JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Wednesday emphasized his government’s commitment to address the issues facing businesses and adopt viable steps to woo local and foreign investment.Speaking to business leaders including chairmen of chambers and banks, the king called for the formation of a high-level committee comprising ministers and business executives to discuss all relevant matters in detail.“We are ready to look into your proposals including those to encourage investment. It’s our duty to cooperate with you in this matter. When we have an issue at home, we try to sort it out for the benefit of all,” he said.Saudi Arabia has become a hub for global investors who gain profit by investing their money in the Kingdom, the king said.King Salman reiterated that Saudi Arabia is a free economy that allows free movement of capital. “We provide equal opportunities to al...
KUWAIT CITY: Terror acts and extremism aim to divide Muslim world, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir s...
JEDDAH: The Kingdom has frozen the assets of two Hezbollah members for supporting terrorist operatio...
KARACHI: Pakistan on Thursday executed three Baluch separatists convicted of hijacking a plane in 1998, which they attempted to fly to India to disrupt Islamabad’s first nuclear tests, officials said.The executions were carried out on the 17th anniversary of the tests, which made Pakistan the world’s seventh nuclear-armed power — a landmark event for the impoverished Muslim country of 200 million people.Two of the men, Sh...
HYDERABAD, India: Eating onions, lying in the shade and crowding into rivers, Indians are doing whatever they can to stay cool amid a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.Officials say most of the 1,412 deaths have occurred in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where temperatures have soared to 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit).Officials are warning people to stay...

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JEDDAH: The multimillion-dollar fake degree scandal that is currently roiling Pakistan was first scooped by Arab News in 2009.Pakistan’s top investigative agencies are now carrying out an investigation after the New York Times (NYT) ran a report last week detailing what Arab News had already reveale...
JEDDAH: The Shoura Council is currently reviewing legislation overseeing municipal councils, and has rejected and approved several amendments proposed by the Council of Ministers.In a closed session, the Shoura committee dealing with the law rejected an amendment proposed by the Cabinet specifying that women participating i...
RIYADH: Saudi women make up 51.8 percent of registered students at public universities and 49 percent at private institutions, the Education Ministry announced recently.This has largely been due to the massive spending allocated to education by the government, continuously since the times of the founder King Abdul Aziz up t...
MADINAH: A full investigation is under way at the New Khabir General Hospital following a complaint against the hospital for negligence in the death of a male infant.The mother was in labor with twins and the first baby was delivered normally. There was evidently a problem and the doctors decided on a caesarean section but...
RIYADH: The Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum, the top photography contest in the country with prizes worth over SR1 million, is now open for online entries.Professional and amateur photographers are allowed to enter the contest. The final deadline is Sept. 30. The awards ceremony will be held at the Riyadh International Convent...
RIYADH: The introduction of Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in the Kingdom will have an impact on more than 200,000 US citizens living in Saudi Arabia.“The act will come into force when a government-to-government agreement is signed shortly between the Kingdom and the United States,” Rupert Agius-Pease, head of...
JEDDAH: Jeddah Municipality has opened ‘Bicycle Bridge’ that runs over the intersection between King Fahd and Al-Rowdah streets.Hani Abu Ras, mayor of Jeddah, officially opened the bridge on Wednesday. At the launch, he said this was the 24th bridge in five years built by the government, at a cost of SR82 million.Abu Ras sa...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will confront those who try to undermine its security and stability with an iron fist, said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior.Addressing citizens in Qatif, he said security forces have arrested most of the culprits behind Friday’s terror attack on the Imam Ali bin A...
MANAMA: Bahrain will begin cutting subsidies for goods and services to reduce state spending on its foreign population as low oil prices pressure its budget, a top official said.Bahraini citizens will receive cash payments from the state to offset price rise when subsidies are removed, said Minister of State for Information...
RIYADH: Over 130,000 Saudi contractors have shut shop because they cannot meet Saudization quotas, raising various concerns, including completion of projects.Dawud Al-Miqrin, a business development expert, has been quoted by a local publication as saying that these were the statistics for the construction industry.He also c...
RIYADH: Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil launched an initiative to encourage young people to take to entrepreneurship.The “Business Makers” initiative was launched in Jeddah through the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Endowment Fund of King Abdulaziz University.The plan would be taken to five other cities w...
JEDDAH: The bodies of three people have been found after a flash flood swept away their car in Sernan valley in the governorate of Adam.The Civil Defense in Makkah found the body of a man, 85, and his daughter, two, on Tuesday. The body of the man’s wife was found the previous day in their submerged car.Atiya Al-Ghamwi, his...
JEDDAH: An officer was killed and three of his colleagues were injured by Houthi shelling on the Rejla district in Najran on Tuesday morning, according to the Interior Ministry.Slain Capt. Mashhour Al-Qahtani and his colleagues had been collecting samples of rockets and shells in the area when they came under fire.According...

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SANAA: A sprawling police camp in Sanaa was hit by coalition airstrikes on Tuesd...

BEIRUT: Islamic State militants shot dead around 20 men inside an ancient amphit...

MUSCAT: Oman plans to deport over 1,000 foreigners found to be working illegally...

London: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday resigned as envoy...

GAZA: Israel and Palestinian militants appeared to be pulling back on Wednesday...

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GENEVA: Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari’s promised campaign to defeat...

PARIS: When three British schoolgirls trundled across the Syrian border; when a...

KARACHI: Pakistan on Thursday executed three Baluch separatists convicted of hij...

HYDERABAD, India: Eating onions, lying in the shade and crowding into rivers, In...

NEW DELHI: The Dalai Lama has urged Aung San Suu Kyi, a fellow Nobel Peace Prize...

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PARIS: Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray reached the French Open third round Thursd...

NEW YORK: Drug-tainted New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez belted another mi...

OAKLAND: The Golden State Warriors are headed to the NBA finals for the first ti...

WARSAW: Sevilla became the first side to win the Europa League four times with a...

DAMMAM: Team Honda once again proved their supremacy in the Premier Division whe...

ECONOMY »

JUBAIL: The investment volume in Jubail has reached SR560 billion, including SR501 billion for the private sector, with its petrochemical sector accounting for SR34 billi...
RIYADH: Businessmen from the UAE unfolded a package of opportunities for Saudi investors at a seminar held in Riyadh.“There are plenty of opportunities for Saudi investors in viable ventures in the UAE,” said Mohammed Nasser Hamdan Al-Zaabi, director of trade promotion and investment of the UAE ministry of economy.Quoting t...
DUBAI: Qatar’s bourse fell sharply on Wednesday after the US and Switzerland launched criminal probes against FIFA officials, while other Gulf stock markets were weak as oil prices failed to recover from Tuesday’s drop.Swiss authorities opened criminal proceedings against individuals on suspicion of mismanagement and money...
DUBAI: Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airway’s contribution to the US economy will almost double to $6.2 billion by 2020, it said on Wednesday, in an apparent counter to allegations that government subsidies gave it an unfair edge over competition.The airline will support the American economy with 23,400 jobs and $2.9 billion in 2015,...
AMSTERDAM: Airbus Group ended the suspense over the future of its CEO, saying its board had asked German-born Tom Enders to serve for at least one more term after his mandate expires in 2016.Chairman Denis Ranque announced the move at the start of an annual shareholder meeting marked by continuing efforts by the planemaker...
KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia’s rapid network expansion and huge plane orders aimed at meeting what CEO Tony Fernandes once described as “amazing” demand are in the spotlight after the carrier fell into the red for the first time since 2008.Malaysia-based AirAsia, Asia’s biggest budget airline by passenger volume, posted a net loss...
RIYADH: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), received at his office in Riyadh, Rashid Ssemuddu, Ugandan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The meeting was also attended by Hassna Alturki, executive manager for international relations to the chairman and Ahmed Altubaishi, executive assistant to the...
WASHINGTON: Germany’s Deutsche Bank AG has agreed to pay $55 million to settle civil charges of filing incorrect reports during the financial crisis that downplayed risks of huge losses.The US Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement with the big German bank, which is a prominent institution on Wall Stree...
LONDON: After securing approval of the Irish government for its takeover offer for Aer Lingus, British Airways-owner IAG must now seek the backing of the Irish airline’s other major shareholder, Ryanair, to seal the deal.The Irish government earlier agreed to sell its 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus, removing an obstacle tha...
SEOUL: South Korea’s Hyundai Motor said it has become the first carmaker to offer Google’s Android Auto system in its Sonata model sold in the US market.The company said US Android smartphone users with a 2015 Sonata sedan can now ask car dealers to download the system for free if they have a vehicle with navigation.Android...
DOHA: Qatar's stock market fell sharply on Wednesday after Swiss authorities opened criminal proceedings against individuals on suspicion of mismanagement and money laundering related to the award of rights to host the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cups.Switzerland's Office of the Attorney General said it suspected that irregu...
JEDDAH: The board of Saudi Arabia’s Almarai has approved a capital investment plan which will reach SR21 billion ($5.6 billion) in the next five years, it said.The Gulf’s largest dairy firm said the 2016-2020 program will replace their existing investment plan — which foresaw spending worth SR15.7 billion between 2013 and 2...
WASHINGTON: A slowdown in smartphone sales in China is cooling the global market for the devices, research firm IDC said.The market tracker said global smartphone sales will see a rise of 11.3 percent in 2015, following robust growth in 2014 of 27.6 percent.IDC said the overall market is still moving forward thanks to growt...
 

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We live in a modern world that is losing traces of its past bit by bit, it’s inevitable since it’s the normal evolutionary way of life. The world is progressing at a fast pace and we are engrossed in daily activities that can get us all wrapped up with the future of our endeavors and so the past is simply an illusion or a story being told by an...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

A newly-discovered glitch in Apple’s software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message.
Apple says it’s aware of the problem and is working on a fix. But some pranksters are sharing information about the glitch on social media and using it to crash other peoples’ phones.
The problem only occu...

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Summer season can be damaging to your skin and hair, but how about your fingernails? Sun, heat, and water can all cause damage to your digits.
Many women pay attention to only hair and skin to protect them from the damaging summer weather and neglect their nails. Summer is the season for exposed flip-flops and sandals; you would want to pa...

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RIYADH: The Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum, the top photography contest in the country with prizes worth over SR1 million, is now open for online entries.
Professional and amateur photographers are allowed to enter the contest. The final deadline is Sept. 30. The awards ceremony will be held at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibiti...

FOOD & HEALTH »

ABHA: While many smokers say that they can’t quit and others complain of no will power, some admit to smoking because it is seen as fashionable. It seems that sheesha and cigarettes have become the latest fashion accessory at women’s gatherings where smoking is seen as necessary.Psychologists and sociologists say that the increasing number of women who smoke for perceived social prestige is alarming.An official at Naqa, a charitable organization specializing in combating smoking, said more Saudi women than men smoke sheesha. He pointed out that the ages of smoking women is between 30 and 40, adding that large numbers of married women smoke sheesha. He explained that the situation has become...
If you are tired of eating Lebanese, Italian or even Chinese food and you have no desire for some fast food, the time has come for a real change so how about some Tex-Mex at Chili’s! Tex-Mex, incidentally, was one of the original spin-offs from Mexican cooking that has really strayed far from its roots. In other words, Mexican food and Tex-Mex are merely cousins in the culinary world. The term Tex-Mex first appeared in print in 1945.The arrival of large numbers of Mexican immigrants in Texas after 1950 prompted the opening of Mexican restaurants. This twentieth century phenomenon turned into a gourmet trend in the 1970s, a fad which has not abated and is still very much alive. People are...
JEDDAH: There are nearly 15,000 renal failure patients in the Kingdom and two-third of them undergo dialysis, said Dr. Mohammed Al-Aumi, supervisor of King Salman Kidney Center in Riyadh.Addressing a workshop organized by the Health Ministry for enhancing public awareness on kidney related diseases, he said renal failure cases are spreading all over the world.“More than 600 million people around the world currently suffer from kidney diseases and they account for 14.2 percent of global population,” Al-Aumi told participants.“It’s a silent disease that creeps into all parts of body and we’ll know its symptoms only after sometime,” he pointed out.Al-Aumi underscored the ministry’s efforts to...

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NEW YORK: German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women for the fifth straight...
DUBAI: A Palestinian woman who lives in the UAE is one of three recipients of an inaugural scholarship for Arab female filmmakers.The Hani Farsi Graduate Scholarship Fund for Arab women filmmakers, which grants graduate scholarships for UCLA’s (University of California, Los Angeles), School of Theater, Film and Television’s master of fine arts in directing, announced the successful candidates at Cannes last week.The announcement was made at the French film festival by Hani Farsi, chairman of the Mohamed S Farsi Foundation, Teri Schwartz, dean of UCLA TFT, and Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie...
LAHORE: With several Pakistani film artists setting foot in Bollywood, Fatima Effendi’s decision to turn down an offer from across the border may come as a surprise to many. The television actress was recently approached to star in a film by Bollywood director Anees Bazmee of ‘Singh is Kinng’ fame, but rejected the role as it required her to appear in a bold avatar, reported Roznama Express.Fatima said the filmmaker called her and narrated the movie’s story along with the outline of her character. After assessing the details, she refused the role, citing how she wouldn’t do anything that’d be...

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