RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Sunday called on other countries not to interfere in the kingdom’s internal affairs, an apparent rebuke to Iran, which Gulf states accuse of attempting to stir unrest.“It is our right to defend ourselves, without interfering in the affairs of others. We call on others to not interfere in our affairs,” King Salman said in a speech opening the annual Janadriyah cultural festival in Riyadh, state news agency SPA reported.“We cooperate with our Arab and Muslim brothers in all areas in defending our lands and ensuring their independence and guarding their government systems as sanctioned by their peoples,” he added.Riyadh accuses Iran of destabilizing Arab states and spreading sectarianism by backing militias in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen and fomenting unrest in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.Iran denies seeking to destabilize the region...
JERUSALEM: The Islamic authority that oversees a sensitive Jerusalem holy site says it opposes a new...
MOSCOW/BEIJING/SEOUL: North Korea’s backers joined the chorus in condemning the rogue state’s launch...
ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey’s president has lashed out at the United States a week after a President Barack Obama’s envoy visited a northern Syrian town that is under the control of Syrian Kurdish forces, which Ankara considers terrorists.In comments published Sunday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Washington should choose between Turkey and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, as its partner.That came after e...
ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Sunday it is ready to send ground troops to Syria as part of an international coalition to fight Daesh militants.Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash made the comments in response to a question at a media briefing on Sunday, days after Saudi Arabia said it is ready to deploy ground forces if leaders of the US-led international coalition fighting the group ca...

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RIYADH: Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman takes pride in his religion and his country, according to Prince Sultan bin Salman, Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) chairman.“King Salman lives his life in a confident and reassuring balance of Islamic values and ethics. The...
JEDDAH: New steps being taken to increase the flow of foreign investments into Saudi Arabia this year have raised the expectations of the business community.A triple sectorial committee, including Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and Ministry of Labor, is seriously revie...
RIYADH: The man wanted in connection with the bombing on the Emergency Forces Mosque in Asir is a former pilot and had been convicted previously on security-related charges, according to the Interior Ministry.The ministry has announced a SR1 million reward for the capture of Majid Zaid Abdul Rahman Al-Shihri. He had previou...
TAIF: Terrorists can carry out reconnaissance missions in the guise of beggars, even wearing the abaya, and pose a serious threat to the security of the nation, an expert has warned.“Begging is a bad phenomenon anyway. However, it can pose a serious danger if terrorists disguised as beggars recce sensitive installations or...
RIYADH: Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani and Khaled Al-Muhaisin, the president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha), are scheduled to meet soon to clear resolve differences between Nazaha and Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). According to local media, Nazaha said that its realm of authority includes following...
ARAR: A Saudi father has urged his two sons to immediately surrender, after their names recently appeared on the list of suspects who participated in the terror attack on the Special Emergency Forces Mosque in Asir in August last year.Salem Yaslam Al-Sai’ari was quoted as saying by local media that his sons were shedding th...
JEDDAH: A surveillance video showing an expatriate man shoving a Saudi woman inside a supermarket has stirred a hornet’s nest.Shared on social media, the video has gone viral and viewers are demanding harsh punishment against the offender.As seen in the video, the woman was walking by an uncrowded aisle when the man, appare...
MADINAH/JEDDAH: Pilgrims and visitors performing tawaf (circumambulation) of the Holy Kaaba or praying around it may look forward to relief from the blazing sun, as a proposal to shade the Mataf area is being studied.According to local media, the matter came up for discussion when Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the...
JEDDAH: Users of WhatsApp were a joyous lot on Saturday as the call facility finally became available on the popular messaging service in the Kingdom.The facility, which is for free now, through WhatsApp was earlier banned in Saudi Arabia and only messaging service was available. “The ban has been lifted in the Kingdom,” sa...
RIYADH: A Border Guard soldier died on Saturday in a missile attack from across the Yemeni border in Dhahran Al-Jonoub in Asir.The man, identified as Pvt. Abdulilah Abdullah Hamoud Al-Shahrani, was patrolling the border in the area when the attack took place.He attained martyrdom, the Saudi Press Agency said quoting a spoke...
JEDDAH: Starbucks has clarified that the ban on women’s entry at one of its Riyadh stores is only temporary and that the coffee shop will be opened to them soon after a separation wall is erected.Starbucks reportedly said that members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) ordered its man...
RIYADH: The Saudi government is strongly supporting the development of organic farming and institutional capacity building as part of an ambitious plan to expand the Kingdom’s shift toward organic agriculture, which will be good for the country’s nutritional needs, public health and environment. Plans are afoot to establish...
RIYADH: An attempt to smuggle in 2.4 million amphetamine pills was foiled along the coast of Tabuk.An Interior Ministry spokesman said the traffickers fled from the coast after they were chased by Border Guard patrols.The spokesman said a suspect boat was approaching the coast in Tabuk on Friday when warning shots were fire...

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JERUSALEM: A man who stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli soldier on Sunday in...

KILIS: Turkey has reached the end of its “capacity to absorb” refugees but will...

ROME: A second autopsy on the body of an Italian found slain in Egypt reveals th...

BENGHAZI: An airstrike hit a hospital in Derna in eastern Libya on Sunday, killi...

ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey’s president has lashed out at the United States a week af...

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BRUSSELS: NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Sunday blasted North Korea’s launch of...

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire: Marco Rubio faced withering criticism of his readines...

WASHINGTON: The rapidly spreading Zika virus is discouraging many Americans from...

TAINAN, Taiwan: As anxious families waited nearby, rescuers on Sunday painstakin...

SOFIA: Two female migrants found dead in a mountainous rural region of Bulgaria...

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LONDON: Diego Costa snaffled a stoppage-time equalizer to preserve interim manag...

MELNBOURNE: wo-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome won Australia’s Herald...

JEDDAH: The Category A match between Sweet Amy and Ballers was supposed to be th...

OCALA, Florida: Ha Na Jang had to go the final 36 holes with the best player in...

LOS ANGELES: New Zealand’s Danny Lee nabbed six birdies in a four-under par 67 o...

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JEDDAH: Annual growth in the Saudi oil sector will remain positive in 2016 with average oil output expected to increase slightly, as the Kingdom continues to protect its...
DUBAI: Emaar Malls, the shopping and retail arm mostly owned by Dubai’s Emaar Properties giant, said its annual profit surged 23 percent to $451 million in 2015, as rental income increased.Net profit reached AED1.66 billion ($451 million) in 2015, compared with AED1.35 billion the year before, said the company which owns Du...
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange (Tadawul) is not certain that it can join international index compiler MSCI’s emerging markets index in 2017, the exchange’s acting CEO was quoted as saying.The Kingdom opened its market to direct foreign investment in June last year. In November, the exchange’s CEO at the time, Adel Al-...
JEDDAH: Major stock markets in the Middle East fell on Sunday after oil prices pulled back and global bourses sold off at the end of last week.The correlation between oil prices and Gulf equity markets has strengthened in recent months with many investors believing markets will continue to trade in almost lockstep with crud...
DUBAI: Authorities in Qatar will use fiscal policy and money market operations if needed to prevent low oil and gas prices from causing a liquidity crunch in the banking system, the governor of the central bank (QCB) was quoted as saying.Money market rates have risen sharply as flows of new oil and gas revenue into the syst...
LONDON/HOUSTON: As oil and gas companies cut ever-deeper into the bone to weather their worst downturn in decades, boards have adopted contrasting strategies to lead them out of the crisis.Crude prices have tumbled around 70 percent over the past 18 months to around $35 a barrel, leading to five of the world’s top oil compa...
FRANKFURT: The head of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund — one of the biggest capital pools in the world — has lashed Volkswagen’s ownership structure as giving too much power to family shareholders and disadvantaging minority shareholders.As VW battles a global emissions-cheating scandal, the fund’s CEO, Yngve Slyngstad, slam...
BEIJING: Government subsidies are fueling a boom in electric vehicles in China, driving hopes for the industry’s global future as the world’s biggest car market offers economies of scale that could make the technology mainstream.Sales of electric cars, though still modest, have rocketed four-fold in a year — thanks in part...
BEIJING: China’s foreign exchange reserves have fallen to their lowest level in more than three years, the central bank said, as Beijing sells dollars to stop the yuan from depreciating further.The world’s largest currency hoard shrank by $99.5 billion in January to some $3.2 trillion, the People’s Bank of China said on its...
JEDDAH: The collapse in oil prices has been a focal point for the global economy, leading to an oversupply theme that coincided with waning demand, expected to stretch into 2016. The Saudi economy is still heavily reliant on oil as its main revenue source. However, the government is trying to change this growth model throug...
 

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Since assuming the post as the foreign minister, Adel Al-Jubeir has proved that...
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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: The Firefox smartphone operating system is being shut down, three years after a launch aimed at challenging the dominant platforms powered by Apple and Google, developers said Thursday.
The operating system created by the Mozilla developer community as an open-source system failed to gain traction in mobile devices, according to...

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I love a beauty trend just as much as the next girl does, growing up playing with mom’s makeup and trying on her Chanel lipsticks can do that to a person, sorry mummy! The year 2015 came and went with beauty trends that were quite weird, a bit over the top, time consuming and sometimes downright stupid. Trends come and go, it’s an evolving indus...

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Residents of Jacksonville, the charmingly chic seaport on Florida’s northeasten coast, often refer to their hometown in affectionate terms. “J-Ville” and “The River City” are two of them; “JAX” is another. But after a few days here, we had a few words of our own: Charismatic, energetic, undiscovered.
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Your stressful and busy lifestyle leave you almost no time for indulging your skin. As you grow older, your skin gradually becomes thinner and finely wrinkled and eventually isn't the same baby-soft body glove you were born with. Oil-producing (sebaceous) glands become less active, leaving your skin dryer. The number of blood vessels in your skin reduces, your skin becomes fragile, and you lose your youthful glimmer and color.Unlike what most of people think that poor skin comes with age. Not true. We all know few people who look great for their age - without undergoing plastic surgery, Botox or medications. Chances are it is because of what's going on with their colon. When your colon...
JEDDAH: A new breast cancer treatment improves survival rates by an average 20 percent, with life expectancy lengthened by 29.9 months.This is according to Ahmed Al-Wabari, breast oncology consultant at King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Dammam, who outlined these results in a paper he presented at a medical forum in Alkhobar recently.The forum included 120 local and international doctors and specialists who discussed the latest studies on evidence-based treatments for patients with advanced breast cancer, which included the most dangerous, HER2.Shadi Al-Khayyat, consultant in oncology at King Abdulaziz University Hospital in Jeddah, said this new treatment targets the HER2 cancer cells...
NEW DELHI: An Indian drugmaker on Wednesday said it was developing the world’s first vaccine against Zika after the World Health Organization declared an global emergency over the rapidly spreading virus.Bharat Biotech, a vaccine manufacturer based in the southern city of Hyderabad, said two vaccines had been in development for a year and were ready for pre-clinical testing in animals.There is currently no proven vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has spread throughout Latin America where it has been blamed for a surge in brain-damaged babies.“We are the first in the world to file for a global patent for a Zika virus vaccine,” Rajarshi Dasgupta, head of company’s legal and...

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LONDON: The Duchess of Cambridge says in a new video that she and Prince William want all children to get support during...
LOS ANGELES: Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s bid for Oscars glory was boosted Saturday as he took top prize at the Directors Guild of America honors — seen as a bellwether for the Academy Awards.Inarritu was crowned best director for revenge and survival epic “The Revenant,” three weeks ahead of the glittering culmination of Hollywood’s annual awards season.He becomes the first director in the Guild’s history with back-to-back DGA wins, 12 months after picking up the prize for dark comedy “Birdman,” and is vying to repeat the feat at the Oscars.The 52-year-old has already...
NEW YORK: Beyonce is back with her first new music in more than two years, a hip-hop-heavy track with nods to the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality.The pop superstar released a single and accompanying video, “Formation,” on Saturday in a surprise one day before she is set to perform before tens of millions of television viewers during halftime of the Super Bowl alongside British rockers Coldplay.Set in New Orleans, the video offers fleeting but poignant references to Black Lives Matter, the movement against police brutality that has gained steam across the United States in...

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