BERLIN: The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says authorities now know of 550 people from the country who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, and about 60 of them have died.The number of extremists given by Hans-Georg Maassen in an interview with Sunday’s Welt a.m. Sonntag newspaper is up from the figure of 450 authorities previously used.He was quoted as saying that “about 60 of these people coming from Germany so far have been killed or killed themselves — at least nine of them in suicide attacks.”Officials in Germany and other European countries worry that radicalized extremists returning from Syria and Iraq could pose a risk to security at home. Maassen says authorities believe about 180 have returned to Germany.
Authorities have taken steps to nationalize more jobs in travel, tourism and hotel industries, petro...
Torrential downpour lashed Jeddah on Friday night and Saturday morning, wreaking havoc across severa...
TUNIS: Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to vote for their first directly elected president, in the final step to be taken to full democracy after the 2011 revolution that ended the rule of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.More than three years since overturning Ben Ali’s one-party rule, Tunisia has become a model of transition for the region by adopting a new constitution, the politics of compromise and avoiding the turmoil f...
KANO, Nigeria: Boko Haram gunmen killed 48 fish vendors in Nigeria’s restive Borno State, near the border with Chad, the head of the fish traders association told AFP on Sunday.“Scores of Boko Haram fighters blocked a route linking Nigeria with Chad near the fishing village of Doron Baga on the shores of Lake Chad on Thursday and killed a group of 48 fish traders on their way to Chad to buy fish,” Abubakar Gamandi said.He...

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Riyadh’s residents have been complaining about heavy traffic during peak hours, but many are upbeat about the prospect of good results once major road projects are completed.“Traffic snarls and missed appointments are normal due to road construction projects, but the benefits will far outweigh the i...
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) have lauded the court declaration of the 550-peso airport terminal fee illegal.“This means that OFWs leaving the Philippines for their overseas jobs don’t have to pay that fee anymore,” said Cenon C. Sagadal Jr., a community leader.Sagadal said that the ruling was in recognition of the contr...
A Danish expat was injured when an unidentified man opened fire in Riyadh on Saturday. “The expatriate was fired at as he left work on Al-Kharj Road in Riyadh in his car at 2 p.m. on Saturday,” said Col. Fawaz Al-Maiman, Riyadh police spokesman. He was rushed to hospital and is in stable condition.The case is under probe.
The ministerial conference of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) that was scheduled to be held in Riyadh on Nov. 25 has been postponed to a later date, according to informed sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The conference was to be hosted by the ministry in cooperation with the 32-nation ACD, a pan-Asian initiati...
The head of the Saudi Radio and Television Commission, Abdul Rahman Al-Hazza, has said that the media industry will have to live up to the high expectations of its audience in light of the impressive technological changes taking place on the news front.Al-Hazza said that the current era of media development requires a new S...
The heavy downpours in Jeddah over the weekend have brought in a lot of business to tow truck owners in the city where flash floods have resulted in the breakdown of a large number of vehicles requiring to be towed away. Car owners are also complaining of the high rates of tow trucks which are charging up to SR40 per vehicl...
Dammam University has launched a campaign against colorful abayas after a number of girls were caught without the customary black outer covering mandatory in educational institutions. Supervisors at Dammam University confirmed that the campaign against the wearing of colored abayas had begun in all their colleges. They poin...
Philippine Labor Secretary Erlinda Dimapilis-Baldoz is due to visit the Kingdom at the end of the month and is expected to meet with her Saudi counterpart, Minister Adel Fakeih.“A request for such a meeting has been forwarded to the Saudi authorities and it is expected that bilateral issues will be discussed for the most pa...
The Ministry of Civil Service has said that there are approximately 6,000 expatriates currently working in government jobs, including the education, health and computer technology (IT) sectors.The ministry used this occasions to reconfirm its commitment to emphasize the employment of citizens in government positions first,...
The Ministry of Housing does not buy land from real estate developers because of the danger of prices skyrocketing, a senior official said here recently.The official, who did not want to be named, said the ministry only purchases land from municipalities and other government bodies. He said the ministry recently purchased l...
Higher Education Minister Khaled Al-Anqari recently announced SR1.5 million in cash prize for the winners of a new award honoring individuals who have advanced the Arabic language.Al-Anqari had announced the new categories within the International Awards for the Service of the Arabic Language (SAL).The award, whose name was...
eXtra Stores have apologized to customers for the mistakes that have taken place during their ongoing discount campaign, the largest in the Middle East.The apology comes after the Ministry of Commerce and Industry shut down two of the company’s stores after detecting violations.“We are ready to take necessary measures to wi...
The King Abdullah International Center for the Arabic Language (KAICAL) will be hosting an international event to celebrate the Arabic language next year.The event is to take place in February next year as part of the leadership initiative which comes amid reports that Arabic, despite its linguistic beauty and richness, is...

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TUNIS: Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to vote for their first directly el...

JERUSALEM: Human Rights Watch called on Israel Saturday to stop razing the homes...

MANAMA: Voters in Bahrain cast ballots Saturday in the kingdom’s first full parl...

BAGHDAD: Islamic State militants have killed 25 members of a Sunni tribe during...

FISHERS, Indiana: Muslims in Indiana held a funeral service for Abdul- Rahman Ka...

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's main opposition candidate has won important backing from a...

KANO, Nigeria: Boko Haram gunmen killed 48 fish vendors in Nigeria’s restive Bor...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked the US President Bara...

WASHINGTON: Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the d...

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent wee...

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MACAU: Manny Pacquiao couldn’t resist having a little fun after getting the sign...

LILLE, France: Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka gave Switzerland a 2-1 lead over...

LONDON: Diego Costa scored again as Chelsea established a seven-point lead at th...

DUBAI: Defending champion Henrik Stenson and Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello opened...

ABU DHABI: Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the Abu Dhabi G...

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RIYADH: Telecommunications company Etihad Etisalat, known as Mobily on the Saudi stock exchange, said Sunday it has suspended its chief executive officer after accounting...
Prince Saud bin Naif, governor of the Eastern Province, will patronize the sixth Saudi International Exhibition for Oil and Gas, starting in Dhahran on Monday. Dhahran International Exhibitions Company is organizing the event on Monday.Company CEO Muhammad bin Hamad Al-Hussaini said that several officials, investors and int...
TOKYO: Tokyo investors are likely to be cautious this week about a possible market downturn, analysts said, while political developments in Japan will be a focus ahead of an election next month.“The market continues to show all the signs of being technically overbought and potentially ready for a pullback,” said Masayuki Do...
Peter Ramsauer, chief of the German-Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has held high-level talks on strengthening bilateral cooperation in Riyadh.Ramsauer and his delegation met with various government agencies and business sectors, including senior officials in the Shoura Council and the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC)...
CAIRO: Egypt hopes to attract investment of $10-$12 billion in 20 projects, including in energy, transport and water, at a major conference in mid-March, the minister for international cooperation said.The conference is seen as a critical part of the government’s economic reform plan that has resulted in slashed energy subs...
Notis Mitarachi, vice minister for development and competitiveness of Greece, will be visiting Riyadh on Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 24-25) for meetings with high government officials to discuss the potential of bilateral collaboration in the fields of investments and exports. “Talks will be held on a win-win basis, which will...
LONDON: British insurer Aviva said it had agreed terms on a possible deal to buy rival Friends Life for 5.6 billion pounds ($8.8 billion) as British pension reforms put pressure on insurance companies to find new business.Pension providers are rushing to reinvent themselves after the government in March unexpectedly removed...
Riyadh International Catering Corporation (RICC), McDonald’s franchise rights owner and operator in the Kingdom, is thrilled with the global food giant earning top spot on 2014 brand simplicity index for the Middle East.McDonald’s, claimed to be the world’s largest chain of fast-food restaurants serving millions of customer...
Sheikh Khaled bin Abdullah bin Sultan Al-Qasimi, chairman of Department of Seaports and Customs, Hamriyah Free Zone Authority and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone and Rene Berkvens, CEO of Damen Shipyards Group in HFZA, have signed a contract to purchase new vessels for Sharjah Seaports.This is in line with the direc...
Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to oil and energy cooperation, tackling Middle East conflicts and resolving negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program at a meeting between the two nations’ foreign ministers on Friday.The two countries stressed the need to settle the Syrian crisis based on the Geneva 1 agreement focusing o...
The US catalog show at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) on Wednesday featured 45 companies representing America’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that have great expertise in certain areas.Speaking about the catalog show, US Consul General Todd C. Holmstrom said: “We see new potential for expanding par...
WASHINGTON: A bare 0.004 percent of the world’s adult population controls nearly $30 trillion in assets, 13 percent of the world’s total wealth, according to a new study.And perhaps unsurprisingly, the study by the Swiss bank UBS and luxury industry consultant Wealth-X said the concentration of money in the hands of the ult...
LONDON: Global oil prices rallied on fresh hopes that the OPEC will overcome internal resistance to trim output, while upbeat US economic data also provided support, analysts said.Nearing midday, Brent North Sea crude for delivery in January jumped $1.27 to $80.60 a barrel.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for January ad...

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The sixth edition of Abu Dhabi Art Fair opened its doors last weekend to welcome artists, galleries, art professionals and visitors from around the world to be part of a program that takes the region’s cultural institutions to a whole new level of development. The two participating Saudi galleries, Ayyam Gallery and Athr Gallery, received much a...

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Tighter infection controls in hospitals have contributed to a significant drop in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases in Saudi Arabia, but a senior health official warns that sporadic primary cases will still pop up.
There is no cure or vaccine for MERS — a severe respiratory disease which causes cough, fever, breathing problems a...

FASHION »

Argenterie is an extension of a 35-year-old jewelry business of Essam Jamal, one of Jeddah’s well-known jeweler specialized in fancy jewelry and gems. He counts Jeddah’s elite families and other big shots among his customers.
His son Abdulghani Jamal and his son’s wife Shaima Tash founded Argenterie to fill existing gaps in the jewelry mark...

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Where in the world is the best holiday destination for culture lovers? The Taj Mahal in India? The monuments of Rome? The Great Pyramid in Cairo? Or perhaps the vibrant city of Berlin, Boston or Beijing? We have prepared a list of eight destinations for those who love cultural exposure to feed their soul.

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FOOD & HEALTH »

La Cucina is a posh Italian restaurant located on the ground floor of Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh. This ultra-fashionable eatery offers one of the trendiest brunches in the capital city.La Cucina strikes the perfect balance between the traditional and the modern, offering innovative dishes made by Chef Nicola Russo. The hotel is renowned for its great service, which results in a delightful dining experience at La Cucina.Chef Russo, a native Italian chef, brought with him authentic Tuscan flavors from the kitchens of Tuscany to the dining tables of Riyadh’s top restaurant.As you walk into the restaurant, you can smell the scent of freshly baked goods from its bakery. The interiors are very...
Last week, I wrote about the flame retardant chemical, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, (PBDEs), in children’s wear, as well as phthalates in plastic water bottles, toys, and beauty care products. These articles are to make parents more aware of the chemically wrapped gifts offered to their children by the food, clothing, body care, and toy industries. Why did I choose to explore toxins and chemicals in modern children’s lives? That is because children are helpless, innocent, and more susceptible to contaminants than adults.Before I continue to another poisoning chemical, I would like to add more information about the flame retardant PBDEs, which is found in children’s wear, upholstery, and...
The Ministry of Health launched a nationwide awareness campaign to combat diabetes on the World Diabetes Day on Saturday.This year’s World Diabetes Day is under the theme “Healthy Living and Diabetes,” and is observed worldwide by over 200 member associations of the International Diabetes Federation in more than 160 countries and territories, all member states of the United Nations, as well as by other associations and organizations, companies, health care professionals and people living with diabetes and their families.Inaugurating the program at the King Abdullah Park in Malaz on Saturday, Dr. Abdul-Aziz bin Saeed, Deputy Minister of Health for Public Health, said the national program...

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MELBOURNE, Florida: The protesters didn’t show, the would-be hecklers didn’t take the bait, the weeks of headlines about...
LOS ANGELES: Singer Jennifer Lopez reportedly uses a body scrub with diamond powder to remove dead skin from her body.The 45-year-old star uses Australian-made body scrub, made with ‘diamond powder’ in a bid to keep cellulite at bay, reported Female First.“Jen’s legs are actually her biggest problem area. She’s prone to cellulite, and when she gains weight, it always goes straight to her thighs. But since she started exfoliating daily, her legs have never looked better,” a source said.According to the mag, the 45-year-old also has spray tans to keep her legs looking in tip top condition, with...
MUMBAI: Bollywood stars Dilip Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Govinda and Farhan Akhtar were among the celebrities who attended Salman Khan’s sister Arpita’s wedding reception in Mumbai.Arpita tied the knot with Delhi-based businessman Ayush Sharma in a grand ceremony in Hyderabad on Nov. 18. The reception, held here last evening, also saw many veteran actors like Saira Banu, Asha Parekh, Vinod Khanna and Salman’s other good friends, including Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia D’Souza, Govinda and Shraddha Kapoor.In fact, everyone who is anyone was there. On his way to the party Devgn tweeted and...

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