SANAA: Yemen’s pro-government fighters have pushed out Shite rebels and their allies and retaken a southern city that’s the gateway to the port of Aden in their first significant advance since a Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes on the rebel group, officials said Tuesday.Coalition strikes, which began in March in an effort to halt the power grab by the rebels known as Houthis, also continued on Tuesday across Yemen, targeting positions of the rebels and their allies.Despite the airstrikes, the rebels had advanced toward the southern port city of Aden over the past weeks and engaged in heavy ground fighting with rival forces in several cities across Yemen. But in a counter-offensive, pro-government fighters managed to capture the city of Dhale and also the command center of the 33rd Armored Brigade, officials said.The brigade, which once controlled the city, is one of the country’s...
JEDDAH: Thousands of Saudis attended the joint funeral for 21 people on Monday who died in Friday’s...
NEW YORK: A series of anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners Monday, possibly from...
HYDERABAD, India: At least 800 people have died in a major heatwave that has swept across India, melting roads in New Delhi as temperatures neared 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit).Hospitals were on alert to treat victims of heatstroke and authorities advised people to stay indoors, with no end in sight to the searing conditions.India’s Meteorological Department said it had issued heat warnings to several states where t...
JEDDAH: The Cabinet, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, denounced Friday’s terrorist attack on a Qatif mosque and said it was aimed at undermining the Kingdom’s security and stability.“The heinous crime resulted in the killing of innocent people,” the Cabinet said in a statement. “This terrorist aggression came from the spiteful criminals who shed the blood of Muslims and targeted worshippers.”Cultu...

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RIYADH: Several Saudi intellectuals have condemned the terror attack on Ali bin Abi Talib Mosque in Qatif that resulted in the death of 21 citizens and injuries to over 100.Novelist and writer Mohamed Ali Quds said the behavior of the suicide bomber, a fellow citizen, violated the tenets of Islam an...
JEDDAH: Saudi Gulf Airlines said Monday that it would start operating flights on Nov. 1 from Dammam to Jeddah, Riyadh and one international destination, with more destinations added next year as its fleet expands.The statement follows a meeting between Sulaiman Al-Hamadan, president of the General Authority of Civil Aviatio...
CAIRO: Army chiefs of staff of Arab countries have drafted a protocol for a new joint force to intervene in Middle East hotspots on missions ranging from fighting militants to Iran-backed groups — despite lingering disagreements on some details, including where to base the force’s headquarters.The plan, drafted at a gather...
RIYADH: The Shoura Council denounced the terrorist act committed by a citizen in an Al-Qadeeh mosque in Qatif, which resulted in the death of 21 worshippers and injuries to over 100.In a statement at its 41st ordinary session, chaired by Amin Al-Jaafri, the council expressed its deepest condolences to the families of the ma...
JEDDAH: Saudis have taken to Twitter to campaign against the Islamic State (IS) terror group following the bombing of a Shiite mosque in Qatif last week.Several citizens posted messages saying that they were doing so to prevent family members and friends from joining the organization, and would report anyone who had done so...
JEDDAH: Police have arrested an Arab man, 23, in connection with Sunday’s huge fire that gutted part of the Briman junkyard, northeast of Jeddah.The man allegedly set off the fire by using a welding machine, said Lt. Col. Aati Al-Qurashi, spokesman for Makkah police.Police are still questioning the man to ascertain his role...
JEDDAH: The Education Ministry has stopped receiving requests from private school to raise their fees.The deadline for schools to seek permission to raise their fees was Saturday, said Mohammed bin Eid Al-Otaibi, director of foreign and private education at the ministry. He said the ministry would announce the names of scho...
JEDDAH: The role of the late Saudi tracker Khamis bin Rimthan in discovering oil in the Kingdom was recently highlighted by Saudi Aramco in Dammam. Abdul Aziz Al-Mugaitib, supervisor of the Saudi Aramco pavilion at the 10th Geographical Information Systems Forum, said Bin Rimthan was the first guide appointed by Saudi Aramc...
RIYADH: Education Minister Dr. Azzam Al-Dakhil signed an accord on Monday with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) under which 5,000 Saudi students will be granted scholarship and jobs in the insurance and financial sectors.The program is a new scheme in which the ministry will grant scholarships to Saudi students base...
DIPLOMAT'S CORNER: Kazakh Ambassador Bakyt Batyrshayev: • Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most?The fact that there are many similarities between the Saudi and the Kazakh people.•  Can you tell us your favorite and often-repeated Arabic word?Ahlan wa sahlan.•  Which book is by your be...
JEDDAH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has slapped a fine on a hotel in Jeddah and ordered a refund for a newly-wedded Saudi for preventing him from joining his bride inside a room rented for two nights. The guest also claimed that his car parked at the hotel was damaged by hotel workers.SCTA Direct...
JEDDAH/RIYADH/DAMMAM/JUBAIL: The International Indian School-Jeddah (IISJ) maintained the legacy of cent percent result for the fifth consecutive year at the All India Senior Secondary School Certificate (Grade XII) Examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education in March-April. The results were announced...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry will intensify its campaign against illegal business (tasattur) as it eats into the country’s economy and obstructs Saudi investment in various business sectors, Tariq bin Abdullah Al-Naeem, deputy minister for internal trade, has said.“The ministry is in the process of followin...

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TUNIS: A mentally deranged Tunisian soldier seized a gun at a barracks on Monday...

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CAIRO: Five African migrants drowned on Monday after jumping into the Mediterran...

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YANGON: Myanmar Buddhist nationalists vowed to protest against international pre...

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena flew to the island’s former...

HYDERABAD, India: At least 800 people have died in a major heatwave that has swe...

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HOUSTON: Houston’s James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points while Gol...

LONDON: England completed a remarkable win to beat New Zealand by 124 runs in th...

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RIYADH: While KYC (know your customer) remains the most accurate way to identify transactions across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) markets, the region’s compani...
JEDDAH: National Water Company (NWC) intends to start awarding projects to develop infrastructure of Jeddah and implement a number of drainage networks. NWC will create water treatment projects and implement a strategy for water tanks, including stations at 62 projects, at an estimated cost of SR9 billion.The company said i...
JEDDAH: A smart security and emergency services system, smart solutions to a cleaner environment, smart technology and a smart business connectivity for Jeddah are some of the issues under the spotlight at a two-day “3rd Smart Cities Forum” which opened here on Monday. The event is being held under the auspices of Prince Mi...
JUBAIL: The Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY) has initiated new industrial development and expansion projects.Contracts worth SR120,259,000 were signed by Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayan, chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY), with national and international companies. The new deals a...
ATHENS: Struggling Greece will keep on repaying its EU-IMF creditors for as long as it can, with some 300 million euros due next week and no deal in talks over the country’s remaining bailout funds, a spokesman said.“To the extent that we are able to pay, we will keep on repaying these obligations,” government spokesman Gab...
DEAD SEA, Jordan: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank will focus on winning more business in the UAE’s expatriate community this year as growth in the national banking sector slows, chief executive Tirad Mahmoud said.Total UAE banking sector revenues rose an estimated 14 percent to $18.1 billion last year but expansion shows signs of de...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Education and Saudi Arabian Airlines have signed an agreement to send 5,000 students on foreign scholarship program during the next five years in order to specialize in aviation and aircraft maintenance.Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil and Saudia’s Director General Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser signed...
TOKYO: Japan posted a trade deficit in April following a single-month’s surplus in March, and economists said shortfalls were likely to persist given the weakness of the yen.The 53.4 billion yen ($439.6 million) deficit in April for the world’s third-biggest economy compared with a 227.4 billion yen surplus in March, the fi...
JEDDAH: Saudi Indian Business Network (SIBN), working under the patronage of the Consul General of India, led a delegation of 30 businessmen to the recently concluded Global Exhibition on Services in New Delhi.The government of India and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, had organized the Global Exhibition on Services...
ABU DHABI: The UAE has laid out a strategic framework for a newly created space agency that aims to integrate various arms of the federation’s burgeoning space industry.Mohammed Nasser Al-Ahbabi, UAE Space Agency’s director-general, said: “The UAE Space Agency has drafted its strategic plan in line with the vision of the wi...
JEDDAH: A real estate investment specialist has confirmed that the fundamentals of the local economy “indicate renewed high levels of confidence among a wide spectrum of capital investors, despite international and regional events which had been expected to dampen enthusiasm and reduce the attractiveness of the investment e...
DUBAI: A consortium including Qatar Electricity and Water Co. and Mitsubishi Corporation will build the biggest integrated power and water plant ever constructed in Qatar at a cost of $3.15 billion, a statement from QEWC said.The plant at Umm Al Houl, 20 km south of Doha, will provide 2,520 megawatts of electricity and 136....
DEAD SEA, Jordan: King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), a special economic zone on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast near Jeddah, expects its inflow of new corporate tenants to speed up this year as the economy proves resilient to low oil prices, said Fahd Al-Rasheed, KAEC’s managing director.The fate of KAEC is a barometer of bus...
 

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NEW YORK: A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179.4 million on Monday night, and a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti set a record for most expensive sculpture, at $141.3 million.
Picasso’s “Women of Algiers (Version O)” and Giacometti’s life-size “Pointing Man” were among d...

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Internet.org claims to have made Internet available to over 800 million people in nine countries, including India, The Hindu reports.
Facebook has garnered 8 lakh (0.8 million) users in India for its Internet.org initiative that has been in the thick of the net neutrality controversy.
As part of the global initiative, Facebook had part...

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Henna has been culturally used by men and women for over 6,000 years to dye hair, nails and skin.
In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra and Nefertiti were known to have used it to color their hair and as decorative body art patterns. It was also commonly used for many centuries in India, the Middle East and Africa. Commercially packaged henna, inten...

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Ever watched “The Lion King” and wished you would explore the savannahs where Simba was born and the lush jungle where he found Timon and Pumba? Of course you have, I mean who wouldn’t want to watch lions, elephants, zebras, flamingos and so many others thrive in their habitats? The continent of Africa is diverse, it’s intense, it’s wild and bea...

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They say there is nothing a cupcake can’t fix. That seems to be the mantra of home bakers Marzan and Rubina Ahmed. The husband and wife duo in Alkhobar have been doling out their sweet treats for family and friends for quite a while.While Rubina has always had a flair for baking, Marzan discovered his talent when he once baked with his niece who was about five at that time (she’s now 12). “When we got married last summer we decided to have cupcakes at the engagement that we decorated ourselves according to the theme. When we got married Rubina joined me in Saudi Arabia and after teaming up for my cousin’s engagement, ‘baked by rubynmarz’ was established,” Marzan said, referring to the home...
In Part 7, I wrote about the benefits and healing properties of coconut oil on skin health and problems like acne, eczema, psoriasis, insect bites and superficial wounds and burns. Now, I shall talk about other aspects of this healthy oil.Virgin coconut oil’s medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) have different healing actions on many areas of the body. We saw how it produces powerful ketogenic effects on the brain cells (neurons). Ketones improve and could reverse once thought to be hopeless conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis (MS), personality disorders. VCO also enhances cognitive skills as was shown in recent studies done by Dr....
An expert has expressed serious concern at the increasing number of youngsters, particularly schoolchildren, getting addicted to smoking, and has urged the authorities to raise the prices of cigarettes.Professor Mohammad bin Jabir Yamani, chairman of Naqaa society, said: “The percentage of smokers among young people varies from 13 to 15 percent. The number is rising among school-aged children also.” He said that the society has treated around 10,000 smokers, of which 60 percent completely gave up smoking.Yamani said female smokers in the Kingdom form less than 6 percent, and hoped that the number is on the decrease. The society is working to decrease the number of smokers through targeting...

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CANNES: A French thriller spotlighting the plight of traumatized refugees building new lives, “Dheepan,” captured the Ca...
LOS ANGELES: Brad Pitt is reportedly buying Angelina Jolie a vintage seaplane for her 40th birthday next month.The ‘Fury’ star is reportedly gifting the ‘Unbroken’ director with the pricey present to celebrate her 40th birthday on June 4.The couple has already made a visit to a dealer in Europe, according to the Sunday Mirror newspaper, and are planning to keep the plane on the runway at their home in Chateau Miraval near Brignoles, France.And to make sure Angelina is able to use her present fully, Brad is also throwing in flying lessons as, although the actress and director has flying...
LOS ANGELES: Sci-fi adventure-drama “Tomorrowland” starring George Clooney went straight to the top of the North American box office on its debut weekend, estimates showed Sunday.The Disney movie, which has had mixed reviews, was projected to pull in $40.7 million over the Memorial Day long weekend, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.Directed by Brad Bird, the film tells the story of former boy genius Frank (Clooney) and the precocious Casey (Britt Robertson) in their danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of a mysterious place known only as “Tomorrowland.”The movie...

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