ADEN: Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition hit Yemen rebel positions Saturday as reinforcements reached pro-government forces preparing for an anticipated advance toward the capital, military sources said.Apache helicopters struck a base occupied by rebel forces near Bayhan, in the southern province of Shabwa, hours after fighter jets targeted a convoy of the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the area, a military source said.Warplanes also pounded arms depots in the rebel-held capital Sanaa, according to witnesses.Bayhan borders the eastern province of Marib, where military reinforcements have arrived from Saudi Arabia to bolster forces loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, military sources said.Armored vehicles have crossed the Wadia border point in Hadramawt province, heading to Marib, where loyalists are preparing a large offensive, a military official told AFP.The coalition...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Tens of thousands of Malaysians wearing yellow T-shirts and blowing horns de...
KABUL, Afghanistan: Gunbattles between rival Taliban factions left at least five dead in southern Af...
RIYADH: Based on a recent study, spinsterhood in Saudi Arabia has escalated at an alarming rate where the number of unmarried girls reached 4 million this year compared to around 1.5 million in 2010.Experts and social workers attribute this figure to the high rates of dowry and other marriage-related spending.A new proposal was recently made by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal where a dowry was fixed at SR50,000 for un...
JEDDAH: A total of 94,390 people, most of them Saudis, aged 15 to 59, are jobless because of their unwillingness to work, according to an online newspaper quoting the Central Department of Statistics and Information. Among them, 65.2 percent are Saudis and 72.7 percent women.The CDSI report, which covers the work force, the number of workers and people without jobs in the first half of 2015, said these people are capable...

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RIYADH: As a mark of support for Saudi soldiers stationed on the southern borders, the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) has pledged to secure the admission of their children to various institutions and colleges to further their education.The announcement was made by TVTC Gov. Ali...
MAKKAH: Low-cost Haj packages are no longer available as the registration process has been completed.Announcing it, Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Nafei, assistant deputy minister of Haj, said domestic Haj operators have completed registering names of pilgrims for this year. “On the ministry’s website, 115,000 pilgrims from inside...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Health announced on Friday that two more people were infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. While no deaths were announced, the virus has already killed 26 people in just two weeks, from Aug. 16 to 28, the highest spike in cases in recent times, all likely caused by tr...
JEDDAH: A contract was signed recently to establish a specialist medical complex to treat cancer patients for free.The contract was signed in the presence of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal on Monday.The complex, which will cost SR147 million, will be established in the Jeddah governorate on the Jeddah-Madinah Highway a...
RIYADH: The government and courts have issued 35,010 penalties against citizens and expatriates for violating the country’s residency laws including fines and jail terms.Citizens and expatriates across the Kingdom were penalized for transporting, harboring and employing illegal workers, said Maj. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Yahya, dir...
JEDDAH: An African expat woman is being investigated for torturing her baby to death by pouring boiling water on her. The motive behind the vicious attack is unknown.The Board of Investigation and Prosecution in Jeddah has charged the woman with semi-premeditated murder after the burns to the 6-day-old baby’s lower limbs an...
JEDDAH: Security authorities have arrested 45 people from different parts of the Kingdom for Daesh links in the past 10 days. Forty of the suspects, accused of terrorism, are Saudis. Others are 2 Yemenis, an Egyptian, a Palestinian, and a national of Trinidad and Tobago. Over the past 310 days, 1,740 people of 20 different...
JEDDAH: As international schools in the city gear up for the new academic session, some parents have requested that schools improve the quality of their classes in Islamic studies. Although the Ministry of Education has decreed that all international schools must teach Islamic civilization, several concerned parents have co...
JEDDAH: The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has called for reasonable prices of food items during this year’s Haj season. The issue was discussed during a meeting between JCCI’s Commission for Food and Beverages and the Ministry of Trade and Industry on Thursday. The JCCI urged the ministry to ensure factorie...
The Date and Palm Festival's activities were launched on Thursday at the Al-Fanateer waterfront in Jubail Industrial City. The event, organized by the Royal Commission for Jubail (RCJ), will run through Sept. 5 and include various events centered on dates and palms and all related industries, in addition to leisure and heri...

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ANKARA: Turkish planes have for the first time joined raids by the US-led coalit...

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s Parliament on Saturday expressed confidence in the answers of El...

ADEN: Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition hit Yemen rebel positions Saturday...

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera reporters to three years in...

PARIS: The Paris prosecutor’s office and a lawyer for Morocco’s King Mohammad VI...

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JOHANNESBURG: At least 38 girls and young women were killed in a crash while tra...

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping granted an amnesty on Saturday to jailed w...

JUBA: South Sudan’s army and rebels accused each other of responsibility for fre...

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BERLIN: Germany star Thomas Mueller scored twice as Bayern Munich went back to t...

BEIJING: Usain Bolt is perfect yet again.Dispelling two years of injury doubts,...

LONDON: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho suffered only his second Premier League de...

NEW YORK: Rainouts at Arthur Ashe Stadium will be history after this year’s US O...

WINSTON-SALEM, United States: South Africa’s Kevin Anderson booked his place in...

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NEW YORK: Top global markets ended the week Friday largely recovered from China-induced panic selling, but market watchers remain worried the turmoil in the world's numbe...
NEW YORK: Top global markets ended the week Friday largely recovered from China-induced panic selling, but market watchers remain worried the turmoil in the world's number two economy will drag down global growth.After a bout of violent selloffs, the final tally for many stocks was deceptively benign, with the US and Europe...
BENGHAZI: A state oil firm loyal to Libya's official government based in the east of the country has postponed a conference in Dubai to discuss oil majors' existing contracts with the OPEC member country.The conference is a fresh attempt by Libya's internationally recognised government to control state oil firm NOC, which i...
ALGIERS: Algeria's government said on Saturday it will cut spending by 9 percent next year due to the drastic fall in global oil prices as the OPEC petroleum and gas producer tries to counter the drop in energy revenues that account for 60 percent of its budget.Algeria still has more than $150 billion in foreign reserves a...
new york: Days after China threw the biggest scare into Wall Street in years, US stocks have come surging back and ended the week Friday on a placid note that suggested the worst may be over for now.Even so, investors are buckling their seat belts for more turbulence ahead.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell a scant 11.76...
LONDON: Many commodities faced a fierce sell-off earlier this week, rooted in demand fears arising from China's slowdown, but later rebounded in line with equities after surprisingly strong US growth data.World stock markets were hammered on Black Monday — with Shanghai collapsing by almost 8.50 percent — as risk-averse inv...
DUBAI/LONDON: A second oil price rout of 2015 has forced Arab OPEC members to cut their price expectations for this year, showing they are prepared to tolerate cheaper crude for longer to defend market share and curb rivals' output.OPEC delegates, including those from core Gulf OPEC countries, see economic troubles in top e...
WASHINGTON: US consumer spending rose in July as households stepped up automobile purchases, offering further evidence of strength in the economy that could keep the door open to a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year.While other data on Friday showed consumer sentiment dipped in August, likely as households fretted...
LONDON: Front-month Brent crude futures surged more than 10 percent higher on Thursday, one of the largest daily percentage movements on record, as traders raced to cover short positions.US crude futures rose almost as much, with the October contract ending the day up by more than 9 percent.Various fundamentals have been ci...
LONDON: Global stock markets finished mixed on Friday at the end of a turbulent week driven by worries over China's slowing growth with some relief coming from data showing the strength of the US economy.Global equities were hammered on Black Monday as risk-averse investors dumped shares on spreading panic that the flagging...
 
 

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Exposing Iranian plotAFTER over two decades, the Saudi intelligence forces captu...
With other nations joining the coalition it strengthens their resolve to put Dae...
Next month, the world will achieve a milestone for global development efforts. T...
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One of the greatest landscape photographers, Ansel Adams, once said: “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
One look at award-winning Saudi photographer Najla Al-Khalifa’s stunning shot...

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ENTOTO, Ethiopia: High above the crowded streets of Addis Ababa, among fields where farmers lead oxen dragging wooden ploughs, sits Ethiopia’s space program.
Perched on the top of the 3,200-meter (10,500-foot) high Mount Entoto, two metal domes house telescopes, each a meter in diameter.
Operational for only a few months, the specializ...

FASHION »

Does Hijab become an obstacle for a Muslim woman to express herself through fashion? Ask Saudi designer Nabila Nazer and she will whip out some of the trendiest and coolest looks for a modest, modern woman. She says the purpose of her fashion venture is to revive modest yet fashionable clothing among the young generations of Muslim women. Her po...

TRAVEL »

When visiting London it’s natural to try and see all the iconic sights that are associated with the city. But it’s all too easy to miss out on the wonderful aspects of the capital that are not so widely known but which form part of its rich fabric. Towns outside the capital are also often over-looked.
So here is a guide to London and a near...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Hot flashes are a sudden feeling of feverish heat, typically a symptom of menopause. Women who have hot flashes might experience some difficulty in sleeping because hot flashes, called night sweats, also occur in deep sleep.It’s not precisely clear what causes hot flashes. However, they’re most likely due to hormonal changes in the body. Some women barely notice hot flashes or consider them a minor annoyance. For others, the intensity may affect their quality of life in a rather negative way.“Hot flashes are a quick feeling of heat and sometimes a red, flushed face and sweating. It is not yet known what is the exact cause of hot flashes, but it might be related to changes in the female body...
Nothing says I love meat like a good burger. What’s not to love? A good grilled, well seasoned, fresh ground beef patty with perfect accommodating condiments and the perfectly rounded bun to finish off … perfect, right? Jeddah has seen its share of gourmet burger restaurants in the past few years, some are well within the limits of “acceptable”, others “not so much” and a handful of “superb” tasting burger joints. Forget the American franchises that are scattered all over the city, the newest burger joint to hit the restaurant scene has to be “Section B” burger. The creation of six young Saudis all sharing one love, obviously a really good burger! Men and their meat, right? Ironically, this...
RIYADH: A voluntary youth outreach group has issued a warning against the publication of any study that intends to promote smoking tobacco. The warning comes on the heels of a study published by a well-known wire agency and a foreign health agency saying that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco by 95 percent and should be promoted as a tool to help smokers quit smoking.But the volunteer youth group said that electronic cigarettes are very harmful and detrimental to health. It added that it is also the easy way to tobacco smoking.“Marketing of this and similar studies is alarming and must be addressed accordingly.Professionals must educate young people regarding such a study...

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LONDON: US singer Rachel Platten scored her first Number 1 on the British singles charts on Friday with “Fight Song,” th...
OULU, Finland: Russia’s Kereel “Our Daddy” Blumenkrants turned and twisted and slid on his knees on an open-air stage in northern Finland on Friday, wowing spectators and convincing judges to name him World Air Guitar Champion 2015.But it was a close call.In the final round of 10 performers, Blumenkrants was tied with three-time US national champion Matt “Airistotle” Burns from Staten Island, New York. Even a single throw of paper, rock and scissors between them ended in a draw, forcing a final showdown.“Our Daddy” won with a wild but controlled thrashing-arm performance in a shiny spaceman...
LAHORE: Unlike her contemporaries, Sajal Ali does not seem to foster any Bollywood ambitions. Speaking to the Roznama Express the actor said that, “If I can achieve the same level of fame and respect in my country why would I want to go to Bollywood?”Yet to make her film debut, the actor is still waiting for the right script and character. “As soon as I find a script and character to my liking I would say yes but I would not perform an item number.”Having already established herself as a leading lady on television, Sajal said that she could not guarantee that her film debut would be...

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