JEDDAH: The fourth suspect in a failed terror plot was killed in a shootout with police on Saturday, the Ministry of Interior said.In a statement posted online, the MOI said Yousef Abdullatif Shabab Al-Ghamdi was killed in his hideout after he exchanged fire with security forces, rejecting a call for him to surrender.Al-Ghamdi escaped from an earlier raid at a house in Taif, during which three of his colleagues were captured, the police said on Friday.Raiders reported finding flags of the Daesh (Arabic acronym for the group calling itself Islamic State) group, as well as gun silencers and computers.During the earlier operation, an officer, Sgt. Awad Siraj Al-Maliki, was killed in a shootout with the terrorists.
JEDDAH: Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz bin Musaed, governor of the Northern Borders province, has di...
MANILA: Police in a central Philippine city said Saturday that they have filed murder complaints aga...
BEIRUT, Lebanon: The Daesh group on Saturday released a video showing several dozen Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheater in the city of Palmyra.The video documented an execution that reportedly happened shortly after the group captured the city on May 21.It shows the soldiers in green and brown military uniforms being shot dead on the amphitheater’s stage in front of an enormo...
CAIRO: President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, wearing battle dress for the first time in over a year, said Saturday that Egypt had foiled an attempt by the Daesh (Arabic acronym for Islamic State) group to seize territory and set up an extremist state with its recent assault on the military in the troubled northeastern part of the Sinai Peninsula.In combat fatigues he had said he hung up for good when he ran for president, the...

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JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman opened the new Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah on Thursday night.He was met at the airport by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman and Suleiman bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan, head of the General Authority for Civil Aviat...
Jeddah: The Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) interior ministers have vowed to take decisive action against those trying to undermine the region’s security and social fabric.At an extraordinary meeting held in Kuwait City, the ministers condemned the recent bombing of the Imam Al-Sadeq Mosque in Kuwait.They expressed their c...
RIYADH: The Civil Defense has rescued 105 pilgrims trapped in vehicles and buildings for various reasons since the start of Ramadan. During the first 10 days of the month, it also had to deal with 255 complaints, which included 150 accidents due to fires in apartments and commercial buildings.Capt. Fahd Al-Bitha, director o...
JEDDAH: A local survey found that almost half of Saudis abide by rules and laws in public places outside the Kingdom more than they do inside the country.More than one-third of the respondent sample said they violate road traffic signs and directions. The survey, conducted by Tagreed Al-Jadaani, professor of home economics...
RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) and the Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) have launched a traffic safety campaign, to reduce the number of accidents that cause disability.Prince Sultan bin Salman, the SCTNH president and chairman of the DAC board of directors, said that Custodian o...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Education has suspended all parallel education programs, except in medical and engineering specialties, as well as bridging programs for health diploma certificates.Education Minister Azzam Al-Dhakil gave directions to the rectors at the Saudi universities to suspend the programs starting from the ne...
RIYADH: The Cooperative Health Insurance Council said it had suspended operations of six medical insurance companies for violating health insurance regulations by issuing insurance policies without completing the required documentation and violating insurance policy documents.The council had decided to suspend five of the c...
DAMMAM: A 50 percent decline in the prices of some types of fish in the Dammam Central Market was noted compared to the previous month.Fish sellers attributed this decline to an increased fish supply and fall in demand from hotels and consumers during the past few days.Eissa Mahesh, a fish seller in the Dammam market, said:...
RIYADH: In a two-day operation, police arrested 343 beggars including women and children during the holy month of Ramadan.A police officer said the raid was carried out in the Salehiya district and 220 of those arrested were women from Ethiopia. “Most of them were living illegally in the Kingdom breaking all immigration reg...
RIYADH: Hotels in the capital have made special arrangements by setting up Ramadan tents, where diners can visit to begin and break their fast with special suhoor and iftar meals during the ongoing fasting month.As the Ramadan tent is a popular phenomenon in the Kingdom and other Arab countries, Arab News explored the speci...
JEDDAH: Kaddadin, or unlicensed transporters, say there is good money to be made during Ramadan especially in transporting Umrah pilgrims from Jeddah to Makkah and back.During this month the number of visitors doubles or triples which means the price of transportation increases and young men who work in kaddada make a lot o...
RIYADH: The holy month of Ramadan is lively at night following Taraweeh prayers. Nights are turned into days during the month in the industrial area where there is a large concentration of automobile workshops.The industrial areas are well illuminated during this month to attract motorists who come for repairs or to paint t...
RIYADH: The Saudi man behind the green project that ensured 3,400 trees in Khurais in the Eastern Province for a government firm has been approached by a Kuwaiti oil company for a similar project. “After learning about the project in the Eastern Province that aims to protect the environment, officials of the Kuwaiti oil com...

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TUNIS: Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday declared a state of emer...

LONDON: A family of 12 from Luton who were feared to have joined Daesh has relea...

BEIRUT, Lebanon: The Daesh group on Saturday released a video showing several do...

CAIRO: President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, wearing battle dress for the first time...

GENEVA: The United Nations called on Israel and the Palestinians on Friday to pr...

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KANO, Nigeria: Several female suicide bombers blew themselves up amid panicked v...

SHYROKYNE, Ukraine: Pro-Russian fighters have withdrawn from a strategic frontli...

ASTANA/ALMATY: Kazakhstan’s veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev celebrates his 7...

KABUL: The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of th...

TOKYO: A fatal fire on Japan’s bullet train, started by a man who self-immolated...

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LONDON: Defending champion and second seed Petra Kvitova crashed out of Wimbledo...

UTRECHT, Netherlands: Rohan Dennis won the first stage of the Tour de France in...

CONCEPCION, Chile: Striker Paolo Guerrero scored his fourth goal of the Copa Ame...

VANCOUVER, British Columbia: With the title match looming, Abby Wambach isn’t mi...

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ECONOMY »

RIYADH: As an expression of his gratitude to the Saudi nation and its people, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal announced the resumption of the two Alwaleed Philanthropic project...
ATHENS: Greece’s finance minister accused creditors of trying to “terrorize” Greeks into accepting austerity, warning Europe stood to lose as much as Athens if the country is forced from the euro after a referendum on Sunday on bailout terms.After a week in which Greece defaulted, shuttered its banks and began rationing cas...
BEIJING: China’s top securities brokerages said that they would collectively buy at least 120 billion yuan ($19.3 billion) of shares in a bid to stabilize the country’s stock markets after a slump of nearly 30 percent since mid-June.The pledge follows near-daily official policy moves over the past week, including an interes...
Saudi Arabia’s benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index continued its downward momentum, marking another weekly decline of 2.47 percent.The TASI fell to 9,136.34 points level, trimming 230.94 points last week.It went 1.37 percent above and 4.69 percent below the break-even line during the week, reflecting an expanded range of 440...
HOUSTON: The insurance protecting shale drillers against plummeting prices has become so crucial that for one company, SandRidge Energy, payments from the hedges accounted for a stunning 64 percent of first-quarter revenue.Now the safety net is going away.The insurance that producers bought before the collapse in oil — much...
DUBAI: Kuwait is considering issuing bonds among various options to finance a budget deficit created by low oil prices, Finance Minister Anas Al-Saleh said on Thursday.“Going to the market and issuing bonds and so on, could it happen this year? Possibly yes,” he said in an interview with Al Arabiya television.“A specialized...
JOHANNESBURG: North America has a population of about 500 million, and two-fifths of them are on Facebook. In Africa, with more than 1 billion people, just 120 million use the social network. That’s an opportunity Facebook can’t ignore, though the region poses challenges unlike those the company has faced in more developed...
SEOUL: The South Korean government on Friday agreed to inject $20 billion into the flagging economy, which has been hit by the MERS virus outbreak and sluggish consumption.The 22-trillion-won ($19.8 billion) stimulus package was passed at a Cabinet meeting of government ministers, the Finance Ministry said.“The extra budget...
LONDON: Marks & Spencer is expected to report that underlying sales in its non-food business fell in its latest quarter, dashing investor optimism that a corner had finally been turned when it delivered growth in the previous three months.However, CEO Marc Bolland is likely to stress again that his strategy is to primar...
LONDON: Britain is reducing the maximum bank deposit it will protect if a lender fails by 10,000 pounds to 75,000 pounds ($117,255) from the end of this year, the Bank of England said.European Union law requires member states to protect no more and no less than 100,000 euros ($111,130) of deposits. Countries such as Britain...
LUANDA: France and Angola have signed business agreements covering a wide range of economic sectors from oil to hotels, which are potentially worth several hundred million dollars, French officials said.At the head of a delegation of about 50 French company executives visiting the southern African country, President Francoi...
RIYADH: With Saudi Arabia being a predominantly oil-based economy, major changes in the price of oil are likely to be followed by sentimental as well as real changes in the stock market. While sentimental changes often impact the stock market immediately, real changes will take effect over the longer term. If oil prices rem...
LONDON: Oil prices fell on Friday with the focus on high US output as traders looked ahead to Greece's weekend referendum that could determine whether it remains in the euro zone.West Texas Intermediate for August delivery fell 35 cents to $56.58 a barrel compared with Thursday's close.Brent North Sea crude for August dropp...
 
 

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In a vast basement area of the University of Westminster in Central London is a small piece of Saudi Arabia. The underground space houses AmbikaP3 art gallery which recently showcased the degree work of final year art students. Among the graduates was Wejdan Reda, who curated an exhibit called ‘Exclusion’ featuring the work of four contemporary...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

KAPOLEI: The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed an historic flight in its quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, touching down gracefully in Hawaii on Friday after the most arduous leg of its journey.

The sun-powered plane, piloted by veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, took five days to make the historic voya...

FASHION »

Countries in the Middle East may be changing in terms of technology and development. However, when it comes to making a fashion statement, these countries including Saudi Arabia allude back to traditional and cultural trends, which are increasingly becoming popular today. Saudis and Arabs are proud and hospitable people, and they take due pride...

TRAVEL »

RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has encouraged businessmen to invest in tourism villages in Asir region.
“Tourism villages are considered to be one of the most attractive options in the province,” said Mohammad Al-Amra, SCTNH branch director in Asir.
He made the statement in the wake of Bin Hussai...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Ramadan is that time of the year when most people go back to their roots in terms of their traditions, clothing, culture and food. You find long queues in front of small, local restaurants that sell ful (mashed fava beans) and tameez (Afghani flatbread) before iftar as well as suhoor.AlAyoubi Restaurant, which opened recently, celebrates authentic Hijazi cuisine with recipes that go back to the older generations. The restaurant provides a traditional iftar experience and an extensive range of Arabic delicacies, including Arabic coffee, dates, ful, balilah, and international offerings along with Ramadan beverages and Hijazi culinary masterpieces.The restaurant is located in north Jeddah,...
Last week, I described to you our 24-hour daily cycle, which regulates our biological clock. I also explained the two phases of sleep (the slow-wave sleep and REM sleep) and how each type impacts the body and brain. Slow-wave sleep, which is the profound sleep, occurs around midnight and lasts for about two hours. This type of deep sleep is critical for rebuilding the body from wear and tear; boosting the immune system; repairing cells, neurons, tissues, bones, muscles, wounds, and breaks; and does whatever else is needed for repair. This short sleep is vital for the regeneration and restoration of the body physiologically. New-borns, children, adolescents, athletes, and active people...
RIYADH: Medical studies and research for new methods in the treatment of chronic diseases suggests that fasting could help combat cancer and boost effectiveness of treatment.Scientists doing research on the positive aspects of fasting discovered that it triggers stem cell regeneration and combats cancer.Dr. Mashhor Al-Hantoushi, who heads the health and therapeutic affairs department at the Ministry of Health, told Arab News on Monday: “Medical research studies found that fasting could slow the growth of breast cancer, melanoma skin cancers, glioma brain cancer and neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in the nerve tissue.”Replying to a question on whether fasting could make chemotherapy more...

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MUMBAI: Salman Khan’s fans may have been waiting forever to see him tie the knot but the actor is in no mood to get marr...
LOS ANGELES: Contrary to circulating rumors, actor Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves’s marriage is not “on the rocks.”A representative for McConaughey told gossipcom.com that the rumor was not true. A mutual friend of the “Dallas Buyers Club” actor added that “(McConaughey) couldn’t be more supportive of anything Alves does.”The couple was heading for splitsville because Alves has been making more TV appearances, said a report.According to the report, while the star of “The Wolf of the Wall Street” once publicly thanked his wife for helping revive his career, “he doesn’t want her to have...
LOS ANGELES: Reality TV star Kim Kardashian says she is not resorting to plastic surgery to look her best while she is pregnant. The 34-year-old “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star, who is expecting a second child with husband Kanye West, took to Instagram and said she she won’t risk her child’s health by doing botox, reported People Magazine. “No, I don’t do fillers or botox when pregnant like some tabloids are reporting, you would have to be really sick to endanger your child like that,” she wrote. Kardashian said while pregnancy brings changes in the body, the challenge is to adjust...

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