WASHINGTON: US defense officials say the Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants.The imperiled town of Amirli is about 105 miles (169 kilometers) north of Baghdad and just a few miles from Kurdish territory. About 12,000 to 15,000 people are estimated to have no access to food or water.The United Nation’s top representative in Iraq earlier this week called for relief there.Three US defense officials said a humanitarian mission is under consideration. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they could not discuss internal administration deliberations by name. It could be similar to the humanitarian airdrops of food and water to Iraq’s Sinjar area earlier this month, which included airstrikes.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-...
A gas tank explosion in Madinah killed five people and damaged several vehicles on Tuesday, accordin...
KABUL: Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah will reject the results of a UN-supervised audit of the election, his spokesman said Wednesday, tipping the country deeper into crisis a week before the scheduled inauguration.“We will be out of the process, and any kind of result from the process will not be acceptable for Dr. Abdullah,” his spokesman Muslim Saadat told AFP after Abdullah withdrew from the audit in a...
Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal held positive and constructive talks on Tuesday with Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian. The two sides discussed major regional developments and agreed to join forces in the fight against terrorist groups that have threatened the region’s security and stability.“The meeting with Prince Saud took place in a very positive and constructive atmosphere,” said Abdollah...

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Education Minister Prince Khaled Al-Faisal received an award of excellence from Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah at a huge gathering of princes, ministers, elite and dignitaries from both the government and private sectors at the Jeddah Hilton on Tuesday.The education minister had been nomina...
Labor disputes and amicable settlements will be among major topics that will be taken up at a social dialogue that will be held under the auspices of Labor Minister Adel Fakeih on Sept. 3.An official from the Labor Ministry told Arab News that this is the fourth social dialogue arranged by the ministry to bridge the gap bet...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has approved the creation of 600 new jobs of inspectors at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to strengthen its fight against trade fraud and illegal practices.“The creation of new jobs will help the ministry intensify its inspection of markets across the Kingdom to prevent...
Three Saudis were executed Wednesday after being convicted of murder in separate cases, the Interior Ministry announced, bringing to 41 the number of executions this year.Nawaf Al-Mutairi was executed in Madinah for the machine-gun killing of fellow Saudi Adel Al-Harbi in a dispute. Another Saudi, Naji Al-Mutleq, was behead...
New Zealand Ambassador to the Kingdom Hamish MacMaster said that Saudi Arabia will open its embassy in Wellington late this year. The establishment of the embassy will be a major move toward strengthening the ties between the Kingdom and New Zealand, the ambassador told newsmen.“At present, we have a Saudi consulate general...
The Kingdom’s Electricity and Co-Generation Regulatory Authority has approved imposing a SR50 fee to resume electricity services after bill payment.The authority also approved imposing a SR200 fee for reconnecting services that had been suspended by officials.A high-ranking official had amended the electric service guide, w...
Two babies have been handed back to their parents after accidentally being switched at birth at Dammam’s Maternity and Children’s Hospital.Conflicting stories have emerged about the incident, with one version of events claiming the hospital contacted the two families after they had been discharged and another claiming that...
Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan has extended support to the three Jordanian children who lost their parents in a road accident on Sunday.The children, who had also lost a sibling in the accident, were escorted and accompanied by Saudi officials up to the Durra border crossing between the Kingdom and Jordan on their way ba...
The first Haj flight from India arrived in Madinah on Wednesday.Air India flight AI 5001 transported 235 pilgrims from Kolkata to Prince Mohammed International Airport. More than 136,000 Indians are slated to perform Haj this year.Indian Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao, Consul-General B.S. Mubarak, Deputy Consul General Md Noor Ra...
There are more than 600 unsealed wells in Yanbu, said Salama Al-Refaie, chairman of a committee tasked with addressing opened and abandoned wells.“A committee consisting of several local officials, Civil Defense teams, policemen and water company, agriculture and municipality representatives are conducting field operations...
Labor Minister Adel Fakeeh has announced that his ministry is addressing the issue of high quitting rates among females working at women’s stores.The minister’s statement came on the sidelines of his visit to a women’s call center at Mobily in Jeddah.“The Ministry of Labor is in the process of conducting specialized studies...
Riyadh and Jeddah have topped the Kingdom’s cities for having the largest number of marriage annulment cases owing to the husbands’ failure to pay alimony and the wives’ dissatisfaction with their marriages in the first nine months of the current year, local media said quoting data released by the Ministry of Justice.Riyadh...
A special court on Tuesday sentenced five Saudis and one Omani to prison terms ranging between three and 20 years for plotting to murder a police officer, among other charges.Charges include branding others infidels, issuing religious rulings encouraging dissidence, traveling to Yemen or other conflict zones to joint milita...

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GAZA/JERUSALEM: An open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza war held on Wednesday as Pr...

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday pledged that th...

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fi...

GAZA CITY: Celebratory gunfire erupted in Gaza Tuesday after a long-term truce a...

BAGHDAD: A car bomb exploded on Tuesday in a busy area in eastern Baghdad, killi...

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ISLAMABAD: A new bloc of the Pakistani Taleban has vowed to carry on the movemen...

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday denied reports that...

KIEV: Ukraine said on Wednesday that a battalion of Russian soldiers had set up...

GENEVA: Climate change poses a growing health threat, the UN warned on Wednesday...

COLOMBO: International rights groups have demanded protection for potential Sri...

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Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), awarded ea...

NEW YORK: Agnieszka Radwanska’s US Open woes continued Wednesday as China’s Peng...

HARARE, Zimbabwe: Former schoolmates AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis both hit...

CARDIFF, Wales: Suresh Raina’s dynamic century laid the platform for world champ...

PITTSBURGH: Pittsburgh pinch-hitter Ike Davis launched a tiebreaking, three-run...

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Dun & Bradstreet South Asia Middle East Ltd (D&B) in association with the National Commercial Bank released the D&B Business Optimism Index (BOI) survey for S...
Although the Kingdom has the largest oil reserves in the world and occupies the fifth place in terms of natural gas reserves, yet according to a report by oil specialist the Kingdom faces many challenges as a result of a number of different factors, including its need to meet the requirements of development.Oil and gas bein...
NEW YORK: Crude oil futures edged lower on Wednesday after a report showed declining US gasoline demand in the world's top oil consumer and a build at the key Cushing, Oklahoma storage hub.In its weekly report, the US Energy Information Administration said US crude oil stocks fell by a greater-than-expected 2.07 million bar...
NEW DELHI: The Asian Development Bank has urged India’s new government to cut stifling red-tape to draw foreign investment and get the country back on a high-growth track.ADB President Takehiko Nakao, speaking after holding talks with India’s new right-wing premier Narendra Modi, noted the country’s economy posted near doub...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s M3 money supply growth accelerated to a three-month high of 13.2 percent year-on-year in July from 12.3 percent in the previous month, central bank data showed on Wednesday.Bank lending growth to the private sector slowed to a three-month low of 11.8 percent in July from 12.3 percent in June.The Saudi...
PARIS: The cost of borrowing for euro zone countries fell to record low levels, despite gloom over the economic outlook and crisis over policy in France.Bond interest rates are falling on prospects that the European Central Bank may ramp up cash in the economy.And although it appeared to have little immediate effect on mark...
WELLINGTON: New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra said it’s forming a partnership with China’s Beingmate to help meet growing demand for infant formula in the world’s most populous nation.Fonterra, the world’s largest dairy exporter, said it plans to take a stake of up to 20 percent in Beingmate, an infant food company based in...
PARIS: Christine Lagarde smashed the glass ceiling at one of the world’s preeminent institutions when she was named three years ago to lead the International Monetary Fund, capping a shooting-star career.She then led the IMF’s tentatively successful efforts to halt the implosion of the euro zone and helped the Fund get past...
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will promise on Thursday to provide a bank account for every Indian household when he launches a major initiative that could save billions of dollars in welfare spending and help mend strained state finances.India has grown to become Asia’s third largest economy, but nearly two-fifths...
PARIS: IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, has announced she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister.The shock announcement came a day after she was grilled by a special court in Paris that probes cases of minist...
Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman said Madinah is an investment-friendly province, the investment competitiveness of which has been stressed by international indices. The prince made the comment while receiving Chairman of the Madinah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Muhammed Al-Khatrawi and Chairman of the chamber’s Yo...
Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) President Mohamed Khalid Al-Suwaiket has signed a contract for SR122,891,216 with the branch of China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd. (CRCC) in Saudi Arabia to renew first phase of 78.4 km main freight route No. 2 between Dammam and Riyadh.The 21-month contract aims to enhance SRO’s o...
STAVANGER, Norway: The recent flare-up of violence in Iraq is past its worst and Kuwait Energy is keen to invest more in the country because of its potential, Chief Executive Sara Akbar said on Tuesday.Several oil companies in Iraq's Kurdistan region withdrew staff earlier this month after Islamic State militants approached...

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India’s Virat Kohli would have scored at least two centuries and three fifties i...
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As a response to requests from brands who use Instagram to build their online community, Instagram has announced yesterday that over the coming weeks and months they will be rolling out a new suite of analytical business tools that will help brands in evaluating the...

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As chic and pretty as her collection, Selina Farooqui is a new and promising designer in the Middle East.
Farooqui is a designer who imbibes the aesthetics of culture and luxury together in her collection.
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MADRID: Revellers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo in Spain’s Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for “the world’s biggest food fight.”
Locals and visitors from as far afield as the United States and Japan crammed into the eastern town of Bunol as mushy tomatoes rained from the backs of trucks and flew in...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Although it has been a main element in the South American food scenario for many years, chia seeds gained popularity in the Western world only recently. It is also known as super food.Chia seeds are known as meramia in Arabic. The word chia is derived from the origin of these seeds, which is Mexico. It can be served with water, lemon and sugar as a traditional drink called “Chia Fresca”.Benefits of chia seeds:1. They suck up the water from the body, which is a perfect food for those who want to lose weight, especially in the stomach area.2. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants.3. Good source of calcium, phosphorus, manganese, copper iron, zinc, magnesium, molybdenum and niacin.4. They work...
Since I have begun writing about restaurants in Riyadh, I have always wondered why there are so few restaurants serving Saudi food. Expatriates often think that Kapsa is the only Saudi dish but this is not the case. A quick glance at Saudi cuisine highlights the importance of regional cooking as well as foreign influences namely Turkish, Indian, Syrian, Lebanese and Egyptian. The truth is that the best Saudi food is still cooked at home. But if you do not have access to genuine homemade Saudi food, I recommend you try the Najd Village. Established since 1996, this restaurant has been consistently serving good Saudi food in a typical Najdi environment. It specializes in the regional cuisine...
GENEVA: Governments should ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, the World Health Organization said, warning that they pose a "serious threat" to fetuses and young people.The UN health body also recommended that the cigarette-shaped electrical devices be banned from public indoor spaces "until exhaled vapour is proven to be not harmful to bystanders"."The existing evidence shows that (e-cigarette) aerosol is not 'merely vapour' as is often claimed in the marketing of these products," WHO said.The devices, which have grown in popularity in particular with youths, function by heating flavoured nicotine liquid into a vapour that is inhaled — much like traditional cigarettes, but without the...

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WASHINGTON: Spiders whose webs clog up fuel tank vents have forced Suzuki to recall some 19,000 2010-2013 Kizashi sedans...
BUFFALO, New York: John Lennon’s imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he has caused.Mark David Chapman was denied release during his eighth appearance before a parole board last week.New York state corrections officials on Wednesday released the transcript from the hearing at the Wende Correctional Facility.Chapman told the parole board he’s sorry for “being such an idiot” and seeking notoriety the way he did.Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, striking the ex-Beatle four times....
VENICE: The Venice film festival kicked off Wednesday with the arrival of stars by water taxi, while the next generation of cinema talent for the first time takes part in a gap-financing initiative.Tim Roth of “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” fame could be seen relaxing ahead of the opening night’s red carpet, where he is expected to dazzle alongside Emma Stone (“Easy A!”) and a boyish looking Edward Norton (“American History X”).The first flick to take the stage at the world’s oldest film festival will be Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of...

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