CAIRO: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman will visit Egypt on April 4, the kingdom’s ambassador to Egypt said on Thursday.Ambassador Ahmad ben Abdul Aziz Qattan said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that the visit reflects the strong ties between the two countries.Egyptian President Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi last visited Saudi Arabia in March last year. Egypt is part of the Saudi-led coalition helping the United Nations-recognized government of Yemen President Abed-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fight Iran-backed Houthi rebels and armed loyalists of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
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JAZAN: Seven people died and several others were injured following an attack by a lone gunman on the Education Office in the Al-Dair governorate of Jazan on Thursday.The attacker has been arrested, said Interior Ministry spokesman Gen. Mansour Al-Turki. “His motives remain unclear,” he added.Employees of the Education Office faced the hail of bullets resulting in a number of deaths and injuries.Jazan police spokesman Lt....
WASHINGTON: In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.Some scientists likened the breakthrough to the moment Galileo took up a telescope to look at the planets.The discovery of these waves, created by violent collisions in the universe, excites astron...

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NAJRAN: Three members of the Saudi National Guard died in Rabuah, Najran, on Wednesday.National Guard spokesman Maj. Mohammed Omari identified them as Lt. Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Shehri, Lt. Faisal bin Talal Al-Toub and Lt. Saud bin Khaled Al-Rukhayyes.“The three attainted martyrdom while defending t...
RIYADH: A recent report released by the Ministry of Labor revealed that the number of violations registered on the ministry’s electronic program “Together for Monitoring” in the months of December 2015 and January 2016 amounted to 484, of which 157 were related to delayed wages and salaries, accounting for 32 percent of the...
RIYADH: A study is under way to provide health insurance to Umrah pilgrims and domestic workers and certain articles of the health regulations needs to be amended, an official has said.According to local media, the statement was made by Mohammed bin Suleiman Al-Hussein, secretary-general of the Council of Cooperative Securi...
JEDDAH: Timely intervention by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman helped move a Saudi woman, who was declared “brain dead” in the US, to the Kingdom.Hani Matar El-Enzi was quoted as saying by an online publication on Wednesday that his wife, Basma, suffered an asthma attack about two weeks ago and she went into a coma....
RIYADH: The world’s fattest man from Jazan has shed 320 kg in almost three years and a video online showed him taking his first steps with the help of a Zimmer frame, thanks to the role of the Ministry of Health in the weight-loss program.Khaled Mohsen Al-Shaeri, aged 24, once held the Guinness Book of World Records for bei...
JEDDAH: The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) has questioned the fairness of Saudis being sentenced to death in Iraq.The organization believes the sentences have been issued against the backdrop of “sectarian pressures” and that the regional security situation played a key role in the punishments.Mufleh Al-Qahtani, N...
RIYADH: The $22-billion Riyadh Metro project is going on according to the plan despite the fact that many global projects are faltering.“There are many stalled projects all over the world and not in the Kingdom alone, but the metro project in the Saudi capital is proceeding according to plan,” Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin...
JEDDAH: Four members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) were stabbed by a youth who was allegedly trying to blackmail a girl in Jeddah. The incident happened on Tuesday night and the four officers, who sustained injuries on the hands and in the back, were admitted to King Fahd Ho...
RIYADH: Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih visited the medical complex in Thuwal, near Jeddah, on Tuesday. The facility was set up by Saudi Aramco, whose chairman is the health minister himself.According to the minister, the complex provides primary health care and preventive and curative services to the inhabitants of the cit...
JEDDAH: A number of Shoura Council members have voiced objections to some imams who express their personal opinions during Friday sermons.The members asked the Ministry of Islamic Affairs to supervise the sermons to make sure they were written by specialists and circulated to all mosques.Mohammad Al-Naji said imams should f...
MADINAH: Street vendors near the Prophet’s Mosque pose a risk to the country’s reputation and economy besides blocking the way of service cars, Red Crescent and Civil Defense vehicles, an expert has said.Ninety-eight percent of these street merchants are non-Saudis, 90 percent of whom are violators of the residency and visa...
RIYADH: Appropriate action has been taken against the Haia members who were involved in beating up a girl opposite the Nakheel shopping mall here recently, but the girl was also at fault, a Haia official has clarified.“A probe has revealed that the girl had committed an irregularity, which necessitated here questioning. How...
I am from the east of France but moved to Saudi Arabia from Paris in 1990. I worked for a princess as a French language tutor. I was young and single. I thought it was very exotic and mysterious. I lived in a palace. I left Saudi Arabia in 1992 and came back in 2009 with my husband Tom, and son Max, from Hong Kong. I starte...

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JERUSALEM: Israel on Thursday charged two Arab Israeli schoolgirls with the atte...

ANKARA: Two alleged people-smugglers went on trial in Turkey on Thursday accused...

ANKARA: Turkey’s patience may run out over the crisis in Syria and it could be f...

CAIRO: Yemeni pro-government forces backed by Saudi-led airstrikes seized contro...

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Mumbai: Shamima Kausar, mother of Ishrat Jahan who was killed in a police encoun...

TAINAN, Taiwan: The death toll from a weekend earthquake in Taiwan rose to 59 on...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf was briefly hospitalized...

NEW DELHI: An Indian soldier, rescued nearly a week after being buried in eight...

PAJU, South Korea: North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a fact...

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DOHA: Norwegian Alexander Kristoff sprinted to the fourth stage victory in the T...

JEDDAH: Avengers won a thrilling Category C game that went to overtime against D...

RIYADH: King Khaled Specialist Hospital, Blues, thrashed Riyadh Aces by 76 runs...

JEDDAH: Cystal-Rock n Roll became the fourth different team to claim Team of the...

JEDDAH: In SIFF Rabea Tea A division, reigning champion TSS Real Kerala FC defea...

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NEW YORK: US crude oil prices were down as much as 4 percent on Thursday, approaching 12-year lows hit last month, weighed down by brimming US crude inventories and a Gol...
LONDON: Glencore has taken another step to reduce its debt by selling $500 million of future precious metals output, and deepened oil production cuts after prices fell further.Glencore said it planned to produce about 8.5 million barrels of oil in 2016, down 20 percent from last year and lower than the 9.6 million it had es...
SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter’s woes deepened as the struggling messaging platform said it failed to add users in the past quarter, adding to concerns it is lagging in the fast-moving world of social networks.The San Francisco group said its base of monthly active users was 320 million at the end of last year, unchanged from the p...
LONDON: Gold surged nearly 4 percent on Thursday to its highest in a year as fears about financial instability, a lower dollar and US Treasury yields persuaded investors to seek refuge in the precious metal.Traders said financial instability fears were fuelled by European bank shares slumping to multi-year lows, with concer...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power plans to raise $8 billion of debt in the first half of this year to finance projects that will help to boost its generating capacity by a third by the end of 2016, its CEO said.The plan comes in the face of difficult market conditions for Middle Eastern developers, with regional governments...
JEDDAH: Several major stock markets in the Middle East dropped over 2 percent on Thursday as protracted weakness in oil prices and the gloom in equity markets globally prompted investors to dump shares.Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All-Share Index dropped 3.0 percent to 5,661 points after breaking technical support at the early Fe...
LONDON: Only 20-25 percent of small and medium-sized British and French companies hedge their exposure to fluctuations in currency rates which can have a huge impact on their bottom lines, according to a report by banking research consultancy East & Partners.The numbers, seen by Reuters ahead of a new report’s publicati...
PARIS/LONDON: France’s Total beat quarterly earnings expectations powered by high production and refining margins but said it plans fresh spending cuts in response to one of the worst market downturns in a decade.Plunging crude prices have forced energy companies to cut costs, jobs and spending and delay projects, and Total...
BERLIN: The European Central Bank will take a decision soon on whether to keep printing 500-euro banknotes, with the arguments for doing so becoming “less and less convincing,” a top-ranking official said.“We’re actively considering the question and will take a decision shortly,” Benoit Coeure, executive board member, told...
JOHANNESBURG: South African retailer Woolworths Holdings Ltd. will aim to conserve cash as growth slows in its home market, CEO Ian Moir said.Shares in the retailer slid to a two-month low despite posting a 30.6 percent jump in first-half profit.Woolworths, which sells upmarket food and clothing, warned rising interest rate...
 

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People are sitting in a little room watching some films; for many of the viewers what they are seeing is quite a revelation. The highly creative short videos show a picture of the Gulf from a thought-provoking, fantastical and often very funny perspective. A message that shines through from a film called Pixels is how prejudice is universal and...

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WASHINGTON: In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.
Some scientists likened the breakthrough to the moment Galileo took up a telescope to look at the planets.
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The Middle East is now home to a number of world class accessories designers who are intuitively blurring the line between East and West and offering something unique that one can’t help but feel totally attached to. To put it mildly, their luxe creations are one-of-a-kind from all ends worthy of being put on display in a museum.
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For the fourth year in a row, Abu Dhabi organized it’s annual Qasr Al-Hosn Festival to celebrate the past and present glories of the UAE. It is truly a celebration of Emirati culture and heritage. The festival provides visitors and tourists an opportunity to learn more about the Emirati identity in a fun and informative way.
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia joined the rest of the world in intensifying public awareness on cancer with activities spread over the week supporting the global cause that aims to save millions of lives every year by raising awareness and education about the disease, urging governments and individuals across the world to take action.Being a truly global event observed annually on Feb. 4th, World Cancer Day unites the whole world in the fight against cancer. The Kingdom joined the massive awareness campaign with the Ministry of Health observing cancer awareness week, ending on Wednesday.Under the auspices of Health Ministry, King Saud University (KSU), which is leading the vanguard in the Kingdom for...
A woman’s body is a sanctuary, a sacred mass of organs given to her in order to maintain it in the best and healthiest way possible. Pregnancy changes a person, to comprehend that a tiny little human is growing inside of us can sometimes cloud our judgments. Pregnancies differ from one mom-to-be from another and some have it hard while others are perfectly fine, it’s natural and it happens. In either case, maintaining a healthy lifestyle while pregnant can be a bit difficult, all those mood swings, cravings and the constant urge to snuggle on a couch. Working out isn’t very interesting when you’re pregnant but it is somewhat important in order to maintain a healthy pregnancy. Hard core...
In the last three weeks, I have been exploring the nutrients, soluble and insoluble fiber, enzymes, and antioxidants in okra. All these health benefits are packed in one unbelievably healthy veggie. One cup of the vegetable provides important nutrients your body requires. It is a powerhouse of nutrients for such a little plant.Japanese health researcher, Junji Takano, who thoroughly analyzed and investigated the okra, recommends eating the veggie to those who suffer from weakness, exhaustion, stress, and depression. Vitamins B and C are good for such conditions.He advises consuming okra to protect from the toxic substances in trans fats, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, preservatives,...

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MUMBAI: Parineeti Chopra has been away from the silver screen for so long now and her fans do miss her and are wondering...
NEW YORK: Donald Trump’s outlandish campaign claims — and hair — are a regular gift to late-night comedy writers. But now Hollywood is getting in on the game with a spoof biopic starring Johnny Depp unveiled after the billionaire’s triumph in the New Hampshire primary.The satirical website Funny or Die began streaming the faux documentary the morning after Trump’s resounding victory Tuesday night placed him firmly back atop the Republican field of White House contenders.Kept secret during production, “Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie” is presented as a long-...
LONDON: The script of a new Harry Potter play is to be published following its world premiere in London in July, publishers announced Wednesday.“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will officially open in the West End on July 30, while the script will come out on the following day.The play tells the story of Harry Potter 19 years after the last book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” He is now married with three children and works at the Ministry of Magic.“While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a...

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