RIYADH: Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman has issued a directive allocating SR3.5 billion to support livelihood projects for needy families.Social Affairs Minister Majed Al-Qassabi made this announcement during a visit to the Janadriyah festival.He said that SR2 billion would be for small projects for needy families and SR150 million for household capital and to acquire facilities and raw materials.Al-Qassabi listened to the views and the difficulties faced by families and he promised that they would receive all the assistance they need.“I’ll make sure that you receive what you need following the directive issued by King Salman,” he said.He directed ministry officials and the director of the Saudi Credit Bank to take notes and start developing a comprehensive report on the needs of the families concerned. He also toured the pavilion that showcases activities of the ministry as we...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will host the first meeting of the 34-member Islamic Military Alliance next mon...
JAZAN: Seven lives were snuffed out and several others sustained injuries as a gunman went on a kill...
BRUSSELS/RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has decided to increase its military contributions to the campaign against Daesh, including offering to expand its role in the air campaign, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s spokesman said on Thursday after bilateral talks.Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Carter at a gathering of coalition defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels.“The secretary thanked the deputy crow...
MUNICH: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the specter of a “permanent war” or a “world war” if powers failed to negotiate an end to the conflict in Syria and warned against any ground operations by US and Arab forces.Medvedev, speaking to Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper on the eve of a security conference in Munich, said the US and Russia must exert pressure on all sides in the conflict to secure a cease-fire...

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RIYADH: The ongoing Janadriyah national heritage and culture festival welcomed German government representatives as the guests of honor, marking a new era in Saudi-German ties.Detlef Daues, chief executive officer of a German business group, said: “It is indeed an honor to be part of such a prestigi...
RIYADH: Highlighting the importance of caring, preservation and better maintenance of mosques located along highways in the Kingdom, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) and the Masajedna Foundation will honor excellence in such upkeep.“A joint meeting of senior officials from SCTNH and the Masajed...
ABHA: Women graduates in Asir say they are looking for private companies to hire them for online jobs which can be done at home.They asked businessmen to open new production lines for women in both factories and banks.The women said that this would contribute to hiring of female graduates in new fields, and to opening new c...
ABHA: Deviant groups have attempted to attract Saudi women to carry out terrorist operations by various means and in sinister ways.Many women have been found to have been recruited by terrorist groups inside and outside the Kingdom.Islamic scholar Mohammed Al-Dabash pointed out that Islam has honored women and given her ful...
RIYADH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has written a patriotic poem to inspire Saudi troops at the southern borders.Titled, “I wish to be with you,” the poem infuses encouragement in the hearts and minds of troops guarding the borders in Najran, Asir and Jazan.It also expresses in tender and lucid lines the poet’s desi...
RIYADH: A delegation of senior officials from King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) visited the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) to discuss cooperation between the two institutions on sustainable energy in the Kingdom to reduce dependence on traditional crude oil-based energy...
RIYADH: The Office of the Education Department in eastern Taif has launched a program called “Fatin” which aims to protect students from intellectual threats around them.Fahhad Al-Zuibi, director at the Office for Education said, “The program aims to insulate students, especially the bright and gifted ones, from bad influen...
RIYADH: The Taif theater group won two awards when it participated recently in the ninth edition of a theatrical festival in Bahrain. The group, which represented the Kingdom in the theatrical festival, mounted a play production titled “Out of Control” which was written by Fahd Al-Harthy and directed by Sami Al-Zahrani. The...
RIYADH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar inaugurated the first festival for families with handicapped members at the King Fahd Cultural Center (KFCC) on Wednesday evening. The festival, which will last for three days, features a bazaar that displays handicrafts and other products made by families which have members with...
RIYADH: A separate department to provide enhanced security to the Kingdom’s schools will be set up in all educational regions, Education Minister Ahmad Mohamed Al-Issa announced on Wednesday.Under the new directive, such departments will be established in all education regions in the Kingdom to provide maximum security to p...
RIYADH: Under a new ministerial ruling, payment of the minimum capital for industrial development is to be abolished.To support industrial development, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a ministerial decree eliminating the requirement of the minimum capital for the industrial facilities.Commerce and Industry Mini...
JEDDAH: The father of a student at Imam Nafie Primary School in Taif’s Qumariya neighborhood is upset because the teacher who had hit his son in the face has gone unpunished.Fahad Muhaimeed Al-Nufaei was quoted as saying to local media that the teacher beat his son and a number of other students because they raised their vo...
JEDDAH: While the Ministry of Education sees privatization of education as a positive development, there are investors who express there cautious reluctance by saying there would be intense competition in the field and the returns might be less than desired.Speaking on the recent proposal to privatize education, Khaled Al-S...

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JERUSALEM: Israel on Thursday charged two Arab Israeli schoolgirls with the atte...

ANKARA: Two alleged people-smugglers went on trial in Turkey on Thursday accused...

ANKARA: Turkey’s patience may run out over the crisis in Syria and it could be f...

CAIRO: Yemeni pro-government forces backed by Saudi-led airstrikes seized contro...

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Mumbai: Shamima Kausar, mother of Ishrat Jahan who was killed in a police encoun...

TAINAN, Taiwan: The death toll from a weekend earthquake in Taiwan rose to 59 on...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf was briefly hospitalized...

NEW DELHI: An Indian soldier, rescued nearly a week after being buried in eight...

PAJU, South Korea: North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a fact...

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DOHA: Norwegian Alexander Kristoff sprinted to the fourth stage victory in the T...

JEDDAH: Avengers won a thrilling Category C game that went to overtime against D...

RIYADH: King Khaled Specialist Hospital, Blues, thrashed Riyadh Aces by 76 runs...

JEDDAH: Cystal-Rock n Roll became the fourth different team to claim Team of the...

JEDDAH: In SIFF Rabea Tea A division, reigning champion TSS Real Kerala FC defea...

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NEW YORK: US crude oil prices were down as much as 4 percent on Thursday, approaching 12-year lows hit last month, weighed down by brimming US crude inventories and a Gol...
LONDON: Glencore has taken another step to reduce its debt by selling $500 million of future precious metals output, and deepened oil production cuts after prices fell further.Glencore said it planned to produce about 8.5 million barrels of oil in 2016, down 20 percent from last year and lower than the 9.6 million it had es...
SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter’s woes deepened as the struggling messaging platform said it failed to add users in the past quarter, adding to concerns it is lagging in the fast-moving world of social networks.The San Francisco group said its base of monthly active users was 320 million at the end of last year, unchanged from the p...
LONDON: Gold surged nearly 4 percent on Thursday to its highest in a year as fears about financial instability, a lower dollar and US Treasury yields persuaded investors to seek refuge in the precious metal.Traders said financial instability fears were fuelled by European bank shares slumping to multi-year lows, with concer...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power plans to raise $8 billion of debt in the first half of this year to finance projects that will help to boost its generating capacity by a third by the end of 2016, its CEO said.The plan comes in the face of difficult market conditions for Middle Eastern developers, with regional governments...
JEDDAH: Several major stock markets in the Middle East dropped over 2 percent on Thursday as protracted weakness in oil prices and the gloom in equity markets globally prompted investors to dump shares.Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All-Share Index dropped 3.0 percent to 5,661 points after breaking technical support at the early Fe...
LONDON: Only 20-25 percent of small and medium-sized British and French companies hedge their exposure to fluctuations in currency rates which can have a huge impact on their bottom lines, according to a report by banking research consultancy East & Partners.The numbers, seen by Reuters ahead of a new report’s publicati...
PARIS/LONDON: France’s Total beat quarterly earnings expectations powered by high production and refining margins but said it plans fresh spending cuts in response to one of the worst market downturns in a decade.Plunging crude prices have forced energy companies to cut costs, jobs and spending and delay projects, and Total...
BERLIN: The European Central Bank will take a decision soon on whether to keep printing 500-euro banknotes, with the arguments for doing so becoming “less and less convincing,” a top-ranking official said.“We’re actively considering the question and will take a decision shortly,” Benoit Coeure, executive board member, told...
JOHANNESBURG: South African retailer Woolworths Holdings Ltd. will aim to conserve cash as growth slows in its home market, CEO Ian Moir said.Shares in the retailer slid to a two-month low despite posting a 30.6 percent jump in first-half profit.Woolworths, which sells upmarket food and clothing, warned rising interest rate...
 

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People are sitting in a little room watching some films; for many of the viewers what they are seeing is quite a revelation. The highly creative short videos show a picture of the Gulf from a thought-provoking, fantastical and often very funny perspective. A message that shines through from a film called Pixels is how prejudice is universal and...

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WASHINGTON: In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.
Some scientists likened the breakthrough to the moment Galileo took up a telescope to look at the planets.
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The Middle East is now home to a number of world class accessories designers who are intuitively blurring the line between East and West and offering something unique that one can’t help but feel totally attached to. To put it mildly, their luxe creations are one-of-a-kind from all ends worthy of being put on display in a museum.
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For the fourth year in a row, Abu Dhabi organized it’s annual Qasr Al-Hosn Festival to celebrate the past and present glories of the UAE. It is truly a celebration of Emirati culture and heritage. The festival provides visitors and tourists an opportunity to learn more about the Emirati identity in a fun and informative way.
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia joined the rest of the world in intensifying public awareness on cancer with activities spread over the week supporting the global cause that aims to save millions of lives every year by raising awareness and education about the disease, urging governments and individuals across the world to take action.Being a truly global event observed annually on Feb. 4th, World Cancer Day unites the whole world in the fight against cancer. The Kingdom joined the massive awareness campaign with the Ministry of Health observing cancer awareness week, ending on Wednesday.Under the auspices of Health Ministry, King Saud University (KSU), which is leading the vanguard in the Kingdom for...
A woman’s body is a sanctuary, a sacred mass of organs given to her in order to maintain it in the best and healthiest way possible. Pregnancy changes a person, to comprehend that a tiny little human is growing inside of us can sometimes cloud our judgments. Pregnancies differ from one mom-to-be from another and some have it hard while others are perfectly fine, it’s natural and it happens. In either case, maintaining a healthy lifestyle while pregnant can be a bit difficult, all those mood swings, cravings and the constant urge to snuggle on a couch. Working out isn’t very interesting when you’re pregnant but it is somewhat important in order to maintain a healthy pregnancy. Hard core...
In the last three weeks, I have been exploring the nutrients, soluble and insoluble fiber, enzymes, and antioxidants in okra. All these health benefits are packed in one unbelievably healthy veggie. One cup of the vegetable provides important nutrients your body requires. It is a powerhouse of nutrients for such a little plant.Japanese health researcher, Junji Takano, who thoroughly analyzed and investigated the okra, recommends eating the veggie to those who suffer from weakness, exhaustion, stress, and depression. Vitamins B and C are good for such conditions.He advises consuming okra to protect from the toxic substances in trans fats, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, preservatives,...

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MUMBAI: Parineeti Chopra has been away from the silver screen for so long now and her fans do miss her and are wondering...
NEW YORK: Donald Trump’s outlandish campaign claims — and hair — are a regular gift to late-night comedy writers. But now Hollywood is getting in on the game with a spoof biopic starring Johnny Depp unveiled after the billionaire’s triumph in the New Hampshire primary.The satirical website Funny or Die began streaming the faux documentary the morning after Trump’s resounding victory Tuesday night placed him firmly back atop the Republican field of White House contenders.Kept secret during production, “Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie” is presented as a long-...
LONDON: The script of a new Harry Potter play is to be published following its world premiere in London in July, publishers announced Wednesday.“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will officially open in the West End on July 30, while the script will come out on the following day.The play tells the story of Harry Potter 19 years after the last book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” He is now married with three children and works at the Ministry of Magic.“While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a...

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