GAZA CITY: The death toll in Gaza rose to 572 on Monday. And the Israeli army said another seven soldiers had been killed in fighting in Gaza, raising the overall Israeli death toll to 27, all but two of them soldiers.Gaza emergency services spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said airstrikes and shelling killed 54 people, including five children, across the enclave on Monday, and another 68 bodies were pulled from the rubble in areas hit by heavy fighting a day earlier.The army also said its troops had killed “more than 10 militants” who had infiltrated Israel through two tunnels. Fighters killed inside Israel are not included in Qudra’s Gaza toll.The White House said Israel must do more to protect civilians caught up in the crossfire of its assault.“We would like the Israelis to take even greater steps to ensure the protection of civilians,” spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.UN chief Ban Ki-...
Customs officers at Dhuba Port in Tabuk have foiled an attempt to smuggle nearly 11 million amphetam...
CAIRO: World efforts to end two weeks of deadly violence in and around Gaza stepped up a gear on Mon...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans to open its stock market to direct investment by foreign financial institutions in the first half of next year, the market regulator said.The opening of the Saudi market, capitalized at about $530 billion, is one of the most keenly awaited economic reforms in the world’s biggest oil exporter. The bourse would be one of the world’s last major exchanges to begin welcoming foreign money.“The market...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah held talks here Monday with Morocco’s King Mohammed on major regional and international developments, including the situation in Palestine.They also discussed prospects of expanding cooperation between the two Arab countries.Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, secretary-general of the National Sec...

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The Council of Ministers has approved legislation that would allow Saudi women to vote and stand as candidates in upcoming municipal council elections.Women were not allowed to participate in the 2011 elections but Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques had ordered shortly before the polls that they shou...
The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) distributed almost 50,000 items of clothing and toys to children in need ahead of the Eid holidays, which begins Monday. The campaign was launched as part of the chamber’s social responsibility program.Kholoud Al-Fadeel, campaign director and organizer, said that SR2 millio...
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has launched a mobile phone complaint service to allow citizens and expatriates to inform it about any lack of proper facilities.Prince Sultan bin Salman, the SCTA president, launched the “Mobile Phone Complaint Service” and “Customer Relationship Management” (CRM) pro...
Authorities at Makkah and Madinah have reported a lower-than-expected turnout of worshippers who have registered for “itikaf” (total seclusion) at the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque. Thousands of Muslims confine themselves to mosques across the Kingdom during the last ten days of Ramadan.“A total of 5,400 people have reg...
The cost of Umrah packages are soaring during the latter part of Ramadan, whether for basic transportation and lodging or for high-end, five-star luxury hotels.Umrah travel operators in the capital, for instance, have increased pilgrim packages by 150 percent.Indeed, Umrah packages cost SR90 outside the peak season, but a r...
LONDON: Saudi scientists have found gene fragments of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in air from a barn housing an infected camel and say this suggests the disease may be transmitted through the air.MERS, a serious respiratory illness caused by a virus known as a coronavirus (CoV), has infected at...
A new pedestrian tunnel extending from a local Makkah neighborhood to the Grand Mosque is set for opening in two days.Umrah pilgrims will be able to walk from the Jaroul neighborhood straight into the Grand Mosque.The pedestrian tunnel is equipped with advanced air conditioning, emergency and fire systems and will have a se...
Several Gulf airlines, which have either suspended flights to Ukraine or reduced their frequency, have expressed serious concerns over the safety of passengers flying to destinations in and around Ukraine. “Some passengers bound for the Ukrainian capital have canceled their bookings following the shooting of the Malaysia Ai...
A total of 395,000 expatriate workers ran away from their employers in 2013, according to a report released recently by the Ministry of Labor.The report also revealed that 65,000 of the runaways were domestic workers, with males making up 51 percent and females 49 percent. Domestic workers made up 37 percent of those who ab...
More than 1,200 car drifters and spectators have been arrested over the past three months, local media said, quoting data released by the General Department of Traffic.“Riyadh’s traffic police formed a task force in cooperation with security patrols to monitor the drifting phenomenon,” Brig. Gen. Ali Al-Dibaikhi, director-g...
Civil Defense teams put out a fire that gutted 27 shops and all the stalls at Dammam’s public market yesterday.“Although the entire scene was gutted, there were no deaths or injuries,” said Col. Ali Saeed Al-Qahtani, Eastern Province Civil Defense spokesman.“The blaze had broken out in stalls and shops made of metal sheets...
Labor Ministry officials, accompanied by police, carried out massive raids in Riyadh and Jeddah on Sunday and arrested several residency and labor rule violators, security sources said.The raids covered mobile phone shops east of Riyadh, said Khaled Al-Shammari, director of labor inspections in the capital. “The raids were...
A fire was put out on a plot of empty land in Jeddah’s eastern industrial zone on Monday morning, said Col. Saeed Sarhan, Civil Defense media spokesman in Makkah.The fire, which broke out among a cluster of dumpsters, was prevented from spreading to neighboring areas, including industrial locations west of the scene, he sai...

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ISTANBUL: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sacrificed any possibility of...

CAIRO: World efforts to end two weeks of deadly violence in and around Gaza step...

GAZA CITY: Israel shelled a hospital in the central Gaza Strip on Monday, killin...

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to criticize Israel in can...

CAIRO: Clashes between rival Libyan militias fighting for control of the interna...

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BERLIN: Governments should take the lead in reviewing how risk assessments for a...

JAKARTA, Indonesia: Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, who won the hearts of Indonesi...

DONETSK, Ukraine: Fighting flared in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Mo...

ROME: Italy’s navy said it rescued nearly 1,800 migrants in overcrowded boats in...

BRAZZAVILLE, Congo: Key players in the Central African conflict launched a fresh...

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GLASGOW: “You bet we’re ready,” declared Glasgow’s council leader as the Scottis...

BALTIMORE: After two decades of watching US and European women golfers play for...

GSTAAD, Switzerland: Two-time champion Thomaz Bellucci won his first-round matc...

HOYLAKE, England: The end of the British Open means the Ryder Cup is getting clo...

TORONTO: David Ortiz hit the 452nd and 453rd home runs of his career, moving pa...

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Economists have welcomed the Cabinet’s decision to allow foreign investment in Saudi stock market. “This is doubtless a very significant development,” Jarmo T. Kotilaine,...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian food company Savola Group said its CEO Abdulraouf Mannaa is to step down for personal reasons.Mannaa would be replaced by Abdullah Mohammed Noor Rehaimi, currently a board member at Savola, who will take up the role on January 1, 2015. Savola, a producer of cooking oil, sugar and other foodstuffs, adde...
SAN FRANCISCO: Yahoo continued its quest for renewed relevance with the purchase of a startup specializing in analyzing and making money from mobile applications.Yahoo did not disclose how much it paid for San Francisco-based Flurry, but online reports valued the deal in the hundreds of millions of dollars for the startup f...
LONDON: Index compiler MSCI will consult with investors about adding Saudi Arabia to its broader stock indices and could make a decision to include it as an emerging market in June 2015, an MSCI official said.Saudi Arabia plans to open its stock market to direct investment by foreign financial institutions in the first half...
NEW YORK: Apple Inc. has asked suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million of its two forthcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year, its largest initial production run of iPhones, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.Its forecast for the iPhones with 4.7-inch (11....
ZURICH: Credit Suisse posted an unexpectedly big net second-quarter loss on Tuesday as a huge US tax evasion fine sent it deep into the red.The bank revealed a negative figure of 700 million Swiss francs (576 million euros, $778 million)The Swiss banking giant paid a $2.6 billion settlement to US authorities in May over tax...
LONDON: Shale plays are ideal for oil and gas companies that need to limit risk in countries with a history of political and economic instability and poor respect for private property.The ability to manage political risk, coupled with a world-class resource, explains why international oil firms are showing strong interest i...
OSLO: The global aluminum market is in its strongest shape since the financial crisis of 2008-2009 and the price of the lightweight metal could move higher this quarter, Norsk Hydro, a top global producer, said.The company, one of Norway’s biggest industrial companies and also a big producer of hydro-electric power, has rid...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans to open its stock market to direct investment by foreign financial institutions in the first half of next year, the market regulator said.The opening of the Saudi market, capitalized at about $530 billion, is one of the most keenly awaited economic reforms in the world’s biggest oil exporter. The...
NEW YORK: Major global stock markets fell and bond prices ralliedas worries over conflict in the Gaza Strip and Ukraine raised uncertainty for investors and kept them away from riskier assets.The safe-haven yen also inched up and gold prices rose above $1,300 an ounce as the market focused on increased turmoil in the Middle...
The Iraqi turmoil has intensified geopolitical worries as ISIS poses a major threat to any sign of normalcy in the region.The cluster of risks posed by developments such as the Palestinian conflict aside from ISIS and the stand-off between Russia and Ukraine, has the potential to test market sentiment through recurrent bout...
Etihad Etisalat Co. (Mobily) has posted a 6 percent increase in its revenues as it announced the interim financial results for the period ending on June 30, 2014.The revenues of the first six months totaled SR12.227 billion, compared to SR11.553 billion for the same period of last year.The gross profit of the second quarter...
Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors (MYNM)-Hyundai has won praise from dealers and customers for successfully organizing a trip to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.Customers who won in the ‘Hyundai takes you to Brazil’ competition were joined by the company’s retail dealers, fleet customers and media personalities.The trip inclu...

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On the 13th day of Israel’s so-called Operation Protective Edge, stories of enti...
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Mohammed Khalid Al-Otaibi, is a 23-year-old student surgeon who found his passion in art. His mother Huda Al-Otaibi, who is a classical painter, passed on her artistic skills to her son. His art happened to be of a different kind. They call it the "street art."
Mohammed started his enthusiasm as a hobby in high school, trying then to copy t...

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SAUDIS are taking on Twitter and booming on Facebook; these are the usual news we hear about Saudis committing to social media websites, but we tend to overlook the simplest of them all, WhatsApp.
It is definitely booming, which explains Facebook's $19 billion deal to take it over. The number of messages and photos shared on the platform is...

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Mesotherapy is increasingly becoming popular among Saudi women as a safe method to obtain freshness and beauty. It does not require scalpel surgery. The injectable cosmetic treatment is considered safe because it does not incur any risk to the patients.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Gebran, dermatological surgery consultant at the armed forces hospital i...

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The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has launched a mobile phone complaint service to allow citizens and expatriates to inform it about any lack of proper facilities.
Prince Sultan bin Salman, the SCTA president, launched the “Mobile Phone Complaint Service” and “Customer Relationship Management” (CRM) projects recently a...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Last week, I discussed the latest scientific research on fasting and its effects on the body, brain, and health in general. Fasting was found to have multiple benefits such as promoting fat loss; detoxifying the organs and systems; eliminating toxins; causing the body to heal itself; repairing damaged cells and organs; generating new white blood cells; balancing hormones; producing Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and an anti-aging hormone; relieving and energizing the digestive system; boosting the immune system; enhancing insulin sensitivity; reducing blood sugar count; breaking up plaque build-up in the arteries; enhancing the memory and mental activity; intensifying spirituality; and...
Ramadan is a month dedicated especially for your body and soul; it is an opportunity for you to look at things from a different perspective. Fasting is a part of many religions and many of the prophets have been known to fast.During this month, Muslims from all around the world come together to abstain from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset. This year, Ramadan falls in the middle of July, so the heat makes it extremely important to care for one’s health, as a healthy body will carry you through the month. The foods you choose to eat have a real impact on your health, energy and mood.According to recent studies and experiments, the mere act of fasting stimulates the...
Its elaborate culinary tradition may be on UNESCO’s cultural heritage list, but France is still having to pull out the stops to help foodies distinguish homemade dishes from industrial fare in restaurants.In a country where the mere publication of food guides triggers full-blown media storms, authorities this week launched a “homemade” label for French eateries following complaints that these were increasingly passing off boil-in-a-bag or microwaved ready meals as restaurant-quality fare.The “homemade” moniker — once casually flaunted on menus for fares such as terrine or desserts that had actually been shipped in from outside — will now be subject to checks that could land a restaurant...

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LONDON: Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine on Monday thanked well-wishers around the world as they prepared...
MUMBAI: ‘Rockstar’ star Ranbir Kapoor will star opposite actress Alia Bhatt in director Ayan Mukherjee’s next film.Karan Johar, who will be producing the film, took to Twitter to share the news. The movie is expected to release on Dec. 23, 2016.“Ayan Mukherjee’s next for Dharma productions is slated to begin mid next year and release December 23rd, 2016. Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt..,” the director-producer tweeted.Alia has always been vocal about her desire to work with the star.Ranbir had apparently suggested Alia’s name to Imtiaz Ali for their upcoming film, but the director felt Deepika...
NEW YORK:: Actress Scarlett Johansson, who is dating French journalist Romain Dauriacis, has reportedly finalized a wedding date for next month.The 29-year-old was recently overheard telling fellow guests at a dinner that she and Dauriac – with whom she is expecting her first child — will tie the knot in four weeks, reports New York Post newspaper. It is expected the “Lucy” star will either marry in her fiance’s native Paris, or in the Hamptons, where they have been spending most of the summer.“It is (easier to be with someone who isn’t famous), but it’s more than that. We do different things...

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