JEDDAH: New steps being taken to increase the flow of foreign investments into Saudi Arabia this year have raised the expectations of the business community.A triple sectorial committee, including Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and Ministry of Labor, is seriously reviewing factors that hinder investment in the Saudi market, Asharq Al-Awsat reported Saturday.Quoting sources, the report said that the study is aimed to facilitate global companies’ investment in the Saudi market and to present them with incentives. The daily also stated that the committee’s review would shift the current situation to a new standpoint, which eliminates all obstacles slowing down global investment.The condition to have a local partner in a foreign investment project for it to be granted access to the Kingdom’s direct market has reduced the scale of foreig...
RIYADH: The man wanted in connection with the bombing on the Emergency Forces Mosque in Asir is a fo...
TAIF: Terrorists can carry out reconnaissance missions in the guise of beggars, even wearing the aba...
MADINAH/JEDDAH: Pilgrims and visitors performing tawaf (circumambulation) of the Holy Kaaba or praying around it may look forward to relief from the blazing sun, as a proposal to shade the Mataf area is being studied.According to local media, the matter came up for discussion when Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, met representatives of the Ministry of Finance, in the presence...
JEDDAH: Users of WhatsApp were a joyous lot on Saturday as the call facility finally became available on the popular messaging service in the Kingdom.The facility, which is for free now, through WhatsApp was earlier banned in Saudi Arabia and only messaging service was available. “The ban has been lifted in the Kingdom,” said local media on Saturday.Riyadh-based software engineer Faisal Haleem termed it a good initiative...

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RIYADH: Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman takes pride in his religion and his country, according to Prince Sultan bin Salman, Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) chairman.“King Salman lives his life in a confident and reassuring balance of Islamic values and ethics. The...
RIYADH: Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani and Khaled Al-Muhaisin, the president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha), are scheduled to meet soon to clear resolve differences between Nazaha and Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). According to local media, Nazaha said that its realm of authority includes following...
ARAR: A Saudi father has urged his two sons to immediately surrender, after their names recently appeared on the list of suspects who participated in the terror attack on the Special Emergency Forces Mosque in Asir in August last year.Salem Yaslam Al-Sai’ari was quoted as saying by local media that his sons were shedding th...
JEDDAH: A surveillance video showing an expatriate man shoving a Saudi woman inside a supermarket has stirred a hornet’s nest.Shared on social media, the video has gone viral and viewers are demanding harsh punishment against the offender.As seen in the video, the woman was walking by an uncrowded aisle when the man, appare...
RIYADH: A Border Guard soldier died on Saturday in a missile attack from across the Yemeni border in Dhahran Al-Jonoub in Asir.The man, identified as Pvt. Abdulilah Abdullah Hamoud Al-Shahrani, was patrolling the border in the area when the attack took place.He attained martyrdom, the Saudi Press Agency said quoting a spoke...
JEDDAH: Starbucks has clarified that the ban on women’s entry at one of its Riyadh stores is only temporary and that the coffee shop will be opened to them soon after a separation wall is erected.Starbucks reportedly said that members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) ordered its man...
RIYADH: The Saudi government is strongly supporting the development of organic farming and institutional capacity building as part of an ambitious plan to expand the Kingdom’s shift toward organic agriculture, which will be good for the country’s nutritional needs, public health and environment. Plans are afoot to establish...
RIYADH: An attempt to smuggle in 2.4 million amphetamine pills was foiled along the coast of Tabuk.An Interior Ministry spokesman said the traffickers fled from the coast after they were chased by Border Guard patrols.The spokesman said a suspect boat was approaching the coast in Tabuk on Friday when warning shots were fire...
RIYADH: King Saud University (KSU) closed the booths of five companies which participated in the recently concluded five-day Career Week because of lack of interest in employing applicants.Career Week, held under the auspices of Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman, featured a jobs fair with 70 companies participating....
RIYADH: The Kingdom has been developing Oroug Bani Maradh as a protected area for eco-tourism in the heart of the Empty Quarter.Aside from a number of live flora and fauna, there’s are non-domesticated animal species in the wildlife sanctuary located on the western edge of the Empty Quarter (Rub’ Al Khali) some 200 km south...
JEDDAH: Two women and three children, including an infant, lost their lives in separate fire incidents on Friday.A woman and two children died when their tent caught fire at Al-Issawi, 35 km into the desert, on Friday. The operations room of Civil Defense in Qrayat received a report of the fire and a rescue teams were immed...
RIYADH: Arrangements are being made at the Ministry of Health to open a new portal for the Zika virus on its website.Faisal Al-Zahrani, the ministry spokesman, said that the new portal will give adequate details and updates about the virus which has already affected Latin American countries.“We hope to incorporate all relev...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Education has called on schools to implement a national anti-drug plan and given a four-month period to implement the plan and report the results.Educational directorates, according to a recent circular, have issued a directive to schools to implement the program by holding awareness exhibitions.Acco...

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BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to halt the d...

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran’s constitutional watchdog, the hard-line Guardian Council, ha...

WASHINGTON: The White House welcomed on Friday Saudi Arabia’s announcement that...

JEDDAH: Most of the victims of a fire that struck a hotel in Iraq on Friday were...

IRBIL: A fire at a hotel in the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region killed 17 peo...

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TOKYO/SEOUL: North Korea could launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth...

ISLAMABAD: China, the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan launched their thi...

QUETTA, Pakistan: At least nine people were killed and 40 wounded after a suicid...

DELHI: Well known-cartoonist Indian Sudhir Tailang, who was suffering from a bra...

RIO DE JANEIRO: A five day festival go underway in the face of warnings issued b...

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BANGALORE, India: Australian all-rounder Shane Watson received the highest bid o...

LOS ANGELES: Boston’s Avery Bradley drilled a three-pointer as time expired as t...

DUBAI: Danny Willett underlined his growing stature in European golf when a seco...

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa: England opener Alex Hales fell one short of a seco...

SANTA CLARA, California: Peyton Manning’s last game? Cam Newton’s finest moment?...

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LONDON: Oil steadied on Friday in a volatile session, as bearish fundamentals pressured prices despite bullish indications earlier in the week.International benchmark Bre...
WASHINGTON: US employment gains slowed more than expected in January as the boost to hiring from unseasonably mild weather faded, but surging wages and an unemployment rate at an eight-year low suggested the labor market recovery remains firm.Nonfarm payrolls increased by 151,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate wa...
NEW YORK: On May 2, Ed Bastian takes over as the new CEO of Delta Air Lines, replacing the retiring Richard Anderson. Bastian has been Anderson’s close deputy, helping to turn around the airline from bankrupt carrier to one of the world’s leading airlines, one whose playbook is often copied by others.Bastian has been with D...
SAN FRANCISCO: LinkedIn shares plunged as much as 28 percent in after-hours trading Thursday after the company reported better-than-expected results for the fourth quarter but provided a weak forecast for 2016.The professional networking service’s adjusted earnings and revenue beat Wall Street’s estimates for the last three...
TOYOTA: Toyota said nine-month net profit jumped nearly 10 percent to 1.9 trillion yen ($16 billion), despite falling sales in most regions, with the world’s top automaker focused on squeezing more productivity out of its plants.The Corolla and Prius maker also slightly raised its fiscal year profit forecast to 2.27 trillio...
PARIS: ArcelorMittal said it would ask shareholders for fresh funds, sell assets and slash costs after falling commodity prices pummelled its performance last year, leaving a gaping hole in its accounts.The world’s largest steelmaker reported a net loss of $7.95 billion for 2015, more than four times the previous year’s net...
FRANKFURT: Embattled German auto giant Volkswagen said it would postpone publishing its 2015 annual results, as well as its shareholder meeting due to an ongoing probe into a global emissions-cheating scandal.The annual earnings news conference had been scheduled for March 10 and the shareholders’ annual general meeting (AG...
JAKARTA: There is Samsung of South Korea, Sony of Japan, BMW of Germany and IKEA of Indonesia. Wait! IKEA of Indonesia? Yes, at least in Indonesia, if not worldwide.The furniture giant, founded in Sweden in 1943, has lost a trademark dispute in Indonesia after the country’s highest court agreed the IKEA name was owned by a...
OUARZAZATE, Morocco: King Mohammed VI has inaugurated Morocco’s first solar power plant, a massive project that the country sees as part of its goal of boosting its clean energy output.Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane and French Environment Minister Segolene Royal were among local and foreign officials who attended the op...
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s economy grew at its slowest pace for six years in 2015, data showed, as it was hit by plunging commodity prices and falling exports to key markets including China.Southeast Asia’s largest economy grew 4.79 percent last year, the first time it has fallen below five percent since 2009 at the height of the...
 

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People are sitting in a little room watching some films; for many of the viewers what they are seeing is quite a revelation. The highly creative short videos show a picture of the Gulf from a thought-provoking, fantastical and often very funny perspective. A message that shines through from a film called Pixels is how prejudice is universal and...

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WASHINGTON: The Firefox smartphone operating system is being shut down, three years after a launch aimed at challenging the dominant platforms powered by Apple and Google, developers said Thursday.
The operating system created by the Mozilla developer community as an open-source system failed to gain traction in mobile devices, according to...

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I love a beauty trend just as much as the next girl does, growing up playing with mom’s makeup and trying on her Chanel lipsticks can do that to a person, sorry mummy! The year 2015 came and went with beauty trends that were quite weird, a bit over the top, time consuming and sometimes downright stupid. Trends come and go, it’s an evolving indus...

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Residents of Jacksonville, the charmingly chic seaport on Florida’s northeasten coast, often refer to their hometown in affectionate terms. “J-Ville” and “The River City” are two of them; “JAX” is another. But after a few days here, we had a few words of our own: Charismatic, energetic, undiscovered.
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Your stressful and busy lifestyle leave you almost no time for indulging your skin. As you grow older, your skin gradually becomes thinner and finely wrinkled and eventually isn't the same baby-soft body glove you were born with. Oil-producing (sebaceous) glands become less active, leaving your skin dryer. The number of blood vessels in your skin reduces, your skin becomes fragile, and you lose your youthful glimmer and color.Unlike what most of people think that poor skin comes with age. Not true. We all know few people who look great for their age - without undergoing plastic surgery, Botox or medications. Chances are it is because of what's going on with their colon. When your colon...
JEDDAH: A new breast cancer treatment improves survival rates by an average 20 percent, with life expectancy lengthened by 29.9 months.This is according to Ahmed Al-Wabari, breast oncology consultant at King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Dammam, who outlined these results in a paper he presented at a medical forum in Alkhobar recently.The forum included 120 local and international doctors and specialists who discussed the latest studies on evidence-based treatments for patients with advanced breast cancer, which included the most dangerous, HER2.Shadi Al-Khayyat, consultant in oncology at King Abdulaziz University Hospital in Jeddah, said this new treatment targets the HER2 cancer cells...
NEW DELHI: An Indian drugmaker on Wednesday said it was developing the world’s first vaccine against Zika after the World Health Organization declared an global emergency over the rapidly spreading virus.Bharat Biotech, a vaccine manufacturer based in the southern city of Hyderabad, said two vaccines had been in development for a year and were ready for pre-clinical testing in animals.There is currently no proven vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has spread throughout Latin America where it has been blamed for a surge in brain-damaged babies.“We are the first in the world to file for a global patent for a Zika virus vaccine,” Rajarshi Dasgupta, head of company’s legal and...

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LOS ANGELES: It was a total knockout for Michael B. Jordan at the NAACP Image Awards in a ceremony that took several jab...
NEW YORK: While waiting for Donald Trump to take the stage this week at a campaign rally in Exeter, New Hampshire, fans listened to a few hit songs by Adele, “Skyfall” and “Rolling in the Deep.”That has apparently hit all the wrong notes with the British superstar: She has said she’d like Trump to quit playing her songs at political rallies.“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” said Benny Tarantini, an Adele spokesman.But mega-best-selling Adele may not be able to stop The Donald here.Legally, the Republican presidential candidate has paid...
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.: Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten a little roast along with his pudding.In keeping with tradition, “The Walk” actor was feted and roasted as Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals Man of the Year on Friday.The collegiate theatrical organization says it selected the 34-year-old Gordon-Levitt as its 2016 honoree because he’s a “talented actor” and “visionary entrepreneur.”The actor as a kid played Tommy on “3rd Rock from the Sun.” He’ll portray Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s upcoming movie about the man who leaked classified National Security Agency documents.Gordon-...

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