KUWAIT CITY: Gulf and Asian labor ministers agreed Thursday on a series of initiatives aimed at boosting protection and improving conditions of employment for millions of foreign workers in the Gulf, officials said.The deal followed two days of talks between ministers from the 12 Asian labor-sending countries and the energy-rich Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, which hosts at least 15 million workers, mostly Asian.They welcomed a proposal by the International Labor Organization to assist in “preventing abuse in the recruitment process, protecting workers’ rights, improving regulation and strengthening oversight of private recruitment,” in a final statement of the end of the meeting.The measures include initiatives and programs for wage protection, for speedier settlement of labor disputes, a skill development and testing program and a pre-departure orientation initiative, the Emira...
A Bulgarian chemist, who was an expert in manufacturing amphetamine (Captagon) drug pills, has been...
National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah returned to Riyadh on Wednesday following a visit...
In a major concession for hundreds of expats classified as runaway or huroob cases, the government has announced that they can avoid jail and go home provided they have no criminal cases pending, settle outstanding fines, pay for their tickets, and have an undertaking from their consulates that they would leave in 72 hours.These are the conditions contained in a circular sent out to all consulates by Muhammad Abdulwahab N...
Umrah operators are now ready to receive online applications for visas, Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar has said.Hajjar said they opened up for applications on Nov. 23. He urged companies working in the field to provide the best services for pilgrims, who are their responsibility on arrival in the Kingdom.He said the online system had run smoothly last year, with over 6 million applications processed. Only 6,000 pilgrims had r...

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On a directive from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, the Ministry of Housing has written off SR198 million in loans given to 852 citizens who have died.Housing Minister Shuwaish Al-Duwaihi, who is also the head of the Real Estate Development Fund (REDF), has carried out the order.RED...
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are considering approving a strategy to tackle Ebola, which would include tests for all foreign workers. This was announced on Wednesday here by Tawfeek Ahmad Khoja, director general of the GCC’s health ministers’ council, in an address at the body’s 81st session.Khoja said the meet...
The criminal court in Riyadh has sentenced a Pakistani national to two and a half years for allegedly contacting Al-Nusra Front, a terrorist group, and intending to visit Afghanistan to participate in fighting there.According to a report carried by SPA, the man was also accused of handing over money to four Saudi militants...
Member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are seeking to recruit only highly skilled qualified workers and their job performance assessment will be done in the country of origin, according to a top official of the Labor Ministry. The Kingdom has also mooted a plan to pilot job assessments in certain professions, t...
In a major crackdown during the past three days, Riyadh police arrested 365 expatriates, including 38 Ethiopian women and 21 wanted men, staying illegally in the Kingdom. The raids covered four districts — Manfouha, Naseem, Kubeira and Al-Miqla in the Riyadh region.On the first day, police arrested 200 expatriates with the...
Maryam Al-Dabbagh, a current Saudi student of the law program at Dar Al-Hekma University, has been selected as part of her undergraduate law degree to take part in the competitive Semester at Sea (SAS) voyage. The SAS is a US-based program sponsored by the University of Virginia, in which participating students spend a seme...
Farasan Island Gov. Hussein Al-Dajani said the Border Guard patrols seized an Egyptian boat on Tuesday, which had strayed into the Kingdom’s territorial waters. The boat was carrying a group of Egyptian fishermen using dragnets, which is a violation of Saudi fishing laws, he added.According to Al-Dajani, the same vessel had...
The special criminal court in Riyadh has sentenced 70 Saudis and one Yemeni to jail terms ranging from 10 to 27 years.The court also sentenced the Saudis to travel bans, with deportation for the Yemeni national once he completes his sentence. The guilty men were members of the Terrorist 86 cell.The court deferred the verdic...
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance has instructed officials to remove all copies of Qur’an with mistakes from the two holy mosques, said Minister Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh on Wednesday. Al-Asheikh said the ministry recently discovered that traders and philanthropists had unwittingly b...
US Ambassador Joseph W. Westphal hosted a Thanksgiving function on Tuesday night at Tuwaiq Palace here. A large number of guests attended the Thanksgiving dinner, including Saudi leaders from government, business, and civil society, as well as prominent foreign residents and diplomats. The gathering offered an opportunity t...
Ehssan Saleh Taieb, secretary-general of the International Islamic Relief Organization-Saudi Arabia (IIROSA), opened an international forum on humanitarian action in Jeddah on Wednesday.Referring to a multitude of challenges confronting the humanitarian action nowadays due to wars, disputes, agitations and the perpetual pol...
Mohammad Al-Shamrani, director general of education in Taif, said recently that despite the Ministry of Education having contracted a specialized catering company to provide quality food in school cafeterias, the services were far below standards.He was addressing a meeting organized by the Department of Orientation and Gui...
Jeddah Municipality has deployed 570 workers to spray insecticides in various parts of the city to kill mosquitoes that can carry dengue fever, a senior official said on Wednesday.Fahd Al-Daqsi, director general of environmental health at the municipality, said in a statement sent to Arab News that the workers are targeting...

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PARIS: French President Francois Hollande on Thursday urged the world’s nations...

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TOKYO: E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times the amount of cancer-causing agents a...

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MANNY PACQUIAO returned as a hero of the nation on Wednesday night in the PBA, t...

KAAU’s offense and defense worked well in the 4th quarter and brought down Subwa...

Second-seeded team Velocity Strikers were crowned champion of the OFBC Friday M...

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The president of Saudi Ports Authority, Abdul Aziz Altuwaijri, has emphasized the importance of linking Dammam and Jeddah ports by a railway line, saying it would boost S...
LONDON: Brent crude oil plunged more than $6 a barrel, the sharpest one-day fall since 2011, after OPEC decided not to cut production despite a huge oversupply in world markets.Asked whether the oil producer group had decided not to reduce production, Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi said: “That is righ...
JOHANNESBURG: Plunging world oil prices have dealt a blow to Africa far greater — in purely economic terms — than Ebola, setting back investment in exploration and plans to industrialize.The highest profile victim so far has been Africa’s top producer, Nigeria, which was forced to devalue its naira currency by 8 percent thi...
Saudi Arabia’s bank lending growth to the private sector accelerated to 15.7 percent year-on-year in October, the fastest rate since May 2013, from 13.2 percent in the previous month, data from Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) showed.Money supply (M3) growth rose to an annual 14.7 percent in October, the highest rate si...
GENEVA: The World Trade Organization has adopted the first worldwide trade reform in its history, after years of stalemate, months of deadlock and a final day’s delay following an eleventh-hour objection.The agreement means the WTO will introduce new standards for customs checks and border procedures. Proponents say streaml...
Le Concheur, the manufacturer of the finest brands of the luxury Belgian chocolates in the world, has opened its first chocolate store and cafe in the Middle East — Jeddah city. The event took place recently at Almarjanah Center, Prince Sultan Street, Alrawdah District, in the presence of Greet Criel, Belgian ambassador to...
The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) has been awarded the accolade of ‘Excellence in Development of the Islamic Private Sector – MENA 2014’ by International Finance Magazine (IFM) in its annual IFM Awards. The award recognizes the strong support by ICD of the global development of the priv...
JEDDAH: Zain Saudi has proposed a capital reduction to shareholders to eliminate all accumulated losses up to Sept. 30, the company said in a statement on the Kingdom’s bourse.The move would cut its capital base by 45.9 percent. After the move, one share would equal 2.18 shares now, the statement said.The company, 37-percen...
JEDDAH: Most Gulf stock markets fell, while Egypt’s bourse rose as Cairo’s government eyed savings from cheaper crude.Saudi Arabia’s stock market, where petrochemicals account for a large part of corporate earnings, stands to lose most from cheaper oil, but some investors fear that governments across the region may cut spen...
MANILA: Growth slowed sharply in the Philippine economy in the third quarter because of typhoon damage and falling public spending, officials said.The economy grew by 5.3 percent in the three months to September — below expectations — and 5.8 percent through the first nine months of the year.Deputy chief statistician Romeo...
LONDON: Scotland is set to get sweeping new powers including setting its own income tax rates, under plans unveiled by a cross-party commission on greater devolution.“The recommendations in the agreement will result in the biggest transfer of powers to the Scottish parliament since its establishment,” Lord Robert Smith, who...
LONDON: A flagship Bank of England scheme failed to boost lending to small British businesses in the third quarter although the decline was less marked than earlier in the year.The Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) was launched in mid-2012 to provide cheap money to banks on condition that they lend to British businesses and...
HELSINKI: European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the euro currency union remains “incomplete” and needs to be strengthened with better oversight of member countries’ economic policies.Draghi said in the text of a speech on Thursday in Helsinki that “for all its resilience, our union is still incomplete.”He said the 18...

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Eman Al-Qahtani is a successful, talented and ambitious young Saudi artist. She combines thoughts and colors in her paintings. She has her own art method; a painting is to deliver a message to human minds.
Al-Qahtani holds a bachelor degree in Arts and Humanities, and a diploma in hearing disability. She is responsible for the Women Assemb...

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TEL AVIV: A company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world’s most dynamic consumer industries.
Using nano-technology to synthesize artificial molecules, Tel Aviv-based StoreDot says it has developed a battery that can sto...

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Tasneem Anwar Ishqi’s love for jewels with symbols and meanings was well-known from her childhood. Today, through practice and perseverance, she has earned a name for herself in the Kingdom’s jewelry designing industry. She developed a new concept in the world of jewelry that represents unique prayer beads in different colors and with meanings....

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Egypt is a trans-continental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, making it an Afro-Asiatic country via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Most of Egypt’s territory of 1,010,000 sq. km lies within the Nile Valley of North Africa, but it is also considered a Mediterranean country as it is bordere...

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The latest diet fad among fitness freaks and celebs is the green juice, or as they call it ‘salad in a cup’. These juices claim to be a solution for all your nutrition needs and help you to consume even those vegetables that you don’t necessarily like. “When you think of healthy beverages, water immediately comes to your mind. However, there are other drinks worth adding to your diet,” said nutritionist Dr. Raneem Abdulmajeed. “You can make your own drink that will have great health benefits, from relieving minor ailments like indigestion to providing protection against serious issues such as osteoporosis,” she added. A bowl of fresh fruits and vegetables, and a blender is all you need to...
The Globe is the signature restaurant of Al-Faisaliah hotel in Riyadh. This unique restaurant offers the best of the best in terms of location, cuisine and ambiance. It is located atop Al-Faisaliah tower, where diners can have elegant meals as well as a magical view. Within this dramatic three-story dome, delicious modern European cuisine and sweeping panoramic views of the city come together to create an unmatched Riyadh fine dining experience.The entrance is very private and you must walk through security into two different elevators that take you to the top floor of Al-Faisaliah tower. The restaurant is very elegant and comprises two stories, one for singles and the other for families....
I have been a fan of Mariam Alireza’s articles ever since she began writing for Arab News more than ten years ago. And I am not the only one! In fact, her readers’ enthusiasm encouraged her to compile the weekly articles into a collection of an easy-to-read book. The Whole Health Book, the first of the series, has just been published. It provides all information that you need to know about healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices.“This book is not about my published articles of the last eight years randomly compiled, but I intend it to become a “health reference” book that can be read back to front or even starting in the middle” says AlirezaAfter a brief look at the contents, I decided to...

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WASHINGTON: Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For...
TAIPEI, Taiwan: The golden horse statues have been awarded, but drama hasn’t ended from one of Asia’s biggest film festivals.Chinese actress Gong Li called Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival unprofessional after she lost the best actress category to Taiwanese actress Chen Shiang Chyi. Sometimes called the Chinese Oscars, the Golden Horse Awards are among the most prestigious for Mandarin-language films. While the festival home is Taiwan, the filmmakers and stars who make up the jury and compete for the awards hail from all over the region.In a statement via her manager Monday, Gong...
MUMBAI: Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah, who has chronicled his journey in ‘And Then One Day — A Memoir’, says the book is a mirror reflection of his life and that he has no plans to come out with a second part of the publication.“My book talks about my entire journey from getting into theater to struggles, hardships, love, family, and friends. I think I would not be writing a second part of the book as this includes everything of my life,” the 64-year-actor, who has been part of filmdom for almost four decades, said at the launch Wednesday.The book was launched by director Shyam Benegal in...

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