Five Gulf states said Thursday that they will protect Yemen’s embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against Shiite rebels.Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE said they “have decided to answer the call of President Hadi to protect Yemen and his people from the aggression of the (Shiite) Houthi militia.”Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby declared his full support for the airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen. “I affirm complete support” for the campaign, he said at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers. “It is an operation against targets belonging to the Houthis who committed a coup.”Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman will lead the Saudi delegation to the 26th Arab League Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh. Hadi who arrived in Riyadh on Thursday will also attend the summit.The US is coordinating closely with Saudi Arabia and regional allies in the military action, incl...
In a late-night press conference on Thursday, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Assiri, consultant in the Office of t...
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has backed the military action in Yemen and slammed th...
Saudi Arabia waged early Thursday “Operation Decisive Storm” against the Houthi coup in Yemen and in support of legitimate President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.The Saudi-led military coalition declared Yemen’s airspace as a “restricted area” after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman ordered the airstrikes on Thursday at 12 a.m. The campaign has already resulted in the elimination of several Houthi leaders.Yemen air...
The Kingdom Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait today issued the following statement:The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait, with great concern and pain, followed the dangerous development of events in the Republic of Yemen, which shook the security of Yemen and its stability through the coup orchestrated by the Houti Militias on the legitimacy.Also, this...

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Social media has lit up with messages of support and congratulations for the Saudi government in the wake of the military action in Yemen.One tweet by Al-Hilal first team football captain Yasser Al-Qahtani was retweeted over 10,000 times. Al-Qahtani called on citizens to reject rumors and support th...
The Council of Senior Scholars and Shoura Council have backed the decision by the Kingdom, other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and several Arab countries to launch military operations against Houthi forces in Yemen.The operation, known as Asifat Al-Hazm’ (Operation Decisive Storm), seeks to defend the legitimate...
Top foreign diplomats stationed in Riyadh representing Europe, Americas, Asia and Africa have lent their strong support to the military effort of the Arab world led by Saudi Arabia to end the widespread instability and chaos in Yemen. The diplomats here Thursday also reaffirmed the need for a broad international military al...
Saudi Arabia needs 44,000 citizen doctors, according to the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS).The SCHS said that in terms of the country’s strategic health plan, the aim is to have one Saudi doctor for every 500 people, a nurse for every 250 people, and one technician for every 400 individuals.It said that ther...
RIYADH: Prince Mohammed bin Salman, minister of defense, chief of the Royal Court and special adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, arrived yesterday at the center of the Air Force Operations Command to command Al-Hazm (Firm) Storm operation, which started its operations upon the order issued by King Sal...
More than 30 volunteer organizations from the Gulf Cooperation Council are meeting in Jeddah from March 29 to April 1 to help boost community-based initiatives in the region.President of the Arab Union for Voluntary Work Yusuf Al-Kazim will also attend the event organized by the Dallah Academy, which is part of the social r...
During its second operation in a week, Riyadh police arrested 604 illegal workers in four districts in the capital.An official from the police department said the joint operation were carried out in the Shifa, Malaga, Sulay and Manfouha districts.During the raids, police netted two most-wanted expatriates. Police cordoned t...
The Madinah health department has denied that one of its hospitals employs a worker cooking rotten meat for patients.This comes in the wake of the police finding huge quantities of rotting meat inside the homes of expatriate workers, including a cook employed at Wadi Al-Far’a Hospital, according to a report in a local publi...
Jeddah municipality has formed a committee consisting of specialized teams to follow up and monitor for violations and irregularities in the city’s vegetable market since the market is dominated by foreign workers and that random sales operations are taking place there.The committee is tasked with monitoring for violations...
The Ministry of Social Affairs is in the process of identifying orphans of foreign mothers and unknown fathers, who do not possess identification documents.The step coincides with the Civil Status Department’s announcement of its intention to withdraw Saudi nationality from children with unknown parents in case it discovers...
The Jeddah governorate, under the supervision of Prince Mishaal bin Majed, has ramped up efforts to promote tourism in Jeddah in particular and the Kingdom in general.Different organizations from the public and private sectors have organized different exhibitions and cultural programs for Umrah pilgrims to promote domestic...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has no immediate plans to launch ground operations inside Yemen but its forces and those of its allies are ready to do so if needed, the military spokesman of the operation said.“There are no plans at this stage for ground forces operations, but if the need arises, the Saudi ground forces and those of t...
Zambian Ambassador Ibrahim Mumba recently met with officials of the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) for various projects.“About 10 percent of Zambia’s population is Muslim but the discussions were not restricted to assisting Muslims alone but also all Zambians as the IIRO renders help without consideration...

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SYDNEY: There’s been no place like home for Australia and New Zealand on their r...

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KUWAIT CITY: Stock markets in the Gulf states suffered early losses Thursday on fears over Saudi Arabia’s air strikes on Shiite rebels in Yemen but regained ground at the...
NEW YORK: Oil prices rallied for a second straight day on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began air strikes in Yemen.The military operation against Houthi terrorists has not yet affected oil facilities of major Gulf producers. But fears the conflict could spread has stoked concerns about the security of...
KUWAIT CITY: The oil price surge after Saudi jets bombed Yemeni rebels will be “short-lived” as the market is well-supplied and a full-blown conflict with Iran is unlikely, analysts said.Oil prices jumped more than five percent in Asia after Saudi and Gulf airstrikes hit targets of Houthi terrorists triggering fears of a ma...
Addar Chemicals Company, a leading conglomerate in Saudi Arabia, has awarded a $35-million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to Indian group Nuberg Engineering for a chemical plant in Jubail.The turnkey contract for Addar’s Greenfield Sulfolane and speciality chemical plant is a major win for Nuberg....
SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook’s Messenger app is evolving into a multitasking tool equipped to send an animated fist bump to a friend at one moment and then get a little business done in the next.In an effort to pull off the transformation, Facebook Inc. is opening Messenger so outside programmers can build features tailored for...
TOYOTA: Toyota Motor Corp. is ready to ramp up its growth again, emerging from an intentional soul-searching lull brought on by its massive global recall scandal that began in 2009.The world’s top-selling automaker outlined a new “architecture” on Thursday centered on product development and manufacturing initiatives it hop...
SAN FRANCISCO: Google has lured away Morgan Stanley’s chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, to be its CFO at a time when the Internet search leader and its Silicon Valley peers are under fire for hiring and promoting too few women.The appointment fills a void that opened earlier this month after Google’s CFO of the past seve...
AHMEDABAD: US auto giant Ford Motors said it was doubling its production capacity in India as it opened a new $1 billion plant in the business-friendly prime minister’s home state of Gujarat.Ford said the Sanand plant in western India would boost its nationwide manufacturing capacity to 610,000 engines and 440,000 vehicles....
NEW YORK: New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in US stores starting April 10.Advance orders for the new HTC One begin Friday, and those customers might receive their phones before April 10. Orders for Samsung’s Galaxy S 6 phones start Saturday, with delivery around April 10. Prices will vary by carrier. No-con...
SHANGHAI: Chinese energy firm PetroChina said its net profit slumped 17 percent in 2014 from a year earlier as international crude oil prices plunged in the second half.Net profit was 107.17 billion yuan ($17.25 billion) last year, down from 129.60 billion yuan in 2013, it said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange...
MUMBAI: India raised a record $17.6 billion during intense bidding on a government auction of mobile phone airwaves which ended Wednesday, as analysts warned of price hikes for subscribers.Communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said total bids of 1.1 trillion rupees ($17.6 billion) had been received during the 1...
SHANGHAI: The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the country's biggest lender, eked out a five percent gain in net profit last year in the face of "complex" domestic and overseas environments, it said Thursday.Net profit was 275.81 billion yuan ($45.21 billion) in 2014, up from 262.65 billion yuan a year earlie...
LONDON: British low cost carrier easyJet upgraded first-half forecasts, saying favourable currency moves would boost its bottom line, but said if current exchange rates stuck, they would provide a reverse effect over the year.The group, which like rivals traditionally makes a loss over the winter when fewer customers fly, s...

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DUBAI: The Middle East’s first three-dimensional pavement art festival, starring works by international artists that appear to rise from the ground, kicked off this week in Dubai, its organizers said.
The Dubai Canvas Festival features 3-D artworks in chalk or paint, many of them depicting eye-catching images of the Emirati city.
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Social media has lit up with messages of support and congratulations for the Saudi government in the wake of the military action in Yemen.
One tweet by Al-Hilal first team football captain Yasser Al-Qahtani was retweeted over 10,000 times. Al-Qahtani called on citizens to reject rumors and support the country’s armed forces. He also warned...

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Caroline Seikaly is an American-Lebanese designer with French roots. She grew up in the United States and studied fashion design at the Rhode Island School of Design and while she was there, she also had the opportunity to collaborate with Isaac Mizrahi in New York.
After graduation, Seikaly moved to Paris to gain experience in Haute Coutu...

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The Jeddah governorate, under the supervision of Prince Mishaal bin Majed, has ramped up efforts to promote tourism in Jeddah in particular and the Kingdom in general.
Different organizations from the public and private sectors have organized different exhibitions and cultural programs for Umrah pilgrims to promote domestic tourism.
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FOOD & HEALTH »

Only half a century ago, very few people knew what a coconut was, let alone knowing the taste of its fresh water or its white fruit, the fatty meaty pulp. Very few homes had coconut trees in Jeddah. Only the owners of the trees knew the value of this giving tree and its fruit. However, coconut oil was always found at the attar (local herb and spice store, once considered a pharmacist or healer). Women applied the oil to their hair before washing it to give it shine, moisture, and smoothness. It also nourished the scalp and made hair less rough and more manageable. I remember as a child, being subjected to this weekly ritual before swimming on Fridays to protect the hair strands from the sun...
Mobile clinics of the Tobacco Control Program (TCP) at the Ministry of Health have played a key role in helping some 2,296 male and female smokers to give up smoking.Some 9,710 smokers visited mobile clinics, of which 8,575, or 88.3 percent, were female smokers, and the remaining 11.7 percent, or 1,135 were male smokers, said Dr. Ali Al-Wadie, the TCP general supervisor.On the reasons behind smoking, 68 percent claim peer pressure, 37 percent was attributed to imitation, while tension was the third major reason for smoking at 11 percent.On the reasons that motivated smokers to quit smoking, health concerns topped other reasons at 59 percent, followed by religious factors (14 percent) and...
When Umm Ahmad sought a spice dealer’s help, she was looking for a recipe for losing weight. Instead, the 35-year-old housewife has suffered kidney failure as a result of a mix sold to her by an expatriate who was allegedly an “experienced” herbalist.Cancer, kidney failure and hepatitis can be worsened by herbal mixtures that people believe are cures. Doctors and experts warn people about taking herbal treatments too seriously as if they were scientific medications. They said some items sold by herbalists pose a serious danger since some of the different herbs become toxic when mixed.Jawaher Ali says many herbalists play the role of pharmacists, charging large amounts of money for their...

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LOS ANGELES: David Lee Roth and Van Halen. Noel Gallagher and Oasis. And now Zayn Malik and One Direction.Malik said Wed...
Who comes to your mind, when one says “bundle of energy”? Of course, in B-town it is the ‘Band Baaja Baarat’ star — Ranveer Singh.Nothing comes in his way. Not even a sore shoulder injury, which has not hindered the unstoppable Ranveer Singh. Spotted at a film screening, with his injured arm in a sling, he was indeed playing to the gallery. The background? While shooting for ‘Bajirao Mastani’ in Rajasthan, he had fallen off a horse and hurt his shoulder. Right after the incident, he had tweeted, “Mard ko Dard nahi hota.... aur badi badi filmon mein aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hain...
LEICESTER: England’s slain king Richard III, exhumed from an undignified grave under a car park, was finally buried with honor on Thursday in an unprecedented ceremony filled with pageantry and poignancy.Some 530 years on from his brutal demise, thousands of people came out for the procession and ceremony at Leicester Cathedral, many of them clutching white roses, the symbol of Richard’s House of York dynasty.“I feel he was badly treated at the time of his death and all through history,” said May Doherty, a 62-year-old pensioner from Coleraine in Northern Ireland who was dressed in full...

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