ATHENS, Greece: A Greek state TV exit poll was projecting that anti-bailout party Syriza had won Sunday’s parliamentary elections — in a historic first for a radical left-wing party in Greece.But it was unclear whether Syriza had won a decisive enough victory over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ incumbent conservatives to govern alone. For that, they need a minimum 151 of parliament’s 300 seats.The exit poll on Nerit TV projected Syriza as having won with between 35.5 and 39.5 percent — or 146-158 seats, compared to Samaras’ New Democracy with 23-27 percent — or 65-75 seats.The centrist Potami (River) party was battling for third place with the Nazi-inspired, extreme right-wing Golden Dawn, whose leadership is in prison pending trial for running a criminal organization. Both were projected as being between 6.4 and 8 percent.Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras has promised to renegotiate the cou...
Newspapers all over the world were unanimous in praising the legacy of reforms and peace-making effo...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman announced on Saturday that schools and educational ins...
A long list of high-profile world leaders arrived in the capital on Saturday to pay their last respects to King Abdullah, who breathed his last on Friday.US President Barack Obama telephoned Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Saturday to convey his condolences and congratulated him on ascending the throne. King Salman thanked the president for his noble gesture. Obama has cut short his India visit in order t...
Foreign Minister Prince Saud underwent a successful vertebrae surgery at a US hospital on Saturday, the royal court announced. “Prince Saud will undergo naturopathy treatment that follows after such surgeries,” the royal court said in a brief statement.Prince Saud is a senior member of the royal family and one of the oldest foreign ministers in the world. He has been holding this position since Oct. 13, 1975.As a result o...

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Members of the Shoura Council and senior government officials said that the country has lost a wise leader who took the nation to great heights of peace and prosperity, “We have lost a wise leader who dedicated his life and efforts to serve his nation, and he remained the guardian of security and st...
Trade, manpower and political interaction have been the dominant factors in India’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, with the import of oil being a major component. India views Saudi Arabia as an important country with which it can do business and forge security ties in order to deal with terrorism and piracy. Diplomatically...
My Fellow Citizens,I extend warm greetings to all of you in India and abroad. I convey my special greetings to members of our armed forces, paramilitary forces and internal security forces.Twenty Sixth January holds an everlasting place in our national memory because it is the day when modern India was born. Under Mahatma G...
On the occasion of the 66th Republic Day of India, I extend my warm greetings and congratulations to all my fellow countrymen in Saudi Arabia. On this day, in 1950, the modern India was born, and a resilient and forward looking constitution was adopted by our founding fathers, who resolved that the constitution protects the...
On the occasion of the 66th Republic Day of India, I extend my best wishes to all my fellow Indian citizens residing in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia.  At the outset, I wish to express my deep sense of grief on the sad demise of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah (May Allah have mercy on him) and offer my...
India’s relationship with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is growing like never before in the history as the progressive approaches are more satisfyingly expanding for both the parties in absolute terms as well as when compared it with Indian relations with other regional group of countries.Indeed the changing...
Western Auto Company Ltd., the sole distributor of Ashok Leyland, claims to have positioned Ashok Leyland as the undisputed market leader in staff transport solutions category in Saudi Arabia, “providing unmatched quality at affordable rates.” FALCON Series of air conditioned and non-air conditioned buses with options of 56...
Riyadh-based Jawdat group, working in the construction sector, will enter greenhouse wastewater management with Organica Technologies of Hungary that builds eco-friendly wastewater treatment plants.In an interview with Arab News, Abdulla Sheikh, business development manager of Jawdat Co., said: "Our aim is to treat, recycle...
Maharaja by Vineet, the fine-dining Indian restaurant of Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar patroned by the Michelin Star chef, Vineet Bhatia, presents a special business lunch menu option that is an absolute must-sample for executives who wish to seal a deal over a gratifying meal. Featuring a combination of flavorful fares in a mo...
A prominent educator and philanthropist Nadeem Tarin, who has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for more than three decades, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by India’s Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), a prestigious academic institution, recently. Tarin’s life tells the story of the transformative power of education, p...
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised the world with his passion for foreign policy, Asia has inevitably taken the center stage in the conduct of his government’s diplomacy. It was widely expected that the emphasis of Modi, when he became the prime minister of India at the end of May 2014, would be on reviving India’s e...
India celebrates its 66th Republic Day on Monday (Jan. 26). On this occasion, a flag-hoisting ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. at the Indian Consulate on Tahlia Street, behind National Commercial Bank, Jeddah.Consul General B.S. Mubarak will be hoisting the national flag. All Indian nationals, persons of Indian origin, and f...
Describing the contribution of King Abdullah, who died on Friday, as enormous, a cross-section of economists expressed their happiness over the continuance of his policies by his successor Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.Speaking to Arab News, they recounted King Abdullah’s contribution, especially in the econ...

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DUBAI: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to appear before Parliam...

CAIRO: At least 15 people were killed at pro-democracy protests in Egypt on Sund...

BEIRUT: Rebels fired dozens of rockets and mortar rounds Sunday at central Damas...

AMMAN: Sajida Al-Rishawi, whose release is demanded by the Islamic State group t...

Al-Baida, Libya: Gunmen kidnapped a Libyan deputy foreign minister from his hote...

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NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra and US President Barack Obama announce...

BERLIN: Hours before a new rally in Dresden by the Islamophobic movement PEGIDA...

KATMANDU: Nepal’s ruling coalition on Sunday took a step toward drafting a new c...

DRESDEN: A group that has staged regular anti-Islam protests in Germany’s easter...

MANILA: Philippine security forces and a rebel group said Sunday they had clashe...

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MELBOURNE: Maria Sharapova was all business Sunday as she set up a glamor Austra...

SYDNEY: Iraq were cleared to take their place in Monday’s Asian Cup quarter-fina...

LONDON: West Ham and Aston Villa restored order by winning through to the last 1...

MEMPHIS, Tennessee: Zach Randolph had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Jeff Green s...

LOS ANGELES: Kobe Bryant’s torn right rotator cuff will be re-examined Monday be...

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Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz) recently released its outlook on GCC markets for the full year of 2015. In this research report, Markaz analyses the performance of GCC s...
The latest quarterly report issued by the real estate consultancy arm of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) — MPM Properties — has found that while 2014 was a year of further growth for Dubai real estate market, the last three months saw a decline in values/prices in some areas and improved net yields to more sustainable levels....
ROME: Italy is considering setting up a state-backed "bad bank" to help clean up its banking sector, Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said in a newspaper interview on Sunday.Bad loans force lenders to set aside money to cover expected losses. They have become the main problem for Italian banks, which fared the worst in a...
LONDON: With oil prices tumbling and aging equipment making extraction ever more expensive, Britain's North Sea oilfields face a struggle for survival, threatening a vital source of income and energy.The oil industry has been hard hit by crude prices falling more than 50 percent since June to less than $50 a barrel.Energy g...
LUANDA: With oil prices collapsing over 50 percent in the past six months, Angola — Africa's second-largest oil producer — has had to introduce austerity measures and overhaul its budget to deal with a severe drop in expected revenue."We will go through a difficult time now because the government cannot afford to implement...
For 95 years, dining "à-la-airline" has taken its fair share of sneers, and jeers. The "bag lunch" produced cheaper fares and increased profits. But that was then. Today's lunch/dinner tray is considered an opportunity for airlines to win passengers and increase revenue. In-flight service is now a key battleground to sway p...
NEW YORK: Goldman Sachs Group Inc. on Friday slashed its 2015 price forecasts for several base metals including copper and aluminium while raising its estimate for gold by $62 per ounce."The primary reason for the changes to our forecasts is cost deflation ñ driven by a combination of actual and anticipated US dollar streng...
The global economy has started 2015 on the wrong foot. The sharp decline in oil prices pushed the euro zone into deflation in December 2014 and resulted in a significant slowdown in inflation in Japan, the UK and the US. More worrisome, there is growing evidence that these disinflationary pressures are affecting wages and,...
Adil Bushnak, who is among the founders of the International Desalination Association (IDA) and chairman of Moya Bushnak, was the organizer of 10th Saudi Water and Power Forum (SWPF) with the Ministry of Water and Electricity. He is credited with being one of the ideologues of the forum, which was started in 2004 to achieve...
DAVOS: The global economic outlook just got brighter after this week’s big stimulus from the European Central Bank, leading policymakers from around the world said.In a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, they said a perkier Europe, coupled with a prolonged period of low oil prices, could help shore up the global ec...
DAVOS: ASEAN will officially call itself a single market by year’s end, but “big things” like seamless travel within the 10-nation bloc would only come in 2020, Malaysia’s trade minister said.“We’re going to declare ourselves as an ASEAN Economic Community,” said Mustapa Mohamed, whose country holds the rotating presidency...
BEIJING: China recorded its first drop in coal production since 2000 last year, as the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter pulls back on its use of the fossil fuel and switches to cleaner energy sources.According to the country’s national coal association, China produced 3.5 billion tons of coal in the first 11 months of...
The Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI) has released Consumer Price Index data for December, showing a deceleration in prices to 2.4 percent year-on-year compared to 2.5 percent in November. This puts the annual inflation for last year at an average of 2.7 percent. “For 2015 we expect inflation to be mai...

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King Abdullah passed away on Jan. 23. He was a great world leader who transforme...
While the gloom of a great loss will persist, there is no greater testimony to a...
Common sense has finally prevailed in Pakistan’s political scene. At a recently...
The uniformed forces are not a vote-bank but a value-bank for the ruling Bharati...

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It takes imagination, time, patience and a lot of creativity to create a piece of art. A canvas, a freshly painted white wall, a restaurant napkin or on the side panels of a notebook can all be materials to create something amazing after a moment or two of inspiration. For some, the act of creativity is an innate feeling and it can result in ama...

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Smartphone users in the Kingdom have welcomed the news that WhatsApp — the world's most popular messaging app — is now available for desktop.
WhatsApp, which is used by 700 million users to communicate between smartphones and tablets, can now be used on desktop computers — but it stil...

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Argan oil is known as ‘liquid gold’ and is made especially in Morocco. It is used in beauty rituals and in cooking. Lately, this oil has captured the attention of many for its proven nutritional and cosmetic health benefits. The oil is sold around the world as a luxury item and can be difficult to find outside its production areas.
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The Riyadh Development Authority has announced that the rehabilitation of the Diriyah heritage site is on track and would be completed in about two and a half years.
“The rehabilitation of Diriyah is being completed with a combination of old and new technology,” a spokesman told Arab News in an interview at the authority’s headquarters insi...

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Last week I stopped at the discussion about fast food. Since the subject of fast foods and their harmful effects does not seem to end, because their health-damaging side effects are surfacing lately more and more through recent research, I will take the liberty to expound on them. Recent research at the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Nutrition found a relationship between fast food and elevated body mass index (BMI) and weight gain due to the high content of unhealthy simple sugars, refined chewy white bread, saturated, trans fats, and large portions, which raise the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, and fatality. An earlier study showed that trans fats (...
The fourth edition of the Italian Food Festival at Rosewood Jeddah was launched last week. Chef Francesca Simoni from Bologna and executive chef Amjad Yousef Al-Ghandoor are presenting traditional Italian cuisine from across Italy with a unique modern touch at Habsburg, a Rosewood restaurant.Chef Francesca is the Executive Sous Chef at Amerigo 1934 Trattoria, the winner of the prestigious Gambero Rosso Award for the best restaurant in Italy in 2013. She flew into Jeddah especially for the festival. Together with Al-Ghandoor, she is preparing authentic dishes not only from her region, Emilia-Romagna, but from all the major Italian cities. The festival will continue until Jan. 28.Chef Al-...
If no action is taken, the number of Saudi nationals with diabetes is expected to jump from 24 to 50 percent by 2030, the International Diabetes Federation said in a report run by a local publication.A global conference on diabetes in Alkhobar has, meanwhile, proposed that nine government agencies set up a national project to fight diabetes and obesity in the Kingdom, local media said.Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the conference, Abdulaziz Al-Turki, board chairman of the Saudi Society for Diabetes and Endocrinology (SSDE) in the Eastern Province, said the situation is alarming and would have negative health, social and economic consequences for Saudi society. He said a national...

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PARIS: After days of men’s ready-to-wear clothes, Paris Fashion Week shifted up a gear on Sunday to its marquee event: T...
NEW YORK: Rihanna, who has topped the charts with a pop-driven R&B sound, has unveiled a new acoustic song in a collaboration with Beatles legend Paul McCartney.Rihanna unexpectedly late Saturday released the new single, “FourFiveSeconds,” which features the Barbados-born singer’s signature robust voice but has a minimal backdrop of McCartney’s guitar strumming without percussion or electronic elements. The song also features verses sung by rapper Kanye West.The track is the latest collaboration between West and McCartney, who unexpectedly released a song on New Year’s Day after the two...
PARK CITY, Utah: Nikki Reed was coy when asked about her rumored engagement to actor Ian Somerhalder, saying only, “Life is really great right now and I’m so excited for the future.” But she was effusive about her love for animals.The entertainer came to Sundance on Saturday to host the third annual Catdance Film Festival, a celebration of cats on screen that benefits the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.Reed says she’s been an animal advocate since she was a kid.“I learned how to change a cloth diaper on a raccoon,” she said. “I was maybe 8 or 9.”Her mom let her...

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