RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman warned at a summit Tuesday of a threat from Iran as guest of honor President Francois Hollande said France was “by the side” of Gulf nations.The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Riyadh came amid mounting international concern over the war in Yemen, the threat from jihadists and Gulf worries over Iran.In a clear reference to Iran, King Salman spoke of the need to confront an external threat that “aims to expand control and impose its hegemony,” threatening regional stability and creating “sectarian sedition.”Hollande, the first Western leader to attend a GCC summit, said France shares the dangers facing the region and he had come “to affirm the commitment of France to be by your side.”The Riyadh summit brought together leaders from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.All but Oman are in the c...
The new appointments to the Cabinet announced by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman are a...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has replaced his chief of royal protocol following rep...
RIYADH: Yemen’s Houthi militia fired rockets and mortars into the southern province of Najran on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, spokesman of the Saudi-led “Operation Restore Hope”, confirmed the attack and said a number of injuries were reported, SPA said. Al-Assiri was quoted as saying Houthis fired mortar shells and some Katyusha rockets randomly, hitting some schools and a fi...
ROME: Around 40 migrants died when an inflatable boat carrying more than 100 people sank off the coast of Italy, Save the Children quoted survivors as saying on Tuesday.“They said there were 137 people aboard an inflatable boat that deflated or exploded — it wasn’t clear — and that some of them fell overboard. Some said ‘very many’ died, others said ‘around 40’,” Giovanna di Benedetto of Save the Children told AFP.The sur...

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, during the weekly Cabinet meeting on Monday, thanked the Interior Ministry for its efforts in “detecting and thwarting a number of terrorist plots” aimed at the country’s youth and other targets across the country.Such plots are set up by terrorist orga...
The Interior Ministry has said it has the right to revoke the visa of any expatriate and deport him without giving a reason. The ministry made it clear that it intends to cancel the visas of expatriates seen affiliated with the Hezbollah terror group.In March 2014, the ministry published a list of organizations classified a...
The coalition waging an air campaign against Houthi militia in Yemen is considering a truce to allow humanitarian relief, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said Monday.The Kingdom will consult members of the coalition on “finding specific areas inside Yemen... where all air operations will be paused at specific times to facil...
The government plans to correct the status of Yemeni workers from May 10 until July 7, it was announced jointly by the Labor and Interior ministries on Monday.The announcement comes in the wake of a royal decree issued last week calling on the ministries to assist Yemenis living and working in the Kingdom, which includes a...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman met with French President Francois Hollande here on Monday and discussed the conflicts in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Libya besides other bilateral and regional issues. Later, the king hosted a banquet in honor of Hollande, who will attend the GCC consultative summit as guest of hon...
The Ministry of Haj has rejected as false reports claiming that the Kingdom now requires all Haj pilgrims to declare their sect before arriving in the country.The ministry said that it was the Pakistan Haj Ministry that has issued a form asking its pilgrims to declare their sect “for their own regulatory procedures,” accord...
Social networking sites were full of congratulatory remarks and farewells for the last three days, commenting on the royal decrees that resulted in crucial appointments.The remarks and comments commended the royal decisions and pledged allegiance to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman....
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) said most of the magicians it caught came from the African continent, adding that the number of Saudis who practice magic is small. This was revealed at a an awareness workshop held at Imam Mohammed bin Saud University in Riyadh last week. Ten gove...
The Madinah-based My Family Society (Osrati) has earmarked SR5 million for young men and women intending to marry in the first months of this year.In addition to cash, there were also awards in kind, it said.Osrati Chairman Abdul Bari Awadh Al-Thubaity said the subsides aimed to encourage marriage which is highly recommende...
Saudi Aramco’s largely young work force seeking new oil and gas sources around the country have been excelling in tough environments.In the desert of Khurais at 11:30 p.m. recently, Saudi Aramco’s work teams drilled to depths of between 7,000 and 13,000 feet. It was a major challenge that they completed successfully.Safety...
Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman will open the 5th International Enviro Cities Conference 2015 on Tuesday.The conference is being organized by the Madinah Municipality, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), Dubai Municipality, Taibah University and Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT) and A...
Manipulation by private sector companies have resulted in 2.5 million Saudi workers being covered by fake medical insurance policies, the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance has revealed. The council said some private companies ignore employment standards that guarantee workers’ rights. Mohammed bin Salman Al-Hussein, C...
The Indonesian government has now cited lower wages as the reason for not sending housemaids to the Middle East, but the fact remains that the country's leader is against Indonesian women working as domestic workers abroad. “The report about the decision to continue with blocking maids from traveling to the Middle East is t...

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PARIS: National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen disowned his daughter and party...

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CAIRO: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a weekend a...

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MADRID: Maria Sharapova advanced to the third round of the Madrid Open by beatin...

KASHIMA, Japan: Colombian Mauricio Molina netted a stoppage-time winner as FC Se...

MANILA: There was so much hype surrounding Travis Romeo, the Alaska import, who...

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Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf expressed full optimism in the ongoing economic diversification for the desired robust growth in nonoil sector and on the opening of the...
With Saudi Arabia to open up its $575 billion stock market to direct foreign participation for the first time on June 15, both local and international investors are positioning themselves to trade the largest Arab bourse. This follows the regulator, Capital Market Authority's confirmation that Tadawul — the region’s larges...
Saudi Arabia plans to increase its petrochemicals production capacity to about 100 million tons per year, says King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) President Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saud.Speaking at the opening of the Third Saudi International Conference on Petrochemicals at the KACST headqua...
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is not worried about a decline in Saudi reserves, says a top IMF official.But Masood Ahmed, IMF Middle East and Central Asia chief, points to a midterm need for fiscal adjustment and development of the local capital market.GCC states should “not react in a knee-jerk way to lower oil pri...
The rate of output growth in Saudi Arabia’s nonoil private sector remained strong last month, a survey of businesses showed on Tuesday.The Saudi British Bank SABB has published the results of the headline SABB HSBC Saudi Arabia Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for April 2015 – a monthly report issued by the bank and HSBC. I...
The opening up of the Saudi stock market (Tadawul) to international investors is a “game changer” for the region, says Zak Hydari, chief executive, EIIB-Rasmala.“It will lead to greater capital flows from international investors and drive growth in the Saudi equity market, bringing more liquidity and greater market efficien...
LONDON: OPEC countries are set to maintain current production levels at a meeting next month, three delegates said, as Gulf states continue to focus on market share and a rally in crude prices mutes calls from other members for supply cuts.While the June 5 meeting in Vienna is likely to hear demands from some members of the...
Shares of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) rose 36 percent in April, on the back of rising oil prices, according to a report.Kuwait Financial Center ‘Markaz’ recently released its monthly market research report. In this report, Markaz examines and analyzes the performance of equity markets in the MENA region as we...
RIYADH: A new government policy-making council may accelerate privatizations of state-owned companies in Saudi Arabia, said Saudi Stock Exchange CEO Adel Al-Ghamdi.The Council of Economic and Development Affairs, comprising top officials, was created by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman when he took the throne i...
RIYADH: Foreigners will be allowed to buy directly into initial public offers of shares in Saudi Arabian companies on a case-by-case basis, the chairman of the Saudi Capital Market Authority said.The CMA announced on Monday rules allowing foreign institutions to begin investing directly in the stock market, subject to restr...
PARIS: France is in talks to agree billions of euros worth of contracts in Saudi Arabia that could be finalised "quickly", ranging from the defence sector to civil aviation, transport and energy, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.Speaking after President Francois Hollande held talks with key ministers of the Kingdom's ne...
CAIRO: Canada’s Bombardier Inc. and Egypt’s Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors will build a $1.5 billion monorail near Cairo, Egypt’s housing minister said.The 52km project is set to be completed by mid-2018 with funding from a 14-year loan, Mostafa Madbouly said in a statement, without saying who was providing the f...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) and an accompanying delegation, visited the Republic of Cyprus. During the visit, Prince Alwaleed met with President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus at the Presidential Palace. During the meeting, President Anastasiades and Prince Alwaleed discussed a number...

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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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MUMBAI: Facebook Inc. opened up its Internet.org platform to new websites and applications from developers on Monday, a move the social media giant said would boost efforts to get people online in low-income and rural areas in emerging markets.
However, the decision drew criticism from some online activists in India who expressed concern ov...

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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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It was once known as a hermit kingdom as South Korea was isolated from the rest of the world. However, now the Republic of Korea is one of the finest tourist destinations in the world.
With the opening of the floodgates for millions of visitors every year to the beautiful isle nation in Far East Asia, the Korean tourism sector is a flourish...

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There are 120,000 autism cases in the Kingdom and efforts are on to establish a research center, Director General of Health Affairs in the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Shaibani, has said. In the research paper, presented by him on the occasion of International Autism Day, Al-Sheibani said the EP has 16.6 percent with 20,000 cases.He said the health affairs in the EP have prepared special mechanisms to discover autism in children aged between one year and three years to follow them up and subject them to specialized international treatment programs. Studies have proved that early discovery doubles chances of recovery, he said.Al-Shaibani said that coordination is under way with the King Fahad...
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...

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NEW YORK: Never let it be said that Rihanna doesn’t know how to make an entrance.On a night when big stars were a dime a...
NEW YORK: R&B star Lauryn Hill on Monday canceled a concert in Israel just a few days away, saying she had tried unsuccessfully to perform in the Palestinian territories as well.The former Fugees singer had been scheduled to perform Thursday near Tel Aviv but faced a social media campaign by activists who urged her to boycott Israel over its occupation of Palestinian land.Hill said that she had wanted to schedule a second show in Ramallah in the West Bank but that the logistics “proved to be a challenge.”“I’ve wanted very much to bring our live performance to this part of the world, but...
LOS ANGELES: French actress Juliette Binoche will play the role of Nobel literature laureate Pearl S. Buck in a film about her life, showbiz magazine Variety reported Monday.The film, called “Pearl,” will be financed by China Film Group and directed by Roxanne Messina Captor.Filming is scheduled to begin next year in the Chinese province of Zhejiang, in the city of Shanghai and in Prague, Variety said.Buck won the Pulitzer prize in 1931 for her novel “The Good Earth” about the hard life of Chinese peasants, and garnered the Nobel in 1938.Buck spent much of her life in China, first as a...

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