ZAGREB, Croatia: The US-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday.“We want them to wake up every day realizing that they are being squeezed from multiple directions,” Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters, referring to the Islamic State group, which also is known by the acronyms ISIL and ISIS.“If we can get ISIL looking in about five different directions, that’s the desired end state,” he added in an interview with reporters traveling with him to Croatia from Lithuania, where he discussed Iraq and other issues with his NATO counterparts.Dempsey stressed the importance of gaining more Arab participation in the US-led effort, suggesting...
TIRANA, Albania: Pope Francis on Sunday said Albania’s interreligious harmony was an “inspiring exam...
More than 24,000 illegal pilgrims bound for Makkah have been stopped at security checkpoints in Taif...
MOSCOW: Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia’s alleged complicity in the conflict.An Associated Press reporter estimated the crowd at about 20,000, although the city police department put the number at about 5,000.The demonstrators chanted slogans including “No to war” and “The junta is in the Kremlin, not Kiev.” The latter refers to...
SANAA: Shiite rebels seized the Yemeni government headquarters Sunday and the premier resigned as violence raged despite a UN announcement of a power-sharing deal to end days of fighting, officials said.Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa stepped aside, accusing President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi of being “autocratic,” senior officials said.State news agency Saba reported Basindawa’s resignation, but without giving the reason.Mo...

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There will be surprises galore for this year’s celebration of the 84th National Day in the capital featuring a variety of entertainment and cultural programs in landmark locations. “It is part of the Riyadh governorate’s efforts to make the National Day a truly memorable and joyful event,” accordin...
Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja will open on Tuesday a weeklong cultural event in Berlin coinciding with the Saudi National Day celebrations.The ministry has been preparing for the festival in cooperation with the Saudi Embassy in Germany over the past two years, acting Undersecretary for Cultural Relation...
A 12-year-old male orphan from outside the Kingdom got used to asking people for money on the streets of Jeddah. His begging from car drivers at the traffic lights started as early when he was eight years old, depriving him of finishing elementary school education. Although Rashad M.’s difficult life made him illiterate, he...
The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), including Saudi Arabia, will attend a high-profile ministerial conference held by the “Friends of Yemen” group in New York on Sept. 24. The meeting will renew calls for donors to raise contributions and honor their past pledges, while setting priorities for action on security a...
US authorities are searching for a Saudi scholarship student who went missing in Los Angeles last week.Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, 23, was last seen at his residence on Wednesday, according to eyewitnesses. All communication with Al-Qadi was reportedly lost on Thursday, according to information published by his brother, Ahm...
The Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) warned Sunday about the negative impact of extremism and terrorism on the socioeconomic stability of the Kingdom while giving full support to the government’s drive against terrorism.In a statement released Sunday, the CSC said that extremism and terrorism pose a big threat to socioeconom...
King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) plans to construct solar energy-based power plants in five provinces soon, local media said. The announcement comes with the KACARE’s intention to enter into the field of power production to provide citizens with alternative energy sources. Last week, KACARE announ...
A video clip showing a schoolteacher ordering his pupils to rip out images of little girls from their school textbooks has gone viral among Saudis on social media sites.The video shows the teacher making inflammatory remarks against the Education Ministry and ripping out textbook pages before demanding that his pupils do th...
Women are a very important part of the community regardless of their race or nationality, said Betsy West, professor at the School of Journalism in Columbia.West was speaking to Saudi journalists on the sidelines of her presentation at the US Consulate in Jeddah on Thursday. Her presentation-cum-workshop was entitled “Women...
The Disabled Children’s Association organized a special event to mark the occasion of the National Day celebrations in Jeddah at the King Abdulaziz Center on Saturday.More than 200 children, their families, government departments such as the Civil Defense, National Guard, Jeddah Police, Jeddah Marine, Jeddah Traffic, Saudi...
Burglars are on the prowl again in the capital city despite intensified round-the-clock security patrols on the streets and in the residential areas. Several cases of thefts and snatchings were reported in the city, especially in the three notorious districts of Haiul Wazarat, Batha and Somaishi — where burglars either comm...
Ibrahim K. Muna, senior official of the Nigerian federal health ministry and head of his country’s Haj health affairs mission announced that some 42,020 pilgrims have arrived from Nigeria so far. He said that the remaining 33,980 pilgrims are scheduled to arrive in the next couple of days, adding that most of the pilgrims a...
Qamah Island in the Fursan Archipelago off Jazan is a haven for tourists because of the playful dolphins and jumping sardines which can be seen in documentary films and on nature television channels.The birds also catch tourist’s attention in Qamah as they watch the sunset with plentiful sardines jumping on the surface of t...

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KUCUK KENDIRCILER, Turkey: The number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from...

CAIRO: Shattering a months-long respite from deadly attacks in the capital, a bo...

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his government will not reve...

DUBAI: Iran’s hard-line judiciary has given the government one month to block Wh...

TEHRAN: Iran’s state television is reporting that a Chinese destroyer has docked...

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LONDON: The wife of a British aid worker held hostage by the IS group has issued...

TAIPEI: Tropical storm Fung-Wong on Sunday pounded Taiwan with torrential downpo...

KABUL: Former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan’s next pres...

MANCHESTER, England: Alex Salmond, the defeated leader of Scotland’s nationalist...

MADRID/FREETOWN: Spain on Sunday sent a military plane to Sierra Leone to repatr...

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LONDON: Emotional Frank Lampard rescued a point for champions Manchester City ag...

TOKYO: Ana Ivanovic charged the net repeatedly to overcome US Open finalist Caro...

INCHEON: Japan’s Kosuke Hagino gatecrashed the much-hyped showdown between Olymp...

MILAN: Carlos Tevez scored his fourth goal in a week to hand champions Juventus...

SINGAPORE: Lewis Hamilton took the lead in the Formula One drivers’ championship...

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Drake & Scull Construction (DSC) has been awarded a building contract worth SR487 million in Saudi Arabia.Gulf Related, a leading regional real estate developer, awar...
The Meydan Group has announced two major new projects at Cityscape Global: Mohamed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum City District Eleven and Meydan Avenue, two mixed-use developments in Dubai.The group revealed plans for a new project, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum City — District Eleven, a suburban mixed-use community development fe...
Dubai Investments (DI), the major investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is showcasing its wide array of pioneering, sustainable real estate concepts and solutions as also its forthcoming projects at Cityscape Global — the largest property exhibition across the Middle East — currently under way in Dubai.On...
CAIRNS, Australia: G20 nations including the US and China said they can overcome geo-political tensions and financial risks to achieve extra combined growth of 1.8 percent, adding trillions of dollars to the world economy.Their two-day meeting in Cairns was focused on developing a suite of policies to reach an ambitious goa...
DUBAI: Dubai’s booming property market is showing signs that it may be cooling off, industry data showed, after two years of soaring prices that had drawn warnings of possible overheating from the International Monetary Fund.Property price rises, at close to 30 percent year-on-year, had been among the highest in the world t...
BRUSSELS: Scotland’s rejection of independence and a lack of any fireworks at the recent US Federal Reserve meeting have calmed investors enough to shift the focus back to what some call the “Great Stagnation,” and how to avoid it.The Group of 20 leading nations said they were tantalisingly close to adding an extra $2 trill...
PARIS: Air France expects to operate 41 percent of its flights on Monday as a pilots strike over cost cuts and plans for the company’s budget Transavia unit enters its second week.The French airline, part of Air France-KLM, also confirmed it planned to operate just 38 percent of services on Sunday, based on 65 percent of pi...
TOKYO: A string of defections by top Nissan executives is reigniting longstanding questions about who will succeed chief executive Carlos Ghosn, the man widely credited with reinventing Japan’s number-two automaker.Speculation about Nissan’s future hit a fever pitch recenty after the resignation of Andy Palmer, a widely res...
MANCHESTER, England: Britain’s opposition Labour party has promised to raise the national minimum wage by more than 25 percent within five years if it wins next year’s national election, a pledge designed to win over voters hit by rising living costs.Earnings in Britain have lagged behind inflation since the 2008 financial...
DETROIT: As it strives to energize its Cadillac brand that once led the US luxury auto market, General Motors Co. said it will begin production of a new “top-end, high-technology car” by the end of 2015.The as-yet unnamed flagship sedan will be positioned “above today’s CTS and XTS product lines,” and “will add to rather th...
Innovation and cutting-edge technologies are key strategic enablers to devise solutions that will help us to meet rising energy demand in the future and to turn the industry’s challenges into opportunities, said Khalid Al-Falih, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco. He made the remarks as Saudi Aramco’s Houston-based subsidiar...
NEW YORK: China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba began trading its shares Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Here are ten things to know about Alibaba, and why its initial public offering made history:THE BIGGEST: Alibaba raised $21.8 billion in its debut, making it the biggest US-listed IPO in history after the IPO of credit...
The 21st annual edition of the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2014), which will be held with the support of Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, prime minister of Bahrain, and supported by the Central Bank of Bahrain, is scheduled to be held in Bahrain from Dec. 1 to 3.WIBC 2014 is set to continue its tradition of...

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Expats should know that celebrating our national day was not officially authoriz...
September 23 marks a proud moment for Saudis. The same day in 1932 King Abdulazi...
Haj is drawing near and along with it comes yet another season of “charity hunt...
As we have just reached the 13th anniversary of 9/11, and as news reports unveil...

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Artsharks is not an art gallery and they are not art brokers. They are an art house that supports only aspiring/budding artists and people who don’t have the clout, or sometimes desire to ‘make it’.
They want to ‘bridge the art gap’ and to show people who say ‘I’m not much of an art person’ that art isn’t just for the elite or connoisseurs,...

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: A SpaceX cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, carrying the first 3-D printer for astronauts in orbit.
In all, the unmanned Dragon capsule is delivering more than 5,000 pounds (2,270 kilograms) of space station supplies for NASA.
Dragon should reach the space station Tuesday. It’...

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Women who like to look different and change their image every once in a while are always on the lookout for the next best thing in the world of cosmetics and beauty products.

Hair chalk has been the talk of the town after many celebrities were spotted with colored hair in certain events. These include Selena Gomez, Loran Conrad and Ka...

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The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) launched an interactive competition on its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts ahead of the Saudi National Day.
The contest, which is open to both Saudis and expats, requires participants to take a snapshot forming a heart shape with their hands.
Contestants can send their pi...

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BRUSSELS: It likes to call itself the “country of chocolate” and now Belgium has a new treat for visitors: a museum dedicated to the confectionary featuring a Willy Wonka-style factory and cocoa tree jungle.Chocolate is a national treasure in Belgium. It is home to such illustrious brands as Godiva, Neuhaus, Leonidas and Cote d’Or. And the museum opening Saturday, in a former chocolate factory in the capital Brussels, will showcase its love of the brown stuff.“The Belgian passion for chocolate has never been denied and we have become ‘the country of chocolate,’” the museum’s designer Henri Dupuis said.At the heart of the Belgian Chocolate Village, as the museum is called, cocoa trees and...
Smoking kills more than 23,000 smokers in the Kingdom every year, said Ahmed Albualli, chairman of the supervisory board at the Anti-Smoking Society (Naqaa), who expressed deep concern about the high incidence of smoking-related deaths in the Kingdom.Albualli said that the society had succeeded in helping more than 61,000 smokers quit smoking, which is about 70 percent of the total number of patients who visited the society for help in quitting during the past year. Saudi Arabia is the largest market for tobacco in the Middle East and ranks fourth for the number of smokers globally.Albualli highlighted the seriousness of smoking, revealing that 90 percent of those who use drugs tried...
Q: I am 16 and I have tonsillitis. My elder brother also had this problem but he is now free from it. My parents think that I should follow the same path and get them removed. It happens 10 times in a year. Please advise whether I should have my tonsils removed now or after they are fully mature? — M.A., JubailA: You are already a mature person since you are 16. If the problem of tonsillitis is recurring 10 times a year, then you should have your tonsils removed. Otherwise, the bacteria which is causing the infection may develop into rheumatic fever. This condition can affect your heart, kidney and bones leading to permanent damage to those organs. You should see an ENT consultant and...

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NEW YORK: After hip surgery and parting ways with her longtime manager, Lady Gaga says things are looking up.“I’ve very...
LOS ANGELES: More private celebrity photos, purportedly including reality star Kim Kardashian, circulated social media Saturday, in what appeared to be the second massive hacking-related leak in less than a month, US media reported.The pictures, which also included shots of actress Vanessa Hudgens and US soccer star Hope Solo, appeared briefly on 4chan and Reddit, before being removed, celebrity gossip site TMZ reported.BuzzFeed said that personal videos and photos belonging to actresses Aubrey Plaza, Mary-Kate Olsen, Hayden Panettiere and Leelee Sobieski were posted, in addition to...
LOS ANGELES: Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is reportedly “in love” with “Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence.The singer is said to have started dating Lawrence in August and the pair has become inseparable since then, reports usmagazine.com.“He’s fallen in love. It’s the real deal,” said a source close to Martin, while another source close to Lawrence said: “It’s a fantasy come true (for Lawrence).”This week the 24-year-old Oscar-winning actress was spotted close to Martin’s 10-million-pound home in Malibu, and friends say she is there “all the time,” reports mirror.co.uk. “This is it...

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