JEDDAH: Saudi security authorities managed to foil an attempt to commit a terrorist crime targeting worshippers in Al-Anoud Mosque, Dammam City, while they were performing Friday prayers, the Interior Ministry announced.The security authorities have launched a criminal investigation and a detailed statement will be issued later, said the ministry’s security spokesman.The explosion went off as security officials approached the car as it was being driven to a parking lot near the mosque of Al-Anoud in Dammam, said the spokesman quoted by the SPA.“When they headed toward it, it exploded killing four people, at least one of them believed to be its driver,” he said.
JEDDAH: The Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) and the Ministry of Labor has formed a joint committee t...
MAKKAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman was accorded a warm welcome by the people of M...
Washington: The United States removed Cuba from its blacklist as a state sponsor of terrorism on Friday, in a landmark move aimed at paving the way toward normalizing ties frozen for half a century.The decision means Cuba will now have better access to US banking facilities and American aid, and a ban on arms exports and sales is also lifted.It also wipes out an international stigma which Havana — on the blacklist since 1...
JEDDAH: Ninety six percent of the Haramain High Speed Rail Project in Jeddah and Makkah has been completed. The contractors would by the end of this year complete bridges along the railway line in Jeddah, including those removed three years ago in preparation for the project, such as the Briman, Palestine and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Road bridges, sources said.All work, including construction of bridges and extension o...

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JEDDAH: Academics, researchers, and educators are calling for a new strategy to combat extremist and radical thought.They said the strategy must begin in primary schools and continue through university. The plan should be adopted and led by the Ministry of Education, with support from all department...
JEDDAH: Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih said his ministry is taking practical steps to implement health insurance programs for citizens.He said that the number of beneficiaries of treatments through the ministry's health insurance program amounted to 9 million, of whom 3 million are Saudis.The minister was speaking at a pre...
JEDDAH: Seventy percent of the 400,000 daily calls made to the 989 number are related to complaints about traffic fines and services, according to the public security department of the Interior Ministry.Complaints about service delays and legal issues are referred to the director of public security Lt. Othman bin Nasser Al-...
MADINAH: Madinah will host a charity football tournament every year featuring top Muslim soccer stars from around the world. Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman made the announcement at a gathering with players in the city on Thursday. The players were from Europe, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries. They were in the c...
JEDDAH: Many Saudi families are complaining that they are facing Ramadan this year without domestic help.The crisis began three years ago when several countries stopped sending workers to the Kingdom, and have demanded certain terms that families feel are “prohibitive,” a report published in the local media stated.They comp...
JEDDAH: Two Border Guard soldiers were killed by enemy fire in the border town of Dhahran Al-Jonoub in Asir province on Wednesday. Five others were injured in the incident.“While discharging their duties at one of the border posts in Dhahran Al-Janoub in Asir province, some Border Guard soldiers came under fire from Yemeni...
JEDDAH: Over 1.86 million Saudis have applied for jobs under the Taqat job placement program run by the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF).Data released by the HRDF showed that there are only 11,300 job vacancies across the country, a shortfall of 90 percent.University graduates made up 290,000 or 16 percent of those s...
JEDDAH: The Passport Department has warned citizens, residents and business owners against employing or sheltering residency rule violators, saying defaulters would face stiff punishment.“On the basis of royal decrees, those who violate residency and labor regulations will be given the maximum punishment,” the department sa...
JEDDAH: A team of volunteers at Al-Qadeeh’s Ali bin Abi Taleb Mosque completed the restoration and renovation operations in just four days after the terror attack.On Day 2 of the attack, the volunteers embarked on removing all traces of blood on the prayer mats, restored power and equipped the mosque with air conditioners.A...
RIYADH: Mobile phone use while driving increases the probability of a traffic accident by as much as four times, said a senior Traffic Department officer.Brig. Gen. Ali Al-Rashidi, director of safety and Riyadh Traffic Department spokesman, said that police can often identify drivers who are busy with cell phone calls as th...
JEDDAH: Wrong or inaccurate interpretation of dreams has grown into a source of conflict and concern for many married couples, often ending in divorce.While dream interpreters often seek money, power and control, many women have been driven by dream interpretations to keep their spouses under surveillance and become wary of...
JEDDAH: Riham Al-Hakami, the Jazan girl who was wrongly given AIDS-infected blood during treatment at a government hospital two years ago, will get a financial compensation of SR500,000, a verdict issued by the legal medical committee said.The girl’s lawyer said he had asked for a compensation of SR50 million considering th...
JEDDAH: Students at Batterjee Medical College (BMC) say that they were taken by surprise when the institution announced an 11 percent fee increase for next year on the day of their examinations. Many have taken to social media to express their resentment at the decision. They claimed they were forced to sign pay agreements...

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TRIPOLI: The Islamic State group has seized control of the airport in the city o...

NICOSIA: A Lebanese-Canadian man detained in Cyprus after two tons of potential...

MELBOURNE: At least 12 Australian women from one city have attempted to join the...

CAIRO: French far-right leader Marine Le Pen held talks in Egypt with Al-Azhar t...

BAGHDAD: Qatar will open an embassy in Baghdad, Iraq’s foreign minister said on...

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YANGON: Myanmar’s navy seized a boat packed with 727 people off the country’s so...

MONTREAL: One of the top suspects of Nazi war crimes during the Second World War...

BEIJING: China’s capital seeks to snuff out smoking in indoor public places on M...

BUJUMBURA: An explosion shook the centre of the Burundi capital on Friday but no...

PARIS: A heritage committee of the UNESCO cultural agency stopped short on Frida...

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ZURICH: Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president on Friday in a dramatic...

Zurich: Sepp Blatter won the FIFA presidency for a fifth time Friday after his c...

ZURICH: Palestine unexpectedly dropped its motion to suspend Israel from interna...

SYDNEY: Danish pair Jan O Jorgensen and Viktor Axelsen will face each other in t...

ARLINGTON, Texas: Eduardo Rodriguez threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings to become the...

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PARIS: Air France faces its second safety investigation in as many weeks after pilots were forced to recover in mid-takeoff after entering the wrong data into the compute...
NEW YORK: Female CEOs are outpacing their male colleagues in pay, although they remain vastly outnumbered in the top echelons of American companies.Last year, the median pay for women CEOs rose to $15.9 million, a 21 percent gain from a year earlier, according to a study by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The...
NEW YORK: US banking giant JPMorgan Chase will cut thousands of jobs in a cost-shaving program aimed at saving $5 billion through 2017, a person close to the situation said.The largest US bank will eliminate more than 5,000 jobs by next year, said another source, confirming a report in The Wall Street Journal.The layoffs wi...
NICOSIA: Recession-hit Cyprus recorded a 15 percent hike in key tourism revenue in March, the first rise in income this year, official data showed.Tourism income on the Mediterranean holiday island reached 65 million euros ($71 million) from 56.5 million euros in the same month last year.This was helped by a 25.7 percent su...
MOSCOW: Russia’s ruble is on a roller-coaster. After being the world’s second worst-performing currency against the dollar last year, it is among the best in 2015.That will help keep a leash on inflation, to the relief of millions of Russians. But it is worrying one part of the economy — the local industry that had seen dem...
HONG KONG: Japan’s Nikkei chalked up an eleventh straight gain as the yen sat around 12-year lows against the dollar, while Shanghai extended losses following the previous day’s hefty plunge.The euro continues to face downside pressure over concerns that Greece and its creditors will not reach an agreement on reforming its...
SAN FRANCISCO: Google is willing to store and organize all of the world’s digital photos and videos for free.The online photo service is the latest example of Google’s desire to wrap its tentacles around virtually every part of people’s lives.Google will provide unlimited storage of all photos up to 16 megapixels and high-d...
LONDON: Tata Steel UK’s biggest trade union has voted to go on strike, setting the scene for the biggest labor action in the British steel sector in three decades.Members of the trade union Community voted 88 percent in favor of going on strike while the smaller GMB union said its members also approved strike action, statem...
WASHINGTON: The US economy contracted in the first quarter as it buckled under the weight of unusually heavy snowfalls, a resurgent dollar and disruptions at West Coast ports, but activity has rebounded modestly.The government slashed its gross domestic product estimate to show GDP shrinking at a 0.7 percent annual rate ins...
MUMBAI: India posted annual growth of 7.3 percent, overtaking China in the first three months of 2015, but analysts warned further measures were needed to boost the economy.The growth rate for the financial year that ended March 31, 2015 came in slightly lower than the 7.4 percent that the statistics ministry had predicted...
ATHENS: Bank deposits in Greece have hit their lowest in more than a decade, according to data released Friday, as Greeks concerned about the painfully slow pace of their government’s talks with bailout creditors withdrew savings in an orderly but steady flow.European Central Bank figures showed more than 5 billion euros ($...
DUBLIN: Ireland’s Parliament has approved the sale of its 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus to IAG, clearing a hurdle for the takeover of the airline and limiting political damage for the government.The government earlier agreed to sell its stake after British Airways-owner IAG gave reassurances on jobs and routes following mo...
ISTANBUL: ING Group NV, BNP Paribas and Bahrain-based Arab Banking Corp. (ABC) have submitted bids to buy HSBC’s Turkish business, a source familiar with the process said on Friday.The source said the bids are non-binding, suggesting that the process could still take some time to complete, but that one-to-one talks have beg...
 

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We live in a modern world that is losing traces of its past bit by bit, it’s inevitable since it’s the normal evolutionary way of life. The world is progressing at a fast pace and we are engrossed in daily activities that can get us all wrapped up with the future of our endeavors and so the past is simply an illusion or a story being told by an...

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A newly-discovered glitch in Apple’s software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message.
Apple says it’s aware of the problem and is working on a fix. But some pranksters are sharing information about the glitch on social media and using it to crash other peoples’ phones.
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Summer season can be damaging to your skin and hair, but how about your fingernails? Sun, heat, and water can all cause damage to your digits.
Many women pay attention to only hair and skin to protect them from the damaging summer weather and neglect their nails. Summer is the season for exposed flip-flops and sandals; you would want to pa...

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RIYADH: The Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum, the top photography contest in the country with prizes worth over SR1 million, is now open for online entries.
Professional and amateur photographers are allowed to enter the contest. The final deadline is Sept. 30. The awards ceremony will be held at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibiti...

FOOD & HEALTH »

ABHA: While many smokers say that they can’t quit and others complain of no will power, some admit to smoking because it is seen as fashionable. It seems that sheesha and cigarettes have become the latest fashion accessory at women’s gatherings where smoking is seen as necessary.Psychologists and sociologists say that the increasing number of women who smoke for perceived social prestige is alarming.An official at Naqa, a charitable organization specializing in combating smoking, said more Saudi women than men smoke sheesha. He pointed out that the ages of smoking women is between 30 and 40, adding that large numbers of married women smoke sheesha. He explained that the situation has become...
If you are tired of eating Lebanese, Italian or even Chinese food and you have no desire for some fast food, the time has come for a real change so how about some Tex-Mex at Chili’s! Tex-Mex, incidentally, was one of the original spin-offs from Mexican cooking that has really strayed far from its roots. In other words, Mexican food and Tex-Mex are merely cousins in the culinary world. The term Tex-Mex first appeared in print in 1945.The arrival of large numbers of Mexican immigrants in Texas after 1950 prompted the opening of Mexican restaurants. This twentieth century phenomenon turned into a gourmet trend in the 1970s, a fad which has not abated and is still very much alive. People are...
JEDDAH: There are nearly 15,000 renal failure patients in the Kingdom and two-third of them undergo dialysis, said Dr. Mohammed Al-Aumi, supervisor of King Salman Kidney Center in Riyadh.Addressing a workshop organized by the Health Ministry for enhancing public awareness on kidney related diseases, he said renal failure cases are spreading all over the world.“More than 600 million people around the world currently suffer from kidney diseases and they account for 14.2 percent of global population,” Al-Aumi told participants.“It’s a silent disease that creeps into all parts of body and we’ll know its symptoms only after sometime,” he pointed out.Al-Aumi underscored the ministry’s efforts to...

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OXON HILL, Maryland: They couldn’t be rattled. They couldn’t be denied. Indian-Americans Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya S...
RABAT, Morocco: Singer and movie star Jennifer Lopez has expressed excitement about kicking off Morocco’s Mawazine music festival on Friday, while insisting she’s still just the girl from the Bronx.“I’m excited for everyone to see my whole show and experience a Moroccan audience for the first time that way,” she told journalists Thursday in the Moroccan capital of Rabat ahead of her scheduled performance.She said the key to beauty was a healthy life, working hard and not drinking or smoking. She talked about future projects, including a show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and a police...
LOS ANGELES: Angelina Jolie, American actress and human rights activist, turns 40 on June 4. She is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses, with an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards to her name. Forbes released it’s list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” recently. Jolie came in at 54. Her humanitarian work focuses on conservation, education, and women’s rights, and she also campaigns on behalf of refugees as a Special Envoy for UNHCR. Twice divorced, she is now married to actor Brad Pitt and has six children, three of whom were adopted...

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