Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has thanked the international community for supporting the action in Yemen against the Houthis. Presiding over the weekly Council of Ministers meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday, the king briefed the ministers on the results of his discussions with various global leaders, including those from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Arab League and Muslim world. King Salman said there has been a positive response to the operation, with complete support promised. He said solidarity with the Kingdom at this critical juncture would help restore peace and security to the region and beyond. The Kingdom will continue to invite Yemenis across the political spectrum to hold peace talks in Riyadh under the auspices of the GCC, he said.“This would restore Yemen’s territorial integrity, see a return of the legitimate government, and remove the...
The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) has announced its support for Decisive Storm, the military...
The Shoura Council has lauded the initiative of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for la...
KUWAIT: The United States pledged $507 million and Kuwait promised $500 million toward easing Syria’s humanitarian crisis at an international summit in the Kuwaiti capital on Tuesday.The United Nations, which is holding the summit, says aid is needed to help 18 million people both in Syria and scattered through the region by more than four years of civil war, as well as the countries and communities struggling to host the...
Operation Decisive Storm is for the protection of the Yemeni people and defense of their legitimate government and not a proxy war between the Kingdom and Iran, said Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Saudi ambassador to the US.“This campaign is against a group supported by Iran and Hezbollah,” he said during a Meet the Press program on NBC News of America channel.Al-Jubeir rejected claims that the operation was a proxy war betwee...

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday evacuated more than 500 of its citizens from Yemen...

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MIAMI: Fernando Verdasco upset second seed Rafael Nadal 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 Sunday in...

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JEDDAH: Officials in Saudi Arabia have announced Rally Jeddah 2015, a three-day...

SEPANG, Malaysia: An ebullient Sebastian Vettel spoke at length about the import...

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Saudi Arabia stepped up its engagement with the global investor community on Monday with the visit to Dubai and keynote address of Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal, deput...
DUBAI: Most Middle East stock markets edged up on Monday, but banks and petrochemicals dragged down Saudi Arabia because of concern about regulatory intervention and weak oil prices.Oil continued to drop as Iran and six world powers tried to reach a deal that could add oil to the market if sanctions against Tehran are lifte...
The 8th edition of Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM 2015) formally began on Monday with experts at technical sessions brainstorming on investment opportunities, strategies and aspirations for a new era of comprehensive development in the tourism sector of the Kingdom.Earlier, the opening ceremony scheduled...
The investment management industry in Saudi Arabia is still in the early stages of development but is growing rapidly, says a major investment management firm’s top executive. “In the future, an increasing level of local equity assets will be managed by professional money managers, whereas at present less than two perc...
DUBAI: Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport, which overtook London's Heathrow last year as the world's busiest airport for international passenger business, rose 5.3 percent in February, the airport's operator said on Monday.Passenger numbers climbed to 5.97 million in February from 5.68 million a year earlier,...
KARACHI: Pakistan’s main stock index plunged more than four percent before rallying slightly in late trade, with analysts pointing to a selling spree by foreign investors.The benchmark Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) index of 100 shares tumbled 1,252 points to 28,706, a drop of 4.18 percent — one of the largest falls in a sing...
SHANGHAI: China's central bank on Monday lowered minimum downpayment levels on second homes nationwide, scrapping a key policy originally aimed at controlling housing prices as it seeks to boost the economy.The People's Bank of China (PBoC), the central bank, said the minimum deposit for individuals buying additional housin...
MOSCOW: It's been a torrid time of late for the Russian economy as the fallout from Ukraine and tumbling oil prices have plunged the country into financial crisis.But an unexpected recent rebound by the ruble has partially reversed months of pain for the nosediving national currency and fired hope among harried officials in...
DUBAI: The UAE is at an advanced stage of drafting a foreign investment law to allow 100 percent foreign ownership of businesses in some sectors, the country’s economy minister said at a conference.Sultan bin Saeed Al-Mansouri also revealed new foreign direct investment into country rose 25 percent to $13 billion in 2014.He...
Saudi Aramco has signed a new $10 billion credit deal with 27 financial institutions, it said on Monday, replacing an existing $4 billion agreement, which was signed in 2010.The new standby revolving credit facilities agreement is divided into dollars and Saudi riyals tranches, the company said in a statement.The following...
The Kingdom’s stock exchange jumped the most in six weeks, leading a rally in Arab equity markets, after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman pledged to restore stability in Yemen.“The market has reacted positively to the swift and decisive Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthi military targets in Yemen,” Basil Al-Gh...
More than 120 local and international companies are showcasing their expertise in building, construction and heavy equipment at BUILDEX 2015.BUILDEX 2015 — the 17th edition of the Saudi international building and construction exhibition — is being held with the participation of more than 120 local and international exhibito...
Net profits of the Saudi banks reached SR7.1 billion in a two-month period (January-February 2015) and expected to register record levels by the end of the year, according to a financial report.In 2014, profits of the Saudi banks registered the highest record in the history of banking sector in the Kingdom, which reached SR...

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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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BE it the real life or in the cyberspace, Arab remained busy this last weekend. The military operation “Decisive Storm” led by Saudi Arabia to fight the Houthi rebels in Yemen, kept them hooked to their phones and the Internet to follow the latest developments. In the days of social media, even wars are consumed differently.
Personally, I l...

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Caroline Seikaly is an American-Lebanese designer with French roots. She grew up in the United States and studied fashion design at the Rhode Island School of Design and while she was there, she also had the opportunity to collaborate with Isaac Mizrahi in New York.
After graduation, Seikaly moved to Paris to gain experience in Haute Coutu...

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The first integrated tourist center in Jeddah was recently inaugurated under the patronage of Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed by the director general of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities in Makkah, Abdullah Al-Omari.
During the opening event, thousands of visitors were present, along with businessmen, businesswomen, nota...

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CHICAGO: An apple a day doesn't necessarily keep the doctor away. That's according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples.The findings don't mean apples aren't good for you but they do underscore that it takes more than just one kind of food to make a healthy diet and avoid illness.About one-third of the adults studied said they had no more than one doctor visit in the previous year; the remainder reported at least two visits. A preliminary analysis found apple eaters had slightly fewer visits than apple avoiders — those who ate less than one daily or no apples. But that difference disappeared when the...
Only half a century ago, very few people knew what a coconut was, let alone knowing the taste of its fresh water or its white fruit, the fatty meaty pulp. Very few homes had coconut trees in Jeddah. Only the owners of the trees knew the value of this giving tree and its fruit. However, coconut oil was always found at the attar (local herb and spice store, once considered a pharmacist or healer). Women applied the oil to their hair before washing it to give it shine, moisture, and smoothness. It also nourished the scalp and made hair less rough and more manageable. I remember as a child, being subjected to this weekly ritual before swimming on Fridays to protect the hair strands from the sun...
Mobile clinics of the Tobacco Control Program (TCP) at the Ministry of Health have played a key role in helping some 2,296 male and female smokers to give up smoking.Some 9,710 smokers visited mobile clinics, of which 8,575, or 88.3 percent, were female smokers, and the remaining 11.7 percent, or 1,135 were male smokers, said Dr. Ali Al-Wadie, the TCP general supervisor.On the reasons behind smoking, 68 percent claim peer pressure, 37 percent was attributed to imitation, while tension was the third major reason for smoking at 11 percent.On the reasons that motivated smokers to quit smoking, health concerns topped other reasons at 59 percent, followed by religious factors (14 percent) and...

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LOS ANGELES: The iHeartRadio Music Awards should be called the iHeartTaylorSwift Awards.The pop singer cleaned house at...
LOS ANGELES: Animated children’s flick “Home,” about an unpopular space alien forced to flee his own kind, took up residence over the weekend at the top of the North American box office, estimates showed Sunday.The computer-generated movie, featuring Jim Parsons as the voice of “Oh” the extraterrestrial and Rihanna as his Earthling friend, landed $54 million in its first weekend out, box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations reported.Trailing by $20 million, comedy “Get Hard,” about a prison-bound white executive (Will Ferrell) who hires a black car washer (Kevin Hart) for lessons on surviving...
MUMBAI: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who recently attended a wedding in Goa, seems to be fascinated by the concept of marriages and took to Twitter to quip about his desire to write a book on it.Taking to Twitter, Big B wrote, “Weddings are an institution by themselves. In Goa for Bengali family wedding .. I need to write a book on this ! Such fun !!!“Bachchan, who was last seen in ‘Shamitabh’, will be next seen in ‘Piku’ and ‘Wazir’.He is one of the most popular celebrities followed on Twitter and has amassed 14 million followers on the social networking platform.

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