Baghdad: A video of jihadists in Iraq gleefully smashing ancient statues to pieces with sledgehammers sparked global outrage and fears Friday that more of the world’s oldest heritage will be destroyed.The destruction of priceless Assyrian and other artefacts from the main museum and an archaeological site in the northern city of Mosul drew comparisons with the 2001 dynamiting of the Bamiyan buddhas in Afghanistan.Archaeologists and heritage experts called for urgent action to protect the remains of some of oldest civilizations in the world and the UN cultural agency demanded an emergency meeting of the Security Council.“This attack is far more than a cultural tragedy — this is also a security issue as it fuels sectarianism, violent extremism and conflict in Iraq,” UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said.French President Francois Hollande joined the chorus of condemnation, saying: “What the terror...
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, second deputy premier and minister of interior, held talks he...
A Yemeni government spokesman said on Thursday that the Saudi ambassador to Yemen would re-base his...
Beirut: Syria’s main domestic and exiled opposition groups said Friday they had agreed a joint draft roadmap for the first time calling for a transitional governing body and an end to the brutal conflict.The draft document comes after representatives from the exiled Syrian National Coalition and the domestic National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change (NCCDC) met in Paris.“This is the first time that we have an...
Employees of companies that fail to implement the Labor Ministry’s wage protection law would be allowed to transfer their services to other firms, without the previous employer’s permission.This was stated by Muneef Al-Harbi, director of the wage program at the ministry. The Labor Office in Riyadh has launched the 5th stage of the wage protection program (WPP) for having more than 320 workers.The Labor Office plans to ope...

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has called on Muslims to shun intolerance and extremism, work to unify their ranks and seek international cooperation.King Salman made these comments during a reception at his palace in Riyadh for the scholars and experts who participated in the internat...
A well known Pakistani folk singer Sadiq Faqir from Sindh province has died in a road accident near Makkah. Faqir’s family was with him at the time of the crash. Those injured were taken to Jeddah's Nor hospital, according to a Pakistani Consulate official in Jeddah.
Some 3,000 Saudis diagnosed with genetic diseases have rejected advice from the Health Ministry and decided to marry, a health official has said.These Saudis were among 7,500 people declared incompatible last year because they had illnesses they could pass on to their children, said Mohammad Al-Suwaidi, director general of...
Makkah Gov. and Chairman of the Central Haj Committee Prince Khaled Al-Faisal stressed the need to ensure all projects in Makkah are designed to display an Arab and Islamic identity.During a meeting in Jeddah on Thursday with members of the Higher Supervisory Committee of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques expansion proj...
A multidisciplinary medical team at the King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC) will perform surgery on a set of Yemeni conjoined twins on Saturday to separate them.According to an official source from the KAMC, doctors found that the success rate of the surgery would be 60 to 70 percent due to congenital defects in the twins.Du...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi are expected to visit Saudi Arabia on Saturday and Sunday respectively for talks with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.The Anatolia news agency said Erdogan would begin his three-day visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Egyptian...
A number of accounts on social networking websites are spreading false information in an attempt to destabilize Saudi society. Lt. Abdulaziz Alhowaireny, director general of Investigation, made these remarks at the opening speech of the two-day conference on “Security and Media” organized by the Naif Academy for National Se...
The King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah on Wednesday hosted its 44th convocation to celebrate the success of its outgoing graduating batch.Excitement and anticipation filled the air in the vast stadium hall in late evening as graduates, proud parents and University officials gathered in the stadium for the event and began c...
Health authorities confirmed that so far, the only way to verify if a patient is infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is through a laboratory test.“This is because MERS symptoms very much resemble those of the influenza. Therefore it is essential to make a lab test to verify whether there is...
The police arrested nine young men in Riyadh on Tuesday for allegedly shooting and injuring a 25-year-old man.It is claimed that a person with a machine gun had shot the man in broad daylight. A complaint was filed by the younger brother of the victim, who is 18 years old.Col. Fawaz bin Jamil Maiman, media spokesman of the...
Some 250,000 students in the Kingdom suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a psychiatric therapist said quoting a recently published survey.Abdul Samad Al-Jishi, member of the Saudi Society of Psychiatry, said about 5,000 doctors were following treatment of these cases. Fifty percent of the students a...
A Turkish investor has allegedly run off with SR260 million that he had been given by a well-known firm in the Eastern Province to complete a villa, a local publication reported recently.The property firm of the expatriate had a contract with the company that had undertaken the project. The man fled the country leaving behi...
The General Court in Riyadh has registered more than 30 lawsuits filed by people who say they have been swindled out of SR400 million by an investor. The man allegedly cheated some 6,000 Gulf citizens.Legal sources told local media that the citizens who invested in the business group, which is now under investigation, have...

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LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to defeat radical terrorists and defe...

GAZA: World-renowned graffiti artist Banksy has caused a stir in the Gaza Strip,...

UNITED NATIONS: Syria’s refugee crisis is approaching a “dangerous turning point...

NEW YORK: A Saudi man described by prosecutors as one of Osama Bin Laden’s most...

LONDON: “Jihadi John,” the masked Islamic State militant apparently responsible...

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SRINAGAR: Narendra Modi and Kashmir’s incoming chief minister put the finishing...

DHAKA: A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against r...

BEIJING: Sri Lanka will not make any decision on Chinese projects it is reviewin...

MANILA: The United States has flown its most advanced surveillance plane from a...

GUIUAN: French President Francois Hollande on Friday met victims of the biggest-...

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DUBAI: Roger Federer trounced Croatian teenager Borna Coric 6-2, 6-1 at the Duba...

MANILA: Wayne Chism had a very mediocre stint with Rain or Shine last season tha...

NEW YORK: LeBron James says he isn’t about personal statements. He made one anyw...

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LONDON: Oil prices have probably touched bottom and should recover in the second half of 2015 as the collapse in the market over the last year begins to curb production,...
The Royal Commission of Jubail (RCJ) organized a conference on construction opportunities, in collaboration with MEED, in which experts and specialists took active part.Ahmed bin Mutair Al-Balawi, GM of technical affairs in the RCJ, presented the Ras Al-Khair industrial project and explained the government's aims and object...
Several local and regional industrial factories in Jeddah intend to transfer their industrial activities from Jeddah to the Industrial Valley at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) for its strategic economic location. An estimated 50 percent of Jeddah factories will be expected to change their location during the next few ye...
LONDON: Sterling steadied after a rollercoaster week which has seen it scale seven-year highs against the euro even as doubts appear over how much more it can gain ahead of a potentially unsettling election in May.Helped by an afternoon recovery in Europe for the euro against the dollar, the pound bounced back from lows bel...
TOKYO: Japan’s inflation rate has fallen to its lowest level since just after Tokyo launched a high-profile offensive aimed at conquering years of falling prices and tepid growth, data showed.The disappointing figures — weighed by weak consumer spending and falling energy prices — challenge Bank of Japan chief Haruhiko Kuro...
ISTANBUL: Turkish Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci sought to calm jittery investors, appearing to dismiss rumors that he would resign and giving a brief lift to the lira currency after it tumbled to a record low.Basci’s future, and the independence of the central bank, have been a concern for investors, particularly since...
BERLIN: Germany’s parliament has approved an extension of Greece’s bailout after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has voiced doubts about whether Athens can be trusted, promised he would not let Greece “blackmail” its euro zone partners.With 542 members of the Bundestag voting “yes,” including almost all of Chancell...
SINGAPORE: US shale oil is deepening the discount of US crude prices to global benchmarks, with the price gap turning into the de facto indicator of the health of American shale supply, a shale spread of sorts.The gap between West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent expanded to its biggest in a year at almost $12 a barrel as...
NEW DELHI: India can increase investment to drive economic growth without borrowing more, a key government report said, in an indication that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will stick to debt targets in his maiden full-year budget on Saturday.The Economic Survey, the basis for Jaitley’s budget for the fiscal year starting Ap...
LONDON: British Airways-owner International Airlines Group raised its 2015 profit forecast by more than 20 percent, outperforming struggling continental rivals and sending its shares to an all-time high.IAG, which is trying to acquire Ireland’s Aer Lingus , said that the profit increase would be driven by cost control acros...
MILAN: Qatar’s sovereign fund has acquired full ownership of Milan’s most important business district after buying out other shareholders, property group Hines Italia announced.The Qatar Investment Authority has owned 40 percent of the Porta Nuova business district since 2013.Hines, insurer Unipol and several investment fun...
LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany: German chemicals giant BASF said it met its 2014 earnings targets but the outlook for 2015 was uncertain in view of volatile oil prices and currency developments.“We achieved our goal for 2014: we increased earnings, despite the disappointing economic development in Europe,” CEO Kurt Bock told the gro...
KUALA LUMPUR: Southeast Asia’s top budget carrier, AirAsia, said it suffered a net loss of 428.51 million ringgit ($120 million) in the quarter ending in December, hit by higher costs and a weaker currency.It was a reversal from a net profit of 169 million ringgit ($47 million) in the same period a year earlier, and was its...

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Dareen M. Edress is the marketing manager of “Ba9ma Banat,” an innovative institution that revives the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) among young girls through different programs and interesting products such as calendars, diaries and books comprising the sayings of the Prophet (pbuh).
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An Irdeto study published recently showed there was a 385 percent increase in global piracy rates for Oscar nominated films. Irdeto, which specializes in helping content owners minimize the impact of piracy, monitored illegal downloading activity in over 200 countries from Jan. 1 until Feb. 14 and found that this spike and the continuing growth...

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Ghalia Mahmoudi is a happening fashion blogger who writes about local and international fashion and style. She is a marketing student sharing her fashion addiction with the world through her blog www.vogueoverdosed.com.
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Soaked in Celtic and medieval history, Edinburgh is a cultural tapestry that’s largely visually defined by hills, cathedrals, and the bold stone towers of Edinburgh Castle. The city is very festive where people like to celebrate everything from art, music, and food to theater, sports and comedy.
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About 90 percent of camels in the Gulf region are carriers of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which requires the urgent need for a vaccine, according to a leading Health Ministry official.In addition, the virus can be transmitted over a 1-meter distance, Abdullah Asiri, undersecretary for preventative health at the ministry, was quoted as saying in a local publication on Tuesday.Asiri said that 50 percent of camels in Al-Ahsa region carry the virus. A person who comes into contact with infected camels can transmit the virus to family members without showing symptoms of the disease, he said.He said mass extermination of these camels was not an acceptable solution...
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative neurological disorder that affects around seven million people globally, and one million in the United States alone, usually afflicting people older than 50. The disease strikes 2 percent of those over age 65, and 5-10 percent of cases occur in people under 50. The cause remains unknown, preventing us from arresting the disease’s development — though environmental and occupational factors loom large in recent research.Chinese and Indian texts from 1,000 BC appear to describe a similar affliction. But James Parkinson was the first to describe the disease in detail, in 1817. Those developing Parkinson’s suffer slow movement, tremors, stiffness, difficulty...
Riyadh has grown so much in the last 10 years and this is particularly noticeable when you look at restaurants. Nowadays most restaurants have opened outlets in Riyadh’s new districts. This is the case with Can Café. This fashionable coffee shop has a branch on the trendy Al-Tahliya Street lined up with some of the best restaurants in the capital and another outlet on Omar Bin Abdul Aziz Road (Exit 14) in the Rabwa district. Can Café is a good place to have breakfast food at any time of the day! You can order “Four pieces of French Toast with maple syrup, orange juice and American coffee” for SR32. “French Toast”, known in French as “Pain Perdu”is a delightful dessert consisting of slices...

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SAN FRANCISCO: Cyberspace was being consumed by an acute philosophical debate on Friday over a picture of a dress many c...
LONDON: Pop icon Madonna claimed she was left with whiplash following her on-stage tumble at the Brit Awards and said that she will not be wearing the offending Armani cape at future shows.Appearing on British channel ITV’s Jonathan Ross show, the 56-year-old explained: ” I hurt my head. I know how to fall, I’ve fallen off my horse many times. I tucked and I have good core strength.“But the thing is, I had a little bit of a whiplash and I smacked the back of my head. So there was a man standing over me with a flashlight, making sure I was still compos mentis,” she added, according to extracts...
LONDON: Former British pop singer Gary Glitter, who shot to fame in the 1970s as a “glam-rock” star but was later convicted of child sex crimes, was sentenced to 16 years in prison after being found guilty of indecently assaulting three girls.Glitter, 70, whose real name is Paul Gadd, rose to prominence with the hit song “Rock and Roll,” and became renowned for his shiny silver jump suits and platform shoes.But his reputation was destroyed after he served two months in jail in 1999 for possession of child pornography, the first of several convictions.Earlier this month, he was found guilty in...

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