Iran’s belligerent policies, which are hampering all plans for restoring peace and security in the Middle East, came under fire during talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of the GCC states on Thursday.Kerry also called on Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and discussed key regional issues, including the Iranian nuclear negotiations.Kerry’s talks with King Salman mainly focused on bilateral and regional issues, including an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, Syria and Iran’s role in Iraq.On the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal categorically stated that Kerry had given full assurances that the US would continue to monitor Iran’s “destabilizing” actions and behavior.Referring to the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Prince Saud said that the Kingdom extended support to the negotiations between Iran and P+5 bloc o...
More than 200,000 foreigners have been deported over the first four months of 1436 AH, which started...
Royal amnesty for Qat-smuggling convictsAll prisoners arrested in Jazan for smuggling qat, a kind of...
Cairo: A train crashed into a school bus east of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing at least seven people including children, police and health officials said.The collision occurred at an unauthorized railway crossing on the Cairo-Ismailiya desert road, police said, adding that the bus had failed to stop at the crossing and was hit by the moving train.Health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar told AFP that 26 pe...
The Labor Ministry has reiterated that it is the right of foreign workers to keep their passports and official documents.“Anybody violating this rule will face serious penalties,” said Taysir Al-Mofraj, the ministry’s spokesman.According to him, holding on to employees’ passports does not guarantee that the worker will not escape, as there are many cases in which runaway workers can register again with embassies without o...

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The SR500,000 home loan provided by the government for citizens is not enough to pay for a three-bedroom apartment with a living room in Makkah, developers and real estate experts said recently.The average family would need to take out an extra SR150,000 to SR200,000 just to buy an apartment built o...
Ali is sure that he will pack his bags to leave the Kingdom at the end of this year and head to the United States or a European country to enroll in the King Abdullah Scholarship Program, where the Ministry of Education will take care of his expenses for the whole period of his studies. His cousin Basem is packing too, but...
Citizens held at Dhahban prison for terrorism offenses have access to top class services including gyms, swimming pools, food prepared by chefs, doctors and special laundry services, a local publication reported recently.The inmates’ laundry is cleaned every day using special sterilization processes, the supervisor of the s...
The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has warned against a product named Paiyoujui natural slimming capsules, which is used for dieting and sold on social media websites. The product manufacturers claim that it is a natural product for losing weight, but it contains a harmful drug, said the regulatory agency.In an adviso...
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is in the Kingdom at the special invitation of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, performed Umrah on Thursday, and thanked the Saudi leadership for their support over the years.Diplomatic aides accompanying the prime minister described Sharif’s meeting with King Salman...
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry shut down two warehouse in Riyadh for illegally storing flour belonging to the General Organization for Grain Silos and Flour Mills allocated for bakeries. Inspection teams from the ministry found 7,000 bags of flour, labelled as ‘“Patent Flour,” which was kept for sale to the local mar...
Jeddah Municipality has launched a massive recycling initiative that would see it transform waste into organic fuel, fertilizer and other raw materials.“For this purpose 6,000 tons of construction waste has been collected. With the help of special incinerators the paper waste will be burned at 1,200 degrees Celsius,” said S...
A delegation from the University of Manitoba in Canada recently visited the Kingdom to study a joint cooperation agreement with the Batterjee Medical College (BMC). The Canadian representatives were led by Dr. Emily Atfery, dean of the university’s faculty of medicine, and met with Dr. Khaled Batterjee, vice chairman of the...
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is welcoming opinion of experts on regulating rent contracts for commercial real estate property and find solutions for rising real estate rents.Those interested can express their opinion by logging into the ministry’s website mci.gov.sa/lease. But the opinions should reach the ministry...
Education Minister Dr. Azzam Al-Dakhil has directed all educational officials in different parts of the Kingdom to be vigilant in applying the best safety standards in schools. The minister also ordered safety and security departments in all regions to carry out field inspections within school playgrounds and related facili...
Border Guards foiled separate attempts to smuggle hashish and weapons into the Kingdom, orchestrated by infiltrators from Yemen at a hilly border village in Jazan.Maj. Hassan Al-Gosaibi, spokesman of the Saudi Border Guards, said security teams observed several persons attempting to infiltrate the country on foot, carrying...
The Riyadh General Court halted lawsuits filed by citizens against an investor accused of looting SR400 million he collected from more than 6,000 citizens and Gulf nationals.Sources close to the investigation told a local publication that according to a letter issued by the court last week, the judicial body asked the plain...
The Ministry of Education (MoE) recently stopped upgrading scholarships on its electronic portal, sparking fears among Saudis enrolled in the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Scholarship Program.The previous system allowed undergraduate students to continue their studies for Masters and Ph.Ds., a local publication reported...

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Manila: Around 4,000 Filipinos remain in Libya despite the North African country...

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SINGAPORE: Singapore on Thursday sentenced two German men to three strokes of a...

PESHAWAR: A Pakistani doctor jailed after helping the CIA in the hunt for Osama...

NEW DELHI: India’s home minister said Thursday that the government would act aga...

  SEOUL: The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was recovering fro...

SINGAPORE: Singapore on Thursday sentenced two German men to three strokes of th...

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PORTLAND: The mood was somber in the Portland Trail Blazers’ locker room after t...

SINGAPORE: A last-gasp birdie kept Park In-Bee on top at the HSBC Women’s Champi...

AUCKLAND: Former South African great Shaun Pollock Friday predicted the Proteas...

HOBART: If Ireland’s Pool A match against Zimbabwe on Saturday is anything like...

AUCKLAND: Pakistan hope their resurgence in the World Cup continues against Sout...

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BP has announced that it has signed the final agreements of the West Nile Delta project to develop 5 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas resources and 55 million barrels (mm...
Microsoft for worldwide education told Arab News here recently that Microsoft has trained 11 million teachers around the world and provided software services to hundreds of millions of students everyday.This was disclosed to Arab News by a top executive of the software giant in an exclusive interview. “We continue to be a v...
SABIC showcased its range of innovative products in construction, printing and packaging at the 12th Saudi Exhibition for Printing, Packaging, Plastics and Petrochemicals 2015.SABIC was the diamond sponsor of the exhibition that took place at Jeddah Center for Forums and Events from March 1 to 3. SABIC also highlighted its...
MANILA: Global hotel brands are helping Manila add a record number of rooms this year, lured by the growth prospects of its emerging gaming scene. That will boost the underperforming Philippine tourism sector, although other infrastructure is needed before it can really take off.First-timers in the Philippines, Accor Group’...
LONDON: China’s Fosun International has bought a 5 percent stake in Thomas Cook Group, deepening its foray into Europe’s tourism sector and potentially helping the British company to compete with travel leviathan TUI GroupFosun paid 92 million pounds ($140 million) for the Thomas Cook stake and will seek to double its holdi...
ISTANBUL: President Tayyip Erdogan blamed an “interest rate lobby” of speculators for the Turkish lira’s slide and said he would discuss its decline with the country’s embattled central bank and the government’s economy czar.The lira briefly recovered from record lows following his comments, with investors encouraged that h...
WASHINGTON: The 31 largest banks in the US passed the first phase of regulatory stress tests, the US Federal Reserve announced.But the three leading investment banks Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley were among the worst performers, mainly because of their greater exposures to capital markets.In tests of thei...
ABIDJAN: French-speaking West and Central Africa are generating strong revenues and could emerge as top investment destinations despite pockets of turmoil and uncertainty over a series of looming elections, Citibank said.A track record of coups and civil wars has historically made many investors wary of the region, which is...
DETROIT: Nissan is recalling 640,000 more cars in the US and Canada to fix a growing problem with faulty latches that can allow hoods to fly open while cars are being driven.The latest recall covers Altima midsize sedans from the 2013 through 2015 model years, bringing the total number of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles recall...
TOKYO: Toyota said t would appoint a foreigner to the post of executive vice-president and promote a woman into its top ranks, both firsts for the Japanese firm in its nearly 80-year history.The world’s biggest automaker said the moves, part of a wider shuffle, were aimed at promoting diversity among its top management.The...
GENEVA: As car industry leaders gathered in Geneva this week to fret about how to cram more software and electronics into their vehicles, one man stood out.Group Lotus boss Jean-Marc Gales is not preoccupied by the future of self-driving cars, since his customers have no intention of giving up the wheel — and because the lo...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines has begun tracking the location of its long-haul flights every 15 minutes or less, a proposal put forward by the UN aviation agency after the disappearance of the carrier's Flight MH370 a year ago, Malaysia's transport minister said.The Southeast Asian country has also improved coordination b...
BEIJING: China set a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive.The growth target of about 7 percent, down from last year’s 7.5 percent, is in line with efforts to create a “moderately prosperou...

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DUBAI: The Middle East’s first three-dimensional pavement art festival, starring works by international artists that appear to rise from the ground, kicked off this week in Dubai, its organizers said.
The Dubai Canvas Festival features 3-D artworks in chalk or paint, many of them depicting eye-catching images of the Emirati city.
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NEW YORK: A fragment of jawbone found in Ethiopia is the oldest known fossil from an evolutionary tree branch that eventually led to modern humans, scientist reported Wednesday.
The fossil comes from very close to the time that the early human branch split away from more ape-like ancestors best known for the fossil skeleton Lucy. So it giv...

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Wedding is one of the most important events in a person’s life. It is the time when the air is filled with nothing but happiness and love. For the woman, the wedding day is usually a dream to make every single detail perfect for that one day or one night that would change her married life forever.
There are several wedding designers who al...

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SINGAPORE: Malaysia is the most preferred global destination in the fast-growing Muslim travel market, despite two catastrophic air disasters that hit the country’s flag-carrier in 2014, a survey showed Wednesday.
Turkey, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Indonesia followed Malaysia in the ranking of choice holiday destinations for Muslim tr...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Planning a wedding can be a hectic time in every bride’s life. The mind is consumed with roses, tulips or peonies, the perfect shade of white, sequins or lace, short or long veil, pearls or diamonds, a day or night wedding, the guest list… the lists are endless.  It’s a time consuming task until the day arrives and everything is perfect.  Brides tend to lose themselves in the process and forget to take care of their mental and physical health as well, ironic actually since the most important people of the wedding are both bride and groom.  A bride must find the serenity and balance in order for everything to go smoothly; exercise is always a great medication.We’ve all heard of these intense...
Geneva: The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged a dramatic drop in the consumption of sugar, “hidden” in everything from sodas and ketchup, as it steps up the fight against obesity.The UN health agency had previously issued guidelines that sugars should make up less than 10 percent of a person’s total daily energy intake, but in a new twist urged countries to strive for half that.Setting the bar at five percent would mean people should consume no more than 25 grams, or the equivalent of six teaspoons of sugar a day — less than the 10 teaspoons in your average can of soda.Health-hazardous free sugars, in the form of table sugar, fructose or glucose for instance, are added to foods...
When I first heard that Em Sherif has franchised to Dubai, I couldn’t stop myself from booking a table there. The Lebanese restaurant will also open its doors in Jeddah soon. Located in the outdoor area of the Address Downtown hotel in Dubai and overviewing the Dubai Mall’s famous dancing fountain, the restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating for 300 diners at once. The outdoor seating area comprises white steel chairs and marble tables with romantic candlelight set up. Shisha is also served here. The inside decor features a Mediterranean touch, with silver blue walls, beautiful coral chandeliers and black wooden tables with velvet armchairs and black wooden chairs with blue...

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LOS ANGELES: When a man battles Darth Vader, Nazis and other evil-doers for work, what does he do for fun? Harrison Ford...
BRUSSELS: Organizers of the prestigious World Press Photo awards have revoked a major prize after receiving “misleading information” regarding the entry, which portrayed gritty industrial Belgian town Charleroi.World Press Photo said in a statement that the Contemporary Issue World Press Award 2015 granted to Giovanni Troilo for his photographic series “The Dark Heart of Europe” had been withdrawn.“The story was not in compliance with the entry rules and therefore the award must be revoked,” the statement said, explaining they had discovered that one of shots had actually been taken in...
BEIJING: Jackie Chan might still be popular in China, but nowadays the pro-Beijing actor is as well-known as fodder for jokes as he is for his gritty martial arts and slapstick humor on screen. His latest contribution to the country’s mass culture and entertainment: “duang.”It’s not a word, but a sound he made in an old TV commercial meaning something like “ta-da!” A new mash-up video of the old ad has made “duang” a trending topic on China’s social media.The sound began circulating days before the rubberstamp legislature was called into session this week, and some observers see it as a way...

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