JEDDAH/KARACHI: Major Pakistan airports remained crippled by industrial action Friday as a strike by employees of the national flag carrier against plans to privatize the airline entered its fourth day.All of Pakistan International Airlines’ foreign and domestic flights were suspended Friday with thousands of passengers, including Pakistani expat workers trying to fly to the Middle East, stranded at Karachi’s international airport and other key hubs.“My visa is about to expire in the next three days and I have to reach Dubai before that but here I am stuck at the airport,” Sualma Jia, who works at a hotel in Dubai, told AFP in Karachi.She said she was not even able to retrieve her luggage from the airline. “My future is at stake here, I tried a few private airlines but they have raised their fares by almost three times,” she said.PIA spokesman Danial Hassan Gillani said agreements had be...
JEDDAH: There was tight security at mosques throughout the Kingdom on Friday, particularly in the Ea...
RIYADH: The Labor Ministry has banned workers transferring their sponsorship after completing housin...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s capital city has major opportunities for investors across several sectors, the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh stated in its investment climate report for last year.The report, published in a local newspaper on Friday, was released in four parts, which included the background on the Kingdom’s economy, Riyadh’s growth and infrastructure, regulations for investors, and investment opportu...
WASHINGTON: The White House welcomed on Friday Saudi Arabia’s announcement that it was prepared to ramp up its commitment to fighting Daesh in Syria.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Saudi announcement on Thursday was a response to US Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s plea for coalition partners to step up contributions to the fight against Daesh.“So we certainly welcome the announcement from our partners in Saudi...

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RIYADH: Education Minister Ahmed Al-Issa has called on teachers, educators and other officials of his ministry to work hard for the common goal of producing quality graduates. “I urge you to do your level best in transmitting knowledge to the students in accordance with the aspirations of the Saudi...
RIYADH: The Kingdom and New Zealand have signed an air services agreement to set a comprehensive regulatory framework for air transport, operating on a safe and organized basis.The deal was signed at the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) headquarters here by Captain Abdulhakim Mohammed Al-Badr, assistant president...
AL-AHSA: Uncoordinated production resources, lack of risk planning, evaluation, non-study of similar projects and poor planning are among the reasons for failure of projects, an expert has said.“Total quality management (TQM) is an integrated scientific and administrative approach that focuses mainly at internal and externa...
JEDDAH: The Specialized Criminal Court has issued its verdict against two Saudis for terrorism-related offenses and for supporting extremist groups, a local daily has reported.The court issued a prison sentence of ten and a half years to the first defendant after he was found guilty of issuing fatwas against the rulers of t...
RIYADH: The second phase of the operation on a Polish child for a genetic heart disease was successfully performed at the King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC) of the National Guard Health Affairs on Wednesday. On a directive from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, one-year-old Jakub Przystki was flown into the Kin...
JEDDAH: A new breast cancer treatment improves survival rates by an average 20 percent, with life expectancy lengthened by 29.9 months.This is according to Ahmed Al-Wabari, breast oncology consultant at King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Dammam, who outlined these results in a paper he presented at a medical forum in Alkhobar...
RIYADH: The projects of Saudi students at the Technical Trainers College (TTC) is being showcased at the German pavilion in the 30th Janadriyah Festival. With the slogan “Welcome to Your Future”, the TTC is participating in the festival with Germany being the guest of honor.“The goal of the TTC is to nurture and cultivate t...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor has urged firms to immediately start implementing the 10th phase of the Wage Protection System before it becomes mandatory on March 31.Mohammed Al-Faleh, assistant undersecretary for inspection and development of the work environment, was quoted as saying that this phase, for firms with 80 or m...
RIYADH: As many as 104 antique items that have come from the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany, have gone on display at the National Museum here. The exhibition coincides the Janadriyah festival for heritage and culture.According to local media, the Pergamon Museum contains many of famous historical artifacts, particularly...
RIYADH: A visiting Kuwaiti delegation has praised Saudi Arabia for collecting and preserving various heritage items at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center in Riyadh.The delegation, led by Kuwait’s Education Minister Bader Al-Essa, was given a tour of the center by Saleh Al-Obaid, director general of the King Abdul Aziz Hi...
RIYADH: Road security forces in Madinah apprehended two Asian expats who were caught in possession of a huge amount of money totaling SR1.6 million and talismans.“The two Asians were riding in a Japanese-made car when they were stopped at the Yanbu-Madinah highway. The security forces became suspicious and searched the two...
RIYADH: Good news for the 25,000 British expatriates in the Kingdom, who will get their franchise to participate in the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.In an announcement on Thursday, the British Embassy here said that the United Kingdom’s (UK) Electoral Commission launched a day of dedicated activit...
JEDDAH: Jeddah Municipality, with cooperation of the Check Safety First British company, launched an award of excellence for services in restaurants under the name E-Cristal to support the establishment of best services in restaurants and eatery shops, and provide health safety and security to the public.On Monday, Jeddah M...

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JEDDAH: Most of the victims of a fire that struck a hotel in Iraq on Friday were...

IRBIL: A fire at a hotel in the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region killed 17 peo...

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s top Shiite cleric will no longer provide weekly Friday political...

ISTANBUL. Turkey: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Russia must be held acco...

BEIRUT, Lebanon: Tens of thousands of Syrians fled an intensifying Russian assau...

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UNITED NATIONS: A human rights group alleged Thursday that at least eight women...

LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Friday urged Britain and Sweden to let...

SYDNEY: Meet young Australian Muslim teen Stephanie Kurlow who hopes to become f...

WARSAW: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday appeared to have come a s...

MEXICO CITY: Actress Kate del Castillo is ready to answer questions about her li...

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KIGALI: The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said Friday it was backing S...

DUBAI: Spain’s Juan Jose Lobato clinched a summit finish victory in the key stag...

DUBAI: Ernie Els proved that his brilliant opening-round was not a fluke when he...

NEW DELHI: The hosts India Friday recalled strike bowler Mohammed Shami and name...

VANCOUVER, British Columbia: Alex Wennberg scored the only goal in a shootout an...

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LONDON: Oil steadied on Friday in a volatile session, as bearish fundamentals pressured prices despite bullish indications earlier in the week.International benchmark Bre...
WASHINGTON: US employment gains slowed more than expected in January as the boost to hiring from unseasonably mild weather faded, but surging wages and an unemployment rate at an eight-year low suggested the labor market recovery remains firm.Nonfarm payrolls increased by 151,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate wa...
NEW YORK: On May 2, Ed Bastian takes over as the new CEO of Delta Air Lines, replacing the retiring Richard Anderson. Bastian has been Anderson’s close deputy, helping to turn around the airline from bankrupt carrier to one of the world’s leading airlines, one whose playbook is often copied by others.Bastian has been with D...
SAN FRANCISCO: LinkedIn shares plunged as much as 28 percent in after-hours trading Thursday after the company reported better-than-expected results for the fourth quarter but provided a weak forecast for 2016.The professional networking service’s adjusted earnings and revenue beat Wall Street’s estimates for the last three...
TOYOTA: Toyota said nine-month net profit jumped nearly 10 percent to 1.9 trillion yen ($16 billion), despite falling sales in most regions, with the world’s top automaker focused on squeezing more productivity out of its plants.The Corolla and Prius maker also slightly raised its fiscal year profit forecast to 2.27 trillio...
PARIS: ArcelorMittal said it would ask shareholders for fresh funds, sell assets and slash costs after falling commodity prices pummelled its performance last year, leaving a gaping hole in its accounts.The world’s largest steelmaker reported a net loss of $7.95 billion for 2015, more than four times the previous year’s net...
FRANKFURT: Embattled German auto giant Volkswagen said it would postpone publishing its 2015 annual results, as well as its shareholder meeting due to an ongoing probe into a global emissions-cheating scandal.The annual earnings news conference had been scheduled for March 10 and the shareholders’ annual general meeting (AG...
JAKARTA: There is Samsung of South Korea, Sony of Japan, BMW of Germany and IKEA of Indonesia. Wait! IKEA of Indonesia? Yes, at least in Indonesia, if not worldwide.The furniture giant, founded in Sweden in 1943, has lost a trademark dispute in Indonesia after the country’s highest court agreed the IKEA name was owned by a...
OUARZAZATE, Morocco: King Mohammed VI has inaugurated Morocco’s first solar power plant, a massive project that the country sees as part of its goal of boosting its clean energy output.Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane and French Environment Minister Segolene Royal were among local and foreign officials who attended the op...
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s economy grew at its slowest pace for six years in 2015, data showed, as it was hit by plunging commodity prices and falling exports to key markets including China.Southeast Asia’s largest economy grew 4.79 percent last year, the first time it has fallen below five percent since 2009 at the height of the...
 

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United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon was not the first to call for a settlement betw...
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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: The Firefox smartphone operating system is being shut down, three years after a launch aimed at challenging the dominant platforms powered by Apple and Google, developers said Thursday.
The operating system created by the Mozilla developer community as an open-source system failed to gain traction in mobile devices, according to...

FASHION »

I love a beauty trend just as much as the next girl does, growing up playing with mom’s makeup and trying on her Chanel lipsticks can do that to a person, sorry mummy! The year 2015 came and went with beauty trends that were quite weird, a bit over the top, time consuming and sometimes downright stupid. Trends come and go, it’s an evolving indus...

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Residents of Jacksonville, the charmingly chic seaport on Florida’s northeasten coast, often refer to their hometown in affectionate terms. “J-Ville” and “The River City” are two of them; “JAX” is another. But after a few days here, we had a few words of our own: Charismatic, energetic, undiscovered.
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JEDDAH: A new breast cancer treatment improves survival rates by an average 20 percent, with life expectancy lengthened by 29.9 months.This is according to Ahmed Al-Wabari, breast oncology consultant at King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Dammam, who outlined these results in a paper he presented at a medical forum in Alkhobar recently.The forum included 120 local and international doctors and specialists who discussed the latest studies on evidence-based treatments for patients with advanced breast cancer, which included the most dangerous, HER2.Shadi Al-Khayyat, consultant in oncology at King Abdulaziz University Hospital in Jeddah, said this new treatment targets the HER2 cancer cells...
NEW DELHI: An Indian drugmaker on Wednesday said it was developing the world’s first vaccine against Zika after the World Health Organization declared an global emergency over the rapidly spreading virus.Bharat Biotech, a vaccine manufacturer based in the southern city of Hyderabad, said two vaccines had been in development for a year and were ready for pre-clinical testing in animals.There is currently no proven vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has spread throughout Latin America where it has been blamed for a surge in brain-damaged babies.“We are the first in the world to file for a global patent for a Zika virus vaccine,” Rajarshi Dasgupta, head of company’s legal and...
RIYADH: In a travel advisory issued on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health urged citizens who want to travel to countries affected by the Zika virus to exercise extreme caution.The WHO has declared the mosquito-borne virus a public health emergency of international concern.Health Ministry spokesman Faisal Al- Zahrani told Arab News on Tuesday that the ministry has listed virus-hit countries which are — Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Suriname, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Venezuela, Panama, Martinique, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, Guyana, Haiti, Bolivia and French Guiana.Al-Zahrani said the carrier of the disease, the Aedes aegypti...

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NEW YORK: Grammy-award winning pop star Taylor Swift is making her first foray into the world of mobile gaming by partne...
TAIPEI: Pop diva Madonna has waded into the war of words over Taiwanese identity after draping herself in the island’s flag, sparking ire in China, where any suggestion of independence is scorned.Taiwan’s Apple Daily and Liberty Times newspapers ran photos of Madonna with the flag over her shoulders as she sang an encore Thursday on the Taipei leg of her global Rebel Heart Tour.The move was greeted enthusiastically by many on Taiwanese Internet forums, who saw it as a boost to their quest to protect the island’s sovereignty in the face of increased influence from Beijing.“Madonna supports...
NEW DELHI: India’s Jet Airways has grounded five crew members for allowing a Bollywood singer to perform over the in-flight announcement system, an airline spokesman said Friday, prompting a social media backlash against the decision.The temporary suspension of the crew comes after a video showing singer Sonu Nigam’s impromptu performance last month went viral, prompting an investigation by authorities.“All cabin crew on the flight have been taken off from flight duty for enquiry and corrective training to reinforce strict adherence to operating procedures,” a Jet Airways spokesman said in a...

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