WASHINGTON: US defense officials say the Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants.The imperiled town of Amirli is about 105 miles (169 kilometers) north of Baghdad and just a few miles from Kurdish territory. About 12,000 to 15,000 people are estimated to have no access to food or water.The United Nation’s top representative in Iraq earlier this week called for relief there.Three US defense officials said a humanitarian mission is under consideration. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they could not discuss internal administration deliberations by name. It could be similar to the humanitarian airdrops of food and water to Iraq’s Sinjar area earlier this month, which included airstrikes.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-...
A gas tank explosion in Madinah killed five people and damaged several vehicles on Tuesday, accordin...
KABUL: Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah will reject the results of a UN-supervised audit of the election, his spokesman said Wednesday, tipping the country deeper into crisis a week before the scheduled inauguration.“We will be out of the process, and any kind of result from the process will not be acceptable for Dr. Abdullah,” his spokesman Muslim Saadat told AFP after Abdullah withdrew from the audit in a...
Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal held positive and constructive talks on Tuesday with Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian. The two sides discussed major regional developments and agreed to join forces in the fight against terrorist groups that have threatened the region’s security and stability.“The meeting with Prince Saud took place in a very positive and constructive atmosphere,” said Abdollah...

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The Ministry of Education has announced that it had ordered some 3,300 school buses for transporting students in schools across the country. The decision comes as part of the ministry’s efforts to facilitate students’ transportation to and from their schools.A fleet of 1,200 yellow school buses were...
Labor Minister Adel Fakeeh has announced that his ministry is addressing the issue of high quitting rates among females working at women’s stores.The minister’s statement came on the sidelines of his visit to a women’s call center at Mobily in Jeddah.“The Ministry of Labor is in the process of conducting specialized studies...
Riyadh and Jeddah have topped the Kingdom’s cities for having the largest number of marriage annulment cases owing to the husbands’ failure to pay alimony and the wives’ dissatisfaction with their marriages in the first nine months of the current year, local media said quoting data released by the Ministry of Justice.Riyadh...
A special court on Tuesday sentenced five Saudis and one Omani to prison terms ranging between three and 20 years for plotting to murder a police officer, among other charges.Charges include branding others infidels, issuing religious rulings encouraging dissidence, traveling to Yemen or other conflict zones to joint milita...
An official at the Eastern Province Municipality has been arrested and suspended for bribery, forgery and document manipulation, along with several other officials who were found to be complicit in the crimes, said a report issued by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha).The official had reportedly accepted SR6.3...
The Agriculture Ministry will deploy 40 teams to fight locusts and increase cooperation with international organizations on the matter, a ministry official said during a meeting held to discuss anti-locust mechanisms in Jeddah.“The ministry aims to implement a pre-emptive plan to stop these grasshoppers from entering the Ki...
Children’s new bedtimes for school are keeping families away from entertainment venues, leading to a sharp dip in revenues following an extravagant 100-percent occupancy rate during Ramadan and Eid.Hotel receptionist Mohammed Muhsain told Arab News that occupancy rates have dropped by 50 percent over the past week.He attrib...
Labor offices in Dammam and Alkhobar joined forces with the Dammam police and municipality in shutting down 27 women’s stores that were found to be employing men in contravention of a new law stipulating that shops selling women’s products employ only female workers.Other violations were found during inspection campaigns, i...
The National Center for Earthquakes and Volcanoes has warned of the adverse environmental effects of detonating the region’s mountains to make way for infrastructures projects.The center monitored earthquake activities in the Western Region and provides environmentally-friendly alternatives for dealing with natural physical...
Several citizens who are regular customers at the Jeddah’s vegetable (halaga) market on Kilo 14 have complained that expats are monopolizing business activity at the market, giving little chance for would-be traders to make a start. These citizens have also deplored hygiene and safety standards at the scene, which they say...
The world’s largest dates festival is in full swing in Buraidah.Brisk business is being reported daily, as hundreds of tons of high-quality dates, harvested in the Qassim region, are being brought into the festival.The farming community in Qassim, which was once renowned for harvesting quality wheat, now harvests the “Sukka...
An eight-year-old girl was tortured to death by her stepmother in Riyadh, while the victim’s 11-year-old brother is undergoing physical and psychological treatment at King Fahad Medical City after suffering the same abuse, local media said.Both Rua and Ahmed were reportedly suffering from sickle cell anemia when they were s...
As tensions rise in Syria and Iraq, Egyptian buses seem to be the only ride pilgrims have left. Domestic pilgrimage companies have signed contracts with Egyptian companies due to the immobility of Turkish vehicles coming through the war-torn companies.The reduced number of domestic pilgrims, numbering about 105,000, need ar...

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fi...

GAZA CITY: Celebratory gunfire erupted in Gaza Tuesday after a long-term truce a...

BAGHDAD: A car bomb exploded on Tuesday in a busy area in eastern Baghdad, killi...

STAVANGER, Norway: The recent flare up of violence in Iraq is past its worst and...

RIYADH: Iran’s deputy foreign minister will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for th...

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GENEVA: Climate change poses a growing health threat, the UN warned on Wednesday...

COLOMBO: International rights groups have demanded protection for potential Sri...

LONDON: Earthquakes are rocking Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concern...

BRUSSELS: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Crimea and eastern Ukrai...

ROTHERHAM, England: Members of Britain’s Pakistani community reacted with outrag...

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PITTSBURGH: Pittsburgh pinch-hitter Ike Davis launched a tiebreaking, three-run...

MANILA: The Philippines’ gold medal bid in basketball in the Asian Games in Sout...

MANILA: Manny Pacquiao is setting up a boxing institute in China and believes th...

LAS VEGAS: Painting unbeaten champion Floyd Mayweather as an evasive coward in t...

NEW YORK: Former champions Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova sparkled under the...

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will promise on Thursday to provide a bank account for every Indian household when he launches a major initiative that could save...
PARIS: IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, has announced she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister.The shock announcement came a day after she was grilled by a special court in Paris that probes cases of minist...
Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman said Madinah is an investment-friendly province, the investment competitiveness of which has been stressed by international indices. The prince made the comment while receiving Chairman of the Madinah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Muhammed Al-Khatrawi and Chairman of the chamber’s Yo...
Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) President Mohamed Khalid Al-Suwaiket has signed a contract for SR122,891,216 with the branch of China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd. (CRCC) in Saudi Arabia to renew first phase of 78.4 km main freight route No. 2 between Dammam and Riyadh.The 21-month contract aims to enhance SRO’s o...
STAVANGER, Norway: The recent flare-up of violence in Iraq is past its worst and Kuwait Energy is keen to invest more in the country because of its potential, Chief Executive Sara Akbar said on Tuesday.Several oil companies in Iraq's Kurdistan region withdrew staff earlier this month after Islamic State militants approached...
The latest developments in Saudi Arabia’s efforts to diversify its economy and drive nonoil growth will be charted in a new report just produced by the global publishing, research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG).The Report: Saudi Arabia 2014 will analyze the reforms, which are being rolled out in a bid to b...
These are really changing times. It is no longer enough to have a coup, a plane hijack or violence erupting in one oil producing country to have prices skyrocketing. The hotspots are all over the map of the Middle East from key producers such as Iraq and Libya to marginal ones like Yemen and the two Sudans to ongoing tighte...
Saudi Arabia has emerged as an ideal investment hub for the key local and international players in food trade and agriculture sectors. This is due to the increase in food imports to cater to its growing population.Saudi Arabia imports almost 70 percent of its food requirements, which accounts for only 26 percent of total co...
Dubai Investments (DI), a major investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, has reinforced the production capabilities of its subsidiaries dealing in building materials amid accelerating trends in the real estate and construction sector across the UAE and the region.This comes in the wake of significant orders...
SYDNEY: Passengers on Qantas and Virgin Australia from Tuesday were allowed to use mobile electronic devices in-flight with limited restrictions after a relaxation of the rules by the country's aviation authority.The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) move, which followed similar decisions by the US and European Union l...
NEW YORK: Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it seeks to take part in video gaming's growth as an online spectator sport.Twitch is a multi-channel online network built for a generation of people who not only enjo...
Saudi Aramco plans to invest $40 billion a year over the next decade to keep oil production capacity steady and double gas production, President and CEO Khalid Al-Falih said.Aramco sees more capital going into offshore projects and expects rising costs across the oil sector to underpin oil prices, Al-Falih told a conference...
The president and chief executive officer of Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil producer, said that rising oil-sector costs and global turmoil could lead to a lack of oil supplies down the line, if companies fail to make sufficient investments.Speaking at the Offshore Northern Seas Conference in Stavanger, Norway, on Mon...

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As chic and pretty as her collection, Selina Farooqui is a new and promising designer in the Middle East.
Farooqui is a designer who imbibes the aesthetics of culture and luxury together in her collection.
It is a combination of royal colors, traditional embroidery and sophisticated designs that set her clothes aside from the competiti...

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MADRID: Revellers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo in Spain’s Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for “the world’s biggest food fight.”
Locals and visitors from as far afield as the United States and Japan crammed into the eastern town of Bunol as mushy tomatoes rained from the backs of trucks and flew in...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Although it has been a main element in the South American food scenario for many years, chia seeds gained popularity in the Western world only recently. It is also known as super food.Chia seeds are known as meramia in Arabic. The word chia is derived from the origin of these seeds, which is Mexico. It can be served with water, lemon and sugar as a traditional drink called “Chia Fresca”.Benefits of chia seeds:1. They suck up the water from the body, which is a perfect food for those who want to lose weight, especially in the stomach area.2. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants.3. Good source of calcium, phosphorus, manganese, copper iron, zinc, magnesium, molybdenum and niacin.4. They work...
Since I have begun writing about restaurants in Riyadh, I have always wondered why there are so few restaurants serving Saudi food. Expatriates often think that Kapsa is the only Saudi dish but this is not the case. A quick glance at Saudi cuisine highlights the importance of regional cooking as well as foreign influences namely Turkish, Indian, Syrian, Lebanese and Egyptian. The truth is that the best Saudi food is still cooked at home. But if you do not have access to genuine homemade Saudi food, I recommend you try the Najd Village. Established since 1996, this restaurant has been consistently serving good Saudi food in a typical Najdi environment. It specializes in the regional cuisine...
GENEVA: Governments should ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, the World Health Organization said, warning that they pose a "serious threat" to fetuses and young people.The UN health body also recommended that the cigarette-shaped electrical devices be banned from public indoor spaces "until exhaled vapour is proven to be not harmful to bystanders"."The existing evidence shows that (e-cigarette) aerosol is not 'merely vapour' as is often claimed in the marketing of these products," WHO said.The devices, which have grown in popularity in particular with youths, function by heating flavoured nicotine liquid into a vapour that is inhaled — much like traditional cigarettes, but without the...

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VENICE: The Venice film festival kicked off Wednesday with the arrival of stars by water taxi, while the next generation...
DUBAI: Organizers of Lady Gaga’s Middle East concert have promised a “cool” venue at Meydan Dubai, reports Gulf News. Promoters of the Sept. 10 event said recently that “an innovative cooling system” will ensure fans, or little monsters as they are called, will be provided with 100 units of industrial coolers to ensure the concert is comfortable.“Competing against the heat of the UAE is always an issue when it comes to outdoor locations, which is why we are pleased to have the opportunity to manufacture a solution to cool different areas of the venue,” said Jonathan Calvert, general manager...
LONDON: Ecstatic fans welcomed British pop singer Kate Bush back to the stage for her first show for 35 years, in the same venue as her only previous tour.The crowd stood and roared with approval as Bush, dressed in black, entered the stage with her back-up singers and opened with her 1993 song “Lily.”Over 80,000 tickets for the 56-year-old’s 22 shows in the “Before the Dawn” tour at the Hammersmith Apollo, where Bush last performed in 1979, sold out in 15 minutes when they went on sale in March as fans clamoured to be part of history.Second-hand tickets have been advertised online for over £...

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