KATMANDU: A powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India on Saturday, killing over 1,450 people, touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest and toppling a 19th-century tower in the capital Katmandu.There were reports of devastation in outlying, isolated areas after the midday quake of magnitude 7.9, centered 80 km east of Pokhara.An overwhelmed government appealed for foreign help. India was first to respond by sending in military aircraft with medical equipment.Katmandu confirmed that the latest death toll had reached 1,457 and will continue to rise. A further 36 fatalities were reported in northern India, 12 in Chinese Tibet and four in Bangladesh.The quake was more destructive for being shallow, toppling buildings, opening gaping cracks in roads and sending people scurrying into the open as aftershocks rattled homes.An Indian Army mountaineering team...
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The devastating earthquake in Nepal on Saturday affected the schedule of Gulf flights to and from Ka...
Member-countries on Saturday announced their support for the planned meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Yemen in the first half of May.The 57-member OIC on Friday announced its plan to convene an extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers of the member-states to discuss issues affecting the war-torn country and its people. The OIC decision follows a request by the government of Yemen President Abe...
Motorists grappled with poor visibility and the day temperature dropped by 10 degrees Celsius on Saturday, a day after a huge sandstorm struck the capital. Although no untoward incident was reported, the Civil Defense advised people to avoid picnic spots in the desert.The traffic department urged motorists to exercise caution and drive slowly to avoid mishaps until the situation gets back to normal.Air traffic was, howeve...

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Nationals eligible for housing have the option to choose units through the designated website, but will have to wait until what they want is ready, the Ministry of Housing has said. “The distribution of houses is based on what is available and the number of points presented, and not on the date of...
Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar has said the private sector is playing a crucial role in upgrading services to pilgrims and that his ministry is constantly monitoring the works.The development and upgrading of the services for pilgrims require an effective partnership between the Ministry and private companies, he said.The minis...
The Shoura Council on Monday will vote on the recommendation of the Committee on Haj, Pilgrim Housing and Services to publish the exact text of the penal measures against any violator of the pilgrim service regulations in a local newspaper published at the location of the violator and at the expense of the violator.The pen...
Prince Mohammad bin Salman, defense minister and royal court chief, has ordered that a soldier should be investigated for tweeting that he was prepared to kill citizens in the Qatif governorate. The minister said that if this is proven to be correct, the soldier will be tried in court.Meanwhile, the education minister has o...
Despite the “Jobs on Air" television program’s success in looking for employment opportunities, many young Saudis refuse to accept blue-collar jobs. “Based on a survey, there are at least five reasons why young Saudi males turn down menial jobs,” said Mohsin Shaikh Al-Hassan, program host. The program — which has found at l...
American diplomats have recently been crisscrossing the country to meet Saudis, in an attempt to boost personal and business ties between the two longtime allies.Consul General Todd Holmstrom has since his posting in the summer of 2014 been setting aside time to meet “key civil, business, academic, and cultural leaders” in...
Some 240 professional divers have banded together to call themselves “Sea Soldiers,” launching their community on the occasion of the “World Earth Day.”The Saudi Environment Society (SES) and the National Program for Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Development organized the initiative under the slogan of “My enviro...
The 9th European Film Festival began here with the opening of a German film “Lola rennt” (Run Lola Run), an “all-time classic.”Welcoming the guests, German Consul General Annette Klein said the high number of consulates here in Jeddah gives them a great opportunity to learn how people in other countries think and feel, whil...
The General Directorate for Criminal Investigations received last month 33 reports from citizens and residents on terrorists and wanted persons by the security authorities. The reports involved actions that touch on the security and safety of the state and society, and which led to the arrest of a number of suspects and wan...
A round-the-clock service at the customs department and electronic linking of departments will make the Kingdom’s ports distinct in the world, said Saad Al-Harbi, director general of Value and Origin Department at the Saudi Customs.“If various departments are linked electronically, the period for clearance could be minimize...
The Italian Embassy held a reception here to promote ‘Expo Milan 2015,’ a high-profile international exhibition that the Italian city of Milan will host from May 1 to Oct. 31 this year.Speaking about the expo, Italian Ambassador Mario Boffo said Milan will become a global showcase during the six-month show.More than 140 cou...
All the monuments in the Kingdom and in marine areas under the Saudi Arabia’s jurisdiction are public property, said Director-General of the Legal Department at the General Authority for Tourism and Antiquities, Faisal Al-Fadil.“Anyone who alters or damages an archaeological or heritage site or monument is subject to impris...
With every passing day, complaints against insurance companies pile up.According to reports in the local media, the insured will be the victims if a solution is not reached any time soon.The problem of the insured could become a phenomenon if consultants refuse to deal with medical insurance companies and force patients to...

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Saudi Arabia has banned its citizens from traveling to war-ravaged Yemen, especi...

JERUSALEM: Israeli security forces killed a Palestinian youth on Saturday as he...

BEIRUT: Insurgents including Al-Qaeda’s wing in Syria, Al-Nusra Front, captured...

BAGHDAD: Fierce clashes erupted northeast of Fallujah on Saturday between the Ir...

TUNIS: The Tunisian man accused of piloting a migrant boat that sank off Libya,...

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CAPE TOWN: South African President Jacob Zuma has acknowledged that the recent a...

ALIGARH, India: Communalists in many parts of India have polarized the atmospher...

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a 6-year-old report ex...

KATMANDU: A powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing at least 718 peop...

LA ENSENADA: A large column of smoke streamed from Chile’s Calbuco volcano Frida...

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LONDON: Fernandinho volleyed in a dramatic 89th-minute winner as Manchester City...

MADRID: Neymar and Lionel Messi were on target as Barcelona produced a sensation...

DALY CITY, California: Canadian Brooke Henderson upstaged fellow teenager and b...

DALLAS: Houston’s James Harden and Dwight Howard set personal playoff bests in p...

BARCELONA: Reigning champion Kei Nishikori booked his place in the Barcelona Ope...

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The Saudi stock market continued its positive drive for the third consecutive week, witnessing the long-term upward trend last week.Growth prospects as a result of Capita...
SAN FRANCISCO: Software developers who tried on an Apple Watch for the first time predicted a rush of new apps over the next few months, particularly in areas including health and messaging.Developers, who had been limited to using software simulators of the watch, discovered new possibilities.Ross Cohen, chief operating of...
Fawri, a popular remittance wing of the leading bank of Saudi Arabia, Bank AlJazira (BAJ), has announced plans to open 60 model money transfer centers within next three years in an effort to maximize its reach among customers and to add new services to its portfolio. Fawri is the only market player in the Kingdom today to h...
Gulf Dynamic Switchgear (GDS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Masharie LLC — the private equity arm of Dubai Investments PJSC and a leading manufacturer of low voltage switchgear panels, has achieved 24 percent year-on-year growth in 2014, further strengthening its position as a market leader across the Gulf.The company also...
Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft for cooperation in the field of information systems and technology and the development of electronic services and raise awareness of intellectual property rights (IPR).Saud Salim Al-Mazrouei, director of SAIF Zone a...
He quit cold turkey.Just came into work and said, I am going, I am out of here, settle my dues.Last night I asked him why he would make a hasty decision and did he realize the ramifications of it all. He said he just couldn’t find the energy to get up and go to work, he had no respect for his bosses, there was a ganging up...
NEW YORK: He operated from a modest suburban London home he shared with his parents, far from the city’s glamorous financial center. He used off-the-shelf software anyone can buy.Yet, if US authorities are correct, Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, managed to send a jolt of fear through the world’s markets by helping to set off the...
JEDDAH: Despite a strong performance by banks, Saudi Arabia’s first-quarter corporate earnings were generally weaker than expected, a sign that foreign investors should be cautious as the stock market opens up to them this year.The Capital Market Authority has said the $552 billion market will open to direct foreign investm...
NEW YORK: Oil prices diverged, with Brent hitting 4-1/2 month highs on continued fighting in Yemen while US crude fell on concerns of another upcoming stock build, though both benchmarks headed toward weekly gains.A softer dollar also lent support to Brent and formed a floor beneath falling US crude prices.Worries that crud...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), visited Bahrain on Wednesday. Prince Alwaleed was received by Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, personal representative of King Hamad at Bahrain International Airport.The prince was accompanied by a delegation that included Fahad Alsukait, CEO of Alar...
Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), in collaboration with the Royal Commission for Jubail (RCJ), organized a workshop on the sustainability and quality assessment system (SQAS) in Jubail Industrial City earlier this week.The event, attended by more than 150 industrial experts, aimed to educate participants...
PARIS: Europe’s Airbus has pledged to boost sales of its A380 superjumbo, as the world’s largest passenger jet prepares to celebrate a bitter-sweet 10-year anniversary in the skies having booked no new airline orders since 2013.“This will be a very good year for A380 deliveries and orders,” sales chief John Leahy said, addi...
BEIJING: The vast majority of cars in the world’s biggest auto market are purchased new, but a second-hand trade is beginning to emerge in China despite traditional buyer reluctance — and foreign manufacturers are hoping to benefit.In China, one used car is sold for every four new vehicles, the opposite of Europe and the US...

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French President Francois Hollande on Friday stepped 36,000 years back in time into a darkened, cool cave to admire the earliest known figurative paintings of hands, bears, rhinos and panthers.
But he was actually above ground, inaugurating a giant, millimeter-by-millimeter exact replica of the closely guarded Grotte Chauvet in southern Fra...

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A group of citizens named “Hackers of Saudi Arabia” is helping to fight cyber criminals in the country.
Muhammed Al-Sare’ey, head of the team of seven specialists, said that they have succeeded in tackling over 500 cases of blackmail and retrieved several hacked accounts on Instagram and Twitter.
The team also works with various gover...

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The year 2015 just began and we’ve already had some huge makeup launches and new trends emerging. Last year introduced us to some amazing beauty tricks and looks. However, there are some trends that we can well do without this year. Jeddah’s beauty guru Nilo Haq brings to you a list of beauty trends that need to go in 2015.

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All the monuments in the Kingdom and in marine areas under the Saudi Arabia’s jurisdiction are public property, said Director-General of the Legal Department at the General Authority for Tourism and Antiquities, Faisal Al-Fadil.
“Anyone who alters or damages an archaeological or heritage site or monument is subject to imprisonment for a per...

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After giving birth, all mothers think about losing weight as soon as possible. Many of them are harsh on themselves as they try to cut down calories from the diet they followed when they were pregnant.Doctors recommend new mothers to stay on an even healthier diet to give their baby healthy nutrition. “Nursing mothers should give close attention to what they are eating, their breast milk should meet their baby’s nutritional needs,” said pediatrician Dr. Osama Khalid. “If the mother’s diet is low in calories or it relies on one food group, it can affect the quality and quantity of her milk,” he said. When mothers start breastfeeding, they might feel extra hungry throughout the day. “Mothers...
The coconut and its water, milk, and oil have endless health benefits. Last week in Part 3, I expounded on coconut oil’s myriads of uses for the care of the skin, ranging from the aesthetic aspect to maintaining healthy skin and healing infections like skin and nail fungal infections (athlete’s foot and others) to preventing wrinkles and signs of premature skin aging. However, there is one more thing I would like to add about coconut oil. It has dual effects. It provides the sun protection factor (SPF) of around 10. But because the oil is a mild sun protector, it allows the sun’s ultraviolet rays to penetrate the skin to synthesize much-needed vitamin D. However to increase SPF, mix it with...
During the last forty years, the interest in homeopathy has grown as an increasing number of people realize that conventional medicine cannot cure all diseases and the treatments also cause serious side effects. However, there are many misunderstandings regarding homeopathy and ‘Complete Guide to Homeopathy: The Principles and Practice of Treatment’ explains in a clear and easy language what homeopathy is and how it can be used safely and effectively to treat common complaints. The principles and practice of homeopathy have remained largely unchanged since their introduction about two centuries ago. This complete guide to homeopathy begins with a section which looks at the history of...

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LOS ANGELES The “Fast and Furious” franchise is set to roar into its next phase with an eighth installment due in 2017,...
MIAMI: A lawsuit against pop star Justin Bieber over an incident involving a photographer in Miami has been resolved, according to attorneys.A lawyer for photographer Jeffrey Binion declined to comment further and wouldn’t say when the agreement was reached or if it involved a financial settlement.The lawsuit, filed in Miami-Dade County circuit court, dates back to a 2013 run-in between Binion and Bieber outside a Miami-area recording studio. Binion claimed he was attacked by Bieber’s bodyguards after snapping a picture of the singer.In recent months lengthy attempts at mediation between the...
LOS ANGELES: US Olympic champion turned reality TV star Bruce Jenner came out as transgender on Friday, saying: “For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman.”In a highly-anticipated TV interview the 65-year-old said he had wrestled with his identity since he was small.“I’ve always been confused about my gender identity since I was this big,” he told ABC’s celebrity interviewer Diane Sawyer.“Here I am, stuck — and I hate the word — (a) girl stuck in a guy’s body. I hate that terminology.”Asked point blank if he was a woman, Jenner said: “Yes. For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman. People...

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