The minister of petroleum and mineral resources said Thursday that the global oil price slump was temporary, adding that it was impossible for OPEC to cut output alone to reverse the plunge without the support of other producers.“It is difficult, or even impossible, for Saudi Arabia or OPEC to undertake any measure that would lead to a reduction in (their) share of the market and an increase in that of non-OPEC producers,” said Ali Al-Naimi. Speaking to the SPA, he said while OPEC’s output had not changed in years, production by non-OPEC nations “has been increasing constantly.” He added that price fluctuations “are normal” for commodities. He said OPEC sought last month, as in the past, cooperation from other non-OPEC nations but “those efforts were not successful.” Russia has said it would not cut production even if prices fell below $60 per barrel.“The situation that we and the world...
A Cabinet decision taken two years ago granting permanent residency to foreign wives, widows and div...
A fire damaged five plastic and paper stores in the first industrial city in Dammam on Thursday.A Ci...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has strongly condemned the Taleban terrorist attack on an army-run school in Pakistan that killed 148 people including 132 children.“We have heard about the news of this terrorist attack with profound pain and grief,” said King Abdullah in a message to Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain. Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, also sent a similar messag...
Labor Minister Adel Fakeih has promised to solve the problem of delayed visas, following complaints by businessmen in Tabuk.Fakeih made the comments at the opening of a new labor office in Tabuk. Musaed bin Abdul Mohsin Al-Bazei, a Tabuk businessman, had complained that local businesses are suffering because they do not have enough staff.Al-Bazei said companies are waiting for more than 60 days for visas despite the fact...

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To catch those stealing from state coffers, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) has revealed it may ask the government to introduce legislation that would force all government officials to disclose details of their financial assets.Abdullah Al-Abdulqader, the deputy chairman of Nazaha,...
The abnormal and obsessive fear of the evil eye, or envy, makes many people in this country act in strange and irrational ways to ward off harm, say experts.This includes not wanting to wear new clothes, moving to a new home, or buying a new car. A common practice among some women is to collect the water left over after was...
Citizens here have called on the government to teach the public how to behave at accident scenes because curious onlookers often impede rescue and medical teams trying to save the lives of victims.Ahmed Fadalah said there should be more public debate on the issue. He urged people to respect emergency lanes on roads. He said...
The Supreme Court has ruled that the government must pay compensation to the victims of mistakes made by the judiciary, including people imprisoned for months after their sentences have ended.According to judicial sources quoted in the media, the ruling came after the court conducted a study on the issue. “The decision is a...
Delay in some contractors completing government construction projects has prompted calls from experts to draw a blacklist with the names of these companies. This would prevent delay in construction projects, said Mohammad Al-Qahtani, professor of International Business in King Faisal University, and one of the experts to co...
A forum on the labor and employment market in Madinah, sponsored by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman and organized by the Madinah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will be held on Feb 4 and 5 at the Meridien Hotel in Madinah.The announcement was made by chamber President Mohammed Faraj Al-Khatrawi at a press conference...
The new ATA Carnet system to be implemented on Jan. 1, would help ease the movement of goods between Saudi Arabia and other member states, a senior official from the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) told Saudi businesspeople here on Thursday.Khalid Al-Otaibi, secretary general of the CSC, made this comment during a workshop...
The head of the National Olympiad for Science Innovation (NOSI), Abdulhakeem Al-Dawoud, said here on Tuesday that as many as 6,160 projects in the field of scientific research and innovation had qualified for the second round of competition in this year's NOSI criterion challenge.The annual event conducted through the King...
Residents of Al-Safa district have called on the municipality to install sewage pipelines in their neighborhood because of the rising cost of removing waste and leaks into the streets. Siraj Abdulrahim, a resident of the neighborhood, said the entire district does not have sewage. “Every three days households search for tan...
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) will launch a bouquet of smartphone services in the first week of January, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, its director general, announced Thursday. He said the new services would work on iPhones running the iOS7 operating system or later versions.Addressing a press conference at Jeddah Hilton af...
Dar Al-Hekma University sent 36 students on a visit to the Shoura Council in Riyadh, with the goal of helping law and international relations students understand the history of the council and the methodology within which it operates in the Kingdom.The group that visited the Shoura Council was led by Sana Askool, dean of st...
The competitive marathon “Let’s Walk the Walk Together3” was organized by Jeddah’s Help Center with the participation of more than 500 people with disabilities from 18 different centers for the disabled.The marathon was organized with the support of the Makkah governor’s office, police, the Civil Defense and the Red Crescen...
The Passport Department at King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) has increased the number of counters at the international terminal from 14 to 24.Brig. Gen. Khalid Al-Muqbil, director of KKIA’s passport office, announced the development to journalists at the airport on Wednesday.The Passport Department has also introduce...

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TUNIS: Militants who have joined the Islamic State group claimed Thursday the 20...

JERUSALEM: The UN warned Thursday it was running out of funds to house families...

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced 40 backers of ousted president Muhammad Mursi...

UNITED NATIONS: Jordan formally submitted to the United Nations Security Council...

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday stepped up his rhetoric in a...

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BERLIN: The UN appealed Thursday for $8.4 billion to provide emergency aid and l...

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Students grieving for their classmates massacred by the Paki...

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people, including wome...

WASHINGTON: World leaders welcomed the groundbreaking news that the United State...

ABUJA, Nigeria: Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault,...

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SAN ANTONIO: Memphis prevailed in a triple-overtime classic at San Antonio on We...

The Money Gram-sponsored Cricket Ke Badshah T20 Tournament for the year 2015 und...

Fifteen more teams out of the big field of 56 made their debuts during the third...

Hyundai Castrol of Dennis Elmenzo beat Fuddruckers 72-53 to claim the third plac...

SCTC and ABTC-Taif will dispute the Ladies Division HMX category finals after a...

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JEDDAH: Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE soared on Thursday after the price of oil rebounded and the Riyadh government eased investors’ fears by saying it would...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia shipped more crude oil in October than a month earlier while volumes used by domestic refineries remained high allowing more oil products exports, official data showed.Saudi Arabia exported 6.897 million barrels per day of crude in October, up from 6.722 million in September, data published by the Joint...
LONDON: Brent crude pared early gains on Thursday to trade back below $62 a barrel, giving up much of a 3 percent spike in London as traders assessed whether a price rout is done.Oil this week slumped as low as $58.50 and has almost halved since June as fast-growing US shale output overwhelms demand, with losses acceleratin...
DUBAI: Slumping oil prices will not halt a massive ramp-up in Gulf infrastructure spending, as rich nations deploy huge reserves to maintain a breakneck development pace and the rest turn to buoyant funding markets.However, states are being urged to consider the most effective funding mix for these schemes in the longer ter...
Industry needs for the estimated SR45 billion for rail projects will be displayed at Saudi Rail 2015 to be held in Riyadh next month.The event is scheduled to take place from Jan. 25 to 28 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC).The Saudi Rail, an International Exhibition for Rail, Metro Lines,...
NEW YORK: Global equities markets rallied on Thursday, with Wall Street up more than 1 percent for a second straight day on what investors viewed as a favorable result from the US Federal Reserve’s most recent meeting. The Swiss franc tumbled after its central bank announced a surprise charge on deposits, wary of a flood of...
LONDON: Central bank foreign exchange reserves may have fallen last quarter for the first time since the global financial crisis, halting a decade-long shift out of dollars and threatening a key support for the euro and Australian and Canadian dollars.Ever since the dollar’s rise accelerated in July on expectations that the...
ANKARA: Turkey has brushed off concerns over the possible impact of the Russian economic crisis, saying its economy was strong enough to survive the turbulence in emerging markets.“The volatility in oil producing countries like Russia can have an impact on developing countries,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news co...
NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken direct control of a project-monitoring body to fast-track investments worth almost $300 billion and revive manufacturing in the country, two officials with direct knowledge of the matter said.Pro-business Modi has faced criticism in recent weeks that his ambition to s...
GENEVA: Switzerland’s central bank announced it was introducing negative interest rates to stop the franc getting any stronger, after the Russian ruble crisis sent investors pouring their investments into the safe haven currency.The Swiss National Bank will impose a rate of -0.25 percent on certain bank deposits on January...
ALBANY, New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said he was recommending a ban, and Cuomo said he would defer to Martens and Acting...
JEDDAH: Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi sees the current slide of oil prices as temporary and he remains optimistic about the future of the industry, state news agency SPA quoted him as saying.“I am optimistic about the future, what we are facing now and what the world is facing is a temporary situatio...
KUWAIT CITY: Gulf stock markets rebounded strongly as world oil prices steadied after plumbing multi-year lows, calming investor jitters.Dubai Financial Market Index — which had been the region’s biggest loser — rose 11.5 percent and was trading on 3,381.99 points.Market leader Emaar Properties gained 13.6 percent, while co...

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The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded last week, given jointly to Kailash Satyarthi,...
Commenting on the decline and decay of the Islamic world, Robert Reilly writes i...
Hindu nationalists may ridicule Asaduddin Owaisi with “next Jinnah” taunts, but...
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It is said that artists represent the consciousness of people. If so, then artist Helen Zughaib has accomplished this in her recent exposition: “Fractured Spring,” which, in part, examines the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and the desperate depression that followed the initial euphoria.
Zughaib’s latest work consists of paintings, many of...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

Among the number of followers, likes, and views that usually dominate our conversations, we rarely talk about how secure they are, and what would we do if we wake up one day to find that our online ID has been stolen.
For anyone who had ever used the Internet, the word “hacking” is not new. Hacking is at the heart of all cyber-security issu...

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LONDON: Singer Jennifer Lopez and real-life princess Kate Middleton have been voted the top trendsetters of 2014.
Following closely behind them was Beyoncé, who placed third on the list, but surprisingly selfie queen Kim Kardashian was featured last on the top ten list, which was based on a survey conducted on 1,000 American women by online...

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The great variety of dramatic natural phenomena proves that Mother Nature can surprise even the most seasoned traveler.
Some destinations are made especially for those who love to relax, explore and appreciate nature. Arab News lists some of the prettiest places that are works of nature around the world:

Cave of Crystals, Naica,...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Authentic Lebanese food can be hard to find at times, especially as one roams through the maze of restaurants in Jeddah. Look no further, Shababik is one of the top authentic Lebanese restaurants in town, with its name meaning the woodwork covering windows as it was in the old Dey’aah. Each household would have its own personalized woodwork different from the other households around as it was a sign of beauty and sophistication. Having trained Lebanese chefs and sous chefs in the homeland, the restaurant presents its dishes just as it would be if one was visiting any area in Lebanon.The luxury restaurant is located on the top floor of Ana Ghair Mall on Sultan Street close to Tahlia Street....
The subject of chemicals is very long and complicated. I would like you to bear with me and read on to the end of this series of articles. It is important to become aware in order to protect your children and yourself. In Part 5, I wrote about the dangers of the misuse and abuse of antibiotics by humans as well as its indirect use through cattle and chicken in order to fatten them. But, the story about drugs did not end there. I will briefly tell you more about other harmful drugs in order to complete the topic.Painkillers and anti-inflammatory and antipyretic drugs produce their own share of harmful effects. Long-term use can inflict damage on the liver, our vital organ that is our body’s...
This explosive title 'The Obesity Paradox: When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier' keeps all its promises from the very first pages. Right from the introduction, we are told things we have wanted to hear for a long time.Whether we are slim or overweight, we have all at one point wondered why fat no longer means what it used to. In the past, fat has often been associated with the idea of affluence and wealth meaning that overweight people had a good life and didn’t suffer from hunger. Women were also loved for their curvaceous body whereas nowadays fat is considered ugly and unhealthy. We live now in a world where we are conditioned to lose weight, eat low-fat food and fit in...

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The abnormal and obsessive fear of the evil eye, or envy, makes many people in this country act in strange and irrationa...
LOS ANGELES: Sony Pictures on Thursday canceled the release of a madcap comedy about North Korea that triggered chilling threats from hackers, as US investigators reportedly blamed Pyongyang for a damaging cyber-raid on the movie giant.The Hollywood studio announced the move after US theater chains said they would not screen “The Interview,” about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.The dramatic action came as several US media outlets reported that investigators now believe North Korea was behind the devastating cyber-attack that saw hackers gain access to a...
Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting. So is love. Love rules in Bollywood, but in strange ways. They came, they saw, they fell in love and then love flies out of the window!  Check out, Bipasha Basu who has been pretty unlucky in love. The Bollywood beauty did date some of the hottest men of B-town including Dino Morea and John Abraham. But, alas! The relationships did not last. And, recently she broke up with her ‘love’ — Harman Baweja. Meanwhile, gossip mills are working overtime, linking Bipasha with her ‘Alone’ co-star — Karan Singh Grover. It’s quite ironical that they are working...

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