BERLIN: Five leading members of the German “anti-Islamization” movement PEGIDA have quit a week after the group’s founder resigned in disgrace when a picture of him looking like Hitler surfaced, reports said Wednesday.Following the organization’s latest march on Sunday where attendance saw a sharp drop, weekly magazine Stern reported that its chief spokeswoman Kathrin Oertel, 37, was among those departing.The mass-market daily Bild and the conservative broadsheet Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung confirmed the news and said four other organizers had thrown in the towel at a meeting late Tuesday.Amid the fresh turmoil at the top, the group’s planned march next Monday has also been called off, a Dresden city administration spokeswoman told news agency DPA.One of those leaving, Rene Jahn, cited, according to Bild, former leader Lutz Bachmann’s “continuing links with the organization team and t...
The smooth transition in Saudi Arabia with Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman ascending the t...
DUBAI: Several airlines have suspended flights to Baghdad after a passenger plane arriving from the...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and US President Barack Obama pledged to work closely on a range of regional and international issues at a meeting on Tuesday, including terrorism, the Iranian nuclear talks and conflicts in neighboring states.In their first formal meeting, the talks focused broadly on counter-terrorism and regional stability with special reference to bilateral Saudi-US relations. Obama’s meet...
American shale oil production is important for the world’s long-term energy future and Saudi Aramco has marked an additional $7 billion (SR26.25 billion) for its own shale projects, said its President and CEO Khalid Al-Falih.Aramco has already invested $3 billion (SR11.25 billion) in developing its unconventional gas resources and has earmarked an additional $7 billion, he told the Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh.“...

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A member of the Council of Senior Scholars said pledging allegiance to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman through social networking websites is allowed, especially since the monarch is the first Saudi king to have a Twitter account.Sheikh Abdullah Al-Manie, a member of the council, said t...
LAS VEGAS: A 25-year-old Saudi Arabian air force sergeant has been sentenced to serve a mandatory 35 years in Nevada state prison for kidnapping and sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel two years ago.A judge spared Mazen Alotaibi additional time for lewdness, kidnapping and other convictions during...
The landmark visit of US President Barack Obama to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, cutting short his official visit to India, reflects the historic and time-tested relations between the two strategic allies. This is the first official visit by the head of state of a major country to the Kingdom after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosq...
The late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah gave a boost to the education sector when he launched the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity “Mawhiba” in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.The late king believed that education was the way forward for his people and...
Saudi Customs has increased inspections at all the country’s entry points to counter the smuggling into the country of explosives, drugs, radioactive material and other contraband.Customs officers are using hi-tech equipment and 452 specially trained sniffer dogs to help them during inspections, according to a report publis...
Labor Minister Adel Fakeih has reiterated the need to develop the skills of local manpower to reduce the Kingdom’s dependence on more than 10 million expatriate workers.One of Saudi Arabia’s most pressing issues is to develop the skills of its young citizens, he said.The minister made these comments during a panel session a...
Education Minister Prince Khaled Al-Faisal said that the Kingdom has launched an ambitious national strategy to achieve sustainable development at all levels through integrated education.In a keynote speech made at the GCF 2015 which concluded here on Tuesday, Prince Faisal said that it is imperative that states should draw...
Deen Al-Manahil, a Riyadh-based organization, will launch in March the Princess Madawi bint Musaad Fund for Women’s Development to help aspiring Saudi female entrepreneurs.“We will provide them with either training or seed money so that they can start their own business ventures,” said Hanan Asmari, Deen Al-Manahil’s manage...
A research by the Abha-based Aseer News has revealed that Saudi youth prefer reading online editions of local newspapers.“We conducted a survey last December with 30,000 Saudis. About 12,000 participants aged between 15 and 35 or 40 percent of the sample said that they prefer to read news online,” said Saeed S. Al-Ravie, As...
The municipality of Wady Al-Dawasir closed down 12 shops for various violations during a surprise inspection tour on Monday.“Shops selling produce and other food items were shut down due to violations of health standards,” said Ibrahim Al-Safi, the director of public relations at the municipality.He said the inspection team...
15 people have been injured in a traffic accident involving 54 cars on the Jubail–Dammam highway. According to eyewitnesses, there was a minor collision between two cars, which was followed by a series of cars colliding with each other because of the heavy fog that engulfed the area, blocking the vision of drivers who could...
The fifth conference of the Gulf Press Association (GPA) concluded in Muscat on Tuesday, adopting a number of important resolutions to strengthen the standard of journalism and journalists in the GCC countries.The conference set up a committee at the GPA secretariat to meet with GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani an...
US President Barack Obama landed Tuesday in Riyadh where he was received by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman. Obama is leading a high-level delegation of current and former American officials to Saudi Arabia to pay respects following King Abdullah's death and to take measure of the kingdom's new monarch.Obama c...

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JERUSALEM: Mortar bombs hit an Israeli military position in the occupied Golan H...

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BEIRUT: Kurdish fighters expanded their offensive Tuesday after driving Islamic...

TRIPOLI: As many as eight people, including five foreigners, were killed when gu...

TOKYO: Senior Japanese officials were meeting late on Tuesday after a video emer...

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Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia will release an interim report on its investigation into...

Athens: Greece will seek a “fair, mutually beneficial” deal with its EU creditor...

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s new president has restored the country’s former chief justi...

COLOMBO: Lawyers and rights activist have demanded Sri Lanka's chief justice res...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tuesday said it opposed a new nuclear deal signed between th...

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MANILA: It was exciting the way it went down, but Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichic...

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SCOTTSDALE, Arizona: Tiger Woods had a full set of teeth and was chomping at the...

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JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s stock market gained strongly for a second straight day as oil prices rebounded from the day’s lows, reinforcing a growing perception among investor...
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been “staggering” and “hard to comprehend.” That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and primed its stock for a rally on Wednesday.But after selling a record 74.5 million iPhones in three months that ended in Dec...
Royal Philips has announced the launch of Ingenia 1.5T S at Arab Health 2015, a new MRI system designed for “First Time Right” imaging and for faster workflow, while enhancing the patient’s experience during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations.Philips will showcase its Ingenia 1.5T S solution at the Sheikh SaaedHa...
Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, has announced the launch of A380 services to two European destinations: Dusseldorf and Madrid. For both cities, Emirates will be the first airline to operate a scheduled A380 service, offering an unmatched travel experience to business and leisure travelers alike...
SINGAPORE: Singapore has become the latest country to ease monetary policy in a surprise move as plunging oil prices hit inflation and the central bank looks to boost the tepid economy.The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the city-state’s central bank, said it would slow the appreciation of the local dollar against a...
Net profits of the listed cement firms grew by 6 percent to reach SR5.9 billion in 2014 compared to SR5.6 billion in 2013, according to a financial report.Meanwhile, profits of the fourth quarter (2014) grew by 31 percent to SR 1.44 billion compared to SR 1.1 billion in the same period last year, the report, filed by Aleqte...
NEW YORK: Yahoo is spinning off its stake in Chinese Internet giant Alibaba, splitting off the valuable holdings in a move that sidesteps taxes.The strategy aims to deliver more cash for shareholders than an outright sale of the $40-billion stake, avoiding a hefty tax bill, and to help Yahoo's efforts to refocus under chief...
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple’s quarterly profit rocketed to a corporate record $18 billion at the end of last year on booming sales of big-screen iPhone models, especially in China.The California tech titan also announced that it had sold its one billionth device powered by its iOS mobile operating system, on a day of dizzying figu...
The smooth transition in Saudi Arabia with Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman ascending the throne is expected to have a positive impact on the local stock market in the coming weeks, say Saudi economists.The market has perceived the recent developments in a positive light, they said.“The pledge of allegiance by the...
What the world faces today affects corporate strategies, says Patrick Dixon, a futurist and chairman of trends forecasting company Global Change.He held out this warning toward the end of the 8th Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF-2015).Companies will have to act speedily in providing jobs in the future, and to develop alter...
DUBAI: Gulf Arab oil states may need to rethink longstanding economic policies, including their fixed exchange rates, over the next five to 10 years as economic cycles in the region and the US diverge, a senior Qatar central bank official said in a research paper.The GCC nations have pegged their currencies to the US dollar...
JEDDAH: Zain Saudi has received regulatory approval to cut its capital for a second time, a move common in Saudi Arabia to offset accumulated losses, the telecom operator said.The company, 37 percent owned by Kuwait’s Zain, has yet to make a quarterly profit since launching service in 2008, having paid about SR23 billion ($...
The Saudi stock market ended Tuesday’s trading session solidly in the green. The benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index posted its largest intra-day increase of 2015, adding 206 points or 2.43 percent to close at 8,686.16.TASI’s year-to-date collection reached 4.23 percent on Tuesday. Large cap with 2.61 percent upward jump rema...

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It takes imagination, time, patience and a lot of creativity to create a piece of art. A canvas, a freshly painted white wall, a restaurant napkin or on the side panels of a notebook can all be materials to create something amazing after a moment or two of inspiration. For some, the act of creativity is an innate feeling and it can result in ama...

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PARIS: Facebook, the world’s most popular social network, and its Instagram photo-sharing site were interrupted temporarily Tuesday, provoking panic, rumors of a hack, and jokes of how more than one billion users were struggling to cope.
“This was not the result of a third party attack,” Facebook said in a statement after its services were...

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Knowledge is key in the fashion industry. Knowing what works and what doesn’t is what helps improve a designer in their quest for innovative designs. Inspired by different cultures, attentive to the latest in the fashion world and keen on details is what defines Hatem Al-Akeel. Coming from no background in design, he ventured in the world with h...

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Historical monuments and sites can be found throughout Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom has many attractions designed for those who want to know more about the country. The Kingdom offers several tourist places such as atmospheric souqs and villages reflecting the heritage and culture of Saudi Arabia.
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SACRAMENTO, California: California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products.A report released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine. California Health Officer Ron Chapman says new generations of young people will become nicotine addicts if the products remain largely unregulated.E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine from cartridges into inhalable vapor without tar and other chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. E-cigarette makers say their products are far safer than tobacco.Other states...
Ever wondered what happens after you quit smoking? Many people fall back and get back to their bad habits. There are many reasons for this, some of which are mental while others are physical.We just found out about smoking detox where you can literally detox cigarettes out of your body. “This can only be assisted by controlling what you eat and drink on a daily basis. To be able to get the maximum benefit out of this type of detox, begin by quitting cigarettes right on the spot,” said pulmonologist Dr. Khalil Saad. “Your body will take its time to fully recover and this could take up to a period of years. Smoking is very harmful and your body cannot kick out the toxins in a short period of...
In the last two articles, Parts 10 and 11, I revealed to you the many toxic aspects of fast foods. Children are exposed to myriads of synthetic chemicals, high amounts of simple sugars, salts, artificial sweeteners, and trans fat, which the fast food and beverage industries add to hamburgers, fries, frying oils, ice-creams, sodas, soft and energy drinks, snack bars, and others to enhance flavor, texture, consistency, color, and more. Their ploy is to get you and your children addicted to their products and concoctions. Unfortunately, these toxic substances are not studied sufficiently. As a result, we see their health-harming effects in the forms of asthma, allergies, nutrient deficiencies...

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‘Home Doctor” is a book that everyone should have at hand in the house. Nowadays, we are more aware of health issues tha...
If you are based or staying in Jeddah, you must have heard about the Jeddah Comedy Club. Launched late 2012, the JCC has made history! They are a registered official platform for local stand-up comedians to showcase their talent; not only that, they also nurture up and coming talents. Live entertainment in Saudi Arabia is very hard to find but that’s why Jeddah Comedy Club is quickly becoming a “must attend” event for locals and tourists who are visiting Jeddah. Jeddah Comedy Club was created by Yaser Bakr, a Saudi blogger and comedian himself in association with other comedians. All JCC...
PARIS: Sean Penn is to get an honorary French film award in a Paris ceremony next month in recognition of him being a cinema “living legend,” the organizers said in a statement.The 54-year-old is a “mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director,” said the French Academy of Cinema.As “a standalone icon in American cinema,” he will receive an honorary Cesar award during the academy’s annual prize ceremony in the French capital on February 20 — two days before the Oscars in the US.Penn, who won Oscars for his performances in “Milk” and “Mystic River,” has earned a...

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