WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will try to “turn the tide” on the Ebola epidemic Tuesday by ordering 3,000 US military personnel to west Africa to curtail its spread as China also dispatched more experts to the region.The White House said Obama will travel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta — where US Ebola victims were treated — to make the announcement, meant to spur a global effort to tackle the outbreak that has already killed 2,400 people.It comes as alarm grows that the worst-ever Ebola epidemic which spread through Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea before reaching Nigeria, is out of control. A separate strain of the disease has appeared in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Most of the US effort, which will draw heavily on its military medical corps, will be concentrated in impoverished Liberia — the worst hit nation — with plans to build 17 Ebola tre...
JERUSALEM: Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank numbered 382,031 at the end of June, up from 3...
ISTANBUL: Turkey would welcome exiled leaders of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood who have come u...
MOSCOW: Russia threatened to send more troops to its newly-annexed territory of Crimea on Tuesday, after NATO began exercises in western Ukraine while Kiev’s forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east.Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the escalation of tensions in Ukraine and the presence of foreign military near Russia’s borders made the deployment of troops a top priority in Crimea, which Russia annexed f...
EDINBURGH, Scotland: A furious fight has broken out over the question of Scotland’s future defense and its past military legacy in the final days before an independence referendum, with veterans arguing for both sides.At the forefront of the defense issue is the fate of Britain’s submarine-borne nuclear arsenal at the Royal Navy base at Faslane on the Firth of Clyde. The Scottish Nationalist Party, which has spearheaded t...

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The Council of Ministers has prioritized housing, jobs and an increased standard of living for citizens in its 10th Five-Year Development Plan from 2015 to 2020.The 24-point plan approved at its meeting on Monday, includes efforts to preserve Islamic values and teachings, promote national unity and...
A 60-year-old Saudi man who embarked on a journey by foot from Asir, south of the Kingdom, plans to reach Makkah by next week.Nasir Al-Qahtani, who reached Taif on Sunday morning, is performing Haj on behalf of his late mother and plans to celebrate the Kingdom’s National Day in Jeddah.Al-Qahtani passed by several governora...
More than 15,000 Civil Defense security personnel and officers will be deployed at the Kingdom’s holy sites from Monday in implementation of a general emergency plan during the Haj season.Maj. Gen. Suleiman Al-Amro, director-general of the Civil Defense, said personnel are on high alert to ensure pilgrim safety and to cope...
More than 30 international television channels will participate in a major awareness campaign to educate Muslims globally on the danger posed by the Islamic State terrorist organization that has taken over swaths of land in Iraq and Syria and killed hundreds of innocent people.Islamic scholars from Saudi Arabia, Europe and...
A museum here has 30,000 currencies dating back to the pre-Islamic era, including notes and coins in stone, silver and gold — the largest such collection in the country.The Dyar Al-Ezz Museum in Al-Muzahmiyya, 40 km west of Riyadh, has been licensed by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA). It also has a l...
Minister of Haj Bandar Hajjar held a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador Mustafa Yang Djibo at his office on Sunday to discuss the arrangements for Haj pilgrims from China.This year, an estimated 14,000 Chinese pilgrims will be performing the annual pilgrimage.Haj Ministry sources said that the Chinese envoy shared the oper...
Many truck drivers are still defying the traffic department by driving on the city's highways during peak hours.To avoid the traffic police, these drivers drive through residential areas to reach the highways. “They do not fear being penalized and are not pulled over,” Abu Turki, a Saudi resident, told Arab News.Saeed Al-B...
The Ministry of Haj has announced that 174,556 domestic pilgrims are performing Haj this year through an integrated-services system provided by the government.The Haj Ministry has also stepped up efforts to offer superior services to the pilgrims and upgrade the existing services.The ministry’s low-cost Haj program has attr...
The Saudi Philatelic & Numismatics Society (SPNS) marked its 50th anniversary at its headquarters in the Saudi capital on Saturday and announced that it will honor 82 individuals and newspapers for their support.“They will be honored in fitting ceremonies during the celebration of the Saudi National Day on Sept. 23 at t...
* Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most? The hospitality of the Saudi people.* What is your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word? As Salam-o-Alaikum.* Your favorite holiday destination? Dubai.* The dream city/country that you would like to be posted after Saudi Arabia? Any place that is exciting.* Which...
Border Guard patrol units were able abort an attempt to smuggle weapons into the Kingdom. Officers collected 176 pistols from the occupants of a 2014 Toyota Jeep after finding it behaving suspiciously.The car was stopped and officers inspected it for any smuggled materials. The surprise was when the pistols were found hidde...
The Jeddah Traffic Department has decided to install more Saher cameras in many of the city’s main streets to intensify its crackdown on lawbreakers.Brig. Zaid Al-Hamzi, spokesman of the department, told Arab News recently that more than 20 cameras would be installed in Andalus, Tahlia, Umm Al-Qura, Palestine, Haramain, Cro...
Dammam is gearing up to celebrate the Saudi National Day on Sept. 23 and the Eid Al-Adha festivities by opening several new gardens and squares for the public.The Eastern Province Mayoralty inaugurated 29 squares and gardens in Dammam equipped with services and amenities to mark the National Day.Fahad bin Mohammad Al-Jubair...

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JERUSALEM: Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank numbered 382,031 at the en...

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ISTANBUL: Turkey would welcome exiled leaders of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brother...

Regional security and stability will top the agenda of a two-day conference on r...

TUNIS: The prosecution service said Monday it has opened an inquiry after a fron...

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ROME: The number of hungry people in the world has fallen sharply over the past...

COLOMBO: China’s President Xi Jinping held talks Tuesday with his Sri Lankan cou...

KABUL: A suicide car bomber killed two US troops and a Polish soldier in an atta...

EDINBURGH, Scotland: A furious fight has broken out over the question of Scotlan...

ABERDEEN, United Kingdom: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday was to...

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GROS-ISLET, Saint Lucia: Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 30th Test century put the West...

KARACHI: Experienced all-rounder Shahid Afridi was named captain of Pakistan’s T...

INDIANAPOLIS: Cody Parkey drilled a 36-yard field goal as time expired on Monday...

MANILA : Paul Lee, the biggest name in the PBA free agent market this off-season...

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LONDON: World oil prices rebounded sharply on Tuesday after the head of OPEC indicated that the crude producers' organization could cut its production target for 2015.The...
Sterling fell against both the euro and US dollar on Monday, in spite of worse-than-expected data releases from both regions. With markets nervous ahead of Thursday's referendum on Scottish independence, sterling found itself drifting lower amid fears over the heightened political uncertainty a 'Yes' vote could bring. With...
CAIRO: Egypt has raised the $8.5 billion it needs to fund a project to expand the Suez Canal in just eight days, the central bank governor told Reuters on Monday.Hisham Ramez said in an telephone interview late on Monday that 61 billion Egyptian pounds had been raised after banks issued investment certificates to finance th...
NEW YORK: The vast majority of Americans have never heard of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce company which is on the verge of potentially the world's largest initial public offering.An Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters found that 88 percent were not aware of Alibaba Group Holding, which on Monday raised the price ran...
The Shoura Council has called on the Capital Market Authority (CMA) to adopt measures to prevent stock market (Tadawul) crashes, such as the 2006 downturn that saw individuals lose billions. Muhammad Al-Jeffry, the council's deputy chairman, chaired the meeting. Fahad Al-Hamad, assistant chairman of the council, said in a s...
The Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) has expressed its willingness to cooperate with the businessmen in Mauritania in organizing seminars and meetings for Saudi businessmen looking for investment opportunities in Mauritania.CSC’s President Abdulrahman Al-Zamil made his observation on Sunday during his meeting with the newly...
Saudi Arabia is the world’s second biggest producer of different dates, producing 14.1 percent of world production in 2010. But only 6.8 percent of its production is marketed abroad.In this connection, the National Center for Palms & Dates participated recently in the Asia Fruit Logistica trade fair in Hong Kong with a...
The SABB/HSBC Emerging Markets Index (EMI), a monthly indicator derived from the PMI surveys, rose to a 17-month high of 52.5 in August, from 51.7 in July. That signaled stronger growth of output across global emerging markets, led mainly by a sharper increase in Chinese service sector activity. The EMI remained below its l...
The market capitalization of shares invested by government-run agencies in Saudi stock market grew by 25.75 percent to SR791 billion by end of August (2014) compared to SR629 billion by the end of 2013, according to a financial report.The government agencies hold more than 35 percent of shares in the stock market in 13 sect...
Saudi Arabia's benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index saw a significant setback on Monday, passing through a lean session of 0.85 percent and trimming back the 11,000-mark. The index closed at 10,932.73 points.The index making lower support levels plunged to a maximum of 116 points. Its year-to-date return still remained over tw...
LONDON: Scotland's nationalists have a 45 percent chance of winning the independence referendum this week and there's a risk of a capital flight from the country if that happens, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists.Asked to quantify the odds of a "yes" and "no" vote in the Sept. 18 ballot, economists said there is...
MUMBAI: India's wholesale price inflation slowed last month to its lowest in nearly five years, data showed Monday, but the country's central bank governor dampened hopes of an interest rate cut.The Wholesale Price Index rose 3.74 percent year on year — far below market forecasts of 4.40 percent — and sharply lower than the...
SHANGHAI: Chinese oil giant Sinopec will sell a 30 percent stake in its marketing arm to outside investors for more than $17 billion, the company said, as the government pushes key economic reforms.China's Communist Party pledged at a meeting in November to allow the market to play a "decisive" role in the allocation of res...

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NEW YORK: Paintings by one of India’s most important modern artists go under the hammer in New York on Wednesday, highlights in a booming market for Asian art featured this week.
Three oils on canvas by pioneering Indian abstract artist Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde, who in 1964 based himself in New York, are being offered for auction by Christie’...

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Scientists said Tuesday a female colossal squid weighing an estimated 350 kgs and thought to be only the second intact specimen ever found was carrying eggs when discovered in the Antarctic.
The squid had been kept in optimum freezing conditions at the Te Papa museum in Wellington ever since it was brought back to New Zealand from the seas...

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Women who like to look different and change their image every once in a while are always on the lookout for the next best thing in the world of cosmetics and beauty products.

Hair chalk has been the talk of the town after many celebrities were spotted with colored hair in certain events. These include Selena Gomez, Loran Conrad and Ka...

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If you are looking to spend your vacation in a place that offers great water activity, good food, historic culture, resorts and above all, great beaches, then Mallorca is the place for you!
It offers natural beauty and long coastlines, which attract the rich and famous to its major city and small villages. The island is accessible to many w...

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White tea has been much in the news recently, with numerous studies elaborating on its medical and nutritional benefits.White tea is an immature tea leaf that is picked shortly before the buds are fully bloomed. It is named such because white tea comes from the silver fur that covers the flower buds, which turn into white when the tea is dried and ready to be used. There are different kinds of white tea depending on the flowers and buds; White Peony contains one bud for every two leaves. The best kind of white tea is made from downy buds picked within an exact of two-day period in early spring.Recent studies at Pace University have shown that there is a major health benefit of white tea...
Strolling through Panorama Mall in Riyadh, I came across Stickhouse which sells frozen ice on a stick using a new technology. This micro-crystallization process combined with the absence of air and the exclusive use of natural ingredients produce an intensely flavorful ice cream and deliciously fruity sorbets.Stickhouse, which was founded in 2008, is already present in 73 countries including the Arab world, Malaysia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Philippines and Spain. Stickhouse has opened stores in the Kingdom’s main cities: Riyadh, Jeddah and Makkah.Their ice cream and sorbet are guaranteed without preservatives, colorings, vegetable fats, synthesis emulsifiers, gluten and...
The Kingdom has 15,000 kidney-failure patients, compared with only 50 donors a year, said a high-ranking official at a prominent organ donation organization.“This is why it is vital to educate citizens on the importance of organ donation,” said Abdul Aziz Al-Turki, chairman of Ethar.“The society speaks with the relatives of clinically dead patients through a committee in a bid to increase the number of donors,” he said.“A single brain-dead patient can save the lives of nine other patients who are in dire need of different vital organs, such as the heart, liver, kidney, lungs and cornea.”Al-Turki was speaking during an open seminar that was recently held in Alkhobar ahead of a major regional...

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‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’. This saying perfectly applies to a young Saudi woman who had...
Almost a week after her concert in Dubai, it has hardly left any lasting impression, even though the media tried to hype her visit as much as possible. “She gave the audience a show of a lifetime”, commented Dubai Chronicle, while Emirates 24/7 described her show as “nothing short of artistry, drama, madness of fans gyrating to the tunes of her chartbusters.” Lady Gaga’s first, long-awaited concert in Dubai took place at the Meydan Racetrack, a place made for horse racing events that proved impractical for a pop concert. The stage was on the left of the VIP section, giving only the standing...
LONDON: Live streaming, video replays, Instagram and Twitter updates from the front row — there are many ways to follow fashion shows these days, but nothing compares to the blood-pumping spectacle of being there in person.Almost two-thirds of shows on the schedule at London Fashion Week this season were live streamed, raising the question for fashionistas racing from venue to venue on towering heels whether it is really worth it.The late Alexander McQueen aside, London rarely sees the extravagant productions seen in Paris or New York.And the perks are not what they used to be. Free goodie...

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