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There should be further measures taken to punish those who destroy the country’s archaeological sites in Makkah and Madinah, a top Saudi official said recently.Abdul Aziz Kaki, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Islamic Studies, said there have been several important landmarks destroy...
Bank accounts of foreign investors who delay payment of their dues would be frozen and the money would be used to pay off their victims, said Khaled Al-Dawood, deputy justice minister for implementation of court verdicts. He said the ministry’s implementation department has been electronically linked with the Saudi Arabian...
RIYADH: US Secretary of State John Kerry sought on Thursday to ease Gulf concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran and explore ways to calm instability in Yemen and other nations in the Middle East.A day after wrapping up the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations in Switzerland, Kerry was in Saudi Arabia for tal...
Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are to enhance cooperation in all areas, with a particular focus on the energy and agricultural sectors, according to sources.Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met in Riyadh on Wednesday for bilateral discussions. “We give utmost importance to o...
It is Saudi Arabia’s sovereign right to implement Shariah law, said Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Human Rights Commission.Addressing the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday, he said capital punishment is imposed on murderers to protect society.“Our judicial system protects the rights of cr...
Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman officiated a graduation ceremony at the Higher Institute for Elastomer Industries in Yanbu on Wednesday. The event saw 57 trainees passing out from the institute.Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafees, governor of Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, emphasized his organization’s efforts i...
The King Khaled Foundation (KKF), in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), hosted on Wednesday their first interaction with leaders of various Saudi foundations to help boost their social welfare work in the Kingdom.Speaking on the occasion, Princess Banderi Abdulrahman Al-Faisal, KKF’s director g...
The United States government has decided to temporarily relocate its Yemeni-based diplomatic staff to Jeddah.The announcement came as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived here Wednesday to hold consultations with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on the emerging nuclear deal with Iran and ways to tackle the...
The arrest of an Indian national in Jeddah, for allegedly posting a blasphemous image of the Kaaba on his Facebook page, has seen experts warn that such content violates the country’s cyber laws and can mean jail time and heavy fines.Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak confirmed that the Indian national has been jailed for v...
Bangladesh International School (English Section) in Jeddah (BISESJ) obtained 100 percent passing grades in both International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and Advanced Level (A level) under Cambridge International Exam (CIE) held in May-June 2014. The result was announced in August 2014 and later in F...
Over 83 percent of hospitals and medical facilities in the Eastern Province are not technically approved to practice medicine, local media reported, quoting data released by the Saudi Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (SCBAHI).According to SCBAHI, only 12 government and privately-owned hospitals wer...
National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah has rewarded a boy for his bravery to risk his life while saving his sisters from a fire that had broken out in their living room, in Al-Qriyat.The prince has also bore all the expenses in his treatment in the burns unit in King Abdulaziz Medical City in the National Guard b...
The Shoura Council recently highlighted the need for a nationwide awareness campaign on common eye diseases and the possible disadvantages of using contact lenses.The council made the recommendation to the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) after the annual report of the medical facility was read at the 19th ordina...

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SINGAPORE: Singapore on Thursday sentenced two German men to three strokes of a...

PESHAWAR: A Pakistani doctor jailed after helping the CIA in the hunt for Osama...

NEW DELHI: India’s home minister said Thursday that the government would act aga...

  SEOUL: The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was recovering fro...

SINGAPORE: Singapore on Thursday sentenced two German men to three strokes of th...

SPORTS »

Rainbow Milk and Abdul Latif Jameel-CDC qualified for the semifinals in their di...

Dreamstar Productions organized a 1-day fun game bowling event dubbed 1st All St...

In one of the league’s major upsets, the Zamil Industrial of Meng Natividad used...

MACAU: Double Olympic gold medallist Zou Shiming declared Thursday that he would...

LONDON: Manchester United center back Jonny Evans on Thursday rejected allegatio...

ECONOMY »

LONDON: Gold rose on Thursday after the European Central Bank (ECB) lifted its 2016 inflation forecast and as the market awaited key US economic data.The ECB held interes...
BARCELONA: The boom in smartphones among often careless users has made happy hunting for hackers, whose virus attacks and hijacking of unprotected mobiles are multiplying, experts warn.Security analysts and companies at the Mobile World Congress, a top wireless telecom fair in Barcelona, Spain, said phone makers and users m...
DUBAI: Dubai’s hotels posted a 9.8 percent rise in revenues to $6.5 billion in 2014, the tourism authority said Tuesday, in the sector’s best annual result since the 2009 financial crisis.The Department of Tourism and Commerce and Marketing said in a statement that more than 11.6 million guests stayed in Dubai hotels and ho...
BERLIN: Emirates Airlines is considering the purchase of up to 70 twin-engine Airbus A350s or Boeing 787s, the company president said in Berlin, which would bolster the carrier’s long-haul fleet.Tim Clark remained vague on the number and maker of twin-engine wide-body planes, but said the acquisition was part of Emirates’s...
LONDON: Brent crude futures pared early gains on Thursday to hover just under $61 as the euro slipped to an 11-year low against the dollar, offsetting concerns about tensions in Iraq and Libya.The euro fell against the dollar, making commodities priced in greenback more expensive for holders of other currencies, after Europ...
NEW YORK: The US produced a record 25.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2014, according to preliminary estimates published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Feb 27.Gas production has risen 27 percent since 2008 even though the number of rigs employed drilling for gas has declined by more than 80 percen...
BARCELONA: Tech companies showcased countless connected gadgets at the world’s biggest wireless telecom fair, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Here is a selection of highlights:CURVY SMARTPHONESThe world’s biggest phone-maker, South Korean firm Samsung, stole the show for handsets, moving to compete against Apple’s i...
BARCELONA: With a smartphone that slots together piece by piece like Lego, US Internet giant Google is trying to reinvent the mobile as most phone makers are honing sleeker handsets.The company aims to challenge its rival Apple’s thin iPhones with the Google Ara project, giving smartphone aficionados the option to build the...
SEOUL: A consumer survey showed the popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple’s market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground.Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said its latest survey of 15,000 people living in Chinese cities showed Apple’s market share reached 25.4 percent in the November-Ja...
GENEVA: It could be the battle of the titans. Auto giants at the Geneva Motor Show say they welcome the potential move of Silicon Valley players into their sector but experts warn of major disruptions.Google has long made headlines with its plans for a self-driving car, but Apple is now also reportedly readying for a plunge...
The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB), has signed an agreement with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) to cooperate in the development of the private sector in ICD member countries in Africa.Under the terms of the...
MUMBAI: A fall in oil prices saw Mukesh Ambani cede his status as “India’s richest man” on Thursday to pharmaceutical tycoon Dilip Shanghvi, who edged to the top of Forbes’ list of billionaires in the country.The “real time” list of the richest Indians on the business magazine’s website showed Shanghvi with a net worth of $...
JEDDAH: Shares in Saudi Arabian telecommunications firm Mobily surged on Thursday as some investors hoped the government would indirectly support the troubled company if necessary, after last week’s shock restatement of its 2014 earnings.The stock, which had been suspended for a week until Thursday, fell as much as 4.9 perc...

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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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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

NEW YORK: A fragment of jawbone found in Ethiopia is the oldest known fossil from an evolutionary tree branch that eventually led to modern humans, scientist reported Wednesday.
The fossil comes from very close to the time that the early human branch split away from more ape-like ancestors best known for the fossil skeleton Lucy. So it giv...

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Wedding is one of the most important events in a person’s life. It is the time when the air is filled with nothing but happiness and love. For the woman, the wedding day is usually a dream to make every single detail perfect for that one day or one night that would change her married life forever.
There are several wedding designers who al...

TRAVEL »

SINGAPORE: Malaysia is the most preferred global destination in the fast-growing Muslim travel market, despite two catastrophic air disasters that hit the country’s flag-carrier in 2014, a survey showed Wednesday.
Turkey, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Indonesia followed Malaysia in the ranking of choice holiday destinations for Muslim tr...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Planning a wedding can be a hectic time in every bride’s life. The mind is consumed with roses, tulips or peonies, the perfect shade of white, sequins or lace, short or long veil, pearls or diamonds, a day or night wedding, the guest list… the lists are endless.  It’s a time consuming task until the day arrives and everything is perfect.  Brides tend to lose themselves in the process and forget to take care of their mental and physical health as well, ironic actually since the most important people of the wedding are both bride and groom.  A bride must find the serenity and balance in order for everything to go smoothly; exercise is always a great medication.We’ve all heard of these intense...
Geneva: The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged a dramatic drop in the consumption of sugar, “hidden” in everything from sodas and ketchup, as it steps up the fight against obesity.The UN health agency had previously issued guidelines that sugars should make up less than 10 percent of a person’s total daily energy intake, but in a new twist urged countries to strive for half that.Setting the bar at five percent would mean people should consume no more than 25 grams, or the equivalent of six teaspoons of sugar a day — less than the 10 teaspoons in your average can of soda.Health-hazardous free sugars, in the form of table sugar, fructose or glucose for instance, are added to foods...
When I first heard that Em Sherif has franchised to Dubai, I couldn’t stop myself from booking a table there. The Lebanese restaurant will also open its doors in Jeddah soon. Located in the outdoor area of the Address Downtown hotel in Dubai and overviewing the Dubai Mall’s famous dancing fountain, the restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating for 300 diners at once. The outdoor seating area comprises white steel chairs and marble tables with romantic candlelight set up. Shisha is also served here. The inside decor features a Mediterranean touch, with silver blue walls, beautiful coral chandeliers and black wooden tables with velvet armchairs and black wooden chairs with blue...

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BRUSSELS: Organizers of the prestigious World Press Photo awards have revoked a major prize after receiving “misleading...
BEIJING: Jackie Chan might still be popular in China, but nowadays the pro-Beijing actor is as well-known as fodder for jokes as he is for his gritty martial arts and slapstick humor on screen. His latest contribution to the country’s mass culture and entertainment: “duang.”It’s not a word, but a sound he made in an old TV commercial meaning something like “ta-da!” A new mash-up video of the old ad has made “duang” a trending topic on China’s social media.The sound began circulating days before the rubberstamp legislature was called into session this week, and some observers see it as a way...
How can Bollywood be spared when disease spreads its wings? Ever since Sonam Kapoor was detected with swine flu, the team shooting ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ in Rajkot are going the extra mile to play safe.Going for a check-up at a Rajkot hospital last week, the ‘Khoobsurat’ star was diagnosed with swine flu. However, her publicist insists she is on a recovery mode now. “She’s been shifted to a hospital in Mumbai and she’s showing signs of a speedy recovery. Hopefully she should be back at work soon. We thank all her fans and the industry alike for the love and support they have shown her,” he...

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