LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron says migrants from Europe will have to leave Britain if they don’t get a job within six months, and must work for four years before receiving some benefits — moves he hopes will defuse criticism over his immigration policies.Immigration has become an increasingly bitter issue in Britain. The right-wing UK Independence Party has been gaining support with calls to curb migration and leave the EU, which allows citizens of its 28 countries to live and work across the bloc.Cameron has promised to wrest more control from the EU.He said Friday that freedom of movement within Europe is not “an unqualified right.”“If an EU jobseeker has not found work within six months, they will be required to leave,” he said.
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NEW DELHI: India said Friday it was still searching for 39 construction workers abducted in Iraq in June, denying a report claiming they had been executed by the Islamic State group.Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj urged the workers’ families not to lose hope, despite not knowing the whereabouts of the men who were rounded up by jihadists in Mosul city.In a speech to parliament, Swaraj said “six sources” based in Iraq had a...
The GCC plans to set up a joint police force to tackle organized crime syndicates, terrorist groups, drug smugglers and human traffickers.The force, dubbed the Gulf Interpol, would have its headquarters in Abu Dhabi with Emirati Lt. Col Mubarak Al-Khayli as its chief, said a GCC statement released on Thursday. The GCC body would be similar to Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency that handles criminal intel...

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The new Two Holy Mosques University would be launched soon with an emphasis on teaching various religious disciplines, said Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.In a recent speech to students of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Science and L...
Road accidents resulted in 14 deaths in the Kingdom on Thursday. Seven perished on the Wadi Dawasser-Khamis Mushait Road when the cars they were traveling in collided head-on. The Saudi Red Crescent Authority in Riyadh region said an injured man was taken to the hospital by those who witnessed the crash.In another accident...
The Ministry of Interior has arrested 624 illegal workers over the past few days in Riyadh.This was the combined total from two separate raids carried out this week. On Wednesday, the police carried out a predawn raid in four districts of the capital. A senior police officer said those arrested included 82 Ethiopian women a...
The Ministry of Education plans to overhaul 142 community schools over the next two years including updating their curricula, screening teachers and fixing buildings.The schools in Jeddah, Makkah and Taif have 46,125 boys and girls enrolled. Sources at the Makkah Education Department said Minister of Education Prince Khaled...
The Kingdom plans to boost tourism ties with the Arab world, particularly Egypt, at the 17th Conference of Arab Tourism Ministers taking place in Cairo this week, said Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities.Prince Sultan arrived in Cairo on Wednesday night and was welcomed by...
The Eastern province’s businessmen have described the Council of Ministers’ decision to approve the establishment of a supreme commission for the development of the Eastern Province as a historic step and a progressive leap. They think this will contribute to the development of services and projects throughout the entire re...
Saudi Red Crescent teams in the Kingdom generally find it difficult to reach accident sites or offer the desired rescue and emergency services in time.A Saudi official from the Red Crescent Authority has recently developed a technology which can be adapted by smartphones through using the WhatsApp messaging system to send d...
The Ministry of Social Affairs wants the Interior Ministry to set up a family police unit to deal with domestic violence cases.Abdullah Al-Yousif, undersecretary for family and social welfare at the ministry, said the police officers in such a department would be trained to act in accordance with Saudi customs.Al-Yousif sai...
Female students from four Saudi universities recently displayed their photographic artwork at an exhibition in the United States.The exhibition held at the University of the District of Columbia was entitled Visionaries: Receiving Personal Identity, and included 38 pieces from students at four Saudi universities. There were...
Private sector firms have embarked on a new Saudization project, which seeks to align the procedures of engineering employment with the provisions of the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) and the Ministry of Labor.The procedures involve reducing the incentives and bonuses for expatriate engineers, which has prompted some of...
A top Greek official disclosed here that there will be two direct commercial flights a week from Greece to Saudi Arabia next year bringing the southern European country closer to the Kingdom.The new flights were announced by Greek Vice Minister of Development Notis Mitarachi at a reception hosted by the Greek ambassador. Sa...
The Ministry of Health has called for an increase of 10 percent in its annual budget to meet the needs of citizens, specifically services related to self-employment, medicines, medical supplies and devices, as well as non-medical operations, maintenance and cleanliness.According to the ministry, the increased funds will be...
The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry plans to set up an office at King Abdulaziz International Airport to boost customs services for its members. The JCCI's Deputy Secretary General Mohiuddin Al-Hakami, accompanied by several members, met with the airport's Director General of Customs Muhammad Al-Aqil recently to dis...

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IERAPETRA, Greece: More than 700 people, most fleeing Syria, were disembarking T...

GAZA CITY: As the wind whistles through gaping holes in her ruined house, 62-yea...

BAGHDAD: Residents in the militant-held Iraqi city of Mosul say militants with t...

KUWAIT CITY: Gulf and Asian labor ministers agreed Thursday on a series of initi...

National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah returned to Riyadh on Wednesda...

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MANCHESTER: Tottenham was among nine teams to qualify for the knockout stage of...

SINGAPORE: A week ago, cricket was considered one of the safest games in the wor...

NASHVILLE, Tennessee: Filip Forsberg scored at 3:55 of overtime to give the Nash...

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The president of Saudi Ports Authority, Abdul Aziz Altuwaijri, has emphasized the importance of linking Dammam and Jeddah ports by a railway line, saying it would boost S...
LONDON: Brent crude oil plunged more than $6 a barrel, the sharpest one-day fall since 2011, after OPEC decided not to cut production despite a huge oversupply in world markets.Asked whether the oil producer group had decided not to reduce production, Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi said: “That is righ...
JOHANNESBURG: Plunging world oil prices have dealt a blow to Africa far greater — in purely economic terms — than Ebola, setting back investment in exploration and plans to industrialize.The highest profile victim so far has been Africa’s top producer, Nigeria, which was forced to devalue its naira currency by 8 percent thi...
Saudi Arabia’s bank lending growth to the private sector accelerated to 15.7 percent year-on-year in October, the fastest rate since May 2013, from 13.2 percent in the previous month, data from Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) showed.Money supply (M3) growth rose to an annual 14.7 percent in October, the highest rate si...
GENEVA: The World Trade Organization has adopted the first worldwide trade reform in its history, after years of stalemate, months of deadlock and a final day’s delay following an eleventh-hour objection.The agreement means the WTO will introduce new standards for customs checks and border procedures. Proponents say streaml...
Le Concheur, the manufacturer of the finest brands of the luxury Belgian chocolates in the world, has opened its first chocolate store and cafe in the Middle East — Jeddah city. The event took place recently at Almarjanah Center, Prince Sultan Street, Alrawdah District, in the presence of Greet Criel, Belgian ambassador to...
The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) has been awarded the accolade of ‘Excellence in Development of the Islamic Private Sector – MENA 2014’ by International Finance Magazine (IFM) in its annual IFM Awards. The award recognizes the strong support by ICD of the global development of the priv...
JEDDAH: Zain Saudi has proposed a capital reduction to shareholders to eliminate all accumulated losses up to Sept. 30, the company said in a statement on the Kingdom’s bourse.The move would cut its capital base by 45.9 percent. After the move, one share would equal 2.18 shares now, the statement said.The company, 37-percen...
JEDDAH: Most Gulf stock markets fell, while Egypt’s bourse rose as Cairo’s government eyed savings from cheaper crude.Saudi Arabia’s stock market, where petrochemicals account for a large part of corporate earnings, stands to lose most from cheaper oil, but some investors fear that governments across the region may cut spen...
MANILA: Growth slowed sharply in the Philippine economy in the third quarter because of typhoon damage and falling public spending, officials said.The economy grew by 5.3 percent in the three months to September — below expectations — and 5.8 percent through the first nine months of the year.Deputy chief statistician Romeo...
LONDON: Scotland is set to get sweeping new powers including setting its own income tax rates, under plans unveiled by a cross-party commission on greater devolution.“The recommendations in the agreement will result in the biggest transfer of powers to the Scottish parliament since its establishment,” Lord Robert Smith, who...
LONDON: A flagship Bank of England scheme failed to boost lending to small British businesses in the third quarter although the decline was less marked than earlier in the year.The Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) was launched in mid-2012 to provide cheap money to banks on condition that they lend to British businesses and...
HELSINKI: European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the euro currency union remains “incomplete” and needs to be strengthened with better oversight of member countries’ economic policies.Draghi said in the text of a speech on Thursday in Helsinki that “for all its resilience, our union is still incomplete.”He said the 18...

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Eman Al-Qahtani is a successful, talented and ambitious young Saudi artist. She combines thoughts and colors in her paintings. She has her own art method; a painting is to deliver a message to human minds.
Al-Qahtani holds a bachelor degree in Arts and Humanities, and a diploma in hearing disability. She is responsible for the Women Assemb...

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TEL AVIV: A company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world’s most dynamic consumer industries.
Using nano-technology to synthesize artificial molecules, Tel Aviv-based StoreDot says it has developed a battery that can sto...

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Tasneem Anwar Ishqi’s love for jewels with symbols and meanings was well-known from her childhood. Today, through practice and perseverance, she has earned a name for herself in the Kingdom’s jewelry designing industry. She developed a new concept in the world of jewelry that represents unique prayer beads in different colors and with meanings....

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Egypt is a trans-continental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, making it an Afro-Asiatic country via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Most of Egypt’s territory of 1,010,000 sq. km lies within the Nile Valley of North Africa, but it is also considered a Mediterranean country as it is bordere...

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The latest diet fad among fitness freaks and celebs is the green juice, or as they call it ‘salad in a cup’. These juices claim to be a solution for all your nutrition needs and help you to consume even those vegetables that you don’t necessarily like. “When you think of healthy beverages, water immediately comes to your mind. However, there are other drinks worth adding to your diet,” said nutritionist Dr. Raneem Abdulmajeed. “You can make your own drink that will have great health benefits, from relieving minor ailments like indigestion to providing protection against serious issues such as osteoporosis,” she added. A bowl of fresh fruits and vegetables, and a blender is all you need to...
The Globe is the signature restaurant of Al-Faisaliah hotel in Riyadh. This unique restaurant offers the best of the best in terms of location, cuisine and ambiance. It is located atop Al-Faisaliah tower, where diners can have elegant meals as well as a magical view. Within this dramatic three-story dome, delicious modern European cuisine and sweeping panoramic views of the city come together to create an unmatched Riyadh fine dining experience.The entrance is very private and you must walk through security into two different elevators that take you to the top floor of Al-Faisaliah tower. The restaurant is very elegant and comprises two stories, one for singles and the other for families....
I have been a fan of Mariam Alireza’s articles ever since she began writing for Arab News more than ten years ago. And I am not the only one! In fact, her readers’ enthusiasm encouraged her to compile the weekly articles into a collection of an easy-to-read book. The Whole Health Book, the first of the series, has just been published. It provides all information that you need to know about healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices.“This book is not about my published articles of the last eight years randomly compiled, but I intend it to become a “health reference” book that can be read back to front or even starting in the middle” says AlirezaAfter a brief look at the contents, I decided to...

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LONDON: British police officers were called to stores across the country on Friday as the “Black Friday” shopping frenzy...
WASHINGTON: Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it’s the perfect excerpt from the young wizard’s many adventures to give their subjects.Reading that section of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” activates some of the same regions in the brain that people use to perceive real people’s actions and intentions. Scientists then map what a healthy brain does as it reads.The research reported Wednesday has implications for studying reading disorders or recovery from a stroke...
TAIPEI, Taiwan: The golden horse statues have been awarded, but drama hasn’t ended from one of Asia’s biggest film festivals.Chinese actress Gong Li called Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival unprofessional after she lost the best actress category to Taiwanese actress Chen Shiang Chyi. Sometimes called the Chinese Oscars, the Golden Horse Awards are among the most prestigious for Mandarin-language films. While the festival home is Taiwan, the filmmakers and stars who make up the jury and compete for the awards hail from all over the region.In a statement via her manager Monday, Gong...

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