CAIRO: A state of emergency came into force Saturday across much of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula after 30 soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing by suspected jihadists.It was the deadliest attack on the country’s security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Muhammad Mursi last year, to the fury of his supporters.The state of emergency, which took effect from 0300 GMT in the north and center of the Sinai, will remain in place for three months, the president’s office said.A curfew is in force from 5 p.m. to 7 am.Egypt also announced it would close the Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip, the only route into the Palestinian territory not controlled by Israel.“The army and the police will take all necessary measures to tackle the dangers of terrorism and its financing, to preserve the security of the region... and protect the lives of citizens,” the presidential decree said.The...
NEW YORK: New York went on alert Friday as authorities sought to calm fears among the city’s 8.4 mil...
Gulf states are stepping up their awareness campaigns to alert young people about the dangers of ext...
YANGON, Myanmar: A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert.Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit Rohingya advocacy group Arakan Project, said an average of 900 people per day have been piling into cargo ships parked off Rakhin...
Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has issued a fatwa declaring the issuing and receiving of fraudulent medical sick leave certificates as sinful behavior.The grand mufti was reported as saying in the local media recently that medical professionals who issue the certificates and workers requesting them are sinners. These bogus reports result in businesses losing money, he was quoted as saying.The National Anti-Corruption C...

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The Makkah Mashaer Metro (MMM), developed by the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), recently disclosed to Arab News that 70 percent of its locally recruited staff are Saudi.According to CRCC’s Operational Department data, the number of local staff at MMM in 2010 was approximately 1,000,...
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has called on believers to help people with disabilities.In his Friday sermon at Imam Turki Mosque in Riyadh, the chairman of the Council of Senior Scholars said Muslims have a duty to respect and be kind to people with disabilities. He said Islam also warns against "despising and be...
The Ministry of Education plans to launch 1,000 fitness and social clubs for girls around the country by the end of 2015.Noura Al-Fayez, deputy minister of education for girls, said on Wednesday that the aim is to ensure these clubs are for members of the community, particularly young people, to develop a range of skills.Al...
Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, has said that he receives constructive criticism with an open mind.Speaking to media professionals on the occasion of a ceremony at the conclusion of this year's Haj and Umrah seasons, he said: “We are not afraid of the media but welcome them instead wi...
The Kingdom, one of the first countries in the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region to eradicate polio completely, observed the World Polio Day on Friday to create awareness about the hazards of the crippling disease.According to an official from the National Center for Media and Health Awareness of the Ministry of Health, th...
Residents living near the Prince Faisal bin Fahd (Malaz) stadium are becoming increasingly irked by football fans parking their cars outside their houses during matches.Hundreds of vehicles can be seen parked in these neighborhoods during games, blocking residents' entry to their own homes.Traffic police, meanwhile, are mos...
Spain’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Joaquin Perez-Villanueva said that the Kingdom’s leadership has played a major role in providing a stable regime by fighting terror and extremist ideology.“We are grateful to the government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for the stability he provides to the Kingdom and...
The King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) has approved 11 training programs designed for government employees.The training was approved by the Ministry of Civil Service to be implemented this year by the Dialogue Academy for Training and Public Opinion Survey under the umbrella of KACND. At a recent press con...
Newly appointed US Consul General Todd Holmstrom met with Vice President of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mazen Batterjee on Thursday at the JCCI’s headquarters in Jeddah.Batterjee received Holmstrom and highlighted the economic and construction boom in the Kingdom.He also explained to the consul general the impor...
Many Saudis and expatriates here claim that increasingly poor local medical services have forced them to seek treatment abroad.Sameer Khan, an Indian patient based in Jeddah, claimed his health deteriorated after being given the wrong prescription, forcing him to travel home for further medical assistance. “I was suffering...
In a recent session, Shoura Council members criticized the Ministry of Civil Service and the Statistics Agency for not having a clear plan for creating job opportunities for Saudi women.The Shoura members said that the Statistics Agency was not providing accurate figures on the number of unemployed women, creating confusion...
Electricity consumers face the risk of disconnection if their bills exceeding SR400 remain unpaid. Also, electricity bills will be issued in the names of consumers effective next year.These regulations come into force by 2015, with the issuance of new amendments to electrical services by the Saudi Electricity and Co-generat...
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) has launched a campaign on the importance of prayer in preventing people from sinning.The campaign, My Prayer is My Happiness, kicked off last Wednesday and will continue for two weeks in print and electronic media outlets. The aim of the initiativ...

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CAIRO: Masked men set fire to two cars belonging to the consulate of Saudi Arabi...

WASHINGTON: The US is looking into reports that Islamic State militants used chl...

RAMALLAH: The Palestinians’ chief peace negotiator has laid out in the clearest...

TUNIS: A raid by Tunisian security forces on an armed group near the capital Fri...

SANAA: Tribesmen blew up Yemen’s main oil export pipeline on Friday, halting cru...

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YANGON, Myanmar: A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohi...

ROME: Tens of thousands of Italians took to the streets of Rome Saturday for a d...

FERGUSON, Missouri: Police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and st...

PARIS: The international coalition currently battling the IS group in Iraq dropp...

WASHINGTON: An American nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian p...

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SINGAPORE: With a little help from her rivals, Serena Williams secured a place i...

Rain or Shine, experienced and hungry, found a way to gut out a win even if thin...

VALENCIA, Spain: David Ferrer became only the fourth active player to record 600...

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand: South Africa crushed New Zealand to claim a 72-run...

DUBAI: Pakistan’s spin bowlers shared six wickets between them to take control o...

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KUWAIT CITY: Oil-dependent Gulf states will face budget shortfalls if the recent decline in oil prices persists, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde warne...
DOHA: Qatar Fertiliser Co. (QAFCO) plans to launch niche production of environmentally friendly fertilizers to meet rising demand in Western markets, the firm's chief executive said on Thursday.The plan underlines a trend in several of the oil- and gas-rich economies of the Gulf: They are using their ample supplies of energ...
CAIRO: Egypt's tourism minister hopes to fully revive one of the country's most vital industries by next April but persuading the world that it is safe to visit the ancient pyramids or Red Sea resorts after three years of upheaval is a daunting task.Hisham Zaazou is mounting public relations campaigns, inviting foreign offi...
DEARBORN, Michigan: Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits.Ford's net income dropped 34 percent to $835 million in the third quarter, largely due to the cost of launching the pickup. The new F-150, which is 700...
NEW YORK: Amazon.com has long asked investors anxious for profits to be patient as it built its infrastructure and launched new services that it argued would position the e-commerce giant for long-term success. On Thursday, Amazon reported again that it has failed to turn a profit, this time posting a stunning loss of $437...
LONDON: Growth of the British economy slowed in the third quarter of this year, official data showed in a context of concerns over the uncertain global outlook.Gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.7 percent between July and September from output in the previous three months, the Office for National Statistics said in an init...
It is no longer a issue of whispering in the corridors of the oil industry. It is now part of public debate. Is Saudi Arabia launching an oil price war in tandem with the US to undermine or at least weaken energy dependent adversaries Russia and Iran?The latest to join this discussion is the notable New York Times columnist...
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's government has presented a relief budget that increases salaries and reduces water and electricity tariffs ahead of a possible presidential election in 2015.President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is also the finance minister, read the proposals in Parliament.Rajapaksa was at the peak of his popularity after h...
BEIJING: Twenty-one Asian nations have signed on to a China-driven initiative to create a new development bank for Asia that’s aimed at boosting infrastructure investment of all kinds. Beijing sees that as a way to raise its international standing, but Washington opposes the move as an unnecessary and potentially damaging r...
SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft has reported quarterly profits ahead of most expectations, as revenues got a boost from its Xbox consoles and Internet “cloud” services for enterprises.Net profit in the quarter dipped to $4.5 billion from $5.2 billion in the same period a year ago, but topped most analyst forecasts.Revenue rose abo...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s imports jumped an annual 19.6 percent in August, ending nine consecutive months of declines, while growth in nonoil exports accelerated to 22.2 percent, data from the Central Department of Statistics and Information showed.Nonoil exports account for around 12 percent of overall exports of Saudi Arabia...
RIYADH: Major Saudi Arabian construction firm Abdullah Abdul Mohsin Al-Khodari and Sons says it may double its capital spending in coming years to cope with the work it hopes to do on the country’s big infrastructure projects.Saudi Arabia’s SR855 billion state budget plan for 2014 slowed total spending growth to the lowest...
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia supplied less crude oil to the market in September than a month earlier, an industry source said on Thursday, at a time when some OPEC members are calling on the Kingdom to cut back output to lift prices.Brent rose above $85 a barrel on the news, though it was still trading not far from its lowest in fou...

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Last year’s feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors.
The center would be funded by Palestinian Americans who have pledged support, Mohammed Assaf, 24, said in an inter...

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The number of Internet users in the Kingdom reached 18.3 million this year. Subsequently, there is an increased demand for Internet and broadband connection services (both mobile and home-based).
Due to this, subscriptions for broadband services across mobile networks in the Kingdom have continued to increase during 2014 to complement this...

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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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LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sent her first ever tweet during a visit to a museum Friday, signing it “Elizabeth...
NEW YORK: Shakira is partnering with Fisher-Price to launch a line of baby toys as well as a Web series for moms.The Mattel, Inc.-owned company announced Friday that the First Steps collection of toys and baby gear would be available in November. Shakira co-developed six products, including a bouncer that plays music, alphabet blocks and a musical soccer ball, an ode to her soccer-playing boyfriend Gerard Pique, who plays for FC Barcelona.All of the proceeds will benefit her Barefoot Foundation, which provides education and nutrition to children in impoverished areas of her native Colombia....
TOKYO: Disney executives call their next film “a love letter to Japanese culture.” No wonder: This nation can’t get enough of animation, especially Disney’s.Walt Disney Animation Studios is practically bending backward to woo Japanese moviegoers after the stupendous success of “Frozen.” The fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time made more than $250 million of its total in Japan alone, nearly a third of its overseas numbers and more than five times what it made in France, according to Box Office Mojo.“Frozen” is third of all time in Japan, behind “Titanic” and Japanese animation classic “...

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