the Civil Defense in Najran. His companion was wounded and rushed to a nearby hospital. The other fatalities were two passengers in a civilian car, a worker in a tire shop, and a person walking in the street. Eleven other people who were injured were taken to a local hospital, the spokesman said.The attacks followed mortar fire late on Tuesday night on Jazan that saw a man and his wife killed and their relative severely injured in the border village of Al-Bahteet.Maj. Yahya Abdullah Al-Qahtani, spokesman of the Civil Defense in Jazan, said reaction teams received a report at 11:45 p.m. indicating a h...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, who has completed the first 100 days of his reign, ha...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has definitely played a vital role in promoting unity...
LONDON: Britons voted on Thursday in a knife-edge general election that could put their country’s membership of the European Union in question and raise the likelihood of independence for Scotland.Polls opened at 7 a.m. (0600GMT) with voters deciding between Prime Minister David Cameron’s center-right Conservatives and Ed Miliband’s center-left Labour in the closest vote in decades.While the leaders of both main parties i...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman’s first 100 days in office were replete with achievements as they witnessed the appointment of Mohammed bin Naif as crown prince and Mohammed bin Salman as deputy crown prince, reshuffle of Cabinet inducting new faces, the declaration of Operation Decisive Storm to restore legitimacy in Yemen and announcement of several welfare projects.“King Salman’s first 100 days were full...

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US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to review the deepening crisis in Yemen as he arrived in Riyadh late Wednesday for meeting with high-ranking Saudi officials. Kerry's talks with senior Saudi officials including his counterpart Adel Al-Jubeir will focus on key regional issues with special refe...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman’s first 100 days as the ruler of Saudi Arabia is the concentration of years of work and achievement into a few days. From the moment he took the reins of government on Jan. 23, 2015, he has not stopped working diligently on both domestic and international issues.Domestically, Ki...
The Ministry of Education is in the process of implementing a project to provide e-books and other e-library material for the entire school curriculum on one single electronic portal. The move comes in line with the decision of Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil to adopt developmental initiatives in setting the school curri...
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made his way through a crowd of people pledging their allegiance at the royal court in Riyadh on Wednesday, to pay tribute to a former teacher.Abdul Majeed bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, the former high school principal of Al-Riyadh Schools, where Prince Mohammed studied, said he was both pl...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman is a distinguished philanthropist who has been recognized at home and abroad for his service to humanity in education, health care, social welfare and many other fields, including support for the Palestinian cause.He donated billions of riyals to various charitable organizations...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman is well known for his magnanimity, philanthropy and service to mankind.During the first 100 days, he issued more than 60 royal decrees, reshuffled the Cabinet two times to infuse new blood, and promoted highly qualified hands to the top decision-making body.King Salman is an exp...
The visionary leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman was evident as he successfully put together a strong coalition of Arab countries to launch Operation Decisive Storm to restore the legitimate government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in Yemen.Addressing the 26th Arab Summit at the Red Sea resor...
Many Saudi women are having plastic surgeries behind their husbands’ or relatives’ backs fearing their disapproval.Recent statistics by the Ministry of Health revealed that 14,412 Saudi women had facelift surgeries. Riyadh topped the list with 8,504 surgeries, and Jeddah came in second with 3,384. Contrary to global figures...
There has been a 65 percent decline in demand for camel milk in the past year, forcing some stores to stop selling the product, while many camel owners have now put a halt to this once-thriving commercial activity.This coincides with increased efforts being made by the Ministry of Health to warn the public about the serious...
A falconologist, who has conducted extensive studies on the prized bird, has urged authorities in Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries to take extra care in protecting falcons from bird flu, other infectious diseases and possible extinction. “About one-third of falcons die due to preying on birds that are exposed to pestici...
Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf said commercial fraud and counterfeiting have serious impacts on consumer health and safety.He was speaking at the inauguration of the 4th Arab Forum on Combating Commercial Fraud and Counterfeiting in Riyadh on Tuesday.Al-Assaf outlined the reasons behind commercial fraud and counterfeitin...
Commenting on recent reports that Lebanese authorities thwarted an assassination attempt on his life, Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri revealed he had also survived another undisclosed assassination attempt, prompting him to return to the Kingdom. “Investigations are in the hands of Lebanese military intelligence...
Leading experts from across the region have gathered here to discuss ways to convert waste into energy that can be used to supplement their countries’ power needs.The Fifth International Envirocities Conference has been organized by Madinah Municipality in collaboration with the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable E...

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MADRID: Rafael Nadal returned to his clay-court comfort zone on Wednesday starti...

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TURIN, Italy: Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez struck a goal apiece as Juventus bo...

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RIYADH: Saudi investment firms are unlikely to see immediate benefits from the opening of the Kingdom's stock exchange, the CEO of Jadwa Investment told Reuters, with the...
RIYADH: Major Saudi Arabian construction firm Abdullah A. M. Al-Khodari Sons expects the government to compensate it for some of the costs of labor reforms, a senior executive said, in a sign authorities aim to cushion the economic impact of the reforms.Since 2011, the government has stepped up efforts to push more Saudi ci...
RIYADH: Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) is looking for investment opportunities to offset financial pressures on its core electricity business, its chief executive said."Because we are squeezed and are in desperate need ˝of financial resources...we would like to diversify our portfolio through investment opportunities, to make...
The tenth edition of Euromoney Saudi Arabia conference concluded here on Wednesday, with a firm belief that multisectoral reforms to diversify the Kingdom's economy, an approach to look beyond the oil sector, will add value to the local market with financial dynamism.Experts in the first session of the concluding day on sov...
RIYADH: National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) plans to make a debut sukuk issue worth up to SR3.9 billion ($1.04 billion) this quarter, the company's Vice CEO for Finance Mohammad Alotaibi said. "Hopefully in this quarter," he told Reuters when asked about the timing of the issue."This is our first time in the s...
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's stock market regulator said on Wednesday it had approved an initial public offering of shares in an aviation ground handler, which is set to be the third flotation this year in the Kingdom.Saudi Ground Services Co., a unit of national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines, plans to sell 30 percent of its shar...
The benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) dug in at 9,781.69 and ended its Wednesday’s trading up over 30 points or 0.31 percent.On year-to-date basis, the TASI’s yield reached 17.38 percent.Large cap remained prominent among market cap indices, the GulfBase said in its market commentary.Most of the major sectors closed...
General Electric and Saudi Arabia have a decades-long partnership that has strengthened and diversified over the years. GE is committed to making the Kingdom more competitive on a global scale by driving and increasing localization in people, products and processes by 2024.The GE Manufacturing Technology Center (GEMTEC) in...
DUBAI: MasterCard Inc. has doubled the number of its cards to about 100 million in the Middle East and Africa in the past three years, where it has begun setting up partnerships with governments to provide access to its payments system.That is still a small share of MasterCard's around 2.2 billion cards in use globally. But...
The HSBC Group has published a report analyzing the mid-market enterprises (MMEs) in Saudi Arabia. The study comes as part of a 15-country research sponsored by HSBC Group and developed with Oxford Economics, and is considered the first of its kind in terms of its focus on MMEs. For the purposes of the study, MMEs were defi...
DOHA: Qatar Airways would be interested in buying up to 49 percent of India's IndiGo though the owners of the sub-continent's largest carrier by market share have no immediate plans to sell, the Doha-based airline's chief executive said on Wednesday.IndiGo, owned by hospitality and travel company InterGlobe Enterprises and...
Jeddah is gearing up to host Saudi Building & Interiors Exhibition (SBIE). Set from May 11-14, it aims to offer a comprehensive range of construction and building materials, and interior designs.Jeddah’s Centre for Forums & Events is the venue for the 24th event, which is being held with the support of Jeddah Gov. P...
FRANKFURT: German luxury carmaker BMW increased its profits in the first quarter thanks to strong demand for its expensive SUVs and higher sales in the US and Britain as well as in a recovering European market.Net profit rose 4 percent compared with the same period last year, to 1.515 billion euros ($1.70 billion), the comp...

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Saudi photographer Reem Bajabaa has taken the Saudi wedding scene by storm with her artistic touches in nuptial photography. Her style is an attraction for many brides-to-be who queue outside her office waiting to book her for their big day.
She specializes in capturing precious and behind the scene moments at weddings. Bajabaa’s photos are...

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MUMBAI: Facebook Inc. opened up its Internet.org platform to new websites and applications from developers on Monday, a move the social media giant said would boost efforts to get people online in low-income and rural areas in emerging markets.
However, the decision drew criticism from some online activists in India who expressed concern ov...

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The buzz of high-end fashion is making waves nowhere but in the Middle East region as it emerges as the next biggie when it comes to driving both creativity and commerce associated with it. It’s no wonder then that there is no dearth of creative newcomers joining the industry on a daily basis and turning things around in their own high-powered s...

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It was once known as a hermit kingdom as South Korea was isolated from the rest of the world. However, now the Republic of Korea is one of the finest tourist destinations in the world.
With the opening of the floodgates for millions of visitors every year to the beautiful isle nation in Far East Asia, the Korean tourism sector is a flourish...

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A group of 40 medical consultants have stressed the importance of early detection of colon cancer in a bid to curb the rising rates of the disease among men and women.The consultants, specialized in colorectal cancer, in a workshop organized in Riyadh on Sunday proposed a national project on protective and curative mechanisms of colorectal cancer cases.Dr. Abdullah Al-Sharm, head of the Oncology Department and colon tumor consultant at King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh, said that the control and prevention programs for cancer are one of the important global trends of modern health systems.Such a group of diseases has its social and economic impact on the community where a cancer patient’s...
Shops specializing in beverages and liquids have seen an increased number of customers after announcing that they have products which increase sexual ability.Specialists warn that these claims only serve the interests of merchants and may in fact pose a health risk to consumers.Some of these products are called “Local Viagra” because they supposedly contribute to a happy marital life.Some people have wondered about the absence of control and why the authorities are quiet about the sale of these products.Dr. Khalid Ali Almadani, vice chairman of the Saudi Society for Food and Nutrition, said there was no scientific basis for these claims. He said it was well known that many juices and foods...
Saudi Arabia has the seventh-highest number of diabetes sufferers in the world, according to a local doctor.Those afflicted with the chronic illness make up 24 percent of the population, said Duha Bably, a family medicine consultant, speaking on Monday during the opening ceremony of a three-day conference on managing diabetes at King Fahd Medical City.Bably said Kuwait came in at ninth, followed by Qatar in 10th. “It is expected that the Kingdom might rank sixth internationally in 2035, with the rate increasing to 24.5 percent,” she said.She said there is a myth that diabetes is the illness of the rich and wealthy. There has been an 80 percent increase in diabetes in medium and low-income...

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MUMBAI: Bollywood celebrities and Salman Khan‘s legions of fans are upset with the five-year jail term for the actor in...
LOS ANGELES: Young singing sensation Sam Smith on Tuesday saw a US specialist for vocal cord problems after he canceled more dates following an intense touring schedule.The 22-year-old British singer, who was the big winner at the latest Grammy Awards, called off shows scheduled Thursday and Friday in Tokyo and Sunday in Manila.Smith earlier cut short a tour of Australia after doctors noticed a hemorrhage on his vocal cords following a concert in Sydney.“Very upset about Japan and Manila dates,” Smith wrote on Instagram, calling the situation “horrid.” Smith flew from Australia to Los Angeles...
LOS ANGELES: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Prince will perform a special concert in Baltimore on Sunday, apparently in part to honor the 25-year-old black man whose death from spinal injuries suffered in police custody sparked weeks of protest and a day of rioting.The Grammy award-winning musician will hold his “Rally 4 Peace” show on Mother’s Day along with his backing band 3RDEYEGIRL, Royal Farms Arena said in a statement on Tuesday night. The statement added that “superstar guests” were also expected to attend.“Wear something gray,” reads a promotional image for the concert, seemingly to...

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