RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen denied a major ground force had landed Sunday after reports of the deployment of troops in main southern city Aden.“I can assure you that no (coalition) forces disembarked on the ground in Aden today,” coalition spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Assiri told the Saudi Al-Ekhbariya news channel.Speaking to the Doha-based Al-Jazeera news channel, he said that the coalition “cannot comment on future or ongoing operations” and that “all options are open.”“The coalition leadership will not spare any effort to support the resistance and achieve positive results on the ground,” Assiri said.Asked to comment on images of men wearing helmets and carrying sophisticated weapons in Aden, Assiri said: “It is not in the interest of the security of operations or the safety of those carrying them out to announce details.”The Saudi-led coalition has been co...
Key regional issues including the continuing Yemen crisis figured prominently during talks between C...
Former Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal on Saturday thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques...
KATMANDU: A 101-year-old man was pulled alive from the rubble of his house in Nepal seven days after it collapsed in a deadly earthquake, police said Sunday.Funchu Tamang was rescued on Saturday with only minor injuries and airlifted to a district hospital, local police officer Arun Kumar Singh told AFP.“He was brought to the district hospital in a helicopter. His condition is stable,” said Singh in Nuwakot district aroun...
LAS VEGAS: The pressure of a $180 million payday never got to Floyd Mayweather Jr., even if the richest fight ever wasn’t the best. Using his reach and his jab Saturday night, Mayweather frustrated Manny Pacquiao, piling up enough points to win a unanimous decision in their welterweight title bout. Mayweather remained unbeaten in 48 fights, cementing his legacy as the best of his generation. After the fight, it was disclo...

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The 30-year-old King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA) is undergoing a massive overhaul that would further entrench its leading status in the region and the world.The first phase saw two main contracts signed on November 13, 2010, to expand the facility as the main gateway to Jeddah and the Tw...
The Ministry of Labor will now allow all licensed and accredited recruitment offices to handle visas for the hiring of rehabilitation professionals and caregivers for citizens with disabilities.Previously the ministry handled these visas at its offices throughout the country. It issues these visas without charge once applic...
In a huge relief to the Yemeni expatriate community in the Kingdom, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has directed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, to take necessary measures to correct their residence status and legalize their stay. Yemeni expats living illegally in Saudi...
A giant tunnel-boring machine (TBM) for the Riyadh metro was launched in Riyadh recently.Launching the TMB at a meeting here, Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar said it would speed up the metro work.Seven TMBs have been manufactured especially for the project, and will create tunnels of 35 km in length at a depth of 30 me...
Parents continue to complain about the continuous hike in local and international school fees, which rose to SR22,000 at the primary level in private schools per year, and SR30,000 at international schools. The unhappy parents call these high fees exploitation and greed on the part of school management and wonder why the Mi...
Diplomats in the Saudi capital have expressed support for the UN talks between political factions being brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to end the conflict in Yemen.They were reacting to reports of the continuing conflict in Yemen. Three Saudi soldiers and “dozens” of Houthi rebels were killed Saturday as Sau...
The European Union (EU) is holding its European Friendship and Cooperation Day celebrations here this year to strengthen ties with Saudi Arabia, a European diplomat said recently."This year’s event on May 7 at the Saudi National Museum is going to focus on European explorers. It will feature seven EU embassies here," said E...
Filipino workers in the Kingdom were cautioned about their baggage especially at airport that drug traffickers might use to smuggle narcotics into countries where they work, observed several Filipinos here following the experience of a fellow national, Mary Jane Veloso, in Indonesia.Velosa was saved from being executed afte...
Nasser Al-Othman, secretary-general of the Gulf Press Association (GPA), called upon managers of the Gulf newspapers to make room for Gulf people to become involved in media work.On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, which was observed on Sunday, Al-Othman highlighted the need to prepare the Gulf people to assume resp...
It is imperative to maintain clean water resources and use the best method and state-of-the-art technology to treat sewage water, in view of rapidly rising population and lack of water resources in Makkah. This has been highlighted in the scheme presented to the Higher Development of Makkah by Mohammad Al-Murshdi, professor...
The Ministry of Haj has selected 72 companies to serve the domestic pilgrims availing the low cost Haj quota. A total of 50,000 pilgrims will benefit from the government's low-cost Haj service this year, and the charges will range between SR3,000 and SR5,000. Director of the domestic pilgrims directorate Fayez Al-Burkani sa...
The success of Gulf states last year in overcoming recurrent power outages by 100 percent, and the savings in electricity resulted from the linkage are evidence of this success, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar play vital roles in providing power at prime times to other Gul...
Saudi Arabia's gifted youth will be participating in three international scientific competitions in May to add a new scientific achievement record.The country’s team recently received a bronze medal at the Mathematics Olympiad for girl students in the State of Belarus and achieved two gold medals and four silvers in the Gul...

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CAIRO: The Egyptian government said it had extended by three months the deployme...

COLOMBO: The US is working with Saudi Arabia, UAE and the UN to start peace nego...

BEIRUT: US-led strikes targeting the Islamic State group killed at least 52 civi...

RAMALLAH: Former US President Jimmy Carter on Saturday urged Palestinians to hol...

TUNIS: Protesters took to the streets of Tunis demanding to know the truth about...

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NEW YORK: A man accused of shooting a New York City police officer in the head w...

BALTIMORE: The mayor of Baltimore on Sunday lifted a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew sh...

ROME: Ten migrants who had risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean and rea...

YOLA, Nigeria: Hundreds of girls and women, many bewildered and traumatized, are...

KABUL: The trial of 49 suspects, including 19 police officers, on charges relati...

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LAS VEGAS: Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao revealed he was battling a right sh...

LOUISVILLE: Horse racing’s meandering 37-year search for another Triple Crown wi...

LOS ANGELES: Chris Paul scored an acrobatic basket with one second remaining as...

KANSAS CITY, Missouri: Detroit pitcher David Price held Kansas City scoreless fo...

NEW YORK: Less than 48 hours after losing Game 1 in heartbreaking fashion, the N...

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DUBAI: Dubai’s Emaar Properties, builder of the world’s tallest tower, reported a 7 percent increase in first-quarter net profit, extending a run of profits as it sold $6...
DUBAI: Demand for credit in the UAE remains healthy but growth in demand for loans is moderating and credit standards for companies are tightening, the UAE central bank said in its first-quarter credit sentiment survey.“Such softening in the March quarter likely reflects conditions reverting toward a more sustainable path f...
LONDON: Always top of the data pile, this week will be no exception for the US jobs report with a first interest rate rise likely this year despite a dramatic slowdown in the first quarter.After a harsh winter brought US growth almost to a halt in the first three months of 2015, April’s non-farm payrolls report will signal...
OMAHA, Nebraska: Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said that stock prices would appear expensive if interest rates normalized from their ultra-low levels.“If we get back to normal interest rates, stocks at these prices will look high,” said Buffett, speaking at the annual shareholders’ meeting of his sprawling conglomerat...
Saudi Arabia’s benchmark stock index sustained its upward trend for the fourth consecutive week, adding approximately 220 points further.Except one small dip during the week, the Tadawul index continued pacing its way higher throughout the session to close in the green at 9,834.49 points, up 2.29 percent, from its previous...
If we exclude the global financial crisis, oil prices are now at their lowest level in a decade, roughly 50 percent below last year’s peak of $115. Oil-exporting countries are facing significant headwinds, but the strength of the headwinds vary substantially among them. The cost of producing a barrel of oil diverges signifi...
ALKHOBAR: The start-up of a new urea plant owned by Saudi Arabia Fertilizers Co. (SAFCO) has been pushed back further and is now expected by the end of June, SAFCO said.“The plant is still in the trial operations stage and a few required repairs are being done now to complete testing the performance and efficiency,” SAFCO s...
LOS ANGELES: McDonald’s new CEO Steve Easterbrook is set to unveil his plan on Monday to revive growth as the world’s largest hamburger chain struggles to win back consumers and investors.He’ll be aiming to persuade people such as Janna Sampson, co-chief investment officer at OakBrook Investments, which bought McDonald’s sh...
LONDON: In 1990, an assessment called Project Rainbow paved the way for HSBC to move from Hong Kong to Britain. As Europe’s biggest bank now considers moving back, the same exercise offers clues to its final decision, say industry sources and analysts.Project Rainbow assessed HSBC’s future base by considering whether it was...
BAR ELIAS, Lebanon: Lebanon’s land exports to Gulf markets have been choked off, leaving millions of dollars in goods stranded after the closure of a vital crossing on the Syrian-Jordanian border last month.The Nasib border point was the last remaining gateway for Lebanese truck drivers transporting agricultural and industr...
With a booming stock market up 17 percent year-on-year in April and a renewed government program to drive investment in infrastructure, education, health and social services, the Saudi economy is attracting more international investor attention than ever before.The Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference, taking place on May 5-6...
Bahrain’s real GDP growth reached 4.5 percent in 2014, according to the latest Bahrain Economic Quarterly (BEQ) issued by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB). The report also highlighted that nonoil sectors rose markedly from the 3 percent rate recorded in 2013 to 4.9 percent in 2014.Strong growth of 12.5 percent y...
Foreign remittances among expatriates in Saudi Arabia reached an all time high in March 2015, at SR15.4 billion, compared to SR13 billion in February, which is an increase of 18 percent, according to a recent financial report.Personal remittances made by Saudi nationals, meanwhile, grew by 24 percent to SR8.07 billion in Ma...

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The power struggle crisis at the top of VW has finally been resolved with the sh...
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Ziad Yamani is a young designer who studied art, painting and sculpture. His passion for design made him carve out a niche for himself in this field. His work is characterized by intimacy, courage, flexibility and tranquility, just like his personal nature.
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NEW YORK: It’s an annoying problem for the unlucky few: the Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor and even some other features might not work if you have a tattoo on your wrist.
Inked and irked Apple fans have dubbed the issue “TattooGate” on Twitter, complaining that they must choose between their body art and their stylish gadget. Apple, for i...

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Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead cells from the surface of the skin to make it look healthier, radiant and younger looking.
It helps prevent and control acne breakouts and removes early abnormal cells that go on to form precancerous growths. It also helps other skincare ingredients penetrate better into your skin as well...

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With so much focus on the prime London residential market, it’s sometimes easy to forget that developers in the regions are busy creating homes that have a special appeal to those who want to experience life away from the hectic pace of the capital. Top country residences are drawing the attention of overseas buyers drawn to a more leisured and...

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Seventy-five percent of Saudi population will be obese by 2020 if no preventive steps are taken, a study has warned.The research, conducted by Nasser Al-Salem Al-Qahtani, as a Ph.D. thesis at an Australian university, has focused on causes of obesity among intermediate and secondary school students in Riyadh.According to the findings, obesity has increased by 50.6 percent among teenagers in both rural and urban areas, with urban areas accounting for 59.4 percent and rural 36.9 percent.The researcher cited a number of factors linked to obesity and over-weight, including the presence of a driver with family, daily consumption of soft drinks, watching TV and using computers and other...
In the last episode, Part 4, I spoke about some of the effects of coconut oil as well as the controversy going around it. Because lauric acid is a saturated fatty acid in coconut oil, mainstream medicine claims it to be a harmful saturated fat to the cardiovascular system. On the other hand, its proponents attack the flawed research done in the 1990s on hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated coconut oil and not the virgin oil. Besides, not all saturated fats act the same way in the body, especially since coconut oil is of plant origin. Avocado oil (monounsaturated fatty acid) was maligned, too, for sometime, until scientific research exonerated it. Now, it is lauded for its heart healthy...
Ask anyone in Alkhobar to recommend a good place for authentic Pakistan cuisine and it is very likely you would be directed to Bundoo Khan. So strong is word of mouth for this restaurant that one is compelled to check it out.This well-reputed Pakistani restaurant is frequented by diners from the Sub Continent as well as a good number of Saudis. Most Pakistanis are familiar with Bundoo Khan because there are many restaurants by the same name back home, although differently spelled and differently owned.The story goes that an Indian chef Bundoo Khan produced revolutionary dishes with secret recipes in 1947 at his stall in Karachi. So popular was his paratha kabab stall that it inspired a...

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BEIJING: A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the...
ONG JMEL , Tunisia: Tunisians have unfurled a national flag the size of 19 football pitches in a bid to set a Guinness world record and promote patriotism in the face of extremism.Hundreds of people turned out for the event at Ong Jmel in the southern desert on Saturday, an AFP correspondent reported.An honor guard of troops saluted the red and white banner as it was unfurled on the sand to the strains of the national anthem.Organizers said that it took 80 km of fabric to make the 104,544 square meter flag which weighed in at 12.6 tons.Spokeswoman Raya Ben Guiza said the project was the...
LONDON: Britain’s Sunday newspapers reacted with joy to the arrival of a baby princess, filling their front pages with close-up pictures of the newest addition to the royal family.Many also ran souvenir pullouts filled with pictures of Prince William and his wife Kate proudly showing off their newborn daughter.The papers were filled with shots of the proud parents and the baby’s older brother, one-year-old Prince George, who made a rare public appearance.Only The Independent on Sunday — which turns its nose up at royal news — did not put the new baby on the front page, focusing instead on...

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