GENEVA: Conflicts and violence in places like Syria and Ukraine have displaced a record 38 million people inside their own countries, equivalent to the total populations of New York, London and Beijing, a watchdog group said Wednesday.Nearly one third of them — a full 11 million people — were displaced last year alone, with an average of 30,000 people fleeing their homes every day, the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) said in a report.“These are the worst figures for forced displacement in a generation, signalling our complete failure to protect innocent civilians,” said Jan Egeland, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council which is behind the IDMC.Internally displaced people (IDPs) is a label given to people who remain in their homeland, as opposed to refugees, who flee across borders.Today there are nearly twice as many IDPs in the world as refugees, the IDMC re...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman warned on Tuesday that a nuclear deal with Iran that d...
Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri confirmed on Sunday that there was an assassination attem...
RALEIGH, North Carolina: A man charged with killing three Muslim college students appears to have held his gun to the heads of two victims when he pulled the trigger after shooting the first in the doorway, according to autopsies released Wednesday.The reports on the Feb. 10 shootings in Chapel Hill show that 21-year-old Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her sister, 19-year-old Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, died of contact wounds...
BERLIN: German police arrested four people Wednesday accused of belonging to a far-right “terror” organization that acquired explosives for attacks on Muslims and refugee homes, the federal prosecutor’s office said.“In the search, pyrotechnics with large explosive power and further pieces of evidence were confiscated,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.“To what extent the suspects had set targets or dates for at...

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Several top companies are offering over 5,500 jobs here to graduates of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).A total of 136 companies are participating in the university’s 32nd Career Fair, which started on Monday and runs until Thursday. As many as 900 Saudi graduates are able...
Firms would be allowed to hire 15 Yemeni workers without affecting their Nitaqat status, the Ministry of Labor has announced, according to media reports on Tuesday.However, the Yemeni workers must have travel documents approved by their embassy and register with the Saudi Labor Ministry. They must have special visit visas i...
Mortar shells and Katyusha missiles fired by Houthi rebels across the Yemeni border have hit a field hospital, school, cars and houses in the town of Najran, the Saudi-led coalition said on Tuesday.Brig. Gen. Ahmed Assiri, coalition spokesman, said there were no casualties in the town. However, there were injuries reported...
The Shoura Council on Tuesday highlighted the need for creation of middle and high category posts at the Board of Investigation and Prosecution (BIP) for its smooth function. The decision was made by the council following its 36th session, which was presided over by the council President Abdullah Al-Asheikh. The members dis...
Thoraya Obaid has become the first woman to be appointed as the head of the human rights committee at the Shoura Council. She was unanimously elected by the committee members. Shoura member Saud Al-Shammari was quoted by local media as saying that the appointment of a woman as president of one of the Shoura Council committe...
French President Francois Hollande, who met Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in Riyadh on Monday, held a series of talks with senior government officials in the capital in a bid to strengthen bilateral ties in several fields of mutual interest Tuesday.During the talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Hollan...
Drifters are continuing to run amok in several Madinah neighborhoods, endangering their own and other people’s lives, say residents and citizens.Most of these drivers are teenagers who perform stunts after school hours on roads in local neighborhoods included Prince Turki, Tebah and Aziziah. Many youngsters were also respon...
The general supervisor of the Human Rights Commission in Madinah, Sharaf Al-Grafi, has disclosed the increasing number of cases of rights abuses and other infractions being registered at the branch.Complaints and administrative issues rank first among these cases. Al-Grafi said that in 2014 they received 143 cases from men...
Shops specializing in beverages and liquids have seen an increased number of customers after announcing that they have products which increase sexual ability.Specialists warn that these claims only serve the interests of merchants and may in fact pose a health risk to consumers.Some of these products are called “Local Viagr...
The Saudi Red Crescent has decided to cancel its project to deliver babies at the homes of women because it lacks the specialized staff.The decision was taken after consulting several specialists at private hospitals, said Ibrahim Al-Yehiya, director general of the Red Crescent’s emergency medical services administration, a...
Batterjee Medical College for Science and Technology (BMC) recently celebrated the graduation of its fourth group of students.The event was held under the auspices of Sobhi Batterjee, chairman of the board of trustees, and in the presence of parents and other guests at Sheikh Abdul Jalil Batterjee Auditorium on the BMC camp...
Saudi Arabia has the seventh-highest number of diabetes sufferers in the world, according to a local doctor.Those afflicted with the chronic illness make up 24 percent of the population, said Duha Bably, a family medicine consultant, speaking on Monday during the opening ceremony of a three-day conference on managing diabet...
Two people were killed and the same number injured when a fire broke out in a four-story building in the Souk district of DammamThe casualty could have been bigger, but thanks to the civil defense team which arrived quickly and rescued seven people.A spokesperson for the Eastern Province Civil Defense team, Mansour Al-Dossa...

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WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is offering rewards of up to $20 million fo...

DUBAI: One of Iran’s most prominent human rights activists, Narges Mohammadi, ha...

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DUBAI: The UAE says its planned 2020 mission to Mars will study the planet’s atm...

BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar Assad acknowledged Wednesday what he said were r...

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MADRID: Rafael Nadal returned to his clay-court comfort zone on Wednesday starti...

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TURIN, Italy: Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez struck a goal apiece as Juventus bo...

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RIYADH: Saudi investment firms are unlikely to see immediate benefits from the opening of the Kingdom's stock exchange, the CEO of Jadwa Investment told Reuters, with the...
RIYADH: Major Saudi Arabian construction firm Abdullah A. M. Al-Khodari Sons expects the government to compensate it for some of the costs of labor reforms, a senior executive said, in a sign authorities aim to cushion the economic impact of the reforms.Since 2011, the government has stepped up efforts to push more Saudi ci...
RIYADH: Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) is looking for investment opportunities to offset financial pressures on its core electricity business, its chief executive said."Because we are squeezed and are in desperate need ˝of financial resources...we would like to diversify our portfolio through investment opportunities, to make...
The tenth edition of Euromoney Saudi Arabia conference concluded here on Wednesday, with a firm belief that multisectoral reforms to diversify the Kingdom's economy, an approach to look beyond the oil sector, will add value to the local market with financial dynamism.Experts in the first session of the concluding day on sov...
RIYADH: National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) plans to make a debut sukuk issue worth up to SR3.9 billion ($1.04 billion) this quarter, the company's Vice CEO for Finance Mohammad Alotaibi said. "Hopefully in this quarter," he told Reuters when asked about the timing of the issue."This is our first time in the s...
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's stock market regulator said on Wednesday it had approved an initial public offering of shares in an aviation ground handler, which is set to be the third flotation this year in the Kingdom.Saudi Ground Services Co., a unit of national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines, plans to sell 30 percent of its shar...
The benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) dug in at 9,781.69 and ended its Wednesday’s trading up over 30 points or 0.31 percent.On year-to-date basis, the TASI’s yield reached 17.38 percent.Large cap remained prominent among market cap indices, the GulfBase said in its market commentary.Most of the major sectors closed...
General Electric and Saudi Arabia have a decades-long partnership that has strengthened and diversified over the years. GE is committed to making the Kingdom more competitive on a global scale by driving and increasing localization in people, products and processes by 2024.The GE Manufacturing Technology Center (GEMTEC) in...
DUBAI: MasterCard Inc. has doubled the number of its cards to about 100 million in the Middle East and Africa in the past three years, where it has begun setting up partnerships with governments to provide access to its payments system.That is still a small share of MasterCard's around 2.2 billion cards in use globally. But...
The HSBC Group has published a report analyzing the mid-market enterprises (MMEs) in Saudi Arabia. The study comes as part of a 15-country research sponsored by HSBC Group and developed with Oxford Economics, and is considered the first of its kind in terms of its focus on MMEs. For the purposes of the study, MMEs were defi...
DOHA: Qatar Airways would be interested in buying up to 49 percent of India's IndiGo though the owners of the sub-continent's largest carrier by market share have no immediate plans to sell, the Doha-based airline's chief executive said on Wednesday.IndiGo, owned by hospitality and travel company InterGlobe Enterprises and...
Jeddah is gearing up to host Saudi Building & Interiors Exhibition (SBIE). Set from May 11-14, it aims to offer a comprehensive range of construction and building materials, and interior designs.Jeddah’s Centre for Forums & Events is the venue for the 24th event, which is being held with the support of Jeddah Gov. P...
FRANKFURT: German luxury carmaker BMW increased its profits in the first quarter thanks to strong demand for its expensive SUVs and higher sales in the US and Britain as well as in a recovering European market.Net profit rose 4 percent compared with the same period last year, to 1.515 billion euros ($1.70 billion), the comp...

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Saudi photographer Reem Bajabaa has taken the Saudi wedding scene by storm with her artistic touches in nuptial photography. Her style is an attraction for many brides-to-be who queue outside her office waiting to book her for their big day.
She specializes in capturing precious and behind the scene moments at weddings. Bajabaa’s photos are...

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MUMBAI: Facebook Inc. opened up its Internet.org platform to new websites and applications from developers on Monday, a move the social media giant said would boost efforts to get people online in low-income and rural areas in emerging markets.
However, the decision drew criticism from some online activists in India who expressed concern ov...

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The buzz of high-end fashion is making waves nowhere but in the Middle East region as it emerges as the next biggie when it comes to driving both creativity and commerce associated with it. It’s no wonder then that there is no dearth of creative newcomers joining the industry on a daily basis and turning things around in their own high-powered s...

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It was once known as a hermit kingdom as South Korea was isolated from the rest of the world. However, now the Republic of Korea is one of the finest tourist destinations in the world.
With the opening of the floodgates for millions of visitors every year to the beautiful isle nation in Far East Asia, the Korean tourism sector is a flourish...

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Shops specializing in beverages and liquids have seen an increased number of customers after announcing that they have products which increase sexual ability.Specialists warn that these claims only serve the interests of merchants and may in fact pose a health risk to consumers.Some of these products are called “Local Viagra” because they supposedly contribute to a happy marital life.Some people have wondered about the absence of control and why the authorities are quiet about the sale of these products.Dr. Khalid Ali Almadani, vice chairman of the Saudi Society for Food and Nutrition, said there was no scientific basis for these claims. He said it was well known that many juices and foods...
Saudi Arabia has the seventh-highest number of diabetes sufferers in the world, according to a local doctor.Those afflicted with the chronic illness make up 24 percent of the population, said Duha Bably, a family medicine consultant, speaking on Monday during the opening ceremony of a three-day conference on managing diabetes at King Fahd Medical City.Bably said Kuwait came in at ninth, followed by Qatar in 10th. “It is expected that the Kingdom might rank sixth internationally in 2035, with the rate increasing to 24.5 percent,” she said.She said there is a myth that diabetes is the illness of the rich and wealthy. There has been an 80 percent increase in diabetes in medium and low-income...
Summer is one month away so you still have some time to get in shape for this season. The season of lounging and being lazy is over.“Layered clothes will no longer cover the extra weight you gained last winter,” said nutritionist Raneem Abdulmajeed. “It is time to pay close attention to what goes into your mouth. Skip the sugar, fat and carb and focus on being healthy,” she added.The nutritionist gives us a list of delicious meals that are easy to prepare and help shed the extra weight.Omelet with Broccoli and Feta Cheese with a side of Brown Toast Bread“Always start the day with a healthy and nutritious breakfast. This meal takes maximum 15 minutes to prepare and will keep you energized...

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VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis pulled off some trick moves in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday.He had great instructors: The...
Christie’s Auction House is a name that has always championed the sale of the finest art and the most extraordinary jewelry for over 200 years. It has made a name for itself in collecting historic pieces of art, jewelry of kings, queens and historical figures and priceless artifacts from dynasties that once ruled the lands. The repertoire at Christie’s has kept its name on the top of the list of auction houses worldwide and the selected caretakers are ones that are reputable, their unparalleled expertise, keen eyes and knowledge that keeps with Christie’s fine tradition. Christie’s auctions...
NEW YORK: Never let it be said that Rihanna doesn’t know how to make an entrance.On a night when big stars were a dime a dozen — try George and Amal Clooney, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Cher — the pop singer still managed to pull the red carpet out from under the rest of them at the Met Gala on Monday when she swooped in wearing a fur-trimmed yellow cape with floral swirls of gold and a train so long it required three wranglers.The ensemble came with a little pink mini-dress underneath, and a sparkling tiara. In keeping with the evening’s theme — China, and its artistic influence on the West — the...

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