STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s new government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.The EU member became the third Western European nation, after Malta and Cyprus, to do so, reflecting growing international impatience with Israel’s nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said Sweden made the move because Palestine had fulfilled the international law criteria required for such recognition.“There is a territory, a people and government,” she told reporters in Stockholm.Israel was quick to condemn Sweden’s announcement, with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman describing it as “a miserable decision that strengthens the extremist elements and Palestinian rejectionism.”“It’s a shame that...
Saudi Arabia ranks ninth among Arab countries in terms of gender equality, according to data release...
In a major crackdown, the Labor Ministry launched on Tuesday an inspection campaign targeting a lead...
The third phase of the King Abdullah Project for the expansion of the mataf, the circumambulation area around the Kaaba, began this week.Contractors have removed several old structures between the Safa hillock and the central area facing the King Fahd expansion site.Sultan Al-Qurashi, project manager at the Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque, said the third phase of the project include...
A Saudi man, who left the Kingdom 18 months ago to join the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, has died, leaving behind six daughters, according to a report.Al-Zahrani, 42, was killed in Kobani, the main theater of war at the Turkey-Syria border where the IS is fighting coalition and Kurdish forces. Al-Zahrani had left his family and job at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh to join the terrorist group. During his...

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Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who wrapped up a brief visit to Riyadh, met with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and senior government officials soon after his arrival at the Riyadh airbase on Tuesday night.Sheikh Sabah was welcomed on arrival by Crown Prince Salman, de...
Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, Saudi ambassador to the UK, has ordered an investigation into the case of scholarship student Hamad Saleh Al-Yami and his family, after they were attacked by armed men in Birmingham.Hamad’s daughter was injured in the attack.Al-Yami’s wife said her family wants to return back home immediately, cla...
In a strange twist to the issue of domestic violence, reports of women beating up men have recently come to light, prompting widespread public debate. Wai center for social consultations stated that it received more than 557,000 complaints from abused men. However, Nouf, a teacher, rejected the claims. “Women tend to avoid...
A Saudi father who works as a school guard has forced his children to beg and tortured them for disobeying him, relatives told Arab News.The father divorced the children’s mother three years ago after subjecting her to domestic violence and then took away the kids denying her the right to see them.He even forced his son, wh...
Haj volunteers came together at an event in Makkah organized by the Makkah chapter of the India Fraternity Forum (IFF).In his inaugural remarks, Shareef Al-Fadhl, an educationist and director of Al-Fadhl International School, Makkah, said: “Dedicated and timely service of the IFF volunteers during the Haj has been outstandi...
Sri Lanka is to introduce a pension scheme for its overseas workers, including those who are in the Kingdom.President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his capacity as finance and planning minister, announced the scheme when he presented the 2015 budget proposals in Parliament recently. Amal Senadilankara, chairman of the Sri Lanka Bur...
Mozambique is seeking to increase efforts to strengthen existing bilateral ties with Saudi Arabia, according to Mozambican Ambassador Cesar Gouveia.“We have an embassy in the Saudi capital, and the Kingdom has its technical mission in Mozambique to explore the possibilities of strengthening bilateral ties,” he told Arab New...
Some Hajis from the Indian state of Assam, who had been stranded at Jeddah’s airport for the last four days because of a technical snag in their flight, finally flew out Wednesday night.Their flight was originally scheduled to depart from Jeddah on Sunday.Earlier, the distraught pilgrims spoke to Arab News narrating their o...
Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, minister for the National Guard, has affirmed that the National Guard and all wings of the country's armed forces are well prepared for any emergency that may occur in the near future.He said the National Guard works in cooperation with the Interior Ministry as a unified team to address any emergi...
The Ministry of Health admitted Wednesday that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) remains a significant threat to public health in the Kingdom, particularly in Taif.The ministry said its Command and Control Center (CCC), responsible for coordinating the response to MERS, is concerned about breaking...
Eighty-six percent of the country's firms have now complied with the government's Saudization quotas under its Nitaqat program, the Ministry of Labor announced recently.Ahmad Al-Humaidan, undersecretary for labor affairs, said these firms are in the minimum, medium and high green zone, and platinum zone. Only 14 percent of...
The National Water Company (NWC) and Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) have signed a joint deal whereby the NWC will supply Aramco with processed water in quantities ranging from 11,000-20,000 cubic meters a day, Saudi Press Agency said.Aramco will use the processed water in its various crude oil processing operatio...
Turkmenistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia are at an all-time high in the modern era, the country’s envoy said here on Tuesday.Ambassador Nazarkuly Shakuliyev said current ties are based on centuries of contact between the people of the Arabian Peninsula and Central Asia.Speaking at celebrations of the country’s national da...

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JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Wednesday to make no...

DAMASCUS: At least 37 people, including children, were injured in a car bomb att...

DUBAI: A Dubai court jailed a Pakistani for 15 years for smuggling heroin in bag...

SANAA: Shiite rebels seized a city in central Yemen Wednesday seen as a strategi...

BENGHAZI: At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when rockets struck severa...

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NEW DELHI: When Indira Gandhi was gunned down by her bodyguards on October 31, 1...

KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka: There was no hope of finding survivors after a mudslide tor...

AHMEDABAD: India was Wednesday shifting thousands of people out of the way of Cy...

YANGON: The wife of a reporter shot by Myanmar soldiers while in army custody de...

NEW DELHI: India’s government on Wednesday handed a top court a secret list of 6...

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JEDDAH: Desert Warriors went down fighting to ARM by six runs in the Ace Travel...

RIYADH: Lahore Lions scored a thrilling six-wicket win over King Faisal Speciali...

LOS ANGELES: The San Antonio Spurs picked up right where they left off, collecti...

MANILA: Playing free-wheeling basketball practically the entire night, Rain or S...

KANSAS CITY, Missouri: Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run single and Eric Hosmer lined a...

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LONDON: OPEC’s oil production is unlikely to change much in 2015 and there is no need to panic at the crude price drop, OPEC’s secretary general said on Wednesday, adding...
RIYADH: Sun-blessed Saudi Arabia has no choice but to invest in solar energy, a senior official of the national electricity provider said."Solar energy is a must, not a choice," Hamed Al-Saggaf, an executive director with the Saudi Electricity Company, told a conference on sun power.The Kingdom is entirely dependent on oil...
The Saudi stock market continued its downward momentum and fell for a third consecutive session on Wednesday.Despite an upward jump (+52.9 points) after the opening bell, the Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) finished with 81.7 points or 0.80 percent reduction to 10,081.96.All Saudi sectors performed negatively, except Hotel...
Saudi Arabia ranked 49 among the 189 countries surveyed for the latest World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business” report as Singapore topped the list.Singapore with 88.27 points occupies the top position in the ease of doing business followed by New Zealand, Hong Kong, Denmark and South Korea respectively.The UAE, ranked 22, lea...
DUBAI: The chairman of Dubai's biggest real estate developer, Emaar Properties EMAR.DU, said he welcomed talk of a slowdown in the emirate’s property market and vowed to keep supplying new homes to help hold prices at "a reasonable level".Dubai real estate has gone from boom to bust to boom again in the space of eight years...
PARIS: French oil company Total’s new chief will visit oil-rich countries to cement links with their leaders after the sudden death of his predecessor and will go ahead with cost cuts after falling oil prices squeezed third-quarter profits.Europe’s second-largest oil company elevated former refining head Patrick Pouyanne to...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), received at his office, Mohammed Hassen Kebira, ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to Saudi Arabia, who was accompanied by Deme Muleta, Minister Counselor. Nahla Nasser Alanbar, private executive assistant to the chairman and Fahad...
LONDON: Growth in Britain’s private sector has slowed to its weakest since March, an industry survey showed in another sign the rapid rebound over the past year is giving way to a more sustainable pace of expansion.The Confederation of British Industry said its October growth indicator fell to +19, above its long-run averag...
NEW DELHI: Soured loans in India’s banking system are at a three-year high, global credit rating agency Moody’s said, as it warned that a muted economic recovery means the sector’s outlook could stay bleak.Worries have been mounting about the threat to Indian banks from delinquent corporate loans in the state-dominated bank...
India, which agreed with Saudi Arabia to hold frequent consultations in energy sector, has announced plans to buy more crude from Saudi Arabia in near future.This was disclosed by Dharmendra Pradhan, Indian minister of state for petroleum and natural gas, in an exclusive interview with Arab News, at the Conference Palace he...
Trade exchange between Saudi Arabia and South Korea has exceeded $47 billion (SR176.25 billion), or 11 times of the trade that existed in 1991, a senior Saudi government official told a forum in Seoul, South Korea, Saudi Press Agency reported.Addressing the Saudi-South Korean business forum, which kicked off here Wednesday,...
SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Chief Financial Officer David Wehner said the social network faces a “more difficult comparison” in the current quarter compared with a year earlier, triggering a selloff in the company’s shares.Wehner said on a conference call after Facebook reported third-quarter earnings that revenue for the curre...
TOKYO: Food giant Nestle said that its Japan unit would hire 1,000 robots as sales clerks at stores across the country.The first batch of the robots — a chatty humanoid called Pepper — will report to work by the end of this year at outlets that sell coffee capsules and home espresso machines.“From December, they will start...

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It is clear that as 2015 approaches the Saudi education system remains ill-equip...
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GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Among the mountains of rubble littering Gaza after a deadly summer war, clay outlines emerge of men, women and children with a story to tell about fear, flight and destruction.
Though his sculptures, which are made of fiberglass and covered with clay, Iyyad Sabbah relates the pain of those who lived throu...

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LONDON: If a window seat is enough to make you nervous on a flight, you might want to avoid a new kind of plane that could fly in as soon as a decade.
UK-based tech innovation company Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) hopes to be among the first to design a windowless aircraft. Instead of windows, the plane would have high-definition, fle...

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Social media fashionista and fashion blogger Anoud Badr is the designer behind the fashion brand Lady Fozaza, launched in 2011 featuring an exclusive collection of statement blazers worn by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Lebanese pop singer Nancy Ajram.
Badr, half-Saudi, half-Lebanese also designs abayas, and has recently launched her...

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Fall is a season which most tourists traveling to Europe neglect to appreciate often yearning for the sunshine or snow and overlooking the beautiful falling leaves and chilly weather.
However, autumn is the best season to discover Europe’s culture, food and architecture. This season is great for the cheaper prices and fewer crowds.
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PARIS: Drink lots of milk to strengthen your bones and boost your health, doctors say.But a study in The BMJ medical journal Wednesday said Swedes with a high intake of cow’s milk died younger — and women suffered more fractures.The findings may warrant questions about recommendations for milk consumption, although further research is needed, its authors said, as the association may be purely coincidental.A Swedish team used data taken from 61,000 women aged 39-74 and monitored for about 20 years, and more than 45,000 men aged 45-79 followed for 11 years.The volunteers gave details about diet and lifestyle, body weight, smoking habits, exercise frequency, education level and marital status....
Authentic Greek food has made its way all the way from Greece to the tables of Eat Greek restaurant in Dubai. Located in the newly opened outdoor mall, The Beach at JBR, the two-story casual dining restaurant has a prime place on the beach with a commanding view of the glittering Arabian Gulf and the iconic Palm Jumeirah. Eat Greek offers an outdoor dining area overlooking The Beach at JBR with basic steel chairs, square wooden tables and umbrellas to keep you from the glazing Dubai sun during the lunch time. Once inside the restaurant, you cannot miss the rustic urban feel, thanks to the basic wooden chairs, square wooden tables and long leather sofas. You will fall in love with the reused...
You’ve tried everything, counted sheep, drunk herbal teas and even taken sleeping pills but nothing has helped you with your insomnia. Doctors and specialists say most insomnia cases are caused by stress and excessive use of caffeine. “Sleep is essential for both mental and physical health. Researches are constantly looking for new and developed ways to help people sleep the average 6 to 8 hours a night but this seems like hard work,” said Saudi physician Dr. Taris Rashid. “Some people have trouble sleeping while others cannot stay asleep which is really dangerous because sleep is a major solution for many problems. It strengthens and stabilizes your immune system, sharpens your brain,...

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LOS ANGELES: A fledgling film distributor announced Monday that it will sneak a little indie film you’ve never heard of...
LOS ANGELES: Oscar-nominated Australian actor Hugh Jackman has been treated for skin cancer for a third time in a year, a spokesman said Tuesday.The 46-year-old first had a basal cell carcinoma (BCC) removed last November, when he posted a picture on Twitter of himself with a plaster on his nose. He did the same in May.His spokesman Alan Nierob confirmed to AFP that Jackman had been treated for a third time. He declined to give any other details, but E! News cited a representative as saying that the star is now “all good.”BCC is the most common form of skin cancer, with over 2 million cases...
ROCKFORD, Michigan: A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13 and they say they’ll be surprised if their all-boy streak is snapped.The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/1wLt00x ) that Jay and Kateri Schwandt’s baby is due May 9 and they plan to follow their tradition of not finding out whether it’s a boy or girl in advance. They say they would welcome either into the family.Kateri Schwandt says: “If we were to have a girl, I think we would go into shock.”Jay Schwandt said he would love to have a girl, but they’re just “hoping for a healthy baby.”The family lives...

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