RIYADH: The GCC bloc has agreed on the mechanisms to implement a security pact, marking a possible first step toward bridging deep rifts among its six member states.Qatar’s official news agency confirmed that Doha’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah took part in the GCC Foreign Ministers meeting held in Riyadh. The GCC statement was released just before midnight after the meeting concluded.It marked the foreign minister’s first visit to Saudi Arabia since the Kingdom, along with the UAE and Bahrain, withdrew its ambassadors from Qatar in an unprecedented public protest against Doha’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood group in the region.A statement said the GCC agreed on a “collective framework” in which the policies of the bloc’s member states “would not affect the interests, security and stability of its members and would not tamper with the sovereignty of any of its mem...
SYDNEY: A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea late Saturday nigh...
The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus has claimed the life of a 55-year-old expatr...
Makkah is bracing for the increased number of visitors and pilgrims in the holy month of Ramadan. Authorities including the Presidency of the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque, the Civil Defense, the Police Department, the Makkah Municipality, the Haj and Health ministries have begun strategic planning in their preparations to facilitate the visitors. There is expected to be a 15 percent increase in the number of pilgrims...
Latifa bint Sulaiman Abu Nayan, assistant undersecretary for family affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs, has recently announced that orphan female students are not exempt from the need to have a male guardian (mahram) accompany them on scholarships abroad.She noted that a number of orphan female students are currently studying abroad, accompanied by their adoptive families or husbands.The assistant undersecretary’s...

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Several female students at Dar Al-Hekma College showcased innovative house designs for affordable living at the institution's two-day architecture exhibition this week.Th...
A total of 576 “khula” cases (where a wife asks her husband for divorce) have been reviewed by the courts in the Kingdom during the past five months of the current year. The Makkah region recorded the highest numbers of “khula” cases at 175, followed by the Eastern Province and Riyadh Region at 91 a...
A study carried out by the Ministry of Labor recently has revealed private sector employees in the nonoil sector have critically low productivity compared to countries such as China and India. The study looked at ways to help companies improve productivity, and increase the number of Saudis working in the private sector. T...
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) has found one of its members guilty of boarding a bus transporting female students in Abha.Awad Al-Asmari, Haia spokesman for the Asir region, confirmed Friday that the man was a Haia member, and had boarded the bus on his own initiative.Al-Asmari said...

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TEHRAN: An Iranian woman on death row for the murder of an ex-intelligence offic...

TUNIS: Tunisia said Friday that the kidnappers of a Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli...

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KARACHI: Police in Pakistan say gunmen have shot a famous television talk show h...

HANOI: Vietnam is scrambling to contain a deadly outbreak of measles that has ki...

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WASHINGTON: General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignit...

Mohamed Al-Mady, SABIC vice chairman and CEO, interacted with Li Keqiang, premie...

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The WWE matches kept the audience at the edge of their seats on Friday night as the world’s best and well-known wrestlers displayed their skills and strength at the Green...
ROME: Mario Balotelli set a personal record with his 14th goal of the Serie A season and set up another score as AC Milan beat visiting Livorno 3-0 on Saturday for its fifth straight win.Still, Milan remained five points behind city rival Inter Milan in the race for fifth place and the final Europa League berth, after Inter...
ANAHEIM, California: Anaheim and Montreal both won on Friday to take 2-0 leads in their NHL first-round playoff series while Detroit took first blood at Boston in the opening game of their clash.Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf — wearing a facemask over his lacerated jaw — had a goal and an assist while Corey Perry scored his first p...
MIAMI: Before the season started, a poll suggested that the Miami Heat were the overwhelming favorite to win the NBA title, collecting a whopping 76 percent of ballots cast.The voters weren’t some know-nothings, either.No, this was a polling of NBA general managers.Things seem quite a bit different now. The Heat don’t seem...

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It is not an academic debate or even one within think tanks, but a simple statem...
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When artist Wael Shawky attended the 10th Sharjah Biennal in 2011 he became aware of something a little unsettling. This was the unintentional disconnect between the words being spoken by the art curators at the press conferences and a large part of the ‘community’ which the organizers declared it was their intention to reach. He not...

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The Arab Developers Company for technology and Internet services revealed that it is now possible to operate a monitoring technology system that targets both traditional and social media in all its manifestations, positive or negative.
The technology will allow the classification and sorting out of all posts on social networking sites as p...

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In the latest event to rock J-town's fashion scene, 15 fashion designers came together with their collections of trendy skirts, especially designed for the trunk show held at Libra Boutique.
The event gathered 12 Saudi designers along with two Kuwaiti designers who were looking to test the Saudi market with their designs.
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The Saudi Society for Preservation of Heritage has stressed the role of the Kingdom’s heritage in shaping the Saudi identity.
"Heritage is a major factor in determining the identity of the nation. The Society attaches great importance to preserving the cultural heritage in all its diversity,’’ Executive Director of...

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Wearing a face mask can reduce the risk of being infected by the coronavirus by more than 80 percent, Dr. Hana Bakhash, a consultant in infectious diseases and viruses at Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH) in Jeddah, told Arab News.“Residents are advised to maintain personal hygiene and wash their hands regularly, as well as avoid large crowds, especially at hospitals, commercial centers, malls and markets,” she said.Pharmacy owners have reported a boom in mask sales, with a 300-percent increase in a single week, indicating fear among locals that has only been exacerbated by rampant rumors on social networking sites.“I hardly used to sell any face masks in the past, but have sold more than...
Ehnaini cakes, burgers made with traditional Bahraini kebabs, and fries made with ancient aromatic spices are only some of the dishes you can enjoy at the Baiz coffee shop and restaurant in Alkhobar. Everything in the restaurant, from its name (Baiz is an old local term meaning a piece of cloth used to clean surfaces) to the dishes on the menu and the antique interior design uniquely blended with modernity, end up giving a feel of the traditions of the Eastern Province. Eman Al-Bagawi is the co-founder of the restaurant together with her cousin Fai Al-Shammari. She is a marketing graduate whose study has helped her market her project, especially through Instagram and Twitter. She then...
The late United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan traveled 7,000 miles to get there for his kidney transplant. For decades the Cleveland Clinic has provided health care to the upper echelons of Middle Eastern society who fly halfway across the world for treatment at the Ohio-based private medical center. Soon, they can skip the trip. Early next year the Cleveland Clinic plans to open an ultra-modern, 364-bed specialty hospital on Al-Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, one of the most ambitious forays into the oil-rich country by a US health care brand. The expansion comes as the Cleveland Clinic slashes hundreds of millions of dollars off its US operations to prepare for...

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Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (AP)
MEXICO CITY: Presidents, writers and celebrities paid tribute Friday to Nobel-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Ma...
TAMPA, Florida: “Busy” is an understatement, when it comes to staff from the International Indian Film Academy or IIFA. Many have been in Tampa Bay for months preparing for next week’s celebration of Indian film. “Now is when it all comes together,” says IIFA Vice President Noreen Khan. “Stages are being built at Raymond James Stadium and the amphitheater. It’s really all systems go.” One of the main Bollywood events is free to the public. It’s called IIFA Stomp and it takes place Wednesday at Curtis Hixon Park. “IIFA Stomp is like...
KARACHI: A prominent Pakistani television personality, chef Sara Riaz, passed away on Friday. Sara had been appearing in cooking shows on ARY Zauq, politely demonstrating the recipes for the audience and nobody expected her to be suffering from a fatal disease such as cancer. She was in critical condition since last week. Sara had over 20 years of cooking experience and was a well-respected food expert. Her career took off when she began contributing recipes to media outlets. Her easy to follow recipes and personal charisma soon made her a prominent member of the local culinary community....

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