SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt announced the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya.Working out the mechanism and logistics of the unified force, an idea floated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi, could take months.Previous, similar schemes have failed to produce tangible results in the divided Arab world. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri told a news conference the Arab force would be voluntary, meaning no one country would be forced to take part and it could give member states flexibility should differences arise. At least two countries have committed to the force, he added.The unified force would be supervised by the chiefs of staffs of Arab armed forces, Sissi told the summit.The dangers facing the region since the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 are stark and complex.While conflicts intens...
The Defense Ministry reiterated on Saturday that the coalition forces conducting military operations...
American and European leaders reiterated their support for the Saudi-led coalition, and agreed to ex...
Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman vowed on Saturday that the military intervention Saudi Arabia is leading against Houthis in Yemen will continue until it brings security to the Yemeni people. The campaign will continue until it achieves its goals for the Yemeni people to enjoy security, the king said at the 26th Arab Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh. The king’s pledge came as heads of Arab states said the Saudi Arabia-l...
Sweden has apologized for the recent offensive remarks by its foreign minister against the laws of Saudi Arabia and hoped for better relations between the two countries.Hailing the role of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in protecting Islam and its holy places, Sweden said it is looking forward to welcoming back the Saudi ambassador to Stockholm.The kingdom had recalled its ambassador soon after the uncalled...

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Several countries are interested in how the Kingdom is combating extremism on the Internet, according to an American study conducted recently.Published by CTC Sentinel, a monthly of Combating Terrorism Center at the US Military Academy at West Point, it said Internet’s role in spreading extremism an...
Foreign Affairs Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal will attend a meeting of the consultative committee of the Shoura council in Riyadh on Tuesday.The 26th regular session of the Shoura Council will be chaired by its president, Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh.The members of the foreign affairs and health committee of the council will al...
More pilgrims flock to Madinah to receive blessings after their spiritual journey started with Umrah at Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah. The Prophet’s Mosque is one of the first destinations Madinah visitors seek to pay their salutations upon the Prophet (peace be upon him).Arab News followed some pilgrims in Madinah and listened...
The Uruguayan-Saudi air travel agreement proposed during the International Civil Aviation Conference in Jeddah nearly two years ago is expected to be signed in the coming weeks by the two countries.“If and when the air travel accord is signed, cooperation between the two countries in various sectors will be stepped up,” Uru...
Vehicular accidents caused by animals is growing phenomenon, particularly in Saudi Arabia, as the Kingdom registers hundreds of accidents caused by camels each year, resulting in the loss of countless lives, as well as propery worth millions of riyals. The Ministry of Transport spends billions of riyals trying to curb this...
Dust and heavy gusts of wind swept Jeddah and surrounding areas on Sunday, leaving the city with poor visibility for most of the day.The unexpected weather phenomenon caused low visibility on roads in general and on the Haramain Expressway in particular, though weather had been normal in the early morning. From 10 a.m. hove...
In a crackdown against illegal workers, more than 300 people­ were rounded up from three districts of Riyadh last week.Among those arrested were three wanted men of Yemeni nationality and 13 Ethiopian women. The week-long operation, conducted on a special directive by the Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, targeted illeg...
A number of Yemeni expatriates have expressed appreciation for Saudi support to their country, adding that the recently launched Operation Decisive Storm will mark the starting point of rebuilding Yemen anew.Abdul Salam Al-Qashuri, a Yemeni doctor, thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and other GCC leaders...
Following is the text of the address of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman at the Arab Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh on Saturday:I would like to send my deep thanks and appreciation to the people and government of Egypt under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi for hosting the 26th Arab Summit, and the...
As “Operation Decisive Storm” continues, life remains normal for Jazan residents near the Saudi-Yemeni border. Residents expressed support for the efforts to preserve the security and stability of the Kingdom, especially border sites, recalling the achievements of Saudi forces a few years ago when a number of Houthi rebels...
With a growing number of facilities in the Kingdom, a need for female security guards arose. More women are joining this field and are taking their spots in private offices run by women, banks, malls and other social, educational and health facilities.Warda Al-Yani recently decided to become a guard and says people were ske...
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is taking new measures to maintain the security of the Kingdom’s representatives and embassy staff. Undersecretary for Consulate Affairs Ambassador Osama Al-Sanousi said employees who work in troubled areas are not permitted to stay there for more than two years at any given time.He said empl...
Osama Al-Rabiah, deputy chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha), has revealed that officials who were recently relieved of their positions will be held accountable if they were found of indulging in corruption during their services.Speaking to a local publication, he said it is not Nazaha’s responsibili...

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CAIRO: Egypt’s top prosecutor on Sunday named 18 Muslim Brotherhood members, inc...

BEIRUT: A new video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows its figh...

TUNIS: World leaders joined tens of thousands of Tunisians on Sunday to march in...

ISTANBUL: A Turkish court on Sunday charged two former policemen with illegally...

BEIRUT: Syrian troops regrouped on Sunday after a coalition including Al-Qaeda’s...

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LONDON: Britain’s opposition Labour Party has taken a four-point lead over Prime...

BEIJING: A court in China’s mainly Muslim Xinjiang region has sentenced a man to...

TOKYO: Japan has sounded out other members of long-stalled talks about North Kor...

JAKARTA: Twelve people were killed and 11 houses buried after a landslide trigge...

KABUL: A suicide attacker targeting a prominent Afghan MP killed three people in...

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MIAMI: Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams launched their Mia...

MANILA: Purefoods and Meralco worked out a sweat this time, but still got the j...

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina rested Lionel Messi to let him recover from a sore foot...

NEW DELHI: Saina Nehwal, badminton’s new world No. 1, trounced her Thai challeng...

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina: Kemba Walker scored 21 points and the Charlotte Horne...

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The Kingdom’s stock exchange jumped the most in six weeks, leading a rally in Arab equity markets, after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman pledged to restore...
More than 120 local and international companies are showcasing their expertise in building, construction and heavy equipment at BUILDEX 2015.BUILDEX 2015 — the 17th edition of the Saudi international building and construction exhibition — is being held with the participation of more than 120 local and international exhibito...
Net profits of the Saudi banks reached SR7.1 billion in a two-month period (January-February 2015) and expected to register record levels by the end of the year, according to a financial report.In 2014, profits of the Saudi banks registered the highest record in the history of banking sector in the Kingdom, which reached SR...
ATHENS: Greece's Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis will meet his Russian counterpart and the CEO of energy giant Gazprom in Moscow on Monday, as he hit out at the EU and Germany for tightening a "noose" around the Greek economy.Outspoken Lafazanis, on the left wing of Greece's co-ruling Syriza party, will meet Russian En...
LONDON/FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank and the Bank of England have reached a deal that strengthens the financial backing of British clearing houses in their handling of euro-denominated securities, ending a long-running legal battle. The agreement follows a court ruling, which has led the ECB to shelve a policy requi...
NEW YORK: Last fall, when the price of oil started dropping, fund manager Craig Hodges figured crude would rebound in 2015 and began buying shares of companies he thought would be unfairly hit, including construction company Primoris Services Corp. and Eagle Materials Inc., which produces sand used in fracked wells.Hodges,...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), received Jean- Louis Borloo, special envoy to the French President François Hollande. The meeting was also attended by Adel Alsayed, executive director for International and Private Equity, Mohammed Fahmy, KHC’s CFO, Hassna Alturki, executive manager for...
WASHINGTON: The US should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released Friday.The US has drastically cut imports and transformed itself into the...
BOAO, China: China’s central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan has warned that the country needs to be vigilant for signs of deflation and said policymakers were watching slowing global economic growth and declining commodity prices.“Inflation in China is also declining. We need to have vigilance if this can go further to reach...
In spite of some gaps, the recent Saudi economic history has been punctuated over the last two generations by a comfortable fiscal position, significant expansion and tepid economic growth. This phase has spawned a significant new economic environment. This environment has shaped the economic scene with certain features wit...
At the annual Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2015, the senior leadership of the world’s second largest diversified global chemical company, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), contributed their thoughts and perspectives to multilateral discussions focused around this year’s theme — Asia’s new future: To...
The power consumption in Saudi Arabia continues to grow at a steady rate. Over the last decade, it has witnessed an average annual increase in demand for electricity, with a significant rise in the number of subscribers. In order to address the challenges faced by the country’s power industry, Riyadh Exhibitions Company (RE...
Revenues of the Saudi listed energy and utility firms grew by 15.4 percent to SR40.3 billion in 2014 compared to SR34.9 billion in 2013, according to a financial report.Similarly, net profits of the listed energy firms rose by 19.3 percent to SR3.76 billion compared to SR3.15 billion in 2013, Al-Hayat daily said in a report...

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DUBAI: The Middle East’s first three-dimensional pavement art festival, starring works by international artists that appear to rise from the ground, kicked off this week in Dubai, its organizers said.
The Dubai Canvas Festival features 3-D artworks in chalk or paint, many of them depicting eye-catching images of the Emirati city.
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Social media has lit up with messages of support and congratulations for the Saudi government in the wake of the military action in Yemen.
One tweet by Al-Hilal first team football captain Yasser Al-Qahtani was retweeted over 10,000 times. Al-Qahtani called on citizens to reject rumors and support the country’s armed forces. He also warned...

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Caroline Seikaly is an American-Lebanese designer with French roots. She grew up in the United States and studied fashion design at the Rhode Island School of Design and while she was there, she also had the opportunity to collaborate with Isaac Mizrahi in New York.
After graduation, Seikaly moved to Paris to gain experience in Haute Coutu...

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The first integrated tourist center in Jeddah was recently inaugurated under the patronage of Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed by the director general of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities in Makkah, Abdullah Al-Omari.
During the opening event, thousands of visitors were present, along with businessmen, businesswomen, nota...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Only half a century ago, very few people knew what a coconut was, let alone knowing the taste of its fresh water or its white fruit, the fatty meaty pulp. Very few homes had coconut trees in Jeddah. Only the owners of the trees knew the value of this giving tree and its fruit. However, coconut oil was always found at the attar (local herb and spice store, once considered a pharmacist or healer). Women applied the oil to their hair before washing it to give it shine, moisture, and smoothness. It also nourished the scalp and made hair less rough and more manageable. I remember as a child, being subjected to this weekly ritual before swimming on Fridays to protect the hair strands from the sun...
Mobile clinics of the Tobacco Control Program (TCP) at the Ministry of Health have played a key role in helping some 2,296 male and female smokers to give up smoking.Some 9,710 smokers visited mobile clinics, of which 8,575, or 88.3 percent, were female smokers, and the remaining 11.7 percent, or 1,135 were male smokers, said Dr. Ali Al-Wadie, the TCP general supervisor.On the reasons behind smoking, 68 percent claim peer pressure, 37 percent was attributed to imitation, while tension was the third major reason for smoking at 11 percent.On the reasons that motivated smokers to quit smoking, health concerns topped other reasons at 59 percent, followed by religious factors (14 percent) and...
When Umm Ahmad sought a spice dealer’s help, she was looking for a recipe for losing weight. Instead, the 35-year-old housewife has suffered kidney failure as a result of a mix sold to her by an expatriate who was allegedly an “experienced” herbalist.Cancer, kidney failure and hepatitis can be worsened by herbal mixtures that people believe are cures. Doctors and experts warn people about taking herbal treatments too seriously as if they were scientific medications. They said some items sold by herbalists pose a serious danger since some of the different herbs become toxic when mixed.Jawaher Ali says many herbalists play the role of pharmacists, charging large amounts of money for their...

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LOS ANGELES: Emma Stone is a Kids’ Choice Award winner who largely escaped the show’s trademark green slime. But the sam...
JAHANNESBURG: Best-selling boy band One Direction bounded onto the stage in Johannesburg Saturday for their first show since fans across the world were plunged into teenage distress over heartthrob Zayn Malik quitting the group.A deafening wall of excited screams greeted the remaining four members of the British-Irish group, who have earned a global following since bursting onto the scene in a television talent show in 2010.Adoring young fans said they feared the departure of Malik, 22, could mean the break-up of One Direction, but the performers made no mention of their missing bandmate as...
KAMPALA: After a film about a king of Scotland, Ugandans are getting excited over a new movie about a “queen,” starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.The Hollywood star, born in Mexico to Kenyan parents, jetted into neighboring Uganda a few days ago for her first job in East Africa since taking the 2014 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in “12 Years a Slave.”“I’m loving the food, I’m loving the people, I’m loving the style,” she said ahead of the start of production for the film “Queen of Katwe.”“I don’t feel like leaving. People just have an innate style, so I’m taking notes. And I’m...

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