Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, on Wednesday praised the armed forces for defending the country and Islam’s holiest sites in the Kingdom.Prince Salman made the comments while meeting Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan, chief of staff of the Saudi armed forces, Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Fayyad bin Hamid Ruwaili and commanders of the army’s various units, at his office in Riyadh.During the meeting, Prince Salman thanked the officers for a “successful” Haj under the guidance of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.Al-Bunyan said soldiers, with the support of King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman, would continue to perform their duty to protect the homeland and remain loyal to their leaders. He said there was high morale among the country’s soldiers.The meeting was also attended by Assistant Secretary of Defense Mohammed bin Abdullah Ayesh;...
The Kingdom remains the leading donor of humanitarian aid to the United Nations, a leading official...
Member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have condemned the continued attacks...
WASHINGTON: The US Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are earning about $1 million a month just from black market oil sales.The official who leads the department’s effort to undermine the group’s financial strength says IS also has taken in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings.David Cohen, the Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, says the group takes...
OTTAWA, Ontario: The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa’s war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.In a brief and tear-filled telephone interview with The Associated Press Thursday, Susan Bibeau said she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack.“Can you ever explain something like this?” she said. “We are...

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Over 100,000 illegal foreign workers have been arrested in the Eastern Province over the last 12 months, police announced Tuesday.A total of 101,302 people were arrested during the period across the Eastern Province, said Col. Ziyad Al-Ruqaiti, spokesman for Eastern Province police. He added that th...
A Syrian female academic, who joined the Islamic State (IS) terror group after quitting her job at Dammam University, has been disowned by her family. According to recent reports in local media, Eiman Al-Bogha’s sister, Hanan, posted a tweet rejecting her support of the IS.“Eiman’s position doesn’t represent the family’s vi...
The Ministry of Health is currently considering vaccinating camels to counter the spread of the deadly MERS virus as it claimed another life on Wednesday.Abdullah Asiri, assistant deputy minister for preventive health, said recently that this measure is being considered because it has now been established beyond doubt that...
Eighteen million licensed vehicles are likely to be on Saudi roads by the end of this year, from 17 million last year, according to a study published by Al-Eqtisadiah daily. The number of licensed cars rose by 7 percent from 2011 to 2012, to 15.9 million vehicles, it said. This was a rise of 975,000 cars from the 14.9 milli...
Opposition politician Kassab Al-Otaibi conveyed his thanks and appreciation to Minister of Interior Prince Mohammad bin Naif for sending a medical plane to take his father from Al-Jouf to Riyadh hospitals, and paying the expenses of all his escorts, and offering condolences on his death. Prince Mohammad got to know of the d...
Social activist and director of the Made by Hand Foundation, Moodhi Al-Da’rami, has been successfully running a project that has supported more than 33 families in the province of Bisha. She said, demand has increased tremendously across the Kingdom for many of the traditional products produced by the productive families of...
Several Haj pilgrims who have just concluded their lifetime spiritual experience appeared sad while leaving the holy land and many of them being quite old as also financially crunched lament the fact they won’t be able to make it again.Imran Akbar for instance is returning to Pakistan and is very sad that his time in Makkah...
In a nationwide awareness program to reduce the incidence of breast cancer, the Ministry of Health launched a program entitled “Tell me your health” in Riyadh.The countrywide campaign was flagged off by Deputy Health Minister Dr. Mansour Al-Hawasi on behalf of Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih at the Hayatt Mall here. “Th...
Returning Haj pilgrims are busy shopping for their favorite dates: Ajwa dates — a well-known, well-loved and delicious gift from the Kingdom. The stores in downtown Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah are busy selling all kinds of dates, with many pilgrims stopping by to see what all the fuss is about.The prices of dates –specifical...
A special court on Wednesday sentenced 14 people to jail terms of between six months and 23 years. The sentences were second of a series over a plot to attack US forces in Qatar.The 14 were convicted of "joining a terrorist cell that aimed to launch a terrorist attack against US forces in Qatar," the Saudi Press Agency said...
The Ministry of Higher Education is planning to adopt a new system to help universities meet international standards.Deputy Minister of Higher Education Ahmed Al-Saif said at a seminar that the ministry is seeking the adoption of the program to raise the quality of education and outcomes of university programs, and to make...
Anees Ahmed Sindi has been appointed deputy commander of the Ministry of Health’s Command and Control Center (CCC), according to an MoH announcement.Acting Minister of Health and Commander of the CCC Adel Fakeih has made the appointment.“Sendi, a respectable physician and researcher, has made significant contributions to th...
Hotels in several countries have mandated strict check for Saudis, especially single young men in their twenties and thirties. Security checks include close inspection of the person and his luggage at the entrance to the hotel.These procedures are stricter in Arab countries such as Jordan and Lebanon, especially in the wake...

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ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticized as “wrong...

CAIRO: A bomb exploded outside Egypt’s largest and most prominent university in...

BAGHDAD: Classes started a month behind schedule Wednesday in many areas of Iraq...

JERUSALEM: Attackers on Egypt’s Sinai peninsula opened fire on Israeli soldiers...

SANAA: Al-Qaeda militants and Shiite rebels have fought a bloody battle in centr...

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OTTAWA, Ontario: Canada’s prime minister says Wednesday’s fatal shooting of a Ca...

WASHINGTON: A TV news cameraman treated for Ebola was ready to go home Wednesday...

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio: A US man detained for nearly half a year...

BERLIN: Germany called on Wednesday for closer examination of allegations that U...

STRASBOURG: European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Cong...

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PARIS: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 70th Champions League goal and Mario Balotel...

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cricket Center organized an Elementary Umpiring Course for the...

RIYADH: Runs flowed during the sixth round of the American Express Twenty20 cric...

JEDDAH: Kashmir-XI scored a thrilling two-wicket win over Reel & Rom during...

KANSAS CITY, Missouri: Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudd...

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SEATTLE: Microsoft Corp looks set to ditch the Nokia name from its Lumia range of smartphones just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business.According to...
The Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC) is taking part in the industrial investment forum in Al-Qassim.The forum, being held with the support of Al-Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, was organized by GOIC in collaboration with the Unaizah Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and MISC Group of Advisor...
Abdulla Fouad Group (AFG) has announced the acquisition of a number of oil and gas joint ventures, agencies and facilities from the Shoaibi Group (SG) to expand its presence in serving the Saudi Arabian energy market. AFG has successfully reached an agreement with the SG to acquire, subject to certain consents and regulato...
NEW YORK: US aerospace giant Boeing reported higher quarterly earnings and raised its full-year profit forecast for the third quarter in a row on increased commercial aircraft deliveries.Earnings for the third quarter came in at $1.36 billion, up 17.6 percent from the year-ago period.Key drivers included a jump to 186 comme...
Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara), now building the largest chemical complex in the world constructed in a single phase, recently headlined the Gulf region’s first forum focused on ethylene: The Ethylene Middle East Technology 2014 (EMET) Forum.The forum, which was held in Bahrain between Oct. 19-21, with the support of Shai...
JEDDAH: The Umm Wual phosphate project in northern Saudi Arabia, concerned with the conveyance of the country’s rich deposits of phosphates, is currently being implemented on behalf of Maaden (Saudi Arabian Mining Company).The deposits will, among other things, be processed to produce NPK and DAP fertilizers. To this end, M...
ZURICH: Swiss engineering group ABB reported a surge in orders from the energy industry in the third quarter, but warned of headwinds from the slowing global economy.The volume of new orders surged almost a quarter over the period, helped by large contracts in the energy infrastructure, oil and gas industries.But net profit...
DUBAI: Abu Dhabi's Aldar Properties will launch a few new projects in the next three to four months, the real estate developer's chief financial officer said.Aldar, Abu Dhabi's largest property company and majority-owned by the emirate's government, was rescued by a $10 billion state bailout in 2010 following a market crash...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) attended a dinner at the French presidential palace, The Elysee on Monday Oct. 20 on the occasion of the inauguration of the Institutional Investor Roundtable (IIR) headquarters with an official invitation from French President François Hollande.During the...
ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi energy company Masdar said it will build a 50-megawatt wind farm in Oman that will provide 16,000 homes with clean energy.The $125-million project, the first large-scale wind farm in the GCC nations, would be constructed in the southwestern region of Dhofar, Masdar said in a statement.Masdar signed a jo...
JEDDAH: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been awarded a two-year framework agreement from Saudi Industry Property Authority (MODON) for design services to support the development of various industrial cities throughout Saudi Arabia.Under the terms of this contract, Jacobs is providing concept and detailed design services f...
BEIJING: Apple CEO Tim Cook has met a senior Chinese official, days after hackers targeted the company’s iCloud service in an attack which an anti-censorship group claims originated in China.Cook and Vice Premier Ma Kai “exchanged views on protection of users’ information” during a meeting at the ruling Communist Party’s Zh...
TOKYO: Japan’s shaky economy was dealt another blow Wednesday, as official data showed a widening September trade deficit that puts the world’s number-three economy on track to log a record annual shortfall.The worse-than-expected deficit of 958.3 billion yen ($8.96 billion) adds to a string of weak figures and follows a sh...

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The recent killing of young Saudi student Abdullah Alkadi is a grim reminder tha...
The “recognition” of a Palestinian state by the UK Parliament on Oct .13 has bee...
When Ukraine’s voters go to the polls on Oct. 26, not only the fate of their cou...
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NEW YORK: US documentary maker Laura Poitras has found herself in many a risky situation in Iraq and Yemen. But she never felt in as much danger as when she was filming Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel while he prepared to blow the whistle on massive secret surveillance programs run by the US government.
Those tense eight days form the c...

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The government has announced that it would soon make it mandatory for buildings to have thermal insulation in 24 major cities to save on rising energy costs.
Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb made the announcement on Tuesday at the opening of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Forum and Exhibition 2014, being held at th...

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It’s that time of the year again when women from around the world gather in Paris for the much awaited Paris Fashion Week.
The event never fails to amaze and reinvent fashion as it comprises the creme de la creme fashion houses and iconic designers.
Summer may have come to an end as Autumn leaves started to dot the streets of the chic...

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The hot days of summer are over and fall is here, it’s a wonderful season to escape for a while and experience any location in the world. The busy tourist-filled streets have since returned to their home countries and show ways for those searching for some serenity away from all things touristy. One of those likely places would have to be Tokyo,...

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An alarming 150 to 200 percent increase in cancer rates is expected by 2030 within the GCC states. This is the highest expected increase in the world, according to medical expert, Dr. Ibtihal Fadil.Dr. Fadil, a consultant for the chronic diseases department at the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Countries Bureau in Cairo, made this prediction at the International Medical Conference on the Burden of Cancer in the Gulf Region organized by the GCC ministers for health, and in collaboration with the Gulf Center for Cancer at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. The conference was opened on Tuesday by Deputy Health Minister Dr. Mansoor Al-Hawasi. The event drew a large...
The meat company, MeatCo. is a high end, fine dining South African cuisine that serves great gourmet burgers and steaks. The restaurant looks over the calm and tranquil waterways of Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The experience begins as soon as you enter the restaurant. The reception desk is located right opposite the entrance where you will be greeted and taken to your table. A couple of steps lead you to a restaurant designed in an urban style with dark walls, dim lights and hardwood floors. Deep comfy brown leather chairs around square or round wooden tables make for the perfect homely experience. An open kitchen lets you see your food being prepared in full view.The outdoor terrace lined with...
More than 39 percent of Saudi women over fifty suffer from osteoporosis compared to 37.8 percent men of the same age group, local media said quoting an expert of spine surgery.Dr. Walid Awwad, Consultant of Spine Surgery at King Khalid University Hospital, said the majority of those prone to osteoporosis were not subjected to proper tests, nor treated with the best heath care.In a related development, the Health Directorate in Riyadh Region and the Osteoporosis Program at the Ministry of Health has jointly organized an awareness forum on osteoporosis to discuss ways women can protect themselves from the debilitating disease and how to deal with it.Organizers of the forum, held in Wadi...

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LOS ANGELES: An oversized personal health-care robot assistant might seem out of place next to the princesses and furry...
Iftah Ya Simsim, the Arabic television series targeting children, is calling on talented, funny and classical Arabic speaking actors to put their entertaining skills to a test for a chance to be part of the upcoming show’s cast list. Open to 18-28-year-old male and female adults who enjoy interacting with children, singing, dancing and storytelling, the quest will see two entrants earn the opportunity to join the show’s most popular characters, No’man and Melsoon, alongside a cast of furry and feathered friends.Cairo Arafat, Managing Director of Bidaya Media — a children’s education content...
LOS ANGELES: Katy Perry has pressed delete on her extravagant plans to celebrate her 30th birthday in Egypt.The superstar singer, who enters a new decade on Oct. 25 while on a three-week break from her smash hit Prismatic World Tour, was prepping to take her entourage to Egypt for a string of parties, tourist stops and even a cruise down the Nile River.But word leaked of her itinerary, forcing Perry and her team to nix the entire Egypt excursion due to “safety reasons,” confirmed a source.No word on where she’ll go instead, but fans eager to see a Cleopatra-esque Perry can still check her out...

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