JERUSALEM: Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets.More than 1,000 Israeli police were deployed around the Old City’s cobbled streets and the ancient gates that lead to Al Aqsa, a spokeswoman said, in addition to undercover anti-riot units and observation balloons hovering in the sky.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced Thursday’s closure of the site as “tantamount to a declaration of war” and his political party called for a “day of rage” in protest at the move, prompting heightened security throughout the city.Worshippers wanting to enter the ornate marble-and-stone compound, which contains the golden Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa mosque, the third holiest shrine in Islam, queued behi...
The Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council has taken Haramain Islamic Foundation (HIF) off t...
Minister of the National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah has rejected accusations by Hezbollah that...
BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials say bombs have struck marketplaces near Baghdad, killing at least nine people.One bomb went off at a sheep market in the Iraqi capital’s western suburb of Suweib, killing five people and wounding 13. Police officials say the explosion happened around noon.Earlier on Friday, a bomb blast near an outdoor market in the town of Madain, just south of Baghdad, killed four people and wounded 11.Medical o...
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso: Anti-government protesters began gathering in Burkina Faso’s capital again Friday, a day after their violent demonstrations pushed the country’s longtime president to agree to relinquish power next year.Protesters stormed the parliament Thursday to prevent lawmakers from voting to allow President Blaise Compaore, in power for 27 years, to seek another term in office.In response to the chaos, a b...

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The Ministry of Labor will begin implementing the fourth stage of the wage protection system (WPS) for companies with 500 employees or more, starting next week.The undersecretary of the Ministry of Labor for Inspection and Development of the Work Environment, Abdullah Abuthonin, said the ministry al...
A burglar stole jewellery from a residential apartment in the Eastern Province and later set the house on fire to cover up his crime.Eastern Province police arrested the criminal after they were informed that the apartment has been burgled beforehand. Investigations are now under way.Eastern Province police spokesman Lt. Co...
The Riyadh Police arrested 497 illegal workers, including 12 wanted men, in five districts during the weekend in the capital.Security authorities went on an inspection to apprehend illegal workers in five districts, including Manfouha, Malaqa, Shemeisi, Sulay and Masif upon directives issued by Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki Bin...
Saudi Arabia would soon send its first ambassador to Peru, according to the South American country’s ambassador in Riyadh.Eduardo Martinetti, Peru’s first envoy in the Kingdom, said this was an important step in the relations of the two nations.Martinetti was speaking on Thursday at the celebrations of his country’s 193rd N...
Abha, the picturesque capital of Asir province is gearing up to host the 4th National Urban Heritage Forum next month under the patronage of its governor, Prince Faisal bin Khalid.Dr. Meshari Al Naeem, general supervisor at the National Urban Heritage Center and head of the forum’s organizing committee applauded the prepara...
There was widespread praise for the innovative skills of young girl students at the International Indian School Jeddah’s (IISJ) two-day education exhibition that ended on Thursday.B.S. Mubarak, the Indian consul general, who opened the event, was among several officials and visitors who were impressed by the students. The o...
Thousands of Filipino Muslims turned out on Friday in Manila to welcome an imam of Makkah’s Grand Mosque to their country.Sheikh Maher bin Hamad Al-Muaiqely delivered the Friday sermon at Manila’s Golden Mosque. This is the first visit of an imam from the Grand Mosque to the Philippines.Al-Muaiqely is on an official weeklon...
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom expressed joy at the deferment of the mandatory 550 Philippine peso airport terminal fee on departing Filipino travellers a day before its implementation but have yet to see it realized. OFWs were overwhelmed with the success of uniting together against the policy, regarded by...
A student with a disability living in Aflaj uses his wheelchair to travel over 10 km to school every day. Aboud Al-Aboud, who is in his final year of high school, says that he is committed to his studies and wants to have a decent job some day.Al-Aboud relies on his rickety electric wheelchair to get around whether it is un...
The MERS coronavirus has killed four persons and infected nine others, announced the Health Ministry on Thursday.One of the latest victims of the deadly disease is an 84-year-old expatriate who lived in Taif. The nine latest MERS infected patients, meanwhile, are all Saudi with the exception of a 30-year-old expat woman in...
The first Spanish-made train for the multibillion-riyal Haramain railway project would arrive in Jeddah by December, according to the president of the Saudi Railways Organization.Speaking to local media from Spain, Mohammed Al-Suwaiket said that the Spanish manufacturing company has almost completed the Haramain train, whi...
Studies show that the rate of child sexual abuse in the Kingdom is alarmingly high with one in every four children exposed to sexual harassment at some point in their early lives.The Orphan Care Department in the Eastern Province organized recently a lecture for foster families entitled “Sexual Harassment and Adolescence” t...
Traffic violations such as speeding and running red lights have dropped drastically since the introduction of Saher cameras on Jeddah's main roads, according to the city's traffic department.Brig. Gen. Zaid Al-Hamzi, spokesman of the traffic department, said that the police now want the government to introduce cameras cover...

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SURUC, Turkey: US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian b...

ADEN: Yemen’s Shiite rebels, who are in control of the capital, gave the preside...

BENGHAZI: Libyan Army special forces have seized back four barracks from armed m...

BAGHDAD: The bodies of 150 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe which fought Islamic...

GENEVA: A UN human rights watchdog on Thursday urged Israel to respect the right...

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LOS ANGELES: A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson...

BEIJING: Afghanistan’s new president invited the Taleban to join in a peace proc...

PESHAWAR: More than 150,000 people have fled from northwest Pakistan’s lawless t...

FORT KENT: A nurse who defied an Ebola quarantine in the state of Maine after tr...

MOGADISHU: Somali pirates have freed seven Indian sailors detained for close to...

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CLEVELAND: LeBron James struggled from the start in his first game for Cleveland...

MANILA: With its foot on the gas all night long, Alaska made its true strength r...

SHANGHAI: Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium is among the longest hitters in golf. Whe...

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SEOUL: Mohamed Al-Jasser, minister of economy and planning, said South Korea will be one of the countries to be invited to the Kingdom if Saudi Arabia pursues a project t...
One of the milestones in the development of trade relations between Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic will be the upcoming Czech-Saudi business forum being held on Nov. 5 at the Zofín in Prague.The Prague-based company, Shobokshi Investment which, among other things, provides services in the field of foreign trade, is org...
TOKYO: Japan’s central bank surprised the financial world and pleased investors Friday by intensifying its purchases of government bonds and other assets to try to revive a chronically anemic economy.The Bank of Japan’s move to pump trillions more yen into the financial system is intended to stimulate spending in the world’...
DUBAI: Jeddah-based Islamic investment firm SEDCO Capital plans to arrange a club investment of up to $300 million in European real estate, and will soon distribute its Luxembourg fund range via two European investment firms, its chief executive said.SEDCO Capital, a fully owned subsidiary of SEDCO Holding, already distribu...
NEW YORK/LONDON: Gold and silver slumped to their lowest since 2010 on Friday as the dollar surged against the yen and other major currencies after the Bank of Japan shocked global financial markets by expanding its massive stimulus spending.Spot gold broke below $1,180 an ounce, a level bullion had held twice during its la...
NEW YORK: US stocks rose sharply on Friday, with the Dow hitting an intraday record high as the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program, just days after the Federal Reserve wound down its years-long package of incentives.The S&P 500 came within 0.1 percent of its record high, after the December e-mini...
LONDON: Whirlpool’s $1,699 “smart” washing machine boasts Wi-Fi and a colored control screen, can be started from an iPhone app, and will text or e-mail you when your clothes are ready to dry — preferably, from Whirlpool’s point of view, in its $1,699 “smart” dryer. But if you’re wondering who would want to buy an Internet-...
LONDON: Gasoline prices in all parts of the US are tied to Brent rather than the domestic crude oil benchmark WTI, according to a detailed study published on Thursday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).The EIA study removes the last principled objection to lifting the ban on US crude oil exports — namely that it...
SEATTLE: Microsoft has unveiled an activity-tracking wristband and related Internet-based service that can track and analyze health, fitness and sleep data, jumping into the crowded wearable-computer market.The $199 Microsoft Band works with the company’s free Health application, which uses machine learning to interpret dat...
LONDON: The owner of British Airways and Iberia raised its forecast for profits this year and said it was on course for another rise in 2015 despite an increasingly competitive backdrop that has hit rival European airlines.International Airlines Group’s performance contrasts with Air France-KLM and Lufthansa, which have cut...
TOKYO: Sony has announced a whopping $1.0 billion six-month loss, underlining the Japanese electronics giant’s struggle to drag itself out of the red, while it falls further behind rivals Panasonic and Sharp.As the trio published their half-year earnings, Sony said the challenges of a fiercely competitive smartphone busines...
NAIROBI: Kenya, like other nations on a continent that boasts some of the fastest growth rates in the world, is racing to upgrade neglected infrastructure, improve regulations and revise often outdated economic figures to spur investment.For some, there are echoes of the start of Asia’s rise.But Kenya’s challenges, many of...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank said the retail portion of its SR22.5 billion ($6 billion) initial share sale had attracted investor interest amounting to more than double the amount on offer.By the end of the day on Thursday, around 857,000 investors pledged to buy shares totaling 210 percent of the 300 mil...

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GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Among the mountains of rubble littering Gaza after a deadly summer war, clay outlines emerge of men, women and children with a story to tell about fear, flight and destruction.
Though his sculptures, which are made of fiberglass and covered with clay, Iyyad Sabbah relates the pain of those who lived throu...

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Managing home and personal finances is a real and legitimate concern for most of people; after all, not everyone of us majored in business administration or finance but all of us would like to control our spending and save more money. We want to know where does our money go every month? And subsequently, whether there’s hope for us to save any o...

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Social media fashionista and fashion blogger Anoud Badr is the designer behind the fashion brand Lady Fozaza, launched in 2011 featuring an exclusive collection of statement blazers worn by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Lebanese pop singer Nancy Ajram.
Badr, half-Saudi, half-Lebanese also designs abayas, and has recently launched her...

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Archaeological experts from Poland will work in close coordination with local archaeologists to further develop mechanisms for research in archaeological survey and excavation.
The supreme tourism body, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), signed an agreement of joint scientific cooperation with the University of Warsaw...

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PARIS: Drink lots of milk to strengthen your bones and boost your health, doctors say.But a study in The BMJ medical journal Wednesday said Swedes with a high intake of cow’s milk died younger — and women suffered more fractures.The findings may warrant questions about recommendations for milk consumption, although further research is needed, its authors said, as the association may be purely coincidental.A Swedish team used data taken from 61,000 women aged 39-74 and monitored for about 20 years, and more than 45,000 men aged 45-79 followed for 11 years.The volunteers gave details about diet and lifestyle, body weight, smoking habits, exercise frequency, education level and marital status....
Authentic Greek food has made its way all the way from Greece to the tables of Eat Greek restaurant in Dubai. Located in the newly opened outdoor mall, The Beach at JBR, the two-story casual dining restaurant has a prime place on the beach with a commanding view of the glittering Arabian Gulf and the iconic Palm Jumeirah. Eat Greek offers an outdoor dining area overlooking The Beach at JBR with basic steel chairs, square wooden tables and umbrellas to keep you from the glazing Dubai sun during the lunch time. Once inside the restaurant, you cannot miss the rustic urban feel, thanks to the basic wooden chairs, square wooden tables and long leather sofas. You will fall in love with the reused...
You’ve tried everything, counted sheep, drunk herbal teas and even taken sleeping pills but nothing has helped you with your insomnia. Doctors and specialists say most insomnia cases are caused by stress and excessive use of caffeine. “Sleep is essential for both mental and physical health. Researches are constantly looking for new and developed ways to help people sleep the average 6 to 8 hours a night but this seems like hard work,” said Saudi physician Dr. Taris Rashid. “Some people have trouble sleeping while others cannot stay asleep which is really dangerous because sleep is a major solution for many problems. It strengthens and stabilizes your immune system, sharpens your brain,...

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LOS ANGELES: Hello Kitty cuteness is taking over Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles as the city hosts the first Hello...
MONROVIA: It has been a vexing problem for courtesans of queens, princesses and the powerful throughout history — what do you get for the woman who has everything?For the guests celebrating the 76th birthday of Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the answer was straightforward: A few buckets, some bars of soap and gallons of disinfectant.A head-of-state might normally blanche at such a thrifty tribute, but Ebola-hit Liberia is living in strange times and Sirleaf was more than happy, according to an official statement on Thursday’s celebrations.“She noted that the commemoration of her...
MANILA: The extraordinary road to the West End for the Philippines’ Mark Bautista began with singing boy-band covers at shopping malls and a long ride from poverty aboard a cargo ship. Now, he is performing to sold-out crowds at one of the world’s most prestigious theater venues, cast as ex-Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos in “Here Lies Love,” a rollicking disco musical.“It was never in my wildest dreams that I could get a lead role in a Manila musical... and now I have this,” Bautista, 31, told AFP recently before heading to London to star in the show written by Talking Heads co-founder...

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