GENEVA/LONDON: The World Health Organization (WHO) set out plans on Friday for speeding up development and deployment of experimental Ebola vaccines, saying hundreds of thousands of doses should be ready for use in West Africa by the middle of 2015.The Geneva-based United Nations health agency confirmed that two leading vaccine candidates are already in human clinical trials, and said another five experimental vaccines were also being developed and would begin clinical trials next year.“Before the end of first half of 2015..we could have available a few hundred thousand doses. That could be 200,000 — it could be less or could be more,” the WHO’s Marie-Paule Kieny told reporters after a meeting in Geneva of industry executives, global health experts, drug regulators and funders.Researchers are already testing two candidate vaccines from GlaxoSmithKline and NewLink Genetics, with a third f...
WASHINGTON: The Islamic State has become the world’s wealthiest terror group, generating tens of mil...
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has rejected a report claiming that incidents of plan...
TALLINN, Estonia: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara will allow hundreds of Syrian rebels to head to the embattled town of Kobani along the Syrian-Turkish border to help Kurdish fighters there in the battle against Islamic State militants.Erdogan said in Estonia on Friday that the Western-backed Free Syrian Army will send 1,300 fighters to the Syrian town. Kurdish Syrian fighters have been battling militan...
The Interior Ministry warned on Thursday that it would punish women who drive, and those men who support them, as the one-year anniversary approaches of a nationwide campaign calling on the Saudi government to lift the ban on women driving.The campaign was launched on Oct. 26 last year.“Female drivers in Saudi Arabia will be dealt with strictly,” said a statement released by the ministry. “The ministry will apply regulati...

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The Makkah Mashaer Metro (MMM), developed by the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), recently disclosed to Arab News that 70 percent of its locally recruited staff are Saudi.According to CRCC’s Operational Department data, the number of local staff at MMM in 2010 was approximately 1,000,...
The King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) has approved 11 training programs designed for government employees.The training was approved by the Ministry of Civil Service to be implemented this year by the Dialogue Academy for Training and Public Opinion Survey under the umbrella of KACND. At a recent press con...
The first group of young Saudi students has arrived in Malta to study under the King Abdullah Scholarship Program (KASP), said Maltese Ambassador Martin Valentino.“They are the first group of Saudi students in our country and will study at the University of Malta. They will join some 2,000 other foreign students, mostly Eur...
Newly appointed US Consul General Todd Holmstrom met with Vice President of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mazen Batterjee on Thursday at the JCCI’s headquarters in Jeddah.Batterjee received Holmstrom and highlighted the economic and construction boom in the Kingdom.He also explained to the consul general the impor...
Many Saudis and expatriates here claim that increasingly poor local medical services have forced them to seek treatment abroad.Sameer Khan, an Indian patient based in Jeddah, claimed his health deteriorated after being given the wrong prescription, forcing him to travel home for further medical assistance. “I was suffering...
In a recent session, Shoura Council members criticized the Ministry of Civil Service and the Statistics Agency for not having a clear plan for creating job opportunities for Saudi women.The Shoura members said that the Statistics Agency was not providing accurate figures on the number of unemployed women, creating confusion...
Two patients in Hafr Al-Batin have successfully undergone surgery for the removal of uterine fibroids.A medical team from the Maternity Hospital in Hafr Al-Batin removed fibroids from the patients aged 34 and 40, media spokesman of Health Affairs in Hafr Al-Batin Abdulaziz Al-Inizi said.The first patient, aged 34, was suffe...
An Asian expatriate who made off with nearly a quarter of a million riyals in cash in Jeddah has been caught by the police.The spokesman for Makkah police said in a statement Thursday: “We received a complaint from a leading global constructional company in Sharafiyah that someone had broken its safe and stolen SR240,000.”T...
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) has launched a campaign on the importance of prayer in preventing people from sinning.The campaign, My Prayer is My Happiness, kicked off last Wednesday and will continue for two weeks in print and electronic media outlets. The aim of the initiativ...
The Ministry of Education plans to launch 1,000 fitness and social clubs for girls around the country by the end of 2015.Noura Al-Fayez, deputy minister of education for girls, said on Wednesday that the aim is to ensure these clubs are for members of the community, particularly young people, to develop a range of skills.Al...
Rising extremism is causing significant concern among minority communities in Sri Lanka, particularly Muslims, Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem said in Riyadh during an interview this week. “This is an unfortunate trend that needs to be addressed with great seriousness,” said Hakeem, who is also the leader of the Sri Lanka Musl...
The General Presidency for Youth Welfare (GPYW) in Jeddah recently launched a scout program with the participation of 50 young people from around the Kingdom.The program is organized by GPYW for representing youth activities in Jeddah and will continue until the end of October.Saud Salman, director of the program, said the...
A total of 530 distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), stuck in Jubail waiting for their unpaid benefits, have appealed to their government to help them return home.The families of the workers on Friday asked Philippine Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz to seek assistance from the Saudi labor...

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RAMALLAH: The Palestinians’ chief peace negotiator has laid out in the clearest...

TUNIS: A raid by Tunisian security forces on an armed group near the capital Fri...

SANAA: Tribesmen blew up Yemen’s main oil export pipeline on Friday, halting cru...

ISMAILIA: A car bomb killed at least 25 Egyptian security personnel in the Sinai...

BAGHDAD: Four former Blackwater guards found guilty for their role in the 2007 m...

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FERGUSON, Missouri: Police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and st...

PARIS: The international coalition currently battling the IS group in Iraq dropp...

WASHINGTON: An American nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian p...

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE: US and allied aircraft have flown nearly 6,600 sorties i...

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama is offering federal support to New York as it...

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SINGAPORE: With a little help from her rivals, Serena Williams secured a place i...

Rain or Shine, experienced and hungry, found a way to gut out a win even if thin...

VALENCIA, Spain: David Ferrer became only the fourth active player to record 600...

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand: South Africa crushed New Zealand to claim a 72-run...

DUBAI: Pakistan’s spin bowlers shared six wickets between them to take control o...

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Saudi nonoil exports rose by 22.2 percent in August to reach SR18.5 billion compared to the figures of the same period last year, Saudi Press Agency said quoting data rel...
DOHA: Qatar Fertiliser Co. (QAFCO) plans to launch niche production of environmentally friendly fertilizers to meet rising demand in Western markets, the firm's chief executive said on Thursday.The plan underlines a trend in several of the oil- and gas-rich economies of the Gulf: They are using their ample supplies of energ...
CAIRO: Egypt's tourism minister hopes to fully revive one of the country's most vital industries by next April but persuading the world that it is safe to visit the ancient pyramids or Red Sea resorts after three years of upheaval is a daunting task.Hisham Zaazou is mounting public relations campaigns, inviting foreign offi...
DEARBORN, Michigan: Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits.Ford's net income dropped 34 percent to $835 million in the third quarter, largely due to the cost of launching the pickup. The new F-150, which is 700...
NEW YORK: Amazon.com has long asked investors anxious for profits to be patient as it built its infrastructure and launched new services that it argued would position the e-commerce giant for long-term success. On Thursday, Amazon reported again that it has failed to turn a profit, this time posting a stunning loss of $437...
LONDON: Growth of the British economy slowed in the third quarter of this year, official data showed in a context of concerns over the uncertain global outlook.Gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.7 percent between July and September from output in the previous three months, the Office for National Statistics said in an init...
It is no longer a issue of whispering in the corridors of the oil industry. It is now part of public debate. Is Saudi Arabia launching an oil price war in tandem with the US to undermine or at least weaken energy dependent adversaries Russia and Iran?The latest to join this discussion is the notable New York Times columnist...
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's government has presented a relief budget that increases salaries and reduces water and electricity tariffs ahead of a possible presidential election in 2015.President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is also the finance minister, read the proposals in Parliament.Rajapaksa was at the peak of his popularity after h...
BEIJING: Twenty-one Asian nations have signed on to a China-driven initiative to create a new development bank for Asia that’s aimed at boosting infrastructure investment of all kinds. Beijing sees that as a way to raise its international standing, but Washington opposes the move as an unnecessary and potentially damaging r...
SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft has reported quarterly profits ahead of most expectations, as revenues got a boost from its Xbox consoles and Internet “cloud” services for enterprises.Net profit in the quarter dipped to $4.5 billion from $5.2 billion in the same period a year ago, but topped most analyst forecasts.Revenue rose abo...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s imports jumped an annual 19.6 percent in August, ending nine consecutive months of declines, while growth in nonoil exports accelerated to 22.2 percent, data from the Central Department of Statistics and Information showed.Nonoil exports account for around 12 percent of overall exports of Saudi Arabia...
RIYADH: Major Saudi Arabian construction firm Abdullah Abdul Mohsin Al-Khodari and Sons says it may double its capital spending in coming years to cope with the work it hopes to do on the country’s big infrastructure projects.Saudi Arabia’s SR855 billion state budget plan for 2014 slowed total spending growth to the lowest...
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia supplied less crude oil to the market in September than a month earlier, an industry source said on Thursday, at a time when some OPEC members are calling on the Kingdom to cut back output to lift prices.Brent rose above $85 a barrel on the news, though it was still trading not far from its lowest in fou...

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Last year’s feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors.
The center would be funded by Palestinian Americans who have pledged support, Mohammed Assaf, 24, said in an inter...

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The number of Internet users in the Kingdom reached 18.3 million this year. Subsequently, there is an increased demand for Internet and broadband connection services (both mobile and home-based).
Due to this, subscriptions for broadband services across mobile networks in the Kingdom have continued to increase during 2014 to complement this...

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It’s that time of the year again when women from around the world gather in Paris for the much awaited Paris Fashion Week.
The event never fails to amaze and reinvent fashion as it comprises the creme de la creme fashion houses and iconic designers.
Summer may have come to an end as Autumn leaves started to dot the streets of the chic...

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The hot days of summer are over and fall is here, it’s a wonderful season to escape for a while and experience any location in the world. The busy tourist-filled streets have since returned to their home countries and show ways for those searching for some serenity away from all things touristy. One of those likely places would have to be Tokyo,...

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An alarming 150 to 200 percent increase in cancer rates is expected by 2030 within the GCC states. This is the highest expected increase in the world, according to medical expert, Dr. Ibtihal Fadil.Dr. Fadil, a consultant for the chronic diseases department at the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Countries Bureau in Cairo, made this prediction at the International Medical Conference on the Burden of Cancer in the Gulf Region organized by the GCC ministers for health, and in collaboration with the Gulf Center for Cancer at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. The conference was opened on Tuesday by Deputy Health Minister Dr. Mansoor Al-Hawasi. The event drew a large...
The meat company, MeatCo. is a high end, fine dining South African cuisine that serves great gourmet burgers and steaks. The restaurant looks over the calm and tranquil waterways of Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The experience begins as soon as you enter the restaurant. The reception desk is located right opposite the entrance where you will be greeted and taken to your table. A couple of steps lead you to a restaurant designed in an urban style with dark walls, dim lights and hardwood floors. Deep comfy brown leather chairs around square or round wooden tables make for the perfect homely experience. An open kitchen lets you see your food being prepared in full view.The outdoor terrace lined with...
More than 39 percent of Saudi women over fifty suffer from osteoporosis compared to 37.8 percent men of the same age group, local media said quoting an expert of spine surgery.Dr. Walid Awwad, Consultant of Spine Surgery at King Khalid University Hospital, said the majority of those prone to osteoporosis were not subjected to proper tests, nor treated with the best heath care.In a related development, the Health Directorate in Riyadh Region and the Osteoporosis Program at the Ministry of Health has jointly organized an awareness forum on osteoporosis to discuss ways women can protect themselves from the debilitating disease and how to deal with it.Organizers of the forum, held in Wadi...

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LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sent her first ever tweet during a visit to a museum Friday, signing it “Elizabeth...
NEW YORK: Shakira is partnering with Fisher-Price to launch a line of baby toys as well as a Web series for moms.The Mattel, Inc.-owned company announced Friday that the First Steps collection of toys and baby gear would be available in November. Shakira co-developed six products, including a bouncer that plays music, alphabet blocks and a musical soccer ball, an ode to her soccer-playing boyfriend Gerard Pique, who plays for FC Barcelona.All of the proceeds will benefit her Barefoot Foundation, which provides education and nutrition to children in impoverished areas of her native Colombia....
TOKYO: Disney executives call their next film “a love letter to Japanese culture.” No wonder: This nation can’t get enough of animation, especially Disney’s.Walt Disney Animation Studios is practically bending backward to woo Japanese moviegoers after the stupendous success of “Frozen.” The fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time made more than $250 million of its total in Japan alone, nearly a third of its overseas numbers and more than five times what it made in France, according to Box Office Mojo.“Frozen” is third of all time in Japan, behind “Titanic” and Japanese animation classic “...

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