Four years ago, the Syrian people burst into the streets in a courageous quest for a future without tyranny, corruption or repression. Sadly, their quest led them into an infernal existence. The civil war brought on them by Syrian regime has slaughtered over 300,000 people and displaced more than ten million, or half the population.The result has been the disintegration of society, the destruction of cities and towns, and the collapse of the economy. A once peaceful land is now a breeding ground for terrorists of myriad affiliations. And the state of Syria is but a shadow of the once thriving society that survived in vibrant and diverse harmony for centuries.This tragic situation would not have happened had the Syrian regime acted wisely, responsibly, and realistically. It did not. The misery and decimation could also have been avoided had the international community fulfilled its duty a...
ADEN: Fighters loyal to Yemen’s exiled president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, bolstered by Gulf Arab supp...
JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman arrived in the Moroccan port city of Tangier o...
JEDDAH: Four leading lights of the Arab world have called for the convening of the Second Syrian National Congress to save Syria."This is the only way (out)," said Abdelelah Alkhatib, former foreign minister of Jordan; Amr Moussa, former secretary-general of the Arab League; Mohammad Al-Sabah, former deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Kuwait; and Turki Al-Faisal, former general intelligence director...
DOHA: Iran’s nuclear deal should bring stability and “good neighborliness” rather than interference, Gulf Arab states told US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday as they began talks on the merits of its historic accord with world powers.Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid Al-Attiyah, welcoming Kerry to Qatar for the talks with the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said the alliance wanted to spare the re...

SAUDI ARABIA »

RIYADH: A report of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage predicts the rate of growth in job opportunities in the country's tourism sector between 2010 and 2020 will be 10 percent a year as compared to a global growth rate of 2.5 percent for the same period. The report pointed out t...
RIYADH: The general elections committee has approved 1,236 poll centers in 284 municipalities and secretariats across the Kingdom, as the first phase of the third municipal elections that will be launched on Aug. 22.Additionally, 250 spare centers will be opened if the need arises and if the approved centers reach their ful...
JEDDAH: Two million meningitis vaccines have been distributed among health centers in 20 governorates and provinces across the Kingdom for domestic Haj pilgrims.It is mandatory for all pilgrims to be vaccinated against meningitis and for those coming from abroad to be vaccinated against meningitis as well as other contagiou...
RIYADH: Some 1,500 certified documents with proper identity are issued on average to Yemenis from the Jazan region daily. More than 400,000 Yemenis have corrected their residency status from all parts of the Kingdom.The announcement was made during a visit to the Yemeni correction centers in the Jazan region by a special te...
JEDDAH: Jamil Farsi, head of the Gold and Jewelry Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), says he expects 3,000 job opportunities to be created for Saudi women in the jewelry design and gold sector across the Kingdom, with about 10 women working in each manufacturing workshop.The efforts of the Tech...
JEDDAH: Cases of clashes between spouses such as accusations of adultery recorded a 70 percent drop in Saudi courts during the last Hijri year as against the year before. However, divorce cases increased by 35 percent. The first type of these cases, cursing between spouses, is different from the second as the first is with...
JEDDAH: A Saudi citizen was killed in shelling fired across the border from Yemen into the southwest of Saudi Arabia on Sunday, local media reported.A shell fell on a house around dawn in Najran province, civil defense department spokesman Ali bin Omair Al-Shahran was quoted as saying in the report.Houthi militias and force...
JEDDAH: Female voters in Al-Ahsa have urged the authorities handling the municipal elections to drop the condition of presenting the national identity card while enrolling themselves in the voters’ list. Some women in Madinah too have appealed for more time for voter registration so that they can acquire the identiy cards.T...
RIYADH: The National Water Co. (NWC) has announced that it has completed a water network project in Taif. The project will serve 14 localities as part of Taif’s infrastructural development plans, according to a website. Said Al-Umari, a senior manager of the services of assets and projects in Makkah, said that the NWC has i...
JEDDAH: Although the Ministry of Labor is opening its doors to receive complaints from private sector employees, many Saudi females employed in cosmetic and perfume shops in Madinah are not making complaints about being overworked due to fear of losing their jobs and source of income. Shop owners in Madinah have been overwo...
JEDDAH: After the recent incident of a rat eating from a bowl at a well-known food outlet in a Jeddah mall came to light, residents have called for food hygiene ratings of restaurants and roadside eateries across the city.Although the municipality works hard to maintain hygiene at different food outlets and is committed to...
JEDDAH: A muezzin (one who recites the Adhaan) of a Riyadh mosque recently sprung a surprise in the Austrian tourist town of Zell am See by his Adhaan after taking permission from members of a musical band.Social media is abuzz with the news and video clip of the Adhaan showing a guitarist and some Austrians quietly listeni...
RIYADH: A Sri Lankan national, who works as a cleaner in the Kingdom, was commended and rewarded by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) for returning a bag containing gold to its owner.“Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of SCTNH, instructed the commission’s branch in Najran to thank the owner of...

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KHARTOUM: Sudan’s government said Monday it is ready to offer rebels battling it...

ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to do “whatever necessa...

BEIRUT: A Syrian military aircraft crashed while on a bombing run over the fight...

GAZA: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in...

DOHUK: The president of Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan, Massud Barzani, p...

WORLD »

PARIS: Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders lashed out Monday at the “despic...

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone: Two new cases of Ebola surfaced in Sierra Leone’s Tonkol...

SYDNEY: Barnacles encrusted on a piece of plane debris that washed up on the Fre...

ROME: Italian police on Monday arrested 11 suspects linked to the fugitive head...

CALAIS, France: Migrants in Calais made around 1,700 attempts overnight to penet...

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GAINESVILLE, Virginia: Troy Merritt walked to the final tee with a two-shot lead...

GAINESVILLE, Virginia: Tiger Woods, trying to recapture the form that won 14 maj...

DHAKA: The second test between Bangladesh and South Africa was declared a draw M...

DHAKA: The second test between Bangladesh and South Africa was declared a draw M...

GAINESVILLE, Virginia: Troy Merritt walked to the final tee with a two-shot lead...

ECONOMY »

Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman has recently honored Panda Retail Company for its active contribution in setting up Khair Makkah welfare investment project, the...
NEW YORK: Oil sank to six-month lows on Monday with Brent crude falling below $50 a barrel on sluggish US and Chinese economic data and bets for weaker gasoline consumption in the US after tearaway demand earlier in the summer.Evidence of growing global oversupply and a stock market collapse in China, the world’s largest en...
DUBAI: Oman has ramped up its oil production to a record high in June, adding to a global supply glut that has hit oil prices, as the Gulf Arab country compensates for the drop in its oil revenue.June production reached 992,700 barrels per day of crude oil and light oil condensate, the highest ever according to official rec...
The flow of UK data releases was minimal last week. The most exciting event seemed to be England beating the Australians at cricket. This week will be very different with the flow of UK data releases high and the potential for sterling seeing some significant movement much higher although it would be nice if we continued to...
HONG KONG: HSBC has agreed to sell its Brazilian business to local group Banco Bradesco, the British banking giant announced alongside news of a fall in net profits.Profit after tax fell 3.8 percent to $4.36 billion ( 4.0 billion euros) in the second quarter compared with the same period last year, said HSBC, which is selli...
ATHENS: Greece’s bruising fight with its international creditors sent economic sentiment to its lowest level in nearly three years in July and knocked manufacturing activity down to record lows.The data was released as Greece opened its stock market after a five-week shutdown prompted by the imposition of capital controls....
FRANKFURT: German car makers BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz have teamed up to buy digital mapping service HERE for 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion) from Nokia, the Finnish telecoms group said.The sale “should be concluded in the first quarter of 2016,” Nokia said in a statement, adding that it expected net proceeds from the de...
Whether you are the victim of a solicitous conman offering to help you with the confusion of converting foreign exchange or the target of a more elaborate scam where you and your luggage are easily parted, welcome to the incredibly organised world of airport racketeering. Some of the most sophisticated schemes in skulldugg...
DUBAI: Dubai's Emaar Properties, builder of the world's tallest tower, reported a 16 percent rise in second-quarter net profit on Sunday as other income increased and it received more money in income tax credits.The developer, in which Dubai's government owns a minority stake, made a net profit of 1.18 billion dirhams ($321...
ALGIERS: OPEC member Algeria has increased crude oil output by 32,000 barrels per day after starting production at two fields, an Energy Ministry official said on Sunday.Production increased on Saturday when the Bir Sebaa field started producing 20,000 bpd in addition to 12,000 bpd from the Bir Msana field in Hassi Messaoud...
DUBAI: Stock markets across the Middle East fell on Sunday after oil prices dropped again and Saudi Arabia, heavily influenced by the petrochemicals sector, led losses, hitting a four-month low.The main Saudi Tadawul All-Share Index sank 3.2 percent to 8,807 points, its biggest daily loss since late March, with nearly all s...
ATHENS: Attention will be focused on Greece’s embattled banks on Monday when the Athens stock exchange reopens after a six-week shutdown over the country’s debt crisis.The banks are in a vulnerable position because of outflows of billions of euros (dollars) from deposits over the past six months.Some 40 billion euros ($44 b...
BEIJING: Downward pressure on China’s economy will persist in the second half of the year as growth in infrastructure spending and exports is unlikely to pick up, a senior central bank official was quoted as saying.Chinese companies are not optimistic about business prospects according to the central bank’s second-quarter s...
 
 

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RIYADH: Artists from the Kingdom were the cynosure of all eyes at the Shubbak Festival, a window on contemporary Arab culture, which kicked off on July 11 and concluded on July 26 with a series of events to bring Arab culture to the limelight in London.
Aimed at popularizing the rich Arab culture and celebrate the growing influence of Londo...

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WASHINGTON: Microsoft began rolling out its Windows 10 operating system Wednesday, aiming to revive the tech giant’s fortunes, especially in mobile and the “Internet of Things.”
The stakes are high for Microsoft as it pushes out the new operating system for both traditional computers and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
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Our concept of style is heavily burdened with the prerequisite norm to change it whenever possible. After all, it’s a good thing to do. If we don’t, then we are going to be looked at with abomination. Why risk it when we all know that diversity brings more zing to life!
Nowhere is it more evident than in the highly extraordinary shoes desi...

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RIYADH: A report of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage predicts the rate of growth in job opportunities in the country's tourism sector between 2010 and 2020 will be 10 percent a year as compared to a global growth rate of 2.5 percent for the same period.
The report pointed out that job opportunities in the tourism sect...

FOOD & HEALTH »

CHICAGO: Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids it may signal emotional troubles that should be checked out.Preschool-aged children who are extremely selective about what they eat and dislike even being near certain foods are more likely than others to have underlying anxiety or depression, the new study found. But only 3 percent of young children studied were that picky.Less severe pickiness, dubbed “moderate selected eating” in the US study, was found in about 18 percent of kids. These are children who will only eat a narrow range of foods. Kids with either level of pickiness were almost two...
Ramadan is a month of fasting and starving the body and soul from food and other temptations. However, this does not prevent people from gaining weight due to all the suhoor and iftar invitations and gatherings. Going back to the regular routine and lifestyle is not easy after the holy month of Ramadan, the body gets used to not consuming food until the sun sets and then consuming large amounts of foods until sunrise. The cherry on the top is Eid, which is Ramadan’s sweet ending. Muslims celebrate this occasion by gathering together around a feast of traditional and international dining tables with plenty of sweets and cakes doing the rounds.“In Ramadan many people put on weight mainly...
She began her career with a government job, but being unsatisfied with it, she decided to have another source of income. And her journey in doing so was short and sweet. With ‘Munch Bakery,’ she created a global brand. We are talking about the brilliant businesswoman Princess Hala bint Mishari Al-Saud, who counts self-confidence, courage and ambition as the driving force behind her success.She said family is the primary motivation for success in public life.“Success increases with the increased faith of the family in the aspirations of the children,” Princess Hala said. She is the only daughter in the family and her mother encouraged her constantly, which made her take steps with confidence...

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LONDON: The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, whose first official engagement after welcoming daughter Charlotte in...
CHICAGO: Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids it may signal emotional troubles that should be checked out.Preschool-aged children who are extremely selective about what they eat and dislike even being near certain foods are more likely than others to have underlying anxiety or depression, the new study found. But only 3 percent of young children studied were that picky.Less severe pickiness, dubbed “moderate selected eating” in the US study, was found in about 18 percent of kids. These are...
BEVERLY HILLS, California: Walt Disney was a complex figure, both celebrated and condemned, but allegations that he was a rabid anti-Semite are unproven, Disney experts said.Talking to TV critics Sunday about PBS’ “American Experience” September documentary on Disney, composer Richard Sherman (Disney’s “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book“) dismissed such lingering criticism outright.It’s “absolutely preposterous to call him anti-Semitic,” said Sherman, the son of Jewish immigrants. He and his brother Robert, his writing partner, were treated like sons by Disney, he said.Historian and social...

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